Graham Appointed to 7's Role

Ex Counties Manukau 7’s head coach Reon Graham has been appointed as the Thames Valley Senior Men’s 7’s head coach for the 2014 campaign.

Graham also has extensive experience in both the 7’s and 15’s game with an impressive CV when it comes to coaching where in 2014 he was involved with the Patumahoe Premiers as well as taking on the head coach role with the Counties Manukau Development team.

In his younger days he also represented Croatia in 7’s and is really looking forward to the challenge of taking the Swampfox 7’s through to the Northern Region’s qualifying tournament for the nationals on the 7th December in Hamilton – and if things go well – through to the nationals in Rotorua on the 17th / 18th January 2015.

Reon will begin his campaign first and foremost by being on the sideline viewing players at the Waihi invitational 7’s on the 1st November.

Roll on Sevens

Now that the Heartland season has finished for Thames Valley, it's time to  shift the focus to the shortened version of the game as we gear up for the Thames Valley club sevens tournaments.

Following last year's successful sevens tournaments at Waihi and Waitakaruru, the TVRFU, in conjunction with the respective clubs, will run the same programme again this year. 

The first event will be held at the Waihi Athletic ground on November 1 2014, starting at 9.00am. This tournament is limited to ten teams with all Thames Valley clubs given first option to enter a team or teams as the case may be. There have also been expressions of interest from clubs outside the union that would like to take part but first priority goes to Thames Valley sides. However outside entries will be accepted in order to meet the ten team requirement if necessary.

The Waihi Athletic Rugby Club runs a very good event and spectators enjoy the relaxed atmosphere with plenty of food and drink available while taking in the footy.

Mark this date in your calendar and come to the Waihi Sevens.


Final Round Knockout for Thames Valley


The curtain has come down somewhat prematurely on the Thames Valley Heartland Team’s 2014 campaign after they failed to qualify for the playoffs following a 27-22 loss to West Coast at Rugby Park in Greymouth. They could still have qualified if their near neighbours King Country had been more resolute on defence in beating Wanganui 30-29 in Te Kuiti but Wanganui picked up two bonus points in spite of the loss and finished level with Thames Valley, on seventeen points. A superior points differential of plus 9 compared to Thames Valley on plus 4 meant that the men from the River City go on to play in the Lochore Cup semi finals while the season is over for Thames Valley.

The final table made for interesting reading as it shows that Thames Valley had the second best defence in the competition but also had one of the least effective attacks, with only East Coast scoring less points for the whole season.

There were a couple of changes to the starting line up, including the absence of regular hooker Hayden Wisnewski, who was out through injury. He was replaced by Nic Judd who was back from duty with the Heartland Under 19 team in Taupo. The rest of the pack had a familiar look but there were a few changes out wide where Jason Laurich got to start at centre, Lance Easton went on to the wing, Josh Turner, also back from Under 19  duty, slotted into fullback and Rueben Leask moved to the bench.

The Valley got off to a good start with First Five, David Harrison kicking a penalty inside the five minute mark followed by a try to Joe Murray which was converted by Harrison. West Coast replied with a try to Centre Sean McClure that was converted by Tim Priest. The Coast took the lead on the half hour mark with a Thames Valley player in the Sin Bin when winger Regan Stanton crossed for an unconverted try and second five Andrew Connors added to the tally three minutes out from the interval when he also picked up a five pointer. Lance Easton kept Thames Valley well in the game by scoring a try on the stroke of half time to close the score up to 17-15 in favour of the home team.

Coach Hayden Roe showed that he had paid heed to the lesson dished out by Poverty Bay last week  as his charges shot out of the blocks and scored another try two minutes after the restart. This time Jason Laurich was the try scorer and for the next thirty minutes Thames Valley kept the home team scoreless as they protected the 22-17 lead. However Winger Regan Stanton proved to be too difficult to contain and when he scored his second try of the game in the seventieth minute, the West Coast were not going to be denied a home town victory. Priest was successful with the conversion and less than five minutes later he landed his only penalty of the game to give his team a five point buffer that the visitors could not overcome.

The final score of 27-22 was a fair reflection of the game with neither team totally dominant throughout the eighty minutes. Thames Valley finished in ninth place and West Coast tenth meaning there is no play off rugby for either side this year.

While the West Coast team failed to match the success of last year’s side, Thames Valley made a slightly better start to its 2014 campaign than it did last year. A draw and three wins in a row was the best start Thames Valley had ever made in the Heartland Championship but an inability to add to that tally eventually led to an early exit from the competition.

The Meads Cup top qualifier was Buller who beat Wairarapa Bush 49-36 at Memorial Park in Masterton with Poverty Bay holding onto second place with a dramatic 13-13 draw against fourth placed Horowhenua Kapiti in Gisborne. Mid Canterbury assured themselves third spot by humbling South Canterbury 24-7 in a local derby at Timaru while the remaining Hanan Shield Districts Team, North Otago cast aside some indifferent form to complete a miserable year for East Coast by beating the Ngati Porou side 45-5 at Whitestone Stadium.

The semi finals are as follows:

MEADS CUP:  Buller v Horowhenua Kapiti at Westport, Poverty Bay v Mid Canterbury at Gisborne

LOCHORE CUP: King Country v Wanganui at Te Kuiti, South Canterbury v North Otago at Timaru




Nearly sixty points were scored in the match-up between the Stan Meads Cup XV and the New Zealand Harlequins selection, at Te Rapa on Sunday (21 September 2014) 

The SMC XV was selected from the King Country and Thames Valley Rugby Unions and the five Sub-unions that took part in the 2014 SMC competition. Standing in the way of a second successive win for the SMC side, were the New Zealand Harlequins, which were a predominantly Hamilton based team

Harlequins opened the scoring with a try shortly after the opening whistle, before the SMC XV roared back with unconverted try. With the game up for grabs at half time in the fast paced encounter, the second spell resulted in both side taking turns to put points on the board.

The SMC XV came from behind to score a touchdown with five minutes remaining in the match and then hung on to close out a hard fought 32-26 victory.

SMC XV coaches Tanirau Manawaiti, Aaron Pene and Warren Hodges were relieved when full time was called and were well pleased with the final result. The 2014 victory followed last year’s inaugural win against a Sir Colin Meads selection. New Zealand Harlequins expressed an interest in making the match an annual fixture.

SMC XV 32 New Zealand Harlequins 26


Valley Boys Selected for Heartland Under 19's Team

After a full year in senior club rugby and then being selected for the Thames Valley Swampfoxes senior squad, Nic Judd (Thames) and Josh Turner (Cobras) have now both been selected for the Heartland U19's team that will participate in the upcoming national U19's tournament in Taupo from 26th September to the 4th October.
This is the age grade equivalent of being selected for the New Zealand Divisional XV which is a huge achievement for these 2 young men.
During the tournament they will play against the top U19's players in the country in the new national tournament that involves teams from all 14 ITM Cup unions as well as a 2nd Auckland Team.

Congratulations men on your hard work and dedication.

In addition - Cole Berridge and Riki Wathne (both from Hauraki North) were also selected for the Harlequins U19's team that is currently taking part in a Chiefs wide ranking tournament against Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Counties Manukau U19's teams.


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