Adam Blair Trophy,News 2016 Adam Blair 1st XIII Wider Training Squad Named

2016 Adam Blair 1st XIII Wider Training Squad Named

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Congratulations to the Boys who have been selected to be part of the train on squad to play for the Adam Blair 1st XIII vs The NZ Warriors on Saturday 26th March.

The first training will be at Bay of Islands College on Saturday the 12th  March at 10am.

You will need to bring:

  • your boots
  • mouthguard
  • league jersey

The final squad of 22 players will be named the week leading up to the game.

This is a fantastic opportunity as there will be NRL selectors present.




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002As we approach the last round of the Adam Blair Trophy pool phase, the contest for finals berths are coming down to the last round. In the North we have Kaitaia College and Northland College tied on points for first place and Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Kaikohe in second place. Northland College need to beat Whangaroa College and Kaitaia College who are the favourites will need to beat Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Kaikohe. If either Whanagaroa or Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Kaikohe win it will force a count back as potentially three teams will be tied for two spots.

In the South, we have three teams all contesting for two spots. Defending champions WBHS will play Dargaville High School who trailing by 1 point. The winner of this game will cement their place in the semi final. In the other game, we have the inform Kamo high school who are undefeated and drew with WBHS take on new incumbents Bream bay. If Kamo lose it will force a count back with 3 teams tied for first place.

Players to watch this week:

Whangarei Boys High School (WBHS) v Dargaville High School (DHS)

For WBHS you have the barn storming prop Wiremu Grieg who is strong with the ball in hand. Look for Terrence Riini and Ngatai Manukau-Togivalu to be the enforcers on defence whilst Jayden Laupepe will direct play.

Dargaville at full strength will be a handful with Rico Cook and Thomas Anderson always hard to contain. Hoani Rogers-Brown will be strong in the centres with good ball distribution from halve Lathan Hutchinson-Walters.

 Kamo High School v Bream Bay College:

This well coached team like to run a lot of shape and constantly ask questions of the opposing teams defence. Meter eater Ariki Hughes running off captain consistent James Witehera will be hard to stop. Adding to the attacking prowess will be standout second row Manasseh Turner with his blinding speed and strong fend.

Bream Bay, the new team to the competition had a solid win last week and will be led well by young and upcoming forwards Nokisi Kaiarake and Terry-Jack Smart. They will also have some attacking options with Taine-Lee Shelford who comes from good rugby league stock

 Kaitaia College v Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Kaikohe:

Kaitaia are the inform team in the North and have been together now for over 3 years. Coach Jim Larkin has stated that this is their year. They will have some muscle up front with Jackson Sparks-Brott and will be strong in the kick returns with TeKahi Nathan.

TKKMK are a young side but they too have some strike power. Asi Tau-Kata will be hard to take down and loves to make his presence felt in defence. Ngaphui Simeon is one of the inform fullbacks, so look for a strong contest from him in attack and defence being a very quick and agile runner he will look to link on the fringes.

 Northland College v Whangaroa College:

Northland College are undefeated and possess a potent prop combination with the Henare-Clarke twins. Look for John and Phoenix to have their own brother battle in terms of meters gained and tackle busts. They also have Tamati Leach who is a very big mobile player capable of ripping holes in the defence with his power and speed. They will be directed around the park by Taite Kopa who likes to test the line and draw in pass.

Whangaroa will always give it 100%. They have talent in hooker Royce Sanderson who is mobile and strong in defence. While Troy Hughes has a lot of pace out wide and can attack strongly in open play.

Spy on the Bank Receives National RecognitionSpy on the Bank Receives National Recognition

Graham Pitts Photo courtesy of Northern Advocate

Graham Pitts
Photo courtesy of Northern Advocate

Northland Rugby League, Life Member, Graham Pitts has received National recognition in the form of an NZRL Distinguished Service Award.  The Award was announced on Monday at the NZRL AGM.  Mr Pitts may be better known in Northland as the “Spy on Bank.” Writing a weekly article in the Northern Advocate about his observations of what was happening on the field at Jubilee Park.  Mr Pitts, who said he started the column on the request of the Northern Advocate Editor after he complained about the lack of publicity of Rugby league in the paper, “I did it because of my love of the game, I never received a cracker for my work, not even a free paper!”

Mr Pitts has been involved with Rugby League in Northland for over 67 years, he started with the now defunct West End Jumbos in 1949 and a junior player.  “I’ve pretty much done everything there is to do with Rugby League,” he said.  Some of his many accolades include being a Northland Board member for over 35 years, starting in the late 60s through to 2005.  He has been Director of Coaches, Referee Appointee, Secretary as well as a long serving judicial member.

When asked how he felt about receiving the recognition, Mr Pitts was a little lost for words, “It’s still sinking in, it swept me off my feet a little, but I’m really chuffed and satisfied that I am getting recognition.” He said.  When asked about his thoughts on the current state of affairs Mr Pitts was complimentary, “Things are going well, Rugby League Northland has come a long way in the last couple of years, ever since they started working in schools.”

RLN General Manager, Alex Smits, commended Mr Pitts’ service to the game, “Anyone who serves the game for over 30 years on a Board deserves the Victoria Cross for bravery!  But in all seriousness, to receive an accolade like this is a great reflection of Graham’s dedication, they don’t just hand these out to anyone.”  Smits said.

“One thing about Mr Pitts is he a real historian of the game, his father kept a scrapbook which he then carried on.  As we are a new organisation one thing I want to be able to achieve is to compile a history of League in Northland,  there is a lot to be proud of as Northlanders,  I have been talking with Graham and he is quite keen to help us in the this process.”  Smits said.

Mr Pitts will receive his award personally next year at the NZRL Annual Awards ceremony which will coincide with the next edition of the NRL 9s in Auckland.

Finals Fever – Week 1 – Sunday 27th July 2014Finals Fever – Week 1 – Sunday 27th July 2014

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A healthy crowd turned up to Toll Stadium to watch the first week of the RLN MultiKai Cooker Premiership Finals Series.  Someone must have spoken to the weather gods, as the morning threatened with numerous downpours. However, come 12pm, the sun broke through and was a partner in the entertainment for the rest of the day.

GAME 1 – Hokianga Pioneers 40 v Northern Wairoa Bulls 20

At 1pm, the Hokianga Pioneers took on the Northern Wairoa Bulls.  Finals football can be a funny beast – some teams rise to the challenge while others can choke under the pressure, for the first 15 minutes of the match both teams were of the latter option.  The Bulls in the meantime had stolen a try after a one on one strip from the back of the scrum by Shelford Edwards, allowed him to run 20 metres untouched to score, however Hohepa Harding goofed the easy conversion.

Cometh the hour cometh the man, and come the 15th minute Hokianga Pioneers’ standoff Richard Koroi sprung into action.  The Bulls defence line could only stand and watch as Koroi, time after time, took on their line, creating tries in the 15th, 22nd, 25th and 36th minute for the Pioneers to take a 24 – 4 half time lead.  By the 20th minute in the second spell, the Pioneers had stretched their lead to 40 – 4, with Koroi again instrumental. His partnership with Wiremu Snowden-Te Iringa was lethal with  Snowden-Te Iringa scoring a hat-trick of tries.  Koroi himself got over the line and converted 6 tries to have a personal tally of 16 points.

The last 20 minutes saw a Bull team gain some respect, scoring three late tries, with a final score of 40 – 20.  The Bulls had tried hard all day but had failed to compete at finals intensity on the day. However as it was the first ever season of coaching for coach Cruize Selkirk, you would have to predict that next year the Bulls will come back stronger with the experience.

The Pioneers progress to the Major Semi Finals and will face the Hikurangi Stags on Saturday 2nd August 1pm at Toll Stadium.

GAME 2 – Otangarei Knights v Portland Panthers

This game had it all, it was your traditional grinding finals game where none of the teams were going to give up any easy territory.   Typical of a semi-final of intense proportions, Otangarei scored first in the 7th minute to Winger Dane Tito, with Portland hitting straight back with skipper, Robert Nathan, busting over on the 11th minute.  This spurred the Panthers pack into action and they dominated a lot of the second half possession.  The pack led by the Salase brothers, Michael and Alex, made big yards, while the Knights were desperate on defence and to their credit stemmed the Panthers flow.  In typical Rugby League fashion the team that can withstand continuous pressure is rewarded, as the Panthers turned over possession on their third consecutive set of 6 for powerful fullback Zion Rota to gallop 70 metres to score.

The Knights went into half time with a 14 – 6 lead, after standoff Jordan Katene, scored again, against the run of play.  The normally reliable goal kicker, Herewini Edmonds only converting 1 from 3.

The second half saw another action packed affair, with momentum continuously swinging from one team to the other.  First it was the Panthers who smashed their way back into contention with Alex Salase being rewarded with a well earned try and then Sharif Mangu scoring in the 55th minute for the Panthers to take a 16 – 14 lead.  Demonstrating the closeness of the game the next team to score was the Knights,as they put back to back penalties on the board to take a 18 – 16 lead, which is where the score stayed until the 78th minute, when on the back of a sweeping move, Linn Hunapo looked certain to score as he stepped inside the last defender who in the reaction of the movement stuck his arm out in an 80’s style coat hanger, cleaning Hunapo out in the action.

The game was suspended as Hunapo was stretched off and taken to hospital for observation – when the game continued, Michael Salase from the Panthers was sent from the field and the Knights were awarded a penalty try to win the game 24 – 16.

The Knights will face the Takahiwai Warriors Saturday 2nd August 3pm at Toll Stadium.

Major Semi Finals – Saturday 2nd August at Toll Stadium
Hokianga Pioneers  v Hikurangi Stags –1pm
Otangarei Knights v Takahiwai Warriors – 3pm