Northland Club Rugby 2019

  • Round 1. (23/03/2019)

    Premier Results :home team named first
    Waipu 21 Kamo 3
    Otamatea 10 Old Boys Marist 45
    Hora Hora 27 Kerikeri 14
    Western Sharks 50 Hikurangi 7
    Mid Northern 31 v Welsford 62

    Waipu proved to strong at home for an under powered Kamo outfit
    The 2018 champions while creating a few opportunities where missing several front line especially in the pack and it was Waipu who dominated the forwards exchanges 2018 Northland squadman Temo Mayanavanua the standout.

    There were big wins for the Western Sharks who impressed Northland coach Derrin Whitcombe who was on hand with their organisation given it was round 1,the amalgamation with Kaihu Valley looks like it may pay some handsome dividends with really good numbers turning up to training .

    Wellsford proved to strong for a Mid Northern outfit that is missing several frontliners,Wellsford fielding 5 Northland players,Paddy Joe Atkins,Jordon Hyland,Sean Sweetman and Brothers Matty and Ross Wright who packed down at number 8

    One player to watch during the season will be Fijian winger Ratu Mara who caused Wellsford many a problem..

  • not sure on other results, but Kamo went to Kerikeri Yesterday:

    Kamo Reserves 29 - Kerikeri 29
    Kamo Premiers 34 - Kerikeri 12

  • Round 2 (30/03/2019)

    Prem Results.Home team named first

    Old Boys Marist 14 Waipu 27
    Kerikeri 12 Kamo 34
    Hikurangi 24 Otamatea 5
    Wellsford 47 Horahora 24
    Western Sharks 26 Mid Northern 7

    Took the one hour drive up to Wellsford to check out the locals take on the visitors Horahora,both teams were missing some of their regulars if the team sheets were correct
    Wellsford missing Sean Sweetman who had a hand injury,should be back next week and Jordon Highland who turned out for the Blues Dev on friday but still had the Ross & Matty Wright & Paddy Joe Atkins on hand
    Horahora started without Jacob Matiu who came on for the 2nd half.
    The first thing that caught my eye was how much weight Paddy Joe Atkins has lost,looks like about 10kgs..

    The game started quite evenly with both teams struggling to find their markers at lineout time,it was a bit windy so that may have had bit to do with it,however once Wellsford got their pick and go game going along with a yellow card to promising young Horahora prop Danny Henderson the flood gates opened before halftime ,racking up 4 tries to lead 24-0 ,it looked like it was going to be one way traffic but credit to Horahora,they have a ton of young guys and they lifted when Jacob Matiu entered the fray and finally gave them some go young guy who caught the eye is Esile Fono who packed down at number 8,only 17 straight out of Whangārei Boys high,the kid is a beast,looks around 6’4 and 116 kgs..also so versitle he moved into loosehead prop in the 2nd half,I understand he is in the Northland academy and is definitely one that could go a long way..

    Young Australian halfback William Grant from what I understand comes from NSW country and is as tough as nails and has a great pass and good game management ,did not mind running into contact understand he is also in the Northland academy,Horahora have good one there.

    Others to stand out for Horahora were midfield pair Lyric Brownlee who carries hard into contact and centre Reece LeVasour who has such good footwork and looks a natural midfielder..almost scored an amazing individual try after beating several defenders with footwork and pace only for some great last gasp defending from Matty Wright who knocked the ball out of his hands as he dived over...Captain and openside flanker Robert Murray and the lock Mark Bennett were also very solid and tried hard

    For the winners Wellsford,it was probably more of an all round team effort with all their Northland players putting in a good shift,Paddy Joe Atkins looked really fit playing at hooker,could be a good hooker/Prop option for the Taniwha .
    Matty Wright after a couple of early mistakes did most things well..and Ross Wright made a good fist of number 8 carries so well into contact and was a menace at Breakdown ,

    Must mention Tim Blundell at first five as well,like Matty Wright a couple of early a couple early mistakes but then managed the game very well from there on .
    A couple of young players that really impressed me were openside Mathewson Northin,a rangy flanker who has come through Wellsford age group and remember this name Sage Walters Hansen,only a young guy,but has got some engine,was close to my player of the day with all his work in the number 6 jersey..
    One guy who will be hit in Northland club rugby is Valentine Sifa a pocket size winger that is built like brick you know what ,has transfered from the Manukau Rovers club in Auckland .he runs with plenty of power purpose ,never really got to see him under the high ball,runs hard and very direct,we will see how he progresses through the club season..Jacob Matiu put a shot on him..and there were some interesting words in the after math..Matiu baiting him,Sifa replying with obligatory response “I run over you an gill you..”;crack up ,not a typo ..reminded me of a cross between Fetu Vanikolo & Mateo Malupo

    Well worth the drive up,great to see so many young guys running around in senior footy..

  • @Steven-Harris haha as I was reading that paragraph about Sifa I started thinking of Fetu, then you go mention him...I should be able ot get out and watch next weekend, after being busy yesterday and last Saturday.

  • @taniwharugby I don’t think he’s rep material,but I could be wrong,he just picks out the biggest guy in the opposite team and runs full tit straight at him..crack up..did you read the lift out in the Northern Advocate on the respective club teams..?

  • @Steven-Harris nah I dont buy it, only look at the online version

  • @taniwharugby it’s on the online version if you know how to pop the feed up.

  • @Steven-Harris ah saw Pt 1 on Friday but hadnt seen Pt II...

  • Interesting to see Phillip Manako step out for Waipu v OBM on Saturday, Manako is the son of former Northland left wing David Manako..
    According to all reports he out played Matt Johnson standing in at centre for Waipu,like his father he is winger and desperate to follow in his fathers footsteps and play for the Taniwha ,commutes from West Auckland to Waipu,gets to training early and does extra work.
    Not to far away from picking up his lawyers degree..great to hear this story.

  • @Steven-Harris thats pretty cool, be great if he did manage to make it!

  • @Steven-Harris said in Northland Club Rugby 2019:

    Not to far away from picking up his lawyers degree..great to hear this story.

    That's cool. Was also nice to read recently that Tom Robinson completed an economics degree at Auck Uni during his injured years.

  • @Tim great to see these young guys are doing other things outside rugby..tells you something about their upbringing

  • @Steven-Harris @Tim and you would like to think that NZR and/or the NZRPA are doing everything they can to encourage these young guys to further education or trainiing for the inevitable life outside rugby

  • went along to watch Kamo v Otamatea

    Kamo scored inside the first couple of minutes through left wing O'Grady (although wearing 14) 7-0

    Otamatea, despite looking a bit disorganised hit back promptly to trail 7-5.

    After that, she was all one way traffic, Kamo lead at the break 45-5 and final score was 74-5 I think.

    Kamo lost thier 7 early on after one of the Otamatea locks fended with what looked like a fist to the face, Boylan came off saying he couldnt see properly out of his eye.

    Hard to take a great deal from this game, Otamatea just dont look upto it...some big lumps that are out of shape, no shape to thier defence or attack and with error after error, many of these just simple catches too.

    Kamo's 6, Thyne was very good though, all over the park, big hits, carries, pace and a menace at the breakdown.

    Kamo dominated the scrum, with Straker and Gale propping.

    The wing O'Grady got a hatrick...Kamo missing a few good players (Jacobsen, Tua, Shelford, Laupepe and assume Berridge and Ross didnt come back this season?) still by the looks, but just looked more organised and really didnt get out of 3rd gear.

    Kamo FB Bentley-Hape is a very tall rangy fella, looks to have some toe and potential, a couple of times he looked like if he'd pinned his ears back and gassed it he woulda scored but looked for a pass instead.

  • went along to see the Kamo-OLd Boys Marist today.

    Warm afternoon with a light breeze, perfect conditions.

    OBM took the treats 10-18.

    OBM hit frst through a long range try to Kepa, Kamo forwards rumbles over about 10 mins later, then OBM scored again just before half time to be up 12-5 at the break, and then 2 more penalties to Kamos maul try were all we had in the 2nd half...which also included an average YC for supposed intentional knock against Kamo, only for OBM to get away with a similar one minutes later.

    Was a pretty decent game, alot of passion out there!

    The OBM 8-9-10-12 axis was the difference.

    Stokes at 8 looks to have bulked up a bit (if he can demand a start for NOrthland, looks a leader) not sure who the OBM 9 was, but has a sharp pass, gets around quickly too.

    Havent seen the team sheet, but looked like Roberts-Te Nana at 10, ran the show assuredly, but didnt run it much, often gave to his hard straight running 12, he definitely got the better of his opposite Hohaia, who is looking well off the pace.

    The OBM 15 is very sharp on attack and positioned pretty well, Kepa someone, but after some great work by the forwards, they put him in space about 60m out and he beat a few on his way to the try line.

    OBM have a lock who has moved here from somewhere, be up around 6'10, throws himself about, but a little lightweight for his height IMO

    For Kamo, they are missing Sykes at 9 hugely, the transition of ball is too slow.

    Young fella at 10, Niko looked handy today, decent kicking game on him, be good to see him with better ball from 9.

    Kamo took scrumming honours early on, but as the game wore on it was pretty even, and then when Straker came off (he had been down a couple of times) with about 15 to go, OBM had a slight advantage.

    Straker was more prominent this week, put in some work on defence and obviously solid at scrum time.

    Kamo just lacked any punch, Hohaia simply not able to provide it, and with limited space he wasnt able to get things moving for his team.

    Kamo 6 Thyne still very busy today, not as prominent against a stronger pack, but looks a good player, but probably a bit small for 6 if he has aspirations for higher honours.

    I expect Kamo are itching to get Sykes, TUa, Jacobsen et al back if they expect to defend thier title.

  • @taniwharugby said in Northland Club Rugby 2019:
    not sure who the OBM 9 was, but has a sharp pass, gets around quickly too.

    Kamo 6 Thyne still very busy today, not as prominent against a stronger pack, but looks a good player, but probably a bit small for 6 if he has aspirations for higher honours.

    OBM 9 is Harrison Levien, a young fulla from Taumaranui, has played for Waikato previously.

    Thyne is more of a 7 than a 6. He’s been playing quality rugby for years, a Mid Western lad who moved to Kamo when MW got relegated. Has had a couple of nasty injuries the last couple of years though so has probably only played a handful of games for them. Here is useless fact for you, his old man played 7 for the Aussie Colts against the ABs back in the day.

  • @Gunner yeah I had thought a decent 9 had come up here in the off-season but couldnt think of name or to where.

    Ha well there you go on Thyne...

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  • @taniwharugby said in Northland Club Rugby 2019:


    Interesting result in the battle for 8th KK over MN.

    In the Championship Southern beat Tomarata 22-20, Mangakahia beat Pipiwai 22-12 and Whangaruru beat DOB 34-17.

    Only 1 point seperates the top four, Southern & MW with a game in hand, having already had the bye in round 2.

    Won’t let me paste the table, but here it is:

    MW 26
    Mangakahia 25 or 26 (their official result isn’t in so unsure about BP)
    Southern 25
    Tomarata 25
    Whangaruru 18
    Pipiwai 10
    DOB -1

  • I use snipping tool to copy/paste.

  • Kamo rolled top of the table Waipu at Kamo on Saturday, which was more significant in that it was Waipu's first loss of the season (1st loss since the final last year I believe, about 12 or 13)

    Coach, Cam Goodhue has been running at 8 for the Magpies the last couple of weeks too, with him, add in return of Sykes, Berridge and McDowell, this Kamo team is a much stronger side...Blake Hohaia also stared at 10 on the weekend.

    Didnt realise they had split them into 2 pools after round 1 too

  • thats the reserves table^^

  • @muddyriver cheers...thought something didnt look right (ie the reserves bit on it 🙂 )

    You know why Sharks are at the bottom of thier table despite 3 wins?


  • The tables only have the wins losses since it split into pools. points carried over from first round.

  • @muddyriver ah thats cool, was hoping it wasnt down to some arbitrary points deductions or something as can be the case...seems alot of inconsistency about how and when they apply these sorts of things, at all levels.

  • Semi-finals this weekend:
    Waipu vs Wellsford
    OBM vs Kamo
    Waipu vs Kamo
    Hora Hora vs Kerikeri

    Havent seen any of Wellsford this season, being part of Kamo I watch them mostly, but have seen them playing OBM, Waipu, Sharks, Otamatea, but good to see them in the top 4 after struggling early in the season, should be a cracker of a game.

  • Championship Semis

    North Zone:
    Moerewa/UK v Eastern
    Awanui v Kaikohe

    South Zone:
    Mid Western v Tomarata
    Southern v Mangakahia

    The winner of both North and South Zones have the opportunity to play for promotion against Otamatea or Mid Northern. From what I’ve been hearing 4 or 5 of the above semi finalists would have a crack at it if they win.

    There is also a bit of chat around about more possible club mergers or alliances ala Old Boys/Marist, Sharks/Kaihu/Ruawai.

    It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out.

  • @Gunner fropm what I have seen of Otamatea, they are probably in most danger of relegation.

    What other clubs you heard that about? You talking teams in the North/South Zone comps (Tomorata/Otamatea, possibly include Wellsford?)

    Kamo had thier club day last week, wasnt the best of days weatherwise, but was well attended so hopefully they made some dollars.

    It is a worry.

    I am not sure how many teams they will have for U16 next season (have heard rumours NRU will be trying to push school teams again, but unsure this will work unless WBHS is to return to the Whangarei/Northland 1st 15 comp as well)

    In the U14 grade there are 8 teams this year, but there is the top 4 clear ahead, 1 team on its own in 5th (beating teams 6/7/8) 2 teams in 6/7 (both beating 8 and drawing with each other) and then the team in 8th which I believe have conceded under 50 1 time this season and had over 100 3 times.

    My guess is most of those ones wont be moving upto U16 next year, nor many of the 6/7th teams as many of them will be eligible to stay in U14s (by age/weight restrictions)

    Is very worrying.

  • @taniwharugby I have always thought Rugby clubs should merge with other sports codes in their area to form Sports Clubs - netball, touch rugby for summer. Possibly competitor codes such as soccer and hockey. Or even tennis and squash.

  • @kev yeah a few clubs are multi code facilities e.g Kamo and Mid Western are rugby/squash, am sure there are others...Kamo run summer touch modules, there is a soccer, bowling and tennis clubs that are all skirting the Kamo Rec, but they are run separately. The Tennis club in the midst of building clubrooms too

    Plenty of the rural clubs are struggling for other reasons, one being that the money over the bar used to be much higher as well as making the club a community hub, and the change in drink driving culture (for the majority) has impacted many of them...some are proactive in providing courtesy vans.

    Is an issue across most sports though, golf is another I know is struggling as well, Kaikohe & Wellsford both have squash facilities too, am sure plenty of others have both.

  • I don’t pretend to have all the answers but I think clubs need evolve and think outside the box, and as TR mentioned, become a hub for their community to keep themselves relevant.

    On the field, Mid Western was obviously relegated to the championship 2 years ago, but the club is very healthy and thriving. We’ve focused on going back to the basics by trying to engage our community and offering something more than just being a rugby/squash club.

    It’s not rocket science, you get the foundations right, get bunch of people paddling in the same direction and success will come.

    There are some so called professional sports organisations in this country that might find that advice quite useful.

  • I havent seen the OBM side yet, but Kamo naming largely unchanged lineup they have for last few weeks, with Cam Goodhue packing down on the side as player/coach again


  • @taniwharugby no Rueben Wright, I hear he’s having another enforced mid season rugby holiday...

  • Interesting lineup Kamo is putting out, I see a couple of others that are missing,Nikau Graham,Tamati Tua and still no Kane Jacobson which has got to be a concern for his Northland inclusion

  • @Steven-Harris Jacobson hasn't played all season so I don't expect we will see him, Hohaia been at 10 last few weeks.

    Not sure on Tua either, although he hasn't played much even when I thought he was fit.

  • OBM beat Kamo 34-12

    After a very tight first half, where despite Kamo having a slight edge, trailed OBM by 7-5.

    But some very poor comms between the Kamo wing-FB saw OBM hit straight after the break, and then peppered the gap between the Wing and FB for the rest of the game...within 10 mins of the halftime break, game all but done with OBM out to 26-5.

    Kamo hit back with about 10 to go to give a glimmer of hope when Tua picked up an intercept, but OBM hit back and again and Hawkins put the final nail in with a penalty inside the last couple of mins.

    Kamo forwards looked the better in the 1st spell, OBM looked shagged, but halftime came at right time and got thier second wind to put Kamo away.

    Dan HAwkins controlled things well for OBM, even put in a couple of long touchfinders with a breeze at his back.

    Matt JOhnson was tidy at 13, Rae didnt get alot of ball at FB, but the touches he got were class, on defence too.

    Stokes was his aggressive self, although looked to have a bit of a calf injury that he went off for.

    OBM 9 controlled the game in the 2nd spell, kicking to the right space where Kamo struggled to cover with Murray and O'Grady letting too many balls go to ground.

    Berridge and Goodhue tried hard for Kamo, Hohaia went ok at 10, lacks a kicking game but obviously runs ok.

    Sykes was excellent in the 1st spell, but alot quieter in the 2nd, as was Kamo.

    Tua went ok in his time on the park, unsure why he doesnt start (assume a combination thing?) looks very solid and quick.

    Waipu smoked Wellsford 57-7

    So will be Waipu - OBM in the final next weekend, Waipu reserves snuck past Kamo and will meet Hora Hora in the final after they smashed Kerikeri

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  • IN the Championship final at Okara today, Mid Western out lasted Mangakahia 38-30 @Gunner even getting about 20 mins for his team!

    Waipu did the double knocking off Hora Hora in the reserve final and then the Prems taking the chocolates 34-20 over OBM.

    For Waipu Waiseguy Fiane was one of thier best as he controlled the game and pushed them round the park, nabbing a nice little chip and chase try.

    Thought Kurt Davies (unsure if still the same Kurt Davies that played 9 for Northland a few years back) was bloody good at 12 for Waipu, probably the best mid-fielder on show today, with none of the others really showing out (or more just shutting one another down?)

    Scrum contests were pretty even for most of the match, but late in the game when OBM had subbed off Wiggins (looked like they had a prop and 2 hookers in thier front row at that point too) Waipu smashed them a couple of times, earnign a penalty, which they scrummed again and a phase or 2 later was Waiseguys try.

    Hawkins struggled to get his backline going, his handling wasnt great either.

    Leilua was a threat at FB for waipu, while his opposite, Rae was again solid and always a threat.

    OBM 7 Byrne is an energiser bunny, what he lacks in size he makes up for in ticker, similarly Waipus McNamara was busy.

    Waipu didnt give Stokes the room to run today, and while he was still into everything and all agression, just didnt have as much room and was stuck in the tight.

    Mayanavanua is a bloody unit!! Gets about the park too!

    Waipus 9, Abraham looked handy too, while his 11 Jona Tuitoga looks more like a prop than a wing, certainly has something about him!

  • @taniwharugby thanks for the match report, congratulations to Waipu especially after being the bridesmaid in 2018..
    It’s been a long time between drinks for the south Whangarei township not 100% sure but I suspect this could be their first title, but I stand to be corrected.
    Absolutely rapt for coach Graham Dewes the former Fijian international prop, its a day he probably won’t forget given Fijis first ever win over the NZ Maori in Suva today..

    Just from an observers piece,I am starting to wonder if Dan Hawkins was such a good signing ..really and truthfully he should be dominant force at this level and to hear he was outplayed by the unwanted Wiseguy Faiane is rather disturbing.

    Just on Jona Tuitoga ,he’s a bit of a veteran these days having played a few seasons in the North Harbour and has represented Harbour at 15s and sevens .
    Rapt to hear young Jared Byrnes going so well, just needs a bit more size added to his frame, but one thing you can’t fault..the boy has workrate and ticker..

    It’s a little crazy to think former Northland halfback Kurt Davies has remodelled himself as a 2nd five,be interesting to see how he goes in the development squad.

    Great to hear new signings Pisi Leilua and Jonty Rae had good games, that’s an expectation as far as I am concerned..
    Just a couple of questions on a coupe of other Northland squad did Temo Mayanavanua who I know is a big lad do around the paddock ..also Sam Caird ..?

  • Temo is busy, could do a bit more though, can see the range of skills just waiting to surface.

    Caird gets through the work too but just not sure he has enough meat on that big frame to be effective at the next level (hope I am proven wrong) excellent lineout option though, they probably had the better of the Waipu lineout

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