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The stars to align for Old Timer's!

Kia ora hoa me to whanau (hello friends and family) of the JRFC on this long Matariki weekend.

Matariki: Te Tau Hou Maori. Matariki, sparking the start of the Maori New Year, is a time to gather with family and friends to reflect on the past, celebrate the present and plan for the future.

What better to look forward to than a long weekend doubled with another JRFC Old Timer's Day in the club's 122nd year of existence. The club is certainly looking forward to hosting another massive day which features another edition of the Ash Pointon Cup vs Oriental Rongotai in the final round of the Swindale Shield.

It has been a tougher last couple of weeks for our Woodridge Homes Premier's. A slip up the road vs Para-Plim was a tough one to swallow, then compounded by a mid week catch up match being enforced (lets call it stupidly) followed by a tough trip to the Petone village. It is now time for the boys to steady the ship and build their way into Old Timer's Day and into the Hardham Cup second round.

It is worth reflecting on the first round of Swindale Shield for a minute relative to recent years;

  • 2022 - 23 points, 10th (one round to play)

  • 2021 - 13 points, 12th

  • 2020 - 16 points, 11th

  • 2019 - 2 points, 14th

  • 2018 - 2 points, 14th

  • 2017 - 9 points, 12th

  • 2016 - 2 points, 14th

Whilst we had top 8 aspirations this year and gave it a good shake, the effort this year has still been tremendous and we will continue to build to that goal next year. #oneclub


Old Timer's Day - Run of Play

We are looking forward to another bumper day with the order of the day looking like the following:

· 11.30am – Doors open for members, officials and sponsors

· 12.15pm – President’s welcome followed by lunch

· 12.40pm – Chairperson’s welcome followed by jersey presentation to 2022 Premier's

· 1pm – Megabyte Under 85’s Terrahawks vs Stokes Valley, U85’s JC Bowl

· 2.45pm – Woodridge Homes Premiers vs Oriental Rongotai Premiers, Swindale Shield (Ash Pointon Cup)

· 5.30pm – Premier speeches, results of the day and 100 match presentation

· 6.15pm – Presentation of the Cooper Cup (pre-season trophy from Paraparaumu), life membership and blazer presentations

· 7pm – Membership draw

· 7.30pm – Entertainment commences.


This Week's Matches

A host of great matches to get out and see this Old Timer's Day including a bit of Friday rugby on Matariki.

There are also a host of massive milestone matches for our lads including celebrating 100 premier matches for Johnsonville for Ha'amea 'Ahio. In addition, 50 match milestones for Ofa Ueseli and Levi Grace amongst a number of Blazer (25 match milestone) games.


A time to reflect during Matariki

Matariki is the star that signifies reflection, hope, our connection to the environment, and the gathering of people. Matariki is also connected to the health and wellbeing of our people.

There has been a lot happening in our peoples lives in recent years. A pandemic can do this. More recently there have been some tough times with those associated with this club. Whilst we focus on driving rugby participation we also have a significant focus on the wellbeing of our Hawks whanau off the field in all regards.

It is ok to have a chat about tough times. This might be with a mate or someone not so close as that might be easier. It is so important to feel as though you can channel your energy and emotions. The JRFC is here for our hawks whanau not only on the field but off it also.

There are always options to have a chat elsewhere also:

Take care out there. Haera ra.

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