Kia ora koutou,
We hope you and your whanau are doing well. Perhaps it has been a bit more mild than expected thus far into May but winter appears to be getting that much closer.
Covid-19 still lingers and we saw first hand over the past couple of weeks how much it can impact those close and also our rugby teams. A tough decision was taken heading into the round of matches a week before last which saw our Premier and Premier Reserves to sit those matches out given the presence of Covid and the associated risk that was perceived. We are still working through the status of these games with them being 'matches not played' in terms of sharing points or whether we may be able to agree a safe and reasonable replay date.
Back to the plot. The great thing is we have our 6 sides up and running albeit there was a bit of a blip for our 85's and Cripples last weekend with opposition defaulting for whatever reason. In any case, we are into round 7 of the Swindale Shield and how quickly has that gone. Our Woodridge Homes Premier's sit 10th on the ladder and the boys are certainly ruing a couple of earlier results including drawing in the dying seconds to Upper Hutt and by the boys standards below par against an organised Poneke side last weekend. A massive match presents itself this Saturday against Marist St Pats at Helston once again. As we know, Marist are a quality side but some of their results have been a little interesting this year. This along with the Wainui match, again at home, next week are likely the make or break of top 8 aspirations.
Across the other sides, they are all looking good in terms of numbers and spirit but some results perhaps haven't quite landed our way thus far. In saying that, the form side of the club at the moment is our Megabyte Tech Consultants U85's Terrahawks who remain unbeaten in 4 matches so far. They are also looking forward to the prospect of another National Club Competition which starts in not too long.
This week's games
Petone Rec 1
Upper Hutt Pirates
Maoribank Park 1
Ngatitoa Dom 2
Newlands First XV
Onslow First XV
Some mouth-watering encounters for the boys so get out there and show your support. One massive match of note is the Fair Play Cup which is to be contested for the first time in 4-5 years. Absolutely terrific to see both our local colleges have first XV sides and this will certainly put us in stronger stead longer term if these sides can remain strong. We hope to see plenty of you at the battle 'of the bridge' before heading up to Helston. Newlands perhaps go in as favourites although that remains to be seen....
Also, check out team sheets (as they come available) and more game day information on our Facebook page at the following:
What is on at the club?
It was great to see yet another Italian Lunch run so well up at the club last Saturday. We had around 80 people for lunch and that certainly built into a great night up at the club post the Colt's and Premier's matches. A massive thank you needs to go to the Comis and Fisher families, Susan Poutoa for organising and delivering once again. A big shout out also to the mighty Alex Ness (on the mic) and Chris 'Papa' Paroli in the kitchen. As well, all the kitchen hands involved (a real diverse mix that was lol) was a massive help. Another successful raffle was run at the event and this has allowed the club to donate $500 to both the Johnsonville and Newlands Junior 'hardship' funds! A superb effort.
Date / Time
@ the Club, 28 May, 5.30pm
Old Timer's Day
@ the Club, 25 June, 12.30pm
In addition to the home matches for our Woodridge Home Premier's this week and next we have plenty coming up at the club.
The Baton's Up event should be a beauty where all our teams are going hard with selling some tickets to assist in raising funds for their subs and club running costs. There will be $2k in prizemoney if the boys can hit their targets so if someone is asking, do what you can to buy one or two tickets. Each ticket is $25 (contact Susan Poutoa for details: 027 828 2468).
Old Timer's is just around the corner! The prospect of hosting Ories for the Ash Pointon Cup on the first Matariki weekend is terrific. A life membership, 100 match milestone and blazers for certain players will add to all this. We are also expecting a visit from our Paraparaumu friends with them dropping in for the night to present the pre-season Cooper Cup.
Note also the membership draw is up and running. Remember you need to be physically at the club to be into win. $100 again this week! This will jackpot to $200 next week if there are no takers (present) this week.
A big shout out!
A big thanks to the Hutt Mana Charitable Trust for the grant to get the clubrooms windows fixed (still a work in progress to get the job done of course). We are very fortunate to receive their support and are thankful for this along with other grant funding received this season.
Pink Shirt Day!
Speak up, stand up, stop bullying!
Pull out the pink tomorrow in support of this important day.
Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying, after a peer was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. In Aotearoa, Pink Shirt Day works to create schools, workplaces, communities and whānau where everyone feels safe, valued and respected.
Look after yourself and your loved ones! Tiakihia koe me o hoa aroha.