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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



Ø Roll on the 2019 Season



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

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


  • Ø 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









The Maurice Trapp Group Napier Old Boys Marist
team to represent our club at this years national club Sevens finals in Auckland this coming weekend are:

1. Pouvi Fatialofa  2. Jack Nelson-Murray  3. Mathew Gardner  4. Luke Donaldson  5. Johnny Lauano  6. Liam Edwards  7. Michael Buckley  8. Mitch Drew  9. Sammi Lauano  10. Saia Paese  11. Te Kaika Thompson  12. Dan Sharplin

Coach: Craig Gowler    Managers: Glen Donaldson & Milo Lauano    Physio: Kayne Bettridge


It is interesting to see that this year we have five affiliate NZ Marist clubs who have won their way into the 2019 National Club Finals to represent their provinces and compete for the William Wavell Wakefield Middlesex County Cup


Old Boys Marist - Northland

Ardmore Marist – Counties Manukau
Marist North Harbour  – North Harbour

Napier Old Boys Marist – Hawkes Bay

Marist Albion Christchurch – Canterbury


Stay Positive - Work Hard - And Make It Happen
At the above tournament the Maurice Trapp Group NOBM team were really pushed by a competitive MAC side in the 2018 Hawkes Bay club final. After trailing 5-19 OB Marist hit back to take out the local title with a close 31-24 win and in doing so won their way through to the 2019 national club finals










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 2019




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 bargain Today…
Keep the sun out of your eyes 

‘Green Machine’ Kooga Caps

Available 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 


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


THAT recent standouts in the successful Brendon Ratcliffe coached Napier Boys' High School 1st XV,  Leo and Tyrone Thompson have joined Marist St Pat's, the talented twins who were former Napier OBM Juniors have been contracted by the Wellington Academy.  They were both key players in a successful 2018 season that saw Napier Boys High the Hurricanes Schools champions,  Moascar Cup winners and National ‘Top Four’ runners-up.  Tyrone captained the side as a hooker while Leo plays in the midfield.  Their talents will definitely be of benefit our Wellington NZM affiliates and certainly a case of NOBM’s loss and MSP’s gain.

THAT the young tourists from both Chile and Argentina had a hit out match against a combined St John’s College 1st XV / U15 side during the past week at Tremain Field.  The fairly evenly balance game which saw both sides cross for 4 or 5 tries apiece was played in great spirit and from all reports the visitors were really buzzing afterwards from playing against some Kiwi boys and especially the Pacific Islanders in the St John’s side.

Some of these players are likely to be meeting up again in a couple of months time when the St John’s 1st XV are on their upcoming tour of Chile.


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 advance notice of an upcoming  -  Race Night Fundraising Event

The St Johns College Rugby Foundation is hosting the inaugural SJC Race Night.  This is a fundraising evening to help raise money towards two St Johns College rugby teams travelling to Chile in April 2019  (the 1st XV and Emerging Players sides)  as well as towards the continued development of SJC rugby:

Date: Friday 1st March

Start time: 6.30pm until 11.30pm

Venue: St Johns College Gymnasium (Father Barry O'Connor Centre)

Dress Code: Day at the Races - horse racing theme - or whatever you would wear to the races…it really is down to your imagination!

Entry: Tickets are $40 which includes a buffet meal fully catered by the nationally recognised SJC culinary arts students as well as live entertainment and a fundraising auction.  More details coming to our readers this week…….


THAT here’s another Flashback from TeamTalk  (June 2010)   ‘Latest clubman to chalk up his 50 Premier games for the Tremain OB Marist Premiers is veteran lock Steve Smithers. In the twilight of his rugby career and enjoying his rugby with the OB Marist thirds Steve has had a regular call-up over recent seasons to help out the Prems.  Steve is also co-coach of our well performing OBM 12th grade Juniors.  Congrats Steve.

As we all know Steve carried on with a coaching role on retirement initially with our Premier Development and of recent seasons as head coach of our premiers of the future – our Napier Collision Repair NOBM Colts.  And over this period a regular stream of these talented young players are making their mark on moving on up to our clubs Premier ranks.

THAT where is he now?  Mike Coman our former Premier and Magpies captain (2010-13) and the clubs 2012 KR Tremain Sportsman of the Year headed off on his rugby OE at the end of the 2013 season.  He signed, played for and captained Edinburgh (2013-16).  Mike then moved south to London in 2016 where he is currently playing for the London Irish Club


THAT here is another old Irish Proverb -  Forgetting a debt doesn’t mean its paid !

 THAT former coach of the Magpies Peter Russell who has since had the role of head coach of the Newcastle Falcons followed by mentor of top Japanese side the NEC Green Rockets, is now heading back to NZ.  This season he will take on the position as head coach of the Manawatu Turbos.  A onetime Upper Hutt RFC premier player until he moved into coaching as the mentor of the MSP Colts before moving up to our Wellington NZ Marist affiliate The MSP clubs premier side where he guided them to take out three Wellington titles over four seasons. 

Moving into rep rugby he helped Wairarapa Bush to promotion from the division 3 to division 2 before taking on the position of as head coach of the Magpies for five seasons (2007/2011).  I’m sure Hawkes By rugby followers will watch with interest just how our former Vikings partners perform under Peter’s coaching in the Mitre10 Championship this season.

THAT if you know of anyone that is interested in joining our regular TeamTalk  mailouts  then please forward their name and email address to  -   New members and supporters of our Rugby and affiliates Marist sports club always Welcome.

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.

++++  Always look on the bright side. That way if something goes wrong you can say the sun was in your eyes.


On England's new look against Australia: "This looks a good team on paper, let's see how it looks on grass."
English rugby scribe.

“Mate I think he’s fantastic. The reason he does well is because he’s not a structured player.”
Aussies David Campese on All Black Damian McKenzie…
and continues….”If you are unpredicteable you can still survive, that’s why you’ve got McKenzie and Beauden Barrett as well.  When you’ve got flair it’s impossible to coach.”


"Remember that rugby is a team game; all 14 of you make sure you pass the ball to Jonah."

Anon fax to 1995 All Blacks before the New Zealand v England World Cup semi-final.



Test  Your Rugby Knowledge 

This Weeks Poser – Who was the pivot in Ireland’s team that played England last night ?   

–  Who is coaching the St John’s College 1st XV that will be making an international tour of Chile in April ?    

Poser 3 –  Which Super team is the controversial Quade Cooper pulling his boots on for this season ?    

Poser 4
– Who do our NOBM Prems play in the opening Nash Cup fixture on March 16 ?  

Last Weeks Poser –  At the 87th Spillane Cup division in Auckland last year who did Napier OBM play ?    Answer – Napier 24 Auckland 14,  Napier 32 Hutt OBM 17 (Final)

– Who are the latest three Hurricanes players to sign overseas contract ?       Answer – Jeff Toomaga-Allen, Matt Proctor, Nehe Milner-Skudder.

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 ?     Answer - 3

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



Round 1– 15/16 Feb
Chiefs v Highlanders  :  Brumbies v Rebels  :  Blues v Crusaders  :  Waratahs v Hurricanes  :  Sunwolves v Sharks  :   Bulls v Stormers  :  Jaguares v Lions



International Rugby
2019 Guinness Six Nations – 2/3 Feb
France 19 Wales 24  :  Scotland 33 Italy 20  :  Ireland 20 England 32

10/11 Feb
Scotland v Ireland   :   Italy v Wales   :   England v France



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.

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
> 2019 – 45th New Zealand Marist Colts tour – Poverty Bay- Hawkes Bay -  (dates to be confirmed)

>>>  <<<






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



  • Meet & Greet #2 -

    Wednesday 13 February  @  6pm
    Napier Courts,  Onekawa
    - this will be followed by our clubs AGM

    Come join the fun
    New and current players are invited to our pre-season get-together
    Bring a friend

    Everyone is Welcome – social - competitive and even over 40’s!
    Bring your shoes  for a run around if you’re keen

    Present and New players, School leavers, Coaches and Managers will be Welcome

    Come along and join our club in 2019



    >>>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

    >>> A huge congratulations to our Federation Head Coach Jamie Dunning. He has just been awarded his OFC/NZF A Licence that only two other people in HB have obtained. This is an outstanding effort from Jamie who has worked extremely hard over the past 18 months with the help of Napier Marist to accomplish this. From all of us at Napier Marist Football Club we are extremely proud of you for obtaining this massive achievement. This just shows that hard work and determination does pay off.

    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

Walking into the bar, Shamus said to O'Heir the bartender, 'Pour me a stiff one - just had another fight with the little woman.'

'O, bejabbers,' said O'Heir, 'And how did this one end?'

'Hah, when it was over,' Shamus replied, 'she came to me on her hands and knees.'

'Really?' cried O'Heir, 'now that's a switch!  What did she say?'

She said, 'Come out from under the bed, Shamus, you little chicken.'


Two Irishmen met and one said to the other, 'Have ye seen Mulligan lately, Pat?'

Pat answered, 'Well, I have and I haven't.'

His friend asked, 'Shure, and what d'ye mean by that?'

Pat replied, 'It's like this, y'see...I saw a chap who I thought was Mulligan, and he saw a chap that he thought was me. And when we got up to one was neither of us.'


Paddy, Deion and Bruce were three passengers in a light plane.  The aircraft got into difficulties and they needed to bale out, unfortunately there were only two parachutes. The first, Paddy, was the Irish Mastermind Champion. The second, Deion, was an American Hall of Fame Footballer.  The third, Bruce, was an Australian dual Olympic Games Champion.

The conversation went thus, Paddy said, 'There have been many American Hall of fame footballers and several people have won Olympic Gold medals, but there has only ever been one Irish Mastermind Champion.  So I'll take the first parachute and you two can fight it out for the last one'.

With that Paddy took a parachute and leapt out of the plane, which incidentally, by now was in considerable distress.

'How shall we decide who has the last parachute?', Deion asked Bruce.' No worries',

Bruce said, 'Yonder Irish Mastermind Champion has jumped out with my rucksack'.

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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”Team up with Napier Old Boys Marist”