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Issue 43 – April 2017


Whenever someone mentions Health and Safety it tends to be said with a tedious doctrinal twang to it. That can be understandable as its usually associated with a lecture in the workplace followed by an issue of governmental written brochures that you probably wont read and are too glossy to be used to start the fire. Oh well it least it was an hours break off the coalface.


But like it or not it is something serious we need to think about in our Rugby League Clubs and at matches. I personally anchored one corner of the stretcher last year to help carry off Northern Swords front rower Logan Pocklington at Toll Stadium last year. Close to the end of the match against Waikato the courageous prop badly damaged his knee and was in extreme pain. We were fortunate to have qualified and very experienced Physiotherapist Skye Renes as first responder on scene to assess the trauma of the injury. Soon after the first assessment Logan was rushed to hospital for further professional treatment.


We are two rounds into our Premiership and three into our Junior competition and the type of injury Logan suffered could have happened on club ground around Northland. St John are present Sunday mornings for our Mini/Mod to 13 year old grades offering first aid response to our juniors. RLN has health and safety policies we provide schools before hosting rugby league tournaments on their behalf.


But what happens at our Rugby League Clubs and the safety of its members and visitors been given full consideration?There are lots to think about from having first aid accredited team staff to the safety of the tamariki playing in the carpark whilst the speeches are being held. To get the best advice for your club please check Sport NZ link http://www.sportnz.org.nz/managing-sport/search-for-a-resource/guides/health-and-safety-for-clubs as a starting point or please enquire to Rugby League Northland.

As mentioned before we are full swing into our Club season with just the 15’s and 17 year olds to start next month. This age grade is having a short break after the Secondary Schools Adam Blair Trophy competition and representative Ruben Wiki Cup campaigns that have both finished recently. Consecutive cyclones dealt to our hopes of hosting the final of the Adam Blair which including a RL World Cup Festival, live-streaming and other support for the final. The weather bought  road closures from flooding and slips that meant students from the Far North Schools would not be able to travel to and from the matches safely.


Our Development Staff have had an extremely busy start to the year. As well as their usual work in schools with the Leadership through League programme and associated school tournaments they have been supporting the volunteer Coaches, Managers and Trainers who committed to our 16 and 18 year representative teams over the Christmas period and through the Ruben Wiki Cup.


Coaching Development Manager Phillip Manager and Development Officer Benson Selwyn have also helped the clubs in upskilling coaches and managers by facilitating Mini/Mod, Beginner Youth and Senior, Developing Youth and Senior courses around Northland. In total 65 volunteers have qualified and been accredited in these courses. Two senior coaches also attended a three day Senior Coach course at NZRL recently. Referee courses in Whangarei and Auckland have seen our referees volunteer for upskilling for the betterment of our game.


And finally, we cant forget we have a World Cup being co-hosted in New Zealand at the end of the year with two matches in Auckland. There are still early bird tickets on sale at $45.00 for a family, cheaper than the taking the kids to the movies! But these prices will not last so take advantage and don’t miss, look online for this great deal. The World Cup looks to be the icing on the cake of another good year for rugby league

Code, Club, Team.

Nga Mihi

2017 RLN Premiership Draw

2017 RLN Premiership Draw

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Adam Blair with Trophy2

Completion of Round 5 & Semi Final Draw

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