TeamTalk Update – 20 February 2022

TeamTalk Update – 20 February 2022

February 21, 2022 0 Team Talk


Celebrating the 52nd Anniversary of  TeamTalk
Founded in 1971

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.


A Tip  – 
Bring along a mate to pre-season training –
vacancies in all grades….

> New Players in 2022 will be Welcome <

For Your Rugby Enquiries

Wade Colville-Smith
 Mobile – 021 059 3943

2022 Premier Nash Cup draw
26 March –  MAC  – Flaxmere
2 April –  Taradale  – Taradale
9 April –  Havelock North  – Tremain Field
15 April –  Aotea  –  Dannevirke
23 April –  Central  –  Tremain Field
30 April –  Clive  – Tremain Field
7 May  –  Tech  – Tremain Field
14 May –  HRS  – Elwood Park

Remaining draws for  Premier Reserves,  Thirds,  Colts  still to be announced


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”

to all those club members who turned out last
Saturday to help with the NOBM Working Bee
your efforts were most appreciated.
Thanks Guys



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


Pre-Season Schedule

NOBM Dates 2022
Tuesday February 1st Conditioning Games Bond Field 6pm
Thursday February 3rd Premier Squad Training Bond Field 6pm
Tuesday February 8th Conditioning Games Bond Field 6pm
Thursday February 10th Premier Squad Training Bond Field 6pm
Tuesday February 15th Conditioning Games Bond Field 6pm
Thursday February 17th Premier Squad Training Bond Field 6pm
Tuesday February 22nd Conditioning Games Bond Field


Thursday February 24th Premier Squad Training – At CTC Bond Field 6pm
Tuesday March 1st Premier Squad Training Bond Field 6pm
Thursday March 3rd Premier Squad Training Bond Field 6pm
Saturday March 5th Game v PNOBM + Club BBQ Tremain Field 1pm
Tuesday March 8th Premier Squad Training Bond Field 6pm
Thursday March 10th Premier Squad Training Bond Field 6pm
Saturday March 12th Fixture to be arranged
Saturday March 13th
Tuesday March 15th OFF OFF OFF
Thursday March 17th Premier Squad Training Bond Field 6pm
Tuesday March 22nd Premier Squad Training Bond Field 6pm
Thursday March 24th Premier Squad Training Bond Field 6pm
Saturday March 26th Round 1 Nash Cup  vs   MAC Flaxmere Park 3pm
Tuesday March 29th Premier Squad Training Bond Field 6pm
Thursday March 31st Round 2 Nash Cup TBC 6pm



















See YOU at the Clubrooms in February
as we prepare for a new season



💚 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:

2022 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.


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  the following is an important message from Terry Gittings,  Chairman of Napier OBM and the NZ Marist Rugby Federation……

8th February 2022


Greeting All  –  It is with great disappointment that NZ Marist have had to cancelled the 91st Spillane Tournament 2022.  The decision has been made following feedback from our member clubs, the Taupo District Council and tournament organisers.

The safety and wellbeing of all participants must be at the forefront of our minds during this time.

The emergence of Covid-19 community cases with the Omicron variant, and the nationwide change in traffic light system has brought a cascade of event cancellations;  the 91st NZ Marist Spillane Cup Tournament unfortunately is just another casualty in this regard.

“We thank all our Marist clubs, sponsors and volunteers who have helped in the lead up to the Spillane in March this year, as such I applaud you all for your unwavering commitment to NZ Marist.”

I am sure all NZ Marist clubs will still be able to engage in our sport for the remainder of the season, albeit likely at a local level at this time.

Your NZ Marist Committee will be working tirelessly to distribute event information as it evolves with the Marist rugby family, one of those being our planning for a very successful NZ Marist Colts tour in 2022.

Please feel free to contact me any time.

Yours in Marist Rugby
Terry Gittings


THAT  an important message to all players.  –  Make 2022 the year you bring along a new player to pre-season training.  We are always on the lookout for new talent as we will have vacancies in all teams…..  Invite your friends to  Team up with the Greens’  in 2022.

Flashback   Marist players vs Taradale from front:  Bob Kerr, Jim Benson, Pat Benson, Irishman Gene McCarthy, Brent Nelson, John Luoni.  McWilliams-Maddison Trophy semifinal the earlier loss to Taradale was avenged in this clash with a fine forward dominated effort by 25-13 win.

THAT  on Friday evening it was a 70th Birthday hosted by brother Pat that turned out to be more of a reunion of former NOBM players and other rugby associates that had played alongside utility tight forward Jim Benson.  There were certainly quite a few former Marist Men that hadn’t been seen in our club circles of recent times and many a former games was replayed; ‘remember the time…………”.  Many a yarn was spun about earlier days in the green and gold.   These occasions are precious, renewing contact with old team mates.  And not forgetting the man of the moment – Hope you enjoyed your birthday Jim

(Pic ex ‘TeamTalk’  Sept 1982)

THAT we extend our Hearty Congratulations to our NOBMCC Premier cricketers who took out the  T20 Final last Friday evening at Forest Gate Domain, Ongaonga.  Pictured here is the Sideline Bar NOBM Premiers captain Josh Paerau receiving the Murray McKearney Cup from HBCA Chairman James Rainger.


HERE AND THERE with McGoo   …….  THERE’S A FEW . . . Hawke’s Bay Magpies plying their trade offshore during the off season. Lolani Faeiva and Dennon Robertson-Bartlett at the Toronto Arrows along with HB Magpies scrum coach Francisco Deformes.   Utility back Caleb Makene has linked up with the Utah Warriors. Namatai Waa, Austin Gilgronis and Brendon O’Connor at Rugby New York.

AIDEN MARKRAM . . . the current South African Proteas off-break bowler has the distinction of having a Pallendrome surname.  The 27 year olds name can be spelt the same from either end.

WITH . . . the MotoGP season about to commence shortly and bikes this season rumoured to be even faster.  Just how fast are they now?  Well the quickest speed ever recorded belongs to Frenchman Johann Zarco.  Aboard a Ducati the 31 year old clocked an incredible 362.4klm/h or 225mph. Incidentally Ducati actually hold the fastest 10 MotoGP speeds ever recorded.

CORRECTION . . . to last weeks piece on Sam McNicol.  He is not assisting the HB Tuis,  he is infact helping Te Aute College with his new RDO  role at the Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union.

THERE’S BEEN . . . a few more birthday celebrations happening on this past week.  Former Marist Prems frontrower Jim Benson hit 70 in Auckland and across the Tasman Ivan Hill and former Magpies coach Mark Ozich celebrated another lap around the sun.

STILL . . . across the ditch my eldest grandie Bentley Neilson was back in action on the track in Perth last weekend. In the Zone 1 qualifying event held over two days in Rockingham he managed to qualify in all of his five events for the WA State Champs in March. In doing so Bentley smashed out four PBs too.  Finals placings were:- First in Long Jump, 1st 100m, 3rd 800m, 4th in the 400 and 200m.

AND NOW . . . a bit of a laugh, a quote from a well known British comedian.”Rugby is a game for big buggers. If you’re not a big bugger, you get hurt. I wasn’t a big bugger but I was a fast bugger and therefore I avoided the big buggers.”  – Spike Milligan

Cheers McGoo

IRISH LOGIC   –   A good friend is like a four leaf clover.  Hard to find but lucky to have.

   THAT the  91st SPILLANE TOURNAMENT – 2022   that was to have been hosted by Taupo Marist in association with New Zealand Marist Federation at Owen Delaney Park – Saturday 12 March  &  Sunday 13 March​​​​​​​  has been cancelled due to the current  Covid  and the Omicron variant  pre-cautions.



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  FLASHBACK to 1972  –  The Seniors were again ‘pipped at the post’, losing to Marist St Pats who ran out winners by 15-6 in the Spillane Final at Hamilton.  Our kindred  Marist Cricket Club completed a great double by winning both the Senior and 2nd grade  competitions.  The Marist rugby and cricket clubs’ stalwart Keith Falvey was elected Club President for 1972.

The retirements at the end of last season seriously effected the performance of the club’s Senior team  who were faced with a rebuilding period under coach Trevor Harris.    McLean Park was the venue of the first ‘live telecast’ of a major rugby fixture in New Zealand – Australia versus Hawkes Bay which saw a deserved 15-14 win to the home team.

The ‘iron man’ of Hawkes Bay and Marist rugby Neil Thimbleby retired after a record 158 games for the Bay.  A first for the club was the commencement of the popular  ‘Past & Present Players Days’.  A well patronised event which still features on the club’s calender.  ‘Sportsman of the Year’  for 1972 were our Under 23 team co-coaches – Blair Furlong and Gary Condon.  Great to see some of our ‘stars’ of the past giving something back to the game and their club.  An example to all retiring players.   The 1972 Club ‘Sportmen of the Year’ –  Blair Furlong & Gary Condon

THAT here is another Flashback  – That browsing through an earlier edition (September 1982) of Team Talk recently, came across a title ‘GOAL POSTS’  It was a fine effort when our Senior 3 five-eight Kevin Weipeihana single handedly beat the opposition Tech when his team won 9-6.  Kev ‘potted’ 3 drop goals for all of Marist points.

The last time Marist registered three field goals in an outing was about half a century ago  –  when former Marlborough rep Sam O’Brien fresh up from the top of the south slotted 3.   Reliable sources at the time informed us that one was even a punt !

THAT   For your Info  –  the NZ Marist website  –


++++  Talent wins games but teamwork wins Championships.

The grounding of the ball comes in all variations.
Premier coach Ellery Wilson shows how….


“You guys line up alphabetically by height.” and “You guys pair up in groups of three, then line up in a circle.”  It’s basically the same, just darker.” 
Colin Cooper – Hurricanes head coach

“These guys and girls who play rugby at the top level for us are the best in the world, and deserve to be paid equivalent to the best in the world.”

Rob Nicholson, Rugby Players Association boss.

“It’s basically the same, just darker.” 

Kevin Senio ( Auckland), on Night Rugby vs Day Games

“I’ve never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body.”
Jerry Collins.


Some of us carry our

Heart in our hands

Test  Your Rugby Knowledge


This weeks Poser 1 – What year did Super Rugby first kickoff ?

Poser 2 –   In what year/s did Super 18 play  ?       

Poser 3 –- Who are the two new teams in the Super Rugby competition ?    

Poser 4  –   Which team has posted the highest score since Super Rugby began  ?   

Last weeks Poser 1 – Who was the first referee to control 100 Test matches ?       Answer –  Nigel Owens

Poser 2 – Chiefs winger scored five tries vs Waratahs  2021 ?   Answer – Sean Wainui      

Poser 3 –- Norm Berryman played 107 games for which province ?         Answer Northland    

Poser 4  –  Who is Campbell Burnes ?            Answer –  The editor of the “New Zealand Rugby News”

  Super Rugby Pacific
18-20/02  –  Reds 23-5 Rebels  :  Chiefs 28-16 Highlanders  :  Crusaders 42-32 Hurricanes  :  Waratahs 40-10 Fijian Drua  :  Brumbies 29-23 Force
25/02 –  Highlanders – Crusaders  :   Waratahs v Reds  :   Chiefs – Moana Pacifica  :  Brumbies – Fijian Drua   :  Blues – Hurricanes  :   Rebels  – Force   :  Highlanders – Crusaders

Six Nations  –  Week 1  – 6-7/02 – Scotland  20 – 17  England    :    Ireland  29  –  7  Wales    :    France 37 – 10  Italy
Week 2  – 13-14/02 –  Wales 20 – 17 Scotland   :   France 30 – 24 Ireland   :    Italy 0 England  33
Week 3 –  26-27/02 – Scotland v France   :   England v Wales   :   Ireland v Italy
Week 4 –  11-12/03 – Wales v France   :   Italy v Scotland   :   England v Ireland
Week 5 – 19/03 –  Wales v Italy   :   Ireland v Scotland   :   France v England


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

President: Richard McCrea      Vice President: Mike Donoghue
Secretary: Robert McCoid      Treasurer: Jack Sanders  –

Chairman: Terry Gittings


Committee:  Martin Devoy,  Bernard Gittings,  Paul Teddy,  Bob Clarke,  Andi Burrell

NZ Marist website  –


Cancelled due to potential Covid  &  Omicron variant
Owen Delaney Park, Taupo  |  Saturday 12 March – Sunday 13 March​​​​​​​
Hosted by Taupo Marist in association with New Zealand Marist.
Cancelled due to potential Covid  &  Omicron variant

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 their partners/girlfriends will be welcome to join an affiliate NZM Netball club in the area they are heading to also.

>>>  <<<



Napier Marist Football

2022 Committee Members
Chairman – Glenn Restieaux
  Treasurer – Yeshnil Naiker   Secretary – Larissa Duwakin
Club Captain – Ken Cooper
Executive –   Carl Hunt, Sheree Lack,  Jonty Underhill
Coaching Coordinator – Marty Akers
Director of Football – Brett Angell
Junior Committee Reps  – Craig Ireson,  Michelle Reilly

our senior football training has kicked off.   This is open to all new and exisiting senior players looking to play in Federation and Prems league.  Get your mates together and come on down for a kick around !  See you all there

Thanks to our clubs sponsors
Alexander Electric  –  Bay Mazda Napier  –  Create  –  Dave Argent: Greenstone Insurance  –  Lattey Group  –   Nelson Signs  –
Online Auto’s  –   Pak n Save Tamatea  –  Problast  –  Roguehop  –   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  –  New Players always Welcome

Spillane Netball 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 –  0204 159 9633  /  Gear Manager: Chesna Morgan  –  0204 159 9633  /  0204 159 9633


‘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  –

🏆 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙉𝙊𝘽𝙈 🏆

The Sideline Bar NOBM Premiers captain Josh Paerau  and his team after winning the Premier T20 FINAL
at Forest Gate Domain, Ongaonga last Friday evening.

The wining Team as follows:
Vance Morris,  Bronson Meehan,  Mathew Sinclair,  Nihal Shilar,  Josh Paerau (c) James Rawnsley,
Todd Astill (wk),  Seth Taylor,  Joe Mooney,  Patrick Muldowne,  Sunil Kumar,  Joban Bath (12th Man)

“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
An Englishman visiting Dublin took a taxi to see the city. The Englishman asked his driver “What’s that building there?”
“That’s the Millennium Tower,” replied the cabbie.
How long did it take to build that?” “About 6 years,” replied the cabbie.
“6 years? We build them twice as high, twice as wide and four times as long in London, and we do it in 1 year.”
A while later the cab driver passes another large building. “What’s that building over there?” asked the Englishman.
“That’s the Burlington Hotel,” replied the cabbie.
“How long did it take to build that?”
“About three years” replied the cabbie.
“Three years? We build hotels twice as high, three times as long and four times as wide in London, and it only takes us about 6 months.”
Soon after the now annoyed Irish cabbie drives past Dublin Castle.
“What’s that building there?” asks the Englishman, pointing at the castle. “Danged if I know,” replied the cabbie,
“It wasn’t here when I drove by last week.”

At an pub in Glasgow a wealthy tourist announced that he had lost his wallet containing £10,000 and would give a reward of £100 to the person who found it.
From the back of the pub a Scott shouted, “I’ll give £150!”

An Englishman, a Scotsman and an Irishman were discussing close races in the pub. “The closest race I ever saw,” said the Scotsman, “was a horse race, in which a horse, stung by a bee, won by the length of the swelling on his nose.”
“The closest race I ever saw,” bragged the Englishman, “was a car race, in which one of drivers won by the breadth of a coat of paint.”
“Dat’s nothing,” said the Irishman. “The closest race I ever saw is the English.”



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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