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Issue 44 – June 2017


Kia Ora Koutou,

June is officially the start of the winter season and the recent colder mornings would seem to confirm this fact as our Club football season is moving along and well past the halfway point. After the recent long weekend break its game three in the second round of the RLN Premiership with the Anthony Murray Memorial Trophy and cash prize up for grabs. Congratulations to the Takahiwai Warriors for earning round one bragging rights and taking home the Graham Pitts trophy. Five more rounds of Premier fixtures before the play-off series at Toll Stadium with the Grand Final scheduled for Saturday 5 August and a fortnight later our Northern Swords Premiers start in the NZRL Regional qualifying tournament.


The Mini and Mod competition at Blue Goose has four weeks left in their competition before the representative season commences for our 13’s, 15’s and 17 year old grades attending the North Island District Tournaments in Rotorua. The Rugby League World Cup festival was well received at the Blue Goose on the Sunday of May with many young players and spectators taking part in the fun activities. It’s a big year with New Zealand co-hosting the World Cup tournament at the end of the year, there are still some family tickets available for less than the price of taking the kids to the movies but these discounted prices won’t last.


Whilst the Club footy is in full swing so is the rugby league in schools programme’s. RLN Development staff are busy across Northland schools introducing new players to our code with the Back yard league, Leadership through League and tournament programmes. A successful tournament series for Year 9 & 10 Boys culminated on Thursday with the Best of the Best final tournament between north and south secondary Schools where Kamo High School ran out eventual winners and Whangaroa College coming second, well done to both of them.


Much has been publicised about the Northland Women’s representative side going to National tournament and so it should. For the first time in many years the region saw interest grow for a Women’s competition grow from the ground up last year, matches were played in Taipa and Whangarei with a team from Auckland also helping develop the grade. After a 25 year absence, and after a lot of work the Northern Women’s team, made up of players from right across our region, ran onto Cornwall Park to face a handy Canterbury side and take their first lesson. The next game was against Auckland Vulcans and having shaken their first match nerves scored their first try. Such was the delight of the supporters and team that spectators at other fields thought our ladies had won the match. By the end of the three days and playing two games a day the team had played eventual winners Counties-Manukau, Wellington, Auckland, Waicoa Bay and Canterbury fair to say they got to play against the best players from around New Zealand . Throughout the tournament our ladies played with a never give up attitude that all Northlanders can be proud of and developed immensely in rugby league experience and mate-ship.
Support your teams well, see you on the sidelines.


Nga Mihi


Duane Fyfe

General Manager


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