Mate v Mate – Trade v Trade
Walk 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.
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