TeamTalk Update – 7 March 2021

TeamTalk Update – 7 March 2021

March 8, 2021 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”


Why would you play for Old Boys Marist ?

We have a simple philosophy at Napier Old Boys Marist – that we are a well organised rugby club both on and off the field, we are fit, disciplined, well coached and our players are very loyal.  Our teams are always well presented.


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.



The more you sweat in training the less you bleed in battle.




NOBMRFC  are seeking a Ground Controller for Tremain Field for the 2021 season.


For the job description and acknowledgement of service reward package
please contact  Terry Gittings on  0274 525 521

Note: Have you thought about maybe sharing this role with a friend ?
(ie Saturday afternoon on Saturday afternoon off.)

Don’t be shy guys / girls step up and contact Terry today and have a chat about the role…..



Your Rugby Enquiries Welcome

Tim Jones
Director of Rugby
– 021 660 834

Your Rugby Enquiries Welcome

2021 Nash Cup
Pool 1
NOBM Premiers
Fri 2 April vs  Clive  @ Farndon Park
Sat 10 April vs  Tech  @ Tremain Field (crossover game)
17 April vs  HRS  @ Elwood Park
24 April vs  Pirates  @ Tremain Field
1 May vs  MAC  @ Flaxmere Park
Sat 8 May  –  Nash Cup Final
The teams that finish in 5th Place in each pool after the round robin stages will be placed into Division one for the second round
2021 Town Draw
Pool 1
Premier Reserve
Fri 2 April vs Tech @ Tremain Field  1.15pm
Sat 10 April vs Hastings R&S  Elwood Park  1.15pm
17 April vs Pirates @ Tremain Field 1.15pm
24 April vs YMP @ Raupunga  1.15pm
1 May vs Bridge Pa @ Tremain Field 1.15pm
2021 Ron Parker Memorial Cup Draw
Division 3
Sat 17 April vs Maraenui @ Maraenui Park  2.45pm
24 April vs Tech @ Tremain Field  2.45pm
8 May vs Clive @ Farndon  2.45pm
15 May vs Taradale @ Tremain Field  2.45pm
22 May vs Bye
29 May vs Bridge Pa @ RSP 4  2.45pm
12 June vs Takapau @ Tremain Field  2.45pm
19 June vs MAC @ Flaxmere Park  2.45pm
26 June vs Havelock North @ Tremain Field  2.45pm
3 July vs Flaxmere @ RSP 1  2.45PM
10 July vs HRS @ Tremain Field  2.45pm
(RSP – Regional Sports Park)
2021 Pat Ryan Memorial Cup Draw
17 April vs Pirates @ Tamatea Park  1.15pm
24  vs Tech @ Tremain Field  1.15pm
1 May vs Clive @ Farndon  1.15pm
8 May vs Taradale @ Tremain Field  1.15pm
15 May vs Bye
22 May vs Aotea @ Rugby Park (Dvk)  1.15pm
29 May vs Onga Tiko @ Tremain Field  1.15pm
12 June vs Eskview @ Petane  1.15pm
19 June vs Havelock North @Tremain Field  1.15pm
26 June vs Central @ Central Park  1.15pm
3 July vs HRS @ Tremain Field  1.15pm

2021 NOBM Coaches

Premiers – Ellery Wilson (head coach) – 027 964 9060    /   Edwin Meachen  – 021 800 325
Manager – Tim Jones –  021 660 834

Assist. Managers – Alan Poy – 021 776 206   Peter Bainbridge – 027 245 8729

Premier Reserves –  Matt Robertson (head coach) – 027 524 9763  /  Ross Clements –  027 847 0248

Thirds – AJ Gardiner – 027 245  8700

Colts – Sam Williams – 027 689 7617   /   Richie Williams – 022  353 2546
Manager – Rochelle Williams  –  021 0236 5317

Trainer  –  Dwayne Smith

Club Liaison Officer – Steve Smithers  –  022 498 5367

New Club Role

Steve Smithers
Club Liaison Officer
A former NOBM Premier player, who has had stints over recent years as head coach of both the clubs Premier Reserve and Colts teams has recently been appointed to this new position for our Club.
Steve’s involvement will include developing a strong relationship between all NOBM teams and coaches.  Assist in the planning process of our club season and also to offer guidance and support to all of our clubs players and coaches.
This will also see Steve acting as something of a conduit between our teams where he will to assist coaches and managers if needed to ensure their teams are running at full capacity and ability.  We wish Steve all the best in his new role.


And the pre-season hard yards roll on

Recent player conditioning Action from Bond Field

> All  Welcome <


Tue 9 / Thur 11 – Prem squad training – Bond Field 6pm

Sat 13 & Sun 14 March – 90th annual Spillane Tournament  –  Taupo.

Tue 16 / Thur 18 – Prem squad training  6pm
Tue 23 / Thur 25 – Prem squad training  6pm
Sat 27 March – Camp – Tremain Field  1pm
Tue 29 / Thur 1 April  – Prem squad training

Friday 2 April – Nash Cup  vs Clive – Farndon Domain
Premier Reserve
Friday 2 April – Town & Country  vs Tech –
Tremain Field


2021 Seasons  Opener
With loosie Ricky Hayes in close support
veteran utility back Migao Lauano gets his
pass off to winger Ryan Lindeque in the third
quarter of yesterdays winning encounter.


The first pre-season encounter vs Palmerston North OBM at Tremain Field yesterday was certainly a game that left few of ‘work ons’ to be done prior to next weekends Spillane Tournament in Taupo.  In the match played in four quarters and approaching 30degs Napier came away with a close 20-14 win – four unconverted tries to a brace of seven pointers.
Scoring – 9 min Paul Bickle try – 5-0  :  12m PNOBM –  try/conv – 5-7  :  18m Bickle try – 10-7  :  31m Michael Buckley try  –  15-7  :  61m PNOBM – try/con – 15-14  :  Ryan Lindeque try – 20-14

And no it’s not a Police Raid at the clubrooms

Our Palmie Old Boys Marist opponents turned up at the aftermatch at the clubrooms yesterday
in mufti as a team building exercise and what should be an hilarious trip home with
needless to say quite a few hostelry stops on the bus trip home.



💚 See you out there in 2021 Green Machine!!

Want to play junior rugby in 2021?

Make sure you register

….read on for instructions

Weigh in  –

>>> NOBM Clubrooms Park Island

Tomorrow >>> Monday 8th March – 3:30pm to 5pm  for HBRU Weigh-in

If you played for NOBM last year, you should have received a personalised email with a link to your childs registration for 2021 (if not get in touch to update your details).

If you are new to the club or are spreading the word about our amazing club and Junior season, then get interested families to use this link:

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

club noticeboard

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”


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

on Saturdays throughout the year


All Welcome  –  See YOU soon


Also remember for
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 a reminder to all NOBM players – Checkout our pre-season training details – where & when on the Clubs Facebook.  Pass the word around amongst your team mates and also any likely New Players your know of – be they family, friends or workmates.  We have vacancies in all grades from Colts through to Premiers.

“Team up with ‘The GREEN MACHINE’ in 2021  –  New Players WELCOME

THAT its refreshing to see a face of womens rugby be elected to the Board of Hawkes Bay Rugby with the selection of 43 test Black Ferns halfback Emma Jensen being appointed at this past weeks AGM.  The 43 year old  Hastings Girls High deputy principal who was also a key member of the Hawkes Bay Tuis last season,  “I’m very excited to be part of the HB Rugby Board going forward as I feel I can offer a different perspective and give back to the game that has given me so much.”

THAT the following is further background on the Park Island facility:
Park Island is Napier’s largest sports reserve and is the home of the Napier Rovers Football Club, Hawke’s Bay United, Napier Old Boys’ Marists Rugby Club (with its affiliated clubs of Old Boys’ Marist Cricket, Marist Netball, Marist Soccer and Marist Softball) and the Hawke’s Bay Hockey Association.

  • Rugby Fields (4)  – with two fields floodlit for NOB Marist training)
  • Soccer Fields – additional fields can be set up as required
  • Senior Cricket Wickets (4)
  • Junior Cricket Wickets (11)
  • Napier City Rovers Main Field
  • Napier City Rovers Practice Fields (2)
  • Archery Range (1)

The sportsgrounds have been developed with a high level of intrastructural services, especially efficient stormwater drainage and water reticulation. The grass surfaces provide a consistently high level of playability and availability.

The grounds are divided into areas identified with specific sports or groups of sports. Screened grounds on the park leased to sports organisations for their sole use are Tremain Field (rugby), Napier City Rovers (football) and the Hawke’s Bay Hockey Association (hockey), which has two artificial playing fields with a third approved and currently in planning.

Park Island also contains Shrimpton Field, which is used for football in winter and cricket in summer, and Bond Field, which has both rugby and football pitches in the winter. These facilities regularly host major football tournaments at inter-school, age groups and inter-federation level.

There is also an archery ground between the two cemeteries and a floodlit training ground south of the Napier City Rovers ground. The park area is used for cross country running, principally at school level.

Large changing room blocks with full shower and toilet facilities are provided on Shrimpton Field and at the screened grounds.

The active sports areas are flanked by a fitness trail and a walkway network that takes in the former “islands”.

Clyde Jeffery Drive provides good access to the park, and extensive car parks serve Tremain and Shrimpton Fields and the Napier City Rovers and Hawke’s Bay Hockey facilities.

The Council’s long-term aim is to develop the Park Island reserve as a top-class facility for a wide range of sports. Paddocks between the Taipo Stream and Oak Road, an area south of Bond Field and an area north of the existing grounds and cemetery hills are in planning for further development.


THAT we wish Ellery and his 2021 Premier squad all the very best for their defence of the coveted Spillane Cup that the team won at the 89th annual tournament in Napier last year.  The usual intense inter-club rivalry between the Marist affiliate sides is always a hallmark of the event.

For the record in the 2020 top division it was a hard fought opening game on the Saturday which saw Napier beat Marist St Pats 31-24 and then in the Sundays Spillane Cup Final Napier made it a double header over the visiting Wellington sides with their close 38-31 win against Hutt Old Boys Marist.

   THAT  I reckon if the assistant referees last Saturday evening in the Hurricanes – Blues match weren’t directed to get their eyes tested following Super Rugby encounter at Wellington’s Sky Stadium then there is something wrong with the referees controlling body.

When Jordie Barrett slotted a conversion of Canes frontrower Asafa Aumua 63rd minute try and the sideline match officials failed to raise their flags for what clearly should have been a successful kick there is something definitely wrong.  The replay on the big screen moments later of the successful kick certainly had the large crowd of in excess of 13,000 spectators baying for justice but it was too late and their decision stood albeit wrong.


THAT a REMINDER to our 2020 club trophy recipients who still have their cups.
– Paul Lapa,  Thirds – Hayden Karekare,   Jordan James.   Premier Reserves –  Kurt Chambers,  Hamiora Miringaroangi,   Adam Chapman.   Major Trophy awardees – Will Tremain,   Dwayne Smith,   Craig Gowler.


While we currently have at least half of the club trophies back up on display on the clubrooms, we are now requesting that we would like the recipients who still have their trophies to please drop them back to the clubrooms bar when it is open late on Saturday afternoons.  Alternatively they could be dropped off at my residence at 69 Faraday Street (off Carlyle St) at anytime.  (Eddie Wilson  –  0274 470 330)

THAT only in Ireland  –  If you are enough lucky to be Irish, you are lucky enough!

    THE AZURRI  . . . have now gone  a long six years without a win in the Six Nations. As of last week that’s 29 straight losses for the hapless Italians.

INTERESTING . . . this week to see name Marinkovich surface again in sporting sense. The new coach of the Aussie Diamond Netballers here for the Constellation Cup against the Silver Ferns is one Stacey Marinkovich. I’d not seen or heard that surname for years.  The last I can recall was our very own Zukov Marickovich, a loosie for Marist and Magpies back in the late 1970s.

ENGLAND CRICKET . . . captain Joe Root now holds the outright test record for best bowling by a spinner. His 5-8 came in the recent bizarre two day third test against India. The out and out best bowling by any bowler in tests is 5-2 by Ernie Toshack for Aussie against India in 1947.

THIS WEEKEND . . . I had planned to be taking in a couple of days at the National Track and Field champs at Mitre 10 Park.  Fridays spectating and Saturday assisting as a volunteer. However with the changes in alert levels across the land they ain’t happening this weekend now. The good news for me and other avid track and field supporters is that they’ve been resheduled to 26-27th March, two days instead of three.

FOLLOWING THE . . . second game of the Constellation Cup in Christchurch on Wednesday night the Silver Ferns and the Diamonds had played each other 154 times. The Diamonds winning 97 and the Silver Ferns 55, there’s be two draws.

YOU KNOW . . . somebody’s well and truly got your number.  England all rounder, Christchurch born Ben Stokes has been dismissed 11 times in 11 tests by Ravi Ashwin, 9 of those on the Indian sub continent.

THAT’S WEIRD . . . I’ve go no birthdays to report this week.

AND NOW . . . a something from the useless information file. With passing of the last of the original of Bob Marley’s Wailers band Bunny Wailer this week I couldn’t help but throw up this bit trivia.  Bob Marley was a definitely a randy Rasta, so much so that he sired eleven children to seven different women!

Cheers McGoo



THAT an important reminder to our New Zealand Marist affiliate clubs  –  If any of your players are on the move at any time,  maybe a work transfer or a change to live in a new location we would appreciate if you notified us or the affiliate Marist club in the region they are going to so that the local club can get in touch with the player and invite them to ‘team up’ with them.  They maybe even in the position to assist with employment and or accommodation.  Make Sure you let your players know that they will be welcome to join an affiliate club in the area they are heading to.


THAT the following is a little gem that has come out of Covid–19……  SILLY YOU !   You thought dogs were hard to train.  Just look at all the humans who can’t sit and stay !!!


++++  You’re never a loser until you quit trying.



“We’ve now got this surplus, this money that if things get tight we can rely on that.” 
HB Rugby CEO Jay Campbell on the unions $700+K surplus after earlier predicting a $1.5million loss during the heart of the Covid 19 lockdown last year.

“Emma brings a variety of skills that complement our existing board including a high-performance background and a connection to our future players, but especially around her passion for community rugby and the further progression of the female game.”
Hawke’s Bay Rugby chairman Brendan Mahony said this was an exciting time for Hawke’s Bay Rugby.


Test  Your Rugby Knowledge 

This weeks Poser 1  –  Who captained the All Blacks at the 1991 Rugby World Cup ?

Poser 2   – Who is the head coach of the 2021 Chiefs team ?

Poser 3  – How Many times did the All Blacks tour South Africa between 1971 – 1991 ?        

Poser 4 –  And on for our NOBM Colts followers – Who did our 2020 Colts open their season against ?                  

Last weeks Poser 1  – Who did our NOBM Premiers open their restricted season against in 2020 ?            Answer –  vs Tech (lost 12-17)

Poser 2   – The Magpies inspirational captain Ash Dixon played his 100th first class game against which team ?       Answer – vs Otago (with a 28-9 win plus the Ranfurly Shield  @ Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin)

Poser 3  –  Our Richard Kepka Premier Reserves had a successful 2020 season. Can you recall who they beat in the semi-final and then the Final ?     Answer – Semi Final 37-27 win over Pirates and a thrilling Finals 29-26 win over Maraenui.                  

Poser 4 – What was the result of Hawkes Bay final game for the 2020 season ?              Answer – Beating Northland 59-23 to win the Mitre10 Championship and retain the Ranfurly Shield.

   Round 1  26 Feb – Highlanders 13 Crusaders 26   :  27 Feb – Hurricanes 16 Blues 31   :  Bye – Chiefs
Round 2
   5 March – Chiefs 23 Highlanders 39   :    Sun 7 March – Crusaders v Hurricanes  (still to be played)    Bye – Blues
Round 3   13 March – Crusaders v Chiefs   :   Blues v Highlanders      Bye – Hurricanes


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

2021  NZ Marist Colts tour  – 

2021  NZ MARIST XV  v  NZR Divisional XV  –

>>>  Info on both of these 2021 events is still will be announced  <<<

Take a trip to
Next Saturday & Sunday
for the
2021 Spillane Tournament

Hosted by Taupo Marist in association with New Zealand Marist
Owen Delaney Park
>>> Tournament Dates: Saturday 13th / Sunday 14th March 2021

Hosted by Taupo Marist in association with New Zealand Marist
Owen Delaney Park – Netball Courts
Tournament Date: Saturday 13th March 2021
>>>  Run by Marist Netball Hamilton & Napier Ex High Marist

>>>  <<<




New members are always 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, Bill Reilly

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 – Glenn Restieaux
  Treasurer – Nicola Brown   Secretary – Larissa Duwakin   Club Captain – Ken Cooper
Executive –   Carl Hunt, Sheree Lack,  Jonty Underhill
Coaching Coordinator – Marty Akers

Junior Committee Reps  – Craig Ireson,  Michelle Reilly
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


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



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

Two Irishmen were sitting in a four-engined plane flying back from a shopping trip to Paris when the captain’s voice came over the loudspeaker.“Ladies and Gentlemen, one of the engines appear to have failed.

There’s nothing to worry about but we will be 15 minutes late in landing at Shannon airport.”

Five minutes later he said, “Nothing to worry about, ladies and Gentlemen, but one of the other engines has failed, and we will now be an hour late.”

A moment later, “Er…sorry about this ladies and gentlemen, but the third engine has also given up and we will now be two hours later than expected.

One of the Irishmen tapped his friend on the shoulder.“Good heavens, Patrick, do you realise that if the other engine fails, we’ll be here all night”


A sobbing Ms Murphy approaches Fr O’Grady after mass.

He says: “So what’s bothering you?”

She replies: “Oh, Father, I’ve terrible news. My husband passed away last night.”

The priest says: “Oh, Mary, that’s terrible. Did he have any last requests?”

“Certainly father,” she replied. “He said: “Please Mary, put down that damn gun.”

An Irishman goes to the doctor, who after examining him says

“You have some problems with your heart, but if you take these tablets, I think it will be okay.

“So the doctor gives the man the tablets and the patient asks,

“Do I have to take them every day?”

No,” replies the doctor, “take one on the Monday, skip the Tuesday, take one on the Wednesday, skip the Thursday and go on like that.

“Two weeks later the doctor is walking down the street, and he sees the patient’s wife.“Hello Mrs Murphy,” he says, “how’s your husband?”

“Oh he died of a heart attack,” says Mrs Murphy.

“I’m very sorry to hear that,” says the doctor, “I thought if he took those tablets he would be all right.”

“Oh the tablets were fine,” says Mrs Murphy,

“It was all the bloody skipping that killed him!”


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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