Round 2, Week 8

  Friday, May 25 2018

The first game of Round 2 got underway last Saturday at Vogeltown Park with the Senior sides playing cross town rivals Tukapa in wet and slippery conditions.

BCD Group Premiers unfortunately could not get the job done against Tukapa going down 27-25. Tukapa got away to a great start scoring 1 early converted try and 2 penalties to lead 13-0 after 15 minutes. Old Boys managed to get back into the game with a great try to Jahmarl Weir after a nice break by Brayton Northcote-Hill. With 2 penalties to Daniel Waite Old Boys drew level 13-13 at half time. Old Boys was first to score in the 2nd half with a good try to Kaylum Boshier after a nice break by Mitchell O’Neill to lead 18-13. Tukapa capitalised on its field position to score 2 penalties and a try to lead 22-18 with 15 minutes to go. Logan Rei then scored a breakout try after an intercept and pass by Dean Stewart inside our own 22m line which was converted by Daniel Waite giving Old Boys the lead 25-24. Tukapa however had the final say with a penalty to win 27-25. Players to stand out for Old Boys and to pick up MVP points were Caleb Mawson (3), Kaylum Boshier (2) and Logan Rei (1). The loss and unexpected results in other matches means the Premiers slip to 4th on the competition table.

Alsco Division 1 notched up its 4th win on the trot with a 22-13 victory against a very physical Tukapa team to make a great start to Round 2. The game was a typical wet weather affair with the battle of the forward packs determining the result. The Old Boys pack stuck to the task for 80 minutes providing the revamped backline with good clean front foot ball. Ant Taylor and Matt Harold were a formidable combination and were able to create good space for the outside pacey line up. David Stark was on the receiving end of a well-orchestrated build up and crossed for Old Boys first try after 9 minutes. Hard working Sefaia Civikisuva scored a try in each half which epitomised the relentless Old Boys forward effort. His second try came from very good support play where he ran 35m to score beside the uprights. Richard Darney once again was solid at fullback, counter attacking on numerous occasions, putting Tukapa under the pump. Jesse Goodwin was very impressive for the 40 minutes he played and was well rewarded with a try. Willie Lane worked hard on defence with a master tackling display. With the win Old Boys have hit the lead on the competition ladder.

Sterile Services Division 2 found things tough going against Tukapa. Unfortunately Old Boys could only field 14 players due to a few ‘no-shows’. But as it was Old Timers Day and against Tukapa there was little question Old Boys would not front-up despite lack of numbers. The players who took the field did their best to represent Old Boys with pride in spite of our obvious predicament. Players like Shane Hamnett and Johnny Wallis who did not think they had 80mins in them dug deep as they were needed. Player-of-the-day, Johnny Walker put in a huge effort and with great support by Paddy Morris, Scott Rawlinson, Dan Cowley and Mike Carruthers, they are the glue of our team and worked tirelessly to stem the Tukapa-flow. Old Boys also welcomed back Adam Bayliss whose competitive nature kept Tukapa honest. However, as the scoreline would show, Old Boys experience and combinations were not a match for our slicker opposition and Tukapa were just too good.

Pepper Construction Colts managed a hard fought victory over Tukapa 14-7 and the old adage – a win is a win, take it and move on – is certainly true. Old Boys got away to a great start with a converted try after 2 minutes but then conceded a converted try virtually straight away. The team and Coaching/Management staff were disappointed with many aspects of the game. The players were not urgent enough and didn’t bring the defensive intensity that was evident the previous week against Inglewood. Player of the day was William Luff and the hard man of the day was Humble Ritson. The Colts are currently 2nd on the competition ladder.

The Junior Club continues with its competition and draws are available on the website www.trfu.co.nz.

This weekend (26 May), the Premier, Division 1, Division 2 and Colts sides take on Stratford – Eltham while the Division 2 side travels to Kaponga. Match details are:

  • Premiers: Stratford-Eltham @ Victoria Park, Saturday 26 May, 2.45pm
  • Division 1: Stratford-Eltham @ Victoria Park, Saturday 26 May, 1.00pm
  • Colts: Stratford-Eltham @ Victoria Park, Saturday 26 May, 1.00pm
  • Division 2: Stratford-Eltham @ Victoria Park, Saturday 26 May, 1.00pm

On the social scene the Club was pleased to be able to entertain the Old Timers before, during and after the match and appreciated the opportunity to enjoy their company. As the evening progressed we had a great night with a Country and Western theme with some great costumes on display. Most of the young and fit tried their luck with the mechanical bronco bucking bull although its fair to say that the bull had the last laugh with most hitting the pads early. Well done to Delwyn and the team for their efforts in organising this event.

Key events planned for the coming months are:

  • Ladies Day: 02 June
  • Club night / entertainment: 02 June
  • Club night / entertainment: 23 June
  • Club finals: 14 July (NB at Jubliee Park Inglewood)
  • Senior Prize giving Late July

Details of the next social event, Ladies Day, are attached.

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

  • 02 June: Southern, Chemwash Taranaki
  • 09 June: Inglewood, Chad Niwa Builders
  • 23 June: Clifton, Rampage Fitness

We look forward to catching up with the Sponsors for these occasions.

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 our 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.

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