June 4, 2021
For the 2nd game of Round 2, Old Boys played Southern at Vogeltown Park. All matches were played wet and cold conditions.
A brief outline of the matches played is as follows.
BCD Group NPOB Premier Team
The Premier team showed its dominance over the Southern pack with a penalty try after around 7 minutes to lead 7-0. Southern however scored consecutive tries to take the lead 12-7 at the 25-minute mark. Hooker Caleb Mawson, normally the Division 1 Coach but helping out due to injuries, scored a well taken try which was unconverted to get his side back into the match and tie the scores 12-12. Daniel Waite followed up with a penalty a few minutes later to give Old Boys the lead 15-12. Old Boys continuing its dominance up front then picked up its 2nd penalty try to lead 22-12 at half time.
In the 2nd half tries to Jordan Roylance and Jamarl Orangi saw Old Boys record a 32-12 victory.
Old Boys best players were Jackson Morgan (3 points), Caleb Mawson (2 points) and Brodie Lilley (1 point).
With the win and other results, the Premiers move to share the lead at the top of the competition table.
Alsco NPOB Division 1
The Division 1 side headed into the weekend looking forward to keeping their 2-year unbeaten streak at home alive against a strong Southern outfit. With the conditions as they were, the Team knew they were going to be in for a fight against a considerably larger team. Southern came out firing, peppering Old Boys defensive line with some strong carries but the team were up to the task, answering with some strong tackles of their own, forcing some early mistakes from the visiting side. Old Boys took their chances in the first half with ball in hand, with tries to Tiny Tito and one to Alex Patterson, his 7th for the season, allowing Old Boys to take a 15-6 lead into halftime.
Not long after the break, Old Boys extended its lead to 22-6 after stand-in first five Matt Harold dotted down under the sticks. As has been the case in years past, Old Boys are not the biggest fans of closing out games and decided that they would let Southern back in with a sniff, piggy backing them down the field with countless penalties which resulted in the visitors scoring 3 tries on the trot and with a conversion on fulltime had the chance to end the match in a draw. However Southern was unable to convert and Old Boys took the victory 25-23.
Captain Courageous Willie Lane took was awarded 3 points for his outstanding defence, 2 points to Mattie Wallace who was dynamic in his return, and 1 point each to Matt Harold and James Martin. Old Boys will go into ‘Chook Week’ 5 points clear at the top of the table and hope to extend this lead with the return of their Big Prem Players Jarrod Ritson and Caleb Mawson.
Pepper Construction NPOB Colts
Last week the rain came down, came down and came down. On Saturday morning it was still raining but at 12 o’clock the rain stopped, and at 1pm the Colts kicked off against a very good Southern team. The rain through the week meant the conditions were incredibly wet and muddy underfoot, with areas of the field still under water.
In the wet conditions Old Boys still wanted to keep the ball in hand and were able to create several quality attacking opportunities resulting in 2 tries, a conversion, and 2 penalties, with the final score being 18-6 to Old Boys.
Coming into this game there had been talk in the Colts team about attitude. This attitude was clearly evident late in the 2nd half, where in the mud and slush Old Boys spent an extended period of time defending their goal line. This attitude and determination meant that they did not concede a try then, or throughout the match. This defensive effort is to be applauded and will be important as the team get closer to, and into possible semis and finals.
Old Boys points came from tries to Noah Callaghan and William Luff and a conversion and 2 penalties to Zac Betteridge.
In the tough conditions and without conceding a try the team were ‘stoked’ with the outcome.
This week, Old Boys head to Sanders Park to play a good Tukapa side who are looking to work themselves into playoff contention. In addition, the teams will be playing for the J M Bennett Memorial Trophy. The team would appreciate your support.
Unfortunately, there was no games over the weekend for the Junior Club due to the weather.
This weekend, 05th May, the Senior Teams take on Tukapa at Saunders Park. Game times are:
· Colts 1.00pm
· Division 1 1.00pm
· Premiers 2.45pm
Home games for the remainder of the round-robin season are:
Thursday night saw Old Boys face-off against Tysons East, the only team unbeaten in the competition.
At the pre-game team talk Old Boys set some team goals, which were, winning a quarter and scoring off its centre pass. Old Boys would have to work really hard to achieve both goals considering Tysons had not dropped a quarter to any team so far this season.
During the game, Old Boys was able to construct some wonderful phases of play on attack and worked a really hard man-on-man defensive structure. Consistency was the key in the 3rd quarter winning it by 1 goal.
The team showed a huge improvement from the first round but unfortunately didn’t get the result they were looking for. The final score was 72-43 to Tysons.
Old Boys best player was Sophie Canute.
Titans, Rebelz and Stars
There was no play for these teams as Netball Taranaki cancelled due to weather conditions. All these teams will now have a double-headed coming up in the next couple of weeks.
Also there is no Satellite netball this Saturday due to being Queens Birthday Weekend and representative age group teams travelling to tournaments.
Teams will be back on court again 12th June (weather permitting).
The Rugby Club is planning the following functions over the coming weeks, ie:
|To be advised
|The Good Home
Updates will be available on the Club’s website www.npobrugby.co.nz or via Facebook.
In closing we remind you that the Club is running a raffle raising funds for upgrade of the flood lighting at Vogeltown Park. Tickets for the raffle are at $100 each. The total number of tickets is 300. The raffle will be drawn at the White House on 12th June. 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
If you would like to purchase a ticket, please contact Peter Morrison on 027 948-8838. A bank account has been set up in the event that you would like to deposit the ticket money into the bank. Further details are available from the Club’s website see above.
Keith and Owen