We hit round 5 of the Swindale Shield tomorrow and see ourselves back at home. The draw has been a tough one across the first 4 rounds with 3 away matches against some of the real heavyweights of the competition. Whilst tomorrow doesn’t present much easier against Norths, being back at the beloved ‘Hell Park’ is always a good feeling.
It has been great to see some big crowds attend club games post lockdown and despite player and team numbers down across the board in Wellington by around 25-30%, supporters are certainly keen to get out and see rugby again. It will be terrific to see a big crowd again tomorrow down at 80 Helston Road.
Last week’s matches
A tough set of results for our top 3 sides with them all going down to Old Boys University. Our Woodridge Homes Premier’s were up for their battle for much of the match played at Wellington College, however, some individual brilliance by some of the young talent in the OBU side took the game away from us. Final score: OBU 52 vs Johnsonville 7
Our Superloans Premier Reserve Cripples were moved to Kilbirnie Park and were competitive for a good 60 minutes of their match. The boys are certainly working on that last 20 minutes fitness and application which if they get right will see them competitive with most sides in the Premier Reserve Grade. Final Score: OBU 47 vs Johnsonville 7
The Superloans Colts had it tough against a seasoned OBU Colts Green side going down 78-0 up at Kelburn Park. The boys have a good spirit and will see some easier matches beyond this week’s Norths Blue battle.
The mighty Pressies took on a well oiled Wainui side at home and went down 10-5 in a usual tough fought close one.
This week’s matches
The top 3 sides are at home this weekend after plenty of travel across the first 4 matches. It is exciting to see Head Coach Roy Kinikinilau putting the boots on again tomorrow. He will partner with his brother Paula in an experienced midfield combination which will be key against a quality Norths side.
Get along to Helston and Newlands parks to support our boys!
Don’t forget, the membership draw is at $100 and will be drawn from around 6.30pm tomorrow evening.
What is coming up for the club?
· 18 July – at home vs Norths. The Colts and Cripples will be hosting the evening and we will have the Canes vs Blues on the big screen from 7.05pm.
· 25 July – we travel to Para-Plim for their Old Timer’s Day. Fraser McLaren is running his supporters’ bus (capacity: 25) and it will be great to get a big group of members and supporters out to Ngati Toa Domain. We received an invitation from Sal, their Chair and they welcome our Committee and members for lunch out there from 1pm.
Old Timer’s Day – Saturday 1 August
It is approaching fast now, and we look forward to hosting the Wellington Axemen on our biggest annual match day.
The expected format of the day is as follows:
· 11.30am – Doors open
· 12.15pm – Lunch for members and sponsors
· 12.45pm – Welcome and Jersey presentation to 2020 Premier Team
· 1pm – Superloans Premier Reserves Cripples vs Petone Brotherhood (White)
· 2.45pm – Woodridge Homes Premiers vs Wellington Axemen Premiers
· 5.30pm – Premier match speeches including results of the day, Blazer, Life Member presentations
· 6.30pm – Membership draw
· 7.30pm – Entertainment by the Lady Soul Band.
The Italian Job 2 – Saturday 22 August
The second edition of the Italian Lunch isn’t too far away now and tickets will be on sale from this weekend through Susan Poutoa (027 828 2468).
· Time: 12-2pm
· Price: $35
This will include an Italian themed meal accompanied by a selection of wine on the tables. Cash bar will be available as normal. Once again, we have arranged for the Rugby World Cup and Bledisloe Cup’s to be on show and working on a couple of extras on the day!
This will be followed by our Premiers taking on Wainuiomata.
Inaugural Fundraising Lunch – Friday 2 October @ the Club - SAVE THE DATE
Get excited as we look to launch our first Johnsonville Rugby Football Club Gala Lunch up at the club. A great opportunity to fundraise following a challenging a year for so many clubs around the traps.
In coordination with McCall Events, we are currently working through the details; however, the event will include some special guests, live auctions, comedy, 2 course meal and a drinks package.
Put this in the diary now if you / your business is keen to secure a table of 8 or more on the afternoon of the 2nd of October! WATCH THIS SPACE!