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Eddie Wilson



Napier Old Boys Marist Rugby Club

11 June 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.

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“Team up with a Winning Club in 2017
Napier Old Boys Marist 

Maddison Trophy – Round 3

Napier Old Boys Marist Premier 44  HAVELOCK NORTH  12

It is always a nervous week before we meet the old foe Havelock North, this week was to be no different.  The afternoon at Anderson Park was rather chilly but the pitch was in better condition than expected, so that was a bonus.  Liam Edwards was back in form opening the scoring in the 5th minute with a try out wide, 5 nil up, great start to the game,  Milo Lauano followed Liams lead a half a dozen minutes later.  Havelock never really threatened in this half and with us crossing the line 2 more times we headed to the break 20-0,  Johnny Lauano’s boot wasn’t so trusty today.

The second half kicked off and Sam Weber drew the 1
st blood in the 2nd minute of this spell.  We continued to dominate this half with our scrum managing to roll the Havelock scrum on a number of occasions.  A mouthy Havelock pack saw them penalised and marched 10 metres a couple of times and even a bit of referee abuse from the Paewai boy.   We scored another 3  tries in this half and Zach Donaldson converted 2 of them.   I think the Green Machine heard a final whistle in the 73rd minute allowing Havelock to score 2 unanswered tries of which one was converted.   A great game of footy to watch and it is always good to put 40 points on the nemesis.  NOBM try scorers were Sam Weber 2, Liam Edwards 1, Milo Lauano 1, Sami Lauano 1, Joseph Penitito 1, Ricky Hayes 1 and Tom Bywater 1.     Also great to see so many supporters out there in the cold cheering us on.

Report courtesy Greig Lindsay 

Scoring: 5min Laim Edwards try  -  5-0 ;  12m Migao Lauano try -  10-0 ;  35m Sam Weber try  -  15-0 ;  40m Sami Lauano try  -  20-0   ///   42m  Weber try  -  25-0 ; 50m  Ricky Hayes try  -  30-0 ;  Joseph Penitito try/conv Zac Donaldson  -  37-0  63m Tom Bywater try/conv Donaldson  -  44-0 ;  73m Havelock North try  -  44-5;  75m Havelock North try/conv  -  44-12

Hawkes Bay Seafoods Players of the Day: 3. Chris Johnston   2. Sam Weber   1. Matt Gardner. 

Other Premier  Results: Pirates 22 Central 19  : HRS 36 Taradale 22  : Clive 28 MAC 24  : Tech 83 Tamatea 21

Points:  -  10 NOBM,  9 Tech. HRS.   5 Clive,  Havelock North,  Pirates. Taradale.  1 MAC.    0 Central, Tamatea,

Jack Swain Cup  

Richard Kepka Builders
Napier Old Boys Marist Premier Reserves 50

Round 3 in the Jack Swain Cup saw Richard Kepka NOBM Premier Development team trek to the Village to take on Havelock North.  Both teams were unbeaten in the second round so yesterday’s game gave the boys the chance to put a stake in the ground and send a message to the other teams that the boys mean business in this round.

Playing into the wind in the first spell, the message was simple keep hold of the ball and frustrate Havelock, and this was played out to perfection as the boys produced theirbest rugby of the season to score 5 first half tries and take a healthy 29-3 lead into the break. Each of the tries were off the back of superb handling and phase play which saw the green machine roll up field with ease and create overlaps for the outside men to cross the chalk.  As often the case this year Pouvai Fatilofa was on hand to finish the movements and bagged 3 tries while left hand winger George Tuala used his pace to run in 2 tries.


Turning with a strengthening breeze, the coaches stressed the importance of keeping the foot on the throat however it was Havelock who dominated possession and territory for the majority of the half despite being outscored 3 tries to 2. When the boys did get hold of the ball they managed to make good yards and cross the chalk with relative ease.  Despite the 3 second half tries there were numerous opportunities missed and I’m sure this will keep the coaches busy in the lead up to the battle against the old foe Taradale.


In a performance that could be best described as a team one, second five Monty Tuala earned the fish n chips with his strong defence and being a constant threat with ball in hand which created the go forward for many of the attacking raids.  Up front William Halpin and Mike Mckellow both continued their strong form in recent weeks, with the ability to get around the field and strong defence major assets to the team.     Catch you all next week at Club day.


Richard Kepka NOBM Premier Development 50-Pouvi Fatialofa 3, George Tuala 2, Monty Tuala, Onesai Kuka, Asalele Eneliko tries, Lucas Baistrocchi 3, Adam Chapman 2 conversions. Havelock North 0

Report courtesy - Tim Jones

Hawkes Bay Seafoods Players of the Day -  3. Monty Tuala   2.  Mike McKellow   1. Willie Halpin

Other Reserve Results: Central 23 Pirates 6  :  Taradale 51 HRS 18  MAC 50 Clive 12  :  Tech 50 Tamatea 5
Points -  5 NOBM, Havelock North.  4 Pirates, Tech, Central.  0 Clive, Taradale, MAC, Tamatea, HRS.



Ron Parker Memorial Cup 

Sideline Bar
Napier Old Boys Marist Thirds 43  TAMATEA 15

It was a lovely crisp Saturday morning and I had finished my morning sporting rituals and was ready for a quiet afternoon, when I heard the NOBM 3rds did not have a ref for their game, so I wandered along and did my duty for the referees association who are in dire need of more refs, and my club who I couldn't let down without a ref for their game.   I was surprised to find when I turned up NOBM had 15 players, albeit some very grey, and it was Tamatea who were struggling to make the 15 for kickoff time.  In the end both teams had 15 each and I got the game underway.

What a great game it was too. Both teams showing a grand display of skills. There was the odd transgression, as you would expect in a battle between such great teams, and I had to give a yellow card to some Samoan and later to what must have his twin brother, but other than that, all was good.  Both teams complimented me on my great reffing which was pleasing and a credit to all. The ground control was excellent too.   One NOBM prop obviously knew his stuff and taught me a few things about front row techniques. His masterful scrummaging showed he had played in the front row at a much higher level in the past, or if not will indeed in the future.

The pace of the game was incredible. The guys must have been doing extra speed work apart from their normal team training sessions. Great game. Keep up the good work.

Good luck for your club game next week and then your last 5 games.  You guys are massive.

Report courtesy -  Waka Petera   

Hawkes Bay Seafoods Players of the Day: 3. Darryn Chops Wester   2. Brendon the Pudding    1. Tau the twin
Other Thirds Results: - Flaxmere 43 Maraenui 19 : Tech v YMP -  game called off  :  Havelock North v Takapau - no ref    Pirates 21 Taradale 22 :  Aotea 10 HRS 29
Points - 3 June  - Not updated -  19 Maraenui. 18 YMP.  16 Flaxmere.  14 Pirates.  13 Havelock Nth.  11 Taradale. 10 Aotea.  6 Tech, HRS.  5 Takapau.  0  Tamatea.  -5 OBM.  -

Pat Ryan Memorial Trophy

Napier Old Boys Marist Colts 10 PIRATES 49

Yesterday was a great day for rugby and the start of the 2nd round for the Colts competition.   Attitudes during the week were poor and this showed on game day.  HRS certainly came to play.


We started with a mistake from the kick off and this really set the tone for the game. HRS scored off a dropped ball against the run of play and then again a few minutes later from an intercept.  We managed to get a try back ourselves and then dominated possession and territory but couldn't score again.   Half time was 17 5 to HRS.


At the break we spoke about doing the basics and getting into our game plan.  The lads followed this for about 5 minutes and scored a try.  However HRS played a far better game and showed they are the team to beat but running in 6 more unanswered tries.  Final score was 49-12 to HRS. The positives for the game were dominance in the scrums even against a far bigger team and with nothing changed when our reserves came on.  Also for the short time we did play the game we scored almost at will.   We need to get numbers to training and a change in attitude if we want to make the finals of this round.   Both NOBM tries were scored by our hard working Samuela Korosigasiga

Report courtesy -  Bevan Hanlon

Hawkes Bay Seafoods Players of the Day:   3. Jarrod Travers    2. Samuela Korosigasiga    1. Regan Leahy

Other Colts Results: Eskview 7 Onga Tiko 80  :  Taradale v Havelock North – game called off  :  Pirates v MAC  - result to be confirmed
Points:  Not available

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Maddison Trophy 2017 -
May 27 vs MAC (Away)  won 88-7.    June 3 vs Central (H) Won 54-10 ,  June 10  vs Havelock North (A) won 44-12 ,   June 17 vs Taradale (H),  June 24 vs Tech (A),  July 1 vs Tamatea (H),  July 8 vs HRS (A),  July 15 vs Clive (A),  July 22 vs Pirates (H).  July 29 – Semi-Finals    Final – Aug 5

Jack Swain Cup 2017 - May 27 vs MAC (Away) won 39-12.    June 3 vs Central (Home) won 15-10  ,  June 10 vs Havelock North (A ) won 50-12,   June 17 vs Taradale (H),  June 24 vs Tech (A),  July 1 vs Tamatea (H),  July 8 vs HRS (A),  July 15 vs Clive (A),  July 22 vs Pirates (H).  July 29 – Semi-Finals      Final – Aug 5


Ron Parker Memorial Cup 2017 – Sideline Bar OBM Division Three - 13 May v YMP lost 12-36 (H),   20 May v Havelock North (A) lost 0-26.     27 May v Takapau (A) lost 7-41.     3 June v (A) lost by default),   10 June v Tamatea (H) won 43-15,   17 June v Tech (H),   24 June v Flaxmere (Ron Giorgi Pk.),   1 July v Taradale (Tareha Res.),   8 July v  Maraenui (H),   15 July v HRS (H),  22 July v Pirates (H).   29 July - Semi-Finals

Arthur Brown Cup 2017 –  22 April - Napier Collision Repair OBM Colts vs Onga Tiko  won 69-12 (Tikokino),  29  April v HRS  won 32-27  (H),    6 May v Taradale (Tareha Reserve) won 24-10 ,   13 May v Pirate  (Tamatea Park) won 44-33 ,  20 May v Eskview (H) won 29-0.   27 May – Bye,  3 June v Havelock North  (H) won 24-17 .

Pat Ryan Memorial Trophy 2017 Napier Collision Repair OBM Colts - 10 June vs HRS (Elwood Park) lost 10-49,  17 June v Pirates (H),  24 June vs Havelock North (Anderson Park),  1 July vs MAC (venue ?),  8 July vs Taradale (H),  15 July v Eskview (Petane Domain),  22 July v Onga Tiko (H).   Semi-Finals 1 v 4  /  2 v 3.   5 Aug - Final

Nash Cup 2017 -  25 March  vs MAC won 51-10.   1 April  vs Central won 71-12.   8  vs Havelock North won 40-12.   15  vs Taradale won 78-9.   22  vs Tech won 32-5.   29  vs Tamatea won 78-0.   6 May  vs HRS won 31-7.     13  vs Clive  55-19 .   20  vs Pirates   39-10   (Final)    - 9 wins    >>>  New Record  23  of consecutive wins.       2017 Nash Cup round -  Played 9  -  won 9  -  Bonus Points 9  -  475 for  -  84  against.
Maddison Trophy  2017 -  27 May vs MAC   won 88-7.   3 June vs Central won 54-10. (25 wins) - 10 June vs Havelock North won 44-15 .  17 June vs Taradale


CLUB DAY  2017
Next Saturday 17th June

That YOU are at the BIG game(s) next Saturday at Tremain Field
>>> Then join us for the aftermatch function and fellowship <<<

HBI Insurance Brokers
Premiers vs TARADALE  @ 3pm

Richard Kepka Builders Premier Reserves vs TARADALE  @ 1.15pm

Sideline Bar Thirds vs TECH  @ 2.45pm

Napier Collision Repair Colts vs PIRATES  @ 1.15pm





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Clubroom Happenings
Clubroom ‘LUCKY MEMBERS’ Action
300 Lucky Members draw –  went to  Pat ‘Shady’ O’Shaughnessy  who  was  present so the Pool commences again at $100 next Saturday

Shape Life Financial Brokers
Supporter of the Day
  -   Regis Lespinas  (our French Premier / Magpie player who was on a visit from France

Clubrooms Raffle
Tamatea Pak-n- Save $50 voucher  Bill Halpin
Napier Old Boys Marist annual  ‘200 CLUB’
  Draw No.1
$100 No.196 Peter Single    $80 No.67 Jim Blundell   $60 No.138 Carolyn & Phil Blake  


Get into Napier Old Boys Marist Club Gear
 -  We have new season  HOODIES  and  JACKETS 
for SALE at the Club Bar



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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 a  40 years on FLASHBACK
'Year of the Treble' - Life Member Joe Kelly and Ken Simons still look back with fond memories as the club President and Chairman of '87.  The pre-season kicked-off with a 32-18 win against the touring Argentinian side Rosario. Followed shortly afterwards at Easter with the winning of the Spillane Cup at the Gisborne hosted tournament, with Napier (should say Matt Cooper, with six his penalties) accounting for MSP 18-13 in the Saturdays opening round.  In the other Spillane match, Hutt Valley Marist beat their Auckland counterparts in extra time 14-10.  And in the Mondays final, Napier easily cleaned out Hutt Marist by 38-4 to take out the Spillane Cup.  Napier's Mat Cooper, Craig Ferris, John Bird and Pat Benson were selected for the 1987 Tournament XV.  The Easter triumph was but a pipe opener to what was to come.........

And the Maddison Trophy beckoned  -  11 matches played and 11 wins says it all.  Top Maddison Trophy round point scorer with an impressive 4 tries, 37 conversions, 23 penalties, 4 drop goals was Peter O'Shaughnessy with - 165 points.  A result that kicked-off the 25 year reunion of Marist's 1962 Maddison Trophy winning team.  At the closing function of the reunion, team member and immediate past Marist president Ian MacRae was presented with Life Membership of the Napier Marist club.   And to round off the '87 season the senior team went on to take out the title in the Hawkes Bay wide 'Super League' competition.   The late Graham  'Webers Warriors' were certainly the toast of the town  -  well from a Marist perspective anyway.

Another highlight for President Joe was the presentation from a 'friends of Joe' consortium with a set of the original  'MARIST'  number plates, which are still proudly displayed on his car today.  Over the years there have been other imposters i.e. Sid McCann  with 'MAR1ST'  and another from a green enthusiast in the lower South Island with 'MARI5T' !

 The club's official Skerries Exchange player to Ireland was senior winger Mick Dennehy who endeared himself to the Irish media by quickly gaining the title of the 'Leinster Express'  with his hard determined running and regular try scoring feats.   Also travelling to the same club for a taste of Irish rugby was Dean Brassington and Peter Russell. (Dean eventually married an Irish colleen and has settled in the country.  Even had a recent stint as coach of our kindred Skerries clubs senior team.  Other 'globe-trotting'  former club members who returned to NZ included Stu Bennett who also proved a big hit with the Skerries Club, even putting down a Hangi to give the locals a taste of kiwiana on Christmas Day during his  stopover.  While mid-field back Ken Johnstone turned out  for the Elba RFC in Italy.  Ken reported that it took some time to grow accustomed to regular rioting on the sidelines which frequently had the polizia involved to arrest exuberant fans.

The Marist 'golden oldies' supported  with a few Celtic ring-ins namely Grant Mitchison, Howard and Ken Russell and Bernie Hinton attended the Auckland hosted International Golden Oldies Rugby Festival  -  Plenty of socialising with a little rugby tossed in!  Marist 'Survivors' still seen around the club today include Pete Bainbridge, Brendon Mahony and Alby Kane (occasionally).

And out of season with the sun on their backs was the Marist-Westshore surfboat crew which included the late Mike Claudatos, Steve Hornby, John van der Linden and Mike Primrose.  And for a bunch of rookies their finest hour was finishing 8th from 25 starters at the Surf Nationals.  Napier Marist Softball took out the title at their annual NZ Marist tournament.  And Marist Netball with an influx of new members boasted 7 teams taking the courts in '87.

Matt Cooper's was the club's first All Black since Ian MacRae and Blair Furlong in 1970 with his selection to tour Japan with the AB's, while earlier in the year he was selected for the NZ Colts team.  Auckland Marist's duo and '87 World Cup squad members Bernie McCahill and ZinZan Brook visited the Marist School, Riverbend Road much to the delight of all the club's junior rugby players.  And the Marist Junior 12th grade toured to play Hutt Marist winning 10-4 and then 'off-shore' to take on Nelson Marist and another win by 20-0.

The annual Brother Virgilius Cup clash with Napier HSOB resulted in a 17-6 to Marist.  The NZ Marist Colts toured in the Otago/Southland regions and the club's rep was senior winger Stu Smith and the 1987 Sportsman of the Year was Irwin Wirepa.           Editors Note: And the 1987 season also saw AJ played the first of his 385 Premier games for the club.

 at last weeks Lions tour opener a loud mouth in the stand at Okara Park up behind the press benches sounded off, “Is this the worst Lions team to ever come here?” he bellowed.  With no response from below he targeted a much unloved scribe.  “Stephen Jones, this is a great team you’ve brought out,” he roared.  To this Jones couldn’t resist a reply,  “At least I don’t have to live here.”  Silence….

THAT I’ve got nothing against League.  Any game that can get 13 wharfies and 13 freezing workers together without a union organiser in sight, can’t be all that bad.

THAT do you know your alphabet ?  V - is for Victory, victory may not be the greatest thing, but it certainly beats the alternative…….

THAT the well known Dominion Post cartoonist Tom Scott contribution to last Fridays edition had a sketch of AB coach Steve Hansen announcing. “We’ve picked a strong squad mindful of the need to keep the tests competitive and stopping the Lions losing heart….. To that end Mike Hosking will play tighthead prop. Dave Sylvia Christie will be hooker and Gerry Brownlee will be on the wing….”

THAT  we are looking to locate copies of our Napier Old Boys Marist Premier team photos from both  1999  and  2003.  If you have a copy could  you please make contact  with our Director of Club Management Jamie Beale  - 021 826 5142  or email -   Your assistance would be appreciated.

  Members don’t forget to keep up with the Club on FACEBOOK.

THAT your fellow clubmates extend our  Congratulations to Joseph Penitito, Pouvi Fatialofa,  Samie Lauanao,  Nuie Vaimoli, Ioane Lauano, Migao Lauano and Tom Iosefa on your selection to 2017 Hawkes Bay Samoan team who will be participating in games in the coming months..

THAT the first try in yesterdays Maddison Trophy match vs Havelock North scored by Liam Edwards was the Premiers 100
th try scored by the team in Hawkes Bay competition play this season."

++++  Great teams work harder after a tough loss.


“Ideally you want a penalty out of that situation rather than going to a drop kick. But, again, just the calls – it was what happened in the moment.”
The kicker of Canterburys long range match winning field goal. (see this weeks quiz question below)

“That’s the nature of the game, that’s rugby in the southern hemisphere….It’s from chaos, it’s unstructured.  The majority of the game now is from kick-returns and turnovers, and it’s your ability to react to those situations, and don’t get left behind.”
Lions assistant coach Rob Howley on why his team is training for ‘chaos’.

“Soon as he hit the ball he was gone – it was the Maori in him kicking in, just run, run for your life.”

Blues team mate Rieko Ioane on watching Ihaia West scoring the winning try to beat the Lions.

“Even though a lot of pundits are saying it will be a whitewash I think it might be a 2-1 series.”
Former Magpie skipper Tom Johnson on then upcoming tests.


Test  Your Rugby Knowledge 

This weeks Poser  - Which referee has controlled the most test matches ?   

Poser 2  - 
What was the score in the Maddison Trophy round against Havelock North last year ?  

Poser 3  - Who broke the 22-22 deadlock and kicked the winning drop goal for Canterbury against the Waratahs last Saturday ?    

Last weeks Poser  - How many current consecutive super rugby games have the Blues lost to neighbours the Chiefs  ?   Answer - 12 losses in a row.

Poser 2  - 
What was the score the NOBM Premiers beat Central by in the 2016 Maddison Trophy Cup round ?   Answer – NOBM 33 Central 8

Poser 3  - All Black captain Keiran Read what is the name of his former Secondary School  ?     Answer – Rosehill College (Papakura)

Lions Tour
3 June Vs Provincial Barbarians won 13-7.    7 June Vs Blues lost 16-22.    10 June Vs Crusaders won 12-3     13 June Vs Highlanders   .   17 June Vs NZ Maoris   .Rotorua     20 June Vs Chiefs   .    24 Vs All Blacks   .Auck.    27 June Vs Hurricanes     1 July Vs All Blacks   .Wgtn     8 July Vs All Blacks  . Auck


2017 Super Rugby 
Round 16
Fri 9 June
Hurricanes 14 Chiefs 17
Byes:  Blues,  Crusaders,  Highlanders
Super Rugby resumes again for all team other than NZ sides on 1 & 2 July.   NZ sides recommence and join the others on 14-16 July.



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.

 MARIST NATIONWIDE – Results available results from 10 June games (n/r – no results available)

 NORTHLAND - Whangarei OB Marist n/r  :  NORTH HARBOUR - Marist North Harbour n/r  :   AUCKLAND –  Marist n/r   : COUNTIES MANUKAU - Ardmore Marist 3 Bombay 22  :  WAIKATO – Hamilton Marist n/r  :  Te Awamutu Marist n/r BAY OF PLENTY - Greerton Marist 24 Rangataua 37    :  Whakatane Marist n/r  :  Rotorua Marist St Michaels n/r    :   POVERTY BAY -  Gisborne O B Marist n/r  :   HAWKES BAY -  Napier OBM 44 Havelock North 12  :  Hastings Rugby & Sports 36 Taradale 22  :  TARANAKI – Tukapa 22 NPOB 13   :  WANGANUI - Marist 28 Ngamatapouri 30  :   MANAWATU - OB Marist n/r  :  WAIRARAPA BUSH -  Masterton Marist 34 East Coast 24   WELLINGTON - Marist St Pats 19 Petone 17 :   Hutt OBM 24 Oriental-Rongotai 15

NELSON BAYS - Nelson Marist 28  Waimea OB 21  :  WEST COAST - Westport White Star n/r  :  Greymouth Marist 17 Kiwi 37   : Hokitika Wests 46 Southland Westland 24   : CANTERBURY - Marist Albion 23 Sumner 48   :  Ashburton Celtic 12 Saracens 24  :  Timaru Celtic n/r :  OTAGO – Dunedin Marist 0 Harbour 25  :  NORTH OTAGO Athletic Marist n/r :  SOUTHLAND -   Invercargill Marist 7 Star 33

> 2018 South Island Marist Tournament – Venue and date to be confirmed
2018 – 87th Spillane TournamentAuckland – date to be confirmed

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


  NOBM JUNIORS 2018 CHRISTCHURCH TRIP - $50 THIRSTY WHALE VOUCHER RAFFLE was won by No.40 Kylie Moody   also  No. 16 Rochelle Allen  was the lucky winner of the Pac-n-Save voucher.       Thanks for Supporting NOBM Juniors

NOBM Junior Rugby Committee

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

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


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”

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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'



Western Suburbs 7  Napier Marist 1

ISPS Handa Chatham Cup Round 3   -   Endeavour Park, Whitby  - Monday 5 June 2017

The romance of the cup, potential giant killers, cupsets, David v Goliath, I'm sure there are more cliches I could use and I probably will. This game was one of those that would end up a one sided affair or a classic cup story. 

In the red & white corner we had the giants, Western Suburbs, 111 years old, three times winners of the Chatham Cup (although oddly they only claimed two in their program), a team that had just moved to the top of the Central League after defeating the defending champions Wellington Olympic 2-1 on Saturday evening and had just welcomed back NZ players, Noah Billingsley & Callum McCowatt, from the U20 World Cup in South Korea. 

In the green & white corner the minnows, Napier Marist, just 30 years old, only their 3rd time of entry to the Chatham Cup (a fact that actually surprised the club who believed it was their first time this season!), a team currently second in the Hawke's Bay premier division (effectively the 3rd tier of NZ football) and whose players involvement with the U20 World Cup would've been watching it on TV.

Napier Marist were formed in 1987 by a group of Napier based ex St John's College students. St John's College is in Hastings and they had tired of traveling to Hastings to play so Napier Marist was born. The club played in the local Hawke's Bay leagues and had two spells (2007-09 & 2011-12) in the Pacific division of the Central Federation League. They established a junior club in 2005 and now have 6 senior teams and 28 junior teams.

This was there 3rd entry into the Chatham Cup, the club hadn't realised this, but as their previous two entries had resulted in 7-1 (2004) & 9-2 (2006) losses, both times to Gisborne Thistle, it's somewhat understandable they'd want to forget them. They got their revenge in the preliminary round this season when they beat Gisborne Thistle 2-0, before heading to Palmerston North and defeating Red Sox Manawatu 4-3. Both Thistle and Red Sox play in the Central Federation Premier League, one league above Napier Marist. Western Suburbs are in the Central Region Premier League, two leagues above Marist, and beat Wainuiomata 7-0 in the first round of the cup.

Western Suburbs are a young team, with their players coming from the Ole Academy, coach Declan Edge, has got them playing a high tempo, pressing game, where they keep the ball moving and there is always someone there to provide options for the player with the ball to pass to. Napier Marist knew from the start they'd be defending most of the day and so it proved, it took 21 minutes for Western Suburbs to get a  break through when Owen Parker-Price slotted it in.  Ihaia Delany also got two and Western Suburbs were 3-0 up at the break.
The second half was more of the same, Westerns Suburbs knocking the ball around looking for the openings, Delany completed his hat-trick in the 63rd minute when a shot came of the bar and landed at his feet for a tap in. Shortly after this Napier Marist got a rare corner and from it the ball found Mitchell Dick outside the penalty area who fired a screamer of a shot into the top corner. 

While the 20 or so Napier Marist fans who had made the journey down were impressed by this, the Western Suburbs players obviously weren't and straight from the kick off, Delany ran the ball over the goal line for his forth, a minute later substitute Elijah Just made it 6-1. Owen Parker-Price completed the scoring for the day in the 81st minute when he scored his second from the penalty spot, leaving the score at 7-1.     Napier Marist weren't a bad team, they actually played reasonably well, they just came up against a much better team in Western Suburbs. Napier Marist can be proud of their performance, that may seem strange to say about a team that lost 7-1, but if they had been a bad team the scoreline would easily have been in double figures. You could also say they had a 100% success rate when shooting at goal!, That shot was definitely the goal of the day. Hopefully their three Chatham Cup games this season have given Napier Marist the taste and encouragement to enter the competition again next season, you never know they could get a derby against Napier City Rovers.


Thanks to our clubs major sponsors -
Alexander Electric, Red Steel  and Tamatea Pak n Save.

>>> For all Napier Marist Football info please contact - Kevin Murphy  -  0272 970 238 
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New Players Welcome to Team up with us in 2017’


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 2017-18 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

Leprauchan Comments

Murphy was 77 years old and had worked 80 hours a week all his life and never had a holiday. His children were all married and his wife had died. He decided to enjoy life. He had a face lift, got a new expensive toupee, bought ten new suits and a brand new car. One evening he got all dressed up in a new suit, new tie, put on his toupee, and got into his new car and drove off towards Dublin. He was only gone a mile when he was killed in an accident.
On arrival in heaven, he walked over to St. Peter and said, "What's going on here? All my life I worked hard, and finally, when I had everything in place to enjoy myself, I was killed. Why? Why did you let it happen?"
St. Peter ducked his head in embarrassment and said, "Well, to tell you the truth I didn't recognize you."


A Kiwi tourist asked an Irishman what time the next train was to leave for Dublin.
“The next train for Dublin”, said the Irishman, “has just left”………


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 

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