13s,News,Northern Swords RuLA Tournament – Swords 13s – Mt Maunganui

RuLA Tournament – Swords 13s – Mt Maunganui

RuLA Tournament – Swords 13s – Mt Maunganui post thumbnail image

The Northern Swords 13s travelled down to Mt Maunganui, for their first experience as Swords players in a district tournament.  Coached by Takahiwai’s,  Rewi Kaihau, Managed by Whanau’s Hine Pireroa, with Otangarei’s John Radovanovich as their trainer and RLN Development Officer Joe Rau, offering support, 20 players descended on the Mount for four games over two days.

Travelling down in convoy style on Thursday, the boys had a great spirit and unknown expectations.  For many, this would be their first ever road trip and first time out of Tai Tokerau.

They won their first game in a nail biter 30 – 22 over Coastline.  Then they came crashing back down to earth with a 60 – 6 defeat by Auckland Maori.  It seems to be a Swords dilemma in all grades whenever we play Auckland, we lose with a large number of points!

The final day looked to be a daunting task as they had Bay of Plenty first up who had defeated Auckland Maori on the final day, however the boys dug deep to only lose 32 – 24 with a gutsy performance.  This meant that they would again face Coastline in battle for 3rd and 4th place only to have their hopes crushed on the final hooter.  The Swords we leading 34 – 28 for Coastline to finish a sublime back line movement with their centre slicing through desperate defence, to score 10 metres in the from the sideline, with the kicker nailing the conversion for Coastline to win 36 – 34.

RLN Development Officer Joe Rau said, “The Boys did awesome, all the teams at the Tournament had already played in a couple of other tournaments and these were our first games.  I’m really proud of the team and the way the team gelled as a unit and the way management and whanau bonded together to support the boys.”

True to Rugby League’s mantra of League being “more than just a game” the Swords were rewarded by earning prizes for, “Haka of the Tournament” and for the “Coaches Speech” – which all coaches had to partake on the first day, explaining why they entered the tournament and what they hoped to achieve.

Click here to see You Tube video of their departure haka.

Coach: Rewi Kaihau
Manager: Hine Pireroa
Trainer:  John Radovanovich
Technical Support:  Joe Rau

Elijah Cherrington James Latu James Power
Addalicent Haenga-Croft Tane Mackie Kiarni Ranui
Siosiua Fotu Toia Mehana-Puru Riki Shelford
Jordyn Hetaraka Xavier Mexted Manny Snooks
Lathan Hutchinson-Walters Toi Munroe Haki Thompson-Tautuhi
Kian Kake Richmond Patua Tangaroa Tuwhangai
Rangatira Keerako Tangaroa Pireroa

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Post

Where Dreams are MadeWhere Dreams are Made

If you can see it, touch it, feel it, you believe it. Believing in a dream can go a long way to make things happen.

20 young men from Northland had the opportunity to play on the sacred turf of the Warriors home ground on Monday, 22nd April. The team was made up of the NorthTec Adam Blair XIII (Secondary School Representative team) with a couple of additions from the NorthTec Rugby League Academy, who played against the Warriors Academy team.

Tumoana Halkyard

Tumoana Halkyard

Hamish Pomare

Hamish Pomare

Elijah Taylor with boys

Adam Blair XIII v Warriors Teams









The 16-12 scoreline showed great improvement from 36-4 loss from 3 weeks ago. James Dean Fisher-Harris (WBHS) was again named man of the match from the Warriors Coaching staff, with a special mention to Hamish Pomare (Kaitaia College).

The bonus of getting an expose on Maori TV added a professional feel to the day. Maori TV Interview at Mt Smart

NorthTec sponsored the transport as part of the link for the development of Rugby League in Northland and the NorthTec Academy. Jon Renes from the Academy attended the event as a relationship building initiative.

Boys High back on top in the NorthTec Adam Blair TrophyBoys High back on top in the NorthTec Adam Blair Trophy

IMG_2932 IMG_2813 IMG_2824 IMG_2796
Click here to see all game photos

Whangarei Boys High School have regained the NorthTec Adam Blair Trophy, after a two year absence, defeating Kaitaia College 38 – 20 at Kaikohe on Easter Thursday. Whangarei Boys High have been tournament front runners since the tournament started in 2011. They went for almost three seasons undefeated, until Kaitaia College defeated them in the 2013 Grand final.

The 2015 edition of the NorthTec Adam Blair Trophy was fought out between an impressive 11 teams. It was dominated by Whangarei Boys High and Kaitaia College in their respective pools and rightfully so, the two met in the final. However the final never really lived up to expectations, with Boys High controlling the game from the opening whistle. They took a 22 – 10 lead into half time, in a demonstration of control and team work with winger Shane Paraha scoring two trys.

In the second half, Kaitaia threatened to take the game to the wire after scoring first, to narrow the gap to 22- 16. However, player of the match, Captain Caleb Aekins, lifted the level of the Boys High game, controlling their efforts at centre defensively and offensively setting up two tries and scoring two himself, to win the game, 38 – 20. He was ably backed up by Jayd Kapa and Nathan Newton. Whangarei Boys High from numbers 1 – 17 showed a disciplined team’s display of power and passion as they won their 3rd NorthTec Adam Blair Trophy in 5 years.

In other matches on Finals Day, Dargaville High School showed their long term potential in the competition. They would have to take the mantle of the most improved team in the competition as they demolished Bay of Islands College 52 – 6. As a team, a majority of them still have another year or 2 at school, they are lead by two of the competitions most imposing prop forwards in Thomas Anderson and Caleb Rusden, with impressive half-back Kane Pomare.

The first match of the day was a festival match between Kura Hokianga and Northland. The two teams had previously met in the first round of the season with a 20 all draw. This match was played at 1pm with a huge crowd that had flocked in from their local schools and the game certainly lived up to expectations with both teams trading try for try right until the last minute! At half time the scores were 18 – 16 to Kura Hokianga and then with only 3 minutes left on the clock the Kura looked to have secured the win at 34 – 28 for Northland to march the length of the field to tie the game 34 ALL! This was a fitting result for a local derby and believe it or not, it was Northland Colleges 4th draw of the season!

NorthTec Adam Blair Trophy final standings

  1. Whangarei Boys High
  2. Kaitaia Collage
  3. Kura Hokianga
  4. Kamo High School
  5. Dargaville High School
  6. Bay Of Islands College
  7. Equal – Northland College, Okaihau

Equal – Tikipunga, Brothers, Whangaroa