Manuera owns a gym in Kaitaia, and is in his first year as an official. It would be fair to say that he has a lot to learn and as such, we brought him into the fold as a touchy for the RLN Semi’s so that he could gain some much needed experience. Manuera brings with him a thirst for knowledge for the game and enthusiasm that knows no bounds. With the help and guidance of those around him, I’m sure he gained a lot by helping out in the RLN Semi’s.
Corey Harawira-Naera makes an impressive Holden Cup Debut for Penrith PanthersCorey Harawira-Naera makes an impressive Holden Cup Debut for Penrith Panthers
Corey Harawira-Naera made an impressive Holden Cup debut for the Penrith Panthers against Newcastle on Saturday. Although the defending champions did not get a win, Corey, who came off the bench in the second row in the second half, had a huge work rate and looked every bit a Holden Cup player.
After an outstanding season for the Swords 17s in 2013, Corey went to Auckland to train with the Warriors Academy, but never got a break. So RLN brought him back to play for the Swords Premiers in the 2013 NZRL Pirtek Premiership, where he had a star role. As a result of his performance, he got signed by the Panthers.
Corey is joined at the Panthers by James Fisher-Harris and Hamish Pomare who have been starring for the SG Ball U18s team. The Panthers SG Ball team sits in third place after four rounds and are undefeated with three wins and a draw.
The Panther’s NRL team also has a Northland touch to it, with Elijah Taylor and Sam McKendry having starring roles in their 30-8 thumping of Newcastle.
The Northern Swords 15s finished a disappointing 8th out 8 teams at the NZRL National 15s Tournament, held in Papakura between the 30th Sept and 4th Oct. The team didn’t adapt that well to the daily grind of tournament after suffering a number of key injuries early in the week.
Brotherhood Award – Kayleb Mathews: Kayleb played at Prop for the Swords 15s. In his first year of League, Kayleb epitomises the brotherhood – always doing the best he can, even when injured. A positive team member, who pushed himself to front up, throughout the 15 tournament.
Player of the Year – Steele Kake: The Man Mountain – 2nd Year Northern Swords player who matured so much he captained the 15s Swords at the 2013 Nationals. The team always felt confident when Steele was on the field and Steele would have made the 2013 Tournament Team if he did not get injured in the 3rd game at Nationals.