Northern Swords,Northern Swords 15s Northern Swords 15s – Got a Trade Got It Made – NZRL National Youth Tournament

Northern Swords 15s – Got a Trade Got It Made – NZRL National Youth Tournament

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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.

Day two was the game that broke the hopes and aspirations of the young Swords, as they battled it out with the South Island Scorpions locked in at 10 all, with time up on the clock, only to give away a penalty in front of the posts to lose 12 – 10.  They rounded out their pool play with a 38 – 18 loss to the Wellington Orcas.  In their cross over play against the Auckland Invitational, they were in the game right up to the final 10 minutes when Auckland ran away with it, defeating them 20 – 6.

The final day was the tough day at the office, as the Northerners struggled, after showing so much promise and the aspirations, being so high the boys spirit was defeated, as they went down to the Southern Scorpions, a team they had previously been so close to 30 – 10.  However the team has a lot to be proud of, with a number of players identified to go on to further honours.  “This is the best group of 15s I’ve had, but the competition has also improved,” said Coach, Jim Larkin, who has coached the 15s in three previous campaigns, “The boys played well throughout the tournament and could have finished so differently had the early results been different.  We have a good group of boys here to build on and they will be so much better for the experience.” said Larkin.

For the 15s players to stand out were: Halfback – Nikau Graham,  Standoff –  Kingi  Rakete-Tane, Loose forward – Brodie Tamarua, Centres Bradley Lanigan and Takakino Makara and Prop Jackson Sparksman-Brott.

Akarana Falcons were winners of the U15s Grade defeating Counties Manukau 17 – 16.

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A big call out to all potential Northern Swords 14s! There will be a muster next Tuesday 18th August at Bluegoose, 6pm and every Tuesday thereafter.

All players who played in the 2015 season in the 14s age grade at Bluegoose are eligible.

Any additional players who did not participate in the 2015 league season, must be born in 2001, 2002, (possibly 2003) AND have submitted player registration forms, birth IDs and photographs to be eligible to enter. We are unable to accept any players transferring from Australia as the clearance cut-off for this has passed and will not be open again until January 2016.

Head Coach – Jim Croft, 0220 907 615

Manager – Mike Foster

Trainer – Kingston Croft-Haenga

Training will be in conjunction with Joe Rau and the Swords 15s as some players are eligible for both teams, which will provide strength in numbers for training purposes.


Team Selection

The team will be capped at 22 players. Therefore should we have more than 22 at musters and trainings, a trial may be required.


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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.

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