Category: Northland Schools

Ruakaka School vs Maungatapere School 2020Ruakaka School vs Maungatapere School 2020

Ruakaka School hosted Maungatapere School in a friendly challenge of Nine-A-Side Rugby League today. Although the score was a little one-sided in favour of the mighty Maungatapere School, the Ruakaka team didn’t give up at any stage during the game.

Maungatapere School started the game strong and adapted to the rules of the game extremely well. Well done to the boys and girls who made the trip to Ruakaka School and a huge thank you to the awesome hosts, teachers and parents that supported both schools!

KiwiTag and Nine-A-Side Rugby LeagueKiwiTag and Nine-A-Side Rugby League

Kia ora whanau!

With the end of Term 3 looming up fast, I’d just like to send you a reminder of events that are coming up in Term 4:

  1. Tuesday, October 20: Year 7&8 KiwiTag (Non-contact)
  2. Tuesday, November 3: Year 9&10 KiwiTag (Non-contact)
  3. Thursday, November 5: Year 7&8 Nine-a-side Rugby League

Please see below for details:

Year 7&8 KiwiTag Festival

  • Date: Tuesday, October 20
  • Venue: Bluegoose (Otaika Sports Park)
  • Entry due by: Friday, October 16
  • Schools MUST have their own set of tag shorts (Velcro attached) and tags OR belts and tags. Mixed teams.

Year 9&10 KiwiTag Festival

  • Date: Tuesday, November 3
  • Venue: Bluegoose (Otaika Sports Park)
  • Entry due by: Friday, October 30
  • Schools MUST have their own set of tag shorts (Velcro attached) and tags OR belts and tags. Mixed teams.

I have attached a ‘KiwiTag Quick Intro’ for those schools interested in KiwiTag so that coaches and players can immediately start to learn and play the game! Rugby League Northland has introduced KiwiTag into the Intermediate and Secondary School programme this year to engage those that enjoy Rugby League but are a little shy of the contact. KiwiTag incorporates all aspects of Rugby League, except tackling, to keep its essence and authenticity. Rugby League Northland runs KiwiTag in schools as an attempt to engage those students who wouldn’t necessarily have the confidence to sign up to a school team and compete against other schools in Rugby League proper (Please note KiwiTag is a fun game for all shapes, sizes, experience levels and aimed at getting students out on the paddock).

Year 7&8 Nine-a-side Rugby League Festival

  • Date: Thursday, November 5
  • Venue: TBC (Bream Bay College or Otaika Sports Park)
  • Entry due by: Friday, October 30
  • All players MUST have mouthguards. NO boots. Boys and Girls grades – (Please indicate on the entry form what grade your team will enter. Any ‘mixed’ teams will be entered into the Boys grade)

If schools have any enquiries regarding KiwiTag or Rugby League deliveries prior to these festivals please do not hesitate to contact Corza at

Kotiro TOA Primary Schools Rugby League Tournament 2020Kotiro TOA Primary Schools Rugby League Tournament 2020

For the third year in a row now the Girls Only primary school Rugby League tournament has been run and Rugby League Northland has been lucky enough to be involved in the last two! A huge congratulations to Whau Valley School for not only hosting the event (as is the right of reigning champions) but also becoming 2020 champions which earns them the accolade of three-peat champions (2018, 2019 and 2020)

A special congratulations to Glenbervie School (Runners Up), Ruakaka School (Third Place) and also Totara Grove School (Fourth Place) for giving the girls an opportunity to enjoy Rugby League! The 2020 Kotiro TOA Tournament Team:

  • Jacqueline Hauraki (Whau Valley School)
  • Hayzle George (Whau Valley School and MVP)
  • Zona-May Hotere (Whau Valley School)
  • Maanu-Celeste Sadler (Whau Valley School)
  • Ella Matson (Totara Grove School)
  • Ariana Naera (Totara Grove School)
  • Manaia Whatarau (Totara Grove School)
  • Nova Anderson (Ruakaka School)
  • Larissa (Ruakaka School)
  • Waikohu (Ruakaka School)
  • Kendall Wallis (Glenbervie School)
  • Lacey Seargeant (Glenbervie School)
  • Addison Waihi (Glenbervie School)

A special thanks to the four sponsors of the tournament: Cochrane & Sons Logging LTD, Heads Up Whangarei, Flip Out Whangarei and Whangarei Aquatic Centre. Cochrane & Sons kindly sponsored the Tournament Team medals and the beautiful korowai that went to Hayzle George as the tournaments Most Valuable Player.

Wellsford School 2020Wellsford School 2020

The ’05’ ventured to Wellsford school last week and managed to engage over 190 students with 2 sessions each in 4 days! With many students new to the game of Rugby League the ‘Intro to League’ programme seemed like the perfect weapon for this school as they learned two key fundamental skills of Rugby League while having fun playing games.

It was an amazing 4 days with some absolutely brilliant students to teach. Well done Wellsford school, you guys are fantastic!!

We look forward to sending the 05 back to your school again!

Parua Bay School 2020Parua Bay School 2020

A magnificent few days was spent in Parua Bay School by the 05 in June. Running through an introduction to Rugby League programme, the 05 managed to engage 154, Year 5-8, students some of the key fundamental skills of Rugby League through two sessions.

Parua Bay School is one of the feeder schools to the mighty Manaia Makos Rugby League club which unfortunately didn’t manage to field a junior team into the competition this year but will hopefully gain new life and inspiration from some of these awesome local kids and return to the fold in 2021.

Many thanks to Rob Jones, Parua Bay School and the cool students for hosting RLN in 2020!