Category: Northern Swords Premiers

Swords team announced to Play WaikatoSwords team announced to Play Waikato

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Sunday 4th September, Toll Stadium

1.                       Jordan Katene (Otangarei)
2.                       Israel Tahere (Northern Wairoa Bulls)
3.                       Ross Mc Farlane (Takahiwai)
4.                       Te Tuhi Tipene (Moerewa)
5.                       Munokoa Maikuku (Moerewa)
6.                       Kyle Hool (Takahiwai)
7.                       Brodee Plamer (Moerewa)
8.                       Eli George (Moerewa)
9.                       Wilson Hona (Moerewa)
10.                     Logan Pocklington (Northern Wairoa Bulls)
11.                     Pedro Blake (Otangarei)
12.                     Haylin Rogers (Moerewa)
13.                     Vern Wilson (Otangarei

14.                     Daniel Fulop (Northern Wairoa Bulls)
15.                     Jordan Hool (Takahiwai)
16.                     Sam Henry (Otangarei)
17.                     Doug Makiri   (Otangarei) 18.  Moses Cooper (Hora Hora)

Coach:              Jon Renes

Asst Coach:     Jack Walker

Manager:         Edward irving

Trainer:            Dean Schruers

Physio:             Skye Renes

Strapper:         Caitlin Riedstra

Swords team named to face Bay of PlentySwords team named to face Bay of Plenty

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We are pleased to announce the team to face Bay of Plenty this Sunday, 21st August at Trigg Arena, Kensington Park

  1. Jordon Katene
  2. Israel Tahere
  3. Ross Mc Farlane
  4. Haylin Rogers
  5. Te Tuhi Tipene
  6. Brodee Palmer
  7. Kyle Hool
  8. Eli George
  9. Wilson Hona
  10. Logan Pocklington
  11. Pedro Blake
  12. Junior Tatau
  13. Sam Henry
  14. Dylan Windelborn 15.Moses Cooper 16.Jordon Hool 17.Daniel Fulop 18.Grayson Rowe

Coach:  Jon Renes

Assistant Coach:  Jack Walker

Trainer:  Dean Schreurs

Physio:  Skye Rene

Manager:  Edward Irving

Northern Swords Premiers coaching staff appointedNorthern Swords Premiers coaching staff appointed

Jon Reyes

Jon Renes has been named as the Northern Swords Premier Coach again for the 2016 NZRL National Premiership Competition after a positive season in 2015, where the key focus was developing Brotherhood within the team and building a team culture of pride and belief in each other.

Jon has proven experience in high performance sports from a preparation component and sees the step as a natural progression.

Jon’s career has also seen him take on the roles of  Trainer for the Junior Kiwis, NZ Residents, Amerika Samoa, Central Sharks, Te Atatu Roosters, Hibiscus Coast Raiders, NZ Black Ferns and Auckland Storm.

The 2016 Swords Campaign kicks off on 21st August against Bay of Plenty at Whangarei Arena in Kensington.  The new revised three-tier format will see the Northern Swords play against Bay of Plenty, Coastlines and Waikato, which they will have to win in order to advance to the next tier.

Joining Jon again this year will be Jack Walker as Assistant Coach/Trainer and Edward Irving as Team Manager.

Head Coach Position Available – RLN Junior Academy 2016Head Coach Position Available – RLN Junior Academy 2016

Rugby League Northland is seeking expressions of interest for the position of Head Coach, RLN Junior Academy 2016.

The Coach will take lead role in aspects of skill development and technical field session planning, in conjunction with the Zone Academy Facilitator.

Academy Overview

The idea behind this Academy, is for it to assist as a pre-season and in-season program for all potential representative junior Swords players. It is a wider training group that will implement best practice training modules, which in turn, will enhance the capabilities of our players.

It is intended that players will have one muster this side of 2015. They will be given a training program which will be carried out over the Christmas break. Players will then assemble for 3 training modules, which will also include game preparation for the 17s players, who will play the Auckland Warriors 18s(tbc) on the 13th February, here at Toll as a curtain raiser to the Warriors Titans game.

The wider training group will then train once a month. This will include testing and analysis of player development as well as a total of 5 camps, which will culminate with the junior Swords trials.

The Coaches role:

It is expected that the coach will take a lead role in all the aspects of skill development and technical field session planning, which encompasses a key leadership and mentoring role.

The coach will also be responsible for the selection of players and their development throughout the season. They will also be a crucial person in the preparation of the Swords pre-season games leading into the National tournament.

It is assumed, that the Academy Coach, will Coach either the 15s or 17s Swords side.

Key Dates:

Sunday 6th of December                  Full team muster
Wednesday 27th of January             Training module 1
Wednesday 3rd of February             Training module 2
Wednesday 10th of February           Training module 3
Saturday the 13th of February          18 selection vs Warriors 18s Toll Stadium
Sunday the 12th of March                Swords Camp
Sunday the 9th of April                     Swords Camp
Sunday the 7th of May                      Swords Camp
Sunday the 11th of June                    Swords Camp
Sunday the 9th of July                       Swords Camp


Applicants should apply in writing, with a cover letter and detailing relevant experience to:  Aaron Thomas, RLN Development Manager –

2016 Head Coach Position Description.  Applicants should be aware that this is a voluntary role.


Swords Beaten but Proud of their SeasonSwords Beaten but Proud of their Season

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[Photography courtesy of Robert O’Hara, Impact Photography]

The Northern Swords finished their 2015 NZRL National Premiership campaign with another solid performance on Saturday, against the defending champions and 2015 finalists the Rockcote Canterbury Bulls.  Even though the score board showed a 56 – 20 loss, there were again lots of positives to be had from the match.  For the first 10 minutes it looked possible that the Swords may do the unthinkable and knock over the Bulls as the Swords looked structured and composed as they played out their sets and controlled the defense line.  The Swords were the first team to score through play maker Kyle Hool, however this only spurned the Bulls pack into action.  Led by inspiration Captain, Chris Bamford, the Bulls were able to gain momentum through their superior size and strength and were able to turn the smaller Swords players around and capitalise through their slick outside backs.

The Bulls took a 32 – 6 half time lead.  However, come the second half, the Swords came back out to play.  Outmatched by size by the Bulls pack, the Swords looked to spread the ball and were able to expose the Bulls outside backs.  The Swords back line was impressive as halves Brodee Palmer and Kyle Hool showed some inspirational vision and passing skills, presenting centres, Caleb Aekins and Anaru Thompson with room to move.  Israel Tahere on the wing was fearless with his early ball carries, setting up an 80 metre try going through 5 sets of hands for Thompson to dot down.  Tahere and Hool were rewarded with their effort with two tries each.

The Swords were well beaten in the end by a team that deserves to be in the finals.  However they competed and they competed well.  The difference on the day probably can be explained by physics.  The Bulls pack were simply too big and too strong for a smaller Swords pack.  Across the field the Bulls average pack weight would have easily been 105kg, with the Swords having only maybe two players tipping 100kgs.  Jon Renes,his coaching staff and playing group should be very proud of the result and of the season.

“We have shown that we have the potential to build a good squad based around youth with a handful of old heads.  The young guys are keeping the older ones honest, pushing them for places.  As an organisation, our priority rightly or wrongly, hasn’t been about our Senior Swords team, it’s been about building the foundations of the organization and making League in Northland credible.  We have done this now we have seen massive growth in playing numbers at Club and school level (620 total in 2010 to over 3000 in 2015), we now feel that we can start to focus on the bigger picture which will include increased emphasis on developing the player pathways.

We are talking with some potential funders about supporting a Coach and Club Development role, combining this with stronger links with the Warriors and with the Penrith Panthers.  If we can keep our squad together for the 2016 campaign, build on it with a few of our 17s making the step up, plus recruit a few more of the experienced premier players then I’m sure we will see improved results in seasons to come at a national level.”  Alex Smits RLN General Manager said.

Another positive from the game is the partnership being developed between Channel North and RLN with the game streaming live, which provides people across NZ an opportunity to tune in and watch a professionally presented game .  To watch at your leisure click on the following link.

Rockcote Canterbury Bulls 56 (Jordan Kane 2, Danny Latu, Matt Sauni, Penitito Ilalio, Jack Mundy, Izic Placid, Paradise Mann, Paul Sauni, Phil Nati & Jiordan Fidow-Kele tries; James Baxendale 5 & Placid goals)

Northern Swords 20 (Israel Tahere 2 & Kyle Hool 2 tries; Anaru Thompson 2 goals); HT: 32-6

Click here – to view Sparkies v Chippies and Northern Swords v Canterbury Bulls games at Toll Stadium on Saturday 10th October.

View all the game day photos on our Facebook page.