Club Rugby Resumes

After having a complete rest from club rugby over the Easter Break, there will be a full round of Senior A and Senior B  games this week. Check out the draw to see where your favourite team is playing so you can get along and support them


Club Rugby Preview for 26-April-2014

There will be a full round of Senior A and B games in Thames Valley Club rugby this week after all teams had a weekend off during the Easter Break.

The Easter Break provided a welcome respite for those sides that haven’t been performing so well this year and allowed more recovery time for injured players. With ANZAC Day falling this Friday there may be the odd game played under lights but to date none have been advised. Otherwise expect all games to be played as per the draw.

Ngatea and Whangamata meet at Ngatea, with both teams looking for their first competition points. These sides have suffered a couple of heavy defeats between them and both will be looking at this fixture as a must win game. A key figure in deciding the outcome will be Whangamata player/coach Ryan Tohaia. If he takes the field, it could make all the difference because of the experience he brings.

Thames, who remains undefeated, is at home to Waihi Athletic. Both sides are in good shape and this is one of several matches that will start to sort out the pecking order for the top six. Waihi has showed a lot of promise so far but they need a good result from this encounter if they want to keep building momentum.     

Mercury Bay heads for Waitakaruru to face a North team coming off a tough win over Waihou in the last round.  The Bay has made a grand start to 2014 and will be hoping that Kieran Ramage will be available to add his strength to their forward effort as they go hunting for a rare win at Waitakaruru. Hauraki North will be hoping some of their injured players, including Shaun Hill, Dave Harrison, Carlin Hana and Gareth Williams are fit this encounter.

Waihou and Cobras meet in the first Te Aroha derby this year. Cobras are undefeated in 2014 and have picked up maximum points from each game so far, making this the best start the club has ever made in a Thames Valley club competition. Waihou has also been improved this year and sits third on the table going into the game but Coach Matt Bartleet will be well aware of the challenges when the local rivals clash.

The withdrawal of the Tairua club for the remainder of the Senior A First Round, means a bye has been created. Their opposition this week was to have been Paeroa West, who was scheduled to make the trip up the coast in search of that elusive first win. Now the Paeroa side will have to wait another week for that opportunity.

In the Senior B grade, there is a double header as Ngatea hosts Thames in a 12.30 kickoff at the Hugh Hayward Domain.

The same applies at Boyd Park as Cobras and Waihou also start at 12.30pm. Likewise there is a 12.30 curtain raiser at Waitakaruru, where the Hauraki North B’s face Waihi.

The big game in the Senior B’s will be at Paeroa as Coromandel come to play Paeroa Old Boys at Centennial Park. Both teams have big forward packs and a decent match is on the cards.

The Hauraki North under 19 team plays Pukekohe at Waitakaruru. Kick off at 12.30pm


Club Rugby Report for 12-April-2014


Cobras and Thames are now the only unbeaten teams after round three of the Thames Valley Senior A club competition. Cobras ran up a huge score in beating Whangamata while Thames had to wait till late in the game before victory was confirmed over West.

The previously unbeaten Waihou side was undone in Te Aroha by a resurgent Hauraki  North that is still missing several top guns from the starting line up.

Waihi and Mercury Bay also had good wins at home. The Kenny Street scoreboard hit the 90’s as the locals bounced back from last week’s defeat while the local derby at Whitianga produced a much closer score line with the result in doubt for most of the match.

Cobras now sits alone at the top of the table with Thames a couple of points behind and Waihou two points further back.

At the other end of the table, Paeroa West picked up its first point in the bonus point loss to Thames but Ngatea and Whangamata will have to wait until the Easter break is over for another chance to get on the board.

Mercury Bay and Tairua both had the same win loss record going into the local derby and it was no surprise that they went toe to toe in the point scoring. The home team was without Kieran Ramage for this game but that didn’t seem to matter as they won enough ball to outscore Tairua four tries to two.

After being 10 all early in the game, the home team led 22-20 late in the game before another Trent Hill penalty secured a 25 -20 win. Tairua will look forward to the Easter break after losing three players to injuries that would have prevented them from playing this week.

Whangamata had no answer to the Te Aroha visitors as the early season pacesetters dominated proceedings from start to finish. Whangamata player/coach Ryan Tohaia didn’t strip for this game and he was sorely missed on the paddock.

At Waihi, the home side needed a good win and they didn’t hold back against a plucky Ngatea team. Brett Ranga and Mark Richardson both scored a hat trick of tries in the big win. The result keeps Waihi well in the mix for a top six finish.

Thames and West sat at opposite ends of the table before Saturday’s match but there was little between the two teams at the Paeroa Domain as Thames came from behind to win 27-23. Both sides scored three tries, with the boot of Thames’ Jamie Quirk making all the difference, kicking three conversions and two penalties in a very good win away from home. The loss was the Magpies third on the trot and the format of the competition this year means there is a very real chance they will miss out on the championship round if they don’t start winning games soon.

As anticipated, the Hauraki North versus Waihou game at Boyd Park in Te Aroha was a hard fought encounter. Going into the game without Carlin Hana, Shaun Hill and Gareth Williams, the reigning champs still had enough fire power to overcome the maroon and golds, 21-19.

Jeff Peek scored for Waihou, as they led 13-10 at halftime but a second half try to Danny Hitchcock and two Brooke Campbell penalties was enough to get North the win. The win came at a cost as North lost key player, David Harrison, to a hamstring injury. The result keeps Hauraki North on track for the top six while Waihou picked a bonus point for the loss but drops to third on the ladder.

The Senior B competition continued with Coromandel making the big trip to Waihi for a very entertaining game.

Locked at 19 all early in the second half, Coromandel scored an unconverted try with Waihi replying with a penalty to close up the score to 24-22.
With time up on the clock, Waihi was awarded a penalty in front of the posts but the kicker missed the goal and a relieved Coromandel side get off the hook and came away with the win.

Thames beat Paeroa Old Boys in a tight game, winning 17-15, at Rhodes Park, Ngatea defaulted to Waihou and Hauraki North and Cobras drew 0-0.

The Hauraki North under 19 team suffered its first loss for 2014, going down 22-14.

There is no club rugby this week in the Thames Valley with all clubs having Easter off. The competition resumes on April 26.


Coach Development Workshops 2014

This year there will be a series of coach development workshops early in the season to assist our senior club and secondary school coaches in their development.
click here for more information. 


Rugby Smart 2014
ALL coaches and assistant coaches who are involved with teams from Secondary School rugby (4th Grade in the Thames Valley RU) upwards are required to attend the RUGBY SMART presentation prior to the beginning of their teams season every season. NZRU policy makes this course compulsory for all Coaches and Assistant Coaches. It is also recommended that team Managers attend as well.
For coaches who are coaching at 5th grade and below – you will be qualified with Rugby Smart principles by attending a Small Blacks Beginning, Learning or Playing Rugby Module. 

2014 Senior Club Rugbysmart Course dates / venues
All Courses start at 7pm
Monday 3rd March - Waihi Athletic RFC
Monday 10th March - Tairua RFC
Monday 24th March - Cobras
Wednesday 26th March - Thames RFC

All Senior Club Coaches and assistant coaches are required to attend. It is highly recommended that team managers attend as well.


Small Blacks 2014
2014 Small Blacks Compulsory Coaching Course Dates / Venues.
Saturday 29th March - Mercury Bay RFC 9am - 12pm
Wednesday 2nd April - Paeroa Domain - 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Wednesday 9th April - Whangamata RFC - 6.30pm - 9.30pm
  Saturday 3rd May - Ngatea RFC - 9am - 12pm

All Youth Rugby Coaches and Assistant Coaches Must Attend one of these workshops.

Shield Fever Hits Thames Valley in 2014
Ranfurly Shield fever will be ever present within the Thames Valley Provincial Union come 2014 as it has been confirmed that the Swampfoxes will challenge the Steelers for the old Log-o-Wood on the 2nd July 2014 at Ecolight Stadium in Pukekohe. Kick off is at 6.00pm





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