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IMG_5746 IMG_5838 IMG_5853Last Friday saw the culmination of a tough fought season to find out who our grand final champions were going to be. We were very fortunate to secure such a good venue in the Mangakahia Sports complex to host everybody.

The supporters were really vocal when the two 14s finalists ran out of the tunnel to begin their game. Portland Panthers v Hikurangi Stags was shaping up to be a great game. Hikurangi drew first blood and Latham Hutchinson-Walters was running riot with the Portland defence.

Hikurangi opened their scoring account first and then went on to dominate the first half with some nice touches out wide from Gavin Edwards in the centre and some solid defence from Charme Henry-Turner.

The Panthers must had some inspirational words from coach Riki Shelford as they scored early on in the piece. Richmond Patua made several barnstorming runs and he often took three or four defenders to bring him to ground. This allowed Manny Snooks and Aiden Blowers to work well together and really apply pressure.

Captain Riki Shelford (jnr) was solid on defence and attack and scored two critical tries which eventually secured the win for Portland. The final score was Portland (20), Hikurangi (14).

The second game saw the Otaika Eagles who finished first in the regular season, face the boys from the Valley in Otaua. Both teams were stacked with swords representatives. The heavens opened and made the track greasy, so ball security was always going to be an issue.

Otaika made use of several completed sets and eventually crossed the line. They were well organised with some nice plays off the back of captain Tahu Tawhiwhirangi who linked with Paul Turner to make for some exciting football. Markal Gibbons-Stevens and Ngatai Tongiavalu ate up a lot of meters to set up several close attempts at tries.

Both teams exchanged tries with the score locked at half time. The fullbacks were both tested under the high bomb and Aotea Parata from the Eagles had great hands as did Pene Stevens from Otaua.

Otaua started to gain momentum through a nice partnership from the hooker Bryan Johnson linking up with big Joseph Ngere and Xavier Johnson. Captain Fantastic Kingi Rakete-Tane through some individual brilliance was able to cut through the defence on two occasions to confirm the victory for Otaua.The Final score was Otaua Valleys (32), Otaika Eagles (28).

In the final game we saw the Boys from Northern Wairoa aka the Bulls face up to Marist Brothers. Both teams were slow to settle into a rhythm and there was a bit of ill-discipline that lead to a high penalty count early on.

The Marist outfit looked to be a bit better organised with some silky skills from captain/hooker James Witehera who pushed over from a couple of meters out. The Bulls forward’s were led strongly by Caleb Rusden and Kane Pomare was causing a disturbance on the fringes of the ruck.

The Marist outfit were up at half time and the Bulls must have received a spray because they came out firing with some big tackles which took a bit of the bite out of the Marist onslaught. Nathan Newton and Hori Nathan were in the end a lot more dominating than the Bulls forwards and made numerous busts which lead to a late game gain of momentum which gave Marist the title. The Final score was Marist (28), Bulls (16).


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Placemakers logo Brauhaus logoScott Eletrical logoWalk into any smoko room on a building site and you are bound to hear banter about who the best trade is on site. Each trade reckons that they are the most important people on site and that they do the best work and the others are always the spanner in the works holding the site up!

In Northland, the trades now have the ability to stand behind their reputation – stand by their fellow tradesmen – put their ego where their mouth is and walk the walk, that they have been talking.

It comes in the form of the “Frings Trade of Origin” and the first trade, to gain bragging rights, were the Placemaker Chippies, as they won the inaugural Frings Trade of Origin 2 – 1, by winning the deciding match 50 – 28 over the Scott Electrical Sparkies, in a bruising encounter at Mangakahia Sports Club on Saturday 29th November.

The Frings Trade of Origin was a concept devised by Andy Liddall, from Attina Electrical, who engaged Scott Electrical to support the concept from the electrical Side. Scott Electrical Director, John Cornwall, is a devout league man and is an avid sponsor and supporter of the Vodafone Warriors, so they became a natural supporter for the Sparkies.

The next challenge was to get another trade to play against – the natural target according to Andy were the builders as they are the always the loudest on any building site. So he approached old time mate Matt Legg,from WRC Construction, who recently returned to Northland from Australia where he fell in love with League.

Meanwhile Andy had another “bright spark” moment, engaging the support of Placemakers for the Chippies, with Placemakers seeing an opportunity to promote community sport, while developing camaraderie within the building trade.

Andy also gained the support of Rugby League Northland who jumped at the chance to support the concept, “People are getting busier and busier and some guys just can’t commit to playing regular weekend sport – the Frings Trade of Origin concept allows guys an opportunity to play a few games of league without having to make a commitment,” said RLN GM General Manager Alex Smits.

“We wanted to develop the concept so we partnered up Frings Brauhaus Brewery to sponsor the series. Frings are a local Brewery and Bar in Whangarei so it was perfect fit for the concept and for them.” Smits said.

The Placemaker Chippies won the first match 40 – 16. The Scott Electrical Sparkies bounced back to win the second match 38 – 16. The Chippies were too strong in the deciding match. It was a tough physical encounter with no love lost between the two teams. The Chippies dominated the first half going to a 26 – 6 lead at half time. However, the Sparkies were first to score in the second spell and then clawed their way back to a 6 point deficit at one stage, only for the Chippies to storm home with three late tries and win 50 – 28.

It is hoped that the Trade of Origin concept will grow in 2015, the Civil Engineers, Drainlayers, Sheet Metal Workers, Fireman and even a local Farming group have all expressed and interest! Watch this space in 2015!

For more information about entering the competition in 2015, contact RLN General Manager Alex Smits.
Email – alex.smits@nzrl.co.nz or Mob – 021 273 9675.



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On Saturday at the Moerewa Tigers League club, the Tigers re-birthed the Moerewa Tigers pre-season Nines tournament, that had been in recession for since 2012 and what an event it was!

Bathed in Northland sunshine, 11 teams battled it out for pre-season bragging rights. There were 7 clubs and 8 teams representing League with Moerewa Tigers fielding two teams, Hokianga, Muriwhenua, Hikurangi, Kerikeri and Otangarei while Rugby was represented by Ohaeawai, United Kawakawa and Moerewa.

The day was split into three pools with round fixtures with semi-finals being played in the Championship and Plate divisions. The plate final was won by Muriwhenua who defeated Hokianga. While Hikurangi ensured that League pride was maintained as they defeated Ohaeawai in the Championship final.

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