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TeamTalk Update - 3 December 2017

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Eddie Wilson




Napier Old Boys Marist Rugby Club


3 December 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.


We extend Seasons Greetings to all Members 

“Team up with a Winning Club in 2018

      An Invitation from the President

The Napier Old Boys Marist Rugby Club extends an invitation YOU to attend our 28th Annual General Meeting to be held in the clubrooms, Park Island next Monday 11th December commencing at 5.30pm sharp.  (This is due another booking in the clubrooms at 7pm)            


We consider the Club has had a successful financial year just past and would be happy elaborate on any items in the Club's Financial Statements, of which the complete audited edition will be available for all those in attendance.

Copies of the Club's Annual Report and the Financial Statements are currently available on the clubs website to all financial members and our clubs valued Sponsors. 

You can check out the Annual Report and Financial Statements to be presented to the 28th Annual General Meeting on the club's website -   
Just scroll down to the bottom of the leftthand column of the 'home page' and click on  '2017 Annual Club Report '  and the  '2017 Club Financial Report '.


So how about coming along next Monday and supporting the efforts of those behind the scenes who have guided your Club both on and off the field in such a positive direction,  I look forward to seeing YOU.              


Regards to you all            


Phil Beck




    Director of Clubrooms Management Report 2017

Again another year has passed us by and another year of great success on the field with our teams, not only securing finals berths but also winning numerous trophies and titles along the way. Thanks must go to our Directors of Rugby (Matt Wyatt and Craig Gowler) and their team of coaches and managers for getting their teams playing such a winning and exciting brand of rugby.  These performances were well supported by our members which reflected in the regular large crowds at both games and our after match functions.

As a Club we have been able to create an environment and club culture that is envied by other clubs around the province and country.  For this we must thank all members both playing and non-playing who have helped to fill and use our clubrooms week in week out.  Thanks also must go to our Winter sports affiliates Marist Football and Ex High Marist Netball, whose continual and growing patronage has helped to create a fantastic environment throughout the winter months.  And of course our summer affiliates Napier Old Boys Marist Cricket, Napier Old Boys Marist Rugby Cricket and Marist Softball who use the clubs facilities throughout the summer.

Last year and again this year we have hosted numerous club events from our Inaugural NOBM Invitational Sevens Tournaments, Club Days,  Meetings, Fundraising events and Prizegivings as well as a few Band nights featuring throughout the year.

We have also had an increased use by other community groups using our facilities the likes of Napier Ross Shield,  HB Ross Shield,  Reignier School,  Intercity Junior Rugby,  Hawkes Bay U16,  Hawkes Bay Magpies,  Hawkes Bay Sevens,  Central Football,  Sacred Heart College,  NZ Corrections Service,  Napier City Council, Plaque Bearers, EIT, Napier Pipe Band, NZ Police, Pan Pac, NZ Football, Celtic Football,  Rongatai College and also a few of the local Probus and Friendship clubs.  We have also hosted various Birthdays, Engagements, Weddings, Funeral services and reunions throughout the year for both our members as well as non-members.  All of these events have helped us to expose ourselves to the wider community and potential players and members of the future as well as in a number of cases being valuable income stream.

Thanks must go to all members of the Napier Old Boys Marist Rugby Club Board for helping to run a successful and enjoyable Club.  We must also acknowledge and extend our special thanks to our Bar Manager Wade Colville-Smith and his crew of Bar Staff.   Also to Eddie Wilson and Bill Reilly for their contributions throughout the past year and also the many members that have pitched in and helped when asked in making our facilities and club such a success and something for all our members to be especially Proud of.

We are still in the process of upgrading our facilities which have already included the new carpet and a paint job in the players lounge this year, our historic international rugby jerseys now proudly on display in the foyer and as well the past Premier teams photos which are now on display in the changing room area.

Also this year we received a special recognition at the annual 2017 Hawkes Bay Sports Awards for our efforts both off and on the field in 2016 by winning the Grassroots Sports Club of the Year award.

Finally I would like to wish all members and your families a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.

Jamie Beale
Director of Club Management



New Players and school-leavers always Welcome
Your enquiries


‘Team up with Napier Old Boys Marist in 2018’

For all Rugby Matters please contact -

Craig Gowler
Director of Rugby & Premier head coach  -  0272 402 550


Matt Wyatt
Director of Rugby Development  - 
022 616 4250


Our  Summer  Action  Plans

A comprehensive summer season training programme has been circulated to our players covering both Sevens training, club training, touch, as well as sessions at the Infinite Fitness.
This will continue through until Wednesday 20 December with a Holiday Break until it resumes again from Wednesday 3 January.

These training sessions will continue for all including those involved in Sevens tournaments (Colts & Prems – HB 7’s - 17/2) as well as the pre-season 15’s games vs Feilding Yellows (24/2) and Palmerston North OBM (3/3) and then the 87
th annual - 2018 Spillane Tournament (Auckland  9-11/3). 

The Club season kicks-off on Sat 24 March for Prems and Prems Development teams).  Thirds and Colts date to be announced.

This is open to all our players as well as new players and school leavers.  For further Info please feel free to contact either Craig Gowler  or  Matt Wyatt (featured above)
Your enquiries are Welcome

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


NOBM Coaching Staff - 2018


Head coach  - Craig Gowler

Assistant  - Steve Bennet

Management  - Greg Lindsey / Todd Donaldson / Tim Jones

Other assistants / advisors tbc by head coach

Premier Development

Head coach  - Sam Williams

Assistant  - Kurt chambers

Management  - TBC


Head coach  - Steve Smithers

Assistant  - Monty Monteith

Management  - Bevan Hanlon / Allan Poy

Other assistant  - TBC 




Coaching  - Ellery Wilson / Sam Weber

Management  - Tim Jones/Craig Gowler/ Matt Wyatt



Super Rugby Mark Abbot (Hurricanes) - Sam McNicol, Brad Weber (Chiefs)

Hawkes Bay Magpies - Jarvy Aoake, Zach Donaldson, Mitch Drew, Matt Gardner, Ricky Hayes, Brad Weber, Ellery Wilson

Heartland Competition - South Canterbury - Liam Edwards

Hawkes Bay Saracens XV - Jarvy Aoake, Chris Benson, Paul Bickle, Hannan Brighouse, Zac Donaldson, Mitch Drew, Matt Gardner, Ricky Hayes, Chris Johnston, Terry Marsh, Jack Nelson-Murray, Joseph Penitito, Sean Skeet, Ellery Wilson

Hawkes Bay Under 19's - Mark Huata


Hawkes Bay Academy XV - Hannon Brighouse, Mitch Drew, Zach Donaldson

Spillane Tournament XV - Joseph Penitito,  Liam Edwards 
NZ Marist XV v NZ Heartland XV - Zach Donaldson

NZ Marist Colts - Jack Neilson-Murray, Craig Sharplin

Hawkes Bay Samoans
- Johnny Launao, Migao Luanao, Sami Lauano,  Pouviu Faitialofa,  Joseph Penito

Napier Ross Shield
   - Jahdeil Asovale, Michael Beech, Luke Chamberlain, Bailey Lawson



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our  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"


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



Clubrooms Hire
for all Functions or Events

In the first instance please contact:

Director of Club Management

- Jamie Beale 
Mobile - 021 0826 5142

Club Bar Manager
- Wade Colville-Smith
 Mobile - 021 059 3943




DID YOU KNOW                                                                                                                                                                 

THAT  do you remember this 2017 season remarkable Flashback ?   ‘Winning Trifecta Achieved’  Yesterdays win in the heavy conditions on Bond Field saw our Napier Collision Repair OBM Colts pick up the Clubs third first round title of the 2017 season.  Their consistent efforts during this past round saw them take out the Arthur Brown Trophy to join our HBi Insurance Brokers OBM Premiers Nash Cup and our Richard Kepka OBM Premier Reserves Town & Country Pratt Trophy winning sides.  This is certainly a remarkable record and is a credit to both the clubs players and management teams.  Keep up the great work guys.

THAT a reminder to our players who were presented with Cups at the annual Dinner & Trophy presentation evening could you please returned them back to the clubrooms at  your earliest convenience so we can complete our 2017 display of trophies.  Trophies still to be returned are from Jarrod Travers – Colts.  Sam Miringaorangi, Tim Jones, George Moleli  – Reserves.  Johnny Lauano – Premier.   Morunga Whaanga,  – Club Awards.      

mark next Monday 11 December in your Diaries now - this is the date of the Napier Old Boys Marist Rugby Clubs 28th Annual General Meeting which will commence at  5.30pm sharp.   All Members and intending members are invited to attend.  Pass the Word Around.

(covers not included here)

   THAT as this is the final issue of TeamTalk for 2017 and the next issue not due until mid-January 2018, it gives one the opportunity to briefly reflect over the past 47 years since TeamTalk was launched.  Obviously it wasn’t in the same email format as has been the case of the past twelve years.  The first 25 (1970-1996) years we produced an A5 size usually around 20 page magazine edition this also incorporated a fair amount of advertising content but was only printed six time a year.  The next stage we moved to was an A4 size newsletter produced in colour, which varied between a four and eight pages per issue this was also only printed around half a dozen times a year. 

Around this time we realised that a more regular communication to keep our membership ‘in the picture’ with regards our club happenings and events was an important factor.  So since November 2005 TeamTalk has been our emailed communication medium.  Initially it was purely all text with no illustrations or logos etc. but as time has moved on we incorporated our sponsors branding and began to regularly feature action rugby pics from our club games as well other illustrations as they came to hand.  The reason our weekly bulletins have been retained in this simple format is that a more stylised newsletter in the form of an attachment that has to be opened can be off putting to many of our members who indicate that they are wary in case they pick up a virus.  So with this in mind we intend staying ‘the way we are’ for the foreseeable future

(covers not included here)

     THAT the following is a brief explanation as to the reproduced covers of old TeamTalk magazines.  Starting with the top left hand issue of March 1980 which is highlighting the first decade of our publication with a random montage of covers from over that ten year period.  The top right pic is from a decade later October 1990 which was the final year of the former Napier Marist Club prior to amalgamation which sees Pat Benson, the clubs Sportsman of the Year set over a backdrop of premier team mates from that final season before the Club ‘crossed the park’.

Below left is a real Flashback shot from the April 1985 edition of two of New Zealand’s rugby legends, Hawkes Bays Kelvin Tremain and Colin Meads both who now have unfortunately passed away as they lead their respective sides out onto McLean Park.  And for those of us who were there on 9 August 1969, what a cliff-hanger of a Ranfurly Shield challenge it was from the visiting King Country XV.  A tight 9-6 lead to the hosts at the break eventually end up with Hawkes Bay hanging on to retain the log with their 19-16 victory to make it their 17
th successful defence thanks to a drop goal from second-five Johnny Dougan that made the difference.

The bottom right and July, 1987 TeamTalk  edition Flashback features the successful Marist captain Brent Nelson proudly displaying the coveted Spillane Cup at the Gisborne Marist hosted 1987 tournament.  Following on from their tight 18-13 win over Marist St Pats (thanks to the six Matthew Cooper penalties) in the opening round.  Napier turned on a super-charged performance on the Easter Monday to overwhelm Hutt Valley Marist 38-4 to take out the  tournament title.  This win was the beginning of the ‘year of the treble’ in more ways than one as they went on to win the Maddison Trophy for the third consecutive year (1985, ’86, ’87) as well as the new Hawkes Bay wide competition title.


THAT the edict just over a week ago from the IRB that players were banned from having writing/markings on wrist bands and that it would slap a $1000 fine on players who offended for inking messages.  Well that has now been ditched. The arrogant outlook of these World Rugby gin-swiggers that obviously have nothing better to do have since being found out that they have no legal right to carry out this threat which has been withdrawn.  There are much more important areas to work on like the voluminous rule book that needs simplifying than messing around with such trivial matters.

a reminder to our readers – If  YOU would like to contribute or offer your comments re rugby, our Club, or send a Letter to the Editor on any matter,  then please feel free to email your contribution to me.  We look forward to your comments and ideas.

THAT is it a phenomena of ‘today’ ?   It is remarkable the amount of all sorts of clothing, casual gear, jackets, caps, umbrellas, footwear including rugby boots etc etc that gets left around the clubrooms during the season.  The strange thing is that very, very little of this ever gets enquired about !  Maybe people these days get paid too much such is the casual approach to looking after their gear.  Subsequently these items get held for some months – and then either get donated to a charity shop or dumped.  What did YOU lose this season ?

THAT this weeks edition will be also posted as usual on the clubs website -  - add this to your favourites for future reference.   Ed


++++The only thing you can’t recycle is wasted time.


“They’re a good team, aren’t they?  At halftime we felt very much in the game and pretty comfortable . The message we we need to go out there and be accurate and in some key moments we weren’y able to do that against the best team in the world.”
Warren Gatland gives credit where credit is due after the Saturdays test.

I thought it was a great test match. Probably the difference between the two sides was Rieko Ioane and Waisake Naholo who scored four tries between them.”
Gatland continues.

”Forget the dead rubber  Bledisloe Cup win., the ‘diabolical’ Wallabies  have been exposed as a team ‘lacking heart and soul’ who have put pressure right back on controversial coach Michael Cheika.”

That is the view of veteran Australian rugby writer Greg Growden following their 29 point loss to Scotland.

“There have been many miserable losses during Michael Cheika’s three year reign as Wallaby coach, but none as diabolical as what occurred at Murrayfield.”

Growden continues.


Test  Your Rugby Knowledge 

This Weeks Poser –  In what position did young All Black Reiko Ioane make his name in as a schoolboy sensation ?   

Poser 2 –
How many All Blacks and who were they who captained the team on the recent tour ?  

Poser 3
 -  Who has Tana Umaga appointed as Blues captain  for their 2018 campaign  ?           

Last Weeks Poser – What was the result of the Wales vs Australia test two weeks ago ?     Answer Australia 29 Wales 21

Poser 2 -
 What do Sam & Luke White, Aaron Smith and Codie Taylor have in common ?     Answer - They were all members of the team that played Wales last night and they were all former pupils of Feilding High School.

Poser 3
 - Prior to last nights test when was the last time Wales won a test against the All Blacks ?    Answer 1953 (Wales 13 NZ 8)



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.

Successful unbeaten Tour
> > > 2017 NZ Marist Colts Tour (Bay of Plenty-Waikato regions) – 18-27 August
Vs. Te Awamutu Marist XV  won 29-15 ,   Greerton Marist XV won 26-10,   Rotorua St Michaels XV won 29-15,   NZ Harlequins U21 XV won 51-15

NZ Marist Senior XV  vs  NZRU Heartland XV  -  Timaru  -  4 November  2017  - lost 39-41
> 2018 South Island Marist Tournament
to be hosted by the Ashburton Celtic Club
> 2018 – 87th Spillane TournamentAuckland9-11 March 2018
> 2018 NZ Marist Colts Tour (Timaru, Oamaru, Dunedin, Invercargill)

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





Saturday 2nd December

NOBM Prems played Cornwall in a Friday night T20, lost the toss and were put into field and conceded 144 runs.
The chase was not in our favour  and they lost.

NOBM Big Barrel
fielded first against Cornwall and were set 300 to win.
Chasing Big Barrel were only able to make 94.

NOBM Hobblers played NOBM Rugby at Park Island with Hobblers winning toss and making a mere 122.
Rugby were all out for 106 with Adam Chapman top scoring with 42.

Back at the Clubrooms
- The Meatpacks went to Mason Baker, Sarah Collins & Dylan Smith.
The Bill Reilly East Pier Draw went to Margie.
The Sideline Bar $100 jackpot went to Sarah Collins




The NOBMCC annual Kids Christmas Party will be held at the Clubrooms on Sunday 17 December from 3pm

including a BBQ,  Bouncy Castle  and  Ho Ho Ho Santa!


>>> If any Cricket club members have children UNDER 10 and want their child to receive a present from Santa, please get their details to Del or Andrew ASAP!  <<<


Patron – John O’Shaughnessy    President – Dave Herrick 
 Secretary – Andrew Frame   Treasurer – James McCorkindale   Auditor – David Pearson   Club Captain/Development Officer – to be appointed  
Committee: Del Whyte,  Matthew Sinclair,  Glen Walklin,  Daniel Whyte,  Tony Sheriff,  Gary Leah,  Abby Burrows,  Calim Leathard  - plus Club Coach and Team Captains.

The new Cricket season is now underway

Pass the word around  -  See You There

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 2017/18 season




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   Hayley Ceselli  (021) 765 701
“New Players Welcome to Team up with us in 2018”


EHM Netball 

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 2018'


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

Next season we will  have more opportunities to sponsor our 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 2018 year.
>>> For all Napier Marist Football info please contact - Kevin Murphy  -  0272 970 238 
-    /

New Players Welcome to Team up with us in 2018


Leprechaun Comments

An Irish man walks into his appointment with his psychologist (shaking and brushing something unseen off his clothes.) "Doctor," he pants, "It's the little fellas, They're back agin!"

The doctor, also Irish, says "Seamus, come, sit down, rest."

So Seamus has a seat but he's still brushing his clothes.

The doctor takes a deep breath and starts in, "Oh, Seamus, I've not seen you this bad before. There's three things I want you to do. First, Seamus, you've got to cut down on the drink."

Seamus shudders but nods in agreement.

"Second," says the doctor, "You've got to get some rest. No more going out all night."

Again Seamus looks sad but nods.

"And third," says the doctor, (now brushing his own clothes) "Stop brushing the little beggers off on me!"


An Englishman, a Welshman and an Irishman were at a theme park and were about to go on a Roller Coaster when an old witch steps in front of them.

‘This is a magic ride,’ she says. ‘You will land in whatever you shout out on the way down.’

‘I’m game for this,’ says Dai, the Welshman, and slides down the helter-skelter shouting ‘GOLD!’ at the top of his voice. Sure enough, when he hit the bottom he found himself surrounded by thousands of pounds worth of gold coins.

William, the Englishman, goes next and shouts ‘SILVER!’ at the top of his voice. At the bottom he lands in more silver coinage than he can carry.

Patrick, the Irishman, goes last and, launching himself from the top of the slide shouts ‘WEEEEEEE!’


The Irish lads (Shane, Sean and Conor), were working on a building site in London. Unfortunately, Shane falls off the scaffolding and is killed instantly.

As the ambulance takes the body away, Sean says, ‘Someone should go and tell his wife.’  Conor says, ‘OK, I’m pretty good at that sensitive stuff, I’ll do it.’

Two hours later, he comes back carrying a case of Guinness. Sean says, ‘Where did you get that, Conor?’

‘Shane’s wife gave it to me’ says Conor.

Sean continues, ‘That’s unbelievable, you told the lady her husband was dead and she gave you the beer?’

‘Well not exactly,’ Conor said. ‘When she answered the door, I said to her, “You must be Shane’s widow”.

She said, ‘No, I’m not a widow.’

And then I said, ‘I’ll bet you a case of Guinness you are.”

We look forward to seeing all rugby players, footballers, netballers, cricketers and softballers and friends at the clubrooms each Saturday  -  Pop in for cool Tui or two  - Also bring along your mates for an Ale and a chat. 
All members and Friends Welcome
............. Ed

Napier Old Boys Marist Rugby – Napier Old Boys Marist Cricket – Napier Marist Football – Napier Marist Netball – Napier Marist Softball

”Team up with Napier Old Boys Marist”