The club signed off the 2019 season with a great prize-giving evening up at the club last Saturday. We had a good representation from our teams which was good to see and it was also great to host our local MP, Greg O’Connor.
Well done to all those that won awards on the night! An amazing amount of effort and application both on and off the field by our people and we should be proud to have got through a somewhat challenging year. Please see a list of our 2019 season prize-winners below:
Premier Team Awards:
· Kere Gillard: Cup Most Improved Senior – Taewa Rima
· Joe Ellis Cup: Promising Back Premiers – Jacob Walmsley
· Kenny Cup: Most Courage On Field of Play – Hemi Remuera
· Eric Powell Trophy: Promising Forward Premiers – PJ Sheck
· Terry Keogh Cup: Best and Fairest Premier – Kua Palakua
· Joan Bolderson Albie Cutting Cup: Players Player of the Year Premier – Peter Stewart and Hemi Remuera
· Scotty Bowl Premiers Reserve Player of the Year – Brett Taefu
· Most points Age Grade – Fred Guttenbeil
· Most Tries Age Grade – Tyler Hall
· Luff Trophy: Most Dedicated Age Grade – Chris Daiz
· Harris Trophy: Most Improved Age Grade – Eduardo Diaz
· Morar Cup: Best and Fairest Back – Caleb Cummings
· Best and Fairest Age Grade Forward – Tyler Hall
· Callesen & Hutton Cup: Age grade Player of the Year — Caleb Cummings
· Millichip Cup: Best Team Member – Raja Sami
Under 85’s Awards:
· John Suthers Memorial: 85’s Players Player of the Year – Seamus Rowberry
· Wally Smith Trophy: Most Valuable 85 – Yianni Hilder
· Most Points for an Individual – Rhion Rowberry
· JPM Cup Best and Fairest Reserve Grade Player – Charlie Kura
· Most Points Reserve Grade – Daniel Keig
· Selkirk Cup Most Tries Reserve Grade – Jamie Aukino
· Cedric Tairoa Memorial Cup: Best Personality Cripples – Hayden Compton
· 1841 Shield Cripple of the Year – Toke Edwards
· 1841 Shield Most Improved Cripple – VJ Va’a Lologa
· Green Horn of the Year – Lafaele Tomasi
· Most Tries for Open Grade – Sean Wichman
· Pressies Trophy: Best Pressie – Big Earle Kara
· Presidents Cup: Pressie Player of the Year – Derek Wanders
· Committee Cup: Coach of the Year – Paul “Bango” Te Ariki
· Segetin Cup: Best Manager – Susan Poutoa and Lauren Hannah
· Timperley Rose Bowl: Contribution by a Woman – Susan Poutoa
· Laurie Cameron Memorial Cup – Joe Gates (In recognition as an Executive member the work Joe has done with the Colleges and up and coming Rugby Academy)
· A.l Brider Cup: Dave “Weasle” Walmsley – (In recognition of Weasle’s contribution to the work done behind the scenes)
· Twiss Wharakura & Lynn Farnsworth Cup: Club Personality – Fraser McLaren
· Hallensteins Trophy Team Contribution – Premiers
· ORR Cup – Premiers Reserves
PJ Sheck makes the final U19 squad!
Awesome to see PJ make the final 25-man Wellington squad for the 2019 Jock Hobbs Under 19 National Competition. This is a terrific achievement by PJ and he and his team will be favourite to take out this competition on the back of some strong results most recently against Manawatu and Hawkes Bay Under 19 sides.
Perry Barber a finalist for Senior Rugby Volunteer of the Year
Great to see Perry Barber amongst some esteemed company and being one of three finalists for Senior Rugby Volunteer of the year. Most of you will know of Perry no doubt and the amount of work he puts in is unrivaled in his role as Club Captain, active Colts involvement, now assisting the Academy and also just plays a few games when sides are short! Some effort!
The other finalists for this include Tony Walsh (Wests) and John Willis (Ories). The awards are being held next Wednesday evening at Pipitea Marae and Function Centre. Good luck mate!
JRFC to launch inaugural Rugby Academy
Some awesome work has gone in over the past couple of months to establish our first Academy which kicks off early next week at the club. Special thanks to Joe Gates, Hiko Davies and Richard Henderson amongst a few others!
27 talented young players either out of the college scene at Onslow or Newlands as well as certain Colts and Premiers from last year have been invited to attend the Academy. It is likely a number a bit less than this will be involved week in week out in the Academy.
The Academy will look to take these young players on a journey to assist them in being the best version they can be of themselves. It will drive not only rugby but body management and life skills also. It will run from September through to December.
If anyone out there wants to be involved to support the Academy, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. This can be in any way, shape or form.
What’s on at the Club?
· 7’s in full swing again – training Monday / Wednesday from 6-7.30pm
· Roger Betham Boxfit classes – each Wednesday from 7.30pm
· Newlands Juniors prizegiving – Friday 6 September, 6pm
· Newlands Juniors Old Timer’s Day – Saturday 14 September, 12-6pm
· Rugby Academy – kicks off next Monday and sessions will run Tuesday / Thursday up at the club
· AGM – tentative date for this – Wednesday 27 November, more details to follow.
For more details, check out our calendar on our website at:
We will also be looking to see what we can do for the Rugby World Cup pool matches through Spark Sport. The latter games in the tournament are free to air and we will have no issues screening these so will be looking forward to the AB’s making the semi's and final hopefully!
We want to be continuing to improve as a rugby club and community hub and also to ensure our member and sponsor experience is as good as it can be. Don't be shy in providing any feedback you have around the club and please feel free to drop us a line at email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you soon in the lead up to the end of the year and into the 2020 season.