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Rugby League Northland Farewells Neville Rudolph

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Neville Rudolph and Jody Thorpe

Neville Rudolph and Jody Thorpe

Rugby League Northland Referees Association Chairman, Neville Rudolph, has departed Northland for the bright city lights of Brisbane, Australia. I first met Neville on my second day as General Manager of RLN, with Neville telling me that we only had three active Referees and that I would have to become one too! Which I did, and to this day, do not regret.Refereeing is a hard job and managing them is even harder – so I thank Neville for his hard work and commitment. In a testament to his work, the RLN Referees Association had 11 active referees in 2013. Neville has also played a key part in the development of Tane Kaiwai, who has progressed to become a part of the Auckland Referees Academy.

The Referees Committee is in the process of restructuring and held a hui on Wednesday 11th December. If you feel you’ve got something to say, either on or off the field – you can help make a difference! Join the newly formed Referee Committee OR better yet, sign up and become a Referee (all Grades Juniors to Seniors) for the 2014 season – FULL TRAINING WILL BE PROVIDED.

Contact: Alex Smits – or 021 273 6975

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**Coach: Joe Rau
**Manager: Vanessa Peters

Owen Shanks (Captain)
Dylan Brown
Takakino Makara
Paul Turner
Wiremu Greig
Tiakiawa Nathan
Diani Timms
Samuel Winikerei
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Matiu Baker
Chris Shepherd-George
Mauriora Shelford-Morrell
Kassem Erihe


In term 1 of this year our school was made aware of this, staff were asked who would like to take charge of a team for the AIMS GAMES. I put my hand up hoping to get a parent on board to help coach. Joe Rau put his hand up and from then on, our journey unfolded….and we’ve created HISTORY really.

We held a few trial games as the response in numbers was quite big, then we chose our team. Monday afternoon were our training sessions after school and all boys committed to these for the next 7 months.

Then we entered our team into the Northland U13s Sunday League competition to give them more league time and team building together. We ended up winning this competition. Trophy #1

We then played in the Northland Rugby League – 9’s tournament – Intermediate School Champions Y7 & Y8 in August that we also won. All these games helped in preparation for the Aims Games Tournament. Trophy #2

Joe Rau as Coach with his passion, vision and drive has helped to get to where we are, to winning this AIMS GAMES CHAMPIONSHIP. Brotherhood and Self Belief has been Joe’s korero with the boys. Believing in themselves and one game at a time.

12 schools entered in the comp. First game we drew against RAKAUMANGAMANGA 12 all. We went on to win our next 5 games which made us the winners of our pool.

We beat Papamoa in the semi final to play RAKAUMANGAMANGA again. This was a very hard game. They were ready for us and we were for them too. Big in size they were and our boys not as big. BUT a big heart they played with. Our speed, agility, skill and ball skills got them to be the CHAMPIONS AND WINNERS.

After the tournament , they then named a “Tournament Team” that 4 of our boys were named in: The DREAM TEAM

Dylan Brown
Paul Turner
Takakino Makara
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HOW EXCITING. (written by Vanessa Peters)

Whangarei Boys High School at National Secondary School CompWhangarei Boys High School at National Secondary School Comp

Photographs and video of Whangarei Boys High School playing James Cook High at the National Secondary School Competition, Bruce Pullman Park, Papakura on Friday 6 September 2013.

Click here to see pre-game Haka video.

Click here to see post-game Haka video.

Congratulations to the following players.

It’s Not Okay Fairplay Award Developing Grade: Kauri Harema, Whangarei Boys High School

It’s Not Okay Fairplay Award Premier Grade:
Taylor Waenga, Kaitaia College

Watties MVP award: James Dean Fisher-Harris, Whangarei Boys High School

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