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20 young men from Northland had the opportunity to play on the sacred turf of the Warriors home ground on Monday, 22nd April. The team was made up of the NorthTec Adam Blair XIII (Secondary School Representative team) with a couple of additions from the NorthTec Rugby League Academy, who played against the Warriors Academy team.

Tumoana Halkyard

Tumoana Halkyard

Hamish Pomare

Hamish Pomare

Elijah Taylor with boys

Adam Blair XIII v Warriors Teams









The 16-12 scoreline showed great improvement from 36-4 loss from 3 weeks ago. James Dean Fisher-Harris (WBHS) was again named man of the match from the Warriors Coaching staff, with a special mention to Hamish Pomare (Kaitaia College).

The bonus of getting an expose on Maori TV added a professional feel to the day. Maori TV Interview at Mt Smart

NorthTec sponsored the transport as part of the link for the development of Rugby League in Northland and the NorthTec Academy. Jon Renes from the Academy attended the event as a relationship building initiative.

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Coaches Joe Rau (15s) and Benson Selwyn (17s) were both very pleased with the performance of their squads in the Upper Central Tournament.  They only had one week to organise their players from the NZRL Performance Camp, which was no small task.  The tournament was used to help the coaches identify not only players for the final squad, but also areas they will need to work on to help start to build a culture around the Swords teams.

Although results didn’t go entirely the Swords way, both coaches were please with the outcomes.  Steele Kake was named the “Forward of the Tournament” for the 15s.  2013 will be Steele’s second National Campaign at the 15s level.  He is definitely one for the scouts to watch out for.  Piri Croft 17s Prop, was named in the Tournament Team for the 17s. Piri continues his good form for the Swords from 2012.

A big thank you to Sash Stosic (GM – Upper Central Zone) and the Bay of Plenty Rugby League for organising a well run tournament.  Congratulations to Bay of Plenty 15s and Waikato 17s for winning their respective grades.

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Can you smell the excitement in the air?  It’s finals fever!!

One thing that always entertains us is how excited players and coaches and supporters get about finals!  It doesn’t matter what age or grade the player is – Finals are Finals – and they are something to get excited about.  Over the course of a player’s career, some can only dream of playing in a final, let alone the chance to win!

Rugby League Northland would like to congratulate the Moerewa Tigers for winning the Minor Premiership – the Tigers have been the form team all year, and will have this first week off from the playoffs.  Takahiwai Warriors, in 2nd place, have also earned the week off.  The Premiership has been a tight encounter with only 5 points separating 1st and 5th place.

This Saturday (27th July) is the first week of the RLN Premiership Finals with the Semi-Final Qualifiers being played at Lindvart Park in Kaikohe.  A big thank you to Mike Edmonds and the Kaikohe Rugby Club for allowing us to use the Rugby Grounds. It’s a fanstastic playing surface with a great grass roots atmosphere!  Make sure that if you get a chance, that you come to Kaikohe to watch the Semi’s as we have two cracker jack games lined up.

At 1.00pm, we kick off with last years Champions the Hikurangi Stags v Northern Wairoa Bulls.  Both teams have struggled to find form in the last round of the Premiership.  A month  ago the Bulls defeated the Stags in a thrilling 24 – 18 victory to gain top place in the Premiership.  Since then, the Bulls have won only one game finishing the season in 5th place.  The Stags will be wanting to continue the Bulls poor form and set up a replay of the 2012 Grand Final in next week’s Semi-Final at Toll Stadium against the Tigers.

Then at 3.00pm, the Hokianga Pioneers are up against the City Knights.  The Pioneers have been Mr Consistent throughout 2013 and ended the season in 3rd place.  The Knights have been the steady improvers throughout the season.  Alex Smits (RLN’s GM) refereed them in the 1st and last round of the season and what a difference!  They went from a disorganised ramble, to a finely tuned attacking machine!!  Well done to the City club for the turn around in form and culture!!  During the cross over rounds the Pioneers defeated City 36 – 28 at City’s home ground.

Both games will be hard to predict…as in all Finals games, expect the unexpected!  If you love live sport get to Lindvart Park this week!

On another note the 13s, 15s and 18s Semi-Finals will be played next weekend (4th August).  All the Finals are scheduled for the 11th of August at Toll Stadium.

Also wishing our 5 boys the best of luck with their Kiwi trials in Rotorua this week.

See attachment for details of dates and times of all finals games – Finals Fever