TeamTalk Update – 15 January 2023

TeamTalk Update – 15 January 2023

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Team Talk 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”

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.

Loyalty to your Club and loyalty to your team mates

is all that is asked of a true Marist man


A True Marist Champion

Alan Gardiner with club chairman Terry Gittings prior to
receiving his Napier Old Boys Marist Life Membership
badge at the clubs recent AGM.

At the recently concluded 33rd AGM Napier Old Boys Marist Rugby recognised our newest Life Member Alan Gardiner.  Alan’s Life Membership badge was presented to him by our club Patron and fellow life member Ian MacRae.

AJ who has dedicated over 30 years to Napier Marist and Napier Old Boys Marist rugby – playing 385 Premier games.  Playing and coaching the Senior 3rds, being the Club Captain for over 10 years, administering the club website and being Eddie’s right hand man with the TeamTalk newsletters.
Alan played 41 games for the Hawkes Bay Magpies 1990-2001 scoring 3 tries.  He is Magpie #1296.  As well he also played representative rugby for the New Zealand Marist XV.

Thank you Alan Gardiner from all your fellow members for your services to both the former Napier Marist and the NOBM club over the years.



Napier Old Boys Marist Club Sponsors
    Benson Property Limited  –  Richard Kepka Builders  –  Tremain Real Estate    –  Napier Collision Repair Centre  –    Motordrome Tyre & Auto Service
–  Broker Webb Risk Services  –  Onekawa Liquorland  –  Devine Plumbing  –  BJ Mahony Shearing  –  MRD Web –  Red Steel  –  Proton Electric Ltd  –
Shape Life & Financial Services   –  Tech Group  –   Sideline Bar  

Thinkwater Hawkes Bay  –  DB Breweries   –  BWR  –   Kauri & Co Hawkes Bay  –  Napier Sandblasting   –  Scott Applegate Electrical
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 generously Support us

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.

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

Contact: 0274 524 521

Committee:   Andi Burrell, Josh Costello,  Martin Devoy,  Bernard Gittings,  Neil Murphy,  Paul Teddy,

>>> NZ Marist website  –  <<<


New Players Welcome in 2023

For Your Rugby Enquiries

Wade Colville-Smith
 Mobile – 021 059 3943

We don’t practice until we can get it right.  We practice until we can’t get it wrong.


Team Management Personnel 2023 Season
Premier –  Ellery Wilson  – 027 964 9060   :   Assistant – Edwin Meachen – 022 041 6930
Manager  Monty Monteith – 027 807 0522

Premier Reserves
  –  Chris Halas  – 027 533 0925   :   Assistant  – Eddie Hekenui  –
Manager – Chris O’Connor  –  027 3115 222

Coach  –  
Bryce McGreevy –   021 195 1944
Manager  – 

Colts  –   Steve Smithers  – 022 498 5367   :    Sam Birch –  027 355 8379  :
Pouvi Fatialofa  –
Manager –  Aaron Wallace  –   027 316  4696

@ Bond Field – Park Island

Tuesdays  –  Touch Rugby

Thursdays  –  Fitness Training  @  6pm

Schedule up until 31 January


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”

We have certainly appreciated your generous Support over the past seasons
and look forward to you hopefully supporting us once again in 2023



THAT it is certainly good to be back home and on the keyboard once again knocking out the first edition of TeamTalk  now in its 52nd year, after a six week stint visiting three of our daughters and their families who are all long term residents of Melbourne.  The Covid outbreak globally over the past few years has certainly kept so many families apart and after being a regular visitor to Australia since 1988 it was great to be together again for Christmas.  And now its also certainly good to be back home in the Bay again awaiting another club season to kickoff,  that is apart from the weather –  hardly a traditional Hawkes Bay summer at present !  One plus is that grounds will be in good nick for the season ahead…. And not so many grass burns from pre-season training for our players….

In closure being away since late November I must take this opportunity to belatedly on behalf of the NOBM club extend to you our members and families the compliments of the season and our best wishes for a successful 2023 season both on and off the pitch, field and courts.    Ed.


THAT  to our Sponsors and Members  –  Your loyal backing as in past seasons with our various funding options is always awaiting your Support  –  THANK YOU  –   with your backing we can again run our Club in a manner we can all be proud of.

THAT make 2023 the year that YOU invited a NEW player to join our Club.  Bring your mates along to Team up with NOBM.


THAT a special for our Ladies  –  Did the recent Black Ferns World Cup winning campaign inspired you to play rugby in 2023 ?     Join us as we grow the game at the grassroots level.  Send a message if you would like to play in 2023  to Wade Colville-Smith  –     Try something new in 2023….

THAT an important message to all players.  –  Invite your workmates, family and friends to  Team up with the Greens  in 2023.  You can assure them that we will find a NOBM team that they can fit in with.

THAT  It’s interesting to see the 2023 Nash Cup draw recently released  –  10 games featuring 5 home games, one of which is under lights on Bond Field vs Tech and 5 away fixtures. Plus a bye due to the pool of teams now features 11 clubs this season since Dannevirke’s Aotea have been included making up 11 teams in this seasons Nash Cup draw.

IRISH LOGIC   Where does an Irish family go on vacation?  A different pub

THAT  an important message to all players.  –  Make 2023 the year you introduce a New Player or Supporter to our Club.    We are always on the lookout for new talent as we will have vacancies in all teams …. Also support with team management as well as on the sidelines.    Invite your friends to  Team up with the Greens in 2023”  so we can have greater depth in numbers into the future for when we kick-off and about to commence our 2023 season.


THAT the following is a report from Napier City Councillor,  Maxine Boag, Nelson Park Ward.
“The best Community Christmas luncheon ever” was a comment I heard several times today at the Napier Marist Old Boys’ clubrooms, where well over 100 people enjoyed food, company and (for the children) presents.

Guests enjoyed a delicious Christmas lunch, prepped, cooked and served by volunteers, of meat, ham, veges, with pavlova and ice cream to follow.

Organised by Jim and Joanne Gaudin, with sponsors including Tamatea Pak n Save, various government organisations, the Old Boys Marist, and Napier City Council – Te Kaunihera o Ahuriri, the lunch was attended by a diverse group of people, all taking advantage of the opportunity to eat Christmas lunch with others.   Kirsten Wise – Mayor of Napier came along and wished everybody a Merry Xmas – nice to have her with us; and NCC Councillor Richard McGrath helped throughout, making people laugh being one of his strengths!

The clubrooms are surrounded by open green fields, a playground for tamariki, with lots of light and air – ideal for the event.    We all had our own experience of the lunch today, but for me I enjoyed being part of this lunch which was prepared and presented in the spirit of kindness and giving, the true meaning of Christmas for many of us. May those values continue to motivate us as we move into the New Year.”

Some more wonderful feedback on our NOBM Clubrooms and surrounds.  It was very humbling to be able to help support this community event that was held pre-Christmas.

THAT  the inaugural 1991 NOBM Sevens lineup comprised of Mark Leifting, Jonathan O’Dowd,  Alan Gardiner, Mark McHattie,  Rick Nichol, Gary Exeter, Mick Dennehy, Peter O’Shaughnessy and Neil Weber.  The team coach was Jim Fitzsimons.  Two of the NOBM players Peter O’Shaughnessy and Neil Weber, due to their selection in the New Zealand Divisional XV’s tour of Australia,  made them the new clubs first ‘internationals’.

THAT we are still awaiting several cellphone Nos. which are still to be added to our coaches/managers list.

   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.  In 2023 we will have vacancies in all grades from  Colts  through to  Premiers  so new players will always be Welcome.   Remind them to   >>>

“Team up with the  ‘GREEN MACHINE’ again in 2023  –  New Players are always WELCOME

  The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.


“You’d be foolish if you hadn’t prepared for it but I would be highly surprised if after 80 minutes, then 10 minutes each way, then sudden-death extra time – by which time there’ll be bugger all people standing – that someone hasn’t scored some points.”
– Steve Hansen speculating on the prospect of a penalty goal-kicking shoot-out to decide the semi-final against England.

“Things would get a bit heated out on the lawn. It’d be, ‘If you don’t stop crying in three seconds, you won’t be an All Black’.”
– New Zealand centre Jack Goodhue recalled boyhood backyard rugby games with his twin brother Josh and other siblings Axel and Cameron.

“I’ve got a massive family so my brother deals with it. They can be a distraction as well… my auntie is always great for that. She’s trying to tell me how to play number eight and giving my brother a few pointers as well.”

– England’s Billy Vunipola on the perils of accommodating ticket requests from a large, extended, rugby-mad family.


I’d rather regret the risks that didn’t work out than the chances I didn’t take at all.


Some of us carry our

Heart in our hands

Poser 1 – The late ‘Pinetree’ Meads initials  ?   

Poser 2  NZ born former England rugby captain            

Poser 3 – Who did NOBM Prems play in their inaugural first competition games in 1991 ?       

Poser 4 – And another flashback – What was the first silverware NOBM won               

Last Poser (27/11/22 ) –  What is Brodie Retallick’s nickname   ?       Answer  –  Guzzler      
Poser 2  Who scored a record six tries in a match vs Japan in the 1995 World Cup ?          Answer  Marc Ellis 
Poser 3 – How many times has Dan Carter been names World Player of the Year ?        Answer –  3 times     
Poser 4 Former All Black coach Steve Hansen, in which position did he represent Canterbury at first-class level 21 times  ?        Answer  Hansen played centre     

25/3  vs Central HB @ Tremain Field
1/04  vs Havelock North @ Anderson Park
7/04  vs HRS @ Elwood Park
12/04  vs Tech @ Bond Field  (Lights)
15/04  vs Pirates @ Tamatea Park
22/04  vs Clive @ Farndon Park
29/04  vs MAC @ Tremain Field
6/05  vs Tamatea @ Tremain Field
13/05  vs Aotea @ Rugby Park
20/05  vs Taradale @ Tremain Field
27/05    –  Bye


We look forward to seeing YOU at the Clubrooms soon


Welcome to Napier Old Boys Marist Cricket Club
Napier Old Boys Marist Cricket is one of Hawke’s Bay’s largest cricket clubs and has been operating for over 20 plus years since the former Napier Marist and the Napier Old Boys cricket clubs amalgamated.
If you would like to join our club, please drop us an email and we will be more than happy to help.
We are always after supporters and sponsors for our club and teams as well.  If you have, or know of a business that would like to become a sponsor of Napier Old Boy’s Marist Cricket Club for the season, please let us know!

Andrew Frame
Secretary   –

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

Secretary: Andrew Frame   –   Treasurer: John McCorkindale  –  Auditor: to be appointed
Chairman: Del Whyte  Committee: Dan Whyte, Stu Lindsay, Scott Morgan, Mathew Sinclair, Glen Walklin, Calim Leathard, + Club Coaches & team captains.

For all Cricket Info please contact:
– Secretary – Andrew Frame   –   021 102 4990  –
or  Del Whyte – 021 705 030  –

Cricket Posers
Poser 1
. – Black Caps wicketkeeper 1990-2002 ?   Answer – Adam Parore
Poser 2
– Former  Black Cap served as 2011 Rugby World Cup CEO ?   Answer – Martin Snedden

“New Players Welcome to Team up with us for the
2022-23 Season”


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) ,

“New Players Welcome to Team up with
Marist Junior Rugby again in 2023”


Napier Marist Football

2022 Committee Members
Chairman – Glenn Restieaux
  Treasurer – Yeshnil Naiker   Secretary – Larissa Duwakin  
Executive –   Ken Cooper, Carl Hunt, Sheree Lack,  Jonty Underhill
Director of Football – Brett Angell
Junior Committee Reps  – Craig Ireson,  Michelle Reilly
Today Napier Marist FC fields 5 senior teams and 28 Junior teams
and is one of the largest clubs in Hawke Bay?

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   –  Alexander Construction   –   Roguehop  –   Shed 2  –   Vision Homes  –  Westshore Beach Inn
“Play Napier Marist Football in 2023
Remember New Players Always


Netball Trials 2023
Onekawa Courts  Ct.11
Wednesday 25 January  6 – 7.30pm
All Players New and returning Welcome
All competitive and social players – Feel Free to bring  Friend

Pass the Word Around………
Come along and join our club in 2023  –  New Players always Welcome
>>> For more Info please Contact:
President: Anna Campbell  – +6421 056 1155  /

Secretary: 022 621 0653  /  
Treasurer: Amanda Rich –  021 072 2221  /
Club Captain: Bex Hollyman  – 022 621 0653
Gear Manager: Chesna Morgan  –  0204 159 9633  /
Leanne Harris – Sarah Wynands – Hannah Pugh – Bridget Hannan

‘Team up with ExHigh Marist Netball again in 2023′


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 2022-23 season”


The Leprauchan Comments
Reilly is walking through a graveyard when he comes across a headstone with the inscription
“Here lies an Irish politician and an honest man.”

‘Faith now,’ exclaims Reilly, ‘I wonder how they got the two of them in one grave.

Two Irish mothers, Kate and Lorna were talking about their sons.

Kate says, ‘My Patrick is such a saint. He works hard, doesn’t smoke, and he hasn’t so much as looked at a woman in over two years.’

Lorna responds, ‘Well, my Francis is a saint himself. Not only hasn’t he not looked at a woman in over three years, but he hasn’t touched a drop of liquor in all that time.’

‘My word,’ says Kate, ‘You must be so proud.’

‘I am,’ announces Lorna, ‘And when he’s paroled next month, I’m going to throw him a big party.

The barman says to Paddy “Your glass is empty, fancy another one?”
g puzzled Paddy says “Why know would I be needed two empty feckin glasses?

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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