What a week or so we have seen in our community game. Unfortunately we were involved in a horrible incident involving Stokes Valley where one of their players booted Stephen Nelson in the head. This then triggered a reaction from our boys with a brief melee. In fairness to both teams, this was fairly short-lived and the remainder of the game was played in decent spirits. The judiciary concluded last Wednesday the kicking offender and also one of our boys and their boys were to be stood down for 5 weeks. What!?
Some sanity prevailed with a quick and timely appeal process which meant their kicking player got handed 12 weeks. Only 12 weeks you might say. We have just seen last weekend in the Bay Of Plenty competition, punishments of a year and 34 weeks handed out for varying but similar level incidents. One of which had a player airlifted to hospital. So should the injury drive the punishment, not the act!? Surely not. Anyway, not a great week and a lot of press for the club for really the wrong reasons in our game.
In the same week we saw an incident post match between OBU and MSP flare up after alleged racist taunts were made by OBU supporters to MSP players. This then led to a fairly horrible stoush after the game. Plenty of negative press surrounded this one early in the week and then lawyers were able to get involved which then deferred a so called hearing of last Thursday. We are still no closer to hearing about the outcome of this one although it might not be long! Lets get the answers and get the right outcome. This is community sport after all, not the high court.
The underlying message here - let's ensure we respect our game and those involved in our game. At this rate, we will continue to turn people away from our game which is already battling for participation, referees and volunteers. A further wake up for all.
Although shared late last week, the WRFU shared an open letter to all participants and fans of our game:
Shall we move on....
What has been happening on the park?
It was a tougher day on the park for our sides last week. Our Woodridge Homes Premier's went down 43-15 to MSP. The score certainly didn't reflect the match as the boys probably let them have 3 tries off errors we made and we blew another clean break. A tough pill to swallow but we move on knowing we are better. Not much easier this weekend vs OBU at home. Table position: 9th, 12 points.
Our Premier 2 Cripples knocked over the Wellington Axemen Premier Reserves 22-0 at their place. After a tardy beginning which took our boys a while to get the groove, the win was never in doubt and pulled away throughout the match. Table position: 3rd, 20 points (division 2).
Our Under 85's had a real test vs Avalon after some fairly straight forward wins. They were unable to control the ball and battled during the breakdown of which their side included former All Black Scott Waldrom. Final result was 33-3 of which we would have gained plenty from. Table position: 4th, 21 points.
The Mighty Pressies' took on Para-Plim and went down 10-5 in an fairly evenly contested match. Keep at it boys. Table position: TBC.
Check out the match reports on our Facebook page:
This Week's Games
A host of great matches this weekend. The Woodridge Homes Premier's will enjoy the Italia feel down at Helston Park to host an unbeaten OBU. The curtain raiser is our local college First XV comprised of Newlands and Onslow and they take on the St Bernard's 2nd XV. It will be great to see these fellas up at the club! The Cripples take on a Petone White side who have struggled. The 85's will be keen to get back on track vs the OBU Scallywags. The Pressie's have a chance to put the feet up and enjoy the action.
What's On @ the Club!?
As is always, our Social Committee put on a great programme up at the club throughout our season and we appreciate all the work they do!
The 3rd edition of the Italian Lunch takes place tomorrow and we are hoping for 70 guests which is a terrific number. It continues to get bigger and better and there is talk of maybe 100 next year. If you still want to get in, please contact Susan Poutoa on 027 828 2468.
Old Timer's Day and our Post 120th Year Celebrations are just around the corner taking shape over Queen's Birthday weekend. We are certainly keen to see some great numbers up at the club like we do every year. More details are to follow, however, here is some information for those events:
Whilst the boys will be doing what they can to sell Baton's Up tickets for the draw this weekend to contribute to their subs, we want to remind everyone including our social members to pay their annual subscription.
The details can be found at this link here:
Kia pai to wiki everyone.