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Northern Swords – 13s Selection

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The selections for the Northern Swords 13s are now listed below. Communication and further details for the selected players will be provided next week. Any enquiries relating to the selection should be directed to either or

This is a great opportunity for our players to develop not only as a player, but as a person to achieve long-term career goals.  The Northern Swords will help players on a pathway and prepare them for a future in sport or any other chosen profession.

Northern Swords 13s Selection

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RuLA Tournament – Swords 13s – Mt MaunganuiRuLA Tournament – Swords 13s – Mt Maunganui

The Northern Swords 13s travelled down to Mt Maunganui, for their first experience as Swords players in a district tournament.  Coached by Takahiwai’s,  Rewi Kaihau, Managed by Whanau’s Hine Pireroa, with Otangarei’s John Radovanovich as their trainer and RLN Development Officer Joe Rau, offering support, 20 players descended on the Mount for four games over two days.

Travelling down in convoy style on Thursday, the boys had a great spirit and unknown expectations.  For many, this would be their first ever road trip and first time out of Tai Tokerau.

They won their first game in a nail biter 30 – 22 over Coastline.  Then they came crashing back down to earth with a 60 – 6 defeat by Auckland Maori.  It seems to be a Swords dilemma in all grades whenever we play Auckland, we lose with a large number of points!

The final day looked to be a daunting task as they had Bay of Plenty first up who had defeated Auckland Maori on the final day, however the boys dug deep to only lose 32 – 24 with a gutsy performance.  This meant that they would again face Coastline in battle for 3rd and 4th place only to have their hopes crushed on the final hooter.  The Swords we leading 34 – 28 for Coastline to finish a sublime back line movement with their centre slicing through desperate defence, to score 10 metres in the from the sideline, with the kicker nailing the conversion for Coastline to win 36 – 34.

RLN Development Officer Joe Rau said, “The Boys did awesome, all the teams at the Tournament had already played in a couple of other tournaments and these were our first games.  I’m really proud of the team and the way the team gelled as a unit and the way management and whanau bonded together to support the boys.”

True to Rugby League’s mantra of League being “more than just a game” the Swords were rewarded by earning prizes for, “Haka of the Tournament” and for the “Coaches Speech” – which all coaches had to partake on the first day, explaining why they entered the tournament and what they hoped to achieve.

Click here to see You Tube video of their departure haka.

Coach: Rewi Kaihau
Manager: Hine Pireroa
Trainer:  John Radovanovich
Technical Support:  Joe Rau

Elijah Cherrington James Latu James Power
Addalicent Haenga-Croft Tane Mackie Kiarni Ranui
Siosiua Fotu Toia Mehana-Puru Riki Shelford
Jordyn Hetaraka Xavier Mexted Manny Snooks
Lathan Hutchinson-Walters Toi Munroe Haki Thompson-Tautuhi
Kian Kake Richmond Patua Tangaroa Tuwhangai
Rangatira Keerako Tangaroa Pireroa

Fun Family Day of Entertainment in Kaikohe – Swords v Counties ManukauFun Family Day of Entertainment in Kaikohe – Swords v Counties Manukau

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The Northern Swords are team building for the future, with 15 players under the age of 22 in their squad they are looking to build the foundations of a successful team on and off the field.  With such a young team, Rugby League Northland are calling out to all Rugby League fans to come along and support the Swords Young Guns as they take on the Counties Manukau Stingrays this Saturday in Kaikohe.

As such Rugby League Northland is taking the Swords on the road to Kaikohe and have organised for a Junior North meets Junior South Mini/Mod Tournament as a curtain raiser to the main event.    Both events will take place on Central Rugby Ground to help create a festival atmosphere and it is FREE to attend.  Also adding the festive atmosphere will see the Junior Delegates running fundraising stalls to raise funds for the Northern Swords 15s and 17s to go to the NZRL Nationals.  So if you are coming along to the games bring along a few dollars to buy a feed and give a little donation.

“In the past the Swords have played to empty stadiums, for footy players there is nothing like playing in front of your Whanau and other supporters. By bringing the kids in, it will help bring in families as well and create a positive vibe.  The boys have a big challenge against one of the competition favourites, Counties Manukau Stingrays, but I’m sure with the League public’s support it will give them confidence” RLN General Manager Alex Smits said.

The Stingrays suffered a rare loss in round one against a resurgent Wai-Coa-Bays Stallions, while the Swords 38 – 4 loss to the Mid Central Vipers showed a lot of positive signs.  With an extra game under their belt, the Swords Young Guns and home ground advantage, the Swords will be looking to surprise the Stingrays.  For Eli George, Tamati Leach and Stevie Ray Haenga-Albert there will be extra motivation of playing at home in Kaikohe, all three had standout debuts last week.

Coach Jon Renes has the ability of adding Moerewa’s Anaru Thompson and Takahiwai’s experienced Ross McFarlane as wells as Muriwhenua’s Sonny Rupapera into this week’s mix. All three were unavailable last week due to work commitments.  However the final team will remain under wraps until after Thursday’s training.

History Made for the Swords with Two WinsHistory Made for the Swords with Two Wins

Solomone Palu

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Piripi Parangi and Scott Cameron

Piripi Parangi and Scott Cameron

Jarom Wihongi-Henare

Jarom Wihongi-Henare

Hard work and commitment pays off for the Northern Swords, in the NZRL National Competition, as history was made in Ohaewai, with the Premiers winning their first ever game and the 17s winning their third game in a row to remain on top of the table.

Since the NZRL National Competition was launched in 2010, the Northern Swords across three grades* (15s, 17s and Premiers) have had only four victories in three years.  In 2013 the Swords have already reached four victories – three for the 17s and one for the Premiers.

The biggest celebration goes to the Jim Larkin coached Premier team winning their first game ever, in the competition.  The win is well deserved and comes on the back of hard work.  The team has been working with St George High Performance Coach Tom McCaffrey, concentrating on the basics of the game, winning the collision and the ruck and it paid off.

The Swords were first to score after only 3 mins, to dynamic centre Ash Harawira-Naera, they quickly followed it up in the 7th min with a try to Poasa Rankin to lead 10 – 0. Monster Prop, Solomone Palu, dominated the opposition with barnstorming runs and the quick play of the balls, kept the opposition on the back foot, with the Swords going into the half time break 22 – 4 ahead.  The second half started in the same vain as the first, with fullback Corey Harawira-Naera scoring a scintillating 70metre try.  Joe Rau in his first game as a player, lead the boys around the park in true style.  For Rau, who coached the team in 2011 and 2012, the win showed that perseverance and determination pays off.

It was a complete team performance for the Swords closing the game out 40 – 22.  For Innocent Tuimavave the win was extra special, as he has been a part of the Swords team since 2010.  “Really stoked, it’s been hard playing for the Swords without a win, this win gives the boys a belief that we can compete.”  Tuimavave said.

Northern Swords Premiers 40 Tries:  Corey Harawira-Naera, Ash Harawira-Naera (2), Jarom Wihongi-Henare, Solomone Palu, Dez Reynolds, Poasa Rankin. Joe Rau.  Goals:  Corey Harawire-Naera (4)

Central Vipers Premiers 22  Tries:  Jaxon Samoa, Kele Kose, Josh Kerr, Corey Govenor.  Goals:  Cruze Rauner (3)

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