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TeamTalk Update - 17 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


Team Training for now for >
> Premier squad
> Premier Development
> Thirds
> Colts

Has commenced each Tues & Thurs  @  6pm  - at Bond Field, Park Island


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


Upcoming Events

Feb – Sat 16
HB Sevens – Waipukurau


NOBM Colts took a team of enthusiastic young men down to Waipukurau to play in the Hawkes Bay annual 7s tournament.

With a mixture of experience and for some the first time they had played the game we were in for an exciting day. In our pool St Johns 1st 15 and Havelock north colts. Only 9 colts teams in the colts competition and 3 of those were 1st XV teams. Played in sometimes cloudy but mainly fine and windy 26 degrees.

Our team - Blake Harting, Fasitau Simati, Lee Moleli, Lio Faalavaau Taufaiulia, Logan Brenton-rule, Patrick Teddy, Pio Mauga, Sonny Lilo, Te Kahika Thompson, Toby Wilberforce, Zac Gregory, Paul Lapa. Coach Monty Monteith, Assistant Sam Williams

11am     First game was against an enthusiastic and quite a lot smaller St Johns 1st XV.  For our guys it took the first half to find ourselves and work out a few combinations.  Down 7-12 at half time.

In the 2nd half after a few changes we scored a couple of fantastic 7’s tries and we came away with a 24 -12 victory over a spirited St John’s lineup. 

12.40    Up against a Havelock colts team that hadn’t played yet.  We looked great with ball in hand and there was a lot of movement from end to end.  We were up 7-5 at half time but lost Logan Brenton rule to injury and at such a frantic pace a few of our lads lungs were burning.

Early in the 2nd half we had the chance to put them away but bombed 2 tries and in this game that is always going to come back and bit you And in the last minute Havelock managed to get over the top of us and we lost 14-17.

17.40     Where to next and a very frustrating wait until 17.40 to play HRS colts in the final of the B grade some 5 hours after we last played however it was a final and the boys were up for it.

We had lost 2 more players to work commitments so it was all in.  The game at one stage went for nearly 3 mins end to end with both teams out on their feet.   We had cleared the bench and the boys were fizzing.  Boom we got there 21-19 to win the Final. The boys dug deep and had a heck of a time. A Huge thanks to Premier Reserve coach Sam Williams for coming down with the team to help out.

The A grade Colts final was won by Feilding High School.        Report courtesy coach Monty Monteith

  • Ø      Feb – Sat 23 
    vs Feilding Yellows – Tremain Field

    kickoff 1pm

    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)

    Premier Reserve: Pratt Cup - The draw for the Town & Country first round is still to be announced and will be publicised as soon as we receive it.

    Also the Thirds and the Colts first round draws are still be announced.


When you’ve got something to prove,
there’s nothing greater than a challenge




  IMPORTANT REMINDER  To the following players who were awarded Cups at our 2018 last Presentation of Trophies function.  Could you please return them to the clubrooms as soon as possible so that they added to our clubroom trophy display. They can be handed in at the club bar or to your team coach or manager.

Club Awards outstanding:-  Ricky Hayes,  Emma Chambers, Rick & Sue Anderson.  Premiers:-  Michael Buckley,  Adam Slobbe.   Premier Reserves:-  Matt Burnside,  Mike McKellow,  Wiremu Mete-Kingi.  Thirds:-  Gary Davies (2).  Colts:-  James Mitchell,  Paul Lapa.

>>> Coaches & teammates - As some of the above named players may not be receiving our emails can they be informed of this urgent request please.







Fundraising Lessons Begin Early

NOBM Junior Rugby feeding the troops at the clubs annual
pre-Christmas Sevens tournament at Tremain Field.

🏉 It’s nearly time
....keep an eye out on your emails to register for the 2019 rugby season!
Go the Green Machine


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

NOBM Junior Club hoodies

Get prepared for the coming cooler weather (and it will come !)

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
A basic non-player membership entitles you to be  part of our Club  -  member rates bar prices  -  weekly members draw at the clubrooms during the club season  -  and a regular emailed copy of TeamTalk

  *   Gold Card membership $200 (details below)   *   ‘200 Club’ - $60

Payments can be made 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 also 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 a Flashback  -  30 Years on…….  1989
The season commenced with the Hastings Celtic hosted Spillane Tournament. Napier playing in the Ham Cuming Cup 2nd division faced off against Hastings and had a convincing  52-3 win to take them into Mondays cup final.  This match was another walkover for Kev Corkery's men resulting in a 51-4  win against Masterton Marist.  Other trophies were also collected by Napier: Most Points Scored (103),  Best and Fairest Player in the Tournament - Darrin Sutton.  And players selected for the Tournament XV were - Peter Davis, John Bird, Shaun Grant.   The weekends work puts Napier back up into the top Spillane Cup division for the 1990 Hamilton hosted tournament.

Our Napier Marist clubs 'B' side led by ‘constable’ Mike Casey also competed and faced stiff competition in their opener losing to MSP 2nds.  They recovered and turned the table with a 14-8 win over Gisborne 'B' in their Monday outing.  Unfortunately in this game the team lost it's leader Mike Casey with a broken leg, so members won’t see Mike out on the beat for a while…

The new Club President taking over from Joe Kelly was Mike Richardson, who unfortunately couldn't complete the year due to making the big decision of having an OE as a family in the UK and Europe, and certainly turned out to be a memorable experience with youngsters in tow from all accounts too.   Vice President Pat Horgan covered for Mike for the remainder of his term.  A talented cartoonist, Mike still forwarded regular 'Killer Kelly' gems back to the club for inclusion in our magazine TeamTalk.  Incidently in 1989, the publication was into it's 20th year !  More about that in future Flashbacks....

The Premiers saw the return of the former successful captain and coach combination Brent Nelson and Graham Weber in a dual joint coaching role, and as mentioned above they won promotion back up into the Spillane Cup for the Hamilton tournament in 1990 and also the Hawkes Bay provincial 'Super League' competition.

Of our affiliates, Marist Softball under the presidency of Steve Glasspole celebrated their 25th anniversary, while Marist Soccer finished 4th in the Hawkes Bay premier league.  They also lost their leading goal scorer and Marist cricketer Paul Lowes who headed off for the Northern summer to England along with top batsman Simon O'Dowd.

On the Skerries front, former Napier Marist's Dean Brassington who had decided to settle in Ireland was appointed the new skipper of Skerries RFC 1st team in the Leinster 1st Division and Bob Moorehouse was the incoming Irish exchange player to our club for the '89 season.   In the annual clash for the Brother Virgilius Cup Marist had a convincing 34-13 win over our McLean Park neighbours and longtime rivals Napier HSOB.

The club's New Zealand Marist Colts representative for 1989 was Gavin O'Brien.   The clubs 1989 Sportsman of the Year was Premier flanker Kevin Corkery

The citation for this award read;  "This guy's whole outlook is guts.  When appointed Premier captain for the season, Kev led as always - from the front, quite fearlessly, until injury put him out of action and Neil Weber had to take over the reins - but Kev kept coming back.   Around three dislocated shoulders and a fracture cheekbone later he was still turning out to help the Premiers  win the 1989 provincial 'Super League' title.  Our Marist Sportsman of the Year is all courage, but  with a slight dash of insanity when it comes to his own physical welfare."


THAT  2019 will see a return of the New Zealand Marist Colts to tour our East Coast & Hawkes Bay region ….  More details etc to come re itinerary etc.    Who will be our clubs representative on this years tour ?


THAT a memo to our coaches – Next Thursday 21 February Magpie assistant coach Josh Syms will be making a visit to our club during training.  Of recent years among other  rugby involvement Josh was the Director of Rugby at Hutt Old Boys Marist.


THAT have YOU got yourself a ticket yet to the 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 now here’s a real TeamTalk Flashback from a June edition -1981.  Paul used to regularly supply a sporting column for some editions of TeamTalk so we got back at him with this one ourselves to let members know what he had been up to.   ‘Congratulations to former Under 23 team member Paul ‘McGoo’ McGettigan who in the recent Rotorua Fletcher Marathon turned in a fine first up time of 2 hours 53 minutes.   To this day 38 years on McGoo is still a regular follower of the green machine and rarely ever missed a game. Keep it up Paul.
THAT repeating this pic from last weekends national club sevens tournament in Auckland and our query to the team management re the two lads in the photo.  Apparently the boys are under the wing of the Jones Youth Foundation which is instrumental in giving these teenagers the opportunity to become involved with male role models following the loss of a parent and a father in particular.  A group of these lads were ‘adopted’  by each of the 16 competing teams at the two days event.

A number of northern unions and All Blacks are supporting this charity which was the brainchild of Michael Jones whose aim was by doing this it will enhance these young kiwi kids confidence to help them win the game of life.


THATSome cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

    THAT congratulations to new Magpie Manager and our former club chairman Mike Smith on his new role.  Mike is relinquishing his position as the finance director on the HBRU board to take on this new post due to our current club chairman Terry Gittings stepping down from his past three year stint as the Magpie team manager.  Mike was a former OBM player who was our Finance director 2006-7, chairman 2008-12 and NOBM Premier team manager.  There is no doubt about it he has certainly had a great grounding across all things rugby and should
certainly carry on the excellent work of his predecessor.

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.

it been something of a coup for the Hawkes bay Rugby Union obtaining the IRB 2018 Coach of the Year Irelands mentor Joe Schmidt as a guest speaker at a dinner of Friday 5 April.  Many of our readers may not know that Joe, a kiwi, was a teacher some years back at Napier Boys High.

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.

THAT an important reminder to player both old and new -  team training is now under way each Tuesday & Thursday at 6pm at Bond Field, Park Island >>>


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



    “Hawkes Bay fans will be impressed by the standard of play. It’s gone up a notch since last year….the players are bigger, stronger and faster.”
    NOBM Coach Craig Gowler commenting on the improvement of teams who competed in last weekends 16 team national club finals at the Wavell Wakefield Middlesex Sevens County Cup in Auckland.

    “He’s got another year or two in our colts team for 15’s but he will get a couple of games for the prems this winter.”
    Craig commenting of teenager Te Kahika Thompson, who left Karamu High School last year and shone in the sweeper role at the Sevens tournament.



    Test  Your Rugby Knowledge 


    This weeks Poser - At the end of the 2019 season All Black Owen Franks will be joining his brother Ben at which club ?   

    Poser 2 -  Who is the new kiwi coach of the Sunwolves ?    

    Poser 3 – Who is the captain of the six nations leading team England   ?             

    Poser 4
    –   How many super rugby franchises has Ma’a Nunu played for ?     

    Last Weeks Poser – Can you name the captain of the successful Black Ferns team ?      Answer -  Sarah Hirini 

    –  How many consecutive winning games have the Black Ferns as of the end of the Sydney Sevens ?         Answer -  48 winning games 

    Poser 3 – Which rugby club won the national club Sevens title in 2018 ?  Answer -   Eden RFC 

    Poser 4
    – Who was World Rugbys Coach of the Year in 2018 ?   Answer -  Joe Schmidt - Ireland




    Round 1 – 15/16 Feb
    Chiefs 27 Highlanders 30  :  Brumbies 27 Rebels 34 :  Blues 22 Crusaders 24 :  Waratahs 19 Hurricanes 20 :  Sunwolves 10 Sharks 45  :   Bulls 40 Stormers 3  :  Jaguares v Lions   Bye - Reds

    Round 2 – 22-24 Feb

    Highlanders v Reds  :  Sunwolves v Waratahs  :  Crusaders v Hurricanes  :  Brumbies v Chiefs  :  Sharks v Blues  :  Stormers v Lions  :  Jaguares v Bulls   Bye - Rebels


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 44 France 8
23/24 Feb
France v Scotland  :  Wales v England  :  Italy v Ireland
9/10 March
Scotland v Wales  :  England Italy  :  Ireland v France
16 March
Italy v France  :  Wales v Ireland  :  England v Scotland



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)

>>>  <<<




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

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


Our registration is now open for all of our Junior footballers. Just head to this website:

Just a reminder that if you have already been apart of Marist you need to login with your child’s name. If you are new to Marist or need help to setup or use ‘ MyComet ‘ you can head to our website to find out all the information:

Registration closes on the 12th of April and our season kicks off on the 4th of May.
There are plenty more updates coming up, so keep an eye out!

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

After 10 years, the wife starts to think their kid
looks kinda strange so she decides to do a DNA test. She finds out
that the kid is actually from completely different parents.
Wife: Honey, I have something very serious to tell you.

Husband: What's up?
Wife: According to DNA test results, this is not our kid...

Husband: Well you don't remember, do you??? When we were leaving the
hospital, you noticed that our baby had pooped, then you said: "
Please go change the baby, I'll wait for you here. " So I went
inside, got a clean one and left the dirty one there.

Moral: Never give a man a job for which he is not qualified.


Mrs. Feeney shouted from the kitchen, 'Is that you I hear spittin' in
the vase on the mantel piece?'
'No,' said himself, 'but I'm gettin' closer all the time.'

Have you heard about the Irishman who went to a posh restaurant?
He ordered an expensive four course meal, paid for it and sneaked out without eating…

An Irishman's first drink with his son!
While reading an article last night about fathers and sons, memories
came flooding back to the time I took me son out for his first pint.

Off we went to our local pub only two blocks from the cottage.
I got him a Guinness He didn't like it, so I drank it.
Then I got him a Kilkenny, he didn't like that either, so I drank it.
Finally, I thought he might like some Harp Lager?
He didn't. I drank it.

I thought maybe he'd like whisky better than beer so we tried a
Jameson's; nope! In desperation, I had him try that rare Redbreast ,
Ireland 's finest whisky.
He wouldn't even smell it.
What could I do but drink it!

By the time I realized he just didn't like to drink, I was so
shit-faced I could hardly push his stroller back home!!!


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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