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The Otangarei Knights smashed a hapless Horahora Broncos 68 – 0.  The Broncos who over the last couple of weeks showed they can play good football with a win over Kerikeri and a close loss to the Pioneers, never had the chance to get into the match, as the Knights blitzed them across the paddock.  The win is the Knights’ second in a row and shows what they are capable of when they play disciplined league.

The Hokianga Pioneers suffered their first loss of the season to the Hikurangi Stags in a close match 36 – 26.  The Stags confirm their place at the top of the table, could they possibly win 4 Premier titles in a row?  Standing in their way will be the Takahiwai Warriors who are the only team to remain unbeaten (Stags have played an extra game) with their demolition of the Muriwhenua Kuaka 60 – 0.  The result not surprising, but the score line was, considering it was a Muriwhenua home game.

Portland, move onto the same points as Hokianga (3rd Equal), as they defeated the winless Kerikeri Makos.  While the Tigers continued their slow start to the season after going down to the Northern Wairoa Bulls 44 – 30 in a tough end to end game.  The Bulls are a solid team while the Tigers showed enough form to suggest that they will be contenders towards the end of the season.

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Full credit to the boys from Otaua who made the journey down to Toll Stadium, they never gave up tackling, but it was the Hika-Hora show as they came out of the changing rooms firing on all cylinders.  Lead by man mountain Steel Kake (4 Tries) the Hika-Hora team dominated up front and were able to finish off their opportunities out wide.

The Hika-Hora team are a joint team, between the Hikurangi Stags and the Horahora Broncos, demonstrating how clubs in Northland are working together to give kids a chance to play league.  This is the second year that the HikaHora team have worked together and the second year they won the competition.

HikaHora – 66:  Tries:  Stanley Nutley, Brodie Burndred, Bobby Murray-Waititi(2), Steel Kake (4), Hori Nathan (2), Keayne Heta (2), Nathan Newton.  Goals:  Keayne Heta (5), Lee Turner, Tyrus Campbell.

Otaua Valleys – 0.

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More than Just a Game – NZRL Youth ForumMore than Just a Game – NZRL Youth Forum

Not only are there two exciting games of Footy at Toll stadium on September 30th  – but keeping true to the NZRL Mantra of “More than Just a Game” there is also a Youth Forum being hosted as part of the days events. 

There will be physical challenges, promo stalls and giveaway prize packs. So spread the word, grab your mates and come along.

Call Out to Youth

Aged 12-17 to attend a development day run by New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) and Whangarei District Council.  The aim is to develop leadership and values of local youth through a fun and engaging way.

The day includes short presentations from:

New Zealand Warriors
NZ Police
NZ Defence Force
NZ Fire Service

Where -Refining NZ Lounge, Toll Stadium
When – Mon 30th Sep, gates on 1345
Cost – Free entry


13:45pm                    Gates open for Youth Day Event

14:00-14:40pm       NZRL Leadership, Values and Pathways (incl. Warriors)

14:40-15:20pm       Partner engagement: NZDF, Police, Fire Service and North Tec (10mins each for agencies to talk to their purpose and key messages)

15:25-15:55pm        Physical activities (on the field, 10m either side of halfway, side line and dead ball area)

NZRL, NZ Warriors league skills/drills

Police/NZDF, Physical Competency Test (obstacle course)

North Tec, rowing machine test

Fire Service, physical fitness challenge

Youth Development Workshop