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Swords 15s and 17s – 6th-7th July Performance Camp Schedule

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RLN Camp Itinerary – 6_7th July

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RLN MultiKai Cooker Premiership – Round ThreeRLN MultiKai Cooker Premiership – Round Three

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Portland follow up in fourth place with two wins out of three and look to be serious contenders for the 2014 RLN Multikai Cooker Premiership.  Their 40 – 10 win against Muriwhenua was impressive as it was an away victory.  The rest of the table has only the one win to their credit with the exception of the Kerikeri Makos who have yet to notch their first win.

The Makos went through all of 2013 without a win, however their 32 – 6 loss to Hikurangi demonstrated some potential.  They are a big, fit looking team, and with a new coach in Benson Selwyn they should improve throughout the season and win a few games.

The biggest surprise in 2014 is the lack of form of the Moerewa Tigers who are currently sitting at one win out of four games.  The Tigers were the 2013 minor premiers and in 2013 started their season with 9 straight wins.  They have had a change in coach with Tawio Davis stepping up as a player coach. However their 28 – 12 loss to the Otangarei Knights should come at no surprise as the Knights have been under-performing in 2014.  The Knights played with discipline for 80 minutes and the result was a confident win over the Tigers.

It’s still early in the season for all teams involved, but the 10 team Premiership looks likely to be a closely fought competition from 1st place to 10th place.

Warriors Academy to play NorthTec Adam Blair Representative XIIIWarriors Academy to play NorthTec Adam Blair Representative XIII

The match against the Warriors Academy has become an annual highlight on the RLN Calendar, 2015 will be the third time it is played. The game will be part of a Rugby League Northland extravaganza of League with two RLN Premiership games being played on the same day at Central Rugby Ground – Lindvart Park in Kaikohe. For the hopeful College players it’s a great opportunity to gauge their skills against future Warriors players.

In 2014 the Adam Blair XIII team was incredibly competitive, narrowly losing 42 – 28, with the Warriors scoring a couple of late tries. Two players remain from the 2014 squad – Whangarei Boys’ High Centre – Caleb Aekins and Okaihau half-back Stevie Ray Haenga-Albert.

Coach Jim Larkin was incredibly happy with the squad announced, “We are definitely seeing an improvement in the quality of Rugby League being played at college level. I have picked a squad that work to the intensity, equal to what the Warriors will play to. We lack a little bit of size up front, but what we lack there, will be made up with speed and a big work rate”.

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BOI Jarrod Hona Kaitaia College Marlon Harris
Dargaville Thomas Anderson Kaitaia College Jackson Sparksman-Brott
Dargaville Kane Pomare Kaitaia College Ranapiri Tau
Kamo James Witahira Kaitaia College Brody Tamarua
Okaihau Kingston Croft-Haenga Kaitaia College Cale Te Paa
Okaihau Stevie-Ray Haenga-Albert Tikipunga Nathan Godsall
Okaihau Xavier Johnson Tikipunga Nabil Loto’Ahea
Okaihau Joseph Ngere Tikipunga Tahi Subritzky
Northland Tamati Leach WBHS Caleb Aekins
Northland Jayde Moana-Pou WBHS Bernard Cowan
Northland Kaleili Tanginoa WBHS Jayd Kapa
Northland Kalani Waa WBHS Nathan Newton
Kaitaia College Dalton Armstrong WBHS Joel Tugaga


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Introducing Alex SmitsIntroducing Alex Smits

I have dedicated much of my life to the game I love Rugby League.  I grew up in Wellington, but was a late starter to League as I spent most of my youth playing soccer.

I represented both the Hutt Valley Dolphins and the Wellington Dukes in the old Lion Red Cup before getting the “call up” to go play League in the South of France.

Over the next 9 years I played for three clubs in France and 2 in the UK.  My last three seasons were spent in the UK as player coach for the newly formed professional club the London Skolars.

This was a very challenging role as we have a very tight budget and limited playing resources (much like being in Northland), however we managed to build a very credible and competitive club.

On my return from Europe, I worked in sales and recruitment, but the call of rugby league wouldn’t go away!

Three years ago I joined forces with Wellington Rugby League as the Community Development Manager.  In three years we managed to develop rugby league at the community level increasing the number of school teams from 4 to 77, which in turn took overall player registrations from under 1900 to over 4500.

I am committed to Northland League – I have sold up in Wellington and moved lock stock and barrel (including my now 8 month pregnant wife Sarah) up to Northland.

I love a challenge and have already seen the passion and skill of the people in northland!  

Together we can all achieve!!!