TeamTalk Update –  30 November 2021

TeamTalk Update – 30 November 2021

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Celebrating the 51st Anniversary of  TeamTalk
Founded in 1970

Napier Old Boys Marist Rugby Club



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 2022”

“Team up with a Winning Club in 2022”


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.

  “Rugby doesn’t build character it reveals character.


Presidents Report 2020 
         Phil Beck

It is with pleasure that I present this summary report for the year. I trust everyone is managing through these challenging times with the current COVID restrictions.

Our 2021 rugby year began really well when we travelled to Taupo for the 90th Spillane tournament in early March.  There our Premier team won a remarkable final against Hastings R&S to win the Spillane Cup for the second consecutive year.


A new format for club rugby was adopted this year with the competition starting on the 2nd April and finishing on 17th July. This resulted in a shortened season compared to previous years.  We fielded 3 senior teams and all represented our club very well. Our Premier Team reached the semi-finals of the Maddison Trophy where they lost narrowly to Taradale.  Our Premier Reserve Team reached the final of round one where they lost narrowly to Maraenui and were unlucky to lose against Aotea in the final of round two. Our ‘thirsty’ Third division team were enjoying themselves until veteran Alan Gardiner suffered a very serious injury in June.  This had an impact on the team for the remainder of their season.  The Junior Rugby report shows that 2021 was another busy and successful year despite the disruptions caused by COVID.

 Our clubrooms and bar facilities were again well managed.  Numerous events were held throughout the year and there continues to be increased use of our facilities by other sporting and community groups.  As a bonus this year our clubrooms were used for several months for COVID vaccinations which provided additional income for the Club.

Our Clubs financial performance for 2021 has been excellent.  The financial statements show a net surplus after depreciation was again achieved for this year.  This is a great outcome considering the impact COVID has had on grassroots rugby.  A special thank you must go to our loyal sponsors and fundraisers who contributed generously to our Club.

To all our coaches, team managers and volunteers thank you for the time you have given over another challenging season.  It has been another successful one and your efforts have been appreciated.

A big thank you must also go to our Chairman Terry Gittings for his outstanding leadership and to our Board of Directors who continue to give such great service to our Club.

With the 2022 season approaching rapidly it is important that we are well organised early and prepared to meet the challenges ahead.  It is pleasing to note we have already appointed our coaches for Premier grades for 2022.  However it is also essential our Club fields a Colts team in 2022 and every effort should be made to ensure this is achieved.

Finally I wish to advise you all that after 10 years as President of the Club I have decided to step down and to enable someone else to carry out this role. Thank you for the support you have given to me over the years.  It has been a rewarding and enjoyable experience for me with heaps of highlights.  I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Phil Beck


New Players always Welcome <



Your Rugby Enquiries Welcome

Tim Jones
Director of Rugby
– 021 660 834


 Wade Colville-Smith              Report of the Director of Club Management

Well here we are again, the end of another Covid affected year, a mixture of success, disappointment and frustration. We had great early results with our WIT Trust Premiers retaining the Spillane Cup hosted this year in Taupo. A fantastic tournament was had by all, although some of us may have celebrated a little too long into the night. We then went into another odd club campaign, all our teams seemed to be away on the same weekends which made for some rather quiet club nights and the disappointment of not being able to put together a colts team definitely did not help this. Plans for the colts are already in place and hopefully next year we will be able to field a strong team to help continue the future of NOBM. Our Premiers were not too far off this year beaten by rivals Taradale and HRS to finish 3rd in both competitions.

The Richard Kepka Premier reserves made the Jack Swain Cup final, losing in a nail biter against close rivals Maraenui and then losing in an away semi-final to Aotea in the possible the greatest travesty since the one day cricket world cup. The Thirds were making great strides in becoming the competitive team that we knew they could be, unfortunately the tragic injury to their mighty leader and club stalwart AJ Gardiner derailed the season for them slightly.

A massive thanks to all those that helped AJ that day, all those that have sent their thoughts, prayers and love to AJ, Barb, Ben, Ollie and Abbie over the last few months and also to those that came and gave their time to help with jobs that need doing around their yard, especially Pete DeLatour who did a massive job clearing the front yard with his bobcat. We must also thank the HBRFU, HB Saracens and NZ rugby foundation for the ongoing support for AJ. The Good news is that AJ will be home soon to further his recovery and I’m sure he will be hanging out for a cold Tui at the club with everyone.

Well done to all our players, coaches and managers, given the circumstances of this season you all performed extremely well and did your club proud. Thanks for this must also go to our departing Director of Rugby, Tim Jones for his time given to the club over the last 4 years.

Our Team performances were well supported in the clubrooms by our members. As a Club we have created an environment and culture that is envied by other clubs around the province and country. For this we thank all members (playing and non-playing) who use our clubrooms week in week out, creating this great club. This also includes our winter sports affiliates, Marist Football and Ex High Marist Netball, who’s continued, growing patronage has helped create this fantastic club environment throughout the winter months.

This patronage continues with our summer affiliates Napier Old Boys Marist Cricket and Napier Old Boys Marist Rugby Cricket who use the club’s facilities throughout the summer. With restrictions again this year and then a lockdown in the later part of the year Bar sale were down slightly but still good given the current climate of uncertainty. With the impending shift to the Governments traffic light system and the use of Vaccine passports I would encourage all our club members to become fully vaccinated. I am picking in the New Year we may find ourselves having to enforce the use of these passports. We have had basic discussions as a board, but are waiting on advice from Central government and NZR as to what steps will be required next year.  If there are any members that aren’t already vaccinated and would like to, or would like more information please give the Doctors Napier a call and they would be more than happy to arrange an appointment at the club to either vaccinate or share information with you to help in making an informed decision.

We have again hosted numerous club events from our Invitational Sevens Tournament, meetings, fundraising events and prizegiving’s.  Marist Footballs Federation cup team has had the clubrooms open on Sundays and has again exposed us to teams from outside of the bay who all commented on how great our facilities are. We also had our clubrooms used by other sporting and community groups:  Intercity Junior Rugby, Hawke’s Bay Rugby Development, Hawke’s Bay Magpies, Hawkes Bay Sevens, Poverty Bay RFU, Wanganui RFU, Central Football, Hawkes Bay United, NZ Corrections Service, Napier City Council, Hawkes Bay Regional Council, EIT, Pan Pac, Fulton Hogan, Te Awa Hockey Club and also a few of the local Probus and Friendship clubs. We have also hosted various Birthdays, Engagements, Weddings, Funeral services and reunions throughout the year for both members and non-members. All these events have helped us to expose ourselves to the wider community and potential players and members of the future as well as providing other valuable income streams. We have also been fortunate to have the Doctors Napier using our club as a covid vaccination centre during the week. This has allowed the club to continue paying its bills during the lockdown and provided another income stream for the club. I would like to thank Andrea and her team for choosing to use our facility but also for the thankless job they are doing to help keep our community safe.

Thanks, must also go to the other members of the Board for helping to run a successful and enjoyable Club. We must also acknowledge and extend our special thanks to our bar staff who again have done a great Job, the comments I get from different people about how great these ladies are is really pleasing. Thanks also to our Caterers Rick and Sue for feeding everyone on a Saturday and also for feeding our visiting team and the various provincial teams we host. This year Chesna and Tane have taken over Thursday night roasts and these have been well supported and received (don’t tell rick but some say Tane’s potatoes are better than his).

Another massive help to our club that must be thanked is Yvonne from BWR accounting, she takes care of all the admin and accounting work, so a huge thank you for that. Also, to Eddie Wilson and Bill Reilly, Peter Bainbridge for their contributions throughout the past year around the clubrooms and to the many other members that have pitched in and helped out when asked, that make our facilities and club such a success and something for all our members to be proud of.

Don’t forget we are open most Saturdays during the summer from 4.30 pm so feel free to call down for a drink and catch up.

Finally, I would like to wish all members and their families a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.

Wade Colville-Smith





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”



Napier Old Boys Marist

Rugby Football Club Incorporated



Monday 6th December 2021 at 6.00pm

at the Clubrooms, Park Island, Napier



  1. WELCOME by the Chairman of the meeting





Annual General Meeting of the 7th Dec 2020

  1. ANNUAL REPORT Receipt and Adoption



Receipt and Adoption



(a.) Patron  (b.) President  (c.) Vice Presidents

(d.) Chaplain  (e.) Chairman  (f.) Directors



Hawkes Bay Rugby Union,

Napier Old Boys Association

St John’s Old Boys Association,

NZ Marist Rugby Federation



We have certainly appreciated your generous Support in past seasons
and look forward to you hopefully supporting us once again in 2022




See YOU at the Clubrooms


💚 See you out there in 2022 Junior Green Machines!!

Want to play junior rugby in 2022?

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:

2021 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 2022






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

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  –  We wish to pass on our condolences to the family of recently deceased journalist Roger Moroney.  Roger had spent a number of years as a journalist from the days behind his typewriter and then his PC at the Daily Telegraph and then on to the Hawkes Bay Today.  He had a great way of turning an article he had supplied for TeamTalk into really humorous copy.

THAT It’s Day 29 of the Covid lockdown.  Whoever decided a Liquor Store is more essential than a Hair Salon is obviously a bald headed Alcoholic….


IT WAS . . . a case of sadness with a tinge of happiness at work this week when Green Machine lock Alec Wiliams told me he was heading back to Sydney.  The affable Aussie second rower and 2020 KR Tremain Sportsman of the Year has had a couple of job opportunities to explore back across the ditch.  He said to me he’s really enjoyed his last two seasons at our club and the support he’s received throughout that time.  I’m sure the whole of Napier Old Boys Marist will wish Alec all the best on his new ventures back home.

WISDEN . . . the Bible of World cricket this week released it’s current World Test team selected on form and performance. so from 1 to 11 here it is:- Rohit Sharma (India), Marnus Labuchagne (Australia), Joe Root (England), Steve Smith (Australia), Kane Williamson (New Zealand), Mohammed Rizwan (Pakistan), Rindra Jadeja (India), Ravi Ashwin (India), Pat Cummins (Australia), James Anderson (England) and Jasprit Bumrah (India).  Captain Kane Williamson

JUST . . . completed last weekend was the mammoth marathon rugby sweepstake that was the brainchild of former Green Machine manager Todd Donaldson.  About 40 of us put in $50.00 each and kicked off on the 15th March. Games included were NRL, French and English comps along with internationals, NPC, Heartland and Farah Palmer Cup.  As you would expect there was a fair smattering of Green Machine associates taking part.  So much so, that top 10 finishers included no fewer than six with links to Napier Old Boys Marist.  The outright winner being Radar  followed by Osh and Pies equal second, Todd 6th, Luke 7th and McGoo 10th.

MEANWHILE . . . across the ditch in Perth. It was an interclub day yesterday for little league athletics.  My boy Bentley picked up wins in the 70m, 100m and 400m.  Then off to a birthday party – busy day for a budding young athlete.

AND NOW . . . a bit of a laugh. From a poster found in a Church in France . . . (translated)  “When you enter this church it may be possible that you hear “The Call of God”.  However, it is unlikely that He will call you on your mobiles.  Thank you for turning off your phones.  If you want to talk to God, enter, choose a quiet place and talk to Him.  If you want to see Him, send Him a text while driving.”

Cheers McGoo



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.  Remind them to  – 
“Team up with the  ‘GREEN MACHINE’ in 2022  –  New Players always WELCOME

THAT we hope our members will make the effort to attend our upcoming AGM on Monday 6 December at 6pm at the clubrooms.  As always it is great opportunity to hear what your club is up to.  Pass the word around and encourage your mates to be there for the 6pm kick-off.


++++   May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty!



“Hard to see the relevance of fixtures with Southern Hemisphere teams any more.  They just can’t provide the quality of opposition to test the big teams in Europe.”

British rugby scribe Stephen Jones is at it again and is cheekily questioning the relevance of teams from down under wanting to challenge the northern sides.  Jones comments were obviously fueled by the fact that over recent days Australia lost 28-29 to Wales,  England accounted for South Africa  27-26,  Ireland piled on a 53-7 win over Argentina, Scotland 29 Japan 20,  Italy a 17-10 over  Uruguay.    And France of course beat New Zealand 40-25.

“Good big blokes are better than good little blokes. Then again, good little blokes are better than dud big blokes.  And dud big blokes should play something other than Rugby.”
Former Wallaby coach Bob Dwyer

“Grandmother or tails, sir?”
A rugby referee to Princess Anne’s son Peter Phillips, Gordonstoun School’s rugby captain, for his pre-match coin-toss preference.

“I’m still an amateur, of course, but I became rugby’s first millionaire five years ago.”
David Campese.



Some of us carry our

Heart in our hands

Test  Your Rugby Knowledge 


This weeks Poser 1 –  Who captained the French XV that beat the All Blacks on their recent tour ?


Poser 2 –  When is Australia due to host the Rugby World Cup  ?      

Poser 3 –  How long ago was Chairman Terry Gittings the Director of Rugby ?


Poser 4 –          What is Crusaders coach Scott Robertson’s nickname ?



Last weeks Poser 1 – How many successful Ranfurly Shield defences have Hawkes Bay had in the current run ?     Answer – 9


Poser 2 –  In the upcoming Super Rugby competition apart from Moana Pasifika who is the other team that are joining the competition ?     AnswerFijian Drua  

Poser 3 –  When was the last time that Waikato won the NPC Championship title ?      Answer –  2006


Poser 4 – When was the last time the All Blacks lost to France in Paris ?     Answer  – 1973



Clubrooms OPEN EVERY Saturday afternoon

All Welcome  –  See YOU soon





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

Reminder – 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

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 2022
New Players Always



Pass the Word Around
Come along and join our club in 2022

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

Secretary: to be appointed   /   022 621 0653  /  Treasurer: Amanda Rich –  021 072 2221
Club Captain: Bex Hollyman
Gear Manager: Jo Exeter  0276 227 607


‘Team up with ExHigh Marist Netball again in 2022′



Patron: John O’Shaughnessy
: Dave Herrick
Vice Presidents
: G O’Shaughnessy, Lawrence Willis, David Pearson, Dave Bovey,
Robert Ferreira, Peter Nixon, Bill Reilly, Ms Abby Burrows

Secretary: Andrew Frame   –   Treasurer: John McCorkindale  –  Auditor: David Pearson
Chairman: Del Whyte
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 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

‘Sorry, love, can I have a pint of Guinness and a packet of crisps where you’re ready there’.

‘Oh. You must be Irish’, she replied. The man was evidently offended and responded, ‘The cheek, just because I order a pint of Guinness you assume I’m Irish. If I ordered a bowl of pasta would you that make me Italian?!’

‘No’ she replied. ‘But this is a newsagents…’

An Irishman was in New York patiently waiting to cross a busy street. There was a traffic cop manning the crossing.

The cop stopped after a few minutes and told those waiting to cross the road, ‘Okay pedestrians’, he said, ‘Let’s go’.

The Irishman stood waiting, growing more and more frustrated. After five minutes he shouted to the cop, ‘Here! The pedestrians crossed ages ago – when’s it time for the Catholics?!’


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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Our 2021 Napier Old Boys Marist Club Sponsors
WIT Whatever It Takes  –  Richard Kepka Builders  –  Sideline Bar  – Tremain Real Estate  –  Programmed Property Services  –  Napier Collision Repair Centre  –  Maurice Trapp Group  –   Motordrome Tyre Service  –  Broker Webb Risk Services  –  Devine Plumbing  –  BJ Mahony Shearing  – Gailbraith Earthmovers  –  MRD Web –  Hirepool  –  Red Steel  –  Shape Life & Financial Services   
Thinkwater Hawkes Bay  –  DB Breweries   –  BWR  –  Conroy Removals  –  Napier Sandblasting   –  Nelson Signs   –  Lawson Robinson  –  Kooga  –  Onekawa Liquorland   –  Cautions Restaurant @ Shed 2  –  Konica Minolta  –  Proactive   
Eastern & Central Community Trust  –  Endeavour Community Foundation  –   Four Winds Foundation  –
Infinity Foundation Ltd  –  Lion Foundation – New Zealand Community Trust  –  Pub Charity  –   The Southern Trust

Members Support our valued Sponsors as they Support us