The Winning Song Heard Far & Loud!

It had been too long, but we finally got over a 36 match Swindale Shield winning duck on Saturday against the Avalon Wolves.


Our Premiers have gone close on 3 occasions already this year and could have (or should have) won all 3 of those battles against Pare-Plim, Wellington and Ories.


Anyway, the time finally came on Saturday and being in Alert Level 2 and travelling to Fraser Park didn't worry the boys. They were able to keep their heads in a 'should win' game and prevailed by 38-12.


The lads had the wind in the first half and came out really keen and calculated and took a 31 nil lead going into the break. Not sure the last time the boys scored that amount of points in a half let alone a match so top nudge lads!


The second half was a little more even, however, we held our nerve well and were able to empty the bench and still hold the half steady. Some quality performances from Andy Ellis and Mark Sutton both scoring two tries each (with Andy kicking 4 conversions also) and also a great performance by our young hooker Lucas Aukuso who is pretty much straight out of school and showing some real potential as a Premier player. He was also able to cross the whitewash.


A terrific win by the boys and they celebrated with the club in great (yet modified) style back at Helston Park that night!

Some good press followed the win which you can access at the following also:

https://clubrugby.nz/wp/2020/08/30/grounded-hawks-take-flight/


http://independentherald.co.nz/03092020.pdf (page 22)

This Week's Games


Our Woodridge Homes Premiers take on Marist St Pats at Helston Park on Saturday. This doesn't present an easy battle taking on the top of the table side who have been hitting their straps this year. This game kicks off at 3pm.


A really tough call was made this week to default our Superloans Premier Reserve Cripples. Something the club nor the Cripples would ever do lightly but this was simply a player safety call. The Cripples currently have 17 injuries (5 season ending), 2 lads crook and 2 away. Let's hope the 50/50 lads recover well over the coming days in advance of next week's clash with Stokes Valley.


The Superloans Colts season has concluded with Wellington pulling out of the competition and having a bye in the last game. A challenging season for the young lads but one to build on.


The Pressies just keep turning up and take on the Para-Plim Pressies at Ngati Toa Domain.


A reminder we remain in Alert Level 2 until at least the end of this Sunday and possibly longer. This means we need to continue to push the no spectators’ message. At the same time, our clubrooms are again open on Saturday and can cater up to 100 people pre and post-match. Please scan our QR codes through the Covid Tracer App if you get along.

College Rugby


Our local colleges are reaching the concluding stages of their competitions. Onslow First XV competing in Premier 3 (Paul Cameron Cup) currently sit 5th with 3 wins and 3 losses. They had a great win against the 4th place Rongotai 2nd XV last weekend by 20-19.


Newlands First XV are playing in the Premier 4 (Onslow Cup) competition and currently sit 3rd by only two points with 4 wins and 2 losses. Great to see them have a First XV this year and hopefully a mouthwatering Fair Play Cup is possible between both college First XV's in the coming weeks.


All the best to both Colleges for the rest of their campaigns with final rounds this week and playoffs commencing next weekend. We look forward to hosting you up at the club shortly.

Upcoming events


Baton's up

Our teams are working hard to sell their Baton's Up tickets to raise money for their subs and the club. There are still tickets available so please get in touch with Susan Poutoa (027 828 2468) if you want to buy a ticket or two. Some great cash prizes to be won and you don't have to be at the club on Saturday.

Prize-giving

The Club's Prize-giving will still be held on Saturday 26 September and we look forward to a good turn out there even if this needs to be modified.


Club Fundraising Lunch

Our Inaugural Club Fundraising Lunch has been pushed out a few weeks to Friday 23 October to ideally allow a bit more time for Covid to settle down. Irrespective of whether we are in Alert Level 1 or 2, this will go ahead. Alert Level 3 will present a different story of course. Get involved!

A Reminder on our Alcohol Policy

A reminder regarding our alcohol policy which is accessible at the following:

https://www.jrfc.co.nz/alcohol-policy


Let's ensure we stick to our licensed area and we all know we cannot bring alcohol on site. Do the right thing by you and the club. Drink responsibly.

2020-21 Rugby Academy!


Despite a tough old year, we will be working towards our Rugby Academy kicking off its second year. We are currently in the process of contacting talented youth from around the traps and look forward to the programme getting underway in early October. This is not just about rugby but off-field development also.


If you want to find out more in relation to our rugby academy and what it can offer, please get in touch with us at enquiries@jrfc.co.nz or jgateswhanau@gmail.com.

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