June 11, 2021
For the 3rd game of Round 2, Old Boys travelled to Sanders Park to take on cross-town rivals Tukapa. All matches were played in fine but windy overhead conditions before a good side-line crowd.
A brief outline of the matches played is as follows.
BCD Group NPOB Premier Team
The Premier team took on Tukapa hoping to reverse the result from Round 1 and retain its position at the top of the table. Old Boys took the field without some key members due to injuries and its case was not helped with several other injuries during the match. On a positive note, Old Boys welcomed back Brayton Northcott-Hill for his 1st game for 2021 after a long injury break.
Tukapa scored 3 tries in the 1st half, including a penalty try, to lead 19-0 at the break. Old Boys had to wait until midway through the 2nd half to get on the scoreboard following a try out wide to Adam Smith, which was converted by Cody Rei, while Tukapa crossed for a further 2 tries to extend its lead to 29-7. Old Boys kept trying right to the final whistle and was rewarded with time almost up as Brodie Lillie crossed after a period of sustained pressure. Cody Rei converted to end the scoring 29-14.
Old Boys best players were Jackson Morgan (3 points), Shaan Waite (2 points) and Brodie Lilley (1 point).
Alsco NPOB Division 1
The NPOB Div 1’s headed over to Sanders Park full of confidence to take on arch-rivals Tukapa. The team had a clear gap at the top of the table and a win against Tukapa would almost guarantee the side a top 4 finish.
Old Boys played with a strong breeze in the first half and controlled the majority of possession as they continually hammered away at the Tukapa defensive line. They were guilty of getting isolated and poor handling which continued to gift the ball back to Tukapa. The Chooks were the first to score off a quick tap penalty scoring out wide and they headed into the break with a 8-3 lead.
It was always going to be a tough ask turning in to the wind, but Old Boys were the first to score through some great interplay which saw Levi McPhee go over in the corner to level the scores 8-8. Old Boys created enough opportunities in the 2nd half but whenever they got into the attacking zone, they would turn the ball over which saw Tukapa clear the ball down the field. Tukapa kicked two long range penalty goals to eventually win 14-8.
It was a frustrating result for the team and a lack of numbers at training certainly had a flow on effect into what was a pretty sloppy performance.
Tim Brown ran some great lines from the back and deserved his 3 points, Gerard Mills (2) , Sean Markham and Caleb Ritai (both 1 point) worked hard all game.
It is a big game at home this week with a top of the table clash against Coastal. The team will be looking to keep their perfect record at home intact.
Pepper Construction NPOB Colts
This was certainly a classic game of 2 halves. Old Boys got away to a great start with a converted try within the first 3 minutes but from there Tukapa controlled possession, started off-loading in the tackle and played what would have been their best 40 minutes of rugby this year to lead 24-7 at the break. With the style of rugby Tukapa played it was hard to see how they have only won 2 games this season.
However, after a constructive halftime discussion and running downhill with a good wind Old Boys scored within a minute as Tukapa inexplicably tried running the ball from their dead ball area and gifted Old Boys a try which was converted. So, trailing 24-14 Old Boys were back in the game and from there they played some good territory on the back of a good kicking game and offloading in the tackle. A further 4 tries followed which included a double to Zac Betteridge. Tukapa self-imploded with 2 players being sin-binned for intentional foul play.
In the tough conditions and without conceding a try in the 2nd half the Old Boys team were ‘stoked’ to get the win 38-27.
After a weekend off due to weather junior rugby was back in full swing. The U13 teams both played their cancelled games mid-week as they played for points in their respective competition.
The Club would like to acknowledge the fantastic job its coaches and managers perform each week. The Club is extremely lucky to have a dedicated group of parents who give up their time to coach and mentor our players. Our man-on-the-bank managed to watch a couple of games over the weekend and was impressed with the skills level and the sportsmanship shown by the young athletes.
This weekend, 12th June, the Senior Teams take on Coastal at Vogeltown Park. Game times are:
· Colts 1.00pm
· Division 1 1.00pm
· Premiers 2.45pm
Our next home game for the round-robin season is:
The Premier team came up against Inglewood on Thursday 3rd June and as usual expected a tough match. Old Boys had taken a lot of confidence from the Tysons game the previous week and had been working really hard at training. Their hard work has led to a huge improvement in individual development and team court work.
As a team Old Boys were able to string consistent phases for longer periods during the game, keeping in touch with Inglewood after the 1st quarter. Although Old Boys struggled at times to get the ball from the defensive end, the team had patience and showed a lot of composure to eventually work the ball to its shooters.
Old Boys won the 3rd quarter, taking 1 point from the game and although the final score was not a true reflection of the pressure they put on Inglewood, Old Boys can take many positives out of the game. The final score was a win to IURFC 53-38.
The Premiers player-of-the-day was Olivia Bright who had a strong defensive game.
Titans, Rebelz and Stars
There was no play for the Titans, Rebelz and Stars teams last weekend due to it being Queen’s Birthday Weekend and representative age group teams travelling to tournaments. The teams will be back on court again 12th June (weather permitting).
The Rugby Club is planning the following functions over the coming weeks, ie:
|1960’s hippy night (Band)
|The Good Home
Updates will be available on the Club’s website www.npobrugby.co.nz or via Facebook.
The raffle, raising funds for an upgrade of the lighting at Vogeltown Park, will be drawn at the White House on 12th June. If you would like to purchase a ticket before it closes, please contact Peter Morrison on 027 948-8838.
Tickets for the raffle are at $100 each. The total number of tickets is 300. There are number of prizes to be won, ie:
· 1 prize @ $2,500
· 2 prizes @ $1,000 each
· 3 prizes @ $500 each
· 10 prizes @ $250 each
· 20 prizes @ $150 each
Further details are available from the Club’s website see above.
Keith and Owen