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Newsletter #13 for '24 - Finals rugby underway!

Updated: Jul 6

A note from the Chair, Susan Poutoa

Kia ora e te whanau,

It was a busy weekend with hosting Old Timers and of course the Prems win against MSP.  The last few months has had it challenges and the win on Saturday clearly showed the team, their belief in themselves, their family, and their club. The job’s not yet done as we head into Hardham Cup.  One game at a time!

Results overall from our other teams, there were some close losses from the Premier Reserves and the Colts.  A massive win from our Terrahawks 85s and the Cripples. 

Good luck to all our teams for this weekend.


Old Timers is one of the highlights of the season that many look forward to. This year was no different. A massive thank you to our Old Timers, members and supporters who were able to make it this year.  No doubt people were able to share stories of the old days. Although there were a few that couldn’t make it we look forward to seeing you in 2025.

Congratulations Gary Cutting who was awarded Life Member for 2024.  As well Koloa Aisake and Finlay Sharp receiving their blazers on the night. Special thanks to Corrina Hollis for making the ula loles (lolly necklaces). 

 There were a lot of people involved behind the scenes to ensure things run smoothly on the day/night.  With that, I would like to thank Mama Sue Atkins and her team.  Managing the kitchen, and the after-match meals.  Deb Dornbusch for organising the printing jobs that needed done.  Mike Segetin, Amy Mahu and the bar team for doing an amazing job.  Lesley Segetin for her famous seafood chowder. Trina Wichman and Shona Atkins looking after the front entrance. Lorraine Hyslop selling the club raffles where I think she managed to sell 4 lots.  Stephanie Guy for looking after the $100 raffle fundraiser for the legal fees.  Michelle Adamson with her help with selling the raffle tickets.  Ti Mafi organising security. Lance Hotton from Fine Touch Catering. James from Natural Light Photography. Serge Hollis for the amazing Old Timers poster. Not to mention the many people who helped clear the tables throughout the night. 

Unfortunately, the DJ on the night wasn’t the greatest so apologies for that.  We call that “learnings” 😉


Members, please make sure you have your membership card. If you haven’t received yours, please let Trina or me know. 

Visitors must sign in and hold onto their ticket.  As they will need to show this when purchasing drinks.  For members and supporters from other clubs they must have their membership card on them or sign in.


As most of you are aware, the Public Hearing regarding renewal of our bar license is on Monday 8 July at Wellington City Council.  Mike S and I along with our lawyers will be representing the Club. As well as a couple of other witnesses mainly representatives from the bar team.  We are prepared as best as we can be with the guidance from our lawyers.  I have no doubt that it will be a sensitive time for all involved.  We would like to thank you for your ongoing support. 

Please look out for our next fundraiser to help with our legal fees.  Its going to be a fun night so you don’t want to miss it.  To register please click here:

Spot prizes, best dressed outfit, and a great selection of raffles on the night.

Check out Premier Captain Haámea Ahio interview with Club Rugby.

Ia manuia




Last week's games

Match reports:



Tries: 5x Jacob Walmsley, 2x Finlay Sharp. Mark Sutton 4 conversions. After 6 defeats on the trot, the team returned to winning ways with an awesome display of rugby to repay the faithful and honour all the old timers winning by 7 tries to 3 with all the tries going to the dynamic and quick duo of Jacob Walmsley and Fin Sharp on the wings.

MSP started the game stronger with their powerful running game and were up 12 nil after as many minutes with tries to their right wing and 2 nd five both off missed tackles. The boys worked their way into the game with some strong ball carries by the pack and some resolute defence with Jacob Walmsley dotting down twice in the left hand scoreboard end corner. Fin Sharp got in on the act with good build up work by both forwards and backs to add to the total to take the lead into halftime 17-12.

The 3rd quarter belonged to MSP but they lost some key players to injury and struggled to stay in the game, the boys could sniff a win and broke out against the run of play with Jacob going in twice again in quick succession to turn the game. His first try off some quick thinking from halfback Mark Sutton and a quick tap from apenalty to set him free and the 2nd was supplied by the solid Kuso Tuitama who intercepted his opposites pass from halfway to feed the speed on the outside. The forwards toiled hard all day with Ha’amea Ahio and Jake Wetere leading from the front, Adney Roebuck and Koloa Aisake prominent throughout and the physical loose trio of Tahana Firmin, Billy Bryce and Ofa Ueseli all complimenting each other.

Man of the match Walmsley finished off proceedings by running in his 5th for the day (is that a record ?!) burning the opposition yet again with his pace to finish off the scoring with Mark Sutton adding a 4th conversion.

Attention now turns to the Hardham Cup where it’s do or die from here on in and the lads have Wellington Axemen at Hell Park on Saturday for a place in the last 8. Thanks again to our supporters, families, friends and to our sponsors for their assistance in getting us on the field this year. A big nod to our Old Timers who have donned the jersey, their legacy continues!


The lads came up against an evenly matched opponent on Saturday. By halftime we led 14-12. The second half got a little disjointed due to a number of factors.

We secured a try on fulltime to take the score to 21-31. We now look forward to the next round. Thanks to the supporters for coming down.

Forward of the day: Nela Makaafi

Back of the day: Levi Grace


Was great to catch up with some original Cripple Legends last night at old timers these brothers started the Cripple Legacy 39 years ago.  They can be proud of the latest Crew winning comfortably vs Upper Hutt 48 to 21. There are currently 2 boys still playing DK and Loper who have both played for over 10 years. This week we play away to Petone both teams playing for a home semi So it’s a big game , POD went to Lafaele Tomasi 3 tries Up The Mighty Cripples

COLTS, 85’s & PRESSIES no reports this week.


This week's games

We see finals rugby come around already! Many of our teams head in with plenty of optimism so get out there this weekend and support the boys.


Sponsors shout out!

To all our sponsors, a massive thank you once again;

Superloans, Woodridge Homes, Seven Electrical, Super Liquor, Higgins Tow Services, ABT- AutoBuff & Touch, EN Ramsbottom Contractors Ltd, Blizzard Hvac & Electrical, All Glass & Glazing Ltd, Cobra Drain Cleaning, Wasabi Air, New World Churton Park, Affinity Accounting, Mag & Turbo Tyre & Service Centre, Compton Civil, 1841 Bar & Restaurant, PBC - Perry Barber Carpenter, Motor Doctors, New World Newlands, Crofton Downs Mitre10, Colins Water Delivery, Mr Green (Mike Sedge), Jig Electrical, Aura Landscapes & Concrete, Hutt Mana Charitable Trust, Pub Charity, NZ Racing Board, The Trusts Community Foundation, NZCT - NZ Community Trust.



Thanks to everyone that paid subs last week, to recap subs are Social $30.00, Player Partners $15.00, Country $20.00. Bank Acc 01 0519 0070195 00, ref your name.

Stay safe out there and enjoy the rugby across all grades.

Thanks, Cherie and Trina

If it wasn't clear already #RESPECTTHEREF

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