Kia ora koutou,
We hope you and your whanau are getting through the winter months ok with Covid and other flu's well and truly present. The daily Covid numbers appear to be dropping so hopefully this is a sign that we can get on and live with this in a much less interrupted manner. At the same time, don't take it for granted and look after yourselves at home if you are not well.
It is the second 'finals' day for club rugby this coming Saturday which sees a host of finals being played out at Fraser Park. This includes our Megabyte U85 Terrahawks taking on the Upper Hutt Rams in the Paul Potiki Shield final. There is massive history behind this shield and it has not been an easy one to lift with the lads just falling short against the Avalon Wolves last year. The last time we were successful dates back 18 years now so the boys have a massive opportunity to re-write that! They have had a terrific season going unbeaten until last week which doubled as a National Club Cup match and second round competition match. The boys unfortunately went down by a point out at Maidstone. Up the Terrahawks for Saturday and the boys certainly want to see as much support as possible out there for this one! Kick off at 2.45pm on Fraser Park # 1.
In recent weeks we saw our other grades conclude their seasons;
Woodridge Homes Premiers - lost to Upper Hutt Rams 36-17 in the Hardham Cup preliminary finals. Some big results in 2022 for the boys including knocking off MSP and Wainui for the first time in decades in the Swindale Shield!
Premier Reserves - lost to Petone in the HD Morgan Memorial Cup semi-final 60-12
Colts - didn't make their finals but won two friendlies to finish off their year strongly!
Cripples - lost their John Davies Cup semi-final 24-22 in a nail-biter to the Poneke Ruffnuts.
Enjoy the off-season lads and we certainly hope you come back primed for a bigger and better 2023.
President's hosting on Saturday
Palmy is coming to Helston which will feature a match against the mighty Pressie's! This should be a big day out for them so if you can't get out to see the 85's and want to stay closer to the village, get along to an action packed afternoon at Helston.
The Pressies' have a busy schedule in August with not only this one but also President's Day to be held out at Paremata-Plimmerton on Saturday 27 August.
Semi-finals for Newlands and Onslow First XV's
College rugby gets closer to a conclusion with semi-finals this weekend across most grades.
In the Premier 3 Paul Cameron Cup, the Newlands College 1st XV take on Wainuiomata away at William Jones Park from 1pm. It was a log jam for 2nd-4th in the grade with Wainuiomata edging Newlands and Rongotai 2nd XV on differentials all finishing with 30 points. A great year for the young lads and hopefully they can pick up an away win to set up a Premier 3 final clash which would not have been achieved in years!
In the Premier 4 Onslow Cup, the Onslow College 1st XV take on Scots 2nd XV at Onslow College from 1pm in their semi-final. Onslow have also had a strong season finishing top of Premier 4 and would see themselves as a great chance to get through this weekend's semi-final.
All the best young fellas and no doubt we will be seeing a number of you through the academy kicking off in October and hopefully many down at the club next year for those school leavers. It sounds like a good number of you!
2022 JRFC Prize-giving - Saturday 20 August
We officially farewell the season next weekend at our annual prize-giving. This will be a big night and in addition to the 6 teams getting along to reflect and celebrate their seasons we invite players partners, life members, members and sponsors along to this.
We look forward to a big night at the club!
We want you involved next year!
As you know there are some great people (and support through our sponsors) making this club go around each year. At the same time, we always want more involvement from our Hawks community. We are looking for some younger blood to get involved in various capacities next year so please have a think on this and if you or anyone you know of might be keen to get involved, please reach out. There is plenty out there from joining our Committee or sub-committees for key club activities, or potentially helping more specifically like filming matches, writing newsletters, contributing to social media, cutting team oranges, the list goes on! If you are passionate, bleed blue and can spare some time (any time), get in touch! email@example.com