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TeamTalk Update - 11 March 2018

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Eddie Wilson




Napier Old Boys Marist Rugby Club


11 March 2018

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 2018


No doubt about it Winners are Grinners x 2

Back to Back Spillane Cup Victors in Auckland today at the 87thannual New Zealand Marist Spillane Cup

tournament following their 32-17 win in the Final over Hutt Old Boys Marist this afternoon.



87th annual - 2018 Spillane Tournament  (in Auckland  9-11 March). 

Division One – Spillane Cup – Round 1 - Friday 9th March

Hutt Old Boys Marist  22  Christchurch Marist Albion  20

Auckland Marist  14  Napier Old Boys Marist  24

Spillane Cup Final  Sunday 11 March
Napier Old Boys Marist  32
 Hutt Old Boys Marist  17

Relegation match
Auckland Marist  v  Christchurch Marist Albion


Ham Cumming Cup – Div.2
Hastings Rugby & Sports  34  Tukapa Rugby & Sports 7  (to be confirmed)
Hamilton Marist  7  Marist University North Harbour  18

Ham Cumming Cup Final Sunday 11 March
Marist University North Harbour  7  Hastings Rugby& Sports  34

Relegation match
Hamilton Marist  v  Tukapa R&S

>>> The other divisions played their opening games on the Saturday 10 March with all Finals // Relegation matches on Sunday 11 March.

The Auckland Marist hosted Spillane Tournament also included  Colts, Golden Oldies and Womens games played over the weekend at their club ground and facilities on the banks of the Tamaki River, Panmure.

New Players and school-leavers always Welcome

‘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

Your enquiries

Training 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

Compulsory RUGBY SMART Course
at the NOBM Clubrooms




Schedule for this week  -  March  -  @ Park Island
Tues. 13           Training
Thur. 15           Training
Saturday/Sunday 17-18     Premiers Camp


and the following week

Monday 19      2018 Premiers squad named
Tues. 20           Training
Thurs. 22         Training
Sat.24  Premier & Development teams season kick-off


Rugby doesn't build character, it reveals character

NOBM Coaching Staff - 2018


Head coach  - Craig Gowler   :   Assistant  - Steve Bennet

Management  - Greg Lindsey  / Tim Jones / Todd Donaldson

Other assistants / advisors tbc by head coach


Premier Development

Head coach  - Sam Williams   :   Assistant  - Kurt Chambers

Management  - Wade Colville-Smith



Head coach  - Steve Smithers   :   Assistant  - Monty Monteith

Management  - Bevan Hanlon    :   Other assistant  - TBC






Coaching  - Ellery Wilson / Sam Weber

Management  - Tim Jones/Craig Gowler/ Matt Wyatt


>>> Remember Guys you’re a long time with your boots hung up when you finally blow the whistle…
How about giving it one more go…..
And how about a couple of you ‘young fellas’ getting together and having a crack at coaching these likely lads who have probably played a fair bit of rugger over the years and should just about know it all anyway.  Put the word around   -   Have a chat to Matt soonest.
For further Info please make the effort to get in touch with director of Rugby Development Matt Wyatt – 0226 105 118  or  Alan Gardiner – 0272 458 700





For more details check us out on Facebook:  NOBM Junior Rugby


2018 NOBM Junior Rugby Committee

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

Waka Petera, Dave Walls, Rochelle Williams, Grant Frommherz.

- 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”



Flashback: NOBM Junior Club members move on to senior club duties.  Inset pic sees Phil Halpin in our Junior
club strip in 2010. And above playing his first game last Saturday in our combined Colts-Development XV vs

Maraenui match. Our congratulation also to Phil who has just been named head boy at St John’s College.

Also in action last Saturday for our Premier XV vs Palmerston North OBM was another schoolboy and
former NOBM junior, TK Thompson who made his debut for our Premier team in the absence of
regular premier halfbacks and Magpies Ellery Wilson and Zach Donaldson who were unavailable.

Incidently both up and coming young players made their debuts in winning NOBM teams.



club noticeboard

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"

Grab a Club Bargain Today

‘Green Machine’ Kooga Caps

Available now from the Club Bar

At the bargain price of only  $20 adult size  &  $15 kids size

Be in quick while stocks last




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


Clubroom Bookings
for all Functions or Events

In the first instance please contact:
Club Bar Manager
 Wade Colville-Smith
 Mobile - 021 059 3943

Checkout -



            FYI  We have been asked by members  what are the benefits of a Gold Card membership of the Club so the following is for your Info….




   THAT  your fellow Napier Old Boys Marist club members extend to our livewire club chairman Terry Gittings our hearty Congratulations on being voted the New Zealand Marist Rugby Federations ‘Personality of Year’  at the federations annual meeting in Auckland over the weekend.  It just goes to show that there really must be something in the Gittings family genes, as his older brother Bernard (Hamilton Marist) was the recipient of this honour three years ago.  A deserved recognition mate.

Reece Robinson  &  Glen Varcoe
THAT it was great for club members and old teammates to catch up with the above two former well performed Napier Old Boys Marist premier players at the clubrooms last Saturday at the conclusion of the pre-season match between our Premier squad and the visiting Palmerston North OBM counterparts. These were PNOBM’s coach Reece Robinson and his former teammate Glen Varcoe who came over from Hastings to watch the match.  Both of these retired players were members of our clubs back to back championship winning Colts team of the mid 1990’s, who went on to establish themselves as top performing Napier OBM Premier and representative players as their following rugby records shows. 

A 1995 NZ Secondary Schools representative and the son of Richard Robinson a former Napier HSOB and Magpie player,  Reece moved to Napier from the northern Wairapapa joining up with our clubs crack colt side in 1996 where he also teamed up with colts skipper Glen Varcoe.   Come 1997 many of this top young team progressed up to our premier rugby squad.  ‘97  also saw the combined Hawkes Bay and Manawatu unions launch three Central Vikings rugby teams, namely an  A, a B  and Colts sides.

 Six of our young players OBM players Reece Robinson, Glen Varcoe, Waka Petera, Stewart Price, JJ Skipworth and Shane Hancy were selected for the combined colts team.  Another recognition of the clubs talent saw five players Robinson, Varcoe, Petera, Skipworth and Scott Taylor selected for the National under 21 trials squad.  As well Reece along with James Reilly were selected as members of the Gordon Teitjens (himself a former Rotorua St Michaels Marist player) selected NZ Marist Sevens team that participated in the South Pacific Sevens tournament in Samoa.  While NOBM rugby mate Glen Varcoe played some 16 matches for the Magpies between 2001-03, scored 4 tries as a loose forward and captained the team on one of his seven appearances in 2003. 

As a lock Reece further added to his career record in 1998 with selection in the NZ Under 21 team as well as playing 13 matches and scoring two tries for the Vikings ‘A’ side.  He also made his debut with the Magpies in 1998 and played a total of 30 games through until 2001 and scored 4 tries.   In 2000 Mark Shaw the coach of the Hawkes Bay side appointed Reece as his skipper for the season.  He also played NZ Maori rugby for both their colts and senior Maori side against the Argentinian Pumas.  The opportunity for overseas experience saw Reece play four years of professional rugby in Japan for Mitsubish Heavy Industries before returning to finish his playing days with a further 39 appearances for the Manawatu Turbos to complete a rather illustrious playing career.


Mike Comans leadership skills are still being recognised and on a global scale.  The former NOBM premier backrow forward who has been on an OE rugby experience since stepping down from captaining the Magpies, playing for the Hurricanes and turning out for our club to head to the UK where he teamed up with and became captain of the Edinburgh Club 2013-16.  After moving south to join the London Irish club at the end of the 2016 season was a move that saw Mike scoop the 2016/17 Player of the Year Award at London Irish’s end of season dinner and he has been a stand-in skipper during the current 2017/18 Aviva Premiership season.


 THAT it is certainly a credit to our Premier skipper Chris Johnston on the way he led his side on Friday evening to a 24-14 win over Spillane tournament hosts Auckland Marist.  Considering that Chris had just spent 26 hours of flying time back after holidaying in France with his wife Alice and then another six hours of bus travel up to Auckland on the day of the match and all within two days of arriving home his efforts to lead his scratch team to its opening round win was remarkable.  It was certainly an incredible example of his leadership and loyalty to his team by the clubs 2017 KR Tremain Sportsman of the Year.

THAT it is interesting to see that the West Australian billionaire Andrew Forrest who supported the rejected Western Force super rugby franchise has gone ahead and launched his sponsored World Series Rugby competition which will provide seven matches to be played at the nib stadium, Perth, for what’s left of the discarded former Force team.  Games will be played between May and August against Pacific nations sides Fiji, Tonga and Samoa also Hong Kong plus a Japanese side which is still to be finalised. And there will a be two matches against Super Rugby sides in the test window recess against the Crusaders on June 22 as well as a game against the Melbourne Rebels a side that is now being coached by David Wessels who ironically last year was head coach of the former Western Force team.


THAT a check on our club website –  especially the latest video clip – see the ‘home page’ it’s well worth a viewing with a wide variation of ‘action’ covering pre-season training, plus fifteens and sevens game highlights etc.

THAT here is an Irish Proverb  - ‘There’s nothing so bad that couldn’t be worse’

an update to our non-playing club members re your annual subscriptions.  We have recently sent out an info on your sub options for the period 1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019, including Gold Card etc.   As in the past we look forward to and appreciate your valued and continued support of our top performing Club again in 2018.

a reminder to our readers – If  YOU would like to contribute or offer your comments re rugby in general or our Club, then send a ‘Letter to the Editor’.   Please feel free to email your contribution to    We look forward to your comments and thoughts.  Don’t bottle it up or tell someone else contact TeamTalk today.

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


++++  Losers quite when they’re tired.  Winners quite when they’ve won.


“I don’t want the occasion to be overwhelming, I want to focus on what I have to do and that’s play well for the team.”
Beauden Barrett on the eve of his 100th game for the Hurricanes.

'If I can give you any advice, start low and work up. Don't go straight to seniors, work your way up. I took that advice on board and so far I am really enjoying coaching."
Reece Robinson on the advice his former Vikings coach and All Black hardman the late Frank Oliver gave him before he began coaching the PNOBM colts team.

“He fills grounds, he excites people. Everything that is good about rugby, it’s what Beauden Barrett does. He is an exceptional talent, he has probably nearly defined No.10 play.”
Former Irish star and now Crusaders coach Ronan O’Gara.




Always a Leader from the Front

Flashback 2009: A determined MJ in action supported
by Green Machine teammates AJ and Earl Anderson.

Test  Your Rugby Knowledge 

This Weeks Poser – How many head coaches have the Hurricanes franchise had since 1996 ?    

Poser 2 –
  With Beauden Barrett playing his 100 match for Hurricanes against the Crusaders, how many Canes players have now reached a century of appearances for the franchise ?       

Poser 3  - How many Hurricanes head coaches since 1996 can you name  ?       

Last Weeks Poser – How long ago did Scotland have their last Calcutta Cup win vs England ?     Answer -  10 years (a 15-9 win in 2008) 

Poser 2 –
  Which provincial team won the Womens title and Farah Palmer Cup in 2017 ?       Answer -  Canterbury

Poser 3  - On winning the Maddison Trophy last season how many unbeaten competition games had our Premiers played ?       Answer – 34

  -  6 Nations
   March 10   Ireland 8 Scotland   :  France 22 England 16  :  Wales v Italy

Investec Super Rugby

Round 3  March Fri.9    Highlanders 33 Stormers 15  :  Rebels 33 Brumbies 10  :  Hurricanes 29 Crusaders 19 :  Reds 20 Bulls 14 :  Sharks 50 Sunwolves 22 :  Lions 35 Blues 38  : Jaguares 38 Waratahs 28

Round 4   March 16   Chiefs v Bulls    :  Sat.17  Highlanders v Crusaders   :   Brumbies v Sharks   :  Sun 18  Stormers v Blues   :  Lions v Sunwolves   :  Jaguares v Reds   :  Waratahs v Rebels 



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.

> 2018 – 87th Spillane TournamentAuckland – 9-11 March 2018
> 2018 South Island Marist
Tournament – to be hosted by the Ashburton Celtic Club – 3-4 March 2018
> 2018 NZ Marist Colts Tour (Timaru, Oamaru, Dunedin, Invercargill)
> 2018 NZ Marist Senior XV  vs  NZRU Heartland XV  - details tbc

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





Saturday 10 March  - Report courtesy Andrew Frame 

Notice from HB Cricket Association:
Due to the rain over the last few days all fields are completely saturated therefore all cricket is cancelled this weekend.

NOBM Big Barrel XX

NOBM Hobblers  XX
NOBM Rugby   XX
NOBM Ladies  XX

Back at the Clubrooms   Meat packs went -  The Bill Reilly Draw  East Pier Draw -   And the Sideline Bar draw  Jackpots to $100


Mark NEXT Saturday 17 March up on your calendar for our Clubs annual End of Season Prizegiving Function.  More details to come.  See YOU there.

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 Leahy,  Abby Burrows,  Calim Leathard  - plus Club Coach and Team Captains.

The second half of the 2017/18 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 2018-19 Season



EHM Netball 



SPECIAL Netball meeting, MONDAY 12 March @ 7pm
@ Old Boys Marist Clubrooms , Park Island.


WE - Need more players to fill our teams,  grading day starts 7 April. Come and join our friendly club.

For more Info  -  Contact: Nicolette  027 244 9299



DID YOU KNOW  That  the Ex High Marist Netball Club will be celebrating our 45th Birthday with a Dinner @ Shed 2 on Saturday 5 May.
More details plus ticket costs etc will be announced shortly.  Mark up the 5th May on your calendar today.

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 - Nicolette Walker  0272 449 299 
Secretary/Treasurer – Lisa Hayes
Treasurer – Janine Thompson

Club Captain –
Social director –    Gear custodian –
Other committee members include Victoria Anderson

'Team up with Napier ExHigh Marist Netball in 2018'


Attention all Players – Current & New
Pre-Season Training is now underway
our training grounds – Park Island
Pass the word around

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 
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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 2018-19


Leprechaun Comments
Finnegan’s wife had been killed in an accident and the police were questioning him.
“Did she say anything before she died?” asked the sergeant.
“She spoke without interruption for about 40 years,” said Finnegan.


A young Irish boy said to his grandfather, “Make a frog noise for me, Grandad.”
“No, son, I don’t feel like making a frog noise right now.”
“Oh please, Grandad, make a frog noise.”
“No, I don’t want to.”
“Oh please, Grandad, make a frog noise.”
“Why is it so important to you that I make a frog noise?”
“Mum says when you croak we can have this house.”


Two Irishmen looking for work see a sign that reads TREE FELLERS WANTED. “Oh, now, look at that,” said Paddy. “What a pity there’s only de two of us!”


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”