Round 2, Week 10

  Thursday, June 7 2018

Greetings all.

The Club would like to acknowledge the tremendous support it receives from its sponsors and in particular its major Club sponsor PAKn’SAVE. We encourage all club members and supporters to utilise the sponsors as much as possible in recognition of the great support the Sponsors provide to the Club.

Last Saturday, 02 June, the Premiers, Division 1 and Colts hosted Southern at Vogeltown Park while the Division 2 side had a bye.

BCD Group Premiers enjoyed a good 30-15 win scoring 4 tries in the process to pick up the maximum points on offer. Southern started well pressuring Old Boys in all phases and only great defence saw Old Boys keep its line intact. Old Boys managed an early penalty before Gabriel Lauderdale-Smith picked up a 5-pointer under the posts to lead 10-0 after 15minutes. Daniel Waite kicked his 2nd penalty before grabbing his own try under the posts to stretch the lead to 20-3 heading into half time. Jamarl Weir scored after 15 minutes in the 2nd half before Southern answered with 2 unconverted tries. Late in the game Old Boys was able to give game time to several of the Division 1 players including Sam Wairangi who managed a try in the corner in his first outing for the Premiers this season and was unlucky not to bag a 2nd with another strong run into the corner late in the game. Players to stand out for Old Boys and to pick up MVP points were Michael Loft (3), Brodie Lillie (2) and Jackson Carrington (1). The Premiers sit 3rd on the competition table 3 points behind the leaders Coastal.

Alsco Division 1 unfortunately lost its second game on the trot to Southern. Again the Old Boys forwards had the measure of their opposites but it was out wide once again where Old boys conceded space and points with Southern running in 5 first half ties with 3 of them in the ten minutes before halftime. After a stern halftime talk, Old Boys were more effective scoring 2 tries to 1 in the 2nd half. However, catch up rugby is never easy and Southern deserved its 34-17 victory. James Wilson was very solid and deserved the Player of the Day accolade with strong performances also from Gary Hofmans, Cole Paulin and Jamayn Kepa.

Sterile Services Division 2 had the bye.

Pepper Construction NPOB Colts beat Southern 15-13 in a tense tight struggle. Old Boys got off to a pretty good start with some ideal field position early but failed to put points on the board. Southern on the other hand with their big forwards rolling downfield combined with the backs to score a well taken try and then knocked over a penalty to go up by 8-0. While there was a clear size difference between the forward packs Old Boys players carried the ball well and worked hard in the tight. Player of the day Brad Rigden carried the ball several times with determination and was the subject of some heavy tackles but got up and kept going. Shortly before halftime after some good forwards and backs inter-passing Terrell Erwood scored a try in the corner. Old Boys, behind 8-5 at halftime, were confident they could play the right areas with the wind behind them. There were 2 or 3 fine examples of 1 phase exits to get into the Southern end of the field. However just having the wind doesn’t win games and Old Boys had to dig deep and as tensions rose Jesse Goodwin did a fine job in keeping a lid on things. Old Boys managed a long range try to Terrill Erwood which was converted to give them a 12-8 lead but Southern came back to score and regain the lead 13-12. A late penalty gave Old Boys the lead 15-13 and on the back of some determined gutsy late defence enabled them to hold in for the win. Hit of the day went to Terrill Erwood with a fine spot tackle. Our new award of Show Pony of the Week went to Joby Hintz.

The Club would like to offer is congratulations to Brett Tucker, Chad Peterson, Jahmarl Weir, Kaylum Boshier, Michael Loft, Toby Burkett and Tupou Vaa’i who have been selected for the Taranaki U19 squad for 2018 and to Rikki Hoeta who has been appointed as Assistant Coach of the U19 side.

The Junior Club continues with its competition and draws are available on the website www.trfu.co.nz. The key sponsors for the Junior Club is the Mark Newman Memorial Trust. The Trust does a fantastic job providing funding for all of the Junior Club teams.

This weekend (09 June), the Premier and Colts sides have a second consecutive game at home, this time against Inglewood, while the Division 1 and Division 2 sides have the bye. Match details are:

  • Premiers: Inglewood @ Vogeltown Park, Saturday 9 June, 2.45pm
  • Division 1: Bye
  • Colts: Inglewood @ Vogeltown Park, Saturday 9 May, 1.00pm
  • Division 2: Bye

On the social scene last week the Club celebrated Ladies Day where we hosted and entertained the Southern Belles and the local supporters with fine music from duo “Off-the-Cuff”. A special thanks to Karena Mawson, Yvette Preston, Justine Darney, Sue Darney and Liz Dobson who organised the event which included some fantastic prizes which were drawn on the on the day.

Other key events for the coming months are:

  • Club night / entertainment: 23 June
  • Club finals: 14 July (NB at Jubliee Park Inglewood)
  • Senior Prize giving Late July

The match-day sponsors for the up-coming games at Vogeltown Park will be:

  • 09 June: Inglewood, Chad Niwa Builders
  • 23 June: Clifton, Rampage Fitness

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 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.

We are also trying to get the Club database up to date with the upcoming centenary and it would be great if people could go onto our website and subscribe at the bottom of the page to newsletters with your email address.

Cheers

Keith and Owen

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