Training for Swords 15s are Wednesday 31st July and Wednesday 7th August – 6pm sharp @ the Bluegoose. Players will be handed out training schedules on the 31st.
Training for Northern Swords 15s
It’s that time of the year, when emotion and determination run high and club pride is on the line, where It’s do or die time and no tomorrow for one team. This weekend will see the start of the Rugby League Northland’s finals series with Otangarei Knights taking on Portland Panthers. Otangarei have built steadily through the season and have been one of the top performing teams in the competition. A positive change in on-field discipline this season has helped coach John Hunapo get the best football out of his charges. Otangarei made the top six last year but were bundled out of the minor-semi-finals when they narrowly lost to Moerewa Tigers. They will be looking to improve on their finals placing from last year. Portland, who were also beaten at this stage last year by Hokianga Pioneers, have had an indifferent season. Traditionally slow starters to the regular season they have also been hampered with injuries and at time lack of numbers, however they seemed to have found form latter in the season. The winner of this match will advance to next week, whilst the loser can start planning for the 2017 campaign.
In the second semi-final match, 2016 Minor Premiership winners Takahiwai Warriors will take on Moerewa Tigers in a repeat of last weekend’s game, which saw Takahiwai wrestle their way to an impressive win. Both teams beat each other on home ground during the regular season, however the finals series will see them match up on neutral ground. Both teams have been the front runners in the competition, Moerewa being the only team to beat Takahiwai during the season. Moerewa were knocked out of contention in 2015 when Takahiwai scored in the last few minutes of the semi-final to advance to the Grand Final. It is a situation Moerewa’s captain and coach Peter Prime does not want to be in again, and will be definitely looking to win this weekend and build for the final. Takahiwai, will know that Moerewa will be hurting and Coaches Mark Freeman and Shane Hool will be wanting to build off the good win against the Tigers that earned them the Minor Premiership title on Saturday and take that confidence into this game.
The loser of this game earns a second life and will face the winner of the Otangarei and Portland match on 22 July for another chance to reach the coveted Grand Final Champions title.
Otangarei v Portland – 12.45pm
Takahiwai v Moerewa – 2.30pm
All games are at Toll Stadium. Gates open from 12.15pm – $5 Adult, 12 & under – gold coin donation.
Northern Swords 17s – Nominations for NZRL Performance CampNorthern Swords 17s – Nominations for NZRL Performance Camp
|Club Name||First Name||Family Name|
|MARIST BROTHERS RLC||Brodie||BURNDRED-SHORTLAND|
|MARIST BROTHERS RLC||Bodhi John||HAPE|
|MARIST BROTHERS RLC||Steele||KAKE|
|MARIST BROTHERS RLC||Nabil||LOTOAHEA|
|MARIST BROTHERS RLC||John||MAAKA|
|MARIST BROTHERS RLC||Eru||MAAKA|
|MARIST BROTHERS RLC||Duncan||MCIVOR|
|MARIST BROTHERS RLC||Nathan||NEWTON|
|MARIST BROTHERS RLC||Lee||TURNER|
|MARIST BROTHERS RLC||Michael||WILLIAMS|
|MARIST BROTHERS RLC||James||WITEHIRA|
|MOEREWA TIGERS RL CLUB||Matiu||COWLES|
|MOEREWA TIGERS RL CLUB||Jharden||DAVIS|
|MOEREWA TIGERS RL CLUB||Chazz||PALMER|
|MOEREWA TIGERS RL CLUB||Daniel||TANENUI|
|MOEREWA TIGERS RL CLUB||Dion||TAUTARI|
|MURIWHENUA RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB||Luke||ERIHE-NAICOVI|
|MURIWHENUA RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB||Kawana||MARSDEN|
|MURIWHENUA RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB||Walter-Lee||POMARE|
|MURIWHENUA RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB||Cale||TE PAA|
|MURIWHENUA RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB||Te Haerenga Mai||WALKER|
|MURIWHENUA RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB||Brett||WRIGHT|
|OTAIKA EAGLES RL\HAPAITIA NGA RANGATAHI INC.||Caleb||AEKINS|
|OTAIKA EAGLES RL\HAPAITIA NGA RANGATAHI INC.||Patrick||BROUGHTON|
|OTAIKA EAGLES RL\HAPAITIA NGA RANGATAHI INC.||Lyric||BROWNLEE|
|OTAIKA EAGLES RL\HAPAITIA NGA RANGATAHI INC.||Qadmiel||EDMONDS|
|OTAIKA EAGLES RL\HAPAITIA NGA RANGATAHI INC.||Ioane||JOB|
|OTAIKA EAGLES RL\HAPAITIA NGA RANGATAHI INC.||Jack||RANGITAAWA|
|OTAIKA EAGLES RL\HAPAITIA NGA RANGATAHI INC.||Haane||RUDOLPH|
|OTAIKA EAGLES RL\HAPAITIA NGA RANGATAHI INC.||Tiaki||SMITH|
|OTAIKA EAGLES RL\HAPAITIA NGA RANGATAHI INC.||Tahi||SUBRITZKY|
|OTAIKA EAGLES RL\HAPAITIA NGA RANGATAHI INC.||Manaaki||TAWHIWHIRANGI|
|OTAIKA EAGLES RL\HAPAITIA NGA RANGATAHI INC.||John||WRIGHT|
|OTAUA VALLEYS RL CLUB||Kingston||CROFT-HAENGA|
|OTAUA VALLEYS RL CLUB||Keanau||DAVIS-ANDREWS|
|OTAUA VALLEYS RL CLUB||Stevie Ray||HAENGA-ALBERT|
|OTAUA VALLEYS RL CLUB||Antonius||HEPI|
|OTAUA VALLEYS RL CLUB||Tamati||LEACH|
|OTAUA VALLEYS RL CLUB||Neville||SHELFORD|
|OTAUA VALLEYS RL CLUB||Poutama||TOTO|
Swords Premiers – Israel Tahere – second-half Hat Trick!Swords Premiers – Israel Tahere – second-half Hat Trick!
For the Swords Premiers it was a game of two halves. Going into half time at 36 – 0 down, it looked like it was going to be a repeat of the 17s match. At half time, stand in coach Tom McCaffrey took the players next to the long jump pit and asked them what it was. “A sandpit, and that’s where young children play,” was his explanation. “If you want to play like kiddies I suggest you get in there and play, cause you’re not playing like adults!” he continued.
Did the boys react – YES they did. Rugby League is a simple game if you are willing to tackle, there has been no questioning the Swords desire to tackle, but like the 17s our Northland teams are technically week around the ruck. After Tom’s words of encouragement, the Swords Premiers tightened their ruck defence and fought their way back into the game. Once they started to control the ruck area, everything else fell back into place. So much so, that they outscored the Stingrays by 24 – 8 in the second half with Israel Tahere scoring a hat trick on the left wing.
The Swords Premiers play the Wellington Orcas this Monday the 7th. It is a live game, televised on SKY Sports, played at Mt Smart Stadium. For the Swords the last two weeks show that they can get a foot in the National Competition. “For League in Northland it’s about building our player and skill base. “We have talent and have shown if we work on the right things, that we can improve. It’s now about believing in ourselves. To outscore the Stingrays 24 – 8 in the second half was pretty special, especially when you consider that we lost last year to the Stingrays by 88 – 0!” Alex Smits GM said.
Northern Swords Premiers 24. Tries: Israel Tahere (3), Solomone Palu, Innocent Tuimavae. Goals: Corey Naera (2)
Counties Manuaka Stingrays Premiers 44. Tries: K Maumalo (2), A Nafealai (2), S Walker, T Dow-Nikau, Z Luisi, F Fainga’a, C Ofanoa, Goals: S Walker (3) C Whinui