Video and photographs from Sunday’s game at Toll Stadium.
Here are the named selection of Northern Swords Premier players and match officials for this weekend’s game at Toll Stadium. 17s Kick off at 11:30am and Premiers Kick off at 1:00pm.
Click here to see all the key Home Games for our Northern Swords games – 25th August v Southern Bulls @ Toll Stadium; 22nd September v Central Vipers @ Ohaewai Rugby Ground; 5th October v Wellington Orcas @ Hikurangi Rugby Ground; 7th October v Wellington Orcas @ Mt Smart Stadium – TV game.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was Rugby League Northland. Since the beginning of the competition in 2010 the Northern Swords have progressively improved. 2012 showed improvement with some of the following achievements:
1.None of the squads used more than 25 players
2.Three main premier players made the step-up from 2012 17s squad – Ricky Toby, Jaden Hape, Tyson Wihongi
3.We equalled the record of 2011’s two wins, however no dispensations used for 15s – 17s 2012, namely, 15s victory over Mid Central and the 17s victory over Waicoa Bays (17’s first victory!)
However, the Premiers struggled and we have yet to win at Premier Grade. Rugby League Northland is trying to address this issue and as a part of our “Whole of Sport” plan we are working on creating a High Performance Strategy for Northland 2013 – 2015 (with a reassessment in 2015).