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NorthTec Adam Blair XIII Squad Announced for match against the WarriorsNorthTec Adam Blair XIII Squad Announced for match against the Warriors

20150315_105955_resized 20150315_105614_resized 20150315_105228_resized 2015-03-15_15.59.30_resizedOver 50 College hopefuls attended Bay of Islands College on Sunday, to trial for the NorthTec Adam Blair XIII.  In a day that the heavens threatened to open up, there was some heavenly Rugby League played.  Considering the players had never played with each other, the quality of Rugby League on show gave Coach Jim Larkin some difficult choices.

The match against the Warriors Development has become an annual highlight on the RLN Calendar, 2015 will be the third time it is played.  The game will be part of a Rugby League Northland extravaganza of League with two RLN Premiership games being played on the same day at Central Rugby Ground – Lindvart Park in Kaikohe.  For the hopeful College players it’s a great opportunity to gauge their skills against future Warriors players.

In 2014 the Adam Blair XIII team was incredibly competitive, narrowly losing 42 – 28, with the Warriors scoring a couple of late tries.  Two players remain from the 2014 squad – Whangarei Boys’ High Centre – Caleb Aekins and Okaihau half-back Stevie Ray Haenga-Albert.

Coach Jim Larkin was incredibly happy with the squad announced, “We are definitely seeing an improvement in the quality of Rugby League being played at college level.  I have picked a squad that work to the intensity, equal to what the Warriors will play to.  We lack a little bit of size up front, but what we lack there, will be made up with speed and a big work rate”.

The squad named is: Coach: Jim Larkin; Manager: Tarei Patuwairoa; Trainer: Jon Renes

School First Name Last Name School First Name Last Name
BOI Jarrod Hona Kaitaia College Marlon Harris
Dargaville Thomas Anderson Kaitaia College Jackson Sparksman-Brott
Dargaville Kane Pomare Kaitaia College Ranapiri Tau
Kamo James Witahira Kaitaia College Brody Tamarua
Okaihau Kingston Croft-Haenga Kaitaia College Cale Te Paa
Okaihau Stevie-Ray Haenga-Albert Tikipunga Nathan Godsall
Okaihau Xavier Johnson Tikipunga Nabil Loto’Ahea
Okaihau Joseph Ngere Tikipunga Tahi Subritzky
Northland Tamati Leach WBHS Caleb Aekins
Northland Jayde Moana-Pou WBHS Bernard Cowan
Northland Kaleili Tanginoa WBHS Jayd Kapa
Northland Kalani Waa WBHS Nathan Newton
Kaitaia College Dalton Armstrong WBHS Joel Tugaga

RLN Premiership Season Opener – 28th March Central Rugby Ground, Kaikohe

Curtain Raiser:  RLN Premiership – Kerikeri Makos v Muriwhenua Falcons 1.30pm
NorthTec Adam Blair XIII v Warriors Development– 3.00pm
Hokianga Pioneers v Moerewa Tigers –

David Grindle provides expertise for RLN JudiciaryDavid Grindle provides expertise for RLN Judiciary

Rugby League Northland would like to acknowledge the support of David Grindle and WRMK Lawyers, who will be providing expertise for the RLN Judiciary.

David graduated from Waikato University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Laws and in 2011 he graduated from Auckland University with a Masters in Commercial Law.

David works in WRMK’s dispute resolution team dealing with a wide range of legal problems. He also heads the employment law team and has a particular interest in construction law, maritime law and general civil litigation. David has a refined ability to resolve his clients’ legal problems and invites you to contact him.

Outside of work David is a member of the Parua Bay School Board of Trustees and plays rugby for the mighty Mount Manaia Golden Oldies.

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Local League Star Returns Home to Promote Rugby LeagueLocal League Star Returns Home to Promote Rugby League

Elijah Taylor

Monday, 8th April 2013

Elijah Taylor – 2 Test Matches for the Kiwis to his name and 40 NRL appearances for the Vodafone Warriors will be returning home to Kaitaia to complete a number of School visits.

Originally Elijah was scheduled to attend a Leadership through League festival on Tuesday 9th of April, however Warriors Management changed their training schedule at the last minute.  But in show of true passion and professionalism Elijah has made himself available on Monday.  Elijah will be playing against the South Sydney Rabbitoh’s on Sunday and then spending 8 hours in a car to attend 5 schools on Monday promoting Rugby League in Kaitaia and celebrating the recently launched Leadership through League program.  Kaitaia College who this week qualified for the NorthTec Adam Blair trophy final will have the opportunity to pick Elijah’s brain on how to win a grand final.  Elijah was a part of the first Warriors U20 Grand Final Champions team in 2010.

Leadership through League is a program that is run in partnership between Rugby League Northland and the Northland DHB.  It sees College students being taught coaching and leadership principles then interacting with primary schools to gain practical experience.  The college students are then responsible for running and managing an end of program festival.

The partnership between RLN and the DHB sees the College students mentoring primary school students on the benefits of “Water is the best drink,” of which Elijah Taylor will be an ambassador for and will voice a number of radio adverts later in the year.

Elijah is always prepared to go the extra mile for grass roots Rugby League and has even been known to run water for the Muriwheneua Falcons team.

Elijah’s next NRL game will be a milestone, his 50th at senior level. But it won’t be this week, he is sitting out the weekend with a rib cartilage injury picked up in last Sunday’s game v Rabbitohs. Elijah’s doing solid rehab and will be fit for the milestone v Storm on Anzac Day 25th. Here’s a newly released video clip from NZRL.


Pictures from Elijah’s visit –

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