Final Second Thriller Ends Swords Dreams

The Northern Swords almost created the biggest upset in the history of the NZRL National Premiership on Saturday at Lindvart Park, in Kaikohe, as they led 28 – 24 with less than a minute left on the clock. The Swords were deep into the Orcas half on attack when on 5th and final tackle their attempted drop goal got charged down. Orca winger, Patrick Ahnau was first on the scene from the charge down toeing it ahead to commence a footrace with the Swords covering defence. He was fortunate that the ball popped up cleanly into his hands 5 metres away from the try line to score under the posts as the Swords defence tried desperately to hold him up. Orca’s standoff, Bronson Marino, calmly slotted the 2 points to snatch victory 30 – 28.

Northern Swords A Launching Pad for future careers

Saturday will see a festival of Rugby League with the Northern Swords playing the Wellington Orcas as well as the Barney Wharerau Memorial 9s Tournament. The day forms part of RLN’s strategy to bring the Swords to the community, we have a young team that we are working with for the future. The NZRL National Competition is hugely competitive and of an incredibly high standard, come down to Kaikohe and enjoy some high class Rugby League, bring your whanau, it’s a free event and support the Swords and be a part of the first ever Barney Wharerau 9s Tournament. You may even being watching Northland’s next NRL Star with two players from Northland recently signing contracts with NRL Clubs.

Junior Swords Update

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.

Swords looking positive despite Score line

It was a festival of Rugby League in Kaikohe on Saturday. Given the torrential downpour on Friday night and Saturday morning, the weather gods turned on a beautiful day for Rugby League. Masses of kids and Whanau turned up to celebrate a day for youth with a junior festival leading into the game between the Swords Young Guns and the might of the Counties Manukau.

Northern Swords Young Guns Show Determination

Jon Renes Northern Sword’s young guns showed guts and determination in the opening match of the NZRL National Premiership as they drew the final forty minutes 4 all. The second half results demonstrating that Jon Renes’ young team can match it at National League level. With 11 players under the age of 22 and 3 players aged 18, plus a total of 8 debutants, the team on paper is very inexperienced and in the first forty minutes they certainly showed their inexperience. The Swords received the ball from kick off and looked like they were going to be competitive as they marched up field with power and control to complete their first set. The Vipers then had the football, the Swords looked to control the defense line which they did until the Vipers chanced their arm and ran the ball on the final tackle to the surprise of the Swords defense exposing a vulnerable left edge to score in the corner.

Fun Family Day of Entertainment in Kaikohe – Swords v Counties Manukau

The Northern Swords are team building for the future, with 15 players under the age of 22 in their squad they are looking to build the foundations of a successful team on and off the field. With such a young team, Rugby League Northland are calling out to all Rugby League fans to come along and support the Swords Young Guns as they take on the Counties Manukau Stingrays this Saturday in Kaikohe.

Northern Swords Premiers v Mid-Central Vipers

A big weekend of Rugby League for the Northern Swords Premiers this weekend as the Swords take on the Mid Central Vipers. Coach Jon Renes has compiled a solid team that will push the Vipers all the way. Congratulations to Israel Tahere and Te Tuhi Tipene named as co-captains. This is the 3rd season they will both represent. The team is a great mix of experience and youth with 8 debutants. Congratulations to players making their senior Swords debut enjoy the moment – this is the NZRL National Premiership: Tamati Leach, Kawana Marsden, Brodee Palmer, Eli George, Herewini McGregor, Stevie Ray Haenga-Albert, Hoani Tahana, Pana Matiu.