TeamTalk Update -1 October 2023

TeamTalk Update -1 October 2023

October 11, 2023 0 Team Talk

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 2024

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.

When you wear the jersey, you carry the legacy of all who came before you



Napier Old Boys Marist Club Sponsors
    Benson Property Limited  –  Richard Kepka Builders  –  Tremain Real Estate    – HBI Properties Ltd  –   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
–   Firetech Services Ltd

Members Support our valued Sponsors as they generously Support us



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”

>  OBM Brothers in ARMS  <

The essence of rugby lies not in always winning, but in the pursuit of becoming better

Team Management Personnel 2023 Season
Premier –  Ellery Wilson  – 027 964 9060   :   Assistant – Edwin Meachen – 022 041 6930
Manager  Monty Monteith – 027 807 0522   :  Assistants –-  Mitch Gardiner  – 029 012 523
–  Peter Bainbridge – 027 245 8729
Premier Reserves
–  Chris Halas  – 027 533 0925   :   Ross Clements   –  022 350 0281
Manager – Chris O’Connor  –  027 311 5222       
Thirds –  
Robbie Morrison  –  8452535     :  John de Lautour  –  027 276 7952
Manager  –  
Bryan McGreevy –   021 195 1944 
Colts – Steve Smithers  – 022 498 5367  :  Sam Birch –  027 355 8379  :  Pouvi Fatialofa  –
Manager –  Matt Forman  –  027 378 5388

CONTACT –  Wade Colville-Smith  –  021 059 3943

New Players Welcome in 2024


Correction Please Note….

2024 Spillane Tournament date in Taupo has changed to March 9th / 10th  2024 




The 2023 Napier hosted Ross Shield tournament
played at Tremain Field over the past week

Napier  71 – 0  Central
Napier  59 – 0  Dannevirke
Napier  61 – 0  Hastings East
Napier  42 – 7  Wairoa
Napier 29 – 5 Hastings West

Congratulations to our Napier OBM Juniors who were selected for the winning Napier team were:

Kiato Buxton,  Breook Lemalu,  Beau Lepelaars,  William McFarland,
Angus Salter,  Aratana Te Kahu

With an unbeaten record throughout the 5 games played the Napier team scored a
total of 301 points for and only 11 against to take out the 2023 Ross Shield.

2023 NOBM Junior Rugby Committee

For further Junior Rugby Info please contact >
Josh Wynands (Chairman)  027 200 7555
Glenn Fulcher (Secretary)  021 676 174  –   Bevan Condin (Treasurer)  021 160 5118  
(Convenor)  –  to be appointed

“New Players Welcome to Team up with
Marist Junior Rugby in 2024”


Rugby is a celebration of human spirit and the pursuit of excellence




   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 2024 we will have vacancies in all grades from  Colts  through to  Premiers  so remember   –   New Players will always be Welcome at Napier Old Boys Marist

THAT yesterday turned out to be better than expected especially on the rugby front with the All Blacks back on their game against Italy with their 97-17 walloping win in France.  And then the afternoon turned out to be even better especially if you’re a Hawkes Bay supporter as they eventually overcame the Wellington Lions in a really tight game winning  20-18 in the final round.   Not only did the Magpies they keep their competition chances alive, they also won back the coveted Ranfurly Shield which they lost to the Lions at the end of last season.  Well done guys….

THAT  we have pleasure in bringing THAT yesterday turned out to be better than expected especially on the rugby front with the All Blacks back on their game against Italy with their 97-17 win in France.  And then the afternoon turned out to be even better if you’re a Hawkes Bay supporter as they eventually overcame the Wellington Lions  in a really tight game winning  20-18 in the final round.

And not only did the Magpies they keep their competition chances alive, they also won back the coveted Ranfurly Shield which they lost to the Lions at the end of last season.  Well done guys….

THAT this photo/artwork creation below from our cartoonist Mike Richardson who produced this birthday tribute for owner of Shed 2 on the quay in Ahuriri, Dennis Buckley on the occasion of his 80th Birthday last week.  Dennis who has been a staunch Marist member throughout his lifetime both as a top goalkicking fullback for the clubs Premier team of his time, whom former Premier hooker Mike played alongside in the early – mid sixties.

Dennis has and has also always has been an enthusiastic tennis player during his off field and off work times and he has often followed his passion by attending the Australian Open in Melbourne in January over the years.   Dennis has been the long term licensee of   Shed 2  and continues his support of our rugby club over the years as a generous sponsor as well as supporting our Marist Netball Club.  And to this end we wish him well for the next eighty……


HERE and THERE . . .

Celebrating 28 years of News, Views, Opinion and Stats from the man in the stand . . .

HUGE . . . congratulations to the Hawke’s Bay Magpies for winning the Ranfurly Shield 20-18 off the Wellington Lions yesterday.  This was the Magpies fourth successful challenge for the Log o’ Wood in the since 2013, having won it off Otago twice and Counties Manukau once. It’s also the seventh time the Hawke’s Bay Magpies have officially lifted the Ranfurly Shield in their 139-year history.  There was of course the Wattie Barclay residential breach controversy in 1927, whereby we beat Wairarapa on the field 21-10 in what became known as The Battle of Solway!  But forfeited the Shield because Barclay hadn’t fulfilled the residential qualification of the day when the match was played.

WITH THE. . . round-robin matches completed here’s a Hawke’s Bay Magpies stats update. In winning seven of the 10 games the Hawke’s Bay Magpies scored 42 tries, 32 conversions and 10 penalties. The opposition have scored 35 tries, 20 conversions and 12 penalties.  First-five Lincoln McClutchie is the leading scorer with 103 points.  Top try scorers are Brad Weber and Ollie Sapsford with 5 each.  The Magpies backs have scored 21 tries, the forwards 20 each and there’s been one penalty try.  The outside backs scored 9 tries, inside backs 8 and the midfield 4.  Of the forwards tries the Loosies scored 11 and Tighties 9.

NEXT WEEK . . . some old rugby bits and pieces found lurking in the back of my garage.

Cheers McGoo

IRISH LOGIC   “And on the 8th  day God Created the Irish and the Devil began to tremble”

THAT  to our Sponsors and Members  –  Your loyal backing in the current, as in past seasons with our various funding options has always been really appreciated and is once again we look forward  your Support again in 2024   >>>>>>   THANK YOU

  90   vs  86  THAT if you are an AFL follower the 2023  Grand Final  at the MCG yesterday between the  –  Collingwood Magpies  v  Brisbane Lions  saw a real tightly fought encounter played our over the four quarters in front of fullhouse at the ‘G’ exceeding a mere 100,OOO fans !  Boy do they really know how to turn out the crowds in Melbourne.

THAT  We extend an Invitation  >>>  We hope you will round up some of your old clubmates and come along to our ‘home’ games at Tremain Field and then spend some time chewing over just what it was like back in your day.  Your fellow club members and our current players will appreciated YOUR SUPPORT……. See YOU on next season…….

THAT  As usual we apologise for any errors or mistakes you may find in this edition.     Ed


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

Opportunities don’t happen, you create them


“”We’ve had some games with them in the past on tour, and this year in the Six Nations they pushed every team, and last year they won some critical games.  They’ve evolved their attack from what I can see.  They had the fastest ball available in the Six  Nations – that’s better than Ireland – and that’s quick.  They know their game, and they’re playing well.
All Blacks defence coach Scott McLeod on the capabilities of the Italians XV.

“I’d like to apologise to all Australians supporters, our performance wasn’t up to the standard required, and I take full responsibility for it.”

Eddie Jones explains following being humbled 40-6 by Warren Gatland Wales after the earlier 22-15 loss to Fiji. ……… “I came back to Australia to help.  At the moment I’m not much help, am I?  But that doesn’t mean my commitment to help has changed.  I’m a proud Australian.    I hate to see Australian rugby do as poorly as we’ve been doing.”


“The Eddie Jones experiment can be declared a disaster after the Wallabies all but crashed out of the World Cup in record-breaking fashion.”

Sydney Morning Herald’s Tom Decent.

“Given it’s a must win, they’re definitely a massive threat. Since coach Kieran Crowley has been involved they’re the best Italian side I’ve seen.”
Codie Taylor, All Black hooker.


Some of us carry our

Heart in our hands

Poser 1 – What was the result of the Wellington v Hawkes Bay game in 2022 ?       

Poser 2 – What was the result of the last New Zealand v Italy enounter ?

Poser 3 – All Blacks World Cup halfback 1999, 2003 ?     .

Poser 4 – Aussie Rules body abbreviation ?          



Poser 1 – Who is the coach of Ireland at the RW Cup ?      Answer –  Andy Farrell

Poser 2 –  What was All Black winger Rod Heeps claim to fame in 1962 ?       Answer – He had the distinction of scoring a record eight tries in the All Blacks’ 103-0 win over Northern New South Wales in Quirindi in 1962.

Poser 3 – This is 2023 Rugby World Cup No.?        Answer –   10    .

Poser 4 – All Black first five to South Africa 1970 ?         Answer –  Blair Furlong


There are no secrets to success.
It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure


The new most capped  All Black Sam Whitelock  with some 149 games to his
credit shares a moment with team mates Aaron Smith and fellow tall timber
lock Brodie Retallick in the Lyon venue of yesterdays test win over Italy.


Rugby Championship 2023
July 8:  All Blacks 41 – 12  Argentina,  –  Mendoza
July 15:  All Blacks 35 – 20 South Africa,   –  Mt Smart Stadium,   Auckland
July 29:  All Blacks 38 – 7 Australia, –   Melbourne
August 5:  All Blacks  23 – 20  Australia,   –  Forsyth Barr Stadium,   Dunedin

Pre Tournament:  26 Aug   All Blacks 7  – 35 South Africa


Pool ‘A’ Play

9 Sept:    All Blacks 13 –  27 France


16 Sept:   All Blacks 71 – 3 Namibia


30 Sept;    All Blacks  96 – 17  Italy


Winger Will Jordans spectacular first half try
in the win against Italy.

6 Oct:    All Blacks  –  Uruguay

28 Sept – 1 Oct.
Uruguay 36 – 26 Namibia
Scotland 84 – 0 Romania
South Africa 45 – 17 Tonga
Fiji 17 – 12 Georgia
Australia  –  Portugal  to be played Monday
Argentina 59  – 5 Chile
Japan 28 – 22 Samoa

Sat 5 Aug  –  Hawkes Bay 23  –  21 North Harbour
Fri 11 Aug  –  Counties Manukau 24  – 25  Hawkes Bay
Wed 16 Aug  –  Hawkes Bay  35 – 32  Waikato
Sun 20 Aug  –  Hawkes Bay 33 – 32 Otago
Fri 26 Aug  –  Auckland  41 – 22  Hawkes Bay
Fri 1 Sept  –  Northland  44 – 21  Hawkes Bay
Sat 9 Sept  –  Hawkes Bay  35 – 38  Bay of Plenty
Fri 15 Sept  –  Hawkes Bay  57 – 7  Manawatu        
Sat 23 Sept  –   Southland  7 – 33  Hawkes Bay

Magpie coach Brock James and his assistant and former
NOBM player Sam McNichol now proudly in charge
of the coveted Ranfurly Shield thanks to a great
team effort yesterday by all concerned.

Sat 30 Sept

Wellington  18 – 20  Hawkes Bay

An off Tele shot courtesy of McGoo……..The Shield is back ‘home’








We look forward to seeing YOU at the Clubrooms soon.
Come in and join us whether its
Football, Netball, Cricket, Softball or Rugby…


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  <<<

When you wear the jersey, you carry the legacy of all who came before you.

Thank you for a wonderful season and great celebration at our Prizegiving.
We know that the recipients of this years awards were tightly contested.
Congratulations to the 2023 Award winners

EHM Blue Most Valuable Player – Jessica Shewan   :  EHM Blue Players Player – Hannah Pugh
EHM Blue Most Improved Player – Maddi McIntyre

EHM Emeralds Most Valuable Player – Alisa Onuma  :  EHM Emeralds Players Player – Abbie Gardiner

EHM Gold Most Valuable Player – Ella Reihana  :  EHM Gold Players Player – Jo Donnelly

EHM Green Most Valuable Player – Bronnie King   :  EHM Green Players Player – Harshmeen Kiljit

EHM Jade Most Valuable Player – Zara Keighley  :  EHM Jade Players Player – Steph Tait
EHM Evergreens Players Player – Sarah Wynands
EHM Shamrocks Players Player – Belinda Harper

Jill Verschaffelt Presidents Award – Suzanne Bell
Glenys Hannan Committee Cup – Chesna Morgan
Pauline O’Connor Club Member Cup – Hannah Pugh
Club Supporter of the Year Trophy – Rachel Read

Pass the Word Around………
Come along and join our club in 2024  –  New Players always Welcome
>>> For more Info please Contact:
President: Anna Campbell  – +6421 056 1155  /
Treasurer: Amanda Rich –  021 072 2221  /
Club Captain: Bex Hollyman  – 022 621 0653
Gear Manager: Chesna Morgan  –  0204 159 9633  /
Leanne Harris – Hannah Pugh

This Weeks Netball Poser
– When was the Napier Marist Netball Club founded ?     


Last Weeks Netball Poser –  How many New Zealand Netballers have been centurions ?      Answer –  7

Team up with ExHigh Marist Netball again in 2024’



Napier Marist Football

2023 Committee Members
Chairman – Glenn Restieaux
  Treasurer – Yeshnil Naiker   Secretary – Jonty Underhill   Executive –   Ken Cooper, Carl Hunt
Club Captain – Jayden Barrow
Director of Football – Brett Angell
Committee – Paige Hunt    Junior Committee Rep  – Michelle Reilly

Did You Know  –  Adding extra significance to the occasion, the All Whites and Socceroos will play for the historic Soccer Ashes trophy for the first time since 1954.  The trophy contains the ashes of cigars smoked by New Zealand captain George Campbell and Australian captain Alex Gibb following the first meeting between the two nations in June 1923.

This  Weeks Poser  –  Who won the 2022 FA Cup ?

Last Weeks Poser  – When do the All Whites next play Australia ?     Answer –  17 October  

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 2024
Remember New Players Always


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


This  Weeks Poser  – When was Hawkes Bay Cricket established ?

Last  Weeks Cricket Poser – Which NZ Cricketer has scored the most runs ?
Answer –  Kane Williamson – 8,124 runs  –  94 matches –  164 innings  –   2010-2023

“New Players Welcome to Team up with us for the
2023-24 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 2023-24 season”

The Leprauchan Comments

Murphy lost a hundred dollars on the Melbourne Cup, a famous
Australian horserace.  He also lost another hundred on the television

An Irish labourer was living in London and had lost his job, skint broke and fecking hungry he decides on a plan to get a few drinks and a decent meal.

Putting on his one and only “going to mass on a Sunday” suit he goes into a big firm of solicitors and asks to make a will.

“I’d like to leave the farm back home in Ireland to the eldest son,” he says, then continues,” and I’d like to leave the other farm, slightly smaller, just the three hundred acres to the second son. And I’d like to leave the two hotels in Ballybunion to the two daughters and…”

The solicitor thinking he was onto a good earner interrupts and says “Look why don’t I take you out to lunch and then we can come back to the office and tidy up the paperwork.”

“Fair enough so,” says Paddy and off they went to a classy restaurant where the solicitor treats Paddy to a slap up meal and copious pints of lager.

Later when they return to the office Paddy continues, ” I’d like to leave the factory in Listowel to the brother and the shares in Apple to the cousin and…”

“Hold on a minute,” says the solicitor beginning at last to cop-on. “Are you sure you actually have all this property?” He asks.

“Shur, not a bit of it.” Answers Paddy but if I had that’s who I’d like to leave it to!”

“Get out!” says the solicitor as Paddy runs for the door.

“Father, I have just shot down two British lieutenants and I knocked off a British captain,” O’Donnell said in one breath.

“Father, are you listening? Father, have you fainted?”

“Of course I haven’t fainted, son,” the priest replied. “I am waiting for you to stop talking about politics and start confessing your sins.”


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

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