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Club League and the 2014 Season Winners

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Club League was again vibrant. The 10 team MuliKai Cooker Premiership saw an climatic finish to the senior season with Otangarei Knights going on a three match winning streak to firstly defeat the Portland Panthers, then shock minor Premiers the Takahiwai Warriors, then come from a 26 – 12 deficit with less than 20 minutes to play to stop Hikurangi from winning their fourth straight victory!

The Bluegoose every Sunday was a great place to be, with over 500 kids playing every week.  The 13s, 15s and 18s all had good numbers and you can really see the improvement in the quality of the game.  The Muriwhenua Rubgy League Club hosted a four school, after school mini mod competition.

Next year will see some changes in junior league with the grades changing to evens to see 6s, 8s, 10s, 12s, 14s , 16s and 18s grades.  With the 16s and 18s moving to play Saturday football.  We are also exploring the opportunity of moving Mini Mod League in the Mid North to be a mid-week after school competition with a mix of school and club teams competing.

RLN MultiKai Cooker Premiership Winners - Otangarei Knights

RLN MultiKai Cooker Premiership Winners – Otangarei Knights

18s Grade Winners - Otaika Eagles

18s Grade Winners – Otaika Eagles

15s Grade Winners - Muriwhenua (undefeated)

15s Grade Winners – Muriwhenua (undefeated)







13s Grand Final Winners - Portland Panthers

13s Grand Final Winners – Portland Panthers

13s Shield Winners - Horahora Broncos (undefeated)

13s Shield Winners – Horahora Broncos (undefeated)







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Hikurangi Target 3 in a RowHikurangi Target 3 in a Row

Defending champions, Hikurangi Stags target their third Northland Title in three years, after they defeated the Moerewa Tigers 32 – 14 in Saturday’s Major Semi Final at Toll Stadium.

The game was set to be a titanic struggle as both teams had traded blow for blow leading into a 12 – 10 Hikurangi lead at half time.  The Tiger’s forwards had dominated the Stags.  But it was the Stags who fired in the second half as the Tigers seemed to have suffered from their two week rest and they failed to fire in the second half.

For the Stags, Co-Captain/Coach Joe Rau, was again instrumental in leading his side around the park scoring a try and kicking four goals.  He was backed up by the dynamic, Innocent Tuimavae (1 try) and winger Shelden McKinley (2 tries), with Dean Shreurs (1 try) tireless at Hooker.  For the Tigers, Northland legend Tawio Davis, was involved in everything and was rewarded with two tries.  Teimi Ransfield was a force on defence and was rewarded with a try.

For the Stags, this will be their fifth consecutive final.  They have won back to back twice – but never three in a row, as Kaikohe upset them in 2010.  Standing in their way in 2013 is the Takahiwai Warriors.  The Warriors defeated the Hokianga Pioneers in an impressive team display.

Led around the park by the stand out standoff Kyle Hool, with a personal tally of 18 points (2 tries and 5 goals) the Warriors didn’t really allow the Hokianga Pioneer’s a chance.  The Warrior’s forwards dominated the pace of the game with quick plays, allowing space out wide for the Tarau family to dominate with tries to Rikki, Charles and Cole!  Rikki’s try was a special – running from deep in his own 20m area to scoot around the flat footed Pioneer forward pack before racing down the touch line untouched!

The Pioneers were competitive but never really looked like a threat to the Shane Hool coached Warriors.  The Pioneers seemed to rely on Captain Richard Koroi (try) and centre Pouri Hohaia (try).  Like the Tigers, the Pioneers looked flat in the second half, it seemed like they had played their Grand Final last week with their last ditch win over the City Knights.

Semi Final Results

Takahiwai Warriors (34)  – Tries: Rikki Tarau, Charles Tarau, Cole Tarau, Kyle Hool (2).  Goals: Kyle Hool (5)

Hokianga Pioneers (18) – Tries: Richard Koroi, Pouri Hohaia, Jordan Otene. Goals: Verne Wilson (3)

Hikurangi Stags (32) – Tries: Innocent Tuimavae, Shelden McKinley (2), Joe Rau, Dean Shreurs, Te Tui Tipene. Goals:   Joe Rau (4)

Moerewa Tigers (14) – Tries: Tawio Davis (2) Tieimi Ransfield. Goals: Jayden Bentley Hape

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Leadership through League expands traditional League boundariesLeadership through League expands traditional League boundaries

Gary Shortland’s Year 13 PE class demonstrates learned leadership qualities whilst coaching in their local community.

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Rugby League Northland has kicked off the year with a roar, coaching over 600 kids in the last couple of weeks via the Leadership through League program.  Development Officers Joe Rau and Paparangi Pirini have been working with Ruawai and Kaitaia College.

In two days, in Kaitaia they have coached just over 400 students, between Pompallier Catholic and Kaitaia Primary schools.   In Ruawai, the College students coached the entire Ruawai Primary School as well as running sessions for their Year 9 and 10s at lunch times.

Alex Smits, Rugby League Northland’s General Manager has been mentoring the Mid-Far North’s new Development Officer Paparangi Pirini, in delivering the programme.  Alex Smits says, “Both he and Paparangi have been very impressed by the maturity and ownership of the Kaitaia College students, and further, have received extremely high praise from Brendon Morrissey, Principal of Kaitaia Primary and Katherine Carey, Principal of Pompallier Catholic School.

Using the Tuakana Teina philosophy of older students coaching younger students.  The Secondary School students themselves learn leadership and role modeling and in turn, teach the fundamental skills of Rugby League to younger students in Years 1 – 8.  The program has been designed to incorporate Fundamental and core League skills coaching.  RLN is also piloting a Story Book Fundamental skills program called Blue and Red that sees Years 1 and 2 relating to the farm yard experiences of “Blue and Red” – working farm dogs.  Blue and Red was designed in Queensland, Australia and reflects the Queensland and NSW Colours.

Not only that, in partnership with Northland DHB’s “Water is the Best Drink” health promotion, they are promoting our tamariki to drink water and not high sugar drinks as the best way to re-hydrate themselves.

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The top two schools from each festival will qualify to enter an end of year Tournament in Term 4 to play for the right to be Northland Champions at Years 4-6 and 7/8.

The first festivals off the Rank are- Dargaville High School -April 10thand Kaitaia College on April 16th .

Click here for more information – Primary Schools Festivals Information

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Term Area Date Venue
One Dargaville April 10th – Thursday Dargaville High
Kaitaia April 16th – Wednesday Kaitaia College
Two Okaihau – Kerikeri June 13th – Friday Okaihau College
Whangarei (WPSSA Festival) June 24th – Tuesday Kensington Park
Bay of Islands TBC Bay of Islands College TBC
Three Kaikohe – Hokianga 29th August – Friday Lindvart Park
Bream Bay 23rd September – Tuesday Bream Bay College
Four Northland Champions Festival 22nd October – Wednesday Years 4-6 Tournament TBC
Northland Champions Festival 29th October – Wednesday Year 7 and 8 Tournament TBC