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JULY 2016

1st 15/18s Competition
2nd Rd 13 – RLN Scott Electrical Premiership
3rd Last day – Jennian Homes Mini & Mod Competition
3rd Swords Premiers Muster – 2pm, Bluegoose, Whangarei
3rd 15/17s Swords Training
4th Senior Delegates Meeting
5th Junior Delegates Meeting – SOUTH
10-13th NZRL Performance Camp, Rotorua
16th RLN Scott Electrical Premiership Semi Finals – Toll Stadium
16-17th North Island District Tournament, Rotorua (15/17 Swords)
22nd Elijah Taylor 15s Round (1 game) – venue tbc
22nd Sam McKendry 18s – Semi Finals – venue tbc
23rd Elijah Taylor 15s Round (1 game)
23rd RLN Scott Electrical Premiership Prelim Final – Toll Stadium
31st Sam McKendry 18s Grand Final – Toll Stadium
31st RLN Scott Electrical Premiership Grand Final – Toll Stadium

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FINALS FEVER! Minor Semi’s – Sunday 27th July – Toll StadiumFINALS FEVER! Minor Semi’s – Sunday 27th July – Toll Stadium



This week will see the Minor Semi-Finals of the RLN MultiKai Cooker Premiership.  Round 16 completed over the weekend played out to script with no surprises.

The Hikurangi Stags secured 2nd place and the week off, as they defeated the Moerewa Tigers 36 – 6 in a match that didn’t reflect the scoreline.  It was the Tigers who got out to the early lead looking to play the spoilers.  However, the Stags showed that they were able to play a controlled, structured game of footy, even without inspirational Player/Coach Joe Rau. Te Tuhi Tipene and Moses Cooper stuck to the game plan and lead the team with control, feeding the Edmonds brothers, Joachim and Zab on the left flank.  The Tigers played till the 80th minute, demonstrating the potential they showed in the last half of the season.

Portland won back the Ville Salase Memorial Trophy in a 17 – 16 thriller in Dargaville, against the Northern Wairoa Bulls.  The Ville Salase Memorial – always played during the last round between the Panthers and the Bulls – is played to commemorate Ville, a Portland legend who at the age of 49 collapsed and died on the paddock in 2006.  The Bulls were the current holders of the trophy, after the Panthers held it for the first 7 years.  The 17 – 16 scoreline will give both teams confidence going into Semi’s.

The Panthers’ opponents this week are the Otangarei Knights, who ended a spirited Muriwhenua Kuaka’s season 52 – 20.  While the Bulls opponents, will be the Hokianga Pioneers, after they ended the Kerikeri Makos season 40 – 10.  Both the Kuaka and the Makos have had tough seasons – but they never capitulated.  If both teams have good off-seasons they can come back competitive in 2015.

Takahiwai round out the top six as they secured the Minor Premiership with a dominant display to round out Horahora’s season 54 – 4.  The Top 6 being confirmed as:

  1. Takahiwai Warriors
  2. Hikurangi Stags
  3. Hokianga Pioneers
  4. Otangarei Knights
  5. Portland Panthers
  6. Northern Wairoa Bulls

Takahiwai and Hikurangi have the first week off.  This week’s games are Sunday July 27th at Toll Stadium:

1pm:  Hokianga Pioneers v Northern Wairoa Bulls

This will be an action packed match.  Their previous match was abandoned with the scores at 22 – 16 to the Pioneers while their Round 1 match was a closed fought affair with the Pioneers winning 24 – 22.  Both teams play a similar style of football which would best be described as Power football.  With big teams across the paddock they play on the back of power running and support.

The Pioneers should go into this match as favourites.  They have had a strong finish to the season and been consistently in the Top 4, while the Bulls have never really reached their potential in 2014.  They have shown glimpses of form but have been inconsistent.  However, finals football is a different scenario and the Bulls will test the Pioneers for 80 minutes and if things click on the day can provide a major upset!

3.00pm:  Otangarei Knights v Portland Panthers

This match should be epic.  Both the Panthers and the Knights have consistently been in the Top 6 this year.  The Knights have shown in 2014 that they are true Premiership contenders.  When they focus they can click and when they do, they are unstoppable, playing an expansive wide game of footy on the back of passionate running, combined with Herewini Edmonds’ and Linn Hunapo’s, slick passing game.

The Panthers play a very structured and controlled game.  They have a big mobile pack, led by the friendly giant Michael Gawn.  They have speed and power out wide in the form of Levi McQueen and Kelsin Harding which is fed by a devious Fats (Madisyn) Kaka at Dummy Half.  Portland have struggled throughout the year to lock out tight matches, however they would have gained confidence from their 17 – 16 win over the Bulls.

In their previous meeting in 2014 the Knights were too dominant winning 50 – 22.  They were scheduled to have met in the Rd 15 cancelled round.

Major Finals – August 2nd Toll Stadium

Hikurangi Stags v (winner Hokianga v Northern Wairoa) at 1:00pm Takahiwai Warriors v (winner Otangarei v Portland) at 3:00pm

Announcing RLN Multikai Cooker PremiershipAnnouncing RLN Multikai Cooker Premiership

As the Northland Senior League season is just around the corner, Rugby League Northland has received a major boost with the securing of MulitKai Cookers as a naming rights sponsor for the RLN Premiership.  From this point forward the RLN Premiership will be known as the RLN Multikai Cooker Premiership.

“I have seen the growth in profile of Rugby League in Northland over the last three years and as a keen Leaguie I wanted to be able to help make a difference.” said Doug Andrews, Director of MultiKai Cookers.  Doug originally from Canterbury, first started his league interests with the Lindwood Keas and went on to represent Canterbury U21s before a move to Northland in 1987 where he linked up the Portland Panthers.  Doug is a well known personality around the Masters scene having represented the Kiwi Masters.

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“I’m excited about being to help RLN grow their profile – but at the same time I hope that this sponsorship can help grow my business as well.  I see this partnership as a good way of assisting Rugby League Clubs across New Zealand raise funds.  The Mulitkai Cooker is a great investment and I have witnessed several clubs raise some significant funds through Hangis!” Doug went on to say.

Alex Smits, General Manager RLN, is really excited about the new partnership.  “To bring on a nationally recognised brand is an awesome reward for the hard work that the Rugby League Northland community have put in over the last three years.  Not only are we attracting some good sponsors but we are attracting sponsors who are willing to put their name on our competitions which goes to show that the business community is taking an interest in what we are doing.”  From a product perspective RLN uses the MultiKai Cookers to feed all of their representative teams after games as it’s a low cost and easy solution for feeding masses.

The RLN MultiKai Cooker Premiership kicks of March the 29th with a 10 team competition.  Otaua Valleys have withdrawn to concentrate on their juniors.  Teams competing in 2014 will be:  Muriwhenua Kuaka, Hokianga Pioneers, Kerikeri Rugby League, Moerewa Tigers, Hikurangi Stags, Otangarei Knights, Horahora Broncos, Portland Panthers, Takahiwai Warriors and the Northern Wairoa Bulls.  The Hikurangi Stags are the 2011, 2012 and 2013 defending champions.

A Final Draw will be released early next week.