TeamTalk Update – 2 May 2021

TeamTalk Update – 2 May 2021

May 2, 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”

Important Notice to All Members

Greetings All –

Please read the below notification from the union sent March 8th  to all clubs

  • NOBMRFC  are yet to  fill this  roll.  You will note by not  filling this  position  it has  financial implications for  your Club. It  is  also  important to note that NOBMRFC is the last club to  notify the union  that the position has being filled.     

 Please contact Myself  or Wade  urgently if you are prepared help your club in 2021.

Terry Gittings
NOBMRFC Chairman



This is just a reminder to our Premier clubs, regarding the requirement for these clubs to nominate an Associate referee

The Hawke’s Bay Rugby board have agreed that every affiliated club with at least one (1) senior team in 2020 will receive a cash payment of $2,000 in 2021. To receive this payment required is : clubs involved in the premier competition, the appointing of an appropriate associate referee will be required to receive the funding.  Note: This associate referee is not to be an existing member of HBRRA.

Please remember that this is being done so that clubs will actually have a trained referee (Associate Referee) on those occasions when HBRRA are stretched beyond their resources and have no referee for a game. This is most likely to occur at Division 3 level. So even non Premier Division 3 clubs should consider their position on this.

The requirements for the Club Associate Referee role is,

  • It must be a person or more that is physically capable to run as the Assistant Referee #2 on a premier game and also be capable to referee a game to the level of Div 3.
  • AR role is only on home games. If the HBRRA have enough referees to be able to appoint 2 AR’s for the game then this person would not be required.
  • Refereeing a club game – If for any reason the HBRRA cannot supply a referee to a Div 3 game at your club then this person would be the first port of call for your club to referee the game as per HBRU handbook rule 16.E.
  • The  training session which will cover ARing, the use of communication gear and also the Associate referees course for refereeing.


Primed and Ready to Go  again 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.

Take Pride in how far you have come.  Have Faith in how far you can go

There’s no stopping Pouvi’s determination

A classic Action shot amongst the late Autumn foliage from our man on the sport Chris Kiely
capturing flanker Pouvi Fatialofa scoring his 55th minute try against Nash Cup match hosts
MAC to push his NOBM Premier side out to 45-17 with Jonty Stewart’s added conversion.

NASH CUP  – Round 5


The final round of the Nash Cup saw the boys pipped against MAC at Flaxmere Park.  Now a few weeks into the season the injury count was starting to mount with 11 players unavailable for selection.  Thus a young looking team took the field keen to continue on the winning ways but it was MAC who starting strongly and scored the first points but as was the story of the game, each time MAC crossed the chalk the boys strung some passes together and hit straight back.  With more possession and MAC down to 14 players, some strong running saw two quick tries to go into half time break with a lead of 24-12.

Slow out of the blocks again, MAC scored first to close the gap to 7 but 3 quick tries put the result beyond doubt with 25 minutes to play.  With the benches being emptied and play loosening up there was plenty of room to run and each team helped themselves to 2 further tries apiece as the game ended in 9 tries to 5 contest and some sore bodies.   There were some big smiles from some of the younger Premier boys as they got extended minutes while we must congratulate Brendon Carroll who played his first Premier Match and to James Mitchell for his first Hawkes Bay Premier Competition match.

Hannon Brighouse deserved his player of the match honours, as he was strong in contact and led the tackle count while he also took on a leadership role within the pack to keep everyone working hard until the final whistle. Logan Ede supported Hannon superbly with many strong carry’s while Michael Buckley was dangerous out wide and is building into his season nicely.

With Hastings beating Clive, we have unfortunately have missed out on making the Nash Cup final.  We await confirmation if we have rugby next week  –  If not we are into week one of the Maddison Trophy in two weeks’ time and here’s hoping we get a few broken bodies on deck.

Finally a Big Congrats to the Premier Development boys on their season thus far and sealing a date with Marenui next week in your respective Final.

NOBM 55 – 9 Tries: Zachary Donaldson, Logan Ede (2), Jonty Stewart, Ioane Lauano, James Holbrook, Pouvi Fatialofa, Michael Buckley, Ryan Lindeque 5 Conversions: Bain Champion (3), Jonty Stewart.     M.A.C 33 – 5 Tries: Jackson Waerea, Sakopo Ofa (2), John Ika, Amiga Mikaele 4 Conversions: Zedekiah Awa (3), Vailoa Kereti

Report courtesy Premier Manager – Tim Jones

Scoring: 5min.  0-7 MAC try/con  ;  10m Zach Donaldson try/con Bain Champion  – 7-7  ;   27m MAC try  – 7-12  ;  31m Logan Ede try  –  12-12  ;   35m Jonty Stewart try  –  17-12 ;  38m Ioane Lauano try/con Champion  –  24-12   ///   41m MAC try/con  –  24-19 ;  44m  James Holbrook try/con Champion  –  31-19 ;   49m  MAC try/con  –  31-26 ;   52m Ede try/con Champion  –  38-24  ;  55m  Pouvi Fatialofa try/con Stewart  –  45-17  ;  59m  MAC try/con  –  45-28 ;  65m Michael Buckley try  –  50-28 ;  71m MAC try –  50-33 ;  79m Ryan Lindeque try  –  55 – 33

Players of the Day –  3. Hannon Brighouse            2. Logan Ede            1. Michael Buckley

Results: Nash Cup –  Pool 1 – HRS 34 -17 Clive  ;      Pool 2 –Central 30-24 Tech,  Taradale 50-24 Havelock Nth,  Tamatea 42-14 Pirates
PointsPool 1 – 24 HRS,  22 NOBM,  16 Clive,  9 MAC,  3 Pirates   Pool 2 – 20 TRSC,  16 Tamatea,  12 Tech,  11 Central,  2 Havelock North


At the time of completing this edition of TeamTalk we are unsure whether our NOBM Premiers have a game to play next week.
We will  notify you if they do.  Otherwise get along to catch our well performing Premier Reserves in the their
Town & Country grade Final vs Maraenui


Town & Country grade  Round 4


The Richard Kepka Premier Reserves played Bridge Pa on our home patch this week. Going into the game we had already secured a finals spot against Maraenui the following week but we needed to come out of this one with the full 5 points to make it a home final.   Our warm up seemed a little flat again and surely enough this followed through into the game. Playing with the wind in the first half Bridge Pa started with all the ball, however against the run of play our flying winger Josh Read opened the scoring after 7 minutes.   A couple of minutes later and we had Junior Ta’a yellow carded for repeated infringements, Bridge Pa scored a try not long after.

Big Willie Lemalu continued his try scoring form crossing the line after 18 minutes, Adam Chapman converted this one, the boys up 12-5. The next 10 minutes saw Bridge Pa use the wind effectively and played in our half coming away with 2 successful penalty shots at goal, adding to this was game ending injuries to George Moleli, Pio Mauga and Willie Meads. Fair to say we had our concerns up 12-11 after 30 minutes.   This is when the game started to get even more interesting, packing down a scrum on our own 22 the ref called out Junior and Leon Avenant, Leon given a yellow and Junior a red card (second yellow card we think) both for not wearing mouth guards.   Bridge Pa also had  players yellow carded in the ’36’ and ’39’ minutes for foul play. Half time came with us still up 12-11.

With 14 men for the remainder of the game and the wind at our backs the game plan was simple, play down their end. Adam stretched our lead with 2 penalty shots at goal before Bridge Pa had a further 2 yellow cards.  Kurt Chambers scored soon after, Adam converted and we looked good leading 25-11 after 60 minutes.   However we couldn’t quite get away from them, their big forwards kept battering away at us, but we hung tough with 14 men putting their big lads on the ground time after time.   Josh Read had 2 tries controversially pulled back and in our quest for our bonus point Bridge Pa were the team to score next closing the gap to 7 points with 5 minutes remaining. To make for an interesting finish Blake Harting collected the games 8th yellow card and we were down to 13 men for the final 5 minutes.

We dug deep and hung on to claim a 25-18 win and end the first round robin games 5 from 5.  A tough hit out like this will put next weeks first round final against Maraenui into perspective, she will be tough.  Come give the boys your support next week as we look to continue this run of collecting Premier Reserve trophies.

Tries, Josh Read, Willie Lemalu, Kurt Chambers.    Conversions,  Adam 2/3.   Penalties,  Adam 2/3

Report courtesy Development manager – Chris O’Connor

Players of the Day –   3. Sami Lauano        2. Sam (Big Cat) Smithers      1. Willie Lemalu

Results: Town & Country   –  Pool 1 –YMP lbd-wbd HRS, Tech 20-15 Pirates    Pool 2 –  Clive 26-46 Taradale,  Maraenui 27-24 Havelock Nth,  MAC 35-17 Eskview      Country Grade  – CHB 20-7 Porongahau,  WCUMR 17-6 4 Aotea    ;   Bye – Otane

Points: Pool 1 – 24 NOBM,   15 Tech,  14 Bridge Pa,  7 HRS,  4 YMP,    2 Pirates.   Pool 2 – 25 Maraenui, 20 TRSC,  15 Clive,  9 MAC,  5 Eskview,    1 Havelock North.  Country Grade – 19 Aotea,  15 Otane,  10 WCUMR,  6 CHB,  -4 Porongahau.

DIVISION THREE    Round 1  –  Big Barrel Maury Cody Cup

After a 6th reshuffle of the draw, we started the season playing Clive at Clive in the quarter finals of the Big Barrel Maury Cody Cup.  The boys were keen to finally start playing, even though the season may only be 8 games long, but as rugby is now just minor sport in the community, the powers that be thought that should do us this year.

Playing numbers in the club were on a similar par as last year, but with the sudden mass exodus of young players from the club, the 3rd held together to make sure those keen players who wanted to play and enjoy in the many facets of personal enrichment rugby has to offer, could do that.  We ended up with 18 magnificent men getting time on the field against a much heavier and experienced Clive side and everyone pulled together to defend well and take it to them at every opportunity they had.  Congratulations to those making their debut for the team and those making a comeback.

The score was a minor setback on an inspirational 80 minute performance.  Couldn’t have asked for a better effort considering the lack of preparation and most people not playing in their usual positions.  We actually won the game as Clive did not submit a teamsheet, but it doesn’t sound like those rules apply to 3rd grade, and as Wade was going to shout the team a keg if we won, he decided to allow Clive to have the win.  So he’s probably sacked as captain for next week.   The boys are keen to get  to trainings and do a bit more work, so we can expect an even better effort in 2 weeks time, when we may get our second game, but the draw is likely to change again for the 7th time this week, so we’ll see.

Go the Mighty 3rds……..

Report courtesy – AJ Gardiner

Players of the Day –    3.  Taine Williams        2. Tyson Schroder          1. Simon Anton

Results – Havelock North 33-17 Maraenui  :   MAC 7-30 Taradale       Bye  –  Flaxmere
Points – 5 Clive,  5 Taradale,  5 Havelock Nth,  0 Flaxmere,  0 Maraenui,  0 MAC,  0 NOBM


Your Rugby Enquiries Welcome
Tim Jones
Director of Rugby
– 021 660 834

2021 Nash Cup
Pool 1
Fri 2 April vs  Clive  @ Farndon Park  won 38-27  :  Sat 10 April vs  Tech  @ Tremain Field (crossover game) won 35-17   :   17 April vs  Hastings R&S  @ Elwood Park lost 26-30
24 April vs  Pirates  @ Tremain Field won 68-7  :   1 May vs  MAC  @ Flaxmere Park  won 55-33
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
Fri 2 April vs Tech @ Tremain Field  won  34-10   :  Sat 10 April vs Hastings R&S  Elwood Park  1. won 31-15    :  17 April vs Pirates @ Tremain Field 1. won 38-8
24 April vs YMP @ Waikare  won 95-6   :   1 May vs Bridge Pa @ Tremain Field won 25-18

2021 Ron Parker Memorial Cup Draw
Sat 1 May vs Clive @ Farndon Domain  lost 0-81

2021 NOBM Team Management
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
Manager – Chris O’Connor  –  027 311 5222
Thirds – AJ Gardiner – 027 245 8700
Colts – Sam Williams – 027 689 7617   /   Richie Williams – 022  353 2546
Manager – Therese Rodgers  –  0273 689 105
Trainer  –  Dwayne Smith    /    Club Liaison Officer – Steve Smithers  –  022 498 5367

NOBM Premiers 2021

      Ricky Hayes     Matt Gardiner   Zach Donaldson
       Captain         Vice Captain      Vice Captain


> New Players always Welcome <




💚 See you out there in 2021 Green Machine!!

Want to play junior rugby in 2021?

Make sure you register….


For further Junior Rugby Info please contact
> Bevan Condin  021 160 5118   or   Glenn Fulcher  027 640 0127

For more details check us out on Facebook:

20201 NOBM Junior Rugby Committee

Bevan Condin
Dave Walls (Convenor) , Glenn Fulcher (Secretary) ,

Rochelle Williams,  Grant Frommherz,  Hayley Keegan,  Therese Rodger,  Emma Chambers,
Georgie Smithers,  Joshua Wynands,   Annalise Wyatt.

“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”

Clubrooms  Aftermatch  Action  Yesterday

Shape  Life Brokers   – Supporter of Day –  Robbie Morrison

Broker Web Risk Services  lucky members draw   –  $100Matt Forman was not present – $150 next week
(Remember to be in the draw members must be present at the clubrooms)

Clubroom Raffle  winner–  $50  Club voucher – Fred Jones
Annual ‘200 Club’ 
We wish to Thank Glenys Hannan who has taken over this role with the clubs major annual fundraiser lottery from Bill Halpin and she currently taking your orders for your regular ticket Nos.  You can contact Glenys  –  027 835 5565  or  ph. 835 5248..        Make Sure  YOU  order  your ticket today.  Usual price $60 each


Reminder to NOBM Supporters
> re Financial Members Options for 2021 <

Normal  >>>  Non Players Sub  –  $50

‘200 Club’  –  $60

Gold Card Member  –  $200

Payments can be made by direct credit to the clubs

SBS Napier – Account  – 03 1355 0760476 00
(Please add your name as reference)

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 2022

We have certainly appreciated your generous Support in past seasons
and look forward to you hopefully supporting us once again in



See YOU at the Clubrooms


Our popular
Thursday Club Roast Dinners
are now up and running again from this week

This year we will be taking your order which will need to be placed by
Wednesdays text  or  pmsg  Tane / Chesna  0204 159 9633

Roast Meals on Thursday 6 May from 18:45hrs

STILL only $10 per head !

Eat in or take away

This weeks is  Roast BEEF  with all the trimmings
….come in and support the club….

Open to all, bring the family down. Bookings take priority.  If the kids don’t do roast, we have kids options available
Your patronage determines roast evenings longevity.  Your support greatly appreciated.


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
Bring your friends they are Welcome too.


Clubrooms OPEN EVERY Saturday afternoon
throughout the winter season

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 herewith a Flashback from – Forty Years Ago……


Early planning began for the club’s hosting of both the Spillane Tournament and the club’s 75th Jubilee in 1983.  Retiring chairman Tony Drieberg transferred at the end of the 1981 season with the NZ Fire Service  to Wellington and former Premier player Mike O’Malley stepped into the role.  Police Officer and former Wellington Marist’s Mick Cull took over as Senior coach from Dan Weinberg who has decided to pull on his boots again in a playing role. Micks assistant coach was fellow policeman and former Magpie Gary Condon and the team was ably led by captain and hooker Fred Harbottle.   An athlete himself Mick Cull introduced the players to a comprehensive 10 week rugby fitness preparation programme prior to the seasons kick-off the benefits of which certainly came to the fore as the 1981 season progressed

Leo Murphy took over from younger brother Bryan as Club President.  The Murphy lads had  followed in the footsteps of their late father Frank who presided over the Marist Club in the early seventies.  Miss Cathryn Rodgers was the club’s new Treasurer, the first  women to be appointed as a Napier Marist club officer.

Club stalwart Frank Mahony was honoured with a Life Membership of the club.  At the Hamilton Marist hosted Spillane tournament Napier played in the Ham Cumming second division beating Gisborne Marist 19-11 in the opener and Hutt Valley Marist 16-6 in their final to gain elevation to the top division for the 1982 tournament.  Wellington Marist St Pats took out the coveted Spillane Cup in the final beating tournament host Hamilton Marist 21-13.  It was also MSP’s third successive Spillane Cup win.

The following is a TeamTalk snippet from 1981 September edition:  That a ‘youngster’ from coach Cull’s crew, Jim Benson has taken over the role as lost property manager for the Club.  He even turned up with the Ham Cumming Cup, the division two trophy from the Spillane Cup tournament the other day.  Still Easter was only six month ago.   I’m sure we’ll be more than pleased to relieve you of the Spillane Cup around the same time in 1982 too Jim !

Napier Marist’s Magpie reps Peters’ O’Shaughnessy and Dailey starred and ‘hogged’ the point scoring (23 between them) in the Bays early season hitout against North Island Marist winning 32-9.  Hawkes Bay coaching staff of Neil Thimbleby and Blair Furlong resigned over the appointment of Eddie Watts as union chairman ahead of Kel Tremain.  A little later Thimbo reneged and returned to again take on the coaching of the Magpies until the end of the 1981 season. while Blair stayed out of it.  The role was taken over in 1982 by policeman Max Jones as head coach.

In the annual derby match for the Brother Virgilius Cup, which was named after the co-founder of the Napier Marist club the two McLean Park rivals battled it out with Napier High School Old Boys Premiers winning on the day 16-6.   The Marist club’s Premier team were co-winners of the Maddison Trophy, sharing the trophy with Taradale.     Marist’s first five Peter O’Shaughnessy in his first season of Senior rugby was the first Hawkes Bay player to pass 100 points for the season, notching up 127 points (3 tries, 12 conversions, 15 penalties and 2 drop goals),  some 40 points ahead of Taradales fullback Brenton Bower.   Former senior players Greg Primrose  and Ken Johnstone are were making a name for themselves in the Sydney Club competition with the Penrith Club, judging by the glowing reports and newspaper cuttings coming our way.  Napier Pirates surprised local clubs when they sacked their premier coach at the end of the Nash Cup round after the team lost all of its matches.  Club veteran coach Les Mildenhall stepped up and took over the side which had been relegated along with Napier Tech to play in the second division Bowman Cup round.

The regular Senior backline comprised a good representation of St John’s College Old Boys, with brothers Simon and Mark O’Dowd, Steve Dine and Peter O’Shaughnessy, who had all come up through the senior club’s lower grades.  Marist Junior Rugby was well represented with 9 juniors in the Napier Ross Shield team and four going on to play for the Hawkes Bay Primary School reps.   Under 21 assistant coach Pat Benson departed for competition in Europe and North America with the NZ Marathon Swimming team.   The regular ‘Past & Present Players Days’ were again proving popular during the season with regular guest speakers and luncheons provided, this was apart from one particular function which as it turned out probably unthinkingly when it was arranged,  which didn’t go down too well in some households as it turned out to be on ‘Mothers Day’ !

On the International scene, Scotland toured and lost both tests to NZ 4-11 and 15-40.   And then the controversial ’81 Springbok tour took place amidst demonstrators, protesters and barbed wire. The opening first test on the 15 August also was the timing of the tragic destruction by arson of St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Munroe Street.

The Andy Dalton led All Blacks won the three test series 14-9, 24-12 and the Eden Park fiasco despite the aerial ‘bombardment’ from airborne rogue protesters was won 25-22.    The third test at Eden Park, Auckland, is best remembered for the flares and flour bombs dropped from a plane onto the playing field which felled All Black prop Gary Knight.  Outside the ground, violence erupted on an unprecedented scale.    Also controversial was the clash with the NZ Maoris at McLean Park which resulted in a hard fought 12-12 draw.   Graham Mourie’s end of season tour to France resulted in two further wins by 13-9 and 18-6.

1981 Springbok tour Chaos

The destruction of Napier’s magnificent St Patricks Church on the day of the 1st Test
and the aerial bombing from a low flying plane over Eden Park on the day of
the 3rd and final test.

The Saracens Club attended their first ‘Golden Oldies’ tournament in San Francisco, with a number of former Marist Magpies in the touring party.   The club’s NZ Marist Colt on the South Island tour was Terry ‘chippy’ Phillips.  For the second occasion, Dan Weinberg was the club’s Sportsman of the Year for 1981, Dan had previously been the recipient of the clubs top trophy in 1974.

And ‘Irish Jokes’ were all the rage during this era, the likes of ……….
>  A railway passenger asked an Irishman what time the next train for Dublin was leaving at.  “The next train  for Dublin”, said the Irishman, “has just left…!”
> Two Irishmen were on a holiday in France and staying at a farmhouse.  They were disgusted  to find everybody in France spoke French.  One morning  they were awakened by a rooster that was crowing loudly
“Do you know”, said one Irishman to the other, “that’s the first word of English we’ve heard since we arrived !”

            THAT our latest Napier Old Boys Marist Rugby Club player Milestones were  recognised at the aftermatch function last Saturday evening following the Premier teams high scoring win against Napier Pirates.  The two recipients above first-five Ioane Lauano and prop Lee Moleli were presented with new club blazers, Ioane for playing his 200th Premier game and Lee who played his 50th Premier game in the clubs colours.  Our club members are proud of you both and we look forward to seeing you continue fronting up for your Club and team for the remainder of 2021 and in future seasons.

THAT only in Ireland  –  May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live

THAT our Members Subs,  ‘200 Club’ ticket sales and Gold Card memberships are beginning to roll in  –  Have  YOU  purchased your  Non-playing Club Membership  this year  or  your Gold Card    or  your  ‘200 Club’ ticktets in the clubs annual major lottery ?  All options are currently available.   For expressions of interest please reply to –  Wade Colville-Smith – 021 059 3943   or  /  0274 470 330    >>>  Payments can be made by direct credit to the clubs  SBS Napier – Account  – 03 1355 0760476 00

     THAT with the unanimous vote in favour of accepting the $387.5 million Silver Lake deal by all of the 26 provincial rugby unions at last Thursdays New Zealand Rugbys Annual Meeting it appears that the only thing holding up the agreement is the supposed ‘sign-off’ from the NZ Rugby Players Association.

Stepping away from this scenario as a lay person one is struggling to come to terms with the reason that the said ‘players’ have such a strangle hold on the future finances of the game here in New Zealand.  From this distance it looks as though a ‘few players’ are holding sway and are driving this standoff and typical of a ‘team’ the other players who are relatively happy with their lot are being led along and don’t wish to rock the boat with their peers.
Surely there is enough of a brains trust amongst the senior administrators as a collective of the game in our country to ensure that this offer on the table is about as good as it can get.  Added to this the ‘thumbs up’ also from the Maori Rugby Board and that their value of the jersey, silver fern and the kaitiaki of the haka are protected.
When all is said and done are not the players, as good as they may be are still the employees of the game no matter how well paid, and their employers are not intending to jeopardise the game in New Zealand by accepting this deal.  Surely it is so obvious that for the greater good of the game New Zealand Rugby in their wisdom are looking toward the future viability of the rugby in our country going forward.

            AFTER THE . . . four rounds of the Nash Cup there has been 154 tries scored, 97 conversions, 31 penalties kicked along with one dropped goal.  The top four clubs try-wise are Green Machine 25, Clive 21, Tamatea 18, both HRS and Taradale 4th = with 17.   At the other end of the scale Tech 16, MAC 11 , Havelock North and Central 10 each and Napier Pirates 9.  The leading individual points scorers are HRS’s Connor McLeod and Havelock North’s Trinity Neera-Spooner both with 42.  Our own Bain Champion is third with 35 points.

COULDN’T HELP . . . but wonder at the irony of a show on TV1 during the week.  An English program Called Secrets of the Driving Test.  It’s narrator is aptly named Ian Carr.

KIWI CHRIS WOOD . . . with his hattrick of goals for Burnely in the EPL earlier in the week now sits 7th= on the EPL’s goal scorers list for 2021. Heading the list this season is Spurs Harry Kane on 21 and Liverpool’s Mo Salah on 20.

JUST A REMINDER . . . Who forgot to get out in the garden naked yesterday for World-Wide Naked Gardening Day?

FORMER . . . Magpie and current Southland Stags skipper Tony Lamborn underwent the knife on his troublesome ankle at Southern Cross Hospital in Christchurch this week. The Horse promptly posted on social media “time to get into rehab and start shredding.”

WITH THE PASSING . . . of Apollo 11 command module skipper Michael Collins this week reminded of his advice to first man on the moon Neil Armstrong  before their mission in July 1969.   When Armstrong was pondering what his first words on the lunar surface would be during the moonlanding Collins jokingly suggested: “If you had any balls, you’d say ‘oh, my God, what is that thing?’ then scream and cut your mic.”

AND NOW . . . something for a laugh.  The other day, at a thrift store, I bought an old record album called ” Sounds Wasps Make”.  When I got home and played it, I said to myself, “This doesen’t sound anything like wasp sounds.”  Then I realised, I was playing the Bee side.

Cheers McGoo

      THAT An IMPORTANT Reminder to all players & supporters of the new Rugby Union protocals – re positive sideline comments only under the new referee abuse policy.   Guess it’s a case of ‘If YOU think you can do better then how about signing up to be a referee…..’

THAT if you can find mistakes in this edition then it has been put there purpose as some people are never happy unless they can find one.

    THAT a reminder to all NOBM players – 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 always WELCOME

THAT the following is another of those little Covid-19 lockdown gems……  I think I’m finally being grounded for everything I didn’t get caught for when I was a  teenager.

++++   Action is the foundational key to all success.


“”That was a big blow for us. Tanielu got winded when he got shot off the ball, he laid down on the ground to get to get his air back and the game day doctor ruled him out of the game for no reason, other than he felt he had been  down too long.”

A furious Blues coach Leon MacDonald on losing him midfielder Tanielu Tele’a earl in the game against the Crusaders.

“I play with the fear of letting people down, that’s what motivates me.”
England’s Johnny Wilkinson.

“”He didn’t even give him a chance to sit an HIA, even though he didn’t get a hit on the head. To lose a player in the first few minutes, that hurt us, it hurt the game plan we had practised all week.
Blues Leon MacDonald

“For an 18-month suspension, I feel I probably should have torn it off. Then at least I could say, ‘Look, I’ve returned to South Africa with the guy’s ear.’”
South Africa’s Johan Roux after biting the ear of Sean Fitzpatrick.

“Forwards win games, backs decide by how much”
An unknown contributor.

Some of us carry our Heart in our hands

Test  Your Rugby Knowledge 

This weeks Poser 1 –   Poser – What is the bold sponsor branding on the front of the Hurricanes jersey ?           
Poser 2 –     Poser – Who is the President of the NZ Rugby Players Association ?
Poser 3 – What was the result the last time NOBM Premiers played MAC at Flaxmere Park   ?
oser 4 – Who was the coach of the Hurricanes when they won the title in 2016 ?           

Last weeks Poser 1 – Who captained the Hurricanes to their first and only Super Rugby title ?                 Answer – Dane Coles (2016)    
Poser 2 –  Where did England under coach Eddie Jones finish in this years Six Nations Championship ?             Answer –  5th position   (losing to France, Wales, Ireland and Scotland at Twickenham for the first time in 38 years)
Poser 3 – Who is the former Magpie who is not now a player who is involved with the Chiefs super rugby team ?             Answer –  Assist coach Roger Randall
Poser 4 – Who are the Hurricanes scheduled to play in their opening game of Super Rugby Trans-Tasman in 2021 on May 14 ?                      Answer –  Waratahs   

Round 1  26 Feb – Highlanders 13 Crusaders 26   :  27 Feb – Hurricanes 16 Blues 31   :  Bye – Chiefs
Round 2
   5 March – Chiefs 23 Highlanders 39   :    7 March – Crusaders 33 Hurricanes 16   :     Bye – Blues
Round 3   13 March – Crusaders 39 Chiefs 17  :   Blues 39 Highlanders 17     Bye – Hurricanes
Round 4   20 March –  Hurricanes 35 Chiefs 29    :    Blues 27 Crusaders 43      Bye – Highlanders
Round 5   26 March – Highlanders 19 Hurricanes 30    :    27 March – Chiefs 15 Blues 12      Bye – Crusaders
Round 6   2 April –  Crusaders 12 Highlanders 33     :     3 April – Blues 27 Hurricanes 17      Bye – Chiefs
Round 7   10 April – Highlanders 31  Chiefs 33   :     11 April –  Hurricanes 27  Crusaders 30  *  (The Canes certainly gave it a good nudge but were beaten by a drop goal in golden point time)    Bye – Highlanders )
Round 8    16 April – Highlanders 35 Blues 29     :    17 April – Chiefs 26 Crusaders 25        Bye – Hurricanes
Round 9   23 April –  Chiefs 26 Hurricanes 24  :    24 April –  Crusaders 29  Blues 6       Bye – Highlanders
Round 10   30 April –  Hurricanes 41 Highlanders 22    :    1 May –  Blues 39 Chiefs 19     Bye – Crusaders
Final – First ranked team vs 2nd ranked team –

ROUND 1  –  7.05pm Friday 14 May – Highlanders v Reds @ Forysth Barr Stadium,  9.45pm Friday 14 May – Waratahs v Hurricanes @ Venue TBC.
7.05pm Saturday 15 May – Crusaders v Brumbies @ Orangetheory Stadium.  9.45pm Saturday 15 May – Rebels v Blues @ AAMI Park, Melbourne.  11.55pm Saturday 15 May – Force v Chiefs HBF Park, Perth

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 –  matches > West Coast, Nelson, Wellington, Hutt Valley
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 options.
>>> And Make Sure you let your players know that they will be welcome to join an affiliate NZM club in the area they are heading to.
>>>  <<<


Napier Marist Football

Some results from the weekends play:

Alexander Electric Feds 2 3 Havelock North Wanderers
Rogue Prems
  1 – 4  Taradale AFC

Napier Marist Div 2  1  – 8  Taradale Vikings

Shed 2 Masters  03  Eskview Masters

Napier Marist Football Club

2021 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 Always


ExHigh Marist Netball
No Results supplied this week…..

With cooperation for the clubs publicity team
we are hoping to be able to bring you a regular roundup of team results in future
–  watch this space

Pass the Word Around
Come along and join our club in 2021

>>> For more Info  please Contact:
President: Anna Campbell  – +6421 056 1155

Secretary: Rebecca Hollyman  022 621 0653  /  Treasurer: Amanda Rich –  021 072 2221
Gear Manager: Jo Exeter  0276 227 607  /  Jill Verschaffelt  027 299 2704

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‘Team up with ExHigh Marist Netball again in 2021′



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
2021-22 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 2021-22 season”

The Leprauchan Comments

Rookie police officer Paddy was assigned to ride in a cruiser with O’Hara, his field training officer. A call came over the car’s radio telling them to disperse some people who were loitering. The officers drove to the street and observed a small crowd standing on a corner.
Without discussing the situation with his superior, officer Paddy took some initiative and rolled down his window and said, “Move away from the corner.”
No one moved, so this time he barked, “Disperse from this corner. Now!”
Intimidated, the group of people began to leave, casting puzzled glances in his direction. Proud of his first official act, the young policeman turned to O’Hara and asked, “Well, how did I do?”
“Pretty good Paddy,” replied the veteran, “especially since this is a bus stop.”

The Judge asked Mr. Murphy, “Is there any reason you can’t serve as a juror in this case?”
Mr. Murphy replied, “I can’t stay away from my job for long periods of time.”
The Judge inquired, “Can’t they do without you at work?”
“Yes your honor, they can very easily, but I don’t want them to find out.

Finnegan’s wife had been killed in an accident and the police were questioning him.
“Did she say anything before she died?” asked the sergeant.
“She spoke without interruption for about 40 years,” said Finnegan.


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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