NZRL is seeking applications for board directors on behalf of an independent appointments panel that manages the recruitment process across the country’s seven administrative zones. All board positions are for a term of three years. Rugby league is a sport for all New Zealanders, played at the grassroots and on the international stage. The sport is “more than just a game” – it is part of the social fabric of our country, and has a critical role in developing young men and women in some of our most “at risk” communities.
In a sign of how eager teams are to play in the 2015 NorthTec Adam Blair competition, the tournament kicks off today with a hastily rearranged fixture between Okaihau College and Kaitaia College, hosted at Kaitaia (previously scheduled to play on Wednesday). The NorthTec Adam Blair rugby league college competition starts in the school Term 1, and has done for the past two years. This year, the competition attracts 11 colleges, an increase from last year, with a new combined team called “Kura Hokianga” which is a selection of players from the Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Te Tonga O Hokianga, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Kaikohe and the Opononi Area schools.
2015 Draw for this year’s NorthTec Adam Blair Competition. Please be aware that as we go through the competition, draw details can change depending on school timetables and other external events. Rugby League Northland will endeavour to keep the draw details as up to date as possible over the coming weeks, but please feel free to contact us at – firstname.lastname@example.org or 09 437 9640 if you need further clarification.
After three years of service as a Rugby League Northland Development Officer, Joe Rau has resigned his role to take up the position of Te Tai Tokerau Touch Development Officer.
I’m sure many of you have read plenty of news about the 2015 NRL Season Launch, followed by the awesome weekend that was the Dick Smith NRL 9s, but many of you may not be aware that on the same day, NZRL hosted a, Women in League workshop. 3 attendees from the Rugby League Northland community had the opportunity to attend this event – Sharon Bird, Juanita Hool and Toni Haldane. Key note speakers were – Canterbury Bulldogs Chief Executive, Raelene Castle, Jennie Webster, newly appointed NSW Juniors Competitions Manager (prev. Operations Manager for Balmain Tigers and Yvonne Purtell, Operations Manager for Penrith Panthers Juniors.
The NZRL Awards Night is set to be a cracking event, riding on the wave of winning the Four Nations in 2014. Most people will be looking to see who will win the Kiwis player of the Year from the prestigious list of Shaun Johnson, Simon Mannering and Jesse Bromwich. However, Northlanders will be looking to see who wins the Grassroots Club of the Year, as the Otangarei Knights have been named as finalists.
A key change for the 2015 calendar is the change in our junior grades from odds to evens. Grades played across Northland will be 6s, 8s, 10s, 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s. Also changing will be the 16s and 18s moving to Saturday football. Both decisions were voted in by the clubs at a special meeting in October. New in 2015 will be a free weekend for a Senior Swords Trial. This will be the Weekend of 30/31st May and will combine with the 15s and 17s trial.
Sign up to become a Referee (full training will be provided). You can help make a difference! A referees training session has been organised for the 29th of January at Sport Northland, (Kensington Park, Western Hills Drive – Northern end) between 5.30 and 8.30pm.