TeamTalk Update – 14 January 2024

TeamTalk Update – 14 January 2024

January 17, 2024 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.

“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is”     

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  <


An update on prospects for the 2024 season from the Club Chairman

Welcome back to all our Napier Old Boys Marist Family for the 2024 Season, I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year and you all managed to get a break over the silly season.  Plans for the new season are well underway with preseason training starting 23rd Jan, Spillane Tournament coming up fast on the 9th of March with hopefully a couple of other pre-season matches either side of that weekend, then the Nash Cup starting March 23.  Our coaches and management are all locked in with more details to come over the next few weeks.

We have a couple of new overseas players that have arrived in the country and are keen to see why they were recommended to come to our club. Sunia Ragade has come to us from Fiji, a hard running midfielder who attended Sacred Heart College in Auckland last year, winners of the 1a competition. Sunia has been signed with the HB Academy for the next 2 years and will be a great addition to our premier team.

Also we have Tom Alexander and Freddie Hosford who have travelled from the Keynsham Rugby club halfway between Bristol and Bath.  These 2 young lads have come over on the recommendation of former NOBM premier player Simon Postlethwaite to gain some valuable experience playing colts Rugby in New Zealand.  Both are keen sportsmen and have already been drafted into the NOBM Rugby Cricket Squad.

Napier Old Boys Marist actually has quite a connection with Keynsham having sent former premier players Howard Murray, Johno Williams, Maaka Papuni, Michael Johnston, Donovan Hall and Bevan Pickett to play for them back in the late 2000’s.  These two lads will bring something different to our ever building Colts squad and we are very excited to see how far the team will go this season.


Don’t forget the Clubrooms are open from 4.30 Saturday afternoons for the rest of the summer, so make sure you call down and catch up.


Wade Colville-Smith

Team Management Personnel 2024 Season
Premier –  Ellery Wilson  – 027 964 9060     
Manager –  Mitch Gardiner  – 029 012 523     Assist. –  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  :  Jason Evans: 021 191 3248
Manager –   tba


2024 Kick-Off Dates

Premier Grade   –  Saturday 23rd March 2024
Town Grade  – Saturday 6th April 2024
Country Grade   –  Friday 29th March 2024 (TBC)
Colts Grade   –  Friday 30th March (Due to Easter)
Division 3   –  Saturday 6th April 2024
U85Kg grade   –  Friday 26th July 2024


2024 Nash Cup Premier Draw
23/03  vs  Havelock North –  Tremain Field
29/03  vs  MAC –  Tremain Field
6/04  vs  CHB –  Central Park
13/04  vs  Tech –  Whitmore Park
20/04  vs Taradale –  Tremain Field
27/04  vs Clive –  Farndon Park
4/05  vs HRS –   Elwood Park
11/05  vs Pirates –  Tremain Field
18/05  vs Aotea –  Tremain Field


Napier Old Boys Marist Rugby·

2024 Pre-Season

  • Tuesday – Jan 23 – Touch
  • Thursday – Jan 25 – Touch

Tuesday Jan 30th  >    Pre-season for Premier / Premier Reserves / Thirds / Colts

The pre-season dates will be every Tuesday and Thursday @ 6.30pm right up to the start of competition kickoff.



New Players Welcome in 2024

New Players Welcome in 2024

The NOBMRFC Board have decided that for 2024:
*           Non Player subs are $60
*           Player subs are $100
*           Gold Card membership for 2024 will stay at $200


TeamTalk  Noticeboard
is a great way to connect with our NOBM community of readers if YOU need a hand.

* Need a room or flat  or  have a place to rent ?
Need help in finding a job/work  or  need a job done.
This is the place to post and see if our club community can help !
Just let us know……


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)  –  Ben Guild  –   027 208 9306


Team coaches Mu Mete-Kingi, Ross Clements, manager Geemas Buxton, captain Kiato Buxton.
Plus a few somewhat ‘distracted’ young players pose for the annual team photo shoot.
NOBM Rugby club wish the boys well for their future rugby and education as most will
be heading off into secondary schooling in 2024.


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

The strength of the team is each individual member.
The strength of each member is the team.




Our Global Academy boys are back this year from January 14th – February 25th.  This is a group of 14–17-year-old South American rugby players who come to New Zealand for the kiwi rugby experience.   We are reaching out to see if you are willing to host any of these young men in your homes for a few weeks.

The first group arrive on Jan 14th/15th and depart February 4th.    A second group arrive Feb 4th-6th and depart Feb 25th/26th.

We would like you to provide them with:

  • Their own room
  • WIFI (for regular home contact)
  • 3 meals a day
  • Transport

 >>> Remuneration of $350 (per player) per full week will be paid to the host family from the HBRFU for the duration of the players stay.

If you can host any of these players for a period within the above time frame it would be great if you could indicate:

  • What dates
  • How many weeks
  • How many players

For more information, please see the attached homestay agreement.

Josh Downey
Junior Rugby Manager, Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union

3 Orotu Drive, Poraiti, 4112   |    PO Box 201, Napier 4110

P 06 835 7617   |   M 021 064 1674   |   W


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  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

THAT we extend a warm welcome to the two young English players who are coming out to experience rugby in New Zealand.  They will be turning out for our 2024 Old Boys Marist Colts team and they will be introduced through TeamTalk in due course after their arrival

IRISH LOGIC A man who has lived long enough to lose his hair will no doubt know a thing or two about life.

THAT  –  The following is a 50 year FLASHBACK


Incoming chairman Bryan Murphy and club captain Mike Richardson announced two promising prospects who joined our  Premier team this season under coach Ian MacRae.  They were Junior All Black Zuke Marinkovich was a welcome addition to the squad from North Auckland and Auckland Colt Jon Leech from the illustrious Ponsonby Club.   The ‘74 team was led by Dan Weinberg and Jock Eddy.  Rus Exeter was mentor of the Senior Reserves, while the ‘boys in blue’ Gary Condon and Brian Elliott were in charge of the Under 21’s. And Peter Macan mentored our Under 19’s.


The annual Spillane tournament in 1974 with a changed shorter game format was hosted by a Hutt Valley Marist. Wins were recorded over Masterton Marist on the Saturday morning and versus Wellington Marist in the afternoon game thanks to superb goal kicking from Paul Goldsworthy. The luck stayed with us in the Sunday sports events thanks to the efforts of Peter Hobdell, Paddy Guthrie, Eddie Thompson, Ian MacRae and John Reilly to name a few which saw Napier Marist take out the tournament Sports trophy.  Mondays semi-final saw Napier overcome Rotorua St Michaels. And in the 1974 Spillane Tournament final Napier were triumphant over Hamilton Marist winning 9-3 under the new system at the Hutt Marist hosted event.


In the final vs Hamilton Marist we managed early to rally on nine points and sit on them until the final whistle, with opponents Hamilton managing to acquire only a single penalty, resulting in the coveted Spillane Cup travelled back to Napier for 1974.  Strong performances saw Zuk Marinkovich, Doods Little, Jock Eddy and Dan Weinberg selected in the 1974 tournament XV.    Pacy winger Eddie Thompson was the clubs rep on the NZ Marist Colt tour for 1974.

The mid-season ‘Shipwreck’ cabaret was a roaring success and certainly enjoyed by all. Especially the way out array of shipwreck clothing which was certainly a sight you wouldn’t read about !!!   Also the Marist Ladies Social Club was as usual in good heart with regular get-together as well as new members –  players wives and girlfriends joining up.  The regular old timers (Sunday) mornings continued to prove popular, as did the Social & Games Fundraising Evenings which included some Crown & Anchor which always help benefit the club and keep treasurer Terry Mahony smiling.

All Marist teams turned out for the first time in the new colours, which changed the white shorts, collars and numbers to gold.  The playing membership dropped with only a Senior A, Senior Reserve and Under 21 and Under 19 teams being fielded.  Despite this setback the Senior team were successful in sharing the Maddison Trophy with Taradale. They also won the Hawke Bay Challenge Shield as well as the Spillane Cup.

Hawke’s Bay lost to Fiji 28-21, but made up for that by halting Canterbury’s string of twenty consecutive victories in a thrilling encounter with a 13-11 win.   ‘Napier Marist Sportsman of the Year for 1974’  – Dan Weinberg.



Back row: Peter Larsen, Ray Strong, Paul Goldsworthy,  Dave Roberts,  Nev Thomsen,  Paddy Guthrie, Fred Harbottle, Mike Primrose, Wayne Robinson.
Middle row: Bill Nathan (assist manager), Irwin Wirepa, Zukov Marinkovich, Jon Leech, Colin Little,  Steve Redshaw, Brendon Mahony,  Eddie Thompson, Ian MacRae (coach).
Front: Mike Richardson (club captain), Peter Hobdell, Bryan Murphy (chairman), Dan Weinberg (captain), Warren Eddy (vice-captain), Jim Hepburn (manager), John O’Rourke, Jim Blundell (president)
Note: Not too many ‘short back and sides’ on display here….

THAT New Zealand Rugby powerbrokers are concerned about the stop start nature of tests, a lack of evidence that the head-contact process improving player welfare despite the yellow and red cards, and the fact that some tests are taking more than 100 minutes (excluding halftime breaks).

Super Rugby, therefore, is likely to continue to prioritise the flow of the game and limit the intervention of the TMO for serious acts of foul play only.  Super Rugby started down this path in 2023 and it won’t turn back, especially after a Rugby World Cup that featured constant claims of inconsistency and mistakes from match officials.

THAT  Came across this little gem recently in an August 1974 edition of  TeamTalk  headed ‘Some Sidestep’.

Dear Sir

 I thought you might like to hear about a certain senior player here in Napier.

Playing on the wing against MAC a local Māori team he actually sidestepped his opposite wing who had the ball.

I reckon he must have made rugby history. I have never heard of it until last Saturday and our team and supporters couldn’t believe their eyes

MOG Fan, Napier

The above was actually a Letter to the Editor in ‘Rugby News’.  Looks like Mog Reilly had fans everywhere !

THAT   And while delving back into the past (1974) the following came to light…

‘Thanks to honorary member ‘Chick’ Millar who recently put the club on the inside running for what turned out to be a highly successful demolition contract of several old shops and houses in Carlyle Street.  The venture was a great Club effort and fundraiser as well as dusty in which all teams and many members helped out.  Club Treasurer Terry Mahony is now looking ten years younger.’


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

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard




“I do have a good feel about who will be in that squad, but you’re always open.  The great thing about Super Rugby is it’s open, it’s expansive.  Someone always comes through.”
Scott Robertson

“You never say never and I’m not saying it’ll never get to that point one day, but the strength of New Zealand rugby domestically is part of our competitive advantage and we want to maintain that for as long as possible.”
Scott ‘Razor’ Robertson.

“You’d think I would, and I do have a great feel for who I think will be in that squad, but you’re always open. The great thing about Super Rugby is it’s open, it’s expansive, and someone always comes through – look at Cam Roigard as a prime example and how quickly he’s come on.”
Scott Robertson.


This Weeks Poser 1 – Only one husband and wife have represented their country at international rugby ?  

Poser 2 – NZ and South Africa have played a total of 4 drawn tests, one in Bloemfontein, one in Auckland, and what city/s were the other two ?   

Poser 3 – When did the ‘new’ club Napier Old Boys Marist win their first Maddison Trophy ?   

Poser 4 –  When was the last time Napier Marist won three consecutive Maddison Trophy titles ?    

Some of us carry our

Heart in our hands

Last editions Weeks Poser 1 –  Brodie Retallick and Ardie Savea are playing for Kobelco Kobe Steelers coached by ?
– Dave Rennie
  Poser 2 –  Star Hawke’s Bay rugby player Lincoln McClutchie is playing for which American club ?
Answer – San Diego Legion
Poser 3 –  All Blacks  Beauden Barrett and Aaron Smith are playing for which club ?
Answer –  Toyota Verblitz’ 
Poser 4 – Nil all draws are rare in test rugby. The All Blacks were one of them in 1964 vs     Answer – Scotland


  Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement

2024 Nash Cup Premier Draw
23/03  vs  Havelock North –  Tremain Field
29/03  vs  MAC –  Tremain Field
6/04  vs  CHB –  Central Park
13/04  vs  Tech –  Whitmore Park
20/04  vs Taradale –  Tremain Field
27/04  vs Clive –  Farndon Park
4/05  vs HRS –   Elwood Park
11/05  vs Pirates –  Tremain Field
18/05  vs Aotea –  Tremain Field




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  <<<

You learn more from failure than from success. 


Patron: Mr Lawrence Willis

President: Mr Dave Herrick

Vice Presidents: G. O’Shaughnessy, D. Pearson, D. Bovey, J. Williams, G Rogers, P. Nixon, B Reilly, A Burrows & B. Pollock.

Secretary: Andrew Frame

Auditor: John McCorkindale        Treasurer: James McCorkindale

Chairman: Del Whyte

Committee: Del Whyte, Glen Walklin, Daniel Whyte, Stuart Lindsay, Scott Morgan, Cameron Todd.

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


This Weeks Poser –   Against which country did New Zealand first play a one day international in their beige coloured outfits ?


This Weeks Poser – When was the penalty imposed on Lou Vincent ?     Answer    2014

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


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  /
Secretary:   ???
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
–   Where were the first Netball World Championships held ?

Last Editions Netball Poser – Who is the Silver Ferns captain ?   Answer –  Silver Ferns captain Ameliaranne Ekenasio

Team up with ExHigh Marist Netball again in 2024



Napier Marist Football

Napier Marist fields 5 senior teams and 28 Junior teams
& is one of the largest Football clubs in Hawke’s Bay

2023 Committee Members
ChairmanGlenn Restieaux               
  Treasurer Yeshnil Naiker   Secretary Jonty Underhill   
Committee –   Ken Cooper  –  Carl Hunt  –   Paige Hunt  –  Michelle Reilly
Club Captain – Jayden Barrow

For all your junior football queries please contact us at –

This  Weeks PoserWhat is the most expensive women’s football transfer of all time ?  

Last Editions Poser –  Which team won women’s National League Championship Grand Final 2023 ?
Answer – Auckland United

Napier Marist Football Club

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

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


Mrs. Pete Monaghan came into the newsroom to pay for her husband’s obituary. She was told by the kindly newsman that it was dollar a word and he remembered Pete and wasn’t it too bad about him passing away. She thanked him for his kind words and bemoaned the fact that she only had two dollars. But she wrote out the obituary, “Pete died.” The newsman said he thought old Pete deserved more and he’d give her three more words at no charge. Mrs. Pete Monaghan thanked him and rewrote the obituary: “Pete died. Boat for sale”

Old Irishman Mick O’Toole and his wife were sitting on their patio watching the sun set. He says “I love you”. His wife had not heard those words in a while asked, “Is that you talking, or is that your beer talking?” O’Toole replies, “I’m talking to my beer.”

Patton staggered home very late after another evening with his drinking buddy, Paddy.   He took off his shoes to avoid waking his wife, Kathleen.

He tiptoed as quietly as he could toward the stairs leading to their upstairs bedroom, but misjudged the bottom step.   As he caught himself by grabbing the banister, his body swung around and he landed heavily on his rump.   A whiskey bottle in each back pocket broke and made the landing especially painful.

Managing not to yell, Patton sprung up, pulled down his pants, and looked in the hall mirror to see that his butt cheeks were cut and bleeding.   He managed to quietly find a full box of Band-Aids and began putting a Band-Aid as best he could on each place he saw blood.

He then hid the now almost empty Band-Aid box and shuffled and stumbled his way to bed.

In the morning, Patton woke up with searing pain in both his head and butt and Kathleen staring at him from across the room.

She said, ‘You were drunk again last night weren’t you?’

Patton said, ‘Why you say such a mean thing?’

‘Well,’ Kathleen said, ‘it could be the open front door, it could be the broken glass at the bottom of the stairs, it could be the drops of blood trailing through the house, it could be your bloodshot eyes, but mostly ….. it’s all those Band-Aids stuck on the hall mirror.

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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”Team up with Napier Old Boys Marist” 


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