Northern Swords

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.

Round 4 – Swords v Wellington Orcas – Starting Line Up

Round 4 Northern Swords Starting 13. A huge thanks to our Foundation Club Sponsors for your support and contribution towards getting our Northern Swords on the field.

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.

Northern Swords 14s – Squad Selection

The Coach and Management team, are pleased to announce the Squad Selection for Swords 14s who will be participating in the upcoming RuLA tournament in Tauranga between 8-10th October 2015. A huge thank you to all the boys that trialled. The Coach and Management have stated that those players who have not made the final squad, are on still on standby should injuries arise. Any enquiries regarding this team should be directed to the Coach, Jim Croft or Manager, Michael Hetaraka. RLN would like to congratulate all boys and wish the team every success for the tournament.

A New Future for the Swords Premiers

While the dust settles around Rugby League Northland’s historic Grand Final, the Northern Swords have been quietly going about their business as they prepare for the upcoming NZRL National Premiership. Coach, Jon Renes and his management crew are building a new era that will, over time, see the Swords become a competitive unit that will provide an opportunity to National Representative honors, while at the same time building pride and recognition for the Northern Swords brand in Northland.

Northern Swords 2015 – Fixtures

Coach Jon Renes and his management staff – Edward Irving – Manager and Jack Walker – Assistant Coach are busy preparing their squad for the start of the NZRL National Premiership at the end of August. They will be kicking off their campaign with a warm up game in at the Koroneihana in Ngaruawahia.

Northern Swords Mini Mod Competition

The Junior League season has one more event, based in Kaikohe. The Northern Swords Mini-Mod competetition will provide an opportunity for North and South clubs to come together. As part of a festival of Rugby League, with the Northern Swords Prermiers playing against the Counties Manukau Stingrays – don’t miss this oppportunity!