Day: October 7, 2015

Northern Swords v Rockcote Canterbury Bulls – Starting 13Northern Swords v Rockcote Canterbury Bulls – Starting 13

Here is the Starting 13 Line up for Round 7 of the NZRL National Competition – Northern Swords v Rockcote Canterbury Bulls, playing this Saturday 10th October at Toll Stadium, kick off at 1:30pm.  The curtain raiser is the Scott Electrical Sparkies v Placemakers Chippies who kick off at 11:30am.  Gates will be open at 11:00 – Adults $5, children 12 and under Gold Coin koha.

Please note – Final team is subject to change.

Starting 13 Swords v Canterbury


National Premiership Swords v Bulls – STREAMED LIVE BY CHANNEL NORTHNational Premiership Swords v Bulls – STREAMED LIVE BY CHANNEL NORTH

National Premiership Swords v Bulls streamed LIVE by Channel North. Also streaming live is the Trade of Origin match between the Scott Electrical Sparkies and the Placemaker Chippies. Like us on Facebook – or click on the image below to go direct.

The link to the live streaming will be posted on Facebook from 10.00am on Saturday.


Swords v Canterbury w CN logo



Northern Swords Shine at National TournamentNorthern Swords Shine at National Tournament

The Northern Swords 15s and 17s had an impressive Got a Trade Got it Made National Tournament in Rotorua last week.  For the first time ever, both the 15s and 17s managed to lift themselves off the bottom of the table with both teams finishing in 6th place (out of 8 teams).

“We are by far the smallest zone in terms of playing numbers, but we are seeing that our players are improving year after year on the field.  We have some exceptional talent coming through and they are getting noticed at a National and NRL level which has to be great for the growth of the game in Northland” said, RLN General Manager, Alex Smits.

Paul Turner

Paul Turner

Dylan Brown

Dylan Brown

An example of this was Paul Turner being named as player of the Tournament for the 15s.  Turner had an exceptional tournament.  Playing at Stand Off his combination with Dylan Brown helped guide the 15s to their most successful National tournament ever.  Turner scored 6 tries in 5 games with the highlight being an individual 60 metre try created from nothing to seal victory in golden point against Mid Central Vipers to secure the Swords a playoff for 5th and 6th.

Both Paul Turner and Dylan Brown were selected in the 15s Tournament Team.  Also of note was Paul’s Father and Coach, Joe Rau, who was named Coach of the Tournament for the 15s grade.-

Jim Larkin’s 17s team also finished 6th and were unlucky not to finish higher as they lost their final game 24 – 20 against the South Island Scorpions.  They were also unfortunate to have lost Warriors bound Nathan Newton after the first game with a broken arm.  Te Kahi Nathan was named in the 17s Tournament Team.

Te Kahi Nathan

Te Kahi Nathan

Tane Kaiwai

Tane Kaiwai

Joe Rau

Joe Rau









Northland was also well represented on the match official front with Taylor Waenga and Tane Kaiwai attending, with Kaiwai being named Referees Referee of the Tournament.


Paul Turner – 15s Player of the Tournament

Joe Rau –  Coach of the Tournament

Paul Turner and Dylan Brown – 15s Tournament Team

Te Kahi Nathan – 17s Tournament Team

Tane Kawai – Referees Referee of the Tournament

Northern Swords 14s – RuLA CompetitionNorthern Swords 14s – RuLA Competition

The Northern Swords U14s travel to Tauranga to play in the RULA Regional Tournament.  This is the third year that the Swords have participated in this tournament, previously we have sent an U13s team, but this year the structure has changed to focus on the U14s Grade.

The Swords 14s are coached by Jimmy Croft with Mike Hetaraka the Team Manager.  They will face Nationals (toa Samoa), Auckland Maori, Counties Manukau, Bay of Plenty and Coastline.  The Swords 14s have five players who will be backing up from the U15s Nationals so are fairly confident that they will be competitive at this tournament. 

However the Kaupapa of the Tournament is not just about winning or losing on the field, points are awards for many different aspects of the ‘Team.’

A Word from Baz Palmer – RuLA Tournament Director

The RuLA point system firstly measure field games as in game results… yet this result only contributes to around a 1/3rd of a team’s overall tournament score. The next part looks at areas of a teams performance, such as, Sportsmanship, Determination, Proficiency, Haka etc.  And thirdly… the balance of points are marked against ALL those who make up a ‘team’ – players, captains, coaches, managers – even parents and supporters!

As all aspects of our ‘game’ individually improve… the over standard and performance of our game will rise.. and this is the ultimate aim of the RuLA tournaments. For one team to WIN the overall tournament, on that day, they are the team closest to MASTERY of ALL areas of their game – both on and off the field.. not always the oldest or fastest.

Remember… it is not good enough just to win on the field, it is ‘how everyone plays the game’.  As NZRL puts it, Rugby League is “More Than Just a Game”.

Northern Swords 14s team:

Matenga ASHBY
Siosiua FOTU
Rangatira KEERAKO
Toiangakahurangi MEHANA-PURU
Richmond PATUA
Tangaroa PIREROA
Kiarni RANUI
Terry-Jack SMART






Northern Swords Premiers – Round 6 v Akarana FalconsNorthern Swords Premiers – Round 6 v Akarana Falcons

The Northern Swords have continued their vastly improved 2015 season across all grades with standout performances from all three teams.  The Premiers although winless in the 2015 Campaign have cast aside their easy beat tag and put in another solid performance against the Akarana Falcons going down 40 – 12 while the Swords 15s and 17s both finished a very respectable 6th place.

Premiers Swords Coach, Jon Renes, has built a youthful squad that has seen vast improvements throughout the campaign and although the score line remains on the negative side of the ledger the squad remains upbeat and is committed to improving performance after performance.  In the weekend they trailed 16 – 6 at half time against an Akarana team that was desperate to prove to critics that they are the force that they have been in previous years. In the past the Swords would have capitulated and conceded a heavy score line against their Auckland counterparts – however they were able to hold onto a very respectable 40 – 12 loss.

The Swords have the opportunity of being party poopers against 2nd placed Canterbury Bulls this coming Saturday at 1.30pm at Toll Stadium.  The Bulls look assured to defend their title in the final in a fortnight, however, if the Swords can pull out a miracle and pull off an upset they could ruin the chances of the Bull making the finals and promote 3rd placed Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions.  As it stands the final will more than likely be a replay of the weekend’s game that saw Counties Manukau narrowly defeat the Bulls 26 – 20 in a thriller.

One motivation for the Northern Swords this weekend will be the fact that the game will be streamed live by Channel North.  Rugby League Northland is continuing its work with the local TV Channel after they televised the RLN Scott Electrical Finals live.  This weekend will see both the curtain raiser and the NZRL National Premiership Game televised live on Channel North as well as streamed through the RLN and NZRL websites.  The curtain raiser is the third match of the innovative Trade of Origin series between the Scott Electrical Sparkies and the Placemaker Chippies.  The Sparkies have already taken out the series after winning the first two games.  The first 23 – 22 and the second 42 – 38 – both were tight encounters so expect fireworks from the Chippies as they will not want to lose three in a row.

Jack Colvin Park, Te Atatu Akarana Falcons 40 (Fatani Manukia 2, Simon Wafalealo, Semisi Fotu, Morgan Timoti-Cook, Semisi Ma’u & Faleapa Rome tries; Eko Malu 6 goals) Northern Swords 12 (Anaru Thompson & Eli George tries; Thompson 2 goals); HT: 16-6

Woden Rams TourWoden Rams Tour

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Rugby League Northland again welcomes our Australian Brothers from the Woden Rams in Canberra to Northland. This is the third year they have come to the wonderful Northland.  Originally, the link was established via Kalani Going, who started playing Junior League for the Rams while a part of the Canberra Raiders Academy.  Going is the Grandson of Northland Great Union player Sid Going and the nephew of League Stars Thomas and Kylie Leuluai.

One thing is sure, rivalry between Australia and NZ at any level is always fierce.  As Kiwis we can have bragging rights for the first time ever as the Kiwis are currently ranked #1 in the World and for the second time ever in the history of league the Kiwis have beaten the Kangaroos 3 times in a row.  As for the rivalry between the Rams and Northland, the first year saw two Rams teams visit with each playing two games, the ledger that year was shared with Northland teams winning 2 and the Rams winning 2.  Last year the Rams played Otaua and lost, then played Otaika that saw a game go right down to the wire for a draw! 

On Tuesday the Rams played against the Otaua Valleys in Kaikohe.  Otaua led at 18 – 0 at half time. The Rams came back in the second half with a typical Australian spirit, but Otaua were able to hold on for a 28 – 18 win. So the overall ledger is Northland 4 – Woden 2 and 1 draw. 

The Rams hadn’t played any footy for 6 weeks while a good contingent of the Otaua team played last week at the NZRL 15s and 17s Nationals so with a game under their belt the Rams will be well primed to take on the Otaika Eagles on Friday!  The Otaika Eagles were defeated finalists in the U16s Elijah Taylor Cup.

Match Day:  Friday 9th October Kick Off 12pm at Fishbone Park – Whangarei.


Tuesday 6th October at Kaikohe Rugby Ground – Woden Rams v Otaua Valleys – Results

Otaua Valleys 28: Tries: Kalani Waa, Iraia (2), Xavier Johnston, Ranipiri Tau, Goals: Brody Tamarua (4).  Players of the Day – Joseph Ngere, Ranipiri Tau 

 Woden Rams 18: Tries: Daniel De Smet, Michael Ryan, Andrew Scheele. Goals: Daneil De Smet (2), Thomas Robertson. Players of the Day – Daneil De smet, Thomas Robertson


RLN Competition, Communication and Admin Manager – VacancyRLN Competition, Communication and Admin Manager – Vacancy

Rugby League Northland is excited to advertise the above vacancy. Rugby League Northland is an organisation that continues to develop. Over the last four years it has grown from 1 employee to four full time employees and has increased participation from 620 in 2010 to over 3000 in 2015.

This role is essential to ensure the smooth management of all Rugby League competitions inNorthland as well as to ensure that Rugby League Northland events are visual to the greater Northland and NZ community. The successful applicant will need to be a self starter with strong communications skills and the ability to manage time lines and projects. They will need to be computer and website literate with an eye for detail and will need to have the confidence to be able to learn the Leaguenet database and be able to deliver training to volunteers. They will ideally have a background inmarketing or communications and be passionate about sport.

Hours of work are between 9 and 5pm Mon – Fri. The successful applicant will need to be flexiblewith their hours as there will be some evening work and weekend work. This is a 12 month fixed term contract based on 40 hours per week. The role will report to the RLN General Manager.

The successful applicant will need an attitude that reflects Rugby League Northlands core values:
Tuakiritanga – Identity”, “Kōtahitanga – Unity”, “Rangatiratanga – Leadership” and “Manakitanga

Responsibility of hosting, caring, sharing and giving of our best.”


To apply for this role please send your CV with a covering letter to:

All applications should be sent to Alex Smits – General Manager by October 21st and should include a CV and a covering letter.



Edward Irving Wins NZRL Pirtek Volunteer of the MonthEdward Irving Wins NZRL Pirtek Volunteer of the Month

It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Edward Irving, the Northern Swords Premiers’ Manager, for winning this month’s NZRL Pirtek Volunteer of the Month Award.

Ed has been integral to the Swords Premiers this season. His commitment to all of the Swords Reps (including the 14s, 15s and 17s), has exceeded beyond the day to day Team Manager requirements.

Ed juggles his full time job, his family and his own personal commitments to still put in several hours a week, ensuring our Senior players have all the positive help and support that they need. It is a pleasure for Rugby League Northland to work with Ed.

There is no doubt that there are many Coaches, Managers, Trainers, Volunteers and parent support out there doing the same for their players, their teams and their children and we wish to acknowledge and thank them for all their hard work this year.