When we think we are largely removed from the global pandemic, it comes back to bite when we least expect.
As we know, the country has gone into a level 4 alert level lockdown with this taking hold for at least 3 days with the likelihood of extended restrictions given what we are seeing already. We certainly hope you and your loved ones are safe and doing what is needed in your bubbles. Fingers crossed that before we know it we can dial down the levels once again. If you have a chance to get vaccinated, get amongst it also!
We were fortunate enough to squeeze in our club prizegiving on Saturday which was great timing considering the lockdown. It was a terrific night for all those that could attend and sent the season off well. A list of winning recipients of awards are noted below with those players that reached representative status in 2021 duly noted first:
Lions wider training squad – Ha’amea Ahio
Centurions: Ha’amea Ahio (unfortunately pulled out due to hand injury) and Adney Roebeck
Centurions U23: Ollie Paotonu, Tyler Hall, Aaron Fawkes and Bodene Davis
Wellington U19’s: Knox Tuinasau
Wellington Samoan's: Mike Faimalo
Wellington Maori's: Andy Ellis
Woodridge Homes Premier Team Awards
Kere Gillard: Cup Most Improved Premier: Lucas Aukuso
Joe Ellis Cup: Most Valuable Back Premiers: Andy Ellis
Eric Powell Trophy: Most Valuable Forward Premiers: Ha’amea Ahio
Terry Keogh Cup: Best and Fairest Premier: Mark Sutton
Joan Bolderson Albie Cutting Cup: Players Player of the Year Premier: Ha’amea Ahio
Superloans Cripples Premier Reserves Team Awards
JPM Cup Best and Fairest Premier Reserve Player: Mykel Herewini
Selkirk Cup: Most Tries Premier Reserve Player: Conor Franklin
Cedric Tairoa Memorial Cup: Best Personality: Sai Tavita and George Faletolu
1841 Shield Cripple of the Year: Kua Palakua
1841 Shield Most Improved Cripple: Eben Claassen
Green Horn of the Year: Sam Argent
Noss Cup Players Player of the Year: Siale Vea
Superloans U85’s Awards
John Suthers Memorial: 85’s Player of the Year: Tom Jamieson
Most Points for an Individual: Zyrus Grace
Wally Smith Trophy: Most Valuable Player 85’s: Tom Jamieson
Most Tries for Open Grade: Tim Elder
Pressies Trophy: Best Pressie: Wayne Armstrong
Presidents Cup: Pressie Players Player of the Year: Ash McPherson
In recognition of the U21 players that stepped up this season who played higher grade for the Club;
Eben Claassen, Aaron Fawkes, Mike Faimalo, Lucas Aukuso, Kieran Mee, Knox Tuinasau, Mitchell Stokes, Siale Vea, Lachie Jennings, Maxi Morrone, Ruben Kaiaruna, Haeata Akuhata, Kupa Marsters, Tyler Hall, Raja Sami, Caleb Rikihana, Karson Paratene, Rodney Roebeck, Adney Roeback, Caleb Cummings.
We also handed out 2 special awards in recognition of their achievements.
The Morar Cup: Best and Fairest U21 Back: Aaron Fawkes
The Callesen & Hutton Cup: U21 Player of the Year: Knox Tuinasau.
Segetin Cup: Team Manager Award: Lauren Hannah
Committee Cup: Coach of the Year: Jason Adamson, Serge Hollis, Wes Klopper and Ben Fisher
Kenny Cup: Most Courage on Field of Play. Andy Ellis and Ha’amea Ahio
Chairman Shield: Individual with most points. Zyrus Grace
ORR Cup: Team with the Most Championship Points: Terrahawk 85’s
Hallesteins Trophy Team Contribution: Terrahawks 85’s
Twiss Wharakua & Lyn Farnsworth Cup: Club Personality: Ben Fisher
A.l Brider Cup: Members Dedication and Hard Work: Serge Hollis
Timperley Rose Bowl: Contribution by a Woman: Susan Poutoa
Laurie Cameron Memorial Cup: Recognition of an Executive Committee Member: Blair Hannah
Some photos from the night below;
Participant Survey - Future Competitions Considerations
The WRFU have recently circulated a survey to all clubs reaching out to all those involved with our clubs regarding future competition considerations. So many of us have a view on what the future of not only premier but senior rugby looks like. This is a chance for you to have your say and be part of the survey results which will be assessed by a working group over the coming month or so. A decision will be made in October / November on what the outlook looks like for next year and beyond. HAVE YOUR SAY by Sunday 22 August! (link below)
A big thanks!
We sincerely appreciate all the support we have at the club from our great and loyal sponsors to our membership base. To our sponsors, your support continues our lifeline at the club and we cannot do this without your support. Recent events around test matches have made some of the things we have wanted to do and recognise your support a little harder. We certainly hope we get back to somewhat of a norm over the next year or so.
To our members, we appreciate the passion and dedication at the club! Volunteers don't grow on trees, nor great ones, and we have a superb group that are involved that turn up year after year. We cannot thank you enough.
What is coming up?
We will be assessing Covid restrictions closely as we work towards another fundraising event over the coming months. We will keep you posted on this.
We were aiming to host the prize-giving for our local colleges on the weekend although that has now been postponed.
Our Rugby Academy will be kicking off in October for another year which we are very excited about of which is key in reinvigorating a push for a Colts side once again. We are currently accepting applications for the 2021 intake and this ranges from various ages through college and into the late teens / early twenties. Get in touch if you or someone you know is interested: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Seven's programme will kick off shortly with a host of tournaments on the cards. Hopefully the boys get a strong squad together and have a good crack to start building to 2022.
Touch rugby once again will feature in months to come and plans around this are in train currently.
Noho haumaru. Kia kaha.