The Swords 15s and 17s preparation for the NZRL National Tournament at the end of September has seen a busy couple of weeks during the July School Holidays. In the first week of the holidays they attended a two day camp. The first day saw them stay at the Ngunguru Marae where they underwent a number of team building activities including presentations from NorthTec around careers, Waka Ama and field work. In the evening Phil Pakea from the “Its not Ok” Group talked with the teams around anti-violence and what means to be a responsible boy growing into a man.
Kia ora Whanau, Congratulations to those who have made the selection team for the Northern Swords 15s and 17s in Rotorua this week. Apologies for the delay in getting this information to you, it was a very hard decision to make and they are only allowed a maximum of 25 players. Apologies to those players with hyphenated names, I have had to shorten this in order to fit onto one page. Also included in this information is What to Bring and an Itinerary.
This is the schedule for the 2 day performance camp hosted at Ngunguru and Kensington Stadium for the selected 15s and 17s train on squad on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th July. Players need to bring their Parental Consent Forms, $20 contribution, plus training gear – shorts, jerseys, mouthguards, boots. Pillows, sleeping bags, towels. Warm post-training gear. Spare shorts, t-shirt and sweatshirt – which will get wet and dirty for a planned extra activity.
The Swords 15s showed so much promise, but as the tournament went on, their hopes faded away. Day One saw them more than competitive, with eventual tournament winners, the Akarana Falcons. Trailing by only 6 – 4 at half time the Swords were disallowed an early try in the second half to eventually lose 24 – 10. Which was an admirable performance, especially when you consider that in the corresponding fixture in 2013 they lost 70 – 0.
The official draw for the Northern Swords 15s – “Got A Trade” NZRL National Youth Tournament, hosted at Puketawhero Park, Rotorua between 29th September and 3rd October 2014.
While the Premiers were doing battle with the Wellington Orcas the 15s and 17s Swords were in Tournament mode taking on the best Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Coastline had to offer in the Upper Central Zone district tournament in Rotorua. The tournament is used as a building block to prepare for the 15s and 17s National Zonal Tournament held in late September.
The below players have been selected as the 15s Train On Squad. POD training is compulsory attendance. Information letters will be posted from 15s Manager later this week.
POD training locations: Lindvart Park, Kaitaia and Bluegoose. POD training days: Starting Monday 30th June and every Monday thereafter. POD training times: 6:00pm start. Bring: Mouthguards, boots and waterbottles