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TeamTalk Update - 10 February 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



Ø Roll on the 2019 Season

Some of us carry our

Heart in our hands



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

  • Ø   Upcoming Events
  •  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

    16 March v Tech (Tremain)  : 23 March v Central (Tremain)  :  30/3 v HRS (Tremain)  :  3 April v Pirates (Tremain)  :  6/4 v Taradale (Tareha)  : 
    13/4 v Clive (Farndon)  :  20/4 v MAC (Flaxmere)  :  27/4 v Havelock North (Anderson)  :  4 May v Tamatea (Tremain)










The Maurice Trapp Group Napier Old Boys Marist Sevens
Team to represent our club at this years national club Sevens finals in Auckland this 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. -   9. Sammi Lauano  10. Migao Lauano  11. Te Kaika Thompson  12. Dan Sharplin

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

Saturday - Pool Play
vs Pakuranga lost 12-24   :  vs Feilding 19-19   :    vs Awanui won 26-19
Sunday - Top Eight
vs Eden lost 7-24
The boys went down to back to back (2017-18) champions who we were runners up top last year.
Plate semi final
vs Whangarei OBM lost 22-26
   WORTH NOTING    Missing from this years lineup were regular Sevens players sweeper Zac Donaldson and forward Ricky Hayes – who were training with the an invitation Auckland team who were heading off to take part in the Thailand 10’s tournament this week.
   Also unavailable were a pair of pacy outside backs in Mitch Drew and also Saia Paese who was in Samoa Samoa for a family funeral.  Still these gaps in the clubs abbreviated game squad have given their other clubmates the opportunity to have a taste of top club sevens and at a national level.


It is interesting to see that this year we had 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 


It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters







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"


A friendly reminder to our non-playing members

– Subs for the coming period April 2019 – 31 March 2020 will be Due shortly. 
As you will be well aware no club can run on fresh air as it costs big bucks for a sports club to function successfully.
 So in the coming month your continued financial support will be really appreciated.

Basic non-playing sub - $40   *   Gold Card membership $200 (details below)   *   ‘200 Club’ - $60

Payments can be made NOW by direct credit to the clubs 
SBS Napier – Account  - 03 1355 0760476 00

or by

Cheque mailed to: Napier Old Boys Marist RFC, P0 Box 216, Napier

or at the

Club Bar

Please Note:
A renewed  or  new membership will see you financial with the Club through until 31 March 2020


Gold Card – BENEFITS
> Non Playing Membership
> 200 Club Ticket
> Complimentary entry to the Club’s annual Dinner & Trophy Presentations
> 10% discount on Club merchandise
> Entry in the weekly members draw 
> Invitation to a special function for Gold Card members prior to a home Premier game

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   50 Years on……..  Would you believe it is now fifty years since the Hawkes Bay Magpies lost the Ranfurly Shield after an enthralling and memorable three year 22 defence tenure.  The 11-18 loss against the Ian Penrose led Canterbury XV in the final game of the 1969 season wrapped up a wonderful three year era in the annals of sport in Hawkes Bay and rugby in particular.  Yes back fifty years ago one didn’t have all the distractions (and devices) of today and what dominated the free time of the majority of the populace, males in particular, was certainly rugby, racing and beer (with Leopard being the predominant ale of the day locally.)

That aside, after winning the Ranfurly Shield at Rugby Park in Hamilton off Waikato 6-0 in 1966, Hawkes Bay went on to successfully defend the coveted trophy on 7 occasions in both 1967 and 1968.  They then moved on to year three and in 1969 their defence match record read:   Wairarapa  won 18-11,  Manawatu  won 22-6,  King Country  won 19-16,  Waikato  won 20-14,  Wellington  won 14-6,  North Auckland  won 10-8 ,  Taranaki  won24-8,  Canterbury  lost 11-18    Over the season 163,119 spectators witnessed these 1969 challenges with an average attendance per game of 20,389.

Players in the team from now combined club were: Rod Abel (N),  Ian Bishop (N),  Paul Carney (N),  Gary Condon (M),  Doug Curtis (N),   Blair Furlong (M),  Tom Johnson (M),  Ian MacRae (M),  Gus Meech (N),  Hilton Meech (N),  Neil Thimbleby (M),  Kel Tremain (N),  Graham Wiig (N).   Plus NHSOB/Marist Shield squad players who didn’t get a start - Tom Davis (N),  Mike O’Malley (M),  Peter Hopdell (M),  Richard Robinson (N).

Hawkes Bays next tenure took another 44 years to bring the trophy back to McLean Park following a successful win 20-19 win over Otago on September 1, 2013.  The jubilation and celebrations in the Bay was brief – really brief, as the team lost the Shield to Counties Manukau Steelers 24-27 the following Saturday 1 September.



THAT Premier OBM team mates will certainly be welcoming Liam Edwards back into the team this season following a lengthy timeout while he was recovering from a nasty injury – at home !  After just four weeks on competition play in last seasons first round Nash Cup Liam was reaching up for a vase in the pantry and managed to drop it on his foot, severing the main tendon between his knee and toe.  And for a classy and speedy fullback with safe hands it just wasn’t his style and he is still puzzled just how easily it happened.

Having to sit out the remainder of the 2018 season must have been indeed frustrating for the former South Canterbury rep player.  Especially not being able to get out in the middle with his team mates last year and help the cause made it doubly so.  Since then through the summer break he has really got back into his fitness training and is rearing to go and get into the upcoming 2019 club season. 

THAT the ‘Face of Rugby’ is certainly well portrayed in this random lineout shot from 1980.  Featuring Marist Men from front are Colin Little, Jim Benson, Mike Primrose and Ray Strong…..

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.

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 this plaque should bring a warm glow to former President and life member Joe Kelly for it was he who instigated our clubs Skerries Exchange.  The inaugural Napier players to venture on this exchange and experience the hospitality, craic (Irish humour and gossip), Guinness and a bit of rugby thrown in was Greg Primrose in 1982/3. He was also joined there for a while by Marist and Magpie player Simon O’Dowd.  Our next Napier Marist rugby tourist midfield back Glenn Donaldson (father of two of our current premiers Zac and Luke).

These guys were just the beginning of a number of our players who headed to the ‘emerald isles’ sample the ‘black stuff (Guinness) and enjoy the local rugby, not to mention the number of Skerries players who balanced this exchange and came over and played for both Napier Marist and in the early days of our amalgamation for our Napier Old Boys Marist clubs.  Also a ‘by product’ of this international rugby was that several of our players meet their partners to be.  So you see there was more than rugby involved !


THAT here is another old Irish Proverb -  I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you’re prepared for it.


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.

++++  Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them.


“They should start teaching tackling at six.”
David Campese on teaching kids rugby.

‘Rugby is great. The players don’t wear helmets or padding; they just beat the living daylights out of each other and then go for a beer. I love that.’  
Former NFL star Joe Theismann talks about his admiration for Rugby’s camaraderie.

“They are four of our best players but we’re still aiming for a berth in the final.”
Coach Craig Gowler on the unavailability of key players for NOBM’s second successive crack at the national club sevens finals title.

“I didn’t think there’s a team been added in Super Rugby that’s added value.”
Former Auckland and All Black coach John Hart.

‘Strangely, in slow motion replay, the ball seemed to hang in the air for even longer.’ 
Kiwi commentator Murray Mexted had a brief misunderstanding of slowmo technology.



Test  Your Rugby Knowledge 

This Weeks Poser – Can you name the captain of the successful Black Ferns team ?     

–  How many consecutive winning games have the Black Ferns as of the end of the Sydney Sevens ?        

Poser 3 – Which rugby club won the national club Sevens title in 2018

Poser 4
– Who was World Rugbys coach of the year in 2018 ?  

Last Weeks Poser – Who was the pivot in Ireland’s team that played England last night ?    Answer -  Jonathon Sexton

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

Poser 3 –  Which Super team is Quade Cooper pulling his boots on for this season ?     Answer – Melbourne Rebels

Poser 4
– Who do our NOBM Prems play in the opening Nash Cup fixture on March 16 ?   Answer – Napier Tech - @ Tremain Field




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
9/10 Feb
Scotland 13 Ireland 22   :   Italy 15 Wales 26   :   England v France – still to be played



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 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 in August)

>>>  <<<






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

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 2019-20 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 2019-20 season

  • 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

    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 2019 New Players Welcome”

    The Leprechaun Comments

    It was Christmas Eve at Dunnes, Dublin Store and a woman was anxiously picking over the last few remaining turkeys in the hope of finding a large one.

    In desperation she called over a shop assistant and said, ‘Excuse me. Do these turkeys get any bigger?

    “No, madam,” he replied, “they’re all dead.”

    Paddy stopped cutting the hedge as the big car drew up beside him and an English visitor enquired,

    "Could you tell me the way to Balbriggan, Please?"
    Paddy wiped his brow.

    "Certainly, sor. If you take the first road to the left? no still that wouldn't do? drive on for about four miles then turn left at the crossroads? no that wouldn't do either."
    Paddy scratched his head thoughtfully.

    "You know, sor, if I was going to Balbriggan I wouldn't start from here at all."


    The Game Warden stopped a deer hunter in Wicklow National Park and asked to see his hunting license. “This is last year’s license,” the warden informed him.

    “I know,” said Paddy the hunter, “but I shouldn’t need a new license, I’m only shooting at the deer I missed last year.”


    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”