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Eddie Wilson



Napier Old Boys Marist Rugby Club


19 March 2017

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 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 2017
Napier Old Boys Marist 


>>> The 2018 Spillane Tournament will be hosted by AUCKLAND MARIST <<<


New Players  & School Leavers
Your enquiries


For all Rugby Matters please contact-

  Craig Gowler
Premier head coach  - 
0272 402 550


   Matt Wyatt
Director of Rugby Development  - 
022 626 4250

Time to get into Action Guys
Now is the time to get started if  YOU  haven’t already for all Grades
at  6pm each Tuesday  &  Thursday  -  Park Island  -  See YOU Soon

>>>The 2017 Club season kicks-off for Premier and Premiers Reserve grades next Saturday 23 March.
 -  Third Division 1
st April  and the Colts grade  8 April

Pass the word around  -  Bring your mates 
New Players WELCOME



Coaches for 2017
HBi INSURANCE BROKERS Premier: Craig Gowler (head) & Steve Bennett
Richard Kepka Builders Premier Development: Kurt Chambers (head) & Sam Williams
Sideline Bar Thirds: John Taitoko (head)
Napier Collision Repair Colts: Steve Smithers (head) & Carwyn (Monty) Monteith
Matt Wyatt, Ellery Wilson & Sam Weber

New Players and school-leavers always Welcome
‘Team up with Napier Old Boys Marist in 2017’


NOBM Pre-season  Programme continues….

Mon 20                HBI Premier 2017 squad named
Tues 21                Prems training  +  All grades  -  6pm
Thur 23                Prems training  +  All grades  -  6pm
Sat 25                   2017 Nash Cup kicks-off  ( vs MAC)



Rugby: Lock thrives in NOBM Spillane glory

By Shane Hurndell

Tom Bywater watched his wife Carla during the early stages of her Triple Peaks Challenge race before joining his Napier Old Boys Marist rugby teammates on a bus trip to the Spillane Cup tournament in Palmerston North at the weekend.

Carla later phoned her hubby to tell him she had won. It was a memorable comeback for Carla, the 2015 winner of the Hawke's Bay adventure race, who missed last year's edition because she was out of action for six months after a cycle crash.  "She was definitely an inspiration for me. The rest of the boys congratulated Carla too because she used to be our team physio," lock Bywater explained.

That inspiration proved to be the right fuel for 28-year-old Bywater. He won the Frank Oliver Man of Steel Award for the ‘player-of-the-match’ in the final after Hawke's Bay Insurance Brokers NOBM beat Marist St Pats of Wellington 22-3 on Sunday to complete a New Zealand Marist 15s and 7s double for the year as they won the 7s title in Wellington in January.

"It was the first time the award had been presented [former All Black Oliver died in 2014] and it was quite an honour to have it presented by one of Frank's sons and grandsons," Bywater recalled yesterday.

Bywater's NOBM coach Craig Gowler believed former Otago rugby league frontrower Bywater was playing well enough to crack the Magpies squad later in the year. But Bywater refused to look that far into the season.  "I'm just putting my club rugby first at the moment. We've got a tight-knit group and this is my focus," Bywater said.

"I was quite chuffed Tom got the award because I used to be coached by Frank when I played for the Manawatu Turbos," Gowler said. He was surprised Bywater missed selection in the tournament team. In-form fullback and one of the fastest in the NOBM side which tasted Spillane Cup glory for the first time since 2007, Liam Edwards, and former Magpies No 8 Joe Penitito were the only NOBM players to make the tournament team and Gowler tipped both of them to gain Magpies selection this season.

Prop Jarvy Aoake and flanker Willy Benson led the drive as the NOBM forwards outplayed their bigger opponents in the final.

Gowler's troops beat Palmerston North Old Boys Marist 30-24 in their first game of the tournament on Saturday. Gowler said it was a tight encounter which saw both teams play some positive rugby in extremely wet conditions.  "Those 50-50 passes and dropped balls which didn't stick early on stuck for us later in the game and we scored a couple of late tries which gave us the win. We were up against a much bigger team in the final and our guys showed a lot of character," Gowler said.

NOBM stalwarts believed there is almost as much talent and depth within this season's squad as the 2002 team which completed the Spillane Cup, Nash Cup and Maddison Trophy triple. Some of the more cautious within the club have suggested the 2016 Nash and Maddison winners may be peaking too early.

"It would be nice to match that 2002 triple. But I'm just enjoying the ride with a good bunch of lads who are enjoying their footy ... only time will tell if we have peaked too early. I believe we are at a similar level to what we were at this stage last year," Gowler said.

>>> The team spirit certainly can't be faulted. At least eight of the squad shaved their hair off in response to a challenge from tournament organisers for players to support Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand's Shave for a Cure fundraising campaign. <<<

Jovial club chairman Terry Gittings was last night on the hunt for a builder because the club's trophy cabinet needed extending.

The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.





‘Team up with Napier Old Boys Marist in 2017’
 A Welcome is extended all School-leavers & Prospective Players



Nash Cup 2017:  March 25 - HBi INSURANCE BROKERS NOBM Premiers vs MAC (Home),  April 1 vs Central (Away),  Apr.8 vs Havelock North (H),  Apr.14 vs Taradale (A),  22 Apr.22 vs Tech (H),  Apr.29 vs Tamatea (A),  May 6 vs HRS (H),  May 13 vs Clive (H),  May 20 vs Pirates (A)


Pratt Trophy 2017 (Town/Country)  March 25 - Richard Kepka Builders NOBM Prem Reserves vs Porongahau (Home),  Apr 1 vs Maraenui (Away)   Apr.8 vs Aotea (Dvke),  Apr.14 (Easter Friday) vs Otane (H),  Apr.22 vs Eskview (Petane Domain),  Apr.29 vs WCUMR (Coronation Park),  May 6 vs Tamatea (H),  May 13 – Bye         May 20  Final  - Winner Section A  v  Winner Section B

Note – WCUMR – Waipawa Country United Mens Rugby

Maury Coady Cup – Sideline Bar OBM Division Three - Pool A  1 April vs MAC (H),  8  April v Tech (Whitmore),  Fri 14 April vs HRS (H),  22 April vs Tamatea (H),  29 April vs YMP (Raupunga),    6 May – Winner Pool A vs Winner Pool B.

Arthur Brown Cup 2017 – Pool B   8 April - Napier Collision Repair OBM Colts vs bye,  Easter No Play  22 Apr vs Tech (Whitmore),  29 Apr vs Havelock North (H),  6 May vs Eskview (Petane),  13 May – Semi Finals,  20 May - Final




club noticeboard


Important reminder to our coaches and managers also to our Marist Football affiliates an important Training session will be conducted at the clubrooms on the use of our new AED defibrillator on  Monday 27 March  at  6pm.

We know how many lives are lost to cardiac arrests a year. We also know of two incidents over the past couple of years where our members suffered and cardiac event, one of which turned out to be fatal.  So having a defribillator available the better chance there is of saving a life.

Scary fact: the number of people who die from sudden cardiac arrest in NZ is three times greater than the national road toll.

Owning an AED is a clear display that Napier Old Boys Marist are taking due care of our members and guests, doing what we can to provide a safe environment for them.


>>> Non-Playing Members Subs now DUE <<<
No Club can run on intentions Your Support is needed and appreciated

Information for Financial non-playing and Gold Card Members

On receipt of your payment for the next twelve months (1 April 2017 through until  30 March 2018)  your magnetic ‘swipe card’ will be reactivated.

Importantly, on presentation of your Card you will be elegible for Members Discount prices at the club bar and also on any club merchandise purchases.  In the event of your Card becoming damaged or lost there will be charge of $5 for a replacement.

>>> There is an added plus as well.  You can pre-load your Card with any amount you choose and you can use it as a cash card at the clubrooms for both bar and merchandise purchases.

We look forward seeing you at the clubrooms and enjoying members benefits soon.

Thank  you for your support on Napier Old Boys Marist Rugby






- See YOU at the Clubrooms -
on  Saturday afternoons
All members and friends Welcome
Join our affiliate codes sportsmen/women – footballers, netballers, cricketers & softballers at the clubrooms.

Call in for a cool TUI or two..... and a game of Pool



THAT what a win it was for the Irish in Dublin this morning (NZ time).  Englands chance to establish a new record of consecutive 19 test wins went begging as the men at Lansdowne Road never gave an inch and took out the hard fought encounter 13-9.  Isn’t it ironic that the same team upset the All Blacks applecart in that showpiece encounter in Chicago back on November 6 to halt the AB’s 18 match winning run by beating them 40-29.  This was Irelands first win over the NZ in 29 attempts going back to 1905.  Yes, record chasers will have to begin once again as we’re both back to square one.  And who could ever forget the look on Eddie Jones face at the death-knock. 

THAT it’s a credit to coach Kiwi Joe Schimdt and his merry band of Irishmen this morning after beating England.  Bet the Ireland’s rocking and the Guinness is flowing freely throughout the Emerald Isles and probably more especially in the south.  Certainly a great result and who ever thought they’d be having another St Patricks Day celebration so soon………

THAT  that is was great to see a couple of our Premier squad players getting selected for the Hurricanes U20 team following their top performances in games for the Hawkes Bay Academy team this season already.   Academy captain loose forward Hannan Brighouse and wing Mitch Drew played at Westpac Stadium last night for the Hurricanes U20 vs the Argentina U20’s as the curtainraiser to the Hurricanes v Highlanders Super Rugby game.  Also in the Canes U20’s is talented young NBHS 1st XV forward and former head prefect Will Tremain, son our clubs  former chairman Chris.

THAT  you can  ‘Jump the Gun’ and get your Subs or Gold Card  and also your ‘200 Club’ paid early.  Your early club subscription payments will see you financial right through until 31 March 2018.      Stay in the Ball with Old Boys Marist in 2017.

THAT  during the past week the club hosted the funeral service for John Price whose sons Stuart and Mark played in the clubs colours.  John who was instrumental in assisting Bill Halpin with the installation of our Bond Field lighting system when we moved from Latham Street to Park Island in 2000 and he remained a keen supporter of our rugby fortunes ever since as well as the clubs fundraising.  Napier OBM Members extend their condolences to the Price family.

THATour NOBM Junior  Club have come up with a smart initiative with their latest plan which is to conduct a  ‘Green Machine’ logo finder competition’.  It has been put out to our young players to design a slick logo which will be used to represent our Junior Club in future events.  The competition closes on 30 April.  So Get to it Boys…….

++++  Pain is temporary quitting last forever.


“Arrogance is only bad when you lose. If you are winning and you are arrogant, then it is self-belief.”
England’s Eddie Jones.

“Everyone hates England, it’s true. Because of the history involved, that long-seated rivalry, there is a hatred and you can feel it.”
Jones continues.

And continues; “My greatest weakness was that I didn’t have any tolerance of people. If people weren’t as driven as me, I couldn’t tolerate them. And I’m still like that to some extent.”


Test  Your Rugby Knowledge 

This Weeks Poser - In what year was current England coach Eddie Jones coach Australia in a World Cup ?   

Poser 2 – Who was the coach that Eddie Jones replaced in the England team ?   

Poser 3 – Who is the captain of England ?   

Last Weeks Poser – Well publicised Red Card and Yellow Card were issued to All Blacks in our domestic Super games at the weekend. Who was the recipient of the Red and who the Yellow ?   Answer – Red – Steve Luatua,  Yellow – Malakai Fekitoa.

Poser 2 – What was the score at halftime in last Saturdays match vs MAC?  Answer 29-0

Poser 3 – When and where was the first ‘live’ telecast first class rugby match in New Zealand  ?   Answer26 August 1972, McLean Park – Australia 14 Hawkes Bay 15



2017 Super Rugby  NZ Teams in action
Round 4
Fri.17 March
Crusaders 33 Blues 24
Rebels 14  Chiefs 27
Hurricanes 41 Highlanders 15

Round  5

Fri.24 March
Crusaders v Force
Blues v Bulls
Brumbies v Highlanders
Byes: Chiefs, Hurricanes

– 6 Nations (18 March)

Ireland 13 England 9
Scotland 29 Italy 0
France 20 Wales 18



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.

> 2017 South Island Marist Tournament – Hokitika – 4/5 March
1st Nelson Marist  4 wins.        2nd Ashburton Celtic  3 wins.

3rd Marist Albion  2 wins.        4th  Wests Hokitika  1 win.

5th Greymouth Marist  0 win.

> 2017 – 86th Spillane Tournament – Palmerston North – 11/12  March 
Winner of the 2017 Spillane Cup  -  Napier Old Boys Marist
Ham Cumming Cup - Christchurch Marist Albion
Moran Cup - Auckland Marist Colts

>>>  <<<
Check out the NZ Marist website -





This Weeks Poser In  which year did New Zealand play the first ODI
Poser 2
– What is the penalty in a T20 match when a bowler bowls a front foot no-ball

Last Weeks Poser 1
– Who hold the record Test score  for NZ ?  Answer – Brendon McCullum (302 v India)
Poser 2
– Who has played the most Test matches as captain of the Black Caps ?  Answer Stephen Fleming (80)

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 2016/17 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 2016/17 season






               NOBM CLUBROOMS


CONTACT : Binks McCurdy to purchase tickets

Ph. 0276 609 088  /



Please note all subs MUST be paid by Internet Banking this year (this is an audit requirement).


Subs must be paid before Tuesday's official weigh-in (21st March 2017).

The subs for the 2017 season are:

1 Child                  $60.00
2 Children            $110.00
3+ Children          $130.00


The account details for Internet Banking are:


Bank:  HBS Bank   Name:  NOBM Junior Rugby  Account:  03-1355-0746519-00     Reference:  Child’s first and last name

NOBM Junior Rugby Committee

Bevan Condin (Chairman), Jason Evans (Convenyor), Hayley Ceselli (Secretary),

Waka Petera, Dave Walls, Rochelle Williams, Steve Eustance and Rachel Bentley.

IMPORTANT - We really want as many people registering online to avoid pre-registration nights.


For further Junior Rugby Info please contact > Bevan Condin  (021) 160 5118   or   Rachel Bentley  (021) 250 4380
“New Players Welcome to Team up with us in 2017”



EHM Netball  -

Important dates coming up:


Club Tournament – 25 March

We will be having a club tournament on Saturday the 25 March at the Onekawa Courts from 3pm. This will be a

good chance to have a hit out with your team and see what other talent we have at the club.

  • Saturday competition grading games start 8 April

  • Over 40s Fun games/grading start 2 May

      Fundraising Quiz Night – 5 May (TBC)

    Without fundraising our club won’t exist so we are looking forward to getting you all behind our first fundraiser

    for the year. Date to be confirmed and more details to come.

  • Like us on facebook to keep up to date with all the happenings.

    For any further info about anything to do with netball contact one of the following


    President – Michelle Drinkrow   0274273137  -

    Secretary/Treasurer – Jacqui Gardiner   0272398204  -
    Club Captain – Loren White  -
    Social director – Teech Christie  -

    Gear custodian – Jo Exeter   0276227607  -

    Other committee members include: Nicolette Walker and Victoria Anderson

    'Team up with Napier ExHigh Marist Netball in 2017'


    >>> every Tuesday & Thursday

    Registrations for 2017 are now open go to
    Club merchandise will be enhanced this year with club scarves and club branded footballs on the way.

    Thanks to our clubs major sponsors -
    Alexander Electric, Red Steel  and Tamatea Pak n Save.
    This year we have more opportunities to sponsor junior teams or other senior teams so please contact Kevin Murphy 027 297 0238 if you want to discuss how your business can be part of the clubs exciting 2017 year.
    >>> For all Napier Marist Football info please contact - Kevin Murphy  -  0272 970 238 
    -    /

    New Players Welcome to Team up with us in 2017’

    Leprauchan Comments

    Flaherty comes home drunk every evening, upsetting his wife. One night, she dresses as a red devil and hides in the cemetery to scare him when he walks by. Flaherty walks by drunk and his wife jumps up yelling, “Flaherty, if you don’t give up your drinking, you will go to Hell.” 

    Flaherty staggers back and demands, “Who the hell are you?”

    She replies, “I’m the devil, you old fool!” 

    Flaherty responds, “Damn glad to meet you, sir, I’m married to your sister.”


    A police officer attempts to stop a car for speeding and the guy gradually increases his speed until he's topping 100 mph. The man eventually realizes he can't escape and finally pulls over.

    The cop approaches the car and says, "It's been a long day and my shift is almost over, so if you can give me a good excuse for your behavior, I'll let you go."

    The guy thinks for a few seconds and then says, "My wife ran away with a cop about a week ago. I thought you might be that officer trying to give her back!"


    A worldwide survey was conducted by the UN. The only question asked was: "Would you please give your honest opinion about solutions to the food shortage in the rest of the world?"
    The survey was a huge failure. In Africa they didn't know what "food" meant. In Eastern Europe they didn't know what "honest" meant.
    In Western Europe they didn't know what "shortage" meant. In China they didn't know what "opinion" meant.
    In the Middle East they didn't know what "solution" meant. In South America they didn't know what "please" meant.
    And in the USA they didn't know what "the rest of the world" meant.


    We also 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”