TeamTalk Update – 6 December 2020

TeamTalk Update – 6 December 2020

December 6, 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 often expressed 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 2021”


At Napier Old Boys Marist we promote a strong work ethic, we play with a special passion and honesty which is fun to be part of, but we also expect our players to carry that honesty through to their work and personal lives.

In summary we as a club will create a positive environment so that players can expect to progress in their rugby careers.  To excel players must also take responsibility for their rugby and life in general.


  Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential.

Napier Old Boys Marist
Rugby Football Club Incorporated

Monday  7th December 2020  at 6.00pm
at the Clubrooms, Park Island, Napier


  1. WELCOME by the Chairman of the meeting
    2.                        APOLOGIES
    3.                        CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES of the 30th  Annual General Meeting of the 9th Dec 2019
    4.                        ANNUAL REPORT Receipt and Adoption
    5.                        ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENTS Receipt and Adoption
    6.                        ELECTIONS:
    (a.) Patron               (b.) President         (c.) Vice Presidents
    (d.) Chaplain           (e.) Chairman         ((f.) Directors
    7.                        CONFIRMATION OF DELGATES
    Hawkes Bay Rugby Union,   Napier Old Boys Association
    St John’s Old Boys Association,   NZ Marist Rugby Federation
    8.                        GENERAL BUSINESS


      Chris Benson

Financial Performance

The 2020 financial statements show a net surplus after depreciation of $27,000.

This is a large improvement on last year’s $2,000 deficit. With the shortened season and lockdown restrictions we have faced, this result is a clear indication of the level of support the club receives from our sponsors and members.

The major changes in income and expenses are as follows:


Increase in Net Junior Income of $23,000

Decrease in Rugby Hospitality of $22,000

Increase in Sponsorship Income $4,000


Decrease in Bar Result of $6,000

Decrease in Senior Club Grant Funding $12,000

Grant Funding

This year we applied for all of our team related costs (kit, physio, tape) in a bulk application before the season. Pub Charity provided us with $26,000 to cover this. We also applied for costs related to hosting the Spillane tournament. Lion Foundation granted us $6,000 towards our new website. Sportslink continue to guide us with these applications but there is less money available now. This was very apparent during lockdown when we saw multiple applications rejected. We cannot rely on this level of funding going forward and need to continue to increase other income sources such as bar revenue and sponsorship initiatives.

Bar Profit

Gross Bar Income was down $16,000 to $120,000. With the bar in lockdown for half the season, this is a fantastic result. We hosted a very successful Spillane tournament before lockdown. The bar was also well supported after the lockdown. Credit must go to Wade and his team for the way they juggled the changing alert levels throughout the year.

Sponsorship Income

Despite the shortened season, we saw an increase in sponsorship income. This shows the fantastic level of support this club received from our sponsors even in uncertain times. I know we say it every year, but results on and off the field wouldn’t be possible without them.

Net Junior Income

The increase in net junior income is mainly due to timing. Last year, $30k of income had been received in advance (and was sitting in the Balance Sheet as a liability). This has been recognised in the current year. The junior club also received grant income for playing gear and rugby balls.

Rugby Hospitality

Hospitality expenses were down due to the shortened season.

Financial Position

The club has Net Assets of $549,000 and no borrowings.

Cash and Bank is down $600 but working capital is up $40,000.

The only capital asset purchased during the year was the new club website.

Chris Benson




       Tim Jones          

Like everything in 2020, Covid had a big impact of the Club Rugby Playing season with the Club going from the highs of a hosting a very successful 89th Spillane Tournament to being locked down with the thought of having no further rugby in 2020.

After numerous announcements and protocols the season was finally underway in June with each grade consisting of the one full round. Once again, NOBM was proud to put four teams (Premier. Premier Reserve, Colts and Thirds) out on the paddock.

On the field the club had two highlights the Premier boys stepping up and winning the coveted Spillane Cup at home in front of a big home crowd after defeating Marist St Paints 31-24 on day one and backing it up again to beat Hutt Old Boys Marist 38-31 in the Final.  Full credit must go to Terry and Wade and their teams of people for putting the event together – it was a great weekend of footy coupled with some stunning weather so everyone left with smiles on their faces.

The second was the Premier Development boys being victorious in taking out the Jack Swain Cup.  As always this worked hard throughout the shorten season and at times struggled for numbers however at the business end of the competition they really put it together which cumulated in their 29-26 victory against a strong Maraenui side. Well done to everyone involved and a special must go to the coaching and management team of Matt Roberston, Ross Clements, Chris O Connor and Bam for their work and locking up the silverware for the summer.

For the premiers and colts sides who both fell short in their respective semi-finals. For the Premiers it was their arch rival Taradale who got up close match to win 24-20 and advance to the big dance while the Colts finished strongly against Hasting Rugby and Sports and in a tense final minutes hammered away at the Hastings line but couldn’t get the ball over the chalk to put their noses in front losing 20-25.  Our Division three side fell one week earlier in the quarter finals for the second year in a row however it was great to see the boys propping up bar throughout the season and enjoying each other company and we look forward to seeing you all again 2021.

The Covid situation also had a major effect on the Rep season with Union only fielding minimal teams however NOBM still had good representation of players in the teams fielded. Special mention must go to Stacey Ill, Sam McNicol, Will Tremain and Dom Devine who were all involved in the Magpies for the 2020 season.

On behalf of the Board, we would like to extend a massive thank you to all the Coaching and Management personnel of the four teams who gave up their time to steer the boys in the right direction during the season. Your contribution to the club does not go unnoticed while the club would also like to acknowledge and thank retiring Rugby Director and Premier Head Coach Craig Gowler for the past 7 seasons for the commitment, time and effort in building a successful team which so much joy and excitement to the club and its members. Craig you can be extremely proud of what you achieved during your tenure and we hope you catch plenty of fish and when the fish aren’t biting we see you on the sidelines cheering the lads on and enjoying a corona in the clubrooms.

As attention turns to the New Year and the 2021 season, there have been a few changes in the competitions including revised pool format for the Nash Cup with a final and the two bottom teams dropping out of the Maddison Trophy round.  For the Colts and Division 3 grades only,  these grades will commence in May while the Premier Development grade will see round one being a round involving Town based clubs followed by a graded round involving all the town and country Hawkes Bay rugby clubs.   The resulting changes are based on player feedback in shortening the club season so everyone will have to wait a little bit longer for the Green Machine to get into action with first competition games schedules for 3rd April.

To all our NOBM members have a wonderful Christmas and Safe Holidays and we look forward to catching up on sideline in 2021.

Tim Jones & Craig Gowler



All Blacks: Brad Weber

Super Rugby: Brad Weber (Chiefs)

Hawkes Bay Magpies:  Stacey Ili, Sam McNichol, Dom Devine, Will Tremain

Saracens/Academy: Ricky Hayes, George Stratton, Dom Devine, Ryan Lindeque, Zach Donaldson

Hawkes Bay 7s: Ricky Hayes, Will Tremain, Michael Buckley


Your Rugby Enquiries Welcome

Tim Jones
Director of Rugby
– 021 660 834

Your Rugby Enquiries Welcome



💚 See you out there in 2021 Green Machine!!

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

For more details check us out on Facebook:

2020 NOBM Junior Rugby Committee

Bevan Condin
Dave Walls (Convenor), Hayley Ceselli (Secretary),
Grant Frommherz, Therese Rodger, Glenn Fulcher,  Rochelle Williams. 

“New Players Welcome to Team up with us in 2021


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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”

31st Annual General Meeting
of the NOBM Rugby Club will be held
> Monday 7th December at 6pm <
at the Clubroom, Park Island.

See YOU at the Clubrooms



All members and friends Welcome
Join our affiliate codes sportsmen/women – footballers, netballers, cricketers & softballers  –  at the clubrooms.

See YOU Soon

Call in for a cool TUI or two


Clubrooms OPEN from
on Saturdays through the summer season

All Welcome  –  See YOU soon



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 we are pleased to inform Napier Old Boys Marist members that we extend our hearty Congratulations to a former member of the clubs Napier Marist Premier team Jim Benson who was last week honoured with Life Membership of the Auckland Marist Brothers Old Boys Rugby Club.  The following is a report from the Auckland clubs chairman Richard Patterson.

‘Jim Benson was honoured last week by the Marist Brothers Old Boys Rugby Club in Auckland with Life Membership for outstanding work going back many years.   He was involved in coaching Marist sides from 1991, including a championship-winning Under 19 side in 1992.  His involvement extended to time on the Management Board and as an extremely generous sponsor and supporter of our Club (and other Marist Clubs) for many years.   As a Club, we are indebted to the support Jim has provided our Club and we were honoured to recognise those services with a well-deserved Life Membership award.’


THAT a Flashback to the 1980 McWilliams Maddison Trophy semi-final sees Napier Marist men from front Bob Kerr, Jim Benson, Pat Benson, Irishman Gene McCarthy, Brent Nelson and John Luoni.  The earlier loss to Taradale was avenged in this clash by a fine forward dominated effort by 25-13.

Jim’s former Napier Marist team mates will certainly remember his stirring aftermatch speech at Porongahau following the ‘Battle of Poho’.  He really gave the local team a serve following their many spates of foul play during the earlier game.  The Premier teams utility tight forward received a special award at the end of season trophy presentations as a memento.

Jim who has played for both the Hawkes Bay A and B teams now joins younger brother Pat who was honoured with Life Membership of Napier Old Boys Marist Club in 2004.

THAT this just an observation…… While last nights Maori All Blacks – Moana Pasifika clash in Hamilton was an entertaining game, it was the somewhat disappointing spectator turnout that turned out for the  encounter that stood out to me.  Considering Hamilton is in the heartland of Maoridom from surrounding provinces added to this the fact that Auckland is reputed to be the largest Polynesian city in the world one would have thought that the FMG Stadium would have been bursting at the seams.

Not so, apart from an almost full main stand on one side the covered stand across the ground was not used and it was only the uncovered seating in front and a smattering at the ends of the ground that had any spectators.  If the proposed Moana Pasifika team is to compete in the Super Rugby competition in 2022 it certainly requires a lot more enthusiasm from supporters for the proposal than yesterdays turnout needs to be shown.   And of the game at halftime  –  Moana Pasifika 9  Maori All Backs 7   and at fulltime  –   Maori All Blacks 28  Moana Pasifika 21.

THAT we extend apologies to our members and readers who may not have received some recent issues of TeamTalk.  The problem is that some of these emails have been rejected as they have been considered as ‘spam’.   This is hardly the case as we have been sending out these weekly bulletins in an email format for the past 15 years.

These TeamTalks cover team and club reports as well as general club news and upcoming events etc etc… from NOBM rugby and our affiliate cricket, netball, football and softball clubs also info etc from the NZ Marist Rugby Federation and Australian Brothers affiliate clubs as well as our sponsors .

So members bear with us as I have my longtime tech guru from PC Central working on the problem and hopefully we’ll get on top of it which is something that has popped up from time to time in the past and is somewhat annoying actually.  Readers please remember we are always interested to receive feedback from you on any problems re the distribution of our club newsletters etc.  and you also have the opportunity if you wish to contact the editor to be removed from our extensive mailing list which is now in excess of 1400 addresses.   To put these recent problems into rugby terminology ‘it is currently a work on’.

THAT only in Ireland  –  The older the fiddle the sweeter the tune – things improve with age.


   IT WAS . . . great to hear the whole panel Tuesday night’s Breakdown on Sky in complete agreement that the Hawke’s Bay Magpies played the most exciting brand of rugby this season of all the 14 teams.  Goldie, JK, Mils and Joey were also in favour of the competition returning to a one pool 14 team format that I wrote about last week.

I THOUGHT . . . after last week’s piece on Willie Rickards and Taranaki’s performance over the past three seasons that’d do one on our own Hawke’s Bay Magpies playing stats from 2018-2020.  During this time under the astute guidance of coaches Mark Ozich and Josh Syms the Magpies have played 35 matches for 22 wins, 11 losses and one draw.  Only seven of those 22 wins have been on the road, a work-on there? Their home record has steadily improved in the past three seasons though to the point they’re unbeaten at home since 12th October 2019 losing to the Tasman Mako 28-47.

Following last weekend’s final that’s eight victories on the trot now at what I affectionately call  “The Cage of Rage” McLean Park.  I know one of this season’s team work-ons has paid dividends too.  That’s aggressive defence. This season only conceding 236 points compared to 341 and 312 in the previous two years.

FOR YEARS . . . years I’ve taken part in various rugby sweep competitions with varying success.  The only one still running with the final game being the Wallabies vs Pumas this weekend is our Mitre 10 Mega one.  Organised by former Green Machine manager Todd Donaldson.  The competition started back during Super Rugby pre-covid, so it’s been a long haul for the 28 players involved.  There’s only three of us in contention for the money my fellow Mega 10 team member Peter 592, Radar 588 and McGoo 583.  Peter and I have taken both taken the Wallabies and Radar the Pumas.   Watch this space . . .

JAPANESE . . . racewalker Eiki Takahashi has become the latest athlete to break a World Record this year. At the Juntendo University Long Distance meet at Inzai recently.  Takahasi 28, clocked an amazing 37mins 25secs for the 10,000m.  This was some 30 seconds under the previous mark set by Spaniard Fransico Jovier Frnandez in 2004.  Footnote: McGoo’s quickest judged 10,000m was 54mins flat in 1996 to win the Hawke’s Bay Gisborne Road Race Champs at my first go.  I have been clocked once  a few years later in 1999 going through the 10km mark of the old Napier Half Marathon in 50mins.  Even after that I only finished second overall in the open walk in 1hr 48mins.  The Jones boy Graeme, a fellow Hastings Athletic clubmate of mine won it in 1hr 43mins.

IT’S BEEN . . . a quiet week on club scene this week with no birthdays, hatched, matched and despatched to report on.

AND NOW . . . a something from the useless information file.  As of today there’s just 82 days to go until Super Rugby Aotearoa kicks off!

Cheers McGoo


++++  Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.



“The loss to the Pumas two weeks ago still hurts, but tonight will go a long way to fix that and we have to remind ourselves we were playing for a Tri-Nations trophy and we’ll see what happens next week.”
AB’s Ian Foster.

“Diego Maradona was obviously huge for Argentina, so I’m really thankful for that gesture from the All Blacks.”
Pablo Matera captain of Argentina.

“Happy we can finish on a high for the summer, but it will never take away from the loss we had last week.”

Hooker Dane Coles reflecting of the first test loss.

“Every game my family always watches back home in Tonga and I help them out if they need anything g money wise. They’re very proud of what I’ve achieved this year with the Magpies.”
Star Magpie halfback Folau Fakatava.

Test  Your Rugby Knowledge 

This weeks Poser 1  – In last Saturdays Mitre10 Cup Final against Tasman how many tries did Auckland score in their 13-12 loss ?     

Poser 2   – Can you name the Argentina head coach ?        

Poser 3  – In last nights Wallabies – Argentina match who missed the 79th minute penalty that would have won the game for Australia ?     

Poser 4 – What was imprinted of the back of the jersey the Sam Cane presented to the Argentinians last Saturday ?      


Last weeks Poser 1  –  In last weeks Australia – Argentina test who scored all of the Wallabies points ?    Answer – Reece Hodge

Poser 2   – When  was the last time Northland contested a Final ?           Answer –  1997 (vs Central Vikings)

Poser 3  – Who is the captain of the Black Ferns ?            Answer –  Eloise Blackwell

Poser 4 – Who will captain the NZ Maori team to play Moana Pacifica on December 5. ?              Answer – Ash Dixon        


2020 Mitre10 Finals: 
CUP  – 
Auckland  12  Tasman 13        :         CHAMPIONSHIP –  Hawkes Bay  36  Northland 24

BLEDISLOE CUP  –  11 Oct. vs Australia (Wgtn)  Draw 16-16  : 18 Oct. vs Australia (Auck) Won 27-7  : 31 Oct. vs  Australia (Sydney) Won 43-5  : 7 Nov. vs Australia (Brisbane) Lost 22-24

  – 31 October NZ vs Australia (Sydney) won 43-5    7 Nov. NZ vs Australia (Brisbane) lost 22-24  :   14 Nov. NZ vs Argentina (Sydney)  lost 15-25 :   21 Nov. Australia vs Argentina (Newcastle) Draw  15-15  :   28 Nov. NZ vs Argentina (Newcastle)  won  38-0 :  5 Dec. Australia 16 Argentina 16 (Sydney).   (Re-scheduled draw since South Africa withdrew)

Outcome was a Tri Nations win to the All Blacks

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.

Neil Murphy,  General Manager

Ellwood Function Centre,  Otene Road,  Hastings.     Phone: 0274 070 809

2020  NZ Marist Colts tour  –  Northland/Auckland regions 
– This years tour was been cancelled.
2020  NZ MARIST XV  v  NZR Divisional XV  – This years tour was been cancelled
>>> Info on rescheduling both of these events will be announced in 2021 <<<

Start planning NOW to attend the annual
Spillane Tournament

Hosted by Taupo Marist in association with New Zealand Marist
Owen Delaney Park
Tournament Dates: Saturday 13th / Sunday 14th March 2021
>>> Final entries 14th February 2021
Hosted by Taupo Marist in association with New Zealand Marist
Owen Delaney Park – Netball Courts
Tournament Date: Saturday 13th March 2021
>>>  Final entries 14th February 2021
Run by Marist Netball Hamilton & Napier Ex High Marist
Important Reminder to clubs…
Act Now and get your travel & accommodation funding applications underway

>>>  <<<




New members are especially welcome!!

Patron: John O’Shaughnessy

President: Dave Herrick

Vice Presidents: G O’Shaughnessy, Lawrence Willis, David Pearson, Dave Bovey, Matt Bertram,
Robert Ferreira, Peter Nixon

Secretary: Andrew Frame   –   Treasurer: John McCorkindale

Chairman: Del Whyte

Committee: Del Whyte, Dan Whyte, Stu Lindsay, Scott Morgan, Mathew Sinclair, Glen Walklin, Calim Leathard, Club Coach & team captains.

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 again for the
2020-21 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 2020-21 season”

Napier Marist Football
Team Up with Napier Marist Football again in 2021….

2020 Committee Members
Chairman – Chris Guillemot
  Treasurer – Nicola Brown   Secretary – Larissa Duwakin   Club Captain – Ken Cooper
Executive –  Sheree Lack,  Marty Akers,  Carl Hunt
Coaching Coordinator – Marty Akers

Junior Club Captain – James McIntosh.   Junior Committee
Rep – Anna Quinn
Thanks to our clubs major sponsors
Alexander Electrical  –  Bay Mazda  –  Bay Tours & Charters  –    BTG  –  Engage Video  –  Latteys  –
Matt Sinclair Harcourts  –  Nelson Signs  –   On Line Autos  –  Pak n Save  –  Pro Active Physio  –  Pro Blast  – Red Steel  –  Shed 2  –  Vision Homes  –  Westshore Beach Inn

>>> For all Napier Marist Football info please contact – Chris Guillemot  – 0278 450 952

“Play Napier Marist Football in 2021
– New Players Welcome”


Napier ExHigh Marist Netball
Pass the Word Around
Come along and join our club in 2021

>>> For more Info  please Contact:
President: Glenys Hannan  027 8355 565
Secretary: Rebecca Hollyman  022 621 0653  /  Treasurer:  Jacqui Gardiner  0272 398 204  /
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 again in 2021′

The Leprauchan Comments

An Irishman named Dave is walking along the beach one day, and he sees a bottle laying in the sand.

He picks it up and starts to brush it off, and out pops a genie.
The genie says, “Since you have freed me from the bottle, I will grant you three wishes.”
The Irishman thinks for a moment and says, “I’m feeling a might thirsty, I think I’ll be wishing for a pint of stout.”
POOF! There is a pint of stout in his hand.

He drinks it down, and starts to throw the bottle, when the genie says, “I’d look at that bottle again before I threw it if I were you.”

So he looks at the bottle, and it is magically filling back up with stout.

The genie told him, “That is a magic bottle, and it will always fill back up after you finish it.”

The genie then asked, “What other two wishes can I grant for you?”
The Irishman looks at the bottle in his hand and says, “I’ll be taking two more of these.”

One Irishman bet another that he couldn’t carry him across the Niagara Falls on his shoulders on a tightrope.
After a really hair-raising trip they made it to the other side.
As the passenger handed over the $100 to his countryman he sighed, “I was sure I had won the bet when you started to wobble halfway over….”


“So, have you figured what to buy the Missus for Christmas?” asked Shaun
“I, sure have, she decided it for me,” answered Paddy.
“She said she wanted something with diamonds in it, so when I was in Dublin last week I bought her a pack of cards.”

It was a quiet a Monday morning in September 2053 when Paddy awoke with a need to go to the bathroom.

To Paddy this wasn’t just any ordinary day.

This was the day he would open the last package of Toilet Paper his parents bought in the year 2020.


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

Napier Old Boys Marist Rugby – Napier Old Boys Marist Cricket – Napier Marist Football – Napier Marist Netball – Napier Marist Softball

”Team up with Napier Old Boys Marist” 

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