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Next week sees the culmination of the heavily contested NorthTec Adam Blair Trophy head into semi-finals. This is Rugby League Northlands Premier Secondary School Competition. We have the top two teams from the North and South teams fighting it out for the Adam Blair Trophy and the 3rd and 4th placed teams from each zone battling it out for the Northern Swords Shield (Plate).

 Adam Blair Trophy Semi-Finals— Wednesday 30th March at 4.30pm:

WBHS v Northland College – at WBHS

Kaitaia College v Kamo High School – at Kaitaia College

The Northern Swords Shield (Plate) Semi-Finals— Wednesday 30thMarch at 4.30pm:

Dargaville High School v Whangaroa College – at Dargaville High School

Kura Kaikohe v BOI College – at Northland College

 All teams are packed with strike power and wanting to get their hands on the silverware. Boys High v Northland college will see both teams flexing their muscle with two big forward packs wanting to lay the platform. Players to watch: WBHS: Wiremu Grieg, Jayden Laupepe, Stylie Antonio & Ngatai Manukau-Togiavalu. Northland College: John and Phoenix Henare-Clarke, Taite Kopa & Tamati Leach

Whereas the Kaitaia College v Kamo High School game will see Kaitaia, who have been together for over 3 years, wanting to test the fruition of their program against a much younger but heavily structured side. Players to watch: Kaitaia College-Jackson Sparks-Brott, Te Kahi Nathan, Brody Tamarua & Rihari Pomare. Kamo High School- Ariki Hughes, Manasseh Turner, James Witehira and Hakaraia Corkery

In the Champions Cup we have a very mobile Dargaville take on a smaller pack, but with speed out wide the Whanagaroa side will test and ask questions if given room.

Players to watch: Dargaville– Thomas Anderson, Rico Cook, Lathan Hutchinson-Walters & Hoani Rogers-Brown. Whangaroa– Troy Hughes, Royce Sanderson and Wiremu Kakarana

 On the other side of the draw we see a very evenly matched game which will be close. Kura Kaikohe have a free running style and are dangerous in open play whereas BOI run good shape and will look to win the arm wrestle. Players to watch: BOI College– Micheal Davis, Jarrod Hona, and Xavier Nilsson-Cherrington. Kura Kaikohe– Osaiasi Tau-Kata, Ngapuhi Simeon and Wiremu Herewini

Northern Swords – Performance Camp – 15s and 17s – Sunday 7th July 2013Northern Swords – Performance Camp – 15s and 17s – Sunday 7th July 2013

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Over 70 young men took their first step on their league pathway when they attended the RLN – NZRL Performance Camp.

The camp is used by RLN Northern Swords 15s (Joe Rau) and Swords 17s (Benson Selwyn) head coaches to help select their squads for the forthcoming NZRL National Provincial Championship.

The players were selected from the RLN Club 15s and 18s Competitions.  At the camp, players were run through a series of physical and skill tests and then a number of workshops including sessions about pathways to the NRL, decision making, player agents and goal setting.

“It’s a competitive world out there and not many boys will get to the NRL, the boys need to understand that they are the ones who are in control of their future, they also need to ensure that they have a plan B”, said Warrior Legend Stacey Jones.

“Northland produces some great players – the Warriors see Rugby League Northland as a future partner and we will announce an exciting partnership soon,” Jones went on to say.

The next step for the Swords 15s and 17s will see both Squads travel to Rotorua on the 15th of July for the Upper Central Zone two day tournament.

 

Northern Swords 17s – Benson Selwyn – 021 161 2375; rselwyn4@gmail.com

Northern Swords 15s – Joseph Rau – 021 242 6975; joseph@nzrl.co.nz