The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final



  • This game will be in Rotorua on Friday night at 7.35pm. If the Bay wins the semi, it will be a final on Friday 25 October at 7.35pm again in Rotorua.

    https://sunlive.co.nz/news/223624-rotorua-to-host-mitre-10-cup-semifinal.html



  • @KiwiPie said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    This game will be in Rotorua on Friday night at 7.35pm. If the Bay wins the semi, it will be a final on Friday 25 October at 7.35pm again in Rotorua.

    https://sunlive.co.nz/news/223624-rotorua-to-host-mitre-10-cup-semifinal.html

    How do you feel about that? (In terms of location)



  • @Hooroo said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    @KiwiPie said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    This game will be in Rotorua on Friday night at 7.35pm. If the Bay wins the semi, it will be a final on Friday 25 October at 7.35pm again in Rotorua.

    https://sunlive.co.nz/news/223624-rotorua-to-host-mitre-10-cup-semifinal.html

    How do you feel about that? (In terms of location)

    Of course I would rather it was in Tauranga but we have no lights so Rotorua it is. We needed to finish 2nd to get an afternoon game. No point putting lights in at the Domain when what is actually needed is a new stadium.

    Final has to be Friday night so was always going to be in Rotorua.



  • @KiwiPie Agreed. A packed out Tauranga Domain on a sunny afternoon is way better than a smallish crowd on a cold night in Rotorua. I really hope people turn up for this one.



  • @Snollygoster said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    @KiwiPie Agreed. A packed out Tauranga Domain on a sunny afternoon is way better than a smallish crowd on a cold night in Rotorua. I really hope people turn up for this one.

    I'm planning to get there but it has to be straight from work ....



  • @KiwiPie Yep, I will make my usual pilgrimage across.

    You would think they could somehow rig up temporary seating at The Bay Oval cricket ground at the Mount...The lighting's there, parking is less of a problem and it would bring in some revenue to the ground when it is not very busy. I'm sure there is very good reasons why that doesn't happen.



  • Go the Poo.

    I feel so dirty.



  • @Snollygoster said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    @KiwiPie Yep, I will make my usual pilgrimage across.

    You would think they could somehow rig up temporary seating at The Bay Oval cricket ground at the Mount...The lighting's there, parking is less of a problem and it would bring in some revenue to the ground when it is not very busy. I'm sure there is very good reasons why that doesn't happen.

    Because it is a cricket pitch and not big enough for a rugby field to fit in it? And the season is starting and they have a test match there next month? I can think of many reasons!



  • @KiwiPie said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    @Snollygoster said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    @KiwiPie Yep, I will make my usual pilgrimage across.

    You would think they could somehow rig up temporary seating at The Bay Oval cricket ground at the Mount...The lighting's there, parking is less of a problem and it would bring in some revenue to the ground when it is not very busy. I'm sure there is very good reasons why that doesn't happen.

    Because it is a cricket pitch and not big enough for a rugby field to fit in it? And the season is starting and they have a test match there next month? I can think of many reasons!

    Somehow in 2001 they managed to fit a rugby field into Seddon Park when Waikato Stadium was being redone - but agreed on it being way too close to the Biggest Test Match Of The Year 🙂



  • @KiwiPie You're obviously right but it wouldn't be the first time rugby and cricket haven't been played on the sane ground (and within the space of a short timespan as well) as Donsteppa pointed out.



  • @Donsteppa said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    @KiwiPie said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    @Snollygoster said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    @KiwiPie Yep, I will make my usual pilgrimage across.

    You would think they could somehow rig up temporary seating at The Bay Oval cricket ground at the Mount...The lighting's there, parking is less of a problem and it would bring in some revenue to the ground when it is not very busy. I'm sure there is very good reasons why that doesn't happen.

    Because it is a cricket pitch and not big enough for a rugby field to fit in it? And the season is starting and they have a test match there next month? I can think of many reasons!

    Somehow in 2001 they managed to fit a rugby field into Seddon Park when Waikato Stadium was being redone - but agreed on it being way too close to the Biggest Test Match Of The Year 🙂

    Presume you'll be there on Day 1 Mr Steppa? Has to be a Murphy's Law chance that some huge storm will be passing through that day .....



  • @KiwiPie said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    @Donsteppa said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    @KiwiPie said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    @Snollygoster said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    @KiwiPie Yep, I will make my usual pilgrimage across.

    You would think they could somehow rig up temporary seating at The Bay Oval cricket ground at the Mount...The lighting's there, parking is less of a problem and it would bring in some revenue to the ground when it is not very busy. I'm sure there is very good reasons why that doesn't happen.

    Because it is a cricket pitch and not big enough for a rugby field to fit in it? And the season is starting and they have a test match there next month? I can think of many reasons!

    Somehow in 2001 they managed to fit a rugby field into Seddon Park when Waikato Stadium was being redone - but agreed on it being way too close to the Biggest Test Match Of The Year 🙂

    Presume you'll be there on Day 1 Mr Steppa? Has to be a Murphy's Law chance that some huge storm will be passing through that day .....

    Annual leave has been booked, and a four day pass has been acquired 🙂



  • Where the time slots for the SFs allocated to particular games? The original draw just says SF1, SF2, etc so they could have swapped the Hawkes vs Otago game around.



  • @Bovidae said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    Where the time slots for the SFs allocated to particular games? The original draw just says SF1, SF2, etc so they could have swapped the Hawkes vs Otago game around.

    Not seen it in print but apparently the top finisher's game is on Friday night for Division 2.

    Just seen it is free entry for Friday night .... that has to increase the attendance a little!



  • @KiwiPie said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    @Bovidae said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    Where the time slots for the SFs allocated to particular games? The original draw just says SF1, SF2, etc so they could have swapped the Hawkes vs Otago game around.

    Not seen it in print but apparently the top finisher's game is on Friday night for Division 2.

    Just seen it is free entry for Friday night .... that has to increase the attendance a little!

    Not normally something that the BoPs home match day manager has had to worry about in the past!



  • @KiwiPie said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    Not seen it in print but apparently the top finisher's game is on Friday night for Division 2.

    It wasn't last year. Waikato played Northland at 2:35 pm on the Saturday. I know because I wasn't able to go being on a plane flying back from Christchurch at that time.

    The Friday night game was Tasman vs Canterbury. Sky will have some say as they need to move OBUs and crew around.



  • @Bovidae I know BOP looked at that "latter in the day" time slot but I assume there just wasn't enough light. The decision in the end came down to floodlights which Tauranga Domain simply doesn't have.

    Free entry is a great idea. I hope they fill the place up.



  • Might be worth the trip from the Tron seeing as it's free.



  • @Hooroo location was decided by timing, if evening then it had to be in Rotorua due to no lights in Tauranga. If during the day would have been in Tauranga



  • Really looking forward to being at this game 🙂
    just published my predictions for the semifinals
    https://drivingmaul.com/2019/10/15/mitre-10-cup-2019-semi-final-predictions/



  • @DrivingMaul Are you saying BOP didn't have a choice as top qualifier, or did Tasman have the first option of when they wanted to play? This would have meant the rest of the games had to be under lights.



  • Throwback from pre-game at an NPC semi-final 15 years ago.
    mafia_twits.jpg
    @Donsteppa @bayimports



  • @KiwiPie said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    Throwback from pre-game at an NPC semi-final 15 years ago.
    mafia_twits.jpg
    @Donsteppa @bayimports

    Does the fat dude with the big hair still go to the games?? He used to be their quasi-mascot? Forgotten his name





  • jeez that is a throw back, think it was a shield match? we were robbed that day lol (as always)



  • @bayimports said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    jeez that is a throw back, think it was a shield match? we were robbed that day lol (as always)

    Can't remember - were you there for the semi-final? I know we had 2 trips to Christchurch in less than a year. We were whipped in the semi-final by the Crusaders (effectively)



  • @Hooroo lol hey that could be any of us (except the one without hair) in the middle

    horiBop is who you meant.... i hope



  • @bayimports said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    @Hooroo lol hey that could be any of us (except the one without hair) in the middle

    horiBop is who you meant.... i hope

    That's the one!! Does he still attend the games?



  • @Hooroo said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    @bayimports said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    @Hooroo lol hey that could be any of us (except the one without hair) in the middle

    horiBop is who you meant.... i hope

    That's the one!! Does he still attend the games?

    I've not spotted him at one yet this season but I did bump into a few weeks ago and he was apparently still having his usual differences with the Bay Union and did intend to turn up. He actually was the official mascot in the early golden days (2003-2005) until his spontaneity was too much for them. He did once kidnap the Harbour Master and tie him to a bench. And then there was some trouble with Hawke's that made the news ....

    Whipping the Lion in 2005 (although this was for a newspaper story)
    hori_lion.jpg

    Early Mafia days (2003 - and Bart trying to stay anonymous)
    bopmafia.jpg



  • @KiwiPie said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    @Hooroo said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    @bayimports said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    @Hooroo lol hey that could be any of us (except the one without hair) in the middle

    horiBop is who you meant.... i hope

    That's the one!! Does he still attend the games?

    And then there was some trouble with Hawke's that made the news ....

    You mean when he attacked the Magpies' mascot, who responded by kneeing him in the nuts?



  • @Stargazer said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    @KiwiPie said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    @Hooroo said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    @bayimports said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    @Hooroo lol hey that could be any of us (except the one without hair) in the middle

    horiBop is who you meant.... i hope

    That's the one!! Does he still attend the games?

    And then there was some trouble with Hawke's that made the news ....

    You mean when he attacked the Magpies' mascot, who responded by kneeing him in the nuts?

    The very same



  • Media Release: Steamers face a different beast in Manawatu

    Steamers assistant coach Mike Delany says Manawatu will be a different beast when the two sides clash in the first semi-final game of the Mitre 10 Cup.

    The two sides last met in Round 9 of the competition, with the Steamers putting on an impressive 46-10 win over Manawatu.

    Delany says, that result is history and the side wasn’t taking anything for granted, especially Manawatu.

    “We know Manawatu is a good side. They have had a few injuries and they will be a different beast come finals time. Mitre 10 Cup is a real tough competition, a couple of weeks is a long time for a team and so it’s about looking at their threats and seeing how we can counter that.”

    The assistant coach says, the team haven’t let the thought of a semi-final impact on the preparation for the game being played at the Rotorua International Stadium on Friday at 7.35pm.

    “We’ve had a good rest after the Southland game. The boys have embraced the start of another week. Everyone is in good spirits and just excited about getting out there on Friday night.”

    This has meant keeping the same routine as they have the entire season.

    “We’ve tried to keep things pretty consistent throughout the year. There is a buzz in the final week but we just make sure we have the same processes in place. The culture in the team is really good and the boys are just wanting to get on with it.

    “They understand it’s a big week but at the same time not over-thinking it. We’ve just made sure we control our game and work on things that we needed to work on.”

    Delany says, there is something unique about this year’s team.

    “The culture within our side is about trying to improve every week. So, we’ve put leaders amongst the group to ensure the side doesn’t get complacent. Manawatu is a real threat and we have to be clinical if we want to get the right result.”

    Having free entry to the game has excited the players, Delany says.

    “I was pretty pumped with the idea of free entry, I’m from Rotorua and it’s awesome to see. In my playing days, I loved the international stadium. It’s a great ground to play on and I don’t think too many teams enjoy coming there.

    “So, if the supporters can really embrace that and get in behind it that would be great. The players have talked all week about how excited they are about it being free and the potential of all the support they will have at the game.”

    Steamers loose-forward Tom Franklin will play his blazer game (15) when he takes to the field.

    The gates open at 6.30pm and parking is also free.

    Bay of Plenty Steamers

    1. Aidan Ross (C) (34)
    2. Nathan Vella (7)
    3. Ross Geldenhuys (17)
    4. Baden Wardlaw (18)
    5. Alex Ainley (6)
    6. Tom Franklin * (14)
    7. Mitch Karpik (25)
    8. Hoani Matenga (17)
    9. Richard Judd (26)
    10. Dan Hollinshead (34)
    11. Joe Ravouvou (7)
    12. Chase Tiatia (45)
    13. Mathew Skipwith-Garland (17)
    14. Fa’asiu Fuatai (16)
    15. Emoni Narawa (11)
    16. Kurt Eklund (10)
    17. Chris Eves (2)
    18. Jeff Thwaites (40)
    19. Aaron Carroll (19)
    20. Hugh Blake (34)
    21. Leroy Carter (9)
    22. Jason Robertson (13)
    23. Pryor Collier (5)
    • Denotes debut
      ** Denotes blazer game – 15 games
      () Denotes games played
      Team subject to change

    Mitre 10 Cup:
    Bay of Plenty Steamers v Manawatu

    Game Details:
    Friday, October 18
    Rotorua International Stadium
    Gates open: 6.30pm
    Kick-off: 7.35pm

    END



  • Manawatu

    1 Fraser Armstrong
    2 Sam Stewart
    3 Sione Asi
    4 Fraser Stone
    5 Liam Mitchell
    6 Nick Crosswell
    7 Johnny Galloway
    8 Brayden Iose
    9 Jamie Booth
    10 Otere Black
    11 Ben Werthmuller
    12 James Tofa
    13 Josiah Maraku
    14 Te Rangatira Waitokia
    15 Sam Malcolm

    16 Nick Grogan
    17 Fa’alelei Sione
    18 Paulo Leleisiuao
    19 Rhys Pedersen
    20 Sione Tu’ipulotu
    21 Atutahi Henare
    22 Stewart Cruden
    23 Hamish Northcott

    .

    The Turbos have been forced into a reshuffled backline for their Mitre 10 Cup Championship semifinal against Bay of Plenty in Rotorua on Friday night.

    A hamstring strain has left Ngani Laumape sidelined, while Rob Thompson is still battling concussion and Andre Taylor was also ruled out with injury.

    That sees the combo of James Tofa and Josiah Maraku get a chance to take control of the midfield after impressing in the second half of last week's match.

    The other change comes up front with Sione Asi getting the nod at tighthead prop.

    On the bench, Stewart Cruden comes into the mix joining Hamish Northcott.

    Three of their best players out with injury. I expect the Turbos to get hammered by the Steamers.



  • I can't see the Turbos winning this one.



  • @cgrant said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    I can't see the Turbos winning this one.

    I know - it's making me nervous!



  • Nepotism starts early at the Bay aye. Mike Delany’s boy carrying out the game ball....



  • The Steamers doing this very easily and The 'Poo have been cruelly exposed in defence a couple of times for two tries to the home side. This has all the hallmarks of being another 50 pointer to the home team.



  • @Higgins said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    The Steamers

    The Bay



  • @Duluth said in The Bay v Manawatu Semi-Final:

    The Bay

    Funny, if not a little cruel.



  • What is Narawa’s kicking game like? Good enough for fullback? Or is he just playing there to get all the best players on the field?


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