The final game of the 1st round of the competition involved the Premiers, Division 2 and Colts sides playing Inglewood while the Division 1 side had the bye.
BCD Group Premiers won a hard fought battle with Inglewood 31-10 in challenging conditions on Friday night under lights. Old Boys scored 3 tries in the first half, 2 to Kaylum Boshier and 1 to Shaan Waite to lead 17-3 at half time. Inglewood lost a player to a red card in the 1st half but found another gear early the 2nd half to pressure Old Boys to score a try to reduce Old Boy’s lead to 17-10. Old Boys was however able to withstand Inglewood’s attack and scored another try in the corner to Jackson Carrington plus 2 penalties to Daniel Waite. Players to stand out for Old Boys and to pick up MVP points were Jackson Carrington (3), Kaylum Boshier (2) and Shaan Waite and (1). At the end of Round 1 the Premiers sit 2nd on the competition table, 1 point behind leader Southern.
Alsco Division 1 team had the bye. Old boys sits 3rd on the competition ladder.
Sterile Service Division 2 team was scheduled to play on Saturday 12 May but unfortunately had to default its game as it was short on numbers due to unavailability and injuries.
Pepper Construction Colts came away with a very good 38-0 win in difficult conditions also on Friday night 11th May. A lot of effort went into training during the week on tackling technique and the team certainly took the battle to Inglewood with a number of players making big improvements and a number of players hitting really hard in defence. Having 3 Premier players in Blake Patterson, Jesse Goodwin and Brodie Lilley available made a big difference and they set the standard and a lot of their teammates lifted up a gear by having them leading the way. In total Old Boys scored 6 tries with 3 to Humble Ritson. There were many telling runs from the back by Fletcher Broderick and the player of the day was Cory Jury. A couple of players Cory Rigden and Jesse Goodwin ended up in hospital with injuries, Cory suffered a broken collarbone and Jesse a suspected broken wrist however X-rays cleared him. This week we will be looking a big week of training in preparation for Tukapa on Saturday. The Colts team sits 2nd on the competition table.
The Junior Club continues with its competition and draws are available on the website www.trfu.co.nz.
This weekend (19 May), the Premier, Division 1, Division 2 and Colts sides take on Tukapa at Vogeltown Park in the first game of Round 2 and all teams will be looking to start the 2nd round well. Match details are:
This Saturday we welcome past players and their families to join us at the White House for Old Timers day and enjoy refreshments and a few good yarns with the present day players and supporters as we take on the Chooks. Old Boys has a proud tradition and we would like to acknowledge the efforts of the Old Timers in making this a great club. It will be great also for the Old Timers to encourage the teams take on our old foes. A warm welcome also to all of our Sponsors. The Match Day sponsor will be Mark Newman Memorial Trust.
After the match we have arranged some entertainment, see attached flyer.
Key events planned for the coming months are:
The match-day sponsors for the up-coming games at Vogeltown Park will be:
We look forward to catching up with the Sponsors for these occasions.
For club updates and progress updates for the games and events, log-on to the club website www.npobrugby.co.nz and Facebook page New Plymouth Old Boys’ Rugby. We have a new Facebook Page where we have been streaming games live when the internet connection is sufficient (with a commentary this week by our guest Bevan Dewar from Radio Sports Talk), so if its wet you can enjoy the match from the clubrooms while enjoying refreshments. For access to the website please go onto the new Facebook Page and press “Like it” for updates i.e. New Plymouth Old Boys’ Rugby Club.
Keith and Owen
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