News Northern Wairoa Bulls Remain Top

Northern Wairoa Bulls Remain Top

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The Northern Wairoa Bulls remain in top position with a solid win against the Horahora Broncos 42 – 14.  They move to 21 points, one point ahead of Moerewa Tigers and Takahiwai Warriors who both had wins.  The Tigers mauled the Kerikeri Slayers 56 – 10.

While Takahiwai defeated the Portland Panthers 22 – 20 in a superb display of Rugby League by both teams, it was a tough physical game that Takahiwai lead from the first 5 minutes.  In front of a healthy crowd the Panthers never gave up the chase.  They clawed back the score to 22 – 16 and spent a majority of the last 10 minutes camped in Takahiwai’s 20metres.  In the final play of the game the relentless Leroy Broughton powered over in the corner from the back of scrum 10 metres out.  It all came down to a final kick – they brushed the uprights but missed.

For the Panthers, the loss drops them out of the top 6.  The City Knights consolidate their place in 6th after a try scoring fest with the Hikurangi Stags drawing the game 38 ALL!  Hokianga Pioneers are in 5th place with a solid 50 – 20 win over Otaua Valleys.

With three weeks left before play offs anyone can finish minor premiers.  The Bulls lead on 21 points with Moerewa and Takahiwai on 20.  Then Hikurangi with 19 and Hokianga follow up on 18 with City in 6th on 13 points.  Just outside the top six are Portland on 12 and Muriwhenua on 11.

There are two matches of interest in the Southern Poll this week.  Takahiwai Warriors host the Northern Wairoa Bulls – the winner will take top place.  While the City Knights host Portland Panthers – with the winner taking 6th place.  In the North, Muriwhenua will have a chance of breaking into the top 6 when they travel to Hokianga.

It’s a big week of Rugby League with Rugby League Northland hosting their Performance Camp in partnership with NZRL at Kensington Park on Sunday 7th July.  Also in attendance will be Warriors Legend, Stacey Jones.  The performance camp is a trial for the Northern Swords 15’s and 17’s squads.

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[James Dean Fisher-Harris – Northern Swords 17s – 2013]


James Dean Fisher-HarrisEx Whangarei Boys High School, Ex Marist and Northern Swords player James Dean Fisher-Harris has won a Test Cap for the Junior Kiwis to play Australia this Saturday  at CBUS Stadium on the Gold Coast.

Harris was a standout performer for the Northern Swords in the 2013 season where they finished third in the NZRL National Competition.  As a result of his barn storming running and bruising defence he earned himself a contract with the Penrith Panthers.

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Kiwis v Samoa – More than Just a Rugby League Test!Kiwis v Samoa – More than Just a Rugby League Test!

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It’s a celebration of rugby league, and the Kiwis and Samoans are the special guests, as well as the Whangarei community.

Whangarei edged out the likes of Sydney, Newcastle and even Auckland as a venue for the coveted hosting of a Four Nations test match.

Not only does the community get to see a quality international encounter, but they also get the reward of having two teams of NRL stars attend a community festival in Whangarei, two days before they meet, on Toll Stadium.

For Rugby League Northland (RLN), it comes on the back of four years of hard work developing the game in the area.  Four years ago, league participation was at its lowest, with only 655 registered players – that has now grown to more than 2500.  A big part of that has been around developing a credible school programme.

RLN runs the New Zealand Rugby League-championed Leadership through League programme, that sees them working with secondary schools to develop future coaches and leaders. The programme philosophy is based on Tuakana Teina, (older sibling teaching younger sibling) and sees the college students delivering a three-week fundamental skills course in their local primary schools.

In 2014, RLN has delivered the programme into 12 secondary schools and accredited more than 230 college students as NZRL-qualified Mini Mod coaches, who in turn have coached more than 3000 kids in 35 primary schools.

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On October 30, 32 primary and intermediate teams will converge on Whangarei’s Kensington Park, to compete in the inaugural, Northland Champions Primary School festival and there will be two extra incentives.

Firstly, the Kiwi and Samoan teams will be in attendance between 11am-noon, and secondly, teams will be competing to see who will make the finals.

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