Hawke's Bay Sevens

  • So today, the HB Sevens men and women play at the Central Zone Sevens tournament in Levin.

    Men: 1. Thomas Fogerty (CHB), 2. Cole Eru (CHB), 3. Damien Scott (CHB), 4. Jayden Rihia (HRS), 5. Hayden Hann (Pirates), 6. Neria Fomai (c, HRS), 7. Mason Emerson (HRS), 8. Jeriah Mua (HBHS), 9. Trent Hape (HBHS), 10. Joseph Penitito (NOBM), 11. Matt Garland (Pirates), 12. Kaleb Whakataka (Taradale)

    Women: 1 Laurae Blake, 2. Odelle Edmonds, 3. Jamie Heather, 4. Teilah Ferguson, 5. Julie Ferguson-Ngawaka, 6. Niamh Jefferson, 7. Nina Pineaha, 8. Felicity Powdrell, 9. Kirsty- Rae Sciascia, 10. Shaylee Tipiwai, 11. Gemma Woods

    The men have just won their first game v Horowhenua-Kapiti 21- 14.

    Women: Hawke's Bay 17 - 7 Poverty Bay

  • Hawke's Bay Men 19 - 21 Wellington Men

    Hawke's Bay Women 7 - 31 Manawatu Women

  • Hawke's Bay Men 15 - 12 Wanganui Men

    The men's team is now certain of a spot in the Nationals.

  • Hawke's Bay Women 26 - 5 Wanganui Women

    The Bay women are now also certain of a ticket to the Nationals.

  • Wellington Women 39 - 7 Hawke's Bay Women

    In this game you could really notice how much more game time the Wellington women get compared to the Bay women. The Wellington team includes current Black Ferns/Black Ferns 7s players, NPC players, many players from St Mary's College, who made the girls Top 4 Final and won the Condor 7s last weekend.

    The Bay team has a 39 year-old captain who has been a Black Fern a long time ago (I think) and another former Black Fern/Hawke's Bay Tui, but the Bay didn't play NPC this year, no school girls who played anywhere near Top 4 level, and no participation in Condor 7s or other tournaments.

    It's good the Bay has been able to field a team this year (unlike previous years), so these girls get some experience. All things considered, they aren't doing badly and they will get another opportunity to play at the Nationals in January.

    Edit: they have one more game to play, for 3rd/4th place.

  • Hawke's Bay Men 0 - 34 Taranaki Men

    The Bay will play for 3rd place v Manawatu

  • Hawkes Bay Women 5-17 Taranaki Women

    Bay women don't get further than 4th place (out of 6 teams). I saw a lot of handling errors and even when they had the ball, they often went backwards. Bad weather not really an excuse, because the rain affected the opponents just as much.

  • Hawkes Bay Men 21-12 Manawatu Men

    3rd place in the bag. How much difference does possession make! In the semis, they hardly touched the ball and Taranaki scored try after try by slicing through our defence. It looked to go the same way in the first half of this game, but then Manawatu started making mistakes and Emerson scored an awesome try. That seemed to change the course of the game, and the Bay got better and Manawatu hardly got the ball.

  • Does anyone know the team playing in the BOP sevens this weekend?

  • @Stockcar86 No, I tried to find it as well. Either it will be in tomorrow's HBT or we'll never find out. HBRU are shit in communication.

  • Just saw the first two results of the BOP Provincial Sevens:

    HB7s v Manawatu: 12 all
    HB7s v Waikato: 0 - 31

  • Final pool game of the BOP 7s:
    Hawke's Bay v North Harbour: 24 to 10.

    If my quick calculations are right, both the Bay and Manawatu have the same number of log points. It looks like the number of tries is going to decide whether the Bay or Manawatu progresses to the Cup semi, or will play the Plate semi instead. They'll also need to be the best placed number 2 to reach the Cup semi.

    Waikato finish first in the pool, Harbour last.

  • Both Hawke's Bay and Manawatu missed out on the Cup semis and ended up playing each other in the Plate semis.
    Manawatu won that game 26-24.

    This means that the Bay share the 7th place with one of the two participating teams from BOP (out of 12 teams).

    Still haven't seen any team line-up, so I don't know whether the strongest possible team played today. Hopefully not.

  • Hawke's Bay teams for the National 7s this weekend:

    Men: Damien Scott, Billy Ropiha, Matt Garland, Tamati Samuels, Hayden Hann, Neria Fomai, Mason Emerson, Jeriah Mua, Trent Hape, Tane McGuire, Cole Eru, Ricky Hayes

    Women: Laurae Blake, Nina Pineaha-Hyslop, Teilah Ferguson, Shaylee Tipiwai (c), Hope Hakopa, Felicity Powdrell, Niamh Jefferson, Trisha Hina, Kate Bradshaw, Sulieti Halafihi, Abbey Collier, Jaimee Edwards

    Good to see we got Billy Ropiha back from the AB7s. I vaguely remember (but may be wrong) Joe Penitito getting injured at the Central Zone qualifier; he's not in the squad, which is a big loss.

    Guildford is co-captain for Waikato. Such a pity he isn't playing for us.

    Go Emerson, this must be your weekend! Get those short legs running ...

    First and third men's game will probably be televised:
    10:45am v N Harbour
    1:05pm v Southland
    3:35pm v Waikato

    The 2nd women's game may be televised as well:
    11:05am v Wellington
    2:35pm v BOP
    4:55pm v Auckland

  • @Stargazer Looking at the mens team, are there actually any forwards players in the squad?

  • @Stockcar86 I think that loan player from Otago, Damien Scott, is a forward? Jeriah Mua is a flanker in XVs. From what I've read in the HBT, Ricky Hayes has played at lock, loosie and 2nd 5/8 for NOBM; don't know where he played for the HB U19s.

  • Convincing first win from the Bay men. Emerson scored 3 tries, Fomai and Ropiha both scored one. Conversions by Samuels.

    Some interesting kicking from Ropiha during the game; wonder whether he picked that up during AB7s training.

    The Bay women are probably now being slaughtered by Wellington. Expect a big defeat; hope for better.

  • Hawke's Bay women lose to Wellington 0-41.

    Our men beat Southland 24 to 21, but were behind at half time (12-14), so this suggests a close game.

    Waikato has also won both their games, so I guess the Bay will finish at least 2nd in their pool and qualify for the Cup Quarter Final!

  • This seems to become another forgettable tournament for the Bay.

    After losing 5 - 28 to Waikato yesterday, the men's team lost their Cup QF against Counties Manukau without scoring any points: 0 - 22. Looks like the "missing tackles" disease has spread to sevens. They will now take on Tasman in the Plate SF (2.35pm).

    The women lost their Bowl SF against Tasman: 0 - 15 and will play Harbour in the 11th/12th place play-off (not televised). Never expected much from the women's team because they've been off the grid for years and this is a team for which they had to get one player out of retirement and get two loan players from Poverty Bay to be able to field a team. Consequence of lack of any interest and stupid decisions from the union, which made players walking off to league and other sports in droves the last few years.

  • At least they qualified for the Nationals this year.

    Emerson did his NZ chances no damage with a pretty good performance all tourney.

    With realistically only 3 class players (Emerson, Ropiha, Garland) it is pretty hard to win games considering the depth of some of the other teams.

  • Emerson scored an excellent try in the last game, which they lost 7-14 to Tasman. Definitely put his hand up for higher honours. Small man, but with the heart of a lion (not of the Wellington variety, obviously) and the legs of a cheetah.

    I agree with you about the team, @Stockcar86, although I must say that young Trent Hape is promising. He did shine at the Condor 7s and did really well for such a young lad. Hopefully, he'll have another good year at HBHS.

    The women also lost their last game v North Harbour, but at least they scored a few points this time: 12 - 29.

  • NOBM has won the NZ Marist 7s tournament:

  • Pirates have won the HB Sevens at Waipukurau.

    Tiaan Falcon voted player of the tournament.

  • @Number-10 Falcon must have returned from the Brisbane Tens straight back to Havelock North for this weekend's tournament. I liked what I saw when he played in the Canes jersey, so not surprised he's this weekend's MVP.

    Good prospect for this year's NZ U20s, even if Peter Umaga-Jensen is not injured for a change.

  • I hope he will be selected and gets game time. Surprised/disappointed that Emerson didn't get a call-up for the 7s camp in Mt Maunganui, unless that's due to Mitre 10 Cup commitments (like Koroi & Otago).

  • Time to pick up this topic again.

    Today are the Napier OBM Invitational 7s at Tremain Field. Apparently, this tournament is now a qualifier for the National Club 7’s (Middlesex Country Wavell Wakefield Cup).

    Interestingly, I just read in the HBT that Ellery Wilson is the new Hawke's Bay Sevens coach, together with Mark Ozich. Wilson is also the organiser of today's tournament. Not sure whether that means his playing days are over?

  • Thanks for posting the link. Not quite sure how to interpret the comment re the Axemen's "surprise semi-final defeat last year". Does it mean it was a surprise they lost or a surprise they made it that far? As someone that lives in a place with a panoramic birdseye view of their home ground (as well as spending far too much time down there) last year's result should be regarded as the latter as it was really just the first year of a rebuilding phase. I was down at the club on Thursday and it looks like they could well be travelling up without the four guys they currently have in the Wellington Representative 7s training group nevertheless either way I still hope my Texans deal to them in their Pool D clash which will leave me in an interesting position next time I am down there! They do have former Te Aute player Te Aranga Hakiwai and Joe Reid of Ngati Kahununu lineage (on his mothers side) amongst their lineup so they are players the Park Island spectators might recognize. Keep us informed of the results if you get a chance thanks.

  • 2017 Hawke's Bay Sevens men's squad

    Jordan Faia - Napier Tech
    Timo Vaiusu - Hastings
    Ausage Fomai - Hastings
    Tyrone Edwards - Napier Boys
    Mason Emerson - Hastings
    Ash Robinson-Bartlett - Tamatea
    Trent Hape -Hastings Boys
    Danny Toala - Hastings Boys
    Chris Johnston - NOBM
    Ricky Hayes - NOBM
    Tom Iosefo - MAC
    Neria Fomai - Hastings
    Cole Eru - Central
    Sonny Lilo - NOBM
    Al Momoisea - Napier Pirates
    Ioane Luano - NOBM
    Mitch Drew - NOBM
    Damien Scott - Napier Pirates
    Lincoln Mclutchie - Hastings Boys
    Folua Fakatava - Hastings Boys
    Jesse King - Napier Pirates

    Only just found out that they played 4 pre-season games in Napier, today 25/11).

    Loss: 10 -12 v Wanganui (HT: 10 - 12)
    Win: 28 - 14 v Manawatu 2
    Win: 31 - 14 v Horowhenua-Kapiti (HT: 19 - 7)
    Loss: 12 - 14 v Manawatu 1 (HT: 0 - 14)

  • Looking at those Philpott-like results does not do much to raise the spirits after the tripe served up to us at Mitre10 Cup level.

  • @higgins Really? Two close losses, 2 big wins, and only preseason. Still two weeks to go until the regional qualifiers. I'm more optimistic (or maybe I should say, less pessimistic) than at the start of the Mitre 10 Cup season.

    Also good to see 5 schoolboys in the team, three of them Magpies signings.

  • I would consider losing to Wanganui something to be a tad more than disappointed about and "big wins" against what should be easybeats in Manawatu B (by 14) and Horowhenua (by a staggering 12) are nothing to shout from the roof tops about.

  • @stargazer said in HB Sevens:

    2017 Hawke's Bay Sevens men's squad

    Jordan Faia - Napier Tech
    Timo Vaiusu - Hastings
    Ausage Fomai - Hastings
    Tyrone Edwards - Napier Boys
    Mason Emerson - Hastings
    Ash Robinson-Bartlett - Tamatea
    Trent Hape -Hastings Boys
    Danny Toala - Hastings Boys
    Chris Johnston - NOBM
    Ricky Hayes - NOBM
    Tom Iosefo - MAC
    Neria Fomai - Hastings
    Cole Eru - Central
    Sonny Lilo - NOBM
    Al Momoisea - Napier Pirates
    Ioane Luano - NOBM
    Mitch Drew - NOBM
    Damien Scott - Napier Pirates
    Lincoln Mclutchie - Hastings Boys
    Folua Fakatava - Hastings Boys
    Jesse King - Napier Pirates

    Returned from Southland? Or just back for sevens?

  • @number-10 Good question. When his signing with Southland was reported in the NZH, it literally said that he had "scored a contract with the Southland Stags for this season". That's all the info I have.

  • Hawke's Bay 7s teams for the Central Regionals tomorrow (9/12):

    Men's team :

    1 Ricky Hayes
    2 Cole Eru
    3 Damien Scott
    4 Trent Hape
    5 Ausage Fomai
    6 Mitchell Drew
    7 Ioane Lauano
    8 Samuela Kokosigasiga
    9 Al Momosea
    10 Christopher Johnston
    11 Tyrone Dodd-Edwards
    12 Jesse King

    That looks like a seriously weak team! Tom Iosefo has been called up by Samoa for the Cape Town Sevens, but where's Emerson? Are they keeping Toala and McClutchie fresh for the World School Sevens next weekend? Haven't seen Fakatava play at all recently, maybe (still) injured? Neria Fomai is not in the Samoa squad, injured?

    Also some names missing from our women's squad that I expected to see, while there's at least one Manawatu player on this list:

    1 Felicity Powdrell
    2 Niamh Jefferson
    3 Teilah Ferguson
    4 Jamie Julie Ferguson-Ngawaka (c)Heather
    5 Paige Lush
    6 Hope Hakopa
    7 Marlane Harmer
    9 Natasha-Dean Greville
    10 Danielle Pomare-Mackay
    11 Ruci Malanicagi
    12 Sincereley Horne
    13 Jamie Heather

    I think we'll be lucky to qualify for the Nationals!

  • First results:

    HB Women lost 0 -31 to Manawatu (who fielded several Black Ferns)
    HB Men 21 - 17 Wairarapa (Bay tries: Jesse King 2x, Mitch Drew)

    Defence of both teams is big work-on!

  • 2nd Round results:

    Hawke's Bay Women 5 - 22 Wellington Women (Bay try: Niamh Jefferson)
    Hawke's Bay Men 19 - 28 Taranaki Men (Bay tries: Cole Eru, Al Momoisea, Tyrone Dodd-Edwards)

  • 3rd Round results:

    Hawke's Bay Women 17 - 15 Poverty Bay Women (Bay tries: Ruci Malanicagi 2x, Hope Hakopa?)
    Hawke's Bay Men 26 - 0 Wanganui Men (Bay tries: Mitch Drew 2x, Samuela Kokosigasiga, Ricky Hayes)

    I missed a few scores, but I think the men have finished 2nd in their pool, and will now play the team finishing first in the other pool in the Cup Semi. I think that's Wellington, so expect our team to lose that. Wellington are clear favourites to win the tournament.

    Edit: the Cup Semi against Wellington is at 4.00pm.

    The women still have a pool game to play against Taranaki; they are still in it for the 3rd-4th place play-off.

  • At least making it this far means the mens team qualify for the Nationals this year

  • Cup Semi-Final: Hawke's Bay Men 7 - 35 Wellington Men (Bay try: Cole Eru; con Hape)

    No surprise. We'll now play for 3rd place at 5.20pm.

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