Swords 15s and 17s Draw for the 2015 NZRL Got a Trade Got it Made National competition, hosted in Rotorua between Monday 28th September and Friday 2nd October.
The Swords 14s played Counties Manukau last Sunday and were up 12-10 with 10 minutes remaining. They had a lapse in concentration and unfortunately Counties ran in 3 unanswered tries.
Captain Manny Snooks, led by example topping the tackle count with some bone jarring hits on a much bigger pack, Rex Wiki bent the line every time he carted the ball up and was running like a man possessed. The boys ran to a really structured game plan enforced by coach Jim croft who has done wonders in developing the culture of this team.
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.
On the field for the Swords 17s, the tournament was a big come-down from the highs of 2013, when the boys finished 3rd. The 17s struggled from day one, when they suffered a heavy defeat to the Auckland Invitational side 68 – 12. In what would become the story of the tournament they were competitive for the first 15 – 20 minutes, until the Auckland sides superior size and power broke the Swords back, and with League once a team’s tail is lifted, it’s hard to stop the momentum of the opposition, with them running rampant to pile on points. The Swords then lost 50 – 4 to Akarana and then 28 – 6 to Mid Central, to close out pool play. This saw them play Wai-Coa-Bay in the cross-over game where they lost 46 – 4, decimated by injury, finishing the game with only 12 players.
The official draw for the Northern Swords 17s – “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.