25th March – RLN AGM – 6:30pm, at Moerewa RLC
26th March – Round 5 – NorthTec Adam Blair Trophy
26th March – Mini Mod Coaching Course, hosted at Portland
29th March – RLN Premiership Season Opener, hosted at Hikurangi – 1:00pm
Key Dates in the RLN Calendar – March
25th March – RLN AGM – 6:30pm, at Moerewa RLC
Kaitaia and Whangarei Boys continue dominance in NorthTec Adam Blair TrophyKaitaia and Whangarei Boys continue dominance in NorthTec Adam Blair Trophy
The NorthTec Adam Blair reaches its second to last round of pool play this week, with Kaitaia and WBHS leading their respective pools, both are the only teams to remain unbeaten. WBHS were on fire as they demolished a valiant Tikipunga team. In 2014, the Tikipunga team were very competitive, winning the Northern Swords shield, however a number of their team left school at the end of 2014 so it’s fair to say they are in a rebuilding phase.
While Kaitaia defeated Kura Hokianga, who until this game, were also unbeaten. Kaitaia are coached by long-time Northland League and Northern Swords coach Jim Larkin, who look to be a well drilled large mobile team.
While first and second place looks to be clear cut in the North and South pools – the second position is still up for grabs. In the Northern Zone it could be anyone of Okaihau, Northland College and Whangaroa. Northland College will have gained some momentum with their defeat of Whangaroa, while Okaihau College have had back to back wins, after their win over Brothers. Round four sees some juicy fixtures with Okaihau hosting Northland and Whangaroa hosting Kura Hokianga.
In the Southern Zone, second place Kamo High School are favourites to take second place after their defeat of Bay of Islands. Kamo have the BYE this week, Dargaville take on Whangarei Boys and Bay take on Tikipunga.
NorthTec Adam Blair XIII v Warriors Development
This Sunday at Bay of Islands College, Rugby League hopefuls will trial to make a 20-man squad to play the Warriors Development at Lindvart Park on March 28th. Trials kick off at 11am. The full trials squad will be named later this week.
Click here to see photographs from Round 3 – WBHS v Tikipunga
Click here to see photographs from Round 3 – Kamo v BOI
Congratulations to the players chosen for this years 2014 Northern Swords 13s Squad Selection. Coaching staff and training schedules will be communicated at a later date. Any enquiries should come to Rugby League Northland – 09 437 9640.
A selection of this squad will be attending the 2014 RuLA School Boy International Rugby League WERO in Mt Maunganui.
The chosen Swords 13s to travel will probably depart on Wednesday 9th and return on Saturday 12th – but this will be finalised in later communications from Coach and Manager.
Date: Thursday & Friday, 10th & 11th October
Location: Arataki Park, Mount Maunganui
Grades: 13s & 14s Representative
|HAPURONA CLARKE||WIS STAGS|
|TOITEHUATAHI (TOI) MUNROE||WIS STAGS|
|KIAN KAKE||WIS STAGS|
|CHARME HENRY–TURNER||WIS STAGS|
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|TOIANGAKAHURANGI (TOIA) MEHANA-PURU||WIS STAGS|
|JAYDEN TOEKE||WIS STAGS|
|AIDAN SCROOBY||WIS STAGS|
|XAVIER MEXTED||OTANGAREI KNIGHTS|
|ETHAN HODGE||OTANGAREI KNIGHTS|
|ELIJAH CHERRINGTON||OTANGAREI KNIGHTS|
|RANGATIRA KEERAKO||OTANGAREI KNIGHTS|
|TANE MACKIE||OTANGAREI KNIGHTS|
|NEIHANA MARSH||OTANGAREI KNIGHTS|
|EDEN BEAZLEY-POUTAI||OTANGAREI KNIGHTS|
|TANGAROA TUWHANGAROA||HORAHORA BRONCOS|
|LATHAN HUTCHINSON-WALTERS||NORTHERN WAIROA BULLS|
|TYSON LANGDON||NORTHERN WAIROA BULLS|
|MANNY SNOOKS||PORTLAND PANTHERS|
|RICHMOND PATUA||PORTLAND PANTHERS|
|KIARNI RANUI||PORTLAND PANTHERS|
|RIKI SHELFORD||PORTLAND PANTHERS|
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|HAKI THOMPSON-TAUTURI||PORTLAND PANTHERS|
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|JAMES POWER||TAKAHIWAI WARRIORS|
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Leadership Through League Programme and School FestivalsLeadership Through League Programme and School Festivals
It has been a busy couple of months for Rugby League in Schools. Benson Selwyn, Development Officer (Mid-Far North) has implemented the Leadership through League programme in Kaitaia College, Te Rangianiwaniwa and Abundant Life. This culminated in the Kaitaia College classes running with a festival in 7 schools, with 11 teams at Kaitaia College in Term 1. Benson has recently started at Okaihau College where the students will coach at Okaihau and Ohaeawai Primary Schools.
Meanwhile, down South, Joe Rau implemented Leadership Through League at Ruawai College and Alex Smits worked with Dargaville High School. The final result saw two festivals in Dargaville, one run by Ruawai College and the other with Dargaville High School. In total, 10 schools and 15 teams attended the two festivals.
In Term 2 in the Whangarei region, Aaron Thomas has been facilitating the program at Tikipunga High School, the students have grown and made some real achievements both academically and socially within their community. They have worked with Tikipunga, Whau Valley and Otangarei Primary School and coached over 250 students from these participating primary schools.
The comments from the local school leaders has been great. To the extent that they have been asked to return and try their hand at facilitating further events.
If you would like more information on the Leadership Through League programme for your school or the upcoming festivals for the rest of the year, please email Aaron Thomas – email@example.com or mobile 0211 291 254.
Congratulations to the following schools for qualifying in the Northland Champions Schools Tournament:
Dargaville Festival Year 7 -8: Dargaville Intermediate and Te Koopuru
Dargaville Festival Year 4-6: Maungatoroto, Dargaville Primary, Selwyn Park
Kaitaia Festival Year 4 – 6: Abundant Life, Kaitaia Primary
Kaitai Festival Year 7 – 8: Pompallier, Abundant Life
Whangarei Festival Year 4-6: Kamo Primary, Totara Grove
Whangarei Festival Year 7 -8: Huanui, Whangarei Int School 1
Terms 2 had Rugby League Northland hosting the annual WPSSA Year 7-8 Winter sports tournament, in which Aaron Thomas and his Leadership Through League students from Tikipunga High School facilitated the 9s League component throughout the day. Again the players all gave it their best and played hard but fair. The parental support was excellent and it was a great viewing spectacle. Huanui were the eventual winners defeating last year’s champions WIS 1 who also made the plate final against Kamo Intermediate beating them in a closely fought battle.
The Year 7-8 festival was followed a week later, by the WPSSA Year 4-6 Winter sports tournament. Again run by Aaron Thomas and his Leadership Through League students from Tikipunga High School. This festival was a real success with a huge crowd attending the final between Kamo Primary and Totara Grove. Kamo made some really strong breaks and were stronger out wide. Totara grove made some solid tackles but lost in the end 2 tries to 1. In the novice division we saw Otaika defeat Hikurangi in which was an enthralling game.
Overall the festivals have received a lot of praise and positive feedback around the school and sporting communities. We have seen over 31 teams participate in these events, which utilised our Secondary School students running the events, music, signage and prize-givings. We have also received positive feedback for our field based campaigns around side-line behaviour and healthy lifestyles. We create a real entertainment package which sets us apart from other codes.