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Rugby League Northland AGM 2022Rugby League Northland AGM 2022

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 All Northland League Clubs, Regional Sports Organisations and the general public are cordially invited to attend the Rugby League Northland Annual General Meeting.

DATE: Monday 27 June 2022
Sport Northland Sports House, Kensington, Whangarei

TIME: 6.00pm

Please find below Memo, Agenda, Nomination Form for Rugby League Northland AGM on Monday 27th June 2022. Also a registration form for AGM attendance.

  • To assist with planning for the meeting, and to ensure a quorum is present, Clubs are asked to complete the attached Registration Form and submit it to no later than Monday 20th June.

Please be advised that the nominations for the Club Elected Board Member are now open for the up and coming Annual General Meeting.

Elected Director Nominations – Nominations can only be made by Clubs or Districts. We don’t have Districts so only Clubs can nominate in this instance. The nomination can be received via completed nomination form and sent back via email. Include requests for nominations as part of the email with the registration form e.g.

Nominations for Club Elected Board Member

Nominations are being sought for a Club Elected Board Member. The process for nominations for election must be:

  • For natural persons and may only be made by Clubs
  • Received by the RLN office no later than Monday 20 June 2022

Ngā mihi.

Young Fulop given task of steering the Swords on DebutYoung Fulop given task of steering the Swords on Debut

Daniel Fulop Daniel Fulop v3 Daniel Fulop v2Daniel Fulop, who represented Northland at the recent NZRL U18s Kiwis trial is given the task of standoff and the role of steering the Northern Swords Premiers around the paddock, in his debut Premier Match for the Northern Swords, against the Wellington Orcas at the Petone Recreation Ground in Wellington this Saturday.

Incumbent standoff, Herewini Edmonds, Grand Final winning Captain from Otangarei, is unavailable this year due to his sons’ Rugby commitments, has given Fulop a great opportunity.  Fulop impressed NZRL High Performance Manager Tony Iro this year at the U18s trials, “He’s a cool customer and has great communication skills as well as an eye for opening.” Iro said.

Fulop will be steering around a strong Swords team that sees representation from 6 of the 10 premier clubs.  It has a youthful look to it, with three players making their debut from Swords U17s, in Rikki Tarau, Kelsin Harding and Daniel Fulop.  In total there will be 8 debutants this weekend.  They will be looking to Joel Freeman, at Hooker, to guide the team around the paddock. Freeman was inspirational throughout the RLN Multikai Cooker Premiership for the Takahiwai Warriors.

“We’ve got some pace out wide with Tarau and Sharif Mangu on the wings. Helping this will be our experienced centre partners,  Wiremu Te Iringa and Ross McFarlane. If our pack can get us in the arm wrestle, we will definitely be competitive in this year’s competition.”  Mark Freeman, Head Coach of the Swords, said.

Freeman is positive in his first season as a Northern Swords Coach, Freeman is an experienced Campaigner as a previous Queensland High Performance Coach and Northland representative coach between 2004 – 2009.  “We’ve got the talent in Northland, but the biggest challenge is getting it on the paddock at the same time, as a number of players rule themselves unavailable due to family, work or travel logistics.”

The Swords have also drafted in fellow Kiwi U18s trialists Piri Croft and Tumoana Halkyard into the squad.  All three players have been playing in the Auckland Rugby League U20s competition. Fulop and Croft with Pt Chevalier and Halkyard with Northcote.  “They’re young guys, but all three have got great potential to play Premiers at a National Level, it’s a great pathway.  Corey Harawira-Naera in 2013 showed how it can work securing a contract with the Penrith Panthers and as result has played every game for the U20s.”  Alex Smits, RLN GM said.  Croft and Halkyard won’t be selected this week but may come into consideration in weeks to come.

The Swords first home game will be on the 31st August when they host the Counties Manukau Stingrays at Toll Stadium.  They will be bolstered by the return from injury of Hori Tuhoro and Adam Donaldson.

Northern Swords Premiers – Team List v Wellington Orcas

No. First Name Surname Club
1 Israel Tahere Northern Wairoa Bulls
2 Sharif Mangu Portland Panthers
3 Wiremu Snowden Te Iringa Hokianga Pioneers
4 Ross McFarlane Takahiwai Warriors
5 Rikki Tarau Takahiwai Warriors
6 Daniel Fulop Northern Wairoa Bulls
7 Samuel Henry Horahora Broncos
8 Christopher Apoua Horahora Broncos
9 Joel Freeman Takahiwai Warriors
10 tbc tbc tbc
11 Te Tuhi Tipene Hikurangi Stags
12 Patrick Tane Northern Wairoa Bulls
13 Kelsin Harding Panthers


14 Jordon Hool Takahiwai Warriors
15 Chris Mellar-Reynolds Hikurangi Stags
16 Andre Lennox Hokianga Pioneers
17 Alex Salase Portland Panthers


Northern Swords 2014 Fixtures

Date Home Away Time Venue
Saturday 23rd August Wellington Orcas Northern Swords 1:30pm Petone Recreation Ground
Sunday 31st August Northern Swords Counties Manukau Stingrays 2:30pm Toll Stadium, Whangarei
Sunday 7th September BYE BYE BYE BYE
Sunday 14th September Central Vipers Northern Swords 1:00pm Cooks Garden, Whanganui
Sunday 21st September Northern Swords Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions 2:30pm Toll Stadium, Whangarei
Sunday 28th September Northern Swords Akarana Falcons 2:30pm Toll Stadium, Whangarei
Sunday 11th October Canterbury Bulls Northern Swords 1:00pm Denton Park, Hornby
Sunday 18th October 1ST Place Qualifier 2nd Place Qualifier 5:00pm Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland