@Yeahtheboys oh so I thought England won because they were higher on the ladder... obviously not the case.
What was the criteria?
It's surprising to see Auckland, Waikato Otago fans etc supporting the Crusaders tomorrow night
I;d though local rivalries would supersede everything else in Super Rugby and Club rugby
Not for me.
I support any NZ team over an overseas team.
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.
Moerewa/UK v Eastern
Awanui v Kaikohe
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.