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TeamTalk Update - 20 January 2019

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Eddie Wilson


Napier Old Boys Marist Rugby Club



Contents usually include: Old Boys Marist Senior & Junior rugby reports - weekly competition & draw winners - NZ Marist - affiliates Cricket, Netball, Football and Softball seasonal reports - Club Social events  -  News & Views etc etc.

Views and comments 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 2019”

New Players and school-leavers always Welcome

‘Team up with Napier Old Boys Marist in 2019’

For all Rugby Matters please contact

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

Your enquiries

-     Roll on 2019 –




Tues Mornings  -  Gym sessions  -  Infinite Fitness  -  5am – 5.45am


Wed Evenings  -  7’s Training  -  5.50pm


Thur Evenings  -  Club Touch  -  5.50pm


  • Ø All players and intending players Welcome.  Bring along your mates.

Upcoming Events

January – Sat/Sun 26/27 – Wider Prem squad camp

Feb - Sat/Sun 9/10 - National Club 7’s (Auckland)


Feb – Sat - 16 - Hawke’s Bay 7’s (Waipukurau) - (Colts)

Feb – Sat 23  vs Feilding Yellows – Tremain Field

March – Sat 2 – vs Palm North OBM – Palmerston North

March – Mon 4 – Premier squad named

March – Sat/Sun 9/10 – 88th Spillane Tournament – New Plymouth

March – Sat 16 – 1st round Nash Cup
Napier Old Boys  vs  Tech



  • Ø Vacancies in all grades.  School leavers especially Welcome



Rugby may have many problems,
but the gravest is undoubtedly that of the persistence of summer








For further Junior Rugby Info please contact > Bevan Condin  (021) 160 5118   or   Hayley Ceselli  (021) 765 701

For more details check us out on Facebook:

2018 NOBM Junior Rugby Committee

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

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

“New Players Welcome to Team up with us in 201




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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"

Club Happenings


Grab a Club Bargain Today


‘Green Machine’ Kooga Caps

Are still vailable from the Club Bar

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

Be in quick these caps have been great sellers  - only a few left


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:
Director of Club Management

 Wade Colville-Smith
 Mobile - 021 059 3943


Bring on the Game


THAT we take this opportunity to bring you a >         

FLASHBACK  -  from  40 Years ago….

1979  - A changing of the guard which saw former chairman Bryan Murphy take over as President from Jim O'Rourke and the Club had one of its best balanced and successful seasons to date, once again winning the Black & White Shield.   The teams impressive record speaks for itself:  Seniors - 1st.   Senior Reserve - Joint 1st.   Under 23 - 1st.   Under 21 Joint 1st.   Under 19 - 5th.

The former Senior captain Dan Weinberg took over as the Premier teams coach with his side being captained by hooker Fred Harbottle.   With the 1979 Spillane Tournament being held in Rotorua, we saw the return to the original four divisions setup.  Napier with consistent performances over recent years were automatically in the Spillane Cup section where we lost in the first round to Hamilton Marist but beat neighbours Hastings Celtic in the second to retain a place in the top division for the 1980 tourney in Wellington. 

1979 saw the introduction of a fulltime paid promotion and fundraising officer Bernie Fannin for the Club.  Despite this being discontinued at the end of the season, the scheme has much to offer if the right person is engaged.  One of the highlights of his tenure in the role was running a highly successful Beer Festival in the Centennial Hall which featured the Hawkes Bay Publicans Stakes which saw a number of hotels from around the province bringing along crowds of their regulars to voter for them.  The winning establishment on the night was Wairoa’s Eddie Baker,  of the Ferry Hotel and the runner-up was, Morrie Smith, Crown Hotel, Ahuriri.  Appropriate music was supplied by a popular band of the day Win Heuser and his 20 piece OOMPAH BAND plus the Village Barbarians !!!

Interesting incoming copy flowed freely for our TeamTalk magazine from our rugby players plying their skills around the globe including Paddy Guthrie (Western Australia, Jock McCarroll, Italy, Alan Burke, South Africa and John ‘moggie’ Reilly, Canada. This all made interesting reading and was enjoyed by members and especially their former Marist team mates.

Our Juniors in the Napier Ross Shield team captained by an All Black to be in Matthew Cooper were Peter Woolhouse and Richard McQueen. Also on his way to an international career  was another former junior in Matthews elder brother Greg, who had been vice captain of the 1978 Napier team.

Air New Zealand made presentations at the clubrooms to Marathon Swim Series winner Pat Benson, Graham Thompson for his Amateur Photographers Award used in the clubs magazine and also Eddie Wilson on winning of the rugby club publication of the year. Later in the same year on the rugby front Pat Benson was selected in the New Zealand Juniors rugby internal tour. 

A composite Marist club side had a convincing  54-6 win on McLean Park over the visiting Royal Navy side off the HMS Achilles.  The visiting seamen certainly made up for it at the aftermatch ‘do’ with their rollicking sea shanties and their ability to sink copious ‘pitchers’ (the Pom term for jugs of ale.)  All in all a very social occasion with some rugby thrown in.

Club fundraising saw the clubs Petrol Price Cheater & Holiday Bonanza Raffle well received and supported.  It featured no less than 16 x Suzuki A50 Motor Cycles plus Cash Prizes and two Hawaiian Holiday Prizes.  The overall result certainly put a smile on club treasurer Peter Larsens face.

We published an interesting letter from Rome from the former rector of St John’s College Fr Bernard Ryan who had been elevated to the position of Superior General of the Marist Order. His comments on the game in Italy and other places that he had travelled in his new role and also how please he was to be able to keep in touch with the club with regular copies of Team Talk being on-forwarded to him on his travels.  We certainly have readers everywhere. Just goes to prove we had readers everwhere.

On the representative front Hawkes Bay lost to France 13-31, but won  their way back into the 1st Division aided by selector coach Neil Thimbleby and his assistant Blair Furlong.  Napier Marist players in the Magpies team were Fred Harbottle,  Jock and Steve Eddy, Pat Benson and Jock McCarroll.   A large scale support and sponsorship programme was introduced by the HBRU to back the Magpie team, and this certainly had the desired effect.  At the clubs annual presentation of trophies dinner Club Chaplain Monsignor Heavey presented the trophies.  The 1979 TW Hercock Memorial Cup winner as the clubs 'Sportsman of the Year' - Fred Harbottle.


THAT next week it is hoped to bring something on these young international south American teenagers that are using out club facilities as their training base as they upskill under the guidance of Ellery Wilson and fellow members of the HBRU coaching team….  Ed


an important reminder to all players, members who received awards (trophies) at our 2018 Dinner and Presentation of Trophies function >>> If YOU are still in possession of your cup could you please return it back to the clubrooms so that it placed on display along with the others.  Either bring it along to training and give it to your coach or hand it in over the club bar.

THAT here is an update re pre-season training times and venues etc we hope to bring you more info/details as it comes to hand.  Those players in involved in Sevens training will be in the loop -

The last Info we circulated pre-Christmas   ~~~ Tuesday mornings – Gym sessions – Infinite Fitness   (5am-5.45am) ~~~  Wednesday evenings – 7’s Training (5.50pm)     ~~~  Thursday evenings – Club Touch (5.50pm)
The latter two activities at Park Island.  All players, intending players and school leavers

Take this OPPORTUNITY to bring along a mate to
‘Team up with Old Boys Marist Rugby’

THAT this being the first edition of TeamTalk for 2019  if you know of anyone that is interested in joining our regular mailouts in the New Year then forward their name and email address to  -  New members and supporters of our Rugby and affiliates Marist sports club always Welcome.


THAT here is another old Irish Proverb -   On the Irish ladder of success there's always someone on the rung above using your head to steady himself.


THAT Michael Cheika will continue to entertain those of us who are not Australians. To be blunt, if he believes the answer is Quade Cooper then he’s asking the wrong question.

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

++++ The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.


“Ballroom dancing is a contact sport. Rugby is a collision sport.”
Heyneke Meyer – Former Springbok coach.

“Ireland are the best side in the world. They are a very well coaches and drilled side and have  particular things they do well in the game. To beat Ireland we need to compete brutally in all the contest areas of the game.”
England coach Eddie Jones

“Rugby backs can be identified because they generally have clean jerseys and identifiable partings in their hair… come the revolution the backs will be the first to be lined up against the wall and shot for living parasitically off the work of others.”
Peter Fitzsimmons, former Wallaby lock and journalist.

”We’ve lost seven of our last eight matches. Only team that we’ve beaten was Western Samoa. Good job we didn’t play the whole of Samoa.” 
Gareth Davies, former Welsh and Lions player.


Test  Your Rugby Knowledge 

This Weeks Poser –  At the 87th Spillane Cup division in Auckland last year who did Napier OBM play ?   

– Who are the latest three Hurricanes players to sign overseas contract ?      

Poser 3 – If kiwi Warren Gatland accepts the role as coach of the 2021 Lions tour of South Africa how many Lions teams will he have led ?    

Poser 4
– With next weeks edition in mind - what is the nickname of the Chilean Rugby Team ?     


Last Weeks Poser – Who was the 2018 World Rugby Player of the Year ?  Answer - Johnny Sexton - Ireland’s first five.

– Since the kickoff of professional rugby how many tour matches have England played against Samoa, Fiji and Tonga ?     Answer - Zero     

Poser 3 – Who was the Mitre 10 Cup rugby player who had his contract ripped up by the Irish club Connacht after his assault charge ?     Answer – Sevu Reece – Waikato winger

Poser 4 – Which All Black is getting married next Saturday ?   Answer – Beauden Barrett

And a special Poser for our Irish friends:

What famous Irish company has been at the same Dublin address since it was founded in 1759 ?      Answer - Guinness Brewery (St James Gate, Dublin 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.

> 2018 NZ Marist Colts Tour 17-26 Aug. South Canterbury A won 24-22 (Timaru).   (Invercargill) vs Marist XV lost 29-24.   (Dunedin) vs Dunedin Club Invitation XV won 45-17.   (Oamaru) vs North Otago A lost 35-24. 

Coming Events
2019 NZ Marist Sevens Tournament
– Hamilton – 26 January 2019
> 2019 South Island Marist Tournament – hosted by the Timaru Celtic Club – 2-3 March 2019
> 2019 – 88th Spillane TournamentNew Plymouth – hosted by Tukapa RFC  -  8-9 March 2019


>>>  <<<





All current senior club members and new players for 2019 welcome!


John O’Shaughnessy
    Dave Herrick
 Andrew Frame
 David Pearson     Treasurer:     James McCorkindale
Del Whyte    
Del Whyte, Matthew Sinclair, Glen Walklin,  Daniel Whyte, Ms Abby Burrows, Calim Leathard,
+  Club coaches and Team Captains

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”


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




Present and New players, School leavers, Coaches and Managers will be welcome for next season.

Come and join our club in 2019


Come along  and support the Shamrocks



WE - Need more players to fill our teams in 2019 >>> Come and join our friendly club.

>>>For more Info  please Contact: President: Glenys Hannan  027 8355 565

Secretary/Treasurer:  Jacqui Gardiner  0272 398 204  or  Gear Manager: Jo Exeter  0276 227 607  /  Jill Verschaffelt  027 299 2704 

Like us on facebook to keep up to date with all the happenings.
‘Team up with ExHigh Marist Netball in 2019'





Napier Marist Football Club


Central Football & the HB Regional Sports Park have teamed up to host a Futsal Tournament on Saturday 26th January 2019!

Held on the Unison Hockey turfs, this is a great way for everyone to get involved in one of NZ’s fastest growing small-sided sports. We are offering competitions for all levels so there’s no excuse not to be involved!

Work mates, clubs, groups of friends/family - get your entries in  >>> (first in first served)

Download an entry form    & send back to Alana Waters.

If you have any questions please contact Alana -

We look forward to seeing you down on the pitches!


Thanks to our clubs major sponsors -

Alexander Electric  - 
Business Technology Group  -   Bay Tours and Charters  -    Red Steel 
Shed 2      Tamatea Pak n Save.
>>> For all Napier Marist Football info please contact - Kevin Murphy  -  0272 970 238

“Play Napier Marist Football in 2019New Players Welcome”

The Leprechaun Comments

Paddy the Irishman checks into a hotel for the first time in his life and goes up to his room.
Five minutes later he calls the desk and says,“Ya have given me a room with no exit. How do I leave?”
The desk clerk says,”Sir, that’s absurd. Have you looked for the door?”
Paddy the Irishman replies ”Well, there’s one door that leads to the bathroom. There’s a second door that goes into the closet. And there’s a door I haven’t tried, but it has a ‘do not disturb’ sign on it.”


An Italian lawyer and an Irishman are sitting next to each other on a long flight.

The lawyer is thinking that the Irishmen are so dumb that he could put something over on them easily… So the lawyer asks if the Irishman would like to play a fun game. The Irishman is tired and just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines and tries to catch a few winks. The Italian lawyer persists and says that the game is a lot of fun. I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me only €5.00 then you ask me one, and if I don’t know the answer, I will pay you €500.00, he says.

This catches the Irishman’s attention and to keep the lawyer quiet, he agrees to play the game. The lawyer asks the first question. ‘What’s the distance from The Earth to the Moon?’

The Irishman doesn’t say a word, reaches in his pocket pulls out a five euro note and hands it to the lawyer.

Now, it’s the Irishman’s turn.

He asks the lawyer, ‘What goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down with four?’

The lawyer uses his laptop and searches all references he could find on the Net.

He sends e-mails to all the smart friends he knows, all to no avail.

After over an hour of searching, he finally gives up.

He wakes up the Irishman and hands him €500.00.

The Irishman pockets the €500.00 and goes right back to sleep.

The lawyer is going nuts not knowing the answer.

He wakes the Irishman up and asks, ‘Well, so what goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four?’

The Irishman reaches in his pocket, hands the lawyer $5.00 and goes back to sleep. Don’t mess with the Irish!

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

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