Johnsonville Hawks RFC News

NEWSLETTER — 14-03-18

Passing of Tia Paasi

  •  Wellington Rugby Mourns the loss of Wellington Pride stalwart Tia Paasi

Wellington Rugby has mourned the loss of former Wellington Pride and Black Ferns player, Ponisitia Paasi (known as Tia). Tia sadly passed away on Saturday 3rd March 2018, from illness, aged 48.

An uncompromising loosehead prop, Paasi represented the Wellington Pride in over 50 appearances spanning 10 seasons in the Wellington jersey. Paasi made her debut for the Black Ferns (player number 102) in 2001 against England in Rotorua and again wore the silver fern in 2007, for a total of four tests for her country.

Paasi was a permanent fixture on the Women’s club rugby scene in Wellington for an astonishing 21 seasons. She was a stalwart of the Johnsonville Club for over 10 seasons, but also had stints with Poneke, Petone, Wainuiomata and Marist St Pats in a decorated club career.

Spotswood Rugby Trip

A wider Premier, Reserves and Colts group travelled to New Plymouth for a pre-season fixture against Spotswood Rugby Club (known as the ‘Spotty Dogs’) last weekend.

The day went great on the whole and thanks to the Spotswood Committee and also Dane Robertson and a few of our guys meant it ran really smoothly.  The feeling amongst the guys was really positive and that translated on the park with a solid result against Spotswood who boast a few Taranaki reps.  We ran out winners 33-21 over 5 20 minute periods.

There was an after match at the Clubrooms post the match which had both Clubs get together and share some food and a brew.  It was a very beneficial for the guys and acted as a quality team building exercise leading into the season proper.  We will be looking to host Spotswood down our way around the same time next year!

Some of the photos of the day are as follows: 


Sponsors Night

On 16 February we held our annual pre-season sponsors event.  We had many familiar faces which was great to see and our Chairman Kerry Walsh and Head of Business & Sponsorship Blair Hannah took our sponsors and supporters through a presentation which outlined how we intended to build on a much improved 2017 season.

Johnsonville Win’s Centurion’s RFC Golf Club Cup
On 9 February, we entered a team into the Centurion’s RFC Charity Golf Challenge at Shandon.It was a great day with 21 teams entered and an Ambrose format was played.  We had Blair Hannah and Jason Anquetil from the Committee and representatives from Young Motors and All Square Construction Limited (two local sponsors) and although we didn’t feature in the overall event which was won with a nett score of 51, we were fortunate enough to win the Club Cup which is contested by Rugby Club’s that entered a team.  Although there were only 5 teams competing in this out of the 21, our nett score of 58 won it.We won a Cup (which needs to be engraved before next year’s defence), photo, a signed ball and jersey by the winning Lions Championship side from last year (see attached).  These will sit nicely somewhere in the Club for the upcoming season.The Centurions support the Rugby Foundation, an independent Charitable Trust that looks after areas of concern and need within our national sport and whose main objectives are to foster rugby at grass roots level, injury prevention, welfare and the on-going care of critically injured players.  This is a great cause to be getting behind.A good day had by all and a good result for the Club

Gala Day to kick off 2018 – 17 March 2018

The Woodridge Homes Premier and Quay Marine Premier Reserve’s kick off the 2018 season at Awakairangi Park (#2) in Upper Hutt on Saturday against the Wellington Axemen.

It will be great to see as much support as possible for the opening day despite the longer journey out there!

Good luck lads and hopefully a reversal of the opening results we had last year!

Fundraiser – 29 April at 1841
We have secured a fundraiser at 1841 Bar & Restaurant on 29 April.
More details will follow and tickets will be on sale soon!

Please support our Sponsors

We have a host of new sponsors aboard for 2018 so please support them
and existing sponsors of course because without them we would be struggling to operate:

Major Sponsors:
 Woodridge Homes, Quay Marine, Superloans, Tracer Construction, Mitre 10 Crofton Downs,
Perry Barber Carpenters, Wasabi Air, FIL Ltd. Beaurepaires ,  Homes & Properties Management ,iYon Media Limited, Ecomist

Ideal Electrical ,1841 Bar and restaurant,Harcourts,Motordoctors,Affordable Autos,Hashtag Electrical,Mr Green,Auto Buff n Touch,Thomas Legge Floor Sanding,New World Churton Park,New World Newlands, BVH Consulting (Financial Consultants),All Square Construction Ltd,CDR Electrical,John Myers Plumbing,Super Liquor,Cobra Drain Cleaners,Johnsonville Panel Beaters,Young Motors,Colin’s Water Delivery,Kakariki Proteins,Fairview Aluminium,Ecomist,Kiwi Trophies,Robyn Cutting,LJ Auto Electrical,Bob Tait,Jesters Pies,All Glass and Glazing, Johnsonville TAB , Wellington Seamarkets , Concrete Solutions, Wire Out.

Support Mitre 10, Crofton Downs:

An account has been opened in the name of Johnsonville Rugby Club, code 1122, at Mitre 10 Crofton Downs. When making purchases, tell them you are from Johnsonville Rugby Club and give the code for discounts.

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