Johnsonville Hawks RFC News

NEWSLETTER  —  20-4-17


That was better, a whole lot better!

We had the bonus point with a couple of minutes to play and were even in with a chance of stealing it — there was definitely a twitching of taches among the MSP hierarchy — but unfortunately we let them in for a try in the last play of the game, saving the blushes of many of them, on and off the field.
It was an all-round better effort than the previous couple of weeks with improved defence and commitment though ball retention is still a worrying problem. There was little between the two teams and if we can get the little things right more often, then we are certainly capable of grabbing a decent scalp in the not-too-distant future.
But it is those little things that count, the ones that the more successful teams get right more often than not. The turnovers, the contested lineouts/scrums, the knock-ons etc
Kane Thompson was again to the fore at the back of the scrum but MSP scored as soon as he was sent to the bin; here’s hoping there’s not a similar indiscretion as he’ll be serving a lot longer on the sideline.
Others to shine included midfielder Kalolo Kalolo, left-wing Romu Senileba, Levi Grace at fullback, skipper Anthony Pettett and non-stop flanker Marcus Ale.

Run of play:
8m: Tiwi Davies kicks a penalty and we’re ahead 3-0; 14m: MSP score and convert, 3-7; 17m: A concerted forward effort is finally rewarded when Hemi Remuera manages to burrow over for a try and we’re back in front 8-7; 24m: We lose own lineout then knock-on; 30m: They’re hot on attack, Thompson sin-binned, they score and convert, 8-14; we’re defending for the rest of the half.  Halftime: 5m: Under pressure, Levi Grace comes up with a bit of individual brilliance; he marks the ball, over his shoulder, inside his 22 then spins and puts it out on halfway. 11m: We’re matching them with some excellent defence but then a simple turnover in the tackle and they score, a lot of good work for nothing; they convert and it’s 8-21; 18m: another turnover, another knock-on; our throw to the lineout, straight to a rival jumper; 25m: play is see-sawing up and down the field; 33m: we’re attacking their line relentlessly, held up, held up, then another turnover! 38m: Senileba gets the ball inside his 22 and sets off on a scything run up over halfway, it’s out to Kalolo who flicks it on to a flying Jacob Walmsley and he streaks away to score under the posts; Davies converts and we’re right in it at 15-21; 42m: some suspect defence out the back and they score to deny us the bonus point.

The Quay Marine premier reserves went down 74-26 to their MSP counterparts but they had their moments and deserve our thanks for at least lining up each week as backup to the prems. Some of them will no doubt get their chance in the top grade before too long.
Our Superloans colts did very well to grind out a 12-12 draw with OBU Black, the Superloans Cripples proved too strong for Tawa, winning 27-12, and the Under 85s won by default over Wests. CD’s Superloans Pressies had to wait another week as their game was again cancelled. Hopefully they’ll kick off against Tawa this Saturday.


Woodridge Homes premiers: v Hutt Old Boys Marist, Helston Park, 2.45pm.
Quay Marine premier reserves: v Hutt Old Boys Marist, Helston Park, 1pm.
Superloans Colts: v Hutt Old Boys Marist, Newlands Park 1, 1pm.
Superloans Under 85s: v OBU, Te Whaea Artificial, 2.45pm.
Superloans Cripples v Stokes Valley B, Newlands Park 2.45pm.
Superloans Pressies: v Tawa, Redwood Park 1, 2.45pm.

ANZAC DAY: – ROUND SEVEN  Tuesday 25 April (ANZAC Day)

Swindale Shield Venue
Woodridge Homes Johnsonville vs Tawa Helston Park
Harper Lock Shield Venue
Quay Marine Johnsonville vs Tawa Helston Park

Membership draw: The membership draw will kick off this Saturday, 6.30pm, starting at $50. It will jackpot each week if not struck. To claim the prize you must be in attendance and produce your membership card.
Also being introduced this week is The Joker.

Will you be able to find

Starting Saturday 22 April at the Johnsonville Rugby Club.
There will be a maximum of up to 100 tickets per week at $2 per ticket.  If your number is drawn, you get to turn over card.  If you select the Joker you could win $100.   Three numbers drawn each week.

If the Joker not selected, prize jackpots to following week.

Quiz night — Let’s support the refs!
The Wellington Rugby Referees Association is holding a fundraising quiz night next month and all are invited.
‘Join us for an evening of laughs and prizes as we bring the wider rugby community together to help support the WRRA,’ they say.
FRIDAY, MAY 19, $20 per head, 10 to a table.
Petone Rugby Football Club, Bouverie St, Petone.
Raffles, auctions and prizes. Light supper will be provided.
Bar opens at 6pm. Quiz begins at 7pm.

What a night!
A great night was had by all at the Reggae Night last week. Congratulations to prizewinners Fraser McLaren and  Mike Segetin and to grand-prize winners Cherie Collins and Lyn Farnsworth — a great effort ladies — and many thanks to Keri, Sue and Delwyn for organising the night. May there be many more!

Social member subs:
Social members can now pay their subscriptions for the 2017 season:

  • $35 for social members.
  • $15 for partners of social members and partners of players.
  • $20 for country members.

Bank acc no for subs: 010 5190 0701 9500

Also, a reminder that players’ subs are due by May 31.

Required urgently:
We still need a manager for our premier reserves. Please contact club captain Perry Barber or chairman Kerry Walsh.  We are also still on the lookout for players for our colts’ team.

Old Timers’ Day:

Pencil in May 27 as Old Timers’ Day at the club; we play Petone.

22/4/17 Harper Lock Shield:

Quay Marine Johnsonville ‘Reserves’  vs HOBM
1pm  Helston Park

Swindale Shield :

Woodridge Homes Johnsonville Hawks vs HOBM
2.45pm Helston Park


Please support our Sponsors

We have a host of new sponsors aboard for 2017 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.

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,Blair Hannah,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,Eyon Promotions,LJ Auto Electrical,Bob Tait,Jesters Pies,All Glass and Glazing.
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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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