Woodridge Homes Premiers 14 vs HOBM Premiers 50
The focus for the Premiers against HOBM was to play for a longer period and stay in touch with the front runners. It was important to back up the first half performance against Petone with another solid start and I believe the boys did this again with heart and passion. HOBM were a big pack and had some big back ball runners but we held our own and could see the improvement from the previous week.
14-0 down mid-way through the first half then the forwards got into their work and rumbled over for the first of two tries, Taewa getting out of the zero club successfully converted from Sami. A small error after kick off, let HOBM back in but then after building phases and then another line break from Tawera set up up a brilliant team try for Peter Stewart, another out of the zero club again, successfully converted from Sami.
We went into the break 26-14 down and battled hard for the next 20 minutes but another fresh bench seemed to be the difference in the last 20 minutes. We can see the improvement, and the players are training hard so hopefully that elusive win is not so far away.
(Andrew Wharakura, Head Coach)
Take a look at the detailed HOBM match wrap at the following also which reads positively for us:
Quay Marine Premier Reserves 17 vs HOBM Premier Reserves 44
Coaches have a number of work-on's based on the past two games. As per the previous week our pre-game warm up had an impact on the opening quarter of the match. We took a while to get into the game and our opponents took full advantage scoring a brace of five pointers. Before we knew it, we were down 24 nil. Towards the end of the 1st half the team were in prime scoring position unfortunately we were unable to convert these opportunities into points.
In the second half we had a slight breeze at our back which we didn't utilise that well, when we did, we put HOBM under a lot pressure that we converted into points. The team has several things to work on this week mainly decision making when on attack and defensive comm's.
Point scorers: Richard Guttenbiel, Timoci and Anaru Waihape tries; Anaru 1 con.
(Brent Carroll, Head Coach)
Superloans Colts 14 vs OBU Black Colts 15
The Colts game on Friday was a great tight game - OBU scored first and had most of the ball for long parts of the half. Once again in the second half the boys started to take control with two great forwards tries Ed and Tyler with Levi and Fred getting conversions making the score 14-10.
In the last play of the game their first five bounced his way off a few tackles which we all felt he should of released the ball at one point, but as so many games go it wasn’t to be and he scored an unconverted try making the final score 15-14.
All that were there watching were very proud of the lads and it just wasn’t to be our night. Bring on Avalon next Friday, a win there will cement us in top four and second round to start after that. If you get a chance, come watch these guys as there is a lot of talent in this group making the future of the club look that bit brighter.
(Perry Barber, Manager)
Superloans Cripples 29 vs Upper Hutt Thirsty Rams 0
Cripples played away vs Upper Hutt Thirsty Rams, they beat us twice last year mind you they always have the same ref for their home games thus the 18 to 3 penalty count 🤔 We had a solid squad couple of new players and combinations but really just hammered them. They really only attacked the line once. We probably should have put a lot more points on them winning 29 nil, so trucking ok. 3rd away game on the trot this week vs Tawa 🤙🏿
(Richard ‘Noff’ Eckhoff, Cripples Chief)
Superloans 85s 10 vs Avalon 85s 17
Avalon a good 85’s side so a quality display at Onslow College boys!
JRFC Pressies 7 vs MSP Classics 42
Tough one boys.
This Weeks Games:
· Woodridge Homes Premiers vs Upper Hutt Rams, Maoribank Park, 2.45pm
· Quay Marine Premier Reserves vs Upper Hutt Rams Premier Reserves, Maoribank Park, 1pm
· Superloans Colts – BYE
· Superloans 85’s vs Upper Hutt Rams 85s, Maoribank Park 2, 2.45pm
· Superloans Cripples vs Tawa Firsts, Lyndhurst Park, 2.45pm
· Johnsonville Pressies vs Tawa Pressies, Helston Park, 2.45pm.
College footy is now underway also and the Onslow (and Newlands combined) First XV take on Rongotai 2nd XV at Onslow on Saturday. Kick off at 1pm.
Get along to support our teams!
Old Timer's Day - Saturday 25 May
The Johnsonville Rugby Football Club Committee would like to invite you along to attend the annual Old Timer’s Day which is to be held next Saturday, the 25th of May at Helston Park. This will feature our Premier’s and Premier Reserves playing the Avalon Wolves. As well, we see the reunion of the mighty Buffaloes and Dream Team and also our Cripples side also celebrating their 35th year!
Three of our Premier players will also be presented with blazers on the day for playing 25 Premier matches.
It would be great to see you at the club and the format of the day is as follows:
· 11.30am – Doors open
· 12.15pm – Lunch
· 12.45pm – Welcome and Jersey presentation to 2019 Premier Team
· 1pm – Quay Marine Premier Reserves vs Avalon Wolves Premier Reserves
· 2.45pm – Woodridge Homes Premiers vs Avalon Wolves Premiers
· 5.30pm – Premier match speeches, Blazer and Life Member presentations
· 6pm – Results of the day
· 6.30pm – Membership draw
· 7pm – Entertainment by the Lady Soul Band.
We will be holding a rolling raffle on the day and would appreciate any form of prizes or donated goods / services of which we can look to raffle. Please sing out if you have anything!
Health and Safety Update:
The JRFC Committee has considered the health and safety implications that players face after receiving a Blue Card. It has therefore been decided that any player who receives a Blue Card will not be served alcohol and managers' will be expected to communicate this information with bar staff. We have amended our Alcohol Policy and have an updated version linked here for your convenience. We want our lads back on the field as soon as they can and the beers are not part of the rehabilitation plan!
JRFC Tidy Kiwi's:
Just a quick shout out to the JRFC managers out there. We have received positive feedback about the condition of the Green Room from others that use it after your teams have been in. Keep up the great work - it's being noticed and has been appreciated. Lads remember - the managers aren't your mothers!