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A Surprise Visit for our Tamariki at Pamapuria

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Paparangi with Kevin LockeIt was great to see the smiles and excitement on the faces of Pamapuria Primary School students on Wednesday 19th March when they had a day out with two inspiring role models, Nesian Mystics, Te Awanui Reeder and Rugby Leagues very own Kevin Locke from the New Zealand Warriors.

Pushing the game of Rugby League in his school, Principal Rikki Horlock, had seen what the kids needed and wasn’t short of giving it to them. Rikki has implemented a new scheme in the school and a new programme called the V.I.P project (Various Inspirational People) which involves getting inspirational role models in to his school to help uplift the kids and give them a sense of direction for life and dreams they may have. The overall outcome is that if they want it, to go and get it, because it is possible and these are the people who can show it.

A fun felt day spent with Kevin Locke had the kids screaming to put a football in to their hands and get out on the field. Kevin ran through his history in Rugby League from playing Footy as a child right through to spending 7 years in the Warriors. He told the kids he plans to move on to building after his League career comes to an end and hopes to get his own business on the upright. Currently studying business, Kevin Locke is truly skilful both on and off the field. After a long day sharing stories, kicking and passing the footy field with Kevin, the students of Pamapuria Primary School surely have dreams set to be Rugby League stars and Rugby League Northland are happy to be a part of this event.

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The Warriors started the match with loose forward, Shane Hannan, crossing over almost untouched for the first of his two tries in the opening set of the game.  After the kick off, the Warriors again waltzed down the field with easy yards and the Northland boys looked a little gun shy and the signs didn’t look good.

However, they quickly responded – with the ball in the hand they showed that they were as worthy as their opponents, to be on the paddock and the ball of strong running from Kamo High School’s Jesse Chapman – Raharuhi Fiaui (Taipa Area School) darted over from dummy half.  From this point on with self-belief the Northland team were never out of the match.  The Warriors took a slender 4 point lead into half time 22 – 18.

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Warriors Development – 42.  Tries.  S Hannam (2), J Malau, L Soosomea, C Sio, M Esera, C Ngaha, M Haimuli (2).  Goals: T Halkyard, Z Ioka, M Haimulu

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It was the Hikurangi Stags day at Toll Stadium on Saturday 17th August, with the magic number being three.

It was the third (3) Senior Northland title in a row and they won three finals on the day, winning the RLN Premiership the 15s (Elijah Taylor Cup) and the 13s (RLN CUP) – Grand Finals.

The main event – the inaugural RLN Premiership Grand Final*, entertained a vocal crowd of over 1500 spectators, at Toll Stadium.  As a Grand Final, it was everything you wanted in a Final, big hits, end to end action, joy, jubilation and heart break.

It was Takahiwai who had the early running, going out to a 6 point lead after the superb stand-off Kyle Hool, scored under the posts.  In a high energy physical encounter, it took another 20 minutes for Hikurangi to hit back, with back to back tries to take a 12 – 6 lead.  Off a short kick off, Takahiwai regained the ball with stand-off putting a slick pass onto bollocking winger, Nick Schuster, to score.  The conversion was unsuccessful, with Hikurangi taking a 12 – 10 lead into half time.

The second half was nothing short of sensational, with both teams trading try for try with Hikurangi leading the way. It looked as Hikurangi were going to bring the Premiership home, then up stepped Takahiwai.  On the back of the barnstorming Para Murray, Kyle Hool weaved his magic, putting a deft kicked through for full back Hori Tuhoro, to score his second try and take a 26 – 22 lead and the momentum of the game.

With this Final being the 5th in 6 years, the experience and composure of Hikurangi came forward.  Led by the inspirational brothers, Steven and Joe Rau, the Stags were not finished.  On the back of the power of older brother Steven, stand-off Joe used some outlandish footwork to bust the line on a number of occasions. Firstly setting up Caleb Henare for a try, then putting a little chip kick through for full back Innocent Tuimavae – then in the final act of the day, busting down the middle of the part to set up Hooker, Dean Schreurs’ second try of the game.

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