Swampfox 7's Northern Region's  Squad named

After 3 intense weeks of preparations, Reon Graham has named his final 12 for the Swampfox 7's team to play at the Northern Regions Qualifying tournament this Sunday 7th December at Waikato stadium.
The squad is:
Caleb Brown
Carlin Hana
Josh Turner
Josh Law
Alex Robinson
Matt Hill
Regan Crosland
Conall Bromwich
Jone Tuilawa
Manoa Lesavua
Jonny Wilkinson (Loan - Counties)
Desmond Helu (Loan - Auckland)

Once again it will be a tough ask for the Heartland boys to mix it with ITM cup unions however anything can happen in 7's and following last Saturday's hit out against BOP, Auckland and Taranaki - the boys are confident that they can go to Hamilton on Sunday and spring a few surprises.

Their first game is at 10.40am against Northland followed by the 2nd of 3 pool games at 12.40pm against BOP.
Their final pool game is against Waikato at 2.20pm. All of these games are on the main field.

Sky Sport is also covering the tournament with live coverage starting at 2.30pm on the Rugby Channel.




The Thames Valley Rugby Union are now inviting applications for coaching positions for the following representative teams for the 2015 season.

these include:

Development Team 

U18's Boys 

U18's Girls 

U16's Boys 

U14's Boys 

Roller Mills 


CV's and a letter of application can be posted or emailed to:

Chief Executive Officer

Thames Valley Rugby Union

PO Box 245

Paeroa 3600

Email: valleyrugby@xtra.co.nz

applications close 5pm Friday 5th December 2014.


Thames Valley Club 7's Championships
Saturday 15 November



Pool A  - Round 1 

10.00am  Thames     0        v            Invitation      40

10.20am  Waihi        14       v            Waihou        17


Pool B - Round 1

10.40am  Hauraki North   36      v     Cobras          17

11.00am  Paeroa Old Boys   7      v     Mercury Bay   33


Pool A - Round 2  

11.20am  Invitation    27      v            Waihi          5

11.40am  Thames      12      v            Waihou        24


Pool B  - Round 2 

12.00pm  Hauraki North   39     v   Paeroa Old Boys 12

12.20pm  Mercury Bay     1       v   Cobras               17



Pool A - Round 3  

12.40pm  Invitation          38     v       Waihou        5

1.00pm   Thames             19     v       Waihi          15


Pool B - Round 3  

1.20pm   Paeroa Old Boys   12   v       Cobras        29

1.40pm   Hauraki North      14   v       Mercury Bay 12


Semi Finals

2.30pm   1A  -  Waihou        5   v    2B  -  Cobras    29

2.50pm   1B  -  North         40   v    2A  -  Thames   5


3.10pm   7th -  Waihi           40  v    8th  -  POB        0

3.30pm   5th -  Invitation     31   v    6th  Mercury Bay  7

3.50pm   3rd/4th  - DNP

4.10pm – FINAL

Hauraki North        24        v        Cobras        19



Young Fox wins Major Award

Thames High School student Nico Fox has been recognised for his hard work and dedication by claiming one of the Major awards at the recent Waikato Secondary Schools Sports Awards. He was awarded the Young Umpire / Referee of the Year for his achievements in both Rugby and Touch.

Congratulations to Nico for this outstanding achievement.

Waihi Sevens Tournament Gets Programme Underway 

The Thames Valley Rugby Union is holding two Seven a Side Rugby tournaments this month as part of its programme for this form of the game. The first of these events was hosted by the Waihi Athletic Rugby Club at its Kenny Street ground last weekend. The second will be the Thames Valley Club Championships which will be held at Hauraki North’s home ground at Waitakaruru on November 15 2014.

Planning is well underway for the second tournament, to be held at Waitakaruru, where the event will see all the Thames Valley clubs competing for the Club Championship Trophy. This tournament is only open to Thames Valley clubs with clubs from outside the union ineligible to compete and the organisers are hopeful of a full turnout of local clubs in support of the Sevens programme.

As well as providing an opportunity for local players to take part in the shortened form of the game at club level, the tournaments will give the newly appointed Thames Valley Sevens Coach, Reon Graham, a chance to view first hand, the talent on hand within the union. Graham was in attendance at Waihi and will cast his eye over all participants at the Waitakaruru tournament as he sets out to select a squad to prepare for the Northern Regions Qualifying tournament to be held in Hamilton on December 7 2014.

The Waihi tournament consisted of eight teams split into two pools, with the first game commencing at 9.00am. Hosts Waihi were too strong for the Waihou team as they started the day with a 45-0 victory. Manukau Rovers then posted over 30 points against a strong looking Cobras outfit as they also cruised to a comfortable opening round win. Mercury Bay was late arriving to the ground and was still playing catch up as Hauraki North beat them by 20 points. Te Puna, from the Bay of Plenty and coached by former Thames Valley Sevens Rep Coach, Paul Tietjens finished off the first round of Pool Play by dispatching Thames 26-7.

At the completion of Round Three, Waihi and Manukau topped Pool A and Te Puna and Thames were 1 and 2 in Pool B.

The remaining teams played off for minor placings leaving Waihi to beat Thames 14-7 in the first semi final while Manukau Rovers had a 27 -14 win against Te Puna in the second semi final.

Te Puna went on to defeat Thames 24-10 in the play off for third and fourth.

Waihi had beaten Manukau 24-12 in Pool Play but the boys from Auckland had learned their lesson and turned the table on the hosts in the final. Manukau started strongly and scored two tries before Waihi got going. Waihi fought well but Manukau kept adding to the scoreboard and eventually won 34-15.

It was a useful first outing for all the Thames Valley clubs and gave selector Reon Graham some food for thought regarding the rep team.

The tournament was a well organised affair and the Waihi Athletic Rugby Club provided excellent support and facilities to ensure the day was a success. 

Waihi Invitational 7's Tournament Results

Pool A                                               Pool B

Cobras                                              Mercury Bay

Waihi                                                Hauraki North

Manukau Rovers                                Thames

Waihou                                             Te Puna


Pool A  - Round 1 

9.00am   Waihi          45         v         Waihou    0

9.20am    Cobras       12         v          Manukau Rovers   31  


Pool B - Round 1

9.40am    Mercury Bay    5      v            Hauraki North    24

10.00am  Thames          7       v            Te Puna            26


Pool A - Round 2  

10.20am  Waihi          24      v            Manukau Rovers   12

10.40am  Cobras        15      v            Waihou                  5


Pool B  - Round 2 

11.00am  Mercury Bay 14      v            Thames               17

11.20am  Hauraki North 0      v            Te Puna              27


Pool A - Round 3  

11.40am  Waihi        34        v            Cobras                 0

12.00pm  Waihou     7          v            Manukau Rovers   31


Pool B - Round 3  

12.20pm  Mercury Bay    7      v            Te Puna            26

12.40pm  Hauraki North  12    v            Thames            19


Semi Finals

1.30pm   Waihi            14         v          Thames              7

1.50pm   Te Puna        14         v          Manukau Rovers 27


2.10pm   7th / 8th   Waihou  7   v            Mercury Bay      27

2.30pm   5th / 6th   Cobras   10  v            Hauraki North   19

2.50pm   3rd/4th     Thames  10  v         Te Puna              24


3.10pm - FINAL
Waihi     15   v    Manukau Rovers   34

Waihi to Host Sevens Invitation Tournament as Season Opener

Planning is well underway for the Waihi tournament where the event will see a maximum of ten teams competing for the Waihi title. To date , six of the twelve local clubs have entered with the remaining clubs abstaining for various reasons. There has been considerable interest from clubs outside the union and so far three of them have been accepted to compete on the day.

As well as providing an opportunity for local players to take part in the shortened form of the game at club level, the tournaments will give the newly appointed Thames Valley Sevens Coach, Reon Graham, a chance to view first hand, the talent on hand within the union. Graham will be in attendance at both tournaments as he sets out to select a squad to prepare for the Northern Regions Qualifying tournament to be held in Hamilton on December 7 2014.

Waihi Athletic Rugby Club organisers, Mark Ryan and Peter Spiers, along with several other club members have been working closely with Thames Valley RFU staff members, CEO Edmond Leahy and Rugby Development Officer Bill Cooksley to ensure preparation for this week’s event is going ahead as planned. Once all entries have been confirmed, the draw will be released to the public.

The first game starts at 9.00am, with the teams split up into pools of five teams each. The Grand Final will take place after 3.00pm.

Teams confirmed to take part so far are: Waihou, Cobras, Waihi, Mercury Bay, Thames and Hauraki North from Thames Valley, Te Puna from Bay of Plenty, Maungarua and Manukau Rovers from Auckland with one more to be added.


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.


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