Barney Wharerau Memorial 9s

In the Barney Wharerau Memorial Nines (BW9s) Tournament the Hikurangi Stags made it a clean sweep of Premier Trophies as they defeated the Otangarei Knights in a Golden Try winner 16 – 12. Eight teams contested the bi-annual tournament that was started to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Barney Wharerau who tragically passed away while playing for the Otahuhu Gazelles.

Final Second Thriller Ends Swords Dreams

The Northern Swords almost created the biggest upset in the history of the NZRL National Premiership on Saturday at Lindvart Park, in Kaikohe, as they led 28 – 24 with less than a minute left on the clock. The Swords were deep into the Orcas half on attack when on 5th and final tackle their attempted drop goal got charged down. Orca winger, Patrick Ahnau was first on the scene from the charge down toeing it ahead to commence a footrace with the Swords covering defence. He was fortunate that the ball popped up cleanly into his hands 5 metres away from the try line to score under the posts as the Swords defence tried desperately to hold him up. Orca’s standoff, Bronson Marino, calmly slotted the 2 points to snatch victory 30 – 28.

Barney Wharerau 9s

The Barney Wharerau 9s is a memorial tournament celebrating the life of Bernard (Barney) James Wharerau, Barney descended from Waima and Moehau in the Hokianga, he was the youngest of ten children. Barney tragically died on Sunday 17 September 1995 aged 29 on the field playing Rugby League for the Otahuhu Gazelles. Barney left behind four children, Ina, Teau, Otene and Anthony.

Northern Swords A Launching Pad for future careers

Saturday will see a festival of Rugby League with the Northern Swords playing the Wellington Orcas as well as the Barney Wharerau Memorial 9s Tournament. The day forms part of RLN’s strategy to bring the Swords to the community, we have a young team that we are working with for the future. The NZRL National Competition is hugely competitive and of an incredibly high standard, come down to Kaikohe and enjoy some high class Rugby League, bring your whanau, it’s a free event and support the Swords and be a part of the first ever Barney Wharerau 9s Tournament. You may even being watching Northland’s next NRL Star with two players from Northland recently signing contracts with NRL Clubs.

Junior Swords Update

The Swords 14s played Counties Manukau last Sunday and were up 12-10 with 10 minutes remaining. They had a lapse in concentration and unfortunately Counties ran in 3 unanswered tries.

Captain Manny Snooks, led by example topping the tackle count with some bone jarring hits on a much bigger pack, Rex Wiki bent the line every time he carted the ball up and was running like a man possessed. The boys ran to a really structured game plan enforced by coach Jim croft who has done wonders in developing the culture of this team.

RLN’s Leadership Through League Programme

At present RLN is working with 3 secondary schools and the Lowie Sports Academy facilitating coaching and refereeing skills which contribute to both NZQA and NCEA credit and assessments. These students are working in 17 primary schools in Whangarei, Mid-North and Kaitaia and are building some really positive relationships whilst developing their ability to work in a coaching and refereeing environment.