In opening this update the Club would like to acknowledge the tremendous support it receives from its sponsors and in particular our major Club sponsor PAKn’SAVE. We encourage all club members and supporters to utilise the sponsors as much as is possible in recognition of the great support the Sponsors provide to the Club.
On Saturday 26 May, the Premiers, Division 1 and Colts sides travelled to Stratford to play Stratford-Eltham while the Division 2 side travelled to Kaponga to take on the local side.
BCD Group Premiers had to fight hard to overcome a very competitive Stratford-Eltham side in a match where the lead changed hands several times. Old Boys was on the scoreboard early with a penalty but soon after conceded a converted try. Jamarl Weir scored the first of his 2 tries for Old Boys take the lead 10-7 after 20 minutes. Stratford-Eltham extended its lead to 14-10 after scoring in the corner before Jamarl scored his 2nd try after a charge down and some great handwork to level the scores 17-17 at half time. The teams traded penalties to lock the game up again 20-20 before Old Boys were awarded a penalty try after a Stratford-Eltham infringed under its posts, 27-20 to Old Boys. Old Boys then had to withstand heavy pressure from Stratford-Eltham before it also conceded a penalty try at a scrum with 5 minutes to go and found itself down to 14 men after a yellow card. Matt Guthrie scored a great try in the corner with 3 minutes to go after a misguided clearing kick by Stratford was taken by Kalyum Boshier who made a great run before some slick hands set up the try which was converted by Daniel Waite to take the lead to 32-27. For the final few minutes Old Boys were able to successfully maintain possession to take the maximum 5 points available from the match. Players to stand out for Old Boys and to pick up MVP points were Jamarl Weir (3), Matt Guthrie (2) and Daniel Waite (1). The win enabled the Premier team to rise to 3rd on the competition table.
Alsco Division 1 side suffered its first loss in a month to a fired up Stratford-Eltham team. The game was effectively over by half time with Stratford putting on 36 unanswered points. The second half proved a better affair for Old Boys with key changes in both the forwards and backs making the difference. Of small consolation Old boys won the second half but still went down 46-12. The forwards competed well with the Stratford-Eltham pack but unfortunately the make shift backline allowed Stratford to cut through with ease. Hard-working Willie Lane was Player Of The Day for Old Boys with Richard Darney again solid on defence and attack at fullback. He was arguably the best back on the paddock for both teams. Next week the team looks forward to the return of Captain Jamayn Kepa and Cole Paulin after stand-downs for concussion. Sam Wairangi and Jordan Heylock will also return to bolster the side. The loss sees Old Boys slip to 3rd on the competition ladder and the run for the semis will be a tight contest over the next 3-4 weeks.
Sterile Services Division 2 travelled to Kaponga – who were also celebrating Old Timers Day. The final score-line of 53-7 win to Kaponga does not reflect the fact that Kaponga were well and truly in for a fight. The first 40 minutes was easily the best experienced by Old Boys this year in what was a very tough and physical encounter. Kaponga are one of the bigger teams in our competition but found Old Boys willing and accepting of the confrontation. The backline lead by Alistair Nairn at 1st 5/8 proved problematic and provided real go-forward. Wingers Todd Richards and Jerry Luafalealo especially stretched Kaponga regularly. The forwards were led by player-of-the-day Paddy Morris – ably supported by Nathan Nelson, Johnny Walker and Mike Curruthers – not only competed but at times more than dominated a big Kaponga pack with simple determination and ticker. It was a game played in great spirit but attrition played its part and Old Boys did not have the bench-impact or substitution numbers enjoyed by Kaponga. That said, Old Boys enjoyed greater player numbers this week and this certainly contributed to the team ensuring a real contest.
Pepper Construction Colts enjoyed a good victory over Stratford-Eltham 31-0. The team had been preparing for the expected wet conditions but found warm weather suitable for running rugby. The team got off to a flying start running in some very good tries with the game plan working well. The training put in during the week on not playing in its own areas paid dividends as well. However Stratford/Eltham with a sizeable forward pack came to play in the 2nd half and Old Boys while doing well to play its way out of defensive areas, found it was not that easy to regain possession again when the opposition decide to hold onto the ball. So while on one hand it was great the teams defence was tested time and time again, on the team have more work to do to force turn-overs. Jesse Goodwin in his first full game for the Colts got through a power of work. Player of the day was Terrell Erwood who scored 2 tries and played most of the game in the new position of fullback. Hard man for the day was Mitch Wilson. The win sees the Colts side retaining 2nd spot on the competition ladder. The team was very pleased that its sponsor Andrew Pepper from Pepper Construction attended the match to meet the team.
The Junior Club continues with its competition and draws are available on the website www.trfu.co.nz. The key sponsors for the Junior Club is the Mark Newman Memorial Trust. The Trust does a fantastic job providing funding for all of the Junior Club teams.
This weekend (2 June), the Premier, Division 1 and Colts sides are at home against Southern at Vogeltown Park, while the Division 2 side has the bye. Match details are:
On the social scene this weekend 02 June is Ladies day and we will celebrate the efforts the Ladies put in to keep the club running. All of the Ladies are invited/encouraged to attend (free admittance for all Ladies on Saturday). From 1.00pm we will host the Southern ladies in a reciprocal event to the great day out enjoyed at Southern in Round 1. From 4.30pm the duo “Off-the-Cuff” will provide music and entertainment and there will also be prize draws.
Other key events for the coming months are:
The match-day sponsors for the up-coming games at Vogeltown Park will be:
We look forward to catching up with the Sponsors for these occasions.
For club updates and progress updates for the games and events, log-on to the club website www.npobrugby.co.nz and Facebook page New Plymouth Old Boys’ Rugby. We have a new Facebook Page where we have been streaming games live when the internet connection is sufficient so if its wet you can enjoy the match from the clubrooms while enjoying refreshments. For access to the website please go onto the new Facebook Page and press “Like it” for updates i.e. New Plymouth Old Boys’ Rugby Club.
We are also trying to get our database up to date with the upcoming centenary and it would be great if people could go onto our website and subscribe at the bottom of the page to newsletters with your email address.
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