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Swords Premiers solid preparation for Mid Central

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10644839_699275233500779_4100315792384991959_nIn the Swords Bye week they had a good work out against the John Ackland coached, Auckland U20s Representative Team, on a wet sodden Bluegoose, in Whangarei on Saturday the 6th of September.  John Ackland, who is now the Auckland CEO is more known as the first Warriors Coach to win an Australian League Championship, when he coached the Elijah Taylor Captained Champion U20s title in 2010.

The Auckland U20s team is comprised of players not selected for Akarana and Counties Manukau who are U20 years of age.  Most of the team plays in the Fox and Sharman Cup, so play a week in and week out quality competition.

The Auckland team lead 22 – 6 at half time.  However, the second half saw a spirited Swords team almost snatch the game from Auckland.  With less than 10 minutes left on the clock, the Swords had fought back to a 26 – 22 deficit and were hot on attack, only for the boys from Auckland to go the length of the field to score and break the spirit of the come-back.  Auckland scored two more late tries to win 38 – 22.

Coach Mark Freeman was happy with the result.  “We had a number of key players unavailable due to family commitments so it was a good opportunity to give some fringe players a run.  We showed a lot of guts and determination and were able to improve on some combinations.  Dean Shreurs and Daniel Fulop looked good in the halves and linked well with hooker, Joel Freeman.  Our props Chris Apoua, Andre Lennox and Elliot Pomare again showed they can match it with quality opposition, while Chris Mellar-Reynolds was dynamic at Fullback.”

The Swords travel to Whanganui to play the Mid Central Vipers on Sunday the 14th. The Vipers will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing loss to Counties Manukau 60 – 0 in the weekend.  The Vipers are the only team that the Swords have beaten in the National Competition, when they defeated them in 40 – 22 in 2013.  However, the Vipers shocked the Wellington Orcas 32 – 22 in round two and narrowly lost 18 – 12 to table topping Canterbury Bulls.

In the other match played at the Bluegoose last Saturday, the Auckland U18s as expected, were too strong for the Swords 17s defeating them 52 – 0.  Coach Benson Selwyn, was pragmatic, “We rested 6 players from Boys High who played at the Secondary School Nations, the Auckland team were physically that much stronger, but we took some good learnings from the game.  Our next match will be against the Wai-Coa-Bay Colt U17s on September 21st at Toll Stadium before we head to the Nationals in Rotorua between the 29th September and the 3rd of October.

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The 2012 Northland Swords Premier Team has been Selected from the inform players in the Whangarei & Districts Premier 2012 Club Competition. A large squad of 38 players has been intiatally selected. A final squad of 25 will be finalised Mid August.

It is good to see a young crop of past Junior Swords 17s players stamping their mark at Senior level. Included in the squad – are Connor O Sullivan, Ricky Toby, Jayden Hape-Bentley & Tyson Wihongi who have stepped up to senior club level helping their clubs to be in a healthy position in the race for a semi-final spot. Tyson Wihongi has been in try scoring form for the Hikurangi Stags which has helped his cause in being selected to attend the NZRL – 18s Performance camp this week in Rotorua.

Kyle Hool, Logan Pocklington and Innecent Tuamavave-Mau bring experience as original Swords players playing in their 3rd Campaign, combined with 2nd year campaigners, Tawio Davis, Eric Abraham, Troy Aderton, Jack Walker, Vincent Joyce and Richard Koroi bring a good mix of youth and experience. Coming back to the North is Simon Nash who last wore Northland colours in 2006, a young promising player who moved to Wellington to play for the Wellington Orcas his return will definitely provide a lot of experience to our team.

We have a team that will keep building on the performance from the first two years experience and help grow the Swords brand identity for Rugby League in Northland. The Swords first home game is at Toll Stadium on August 26th against Waicoa Bays. The to follow the Swords Campaign Twenty 12 go to



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Jack Walker Hikurangi


Jarom Wihongi Henare Hikurangi


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Stags and Falcons the Big Movers in the RLN Scott Electrical PremiershipStags and Falcons the Big Movers in the RLN Scott Electrical Premiership

Firstly the Hikurangi Stags 42 – 8 thumping of the Portland Panthers, will sound alarm bells for the top of the table.  It was 2nd v 3rd on the table, Portland’s home game, everyone expected a much closer result than that.  The Stags have an expectation to be at the top of the table having been 2015’s quiet achievers.  However, we are starting to see them make a run for the finish line with two back to back emphatic wins.  Last week saw them 50 – 26 winners over the Northern Wairoa Bulls and this week’s demolition of the Panthers hints at bigger things to come.  Player/Coach Joe Rau, is pleased with his sides progress. “We’re doing most things right at the moment.  In the weekend we knew we had to shut down the Panthers big forward pack and we did that.  The other thing which I’m really happy about is our discipline to the game plan, we’re playing out our sets and keeping good shape….. the weekend’s game against the Panthers was a good team performance, but I have to give wraps to my brother Steve for laying the foundation up front, on the back of that Caleb Aekins form at Standoff is outstanding and creating untold opportunities out wide.”

Aekins has recently been named to trial for the NZRL 18s jersey in July, with his form he should be travelling to Rotorua with some confidence.

The other team that fired a warning shot to the top of the table, were the Muriwhenua Falcons who defeated Top of the Table Moerewa Tigers 30 – 16, which sees the Falcons jump Portland, into 3rd Place on the table.  Falcons Coach, Vince Rudolph, was understandable happy with his team’s result. “We’re injury free and have competition for places.  The boys attitude at the moment is changing and we are seeing a commitment to the team and the game plan.  The weekend’s game was a tough, wet weather affair, Moerewa were leading at half time, but our forward pack stood up.”  Although Rudolph heralded a good team performance he noted a Man of the Match Performance from second row Ricky Toby.  Toby has returned to the Falcons after a two year absence where he was playing NSW Country Football.

In other matches, Takahiwai recorded their first win in 5 matches, disposing of the Horahora Broncos 58 – 0.  While the Hokianga Pioneers won their second close match in as many weeks, defeating the Northern Wairoa Bulls 36 – 30.  After the weekend’s result, Moerewa remain in 1st by points differential to Hikurangi with both teams on 20 points.  Muriwhenua sit in 3rd place with Portland in 4th both on 16 points.  Takahiwai and Hokianga are in 5th and 6th on 15 points with Otangarei in 7th on 14 points.  With 5 rounds remaining the Bulls still have a chance of making the playoffs from 8th place and 10 points but they will need to have a magical run to make this a reality.  Their run home sees them with a Bye, Horahora, Muriwhenua at home, Moerewa away and Takahiwai away.

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Pawarenga sit on top of the table after their 50 – 10 defeat of the Moerewa Tigers.   They have a game in hand over second placed Otaua.  Takahiwai did wonders for their playoff hopes by defeating Horahora 56 – 14, while Hikurangi shocked all with a 52 – 4 thumping of Marist.

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Northern Swords v Canterbury BullsNorthern Swords v Canterbury Bulls

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The Swords Premiers didn’t have such a flash start to their national campaign going down the Canterbury Bulls by 52 – 0.  The Swords were outpaced and outclassed by a very strong and well prepared Bulls outfit.  However there were positives from the performance.  14 debutants took the field, in the same fixture in 2012 they lost to the Southerners by a massive 84 – 0.

New captain, Michael Ulukau-Gawn, had a strong performance at Prop, Sam Henry, Scott Cameron and Dez Reynolds all showed the potential within the squad.  Lessons will be learned by an enthusiastic, Jim Larkin, coached squad.  “Most players from 1 – 17 can compete at this level, the players will learn.  They need to learn to get into the arm wrestle and control the pace of the game.  The Bulls were way too quick around the ruck.” Larkin said.

The Swords have two weeks off with a scheduled BYE round and a week’s break in the competition due to the NZSSSC Rugby League Secondary School Nationals.

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