Season Update 2018

  Friday, March 30 2018

After a few weeks of Super rugby to wet the appetite and some great cricket capped off with a victory over England last night, the 2018 club season gets underway this weekend.

This year we will be fielding senior teams in the Premiers, Division 1, Division 2 and Colts competitions. The club is particularly pleased to be able to field a Colts team after a couple of years when we were unable to field a side in this competition and we thank all those concerned for their efforts in making this possible.

We welcome all Sponsors, both those new to the club and those returning from 2017. This year we are pleased to have PAK’n SAVE on board as the Major Club Sponsor and we welcome back BCD Group as the Premier Team sponsor, Alsco as the Division 1 Team sponsor, Sterile Services as the Division 2 Team sponsor and Pepper Construction as Colts Team sponsor.

The Junior Club season gets underway on 8 April. We welcome Mark Newman Memorial Trust and PAK’n SAVE as sponsors for the Junior Club. To date we have 243 players for 18 teams – a great effort.

Our gear sponsors for 2018 will once again be Kingsway Menswear and Revital Fertiliser. The Good Home will provide player of the day awards for the Senior Teams and once again will be the Official Bar for enjoying refreshments and fine dining.

The club is fortunate to be able to offer meals at the White House on Thursday night (team training night) and snacks/meals on game days courtesy of ABC Catering (Ant Bates). NB catering will not be available on this Thursday, 29 March.

Our Premier Team sponsors for 2018 will be: The Kiwi Butchers Shop, Timberco, Nicholsons Lawyers, Marsh Limited, McCurdy Engineering, Egmont Seafoods, Dads & Lads Barbers, Crossan Builders, Chemwash Taranaki, The Decorator Centre, Chad Niwa Builders, ECNZ Consultants, Peter Darney Vanburwray, LA Homes, Delaval Central Milking & Pumping, Rob Mason Electrical & Security, Taranaki Electrical Services, Sterile Services, Jason Reid Builders, TCM Ltd, Schurr & Ireland, Warren Bolton, TBS Group, Corson Tyres, Rampage Fitness, Speedy Signs and Cheers Digital.

Our Match Day Sponsors are: Mark Newman Memorial Trust, Revital Fertiliser, Rampage Fitness, Speedy Signs, Sterile Services and Chad Niwa Builders. Our Associate Sponsors are: Bounceback Physiotherapy, Chemwash Taranaki, Warwick William Accountants, Speedy Signs, IVHQ and the Waite and Ford Families.

The club intends to provide relevant information and updates on teams, games and club activities via its website http://www.npobrugby.co.nz. The website is being refreshed and will be up and rolling with a new look and feel within the next few days. We also expect to provide live streaming of the Premier Team games via our Facebook page (New Plymouth Old Boys’ Rugby) for those who are not able to make it to the match. Game highlights, club updates and sponsors information will be provided on home match days on a new big-screen TV that has been installed in the clubrooms..

The coaches for the various teams this year will be:

  • Premiers: Michael Carr, Boris Mitchell, Riki Hoeata, Kelvin McDowell
  • Division 1: Phil Gard, Abe Robertson
  • Division 2: Abe Robertson
  • Colts: Andrew Slater, Ross Lilley

This weekend the Premier, Division 1 and Colts sides travel to Tikorangi to play Clifton on Good Friday. The Division 2 team were to take on Okaiawa at Okaiawa on Saturday but this game will not now be played. Game details are:

  • Premiers: vs Clifton at Tikorangi (Friday 30th March) @ 2:45 pm
  • Division 1: vs Clifton at Tikorangi (Friday 30th March) @ 1 pm
  • Colts: vs Clifton at Tikorangi (Friday 30th March) @ 1 pm
  • Division 2: No Game

All teams will be keen to start the year off well and we wish them all the best for the season.

Next weekend is our first home game of the season vs Coastal. All senior sides will be playing at the White House so it should be a great day.

The club is planning a number of social functions/outings over the coming months. Tentative events and dates are:

  • Ladies trip to Southern – 14 April
  • Old Timers Day – 19 May (Home vs Tukapa)
  • Sponsors Day – 21 April (Home vs Spotswood United)
  • Club night / entertainment – 2 June
  • Club night / entertainment – 23 June
  • Club finals – 14 July (NB at Jubliee Park Inglewood)
  • Senior Prize giving – Late July

Updates on these events will be provided in due course.

The club is also working its way through planning for the Club Centenary that is planned for Easter weekend 2019. Further information on this great occasion will be available on the club website.

Cheers

Keith and Owen

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