TeamTalk Update – 03.03.2019

TeamTalk Update – 03.03.2019

April 23, 2020 0 Team Talk



Contents usually include: Old Boys Marist Senior & Junior rugby reports – weekly competition & draw winners – NZ Marist – affiliates Cricket, Netball, Football and Softball seasonal reports – Club Social events + News & Views etc etc.

Views and comments in this publication are not necessarily those
of the executive or policy of the Napier Old Boys Marist Rugby Club.

“Team up with a Winning Club in 2019”

The green machine in control

Mitch Drew is well supported by team mates by a lineup of team mates with Pouvi Fatialofa,
Matt Thompson, Lolani Faleiva and Ellery Wilson all in close support in last Saturdays
opening pre-season encounter against Feilding Yellows at Tremain Field.

New Players and school-leavers always Welcome

‘Team up with Napier Old Boys Marist in 2019’

For all Rugby Matters please contact

Craig Gowler
Director of Rugby & Premier head coach
– 0272 402 550

Your enquiries

Team Training is now into full swing for >
> Premier squad
> Premier Development
> Thirds
> Colts

Each Tues & Thurs @ 6pm – at Bond Field, Park Island

All players and intending players Welcome. Bring along your mates.


First pre-season match countdown

The Napier Old Boys Marist wider squad members prior to get the opening pre-season hit-out underway.

March – Sat 2
Annual Reebo Cup match
– vs Palmerston North OBM
Game 2 in our pre-season programme played Lincoln Park, Ashurst saw the wider Premier squad record a comfortable 42-17 win over our Manawatu affiliates.

After a three-hour bus trip to Ashurst the boys seemed to be a bit sleepy but with the usual banter the team gave each other set us up for an interesting day ahead.

The ground was all set up for when we arrived and the Palmerston Marist team looked fairly large compared to the boys from the Bay. The ground itself was not as lush in the grass department compared to Tremain Field but it did promise for a fast pace tempo.

However, kickoff time arrived and the boys quickly got down to business. After the initial feeling out period the Napier forward pack quickly started to get dominance with some good front football which set up the rock stars to their usual amount of razzle dazzle.

Tries started to come with a regular occurrence as the Green Machine started to find its stride. The fitness levels of the boys were fantastic and was the clear difference in the sides. The players that stood out for this mans old crusty eyes were the combination of 2nd five Pedro and centre Saia Paese, they were very strong on defence and had some lovely soft hands that set up a lot of our outside backs tries.

The forwards worked well together and gained dominance early in the game. Coach Craig had the right amount of youth mixed with the experience of some of the vets to show dominances in most facets of play.

And he will be happy that we came through the game with a full squad of fit men. However, there are players putting their hand up all over the place which will leave the green machine coaching staff some real headaches when it comes to finalising their first up squad which is a fantastic position to be in.

Tick this box as a huge success to the start of a long season.

Report courtesy Todd Donaldson

March – Mon 4
– Premier squad named

March – Sat/Sun 9/10

– 88th Spillane Tournament – New Plymouth

March – Sat 16
– 1st round Nash Cup
Napier Old Boys Marist vs Tech

Premier: – 16 March v Tech (Tremain) : 23 March v Central (Tremain) : 30/3 v HRS (Tremain) : 3 April v Pirates (Tremain) : 6/4 v Taradale (Tareha) : 13/4 v Clive (Farndon) : 20/4 v MAC (Flaxmere) : 27/4 v Havelock North (Anderson) : 4 May v Tamatea (Tremain)

Premier Reserve: Pratt Cup – 23 March vs Otane (Tremain) : 30/3 vs Porongahau (Tremain) : 6 April vs WCUMR (Central) : 13/4 vs Maraenui @ Maraenui : 20/4 – Bye : 27/4 v Aotea : 4 May – Final

Also the Thirds and the Colts first round draws are still be announced.


The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory


IMPORTANT REMINDER – To the following players who were awarded Cups at our 2018 last Presentation of Trophies function. Could you please return them to the clubrooms as soon as possible so that they added to our clubroom trophy display. They can be handed in at the club bar or to your team coach or manager.

Club Awards trophies outstanding:- Ricky Hayes, Emma Chambers, Rick & Sue Anderson. Premiers:- Michael Buckley, Adam Slobbe. Premier Reserves:- Matt Burnside, Mike McKellow, Wiremu Mete-Kingi. Thirds:- Gary Davies (2). Colts:- James Mitchell, Paul Lapa.

>>> Coaches & teammates – As some of the above named players may not be receiving our emails can they be informed of this urgent request please.




NOBMRFC are seeking a ground controller for Tremain Field for the 2019 season

For the job description and acknowledgement of service reward package contact Terry Gittings on 0274524521



All subs must be paid by Internet Banking


1 Child $60.00

2 Children $110.00

3+Children $130.00


NAME – NOBM Junior Rugby

ACCOUNT – 03-1355-0746519-00

REFERENCE – Childs first and last name

2019 Weigh-Ins
Monday 25 March 2 NOBM Clubrooms 4.30 – 6.30pm
Monday 1st April @ NOBM Clubrooms 4.30 – 6.30pm

🏉 It’s nearly time
….keep an eye out on your emails to register for the 2019 rugby season!
Go the Green Machine


For further Junior Rugby Info please contact > Bevan Condin (021) 160 5118 or Hayley Ceselli (021) 765 701

NOBM Junior Club hoodies
Get prepared for the coming cooler weather (and it will come !)

For more details check us out on Facebook:

2018 NOBM Junior Rugby Committee

Bevan Condin (Chairman), Jason Evans (Convenor), Hayley Ceselli (Secretary),

Waka Petera, Dave Walls, Rochelle Williams, Grant Frommherz.

“New Players Welcome to Team up with us in 2019



club noticeboard

our Mission statement

“To provide a sporting and recreational club for both men and women which encourages both individuals and teams to reach their maximum potential in their chosen sporting club endeavours.
In doing this it would always be our aim to maintain a fun club spirit, which treats every person equally and which ensures that the club runs on a profitable basis”


A friendly reminder to our non-playing members and supporters

Subs for the coming period April 2019 – 31 March 2020 will be Due from now on.
As you will be well aware no club can run on fresh air as it costs big bucks for a sports club to function successfully.
So in the coming month your continued financial support will be really appreciated.

* Basic non-playing sub – $40
A basic non-player membership entitles you to be part of our Club – member rates bar prices – weekly members draw at the clubrooms during the club season – and a regular emailed copy of TeamTalk

* Gold Card membership $200 (details below) * ‘200 Club’ – $60

Payments can be made by direct credit to the clubs SBS Napier – Account – 03 1355 0760476 00
or by
Cheque mailed to: Napier Old Boys Marist RFC, P0 Box 216, Napier
or also at the
Club Bar

Please Note:
A renewed or new membership will see you financial with the Club through until 31 March 2020

Gold Card – BENEFITS
>>> Non Playing Membership
>>> 200 Club Ticket
>>> $60 Club Bar credit on your membership card
>> Complimentary entry to the Club’s annual Dinner & Trophy Presentations
>>> 10% discount on Club merchandise
>>> Entry in the weekly members draw
>>> Invitation to a special function for Gold Card members prior to a home Premier game

Grab a bargain Today…
Keep the sun out of your eyes and support your Club

‘Green Machine’ Kooga Caps

Available from the Club Bar

At the bargain price of only $20 adult size & $15 kids size
Be in quick these caps have been great sellers

See YOU at the Clubrooms
on Saturday afternoons
All members and friends Welcome
Join our affiliate codes sportsmen/women – footballers, netballers, cricketers & softballers at the clubrooms.



The opening round of the Nash Cup Saturday 16 March will also see our first Gig of the season
featuring by special request
DJ Dclx
based out of Wellington will be at our clubrooms banging out the beats!

The season’s start……Get Ya Groove on!


Call in for a cool TUI or two….. and a game of Pool


Clubroom Bookings
for all Functions or Events

In the first instance please contact:
Director of Club Management

Wade Colville-Smith
Mobile – 021 059 3943


THAT the following is a an overview into the –

History of the Spillane Tournament

To many sporting enthusiasts the Spillane tournament is just another series of rugby matches played originally at Easter at a changing venue. But to many players and supporters this weekend means a lot more than that. The playing of games in a friendly rivalry is arranged with the view of renewing old friendships and creating many new ones.

The majority of players in this tournament have, while attending primary and secondary schools learnt the fundamentals of rugby from those ardent coaches, the Marist Brothers. Besides their academic and religious teaching of pupils, the Marist Brothers have voluntarily found time to encourage and coach the game of rugby, as they have always readily recognized the value of such a game in the character building of boys. Therefore a great debt of gratitude is owed to those men who have so freely given of their best for this grand game of ours. Many of our members have been taught by other Catholic teaching fraternities and those people must also be included within our thanks.

Over the 88 years of its existence, the Spillane tournament has contributed much, to many it has been the launching pad to success, to others it has been the birthplace of wonderful times, never to be forgotten.

In 1926 two senior Marist clubs, Wanganui and Wellington, competed for a trophy known as the Marist Cup and although it still bears that name, it is the self same trophy that is played for today under the accepted title of Spillane Cup.

When in 1930 that keen Wanganui sportsman, Mr C I Spillane, donated the Spillane Cup for annual competition between the Wellington and Wanganui Marist Old Boys teams, little did he realize that his generous action was to prove the first move in the formation of the firmly established NZ Marist Rugby Football Association (now Federation) with its ideals of fostering goodwill.

From 1926 to 1929 the cup was competed for annually between Wanganui and Wellington. In 1930, having learnt that such a trophy existed, the Hamilton Marist Club issued a challenge to Wellington, the then holders. This challenge resulted in a conference being called with a view of some permanent competition being established. From this conference came the “New Zealand Marist Rugby Football Association” and the inauguration of what is now known as the Spillane tournament. Messers Howard Bowman and C J (Gus) Davies, both of Wellington, were elected the first president and secretary/treasurer respectively, positions they held for many years. August 24 1930, was the conference date, those attending that history making meeting in Wellington were: Auckland (S. Hadley, J Gourley); Wellington (H Bowman, C J Davies); Hamilton (Rev. Brother Clemens, P Kelly); Wanganui (J D Crowley, G Bridges). Napier Marist and Hastings Celtic were invited to the conference but were unable to send delegates.

The first tournament was allocated to Hamilton in 1931. In spite of the country being in the depths of the depression, three visiting teams, Wellington, Wanganui and Auckland joined Hamilton in the contest for the cup. After beating Hamilton 8 – 6 on the Saturday, Auckland headed off Wellington 11-3 in the final. (Napier Marist’s first tournament was in 1932 and our now Napier Old Boys Marist club has only missed one tournament since our first in 1932)

A copy of the minutes of the first meeting of the recently constituted NZ Marist Rugby Football Association, read, “the ideals of the Association are to bring Catholic football clubs in closer touch with one another for the interchange of players, conformity of club rules, discussion on the Spillane Cup competition and any other matters relevant to the betterment of clubs concerned.”

The annual Rugby tournament is the major feature of the Association’s activities. The tournament is now divided into two sections “A” section competing for the Spillane Cup and “B” section the Ham Cumming Cup; the winners of the second section qualify to compete for the major trophy the following season, when the losing “A” section team goes back to the “B” section. In the past, when numbers permitted, there were also “C”, “D” & “E” Sections, being for the Moran, Brennan & Liston Cups, but unfortunately due to poor commitment by some federated clubs, these are now rarely played for, except for by some Colts and Golden Oldies teams. At least this gives some players the opportunity to reap the rewards that the weekend offers. The Association has done invaluable work in the cause of Rugby Union among the Marist Clubs of the North Island and in providing this Annual Tournament has supplied the sporting public with an Easter event of the greatest interest.

First appearances of some of the other clubs at the tournament were: Napier Marist 1932, Gisborne Celtic 1933, Gisborne Marist and St Patrick’s – now Marist Palmerston North 1935, Hastings Celtic 1936, St Michael’s Rotorua 1951, New Plymouth and Masterton Marist 1952, Hutt Valley Marist 1953, St Patrick’s Te Awamutu 1955. Clubs such as Putararu Marist, Morrisville St Joseph’s, Whakatane St Joseph’s, Wairoa Celtic, Turangi Marist, Counties Marist and Wairakei Marist had also joined the fold by the mid 1980’s, making this annual tournament of affiliated club surely the biggest of its kind in the rugby world.

We must not let this last bastion of Marist rugby camaraderie and tradition be lost. Pressure must be put to bear on clubs to let their players have this opportunity and also on the unions to release clubs for this weekend. Thousands have given there all so that you may also reap the rewards and benefits of joining together in a great weekend of what club rugby and Marist rugby is all about.

Spillane – 88 years of blood, sweat, beer and laughs

Mike Smith Terry Gittings Craig Riddiford

THAT changes at the top of Hawkes Bay Rugby at last Tuesday evenings AGM saw NOB Marist men on the move. The outgoing Director of Finance over the past two years and a former NOBM Director of Finance and chairman Mike Smith has stepped down from the union role to take the position as manager of the 2019 Magpies team. Mike is taking over from our own current club chairman Terry Gittings who has relinquished the team management role that he has held for the past three representative seasons.

Mike’s replacement as the unions Finance Director is our club director of finance Craig Riddiford, and staying put and now in his 16th year on the Hawkes Bay executive and of which he has been chairman since 2011 is Brendan Mahony who is a former Marist premier player.

THAT an advance notice to all former Napier Highs School Old Boys rugby players – mark Saturday 18 May on your calendar and diary – The Club is holding a get-together for you which will tie in with our WIT Trust Premier team’s home game against old rivals Taradale (kick-off 3pm). The curtainraiser will be the clubs Premier Development XV vs Taradale at 1.15pm.

Pass the word around amongst your old team mates – See YOU at the club on the 18th May.

THAT one wonders just what the North Harbour Rugby Union are thinking about or more likely been talked into with their latest announcement of banning all representative rugby for under 14’s this season. Removing representative age group rugby for enthusiastic youngsters must certainly be a backward step. Could you just imagine the uproar if the HB Rugby banned any more Ross Shield tournaments!!!

It is obvious that some PC sandal wearing exponent has got their way and convinced the unions decision makers that these young players shouldn’t be exposed to the pressure of wanting to play hard and fair to win games like so many generations have done in the past…. maybe a few hop scotch competitions would be more in keeping for the future generations !

THAT – Every patient is a doctor after his cure.

THAT it was great to see that a couple of our former NOBM players donated items for the Auction at last Fridays evenings St Johns College Rugby Foundation Race Night Fundraising Event. From France Joseph Penitito has donated a Biarritz team playing jersey and from Wellington Richard Gilhooly is providing stand tickets and pre-match hospitality for four to the All Blacks v South Africa test at Westpac Stadium.

This is a fundraising evening was run to help raise money towards two St Johns College rugby teams travelling to Chile in April 2019 (the 1st XV and Emerging Players sides) as well as towards the continued development of SJC rugby.

THAT the latest announcement from World Rugby with regards a 12 team global World League has certainly caused a ruckus especially with no Pacific nations teams in the proposed 12 team mix. And while Fiji is ranked on the IRB list as 9th, their place in the 12 has been given to the 13th ranked USA ! Fair play I reckon not, like anything in life you have to earn your spurs, I don’t think we have heard the end of this yet. Watch this space !

I reckon they have opened a can of worms without consultation with the players for a start, many have already indicated that they’ll be getting too much rugby and not enough time to recover. Also just imagine the stink those pro clubs in the UK and France will be kicking up at not having their contracted players available as many players find it a struggle now to work for two bosses. And to cap it all off they want to make it a closed shop for other teams for twelve years !!!

The instigators of this proposal have certainly bastardised the traditional name of the game rugby union by naming it the World ‘Rugby League’.

THAT if you know of anyone that is interested in joining our regular TeamTalk mailouts then please forward their name and email address to – New members and supporters of our Rugby and affiliates Marist sports club always Welcome.

THAT message to non-playing members and supporters have you paid your 2019/20 subs yet ?

THAT a reminder to our readers – If YOU would like to contribute or offer your comments, complaints re rugby in general or our Club, then send a ‘Letter to the Editor’. Please feel free to email your contributions to – We look forward to your comments and thoughts. Don’t bottle it up or tell someone else contact TeamTalk today.

THAT here’s a real Flashback – Who remembers those late night and early mornings in our old Latham Street clubrooms watching the AB’s in action in South Africa and also the UK ? We even had our own portable stand courtesy of Bill Halpin and Red Steel that we also used to watch games and which even went down to the Central Hawkes Bay races on one occasion. Where is it now ? Well it is believed the Taradale Club might know something about it !

THAT an important reminder to player both old and new as there are still vacancies in most grades – team training is now under way each Tuesday & Thursday at 6pm at Bond Field, Park Island >>> Come along and bring a mate.

++++ You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.


“I look back on England in the last few years. When it’s really mattered, I’ve questioned whether they can win these big games.”

Warren Gatland on Englands capabilities.

“I’ve been in discussion with the three CEO’s of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga rugby and we talked about the impact of this and one of them straight out said the ‘this will be the death of Pacific Island rugby’ and another discussion indicated the ‘we might as well start playing league’.”
CEO of Pacific Rugby Players Aayden Clarke.

“We need to be very careful that we balance the commercial needs of the game with the player welfare needs and ensure that the quality and integrity of matches meets expectations.”
AB captain Keiran Read

Test Your Rugby Knowledge

This weeks Poser – Which Hurricanes player score three tries v Rebels on Friday night ?

Poser 2 – Can you name any Hurricanes players whose fathers also played for the Hurricanes ?

Poser 3 – How many New Zealanders currently coaching international teams outside of NZ can you name ?

Poser 4 – Do you know how many national teams are in the World IRB ranking list ?

Last weeks Poser – What is the current international; rugby residency rule ? Answer – 3 years and changing to 5 years in 2020

Poser 2 – How many Spillane Tournaments have been played ? Answer – 87 tournaments

Poser 3 – Can you name the outspoken billionaire Toulon owner who has been firing a tirade at Julian Savea ? Answer – Mourad Boudjellaal

Poser 4 – Can you guess who was the happiest man at the Millenium Stadium last night ? Answer – Wales coach Warren Gatland

Round 1– 15/16 Feb
Chiefs 27 Highlanders 30 : Brumbies 27 Rebels 34 : Blues 22 Crusaders 24 : Waratahs 19 Hurricanes 20 : Sunwolves 10 Sharks 45 : Bulls 40 Stormers 3 : Jaguares v Lions Bye – Reds

Round 2 – 22-24 Feb
Highlanders 36 Reds 31 : Sunwolves 30 Waratahs 31 : Crusaders 38 Hurricanes 22 : Brumbies 54 Chiefs 17 : Sharks 26 Blues 7 : Stormers 19 Lions 17 : Jaguares v Bulls Bye – Rebels

Round 3 – 1-3 March
Hurricanes 43 Brumbies 13 : Rebels 24 Highlanders 19 : Chiefs 15 Sunwolves 30 : Reds 22 Crusaders 12 : Lions 12 Bulls 30 : Sharks 11 Stormers 16 : Jaguares v Blues

International Rugby
2019 Guinness Six Nations –
2/3 Feb
France 19 Wales 24 : Scotland 33 Italy 20 : Ireland 20 England 32
9/10 Feb
Scotland 13 Ireland 22 : Italy 15 Wales 26 : England 44 France 8
23/24 Feb
France 27 Scotland 10 : Wales 21 England 13 : Italy 16 Ireland 26
9/10 March
Scotland v Wales : England Italy : Ireland v France (results unavailable)
16 March
Italy v France : Wales v Ireland : England v Scotland

New Zealand Marist Rugby Federation
An organization initiated to promote and foster a spirit of union, co-operation and close friendly relations between all Marist and similar rugby union football clubs in New Zealand, Australasia and the Pacific.

Coming Events
> 2019 South Island Marist Tournament – hosted by the Timaru Celtic Club – 2-3 March 2019
> 2019 – 88th Spillane Tournament – New Plymouth – hosted by Tukapa RFC – 8-9 March 2019
> 2019 – 45th New Zealand Marist Colts tour – Poverty Bay- Hawkes Bay – (dates to be confirmed)

>>> <<<


Last Saturdays Results

All current senior club members and new players for 2019 welcome!


For all Cricket Info please contact:
– Secretary – Andrew Frame ph.843 7701 H / 021 102 4990 –
or Del Whyte – 021 705 030 –

“New Players Welcome to Team up with us for the 2019-20 Season”

Contacts: Club Chairman: Craig Smith. Secretary: Abby Whitley – 027 8450 735 –
Club Contact: Dianne de Lautour – 027 240 3235
“New Players Welcome to Team up with us for THE 2018-19

Present and New players, School leavers, Coaches and Managers will be Welcome

Come along and join our club in 2019


>>>For more Info please Contact: President: Glenys Hannan 027 8355 565

Secretary/Treasurer: Jacqui Gardiner 0272 398 204 or Gear Manager: Jo Exeter 0276 227 607 / Jill Verschaffelt 027 299 2704

Like us on facebook to keep up to date with all the happenings.
‘Team up with ExHigh Marist Netball in 2019′

2019 Committee Members
Chris Guillemot – Chairman

Treasurer – Nicola Brown Secretary – Kevin Murphy Club Captain – Ken Cooper

Executive – Glenn Restieaux, Sheree Lack, Marty Akers, Carl Hunt

Junior Club Captain – James McIntosh. Junior Committee Rep – Anna Quinn

Napier Marist Football Club

Marist had two players make their debut starting match for HB United last Sunday in Auckland – in the National League vs Waitakere. Luis Toomey and Josh Murphy. And two others on the bench Tai Barham (who got on for 15 mins ) and Harry Mason

Great for the club!

Our registration is now open for all of our Junior footballers. Just head to this website:

Just a reminder that if you have already been apart of Marist you need to login with your child’s name. If you are new to Marist or need help to setup or use ‘ MyComet ‘ you can head to our website to find out all the information:

Registration closes on the 12th of April and our season kicks off on the 4th of May.
There are plenty more updates coming up, so keep an eye out! 👀#napiermaristfc

Thanks to our clubs major sponsors –

Alexander Electric – Business Technology Group – Bay Tours and Charters – Red Steel
– Shed 2 – Tamatea Pak n Save.
>>> For all Napier Marist Football info please contact – Kevin Murphy – 0272 970 238

“Play Napier Marist Football in 2019New Players Welcome”

The Leprechaun Comments

Having visited all the animals in the Zoo, and Irishman spent and extra half and hour looking for the Exit, but finally decided that it must have escaped……


Murphy applied for a fermentation operator post at a famous Irish firm based in Dublin. An American applied for the same job and since both applicants had similar qualifications, they were asked to take a test by the Manager. When the results were in, amazingly, both men had only one wrong answer.

The manager went to Murphy and said, ‘Thank you for coming to the interview, but We’ve decided to give the American the job.’

Murphy, ‘And why would you be doing that? We both got 19 questions correct. This being Ireland and me being Irish surely I should get the job.’

Manager, ‘We have made our decision not on the correct answers, but on the question you missed.’

Murphy, ‘And just how would one incorrect answer be better than the other?’

Manager, ‘Simple. On question number 7 the American wrote down, ‘I don’t know.’

You put down, ‘Neither do I.’


An Irishman went to a psychiatrist to get help for his wife.
“She’s got a morbid fear of having her clothes stolen,”Doc”, he said to the psychiatrist.
“Only two days ago I went home early and found she had hired a fellow to stay in the wardrobe and guard them…”


Paddy was a country boy, he had never been to Dublin. One day he decided to walk into Wexford and catch the bus to Dublin.

Duly the bus arrived and Paddy asked the conductor for a return ticket. ‘A return to where?’ asked the conductor’.

‘Why back here of course’ said Paddy.


We look forward to seeing all rugby players, footballers, netballers, cricketers and softballers and friends at the clubrooms each Saturday – Pop in for cool Tui or two – Also bring along your mates for an Ale and a chat. All members and Friends Welcome …………. Ed

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