Updated: Mar 25
Kia ora once again to our Hawks Community!
We hope you and your whanau are keeping well during this time. Whilst the lightening of restrictions beckons we still see many around us getting caught up in Covid's way. Many have felt it just being a mild type of cold, others have battled much more so it certainly cannot be taken for granted.
It is exciting to think we are closing in on a season start despite the impact of Covid-19 once again. Confirmed last night by the WRFU Rugby Board, our Woodridge Homes Premier's will kick off next weekend vs the Wellington Axemen at home, as planned. However, other grades are kicking off later on either Saturday 23 April or a week later. Whilst it is great to have our Premier's getting underway, the gap for the other teams is a little bit of a concern in terms of keeping our fellas engaged, at the same time many of the sides need more preparation time. Here is the latest WRFU news release around draws / season starts.
No doubt you saw the Government's update on Wednesday this week which outlined changes to the red-light settings we currently operate under. The main one of note is around gathering sizes outside with essentially restrictions removed on crowd sizes and mask wearing from midnight this Friday. At the same time, indoor gathering sizes double to 200 but still require seating, separated and served which I know many of the publicans out there continue to be frustrated with. The other key piece of information was around the removal of mandates, the requirement to scan and show a vaccine pass from midnight April 4. This is a touch niggly for the first round of Swindale Shield which will still need to operate with these passes both on and off the field. This can only get easier, right!?
For more details on the Covid settings, please take a gander at the Covid-19 site here.
Back to the task at hand - Rugby!
Putting Covid to one side, preparations have been extremely busy at the club to get preseason off the ground. A massive shout out needs to go to the coaching and management of our teams who have been navigating us and the boys through Covid as safely as possible! In particular Keri Atkins has been at the forefront of this taskforce and her support and lead on this has been invaluable.
To this point we are planning to have 6 teams this year which will be a massive achievement. This includes the addition of a Colts (U21) team and having our mighty Cripples playing back in reserve grade, whilst maintaining a Premier Reserve side.
So what is coming up in terms of rugby!?
This Saturday our Premier / Premier Reserve squads travel to Paraparaumu (last years Horo-Kap champions) which will be a good final hitout before round 1. This match will be played in honour of Renee Cooper who passed away tragically in August of last year. The Cooper family have been actively involved at both clubs over the years. This match will be played at Paraparaumu Domain kicking off at 1.30pm
Our Colts will be playing in a 3-way match vs MSP and Paremata-Plimmerton which is to be played at Norths Park #4, kicking off at 12.30pm
Next Saturday our Premiers play host to the Wellington Axemen at Helston Park for the Mick Kenny Memorial Cup. Kick off is at 2.45pm. Note, just for next week Vaccine Passes will still be required to be at the ground in attendance and also to enter the clubrooms (please be a good bugger about this so we have no real restrictions on numbers at the ground and inside). We are hopeful of lining up a pre-season match prior to the main game kicking off - this to be confirmed.
The boys are pumped for the 2022 season albeit feeling a bit strange with Covid lingering. Can our Hawks give Jubilee Cup a real tilt for the first time in years!?
Here is the 2022 Swindale Shield draw:
Note: certain 2022 matches may need to be cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19 and there is a process in conjunction with the WRFU whereby this would be an agreed outcome for the match and points will be shared.
Membership for 2022!
We aren't just trying to drive more players on the field this year but also members off the field and getting life back into clubs like ours!
Our membership options are outlined on the following link and we certainly want to be driving more social membership in 2022. If you sign up as a social member you will have the option of buying a piece of our existing merchandise for 50% off until it all goes! Get amongst it!
Please note, you will need to present your membership card this year as our liquor license requires this! If you do not receive your membership card in a timely manner, please ask at the bar or see Cherie Collins.
Sponsorship for 2022!
We have been extremely lucky to once again secure some very loyal sponsors for the 2022 season. Our major sponsors Woodridge Homes and Superloans are again on board and there is a multitude of support in behind this of which the club sincerely appreciates.
We have our annual sponsors function at 1841, Bar and Restaurant from 6pm next Friday for sponsors and prospective sponsors so please join us if you want to get involved!
A big shout out!
The club wants to make a big shout out to Kua Palakua for the newly lined alleyway (to the field) and great ledge creation. In addition, to Wayne Armstrong, Don Cathro and Dave Walmsley for all the painting they have doing to tidy up around the club recently. Astutely coordinated by Cherie Collins of course! Ka pai!
A number of our members helped out Jono at 1841 Bar and Restaurant recently with Covid ripping through his staff. Top mahi for a Sunday evening team!
We have been fortunate over the past couple of months to receive a couple of grants for playing gear and medical supplies from NZ Community Trust and The Trusts Community Foundation. We greatly appreciate the support from our local trust funders and may this continue as the hospitality industry ideally picks up again over time.
Let's stay well during this tough time!
Covid-19 has certainly taken a toll on us, our whanau and those close to us in various ways. The uncertainty lockdowns and restrictions have caused on our lives has really tested the resilience of not only us but right through our whakapapa also!
Our club is not just a rugby club and we continue to promote a family / friendly environment where conversations can be had and also a place where we can try and get some joy back into our lives. You can always have a chat with someone at the club and the Committee are always here to support you and the community also.
It is great to see the Ministry of Health, in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation, has launched All Sorts, a multi-media mental wellbeing campaign to support New Zealanders through the challenges of the latest wave of COVID-19 infections. Of course, initiatives like these alone do not sort out some of the fundamental issues we face but they do help, so have a look! We as a club also will be pushing further with our 'Headfirst' initiatives with NZR's support in 2022.
Kia kaha, stay strong out there.
Old Timer's Day 2022 - Save the date
Lock it in - Saturday 25 June, vs Ories, Ash Pointon Cup! Matariki weekend, say no more.
We are looking for any aspiring videographers out there! Blair Mockett our videographer in recent years has other commitments so we are needing some help in this space with the requirement for us to film our home Premier matches. A massive shout out to Blair also for the work he has done!
If you know of anyone, please reach out! firstname.lastname@example.org
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