Ponsonby District Rugby Football Club (Inc.)
PREMIER TEAM - 2009
WINNERS: AUCKLAND RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION
PREMIER CHAMPIONSHIP, GALLAHER SHIELD
FRED ALLEN CHALLENGE TROPHY, ALAN McEVOY SHIELD,
WAKA NATHAN TROPHY
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Played 20 Won 20 Undefeated For 693 Against 162
Back row: Willie UILI • DANIEL NAMOA (Gear Technician) • Tyrone NGALUAFE • Richard TONGA • Sam FIFITA • Jordan PULEATUA
4th row: Chay RAUI • Paul WILLIAMS • Ben BACON • Chris LOWREY • Jay WILLIAMS • Sam ANANIA • Brad
TAUWHARE • Pom SIMONA
3rd row: Dennis MANSFIELD (Statistician) • Tevita HUFANGA • Iosefo PASINA • Sione MAU • Roger TUAMOHELOA •
Bryan WILLIAMS (Director of Rugby) • Benson STANLEY • Sam LAWRENCE • Doug TAUSILI • Taylor MOSEN •
Scott TURNER (Assistant Manager)
2nd row: Chad TUORO • Jordan STEVENS (Physiotherapist) • Winston STANLEY • Danny ELIA • Leo TALIU • Daniel
BOWDEN • Matiu WALTERS • Ciarun OVERTON (Gear Technician) • Randell KAMEA • Monique SELL (Assistant
Manager) • Greg EDMONDS (Manager)
Front row: Adam SIDDALL • Lio KAIHAU • Simon SCOTT (Head Coach) • Tevita FINAU • Mark HOOPER (Captain) • Brett
WILLIAMS (Vice Captain) • Grant HANSEN (Assistant Coach) • Viliama KINAHOI • Ricky McCAMISH
Absent: Tom WILEY • Josh BROWN • Johnny MEREDITH • Danny VAKAWATI (Masseur)
Rugby Football Club (Inc.)
2009 ANNUAL REPORT
OFFICERS OF THE CLUB
PATRON: Mr P L Tetzlaff
VICE PATRONS: M E Scott, P J Adrian, K A Nelson, M H Mains, R W Paterson,
P K Harwood and A W Rickard
PRESIDENT: Mr B G Williams
VICE PRESIDENTS: T Aitken, N Bowden, J Campbell, M Cleary, B J Craies, M J Dick, A M Haden, B C Lough,
B J Murray, G Penney, M W Trapp, B R Wentworth, R Whetton, J White, P J Whiting
and G M Willoughby
CHAIRMAN: Mr P H Thorp
LIFE MEMBERS: M E Scott, D F Johnston, Dr L Drake, J Bourke, R W Paterson, B G Williams, T E Paterson,
P J Adrian, K A Nelson, M H Mains, A Tupu, N Wolfgram, D F J Ward,
P K Harwood, C Williams, C T Partridge
TRUSTEES: Mr G McCurrach (Chairman)
Mr P H Thorp
Mr B G Williams
Mr B R Wentworth
Mr A White
HON SOLICITORS: K McDonald, A Roberts and B G Williams
HON BARRISTER Mr P H Thorp
HON TREASURER: Mr M Lomas
HON AUDITOR: Ronald Yee
HON DOCTORS: Dr L Drake and Dr S Kara
HON DENTIST: Mr K Nelson
HON PHYSIO: Tanya Browne
MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE: P Thorp (Chairman), D Atkins, B Banks, C Clews, M Darin, M Froggatt,
H Heeney, J Huch, S Ioane, M Lomas, D Mansﬁeld, B Matchett, K Olliver, C Partridge,
S Thomas, C Watt, B Williams, C Williams, I Derbidge (Secretary / Manager)
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NOTICE OF MEETING
Notice is hereby given that:
The Annual General Meeting
Ponsonby District Rugby Football Club (Inc)
Will take place on
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 at 7.30 p.m.
Clubrooms, Western Springs Stadium,
Stadium Road, Western Springs.
3. Address by the ARFU Representative
4. Conﬁrmation of the Minutes of the 2008 AGM
5. Adoption if thought ﬁt of the Annual Report and Financial Statement for the year
ended 30 September 2009
6. Report from Trustees
7. Appointment of Auditor
8. Election of Ofﬁcers
9. General Business
I. C. Derbidge
Cover: Premiers’ Adam Siddall, Photography courtesy Dennis Mansﬁeld
2009 ANNUAL REPORT 3
MINUTES OF THE 2009 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
PRESENT: The President Dr. P. K. Harwood, Life Members: MINUTES OF THE 2007 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:
John Ward, Phil Adrian (Minute Secretary), Craig Partridge, Dr. These had been recorded in the annual report and were approved
Lloyd Drake, Ces Williams, Alfred Tupu and 23 members. as a true and correct record.
There was no business arising from those minutes.
APOLOGIES: were received from Jack Campbell, Bryan
Williams, Jack Bourke, Athol Rickard, John Gillies, Keith Nelson, PRESIDENT’S REPORT: Dr. Harwood thanked all those who
Chris Clews, Garry Barr, Brian Craies, Mike Lomas, Mark Darin, had assisted in the running of the club during his tenure as
Don Johnston, Hayd Bennetts, Max Mains, David Atkins, and President.
In particular he thanked Ian Derbidge, Bryan Williams and Peter
Thorp for the way they had the club running as a well-oiled
OBITUARIES: Phil Adrian spoke about the passing of Bevan machine.
Short who played many games for the Senior Team and coached He brieﬂy referred to the economic downturn that had affected
after his retirement. the ﬁnances of the club both through the reduction of assistance
An unbroken run of 41 games during 1985, 86 and 87 by our from the Union and from the failure of ﬁnance companies. The
Senior Team, coached by Bevan, still stands as a record for the latter had resulted in a write off of $300,000 in the accounts.
Auckland Rugby Union.
The passing of George Coughlan was noted. George’s family CHAIRMAN’S REPORT: Mr. Thorp said he looked forward to
had a great afﬁliation with Ponsonby and George was a member the World Cup in New Zealand in 2011 and wondered what role
of the Old Boys and Supporters Association. our club would play at that time.
Members stood in silence as a mark of respect. Our lease has been extended to 2012 however there was an
interest from the Auckland Cricket Association to come to
AUCKLAND RUGBY UNION: Mr. Gary Whetton spoke on Western Springs. He felt that such a move would be detrimental
behalf of the Union and advised that after supplying $725,000 to to both Speedway and the club.
the various clubs there would only be a small proﬁt. He too paid tribute to the efforts of Ian Derbidge and Bryan
The 125-year celebrations had been a great success. Williams. Ponsonby was the ﬁrst to have a Director of Rugby
and this had been a great success. Ian continued to run the club
The Blues team had met their budget. A semi-ﬁnal and or ﬁnal
in all departments.
would have made a big ﬁnancial boost. Eden Park is changing
rapidly and there will be some difﬁculties for the next 2 years. The ﬁnancial situation was dominated by one item already
referred to by Dr. Peter Harwood. He also reported on difﬁculties
The Air New Zealand Cup team showed that there was not
with the North South Trust and suggested that we must look for
enough depth in Auckland with so many players going overseas
and to other provinces.
The new club rugby competition was a success and he
congratulated Ponsonby on their ﬁfth successive Gallaher Shield TRUSTEES: Mr. Peter Thorp also reported on the Trustees.
win. Mr. Richard Endean had resigned and Mr. Alan White elected in
Mr. Whetton asked that we support the North South Trust as his stead.
they make a big contribution to Auckland rugby. Bryan Williams and Peter Thorp are the representatives of the
He thanked the delegates for their work and congratulated the club while Messrs. Grant McCurrach (Chairman), Mr. Brian
club on another great season. Wentworth and Alan White are not immediately connected to
In response to a question Mr. Whetton replied that as yet there
was no coach for the Air NZ team. Peter answered one or two questions related to the failure of
To another question he answered that the Union were in the
process of obtaining a representative on the NZ Union. It was moved by Tom Aitken and seconded by John White that
the Annual Report and Financial Statement be adopted.
Mr. Whetton had no answer to the question: “How can we stop
Peter Thorp moved that the Trustees action of the appointment
The President, Dr. Peter Harwood thanked Mr. Whetton for his
of Alan White be conﬁrmed. Seconded by Peter Harwood.
address, which was conﬁrmed by acclamation.
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Chairman Peter Thorp presents Ben Bacon with the Jack Nicholson Memorial Cup for 2009 Premier best Team Man.
APPOINTMENT OF AUDITOR: Ronald Yee was re-appointed Thomas, R. Banks, B.G. Williams, C. Williams, D. Mansﬁeld, C.
on the motion of Peter Thorp seconded by Peter Harwood. Watt, W. Black, K. Olliver and P.Thorp.
CARRIED No nomination form had been received for Mr. Chris Clews but
he would be co-opted to the Management Committee.
ELECTION OF OFFICER: The Patron Mr. Percy Tetzlaff was
unanimously re-elected while Dr. Peter Harwood was added to GENERAL BUSINESS: Peter Thorp spoke about the great
the Vice Patrons. contribution the outgoing President Peter Harwood had made
All Vice Presidents and Honorary Ofﬁcers as listed were re- during his term. He mentioned in particular the Strategic Plan,
elected. the electronic scoreboard and the Letterkenny exchange
Dr. Harwood nominated Bryan Williams for the position of programme.
President seconded by Phil Adrian. CARRIED
Bryan was overseas so Peter Harwood continued as chairman CLOSURE: There being no further business the outgoing
of the meeting. President thanked members for their attendance and declared
The following were elected to the Management Committee: S. the meeting closed at 8.40pm
2009 ANNUAL REPORT 5
REPORT FROM THE OLD BOYS & SUPPORTERS ASSOCIATION
N.J.G.Bowden. Legend Luncheon
The passing of our President Noel Bowden on the 9th It is many years ago since we organised a reunion of all
October still came as a shock even though Noel had not the Ponsonby players who played for the Auckland Rugby
been active in our Association for some years. We extend Union. A similar function to honour our All Blacks was held
our very sincere condolences to Noel’s family. His obituary in September and a grand occasion it was.
will be in another part of this report. Congratulations to the organising committee who did a
On the ﬁeld: Master of Ceremonies, John Campbell did a marvellous job
Our famous club keeps on adding glory to its already great in introducing and interviewing our past All Blacks.
reputation. Bob Scott almost stole the show with his humour but there
Six Gallaher Shields under three different coaches by itself was plenty of time for Bryan Williams, Andy Haden, Joe
is an achievement that is unsurpassed in the history of Stanley, Craig Innes, Inga Tuigamala, Keith Nelson, Matthew
Auckland rugby. Ridge, Mark Brooke-Cowden, Malcolm Dick and our late
Is there a club in New Zealand that has equalled that record? President Noel Bowden.
Maybe someone knows. We hope that there will be a DVD available so that the
Added to that is the record of the lower grade teams. The occasion will not be forgotten.
number of teams that made ﬁnals will surely mean that Talking about DVDs, reminds me that the Old Boys are
Ponsonby will once again win the Silver Football trophy. endeavouring to get several club ﬁnals on DVD as well as a
Perhaps the most telling result for the club is that of the video of the old clubrooms in Blake Street.
Under 21’s who won their championship at the curtain raiser We are hoping that this venture might become a fundraiser
to the ﬁnal. A narrow win but a win none the less. This bodes for our Association.
well for the future.
So congratulations to all the players, coaches and managers, Thanks
not forgetting the vast number of people who assist with We thank all those who contributed so generously to our
the more mundane tasks involved in running a rugby team: funds.
the medical staff, the record keeper, the gear man and In the past year we have arranged for the AUT Scholarship
many others. While rugby is now a professional game, at to be, now displayed in the clubroom. We have spent money
club level we are strictly amateur and totally dependent on on the All Black and Black Ferns photos and had a 1905
volunteers who give up their time for the love of the game. Championship photo retouched and copied.
The very sincere thanks from the supporters must go to all The Old Boys also paid for the relaying of the TV cables in
who make rugby at Ponsonby possible and make us feel the clubrooms and of course the usual sign writing jobs.
proud to be part of it.
Last Christmas we distributed 35 boxes of chocolates to
The 2009 records will show that Ponsonby collected the our widows and older members. These were donated by
following trophies: Pak ’N Save Mt Albert. Please support our sponsor if you
Gallaher Shield, Alan McEvoy Shield, Fred Allen Cup, Waka are able.
Nathan Cup, Under 21 Championship Winners Cup, Under Lastly our thanks to those who supported the Bonus Number
12 Championship Winners Cup, Under 85kg Speights Bowl, fundraiser. Even without the help of Athol, Craig managed
Women’s Plate Final, Jack Cox Memorial Cup, Tom Johns to ﬁll the forty numbers required.
Cup and the Kevin Millhouse Cup.
We look forward to your support in 2010.
Bryan Williams was selected as Vice President of the NZ
Rugby Union and this means that he will be President during
the World Cup year. A great and well-deserved honour for
Beegee that reﬂects well on our club.
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OBITUARIES groomed his successor and we all know what a good job
PERCY TETZLAFF. 30 August 2009. Our Patron, Past Craig Partridge did after Athol stood down.
President, Life Member, All Black, Coach, Committee He was a great help to the club in many different ways. He
member and general benefactor. served for many years on the Management Committee and
Percy was born in Taupiri and educated in the Huntly district when chosen to be President attended as many as games
and while this was and is a League stronghold, surprisingly he could squeeze in the day. He was a familiar sight to all
Percy played rugby. Probably through the inﬂuence of Huntly coaches and managers and knew them all.
College, the principal of which I was able to put in touch Athol’s funeral was held in the clubrooms attended by many
with Percy and consequently his name was added to the club members, both young and old as well as family and
honours board of the school. friends.
Percy made his representative debut for Waikato as an
18 year old in 1939 and was chosen as one of the “Five NOEL BOWDEN. Noel was a member of the 1954 team:
Promising Players” of the 1939 season. “The team that won everything”. Noel was a teacher and as
He moved to Auckland in 1940 and played all of the Auckland such he was posted in different parts of the North Island. He
games in that season despite stiff competition from players ﬁrst represented Waikato then Auckland and also played for
such as Doc Paewai and Des Barchard. Taranaki, from which union he was selected for the All Blacks
He played for the North Island in 1943 and 44, the last as in 1952. Noel died on the 9th October, the day Auckland
captain. He also captained a New Zealand side that played played Taranaki and silence was observed by the players of
against NZ Combined Forces. both unions on that day.
He played in the ﬁrst All Black team that travelled by air Noel showed early talent for rugby and after joining Auckland
when he was chosen in 1947 for the All Blacks to play two Grammar played 4 years in the 1st XV. During that time he
tests in Australia. also set a record for the long-jump which has not been
After that tour he retired from representative rugby and bettered to this day.
concentrated on Ponsonby. He was captain of that fabulous Noel had great love for several sports but yachting, tennis
1948 team, described on the All Black website as one of the and badminton were favourites. He still played tennis while
best Ponsonby sides ever to win the Gallaher Shield. They well into his seventies.
scored 103 tries in 18 games. Noel travelled widely and had a special afﬁnity with Canada
Percy was an engineer and never failed to produce whatever where he played and coached rugby.
was required by the club, always forgetting to send a bill. Noel was President of the Ponsonby Old Boys and
When the extensions were built in Blake Street, it became Supporters Association since 1999.
necessary to have a ﬁre escape and Percy built and installed
that. He also had a lot to do with the manufacture of the JACK NUTTALL. Known to us all as Snow, he was in his
beer-lift. 89th year when he died.
In the days when the rugby club was the centre of social life He was also a member of that fabulous 1948 team and a
Percy was an active part of it. There are many anecdotes good number of his teammates were at his funeral. He served
involving Percy from those days and some of these were for a number of years on the Management Committee.
related at his funeral.
GEORGE COWARD. George was remembered by Max
ATHOL RICKARD. To lose two Life Members in one year is Mains as a player of small stature but with a big heart.
a real blow. While Percy had not attended the club for quite The NZ Herald carried an obituary: “A much respected player
some time, the reverse was the case with Athol. After the of the Ponsonby Rugby Club in the ﬁfties. A staunch front
passing of his wife, Gwen, Athol made Western Springs his rower. Pity his body was not as big as his heart.”
home. He could be seen there at various times during the
week and permanently on the weekends (unless he was
ALDYTH NELSON. The wife of our very popular Keith
watching a game on another ground).
Nelson. Our deepest sympathy to Keith, his daughters and
Athol was chairman of the Junior section of the club for many grandchildren.
years and would not relinquish that post until after he had
2009 ANNUAL REPORT 7
PRESIDENT’S REPORT 2009
I am extremely honoured and proud to serve you and the club I would like to make a special mention of our chairman, Peter
as your President and I am pleased to report to you in the ﬁrst Thorp. Peter’s chairmanship is decisive and forthright but
year of my Presidency. interlaced with humour and humanity. He never gets rufﬂed
and the Club’s success over the last number of years is in no
small measure due to him. Sincere thanks, Pete.
What a year it has been. To achieve six Gallaher Shield wins in
a row is amazing. Congratulations to coaches, Simon Scott,
Grant Hansen, Manager, Greg Edmonds, Captain, Mark I would also like to make special mention of Ian Derbidge, our
Hooper and your players. You have made us all extremely Club manager. I have had the good fortune to work with him
proud. I well recall the barren period we had between 1954 and for close on nine years now and I can vouch for his efﬁciency,
1976 when the prized trophy eluded us on many occasions honesty, diligence and humour. Ponsonby would not have
so narrowly. We have now learned how to win it and to hold achieved the success it has this last decade without Ian
on to it: a combination of culture, pride, history and heritage, Claude Derbidge. Thanks, Derbs.
hard work, skill, planning, courage, composure under pressure
and enjoyment in varying degrees. The formula is difﬁcult to
I report to you later in the Annual Report as your Director of
deﬁne and often the dividing line between success and failure
Rugby so before that some special thank yous. These people
is so thin. However, our formula has certainly worked for the
make our Club tick.
past few years. To also win the U/21 title, the U/12 Open title,
the Women’s 2nd Division title, U/85kg Bowl competition
and to do so well in other grades as well is testament to our My special thanks to :
strength across the grades. The Premier team is the apex at 1) Our ARU delegates, Ces Williams (Senior) and Craig Watt
the top of our pyramid but it would not succeed without the and Geoff Buchanan (Junior) for all the extra time you put
foundation built below. in on our behalf.
2) The club manager Ian Derbidge, and to John Allen, Brent
Our Junior Club has again excelled in the way in which teams and Yvonne Holden and other staff for the great service
have presented themselves. The Junior Rugby Committee to the Club. It is a pleasure to work with you.
under Mark Darin does a great job. This year we ran some 35 (3) Chairman, Peter Thorp and treasurer, Mike Lomas and
teams and the way the Juniors are organised from registration the Management and Executive Committees for the wise
day, to match day, to Player of the Month functions, to counsel and direction. You guys do a great job and I thank
Silverdale and Ruawai ﬁeld days, to Annual prizegivings is you sincerely.
like a well-oiled military operation. (4) All coaches, managers, medical staff and support staff
and all the players for upholding the Ponies tradition and
The Ponsonby Legends lunch this year epitomized what pride.
Ponsonby DRFC is all about. We had so many great (5) Mark Darin, Pam Adams, Craig Watt, Geoff Buchanan,
contributors. The organising committee of Peter Thorp, Chris Leon Wijohn and a very hardworking Junior committee
Clews, Greg Edmonds, Kent Olliver, Mark Darin and Ian for your untiring efforts.
Derbidge did a wonderful job voluntarily with special thanks (6) Our trustees of the Trust Fund who provide time and wise
to Chris Clews and his company DE Group for donating the counsel to our Trust Fund, despite some challenging
staging, lighting and audio visual display. John Campbell, a circumstances this year.
parent, was MC and donated his time and effort . The Junior
Committee provided service for the function. So many others (7) Phil Adrian and the Old Boys Association who uphold
contributed to what was a magniﬁcent and moving occasion. and maintain the heritage and history of our Club.
To have 15 of our All Blacks present, headed by Bob Scott (8) All those responsible for the Ponsonby Legends Lunch
and Noel Bowden, together with so many legends of the game held at the Club, which honoured our living All Blacks.
made for one of our most memorable occasions ever. (9) All those people who support the Ponies, particularly our
sponsors listed elsewhere.
The Club is planning for its future. We have had various (10) All those people who have contributed to another
meetings with the Auckland City Council in respect of our successful year for the Ponies.
tenure of the premises at Western Springs, upgrading of
clubrooms and changing facilities and our role in Rugby World Bryan Williams
Cup 2011. Those matters are progressing well and we will
report progress to you as it happens. President
8 Ponsonby District Rugby Football Club (Inc.)
CHAIRMAN’S REPORT 2009
What a year. To win the Gallaher Shield for the sixth year in a row unexpected level of risk we found with some of the assets in which
and the eighth time in the last nine years is superb. To also win the we invested upon the advice of Vestar. I thank my fellow Trustees
Auckland Under 21 championship is phenomenal. The Premiers Alan White, Bryan Wentworth, Bryan Williams and Chairman Grant
demolished University in a convincing display and the Under 21s beat McCurrach for another year of service.
favoured Marist in the ﬁnal moments of the game with a remarkable
display of determination and passion. As is the mark of our Club, the ideas are ﬂowing. For example, Junior
Committee chairman Mark Darin has suggested a membership drive,
Our great Club continues to make history and we continue to particularly amongst our Junior section parents, and the services of
be privileged indeed to be involved in such an extraordinary Debit Success are to be enlisted to assist in the collection of team
unprecedented era. Congratulations to the teams and to their fees from the Senior teams. Sponsorship ideas are being pursued
coaches and managers – Simon Scott, Grant Hansen and Greg and our Club website is still being developed to assist. Thanks to an
Edmonds for the Premiers and an impressive team of no less than initiative that commenced with the Junior Committee, the site is now
seven, led by Prabhu Singh, for the Under 21s. I recognised the run by Allteams and is proving a step ahead of the site generously
outstanding efforts of Greg Edmonds by awarding him my annual established for us many years ago by club stalwart Grant Straker and
Chairman’s trophy at our 2009 Senior Prizegiving. his company, Straker Interactive.
Our Junior section also inspired us all by winning the City Under Our ﬁnances are not the only challenge we face. As RWC2011
12 Open championship. Congratulations to the team and coaches looms, it is clear that Western Springs Stadium will be the venue
Eddie and Sandra – the Mt Eden Ioanes – for a great achievement. for signiﬁcant activities that will involve disruption during both 2010,
when improvements to the Stadium and its facilities are planned, and
2011. We continue to enjoy a strong relationship with the Auckland
It always takes an extraordinary effort to win championships at
City Council and have pledged our support to ensuring that Auckland
whatever level. It also takes an extraordinary commitment to
City’s contribution to the event is worthy. We are determined, however,
the ongoing pursuit of excellence by the Club as a whole. We all
to make our own contribution to the event and to achieve the best
contribute to our Club to a greater or lesser extent, grateful for the
outcome long-term from the planned improvements at the Stadium.
contributions we do receive and not resentful of those we do not.
Included will be the successful negotiation of a new lease beyond
Our combined efforts continue to prove that there really is “no easy
2012 pursuant to the “ﬁrst right to negotiate” provisions of our present
Pony”, on and off the ﬁeld.
lease and, hopefully, the long awaited provision of extra changing
and shower facilities, concerning which I thank Peter Harwood for
An enduring example of the pursuit of excellence is provided by his thorough submissions to Council Ofﬁcers. Regrettably, we are
our legendary Director of Rugby, Bryan Williams. Added to his unlikely to achieve the also long awaited sand carpeting of the Outer
responsibilities this year have been the Presidency of the Club and Fields which also featured in Peter’s submissions.
the Vice-Presidency of NZRFU, both of which roles he has performed
well. As Vice-President now, Bryan will be President of NZRFU I thank those who have served with me upon the Executive and
during RWC2011, which we all know to be an inspired choice for Management Committees for another year and I particularly thank
that important time in our rugby history. Senior ARU Delegate Ces Williams for another year of immense
contribution. I also thank those who have served with Mark Darin
A highlight of the year has also been the Ponsonby Legends lunch at on the Junior Committee and pay particular tribute to the strength of
which we honoured all our living Ponsonby All Blacks – 26 of a total our Junior Committee. Parents from our Junior section contributed
of 53, 15 of whom attended and were interviewed by our MC, TV3’s signiﬁcantly to the success of the Ponsonby Legends lunch. I also
John Campbell whose son played in a Ponsonby Under 6 team this thank our Old Boys section, led again by Phil Adrian, for another year
year. A sub-committee of Kent Olliver, Mark Darin, Chris Clews, Greg of faithful service.
Edmonds, Ian Derbidge and I, assisted by Liz Fitzgerald of NZRFU
in helping us to locate and Bryan Williams in following up our All Thanks to Milton Froggatt and Jack Huch for their tireless work in
Black guests, worked hard to achieve a magniﬁcent event for which raising money for and conducting our successful international Sevens
the Club will long be remembered. Many others provided support campaigns. The campaigns provide an ideal means of identifying and
with product or auction prizes. Particular thanks must go to Chris attracting talent that set us apart from other clubs and will become
Clews and his company, DE Group, for the splendid staging, lighting increasingly important now that Sevens is to become an Olympic
and audio visual display donated for the event. We win respect and sport.
admiration on the ﬁeld by winning championships and we win respect
and admiration off the ﬁeld by occasions such as the lunch. Last, but certainly not least, I again pay tribute to the outstanding
work of Club Manager Ian Derbidge and his staff. Ian has worked
The lunch also provided a welcome boost to the Club’s ﬁnances, particularly hard this year to maximize our bar, shop and function
which continue to be well monitored by Club Treasurer Mike Lomas. returns. He has successfully managed the transition to a new caterer,
Our ﬁnances do, however, continue to be strained by the difﬁculty who also contributed to the success of the Ponsonby Legends lunch
in the Ponies Trust fund earning the level of income achieved in by providing superb food and service for the 300 who attended. Ian
previous years and the uncertainty of the fate of some of the assets continues to display an absolute passion for and commitment to our
in which we invested upon the advice of former manager Vestar. The Club and is a Ponsonby legend in his own right.
fund is now well managed by Craigs Investment Partners (formerly
ABN Amro Craigs) and the Trustees are conﬁdent that the assets Peter Thorp
in which we now invest upon the advice of Craigs do not carry the Chairman
2009 ANNUAL REPORT 9
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 SEPTEMBER 2009
2008 EXPENDITURE NOTE 2009 2008 INCOME 2009
$ ADMINISTRATION $ $ $ $
1,202 A.C.C. 1,103 89,658 BAR Sales 89,443
3,502 Annual Report 3,841 (37,941) Less Purchases (41,667)
2,723 Audit fees 2,000 (9,587) Less Bar Wages 8,454)
684 Bank charges 1,121 (3,184) Less Oper. Expenses (2,597)
3,763 Cleaning 4,390 38,946 36,725
2,793 Clubroom Amenities 3,160
5,000 Consultancy Fees 5,000
16,895 Depreciation 1&3 16,081 27,090 SHOP Sales 17,969
9,517 General expenses 9,750 (19,531) Less Purchases (12,082)
4,070 Insurance 4,730 7,559 5,887
25,003 Lease 25,003
11,682 Management Fees-Craigs 4,035
7,311 Ofﬁce supplies incl printing 3,628 RUGBY INCOME
5,529 Repairs & Maintenance 2,489 14,900 T
eam Subscriptions 17,978
60,200 Salaries - Admin 63,638 1,604 Touch Rugby 2,547
768 Storage - Memorabillia 2,067 16,504 20,525
8,270 Telephone 7,180
2,280 Trademark -
978 Vehicle & Travel Expenses 1,067 OTHER INCOME
333 Web site expense - 52,477 Grants - ARU 55,476
172,503 TOTAL ADMIN 160,282 2,500 Trophies -Waka Nathan & Fred Allen Cups 5,000
1,168 Grants and sponsorship - team 946
RUGBY 35,466 Grants - club direct 15,000
2,125 Advertising 1,656 15,286 Event - Lunch 21,793
8,397 Ground hire 6,612 25,420 Hire of Facilities 11,525
8,520 Hospitality 9,760 401 Kitchen 26
12,844 Jerseys 10,562 60,726 Interest and Dividends - Craigs 35,264
1,813 Junior rugby 283 24,900 Scholarships - AUT 24,900
2,484 Presentations 4,533 1,395 Subscriptions - Associates 1,919
4,851 Rugby - Management 3,593 947 Sundry Income 1,386
1,720 Rugby Analysis 907 220,685 173,235
34,833 Rugby Director 36,123
3,282 Rugby - Physio -
1,875 Rugby Tournaments (1,816)
24,900 Scholarships - AUT 24,900
4,063 Sundry rugby 4,656
4,585 Training Gear 3,303
116,292 TOTAL RUGBY 105,073
288,794 TOTAL EXPENSES 265,355 283,694 236,372
(5,100) Operating Surplus / (Deﬁcit) (28,983)
(300,058) Plus (Less) Investment revaluation (56,495)
These accounts should be read subject to the notes to the accounts.
10 Ponsonby District Rugby Football Club (Inc.)
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS CONTINUED
STATEMENT OF MOVEMENTS IN EQUITY
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 SEPTEMBER 2009
1,557,711 Equity at start of Period 1,252,553
(305,158) Net (Deﬁcit) / Surplus (85,478)
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION
AS AT 30 SEPTEMBER 2009
2008 2009 2008 Note 2009
$ CURRENT LIABILITIES $ $ CURRENT ASSETS $
19,774 Creditors 11,882 1,500 Cash Floats 1,500
14,985 Grant-Advance 14,985 444 Sundry Debtors 2,226
34,759 26,867 70,188 Bank 63,624
64,442 Bank - Craigs 112,209
35,178 Stock 25,780
1,252,553 Retained Earnings Carried Forward 1,167,074
910,438 INVESTMENTS 2 796,901
205,122 FURNITURE 3 191,701
1,287,312 1,193,941 1,287,312 1,193,941
These accounts should be read subject to the notes to the accounts.
2009 ANNUAL REPORT 11
NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
For the Year ended 30 September 2009
1. STATEMENT OF ACCOUNTING POLICIES
The ﬁnancial statements are for the Ponsonby District Rugby Football Club Inc which is incorporated under the
Incorporated Societies Act 1908. The ﬁnancial statements of the Club have been prepared according to generally
accepted accounting practice.
The accounting principles recognised as appropriate for the measurement and reporting of earnings and ﬁnancial position
on a historical cost basis have been used, with the exception of certain items for which speciﬁc accounting policies have
(a) Changes in Accounting Policies
There have been no changes in accounting policies. All policies have been applied on bases consistent with those used in
the previous year.
(b) Fixed Assets and Depreciation
All ﬁxed assets are recorded at cost or valuation less accumulated depreciation. Depreciation rates are as those disclosed
in note 3.
(c) Goods and Services Tax
The ﬁnancial statements have been prepared on a GST exclusive basis.
Inventories are recognised at the lower of cost, determined on a ﬁrst in ﬁrst out basis, and net realisable value.
Receivables are stated at their estimated realisable value.
NZ Fixed Interest 505,351 461,035
Australasian Equities 186,027 85,917
International Equities 40,710 149,337
International Fixed interest - 30,633
NZ Property 64,813 178,155
International Speciality - 26,096
International Property - 29,265
TOTAL 796,901 960,438
General Provision 50,000
The investments are valued at market value as at 30th September 2009.
3. FIXED ASSETS
Accumulated Closing Accumulated Closing
Cost Depreciation Book Value Cost Depreciation Book Value
Fixtures & Fittings 21,182 19,608 1,574 21,182 19,214 1,968
Ofﬁce Equipment 24,685 17,939 6,746 22,026 16,252 5,774
Training Shed 318,437 140,109 178,328 318,437 127,372 191,065
Scoreboard 7,895 2,842 5,053 7,895 1,579 6,316
372,199 180,498 191,701 369,539 164,417 205,122
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2009 ANNUAL REPORT 13
REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES
Report of the Ponies Trustees for the year come out of our relationship with Vestar, into a
ended 30th September 2009 separate monitored account and we therefore had
The year after the ‘Global Credit Crunch’ created a working portfolio of approx $758,269. We have
extreme volatility to asset values and markets. drawn down $40,000 for income requirements
However we have recently seen some stability and the portfolio value as at 30th September
return to our portfolio. In reaction to the banking was $764,164 which is a weighted return from
crisis, interest rates have dropped to levels not seen 25th November 08 of approx 8.84%. This is a
since the early 1960s and this has seen a moderate very pleasing result given the tough economic
drop in income for our funds. Equity values have environment over the past year.
firmed appreciably over the last six months. We continue to receive small capital repayments
Our engagement of Craigs Investment Partners from the $217,000 worth of distressed assets and
(formerly ABN AMRO Craigs) has worked well. to-date we have received approx 8% from these
We have established a Statement of Investment Companies.
Policy & Objectives with our Investment Advisors, We believe the move to Craigs Investment Partners
Nigel Scott and Simon Coulter, which details a has been a sound decision by the Investment
conservative approach to the Club’s investments Committee as we continue to manage the Clubs
going forward, with a speciﬁc focus on income long-term capital for the beneﬁt of generations to
and capital preservation; 70% to ﬁxed income and come.
30% to growth assets. Nigel and Simon continually
monitor our portfolio and the Investment Committee Grant McCurrach
meet with them quarterly to discuss the portfolio Chairman of Trustees
and ensure our objectives are being met.
We have moved the distressed assets, which have
Ponsonby City and Kelston Under 10 Restricted teams
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REPORT FROM THE DIRECTOR OF RUGBY 2009
SIXPEAT! What a magniﬁcent effort from the Premier team. They and Damian Mahutonga and managers, Hugh Munro and Tony White
have repeated their clean sweep of last year by winning the Gallaher and their support staff deserve credit.
Shield, in addition to the Alan McEvoy Trophy (1st Round) and also
achieved the unprecedented feat of six Gallaher Shield victories in a The Under 85kg team, under Rob Jones and Daniel Kull struggled
row. This has never been achieved before. Not only that, they also for form early and did not qualify for the championship but made
retained the Fred Allen Trophy and defended it right through the the Bowl competition and succeeded in winning it. The grade is
season. Congratulations to the coaches, Simon Scott and Grant very even and competitive and their scores were frequently close
Hansen, captain Mark Hooper and his players, the management and tight. They developed a really good spirit which should serve
team of Greg Edmonds, Scott Turner, Monique Sell, Ciaran Overton, them well next year. Thanks, also to Daniel Kull for his managerial
Danny Vakawati, the statistician Dennis Mansﬁeld and to the medical assistance.
team, physio Jordan Stevens with special thanks to Tanya Browne
for the great medical care, not only for the team but for the club at The Fillies this year had a mixed season. They missed out on the
large. You have made us all tremendously proud. Simon Scott went championship round but then went through undefeated to win the
on to become assistant coach of the Auckland Colts and Grant 2nd Division competition. Great effort, girls. Thanks to coaches, Linda
Hansen also was assistant coach of the Black Ferns. They are both Itunu, Ces Williams and Jimmy Clayton and their support staff.
destined for higher honours.
The Social team, the Legion again had a good season although
The team paced itself well through the season, starting by winning they lost their unbeaten run this season under coach Mike Leroy-
the Waka Nathan knockout tournament. The team gradually built Dyson.
momentum and consistency and by the end of the season were
playing with great conﬁdence and composure. The team again had Our President’s grade Puritans continue to have fun and to contribute
to rebuild from the previous year after losing a number of key players. towards the Club. Eddie and Sandra Ioane helped ‘Judge’ Phil
They were bolstered by some new players and by the return of Recordon with the organisation this year. Thanks to all concerned
prominent players who had been playing overseas. So great credit with those teams.
again to the coaches for some astute coaching and providing the
direction to enable them to again come out on top. The work ethic For the Junior Club, it was another busy and enjoyable season for
and team spirit were always evident. The ﬁnal against University the committee and some 36 teams, coaches, managers, players,
(won 31-5) was a lesson in composure, structure and teamwork. parents and supporters. Pam Adams did a great job as Junior
The victory crowned an exceptional and historic season. Great Administrator and the committee under the Chairmanship of Mark
effort, guys. Darin was extremely well organised and productive. The Under 12
Open team won their championship under coaches Eddie Ioane
The Premier Reserves under Mike Brough and Warrick Black, again and Manu Faiva.
supported the Premier team well and went through the season with
only one loss. They were favoured to win the ﬁnal against Waitemata The Junior Prizegiving was again held at Mt Albert Grammar School
but because Waitemata had been eliminated from the Premier comp and the spirit and atmosphere said it all. Sincere thanks to Sam
the week before, they were able to bolster their ranks and won the Lawrence, Brad Tauwhare, Willie Uili, Sam Fiﬁta and Sione Mau for
ﬁnal 18-8. The team had a committed and experienced management presenting the prizes and having photos with all the prizewinners
team. Thanks to Graeme Brough, Graham McGarvey and Nathan Tao on the day and for Greg Edmond’s organisation. Ponsonby’s future
for operating so efﬁciently. Mike and Warrick must be congratulated is in safe hands.
for bringing the team through to the ﬁnal.
Special thanks to :
The Senior 1s under Heath Hooper, Chris Koneferenisi and Phil 1) Our ARFU delegates, Ces Williams (Senior) and Craig Watt and
Bell-Booth as coaches and Damien Green as manager had a good Geoff Buchanan (Junior) for all the extra time you put in on our
season and came through to make the semi-ﬁnals, losing 23-25 to behalf.
Waiheke. Their preparation was ﬁrst rate and the team spirit was a 2) The club manager, Ian Derbidge, and to John Allen, Brent and
joy to behold. Congratulations. Yvonne Holden and other staff for the great service to the Club.
It is a pleasure to work with you.
The Senior 2 EPs did well to make the top 4 in Senior 1 Grade. Steve (3) Chairman, Peter Thorp and treasurer, Mike Lomas and the
Ioane organised the team and Herati Matapo continued to play for committee for the wise counsel and direction. You guys do a
this team. They have a great team spirit and are a credit to the club. great job and I thank you sincerely.
They continued their philosophy of not training as a team. It sounds (4) All coaches, managers, medical staff and support staff and all
as if a number of the older players may be calling it a day (have we the players for upholding the Ponies tradition and pride.
heard that before?). (5) Mark Darin, Pam Adams, Craig Watt, Geoff Buchanan, Leon
Wijohn and a very hardworking Junior committee for their untiring
The Senior 2 Black team ended up making the championship round efforts. You do a great job.
of Senior 1 giving us three teams in the top seven. They could not (6) Our trustees of the Trust Fund who provide time and wise counsel
quite keep pace with the leading teams. Special thanks to John Tetini to our Trust Fund, despite some challenging circumstances this
(who also coaches a junior team), Liam Aﬁtu and JP Fa’amausili for year.
their organisation and leadership. (7) Phil Adrian and the Old Boys Association who uphold the
heritage and history of our Club.
The Under 21 team had a very good season and peaked at the right (8) All those responsible for the Ponsonby Legends Lunch held at
time to take out the Championship with a last gasp 47 metre penalty the Club, which honoured our living All Blacks.
by Tyrone Ngaluafe against Marist. Prabhu Singh and Nico Nomani, (9) All those people who support the Ponies, particularly our
the coaches, along with TAs, Kristien Ah Young, Ricky George and sponsors listed elsewhere.
Phil Mackie did a great job. Kim Kwok and Terrence McQuoid as (10) All those people who have contributed to another successful
managers handled the management duties very efﬁciently. Scott year for the Ponies.
Wills did a ﬁne job as physio. Great effort, guys.
In closing, it has been another outstanding year for our beloved Club.
The Under 19 team had a pretty good season. They performed Let’s see if we can better it.
well at the start of the season and comfortably made the top six
championship round. They played well enough here but ultimately Bryan Williams
they ﬁnished up third, missing out on the ﬁnal. Coaches Hugh Heeney, Director of Rugby
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2009 PRIZE WINNERS
Coaches Of The Year Simon Scott / Grant Hansen Best Team Man Tamiana Konrote
Owen Donaldson Trophy Andrew Lancaster Most Improved Player Tristan Tahata
Best All Round Sportsman Most Promising Player Naki Melino
Jim Steen Old Boys Cup Mark Hooper / Taylor Mosen Player of The Year Ethane Aﬁtu-Roache
Best And Fairest Player Under 21 Team
Ernie Taylor Memorial Shield Premiers Doug Tawhiti Memorial Cup Alex Samoa
Best Performed Team Most Outstanding Back
Club Captains Cup John Tetini Fred Lucas Cup Tyrone Ngaluafe
Special Services Most Promising Player
Old Boys Shield Restricted Under 85 Kg Buster Gibbons Trophy Puppy Farrell
Team Displaying Best Standard Of Conduct And Sportsmanship Best Team Man
Chairman’s Trophy Greg Edmonds Old Boys Jersey Taylor Mosen
Player of The Year
Special Services Non Playing
Junior Sportsman of The Year Tino Ape
Lin Colling Memorial Cup Prabhu Singh / Nico Nomani
Under 19 Team
Most Promising Coach
Most Improved Player Ken Tupuola
Athol Rickard Memorial Cup Premier Reserves
Most Consistent Back Albert Scott
Team with Best Try Scoring Average (Ave. 6.12 per game)
Most Consistent Forward Chris Pusi
Player of The Year Josh Simpson
Beegee Williams Cup Chay Raui
Player of The Year Harlequin Bar & Café Cup David Hoeft
In Pursuit of Excellence
Jack Nicholson Memorial Cup Ben Bacon
Restricted Under 85kg Team
Best Team Man
Best And Fairest Player Chris Metcalfe
Rookie of The Year Cup Sione Mau
Best Defensive Player Jeremy Botha
Thomas Aitken Shield Lio Kaihau
Most Consistent Senior Player Most Promising Player Andrew John
Premiers Cup Chay Raui Walter Stokes Memorial Shield Darin Middleton
Best All Round Player
Greg Chapman Memorial Cup Jeremy Botha
Player of The Year
Best Forward AJ Heijns / Alfred Veikoso
Best Back Sione Kite
Margaret Ward Memorial Cup Junior Samuela
Best Team Man Chanel Vito Best Team Man
Rookie of The Year Jason Lemalu Player of The Year Matthew Pert
Most Improved Player James Hantz Social Legion
Ponsonby Trophy Mark Ama Most Improved Player Sharif Joyce
Most Consistent Player
Player of The Year Rob Poupouare
Senior 1 Team
Best Forward Alan Goodwin
Best Forward Eloise Blackwell
Best Back Jonathan Covich
Best Back Nora Maaka
Most Improved Player Jason Terzieff
Most Improved Player Jezena Gilmour
Most Promising Player Alofa Mika
Best First Year Player Eloise Blackwell
Best Team Man Masato Ohbayashi
Most Promising Player Aldora Itunu
McNeilage/Sigley Trophy Semu Poliko
Player of The Year Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate
Most Valuable Player
Massa Johnston Cup Sam Donaldson
Player of the Year
Senior 2 EPs Team
Best Forward Alex Matapo
Best Back Ray Hira
Best Tackler Herati Matapo
Most Promising Player Brad Dowson
Player of The Year Cup Joe Turua
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Under 21 Championship Winners
City Under 12 Open Championship Winners
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Premier Reserves Senior 1
Under 85kg Senior 2 EP’s
Senior 2 Black Premier Women (Fillies)
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Under 19 City Under 13 Restricted
City Under 12 Restricted City Under 11 Restricted Blue
City Under 11 Restricted Black City Under 11 Open
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Kelston Under 11 Restricted Kelston Under 11 Open
City Under 10 Restricted Ponies City Under 10 Restricted Black
City Under 10 Restricted Blue Kelston Under 10 Restricted
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City Under 9 Restricted Ponies City Under 9 Open
City Under 9 Restricted Blue City Under 9 Restricted Black
Kelston Under 9 Open City Under 8 Restricted Blue
2009 ANNUAL REPORT 21
City Under 8 Restricted Black Kelston Under 8 Open
City Under 7 White City Under 7 Ponies
City Under 7 Blue City Under 7 Black
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Kelston Under 7 Blue Kelston Under 7 Black
City Under 6 White City Under 6 Ponies
City Under 6 City City Under 6 Blue
2009 ANNUAL REPORT 23
City Under 6 Black Kelston Under 6 Ponies
Kelston Under 6 Blue Sunia Makasini receiving the Arthur Williams Cup for Junior
Sportsman of the Year
A try by Reiko Ioane in the Under 12 ﬁnal James Campbell and Luka Clayton receiving their trophies
from the Premier Presenters
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NZ SEVENS Chad Tuoro, Jordan Puleatua
NZ BLACK FERNS Linda Itunu
BLACK FERN SEVENS Linda Itunu
FIJI Sean Morrell
BLUES SUPER 14 Chris Lowrey, Benson Stanley, Winston Stanley, Jay Williams, Paul Williams
HIGHLANDERS SUPER 14 Daniel Bowden
AUCKLAND NPC Daniel Bowden, Chris Lowrey, Chay Raui, Benson Stanley, Winston Stanley,
Jay Williams, Paul Williams
EAST COAST HEARTLAND Randell Kamea
AUCKLAND DEVELOPMENT Lio Kaihau, Viliami Kinahoi, Chay Raui, Adam Siddall, Ben Bacon, Leo Taliu,
Doug Tausili, Brett Williams, Pom Simona
AUCKLAND UNDER 20 COLTS Niko Ratumaitavuki, Tyrone Ngaluafe, Jordan Puleatua, Taylor Mosen
AUCKLAND EMERGING PLAYERS Tevita Finau, Paula Fakautoki
AUCKLAND STORM Linda Itunu, Eloise Blackwell, Nora Maaka
AUCKLAND SECONDARY SCHOOLS Aldora Itunu, Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate, Tessa Wright, Sia Kolomatagi
AUCKLAND MAORI WOMEN Eloise Blackwell, Nora Maaka
WALTER DICKSON Reiko Ioane, Mark Gordon, Tai Ruha, James Halley, Stephen Perofeta,
Sunia Makasini, Geoff Viligia, Theo Gow, Jack Adams, Nick Oldﬁeld,
Karomatangi Arthur, Kati Levi, Toso Junior Latu, Isikele Fukofuka, Kahn Moir,
Henry Fomai, George Darin, Shane Moe, Edward Mulitalo
UNDER 45KG AUCKLAND George Darin, Charles Booth, Max Christie, Willie Gillette, James Halley,
Jordan King, Harry Spath, Elliot Wilks
ROLLER MILLS Reiko Ioane, Theo Gow, Mark Gordon, Sunia Makasini, Tai Ruha,
Geoff Viligia, Shane Moe, Stephen Perofeta
BILL McLAREN Taina Fox-Matamua, Luteru Tolai
AUCKLAND UNDER 14 Vince Aso, Jonathon Sa’u, Paul Tofae
AUCKLAND UNDER 16 Eugene Teauraki, Patrick Tuipulotu
AUCKLAND SECONDARY SCHOOL GIRLS Theresa Fitzpatrick
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PREMIER TEAM REPORT 2009
The 2009 season actually kicked off in December 2008 for the bulk Tamaki on a wet and cold day at their home ground. While the ﬁnal
of the team with our traditional pre Christmas Monday night trainings score of 13 – 0 would appear close the atrocious weather conditions
and end of year BBQ. Turn-out was as always very good and we levelled the playing ﬁeld. However we were never in doubt of losing
could see before the new year even commenced that the team would with many of the team remembering the loss to ET in 2006. This
again be competitive in 2009. tough game in challenging conditions provided just the right build
up to our game the next week against arch rivals Marist which also
Simon Scott returned as Head Coach after two successive
doubled as the ﬁnal of the Waka Nathan Cup.
championship wins and last year’s Technical Advisor Grant Hansen
took up the role of Assistant Coach. Greg Edmonds and Scott Marist started the game extremely strongly and put our scrum under
Turner returned as managers and were joined by Monique Sell so signiﬁcant pressure. In the ﬁrst 20 minutes the Marist loose forwards
the majority of the management team returning meant consistency dominated the loose ball and made considerable metres with several
for the players and team overall. charging runs around the ruck and maul. However the experienced
Ponies team maintained their composure, for which we have become
Early in January we were extremely pleased that three of our key
famous, and they gradually wore down the spirited Marist team until
sponsors conﬁrmed that they would support the team again: Urgent
they could no longer compete. After leading 10 – 7 at halftime we
Couriers as our principal sponsor and Powerade and Multi-Trans as
completely dominated the second half and deserved our 41 – 7 win
supporting sponsors. Given the ﬁnancial and economic downturn
and Waka Nathan Cup Championship.
in late 2008 this was a real boost to the management team and
we were extremely grateful that these organisations in such tough The rest of the Alan McEvoy Shield round went without any losses
economic times chose to continue to support us. We also secured and with a number of our Super 14 players returning to club rugby.
new sponsors this year in Debit Success and Inshape nutrition It is always pleasing to see that our representative players are always
products. prepared (and indeed enjoy) turning out for the Blue and Blacks.
This commitment by these rep players boosts the motivation of our
Preseason training commenced fully in late January with good turn-
younger players and is a key part of our unique Ponsonby culture.
outs particularly from the U21 grade players. This was encouraging
as we need to continue to build this team as feeder players to the Our last two games in the round robin were against University, who
Premier team. Due to Super 14 commitments we were without Jay put us under reasonable pressure and resulted in the only game of
Williams, Benson Stanley, Winston Stanley, Chris Lowrey (Blues) the season where we were unable to score a try (winning 6 – 0), and
and Daniel Bowden (Highlanders) for the early part of the season. In Papatoetoe with a 15 – 6 win on a ground that was far below what
addition Julien Palmer who had been outstanding at openside ﬂanker should be acceptable for Premier level rugby in Auckland.
in 2008 elected to stay in Portugal along with Pete Leulusoo. David
We now turned our attention to the business end of the season
Smith also decided to play in the Wellington competition in 2009 and
– the Gallaher Shield.
outstanding halfback Wayne Ngaluafe was unavailable. Aside from
these players the rest of the 2008 team returned for another year. Our quarter ﬁnal game against Teachers Eastern went exactly to
plan with the Ponies scoring ﬁve tries to one to run out convincing
The team however was bolstered by a number of quality players
winners 33 – 11. Despite being now without all of our Air New Zealand
either coming to the club for the ﬁrst time or returning from overseas
Cup players the team dynamics were excellent and everyone was
including stalwart Sam Anania, Lio Kaihau, Josh Brown, Doug
focused on the task before us. Next up was our semi ﬁnal against
Tausili, Leo Taliu and Sefo Pasina. In addition outstanding halfback
Waitemata. The team was fortunate to have outstanding mid ﬁelder
and New Zealand Sevens player Chad Tuoro returned to the club
Benson Stanley return from injury for this game as part of his recovery
early in the season.
for Auckland A. The team completely dominated this game and took
Our ﬁrst scheduled game ended up as a bye as a result of Grammar a 20 – 0 lead at half time before running out convincing winners 46
Carlton deciding to withdraw from the Waka Nathan Cup series. This – 19.
was disappointing as they had won the Waka Nathan competition in
Finals time and we continued with our proven formula of ﬁnals rugby
2008 and meant that we had to wait a further week to play our ﬁrst
to play University at Eden Park. Our experience against a relatively
game against Teachers Eastern which we incidentally made hard
young University team was clearly evident as we controlled the game
work of to win 22 – 18. We then played Otahuhu and managed
right from the kick off. Referee Ben Skeen ensured a free ﬂowing
a 17 – 13 hard fought win at Fearon Park to progress to the ﬁnal
game and at half time we lead 13 – 5. The second half again was
against Marist. This ﬁnal was played during the round robin of the
dominated by the Ponies with fullback Chay Raui showing absolute
Alan McEvoy Shield round.
class by scoring a fabulous try himself (after a sensational break by
Our early games in the Alan McEvoy Shield round saw the team Leo Taliu) and then setting up the ﬁnal try for veteran Sefo Pasina
begin to show promise with wins over Waitemata 26 – 20, Teachers to run out convincing winners 30 – 5. This win cemented our 6th
Eastern 39 – 13, Waitakere City 59 – 3 and Eden Roskill 57 – 7 before consecutive Championship and Gallaher Shield win in the Auckland
coming up against rivals Grammar Carlton. This was to be a great Rugby Union Premier competition. Another outstanding year! To
game of rugby with the Ponies controlling large periods of the game top off a great Ponsonby day our Under 21 team played the curtain
and running out deserved winners 27 – 14. This win provided the raiser and defeated Marist in the ﬁnal minutes to take out their
team with a conﬁdence boost and we went on to easily beat College Championship. The Premier team were extremely proud of these
Riﬂes, Te Papa, Mt Wellington and Pakuranga before meeting East young players as during the season we had trained with and against
26 Ponsonby District Rugby Football Club (Inc.)
the Under 21 team and were impressed with their commitment and • The players’, coaches’ and managers’ wives, partners, children
attitude. and supporters who supported the team week in week out.
During the year we “blooded” a number of rookie players including • The management team of Scott Turner and Monique Sell
Under 21 Captain Taylor Mosen, open side ﬂanker Matiu Walters, whose contribution ensured our management programme was
centre Tyrone Ngaluafe, wing Jordan Puletua and promising prop
implemented as planned.
Sione Mau. All of these players demonstrated that they have the
ability to be great Ponies players of the future. • Our physiotherapist Jordan Stevens who joined the team this
Players to play their 40th blazer games during the season were Sefo season and immediately made a signiﬁcant impact in keeping
Pasina, Chad Tuoro, Ben Bacon and Tevita Hufanga. In addition the players match ﬁt each week.
Tevita Finau achieved the signiﬁcant milestone of a century of Premier • Our support staff – Statistician Dennis Mansfield, Gear
games and veteran Brett Williams played his 150th Premier game
Technicians Ciaran Overton and Daniel Namoa and Masseur
for the club. The experience that these players bring to the team
are a key part of our success and they should be congratulated for
their contributions. • Club Manager Ian Derbidge for his support and Garry Barr
The quality of our players and the success of our team resulted from Teamwear Apparel who ensured we had everything we
in 19 of our players making representative honours in 2009 with needed.
either Auckland A, Auckland Development, Auckland Emerging
• Director of Rugby and Club President Bryan Williams for his
Players or Auckland U20. Congratulations to all of these players. In
guidance and support and ARFU COD Ces Williams for his
addition Simon Scott was appointed by the ARFU to the position of
Assistant Coach of the Auckland Under 20 and Grant Hansen was advice.
appointed by the NZRFU to the position of Assistant Coach of the Of special mention are our sponsors. It would not be possible for
New Zealand Black Ferns to take them to the RWC in 2010. Both this team to achieve the outstanding results that we do with out the
of these appointments are a fantastic endorsement of the coaching
generous support of our sponsors. Urgent Couriers as our principal
qualities of Simon and Grant.
sponsor has provided much needed funding for the second year
Players to receive club awards in 2009 were as follows: Best Team and this is appreciated. Powerade and Multi-Trans have been loyal
Man – Ben Bacon, Most Consistent Player – Lio Kaihau, Rookie of sponsors now for over 5 years and this loyalty is appreciated by
the Year – Sione Mau, Top Try Scorer and Player of the Year – Chay the team. Many thanks to Debit Success and Inshape for having
the conﬁdence to support us – I hope you have received value for
Chay Raui and Adam Siddall were two outstanding players in 2009 your investment.
and deserved higher representative honours than they have received.
Both players were consistently outstanding all season and by far the The team results are undisputable – an outstanding undefeated
best club players in their respective positions. season – 20 games, 20 wins, 693 points for, 162 against and every
piece of silverware in the trophy cabinet!
In closing there are a number of people who deserve
acknowledgement: Greg Edmonds – Team Manager
Premiers Brad Tauwhare at Home against Pakuranga
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PREMIER TEAM COMPETITION STATISTICS 2009
Date Against Score Tries Conv Pen D.G. Total Tries Conv Pen D.G. Total
Alan McEvoy Shield
4-Apr Waitemata 26-20 3 1 3 26 1 5 20
11-Apr Teachers Eastern 39-13 5 4 2 39 1 1 2 13
18-Apr Waitakere 59-3 9 4 2 59 1 3
25-Apr Eden.Roskill 57-7 8 7 1 57 1 1 7
2-May Gramm.Carlton 27-14 2 1 5 27 1 3 14
9-May College Riﬂes 24-3 3 3 1 24 1 3
16-May Te Papa.Mt.Well 34-12 5 3 1 34 2 1 12
23-May Pakuranga 39-3 6 3 1 39 1 3
30-May East Tamaki 13-0 2 1 13 0
6-Jun Marist 41-7 5 5 2 41 1 1 7
13-Jun Manukau Rovers 60-5 10 5 60 1 5
20-Jun Suburbs 72-0 11 7 1 72 0
27-Jun Otahuhu 33-3 4 2 2 1 33 1 3
4-Jul University 6-0 2 6 0
11-Jul Papatoetoe 15-6 2 1 1 15 2 6
75 46 25 1 545 8 4 16 96
18-Jul Teachers Eastern 33-11 5 1 2 33 1 2 11
25-Jul Waitemata 46-19 6 5 2 46 3 2 19
1-Aug University 30-5 4 2 2 30 1 5
15 8 6 109 5 2 2 35
Total 90 54 31 1 654 13 6 18 131
PROUD SPONSORS OF PONSONBY DISTRICT RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB
PROUD SPONSORS OF Pand KeithNBY DISTRICT RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB
ONSO Nelson at Ponies Legends Lunch
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PREMIER TEAM INDIVIDUAL SCORES
Name Tries Conv. Pen. DG Total
B. Williams 12 24 12 1 147
A. Siddall 8 25 18 144
C. Raui 14 3 76
T. Wiley 6 30
N. Ratumaitavuki 5 25
S. Lawrence 5 25
S. Mau 4 20
T. Finau 4 20
L. Taliu 4 20
P. Williams 4 20 RUGBY
M. Po’oi 3 15
The Club appreciates the generous support of:
L. Kaihau 2 10
Auckland Rugby Football Union
S. Morrell 2 10
R. Taumoheloa 2 10 Hirepool
Image Centre Limited
R. Kamea 2 10
Hynds Group of Companies
T. Hufanga 2 10 Keith Nelson & Associates
B. Bacon 2 10 Lion Foundation
S. Pasina 2 10 Mt Hobson Group
D. Tausili 1 1 8 NZ Community Trust
B. Tauwhare 1 5
D. Elia 1 5 Wijohn Chartered Accountants
J. Puleatua 1 5 Powerade
J. Williams 1 5 Debit Success
W. Uili 1 5 Perry Foundation
P.S imona 1 5
D. Bowden 2 4 The Club wishes to acknowledge the
co-operation and support of:
TOTALS 90 54 31 1 654 Auckland City
Springs Promotions Ltd
2009 ANNUAL REPORT 29
TEAM REPORTS 2009
after half time and with the rain hitting harder we struggled to get back into the
Premier Reserves game losing 8-18. It was a very disappointing end as we had all worked so hard
The Reserves team enjoyed another successful season with a ﬁnals appearance to win the George Nicholson Cup this year. However on the day they were too
which was an improvement on last season. good in the conditions and of their side they only had 1 player under 30. Most of
We started the pre-season games as a squad against Pukekohe and North Shore their 22 had never won a championship so we can’t be bitter towards a side like
(North Harbour Senior 1 champions under Buck Shelford) and we came away that – they played good, clean rugby all year and had beaten the top 2 sides in
with a draw and a win but with some excitement about the young side and depth consecutive weekends so deserved their win. We will take this disappointment
at the club, which had improved signiﬁcantly from last season. We had worked with us and being a young side it will strengthen our players, many of whom
hard on getting some former colts players back and they will ultimately step up will eventually go on to play Premiers and remember this hurt when they play
to being Premiers in the next few years. future championship games.
The Premier and Reserves sides then split and we had a game against Massey Some players who really stood out during the season were forwards James Hantz,
since Grammar-Carlton had pulled out of the Waka Nathan. We played a strong Willie Uili (who went up to Prems with 5 weeks to go), Richard Tonga (who also
Massey side which in the second half contained a backline of Chris Smylie, Naﬁ went up with 5 weeks to go), AJ Heijns, Jason Lemalu, Alfred Veikoso, Chanel
Tuitavake, George and Ken Pisi. We came back from 14-29 with 15 mins to go Vito and in the backs Sione Kite, Danny Elia, our inspirational captain Sailor, Rick
to win 35-29 right on fulltime. This was the ﬁrst sign that we had a side that McCamish and Richard Ault. Some of these players assisted me in the retention
could lift in the last 20 mins of a game. of some younger players in this club – and for a club to stay strong we need to
ensure the future gets retained.
Onto the Waka Nathan pre-season and we started with a solid win over Teachers-
Eastern 36-10 whose Premiers had new coaches and their style of play had Special thanks to our management team – Backs coach Warrick Black; our
changed from last season (we were to see their Premiers ﬁnish in the top 8). Then Managers Graeme Brough, Graham McGarvey and Nathan Tao; Bud Dickman who
came Otahuhu who were under new coaches also and we narrowly won 20-17 also assisted us; and our Physio Ryan Leyland. We want to thank our sponsors
but it was a good solid workout before the start of the competition. Hirepool and Ray White Kingsland for their continued support. Thanks also to
Beegee, Ian and John for their countless hours of help to the team and the club
The Competition round robin started with a sensational win over Waitemata 48-8
including the awesome ﬁeld we get to play on. And thanks to those club stalwarts
who had a new team which saw us reverse our result from last season’s semi
who always offer much needed advice and tell us how it really is. A special thanks
ﬁnal. We continued on in the season, beating Teachers-Eastern 82-0 where we
to the families and supporters from the club who supported us each week and
blew them off the park, then Waitakere 75-5 again blowing them off the park,
who came out to watch us play as it motivated us to do better.
before coming up against a determined Eden-Roskill side winning 47-7. The next
game was supposed to be the highlight in the season but we came up against a Personally, I enjoyed the season and the development of this club is in good
Grammar Carlton who remembered us beating them last year (their only loss) and hands. I am extremely proud of the way this team performed.
we didn’t turn up until the last 20 mins losing 17-23. We then dispatched College Our record for the 2009 season:
Riﬂes 32-3, Te Papapa-Mt Wellington 43-3 (0-0 at half time – it was a bizarre • Round robin – Played 15, won 14, lost 1. Points for 630, against 92.
game), before destroying Pakuranga 73-0 and gave them something to moan
about (which is one of their strengths). We then started a tough 7 week stretch
to end the round but we had found we had superior ﬁtness so could compete in • Quarter Final - Beat Marist 60-3
the last 20 mins. We beat East Tamaki (out there) 30-11, Marist 38-16, Manukau • Semi Final - Beat Otahuhu 19-13
(out there) 32-6 before having an unfortunate default win over Suburbs, which • Championship Final - Lost to Waitemata 9-11
is shocking at this level of rugby – their reserves went up to their Prem side for
2 weeks after a mass walk out. We then played probably our 2nd best 80 mins Top Point scorer: Sione Kite 115
of rugby all season with a win over Otahuhu 45-0, where we dominated them Top Try scorer: Jordan Larsen 12
at all stages of the game. Next up was University on a poor ﬁeld and in torrential Squad: Mark Ama (c), Richard Ault, Alex Baker, Josh Brown, Hayden Cameron,
rain winning 18-10, before ﬁnishing the round with an excellent win (again in Fou Crichton, Sam Donaldson, Daniel Elia, Paula Fakautoki, Eli Farnum, John
appalling weather and disgraceful ﬁeld conditions) over Papatoetoe 50-0. Fotu, James Hantz, A.J. Heijns, Tevita Hufanga, Gerry Jacobs, Derek Jannings,
The Quarter Final saw our best 80 mins of rugby beating Marist 60-3. Yes 60 Randell Kamea, Sione Kite, Andrew Lancaster, Jordan Larsen, Jason Lemalu,
points against Marist! We had scored 4 tries by half time and the skills shown by John Levis, Chris Lowrey, Joe MacManus, Richard Mailei, Sione Mau, Rick
the team in racking up 10 tries is something we will remember for a long time. It McCamish, Jon Meredith, Christian Opetaia, Mike Paea, Jon Paine, Mark Paulo,
also saw our backline General Sione Kite’s season ﬁnish as he had commitments Silaumua Potifele, Neli Sasulu, Adrian Sionepulu, Antonio Stanley, Leo Taliu, Matt
in Australia. This was to be a telling blow. Thomas, Richard Tonga, Zinzan Tusialofa, Willie Uili (vc), Alfred Veikoso, Chanel
The Semi Final was a great game of rugby and Otahuhu really gave it to us. They Vito (vc), Matiu Walters.
came to Western Springs with the hurt from the 45-0 drubbing and had the half
time lead of 10-0 as we struggled with our kicking game. We fought back winning Mike Brough – Coach
19-13 but a disallowed try would have made the win more comfortable.
Onto the Final where everyone had expected to see Ponies v GC. However like
their Premiers a week before Waitemata decided everyone’s favourite club
Senior 2 EP’s
weren’t going anywhere and booked themselves a ﬁnal at Western Springs. What an up and down season this was. We started off with a hiss and a roar!
Unfortunately for us though, their Premier side went out the same day and our Our ﬁrst game against Papatoetoe, was won 102 - 5 and we had enough
notes from our sideline spy were worthless as that team didn’t come to play the players that day to ﬁeld two teams. Then slowly but surely things went from
ﬁnal (12 of their Prem side did). The weather packed it in right on kick-off so bad to worse - players got injured (this is to be expected), commitment from
our game plan had to change and while we attacked them in that ﬁrst half we some was shocking and once the rain, wind and cold settled in it was a lucky
couldn’t get past their monster pack containing 6 Prems. Losing Chris Lowrey dip as to who would be there on Saturday. But besides that ‘09 was another
to a broken hand after 15 mins was also a big blow. They scored 2 tries straight enjoyable season for the EPs.
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We made the semis and again we let ourselves down by saving our worst game
for last. But that’s the way rugby goes. I would like to thank all the players
for their efforts this year on and off the ﬁeld (some had better off ﬁeld form),
the old bulls for making up the numbers when in need, the visitors, kids and
all our supporters, but most of all the wives, girlfriends and partners for your
unconditional support throughout the season and most importantly, allowing
your men to play rugby for the EPs.
Thank you to the club for allowing us to have a few games at the Springs - much
appreciated! Especially by those new to the team this year. Special thanks to
Herati the “LEGEND” Matapo for helping manage the team and to our captain
Ray Hira for doing a sterling job with a makeshift team each week and keeping
it together. I hope everyone has a good break. Take care of yourselves and
your families and hopefully see you all again next year, fa.
Best forward: Alex Matapo
Best Back: Ray Hira
Player of the Year: Joe Turua
After 2 round robins and a semi-ﬁnal loss: Points for 433, Points against ARFU Council Delegate Ces Williams presents David Hoeft
149. with the 2009 Under 19 In Pursuit of Excellence Cup.
Steven Ioane (Player, Coach, Manager) the guys used in their pre-match amping. We won the game 25-7 which gave
the team the real belief that we could go on and make the Final. It took us
past the mark where we fell the previous year, getting that all important bogey
off the players’ backs.
Under 21 The Semi-ﬁnal put us up against Pakuranga who upset Grammar-Carlton a
couple of weeks earlier so we knew they would be formidable opponents. It
2009 was a Championship winning year for the Ponsonby Under 21s. With was a tough game and with only 10 minutes to go it was anyone’s game but
new coaches appointed early on there was a settled approach with plenty of we pulled through to score two late tries to take the win 18-5 and go onto
planning needed to map out the season. There was a core group of players the Final at Eden Park.
returning from the previous year who were determined to do better this year. It was a low-key week with plenty of planning going in to ensure no stone was
The ﬁrst training netted approx 140 players, a good turnout, which after pre- unturned. Especially since the kickoff was much earlier, we had to ensure the
season games we narrowed down to a squad of 40. We felt we had a good guys would run with the new routine. We organised a walk on Eden Park the
team with plenty of talent and knew that we would be competitive but weren’t evening before the match to try and ease some of the guys’ nerves and by all
sure just how far we could go. accounts it was worth it.
We were unbeaten after four rounds before Grammar-Carlton gave us a reality On the day the build up went well and the guys seemed relaxed. Beegee came
check. They did us a big favour as they highlighted some of our weaknesses, in and had a ﬁnal chat to the guys before heading out onto the hallowed turf.
which our Coaches and TAs moved quickly to remedy. We bounced back to It was a scrappy game in the wet with touches of class by both teams but
beat Riﬂes well the following week and many believe this was the turning point when the scores were tied up at 16-all with 3 minutes to go we all thought it
in our season. We went on to beat Pakuranga and continued good form for would go into extra time until we got a penalty 45 meters out from the posts.
several weeks. At this time players were putting their hands up and a real look Our kicking had been poor all day through no fault of Martin Naufahu’s who
of class was starting to develop. An obvious team spirit was beginning to show had been carrying a leg injury, so up stepped Tyrone Ngaluafe, who according
through and the environment that was set up was also paying dividends. to one of the players within earshot told his Captain Taylor Mosen “I’ll get it”.
Our old foe Marist was next up and both teams were injury ravaged. We He hit it sweetly, it snuck over the crossbar and we managed to hold them out
were short on backs and had to call in whoever we could to ﬁll the holes. We after a series of desperate attempts to snatch the win away. The ﬁnal score:
fought admirably only to go down narrowly on the full time whistle, much like 16-13. It was a truly epic ﬁnish to a memorable season.
last year. Again though, we were found out in certain areas which we moved The players must be thanked for the way they responded to adversity at various
to ﬁx and went on to ﬁnish the end of the round robin in 3rd place with only moments throughout the season. They all matured immensely and will be much
the two loses. better for it as players and as young men. All the Coaches and Managers do
At Tuesday training before our Quarter ﬁnal we had a meeting on a rainy night a lot of work to create the environment for the players to perform and they
with the ﬁelds reduced to a bog to plan our strategy to get to the ﬁnal. Again certainly did that to achieve the ultimate prize.
meticulous planning from the Coaches to push the right buttons at the right Special thanks must go to Beegee Williams for providing the direction for the
time created an opportunity for the players to provide the necessary input team when we needed it and Ian Derbidge for assisting in all matters admin.
to reach the “Summit” from “Base Camp 3”. It was obvious that with the Thanks also to the Under 19’s management for assisting in squad management
diplomatic approach the players’ knowledge and opinions were highly valued – both ways.
and needed to achieve the goal. Thanks to Under 21 staff Prabhu Singh, Nico Nomani, Ricky George, Kristien
Our injuries started to dry up as we readied ourselves for the Quarter ﬁnal Ah Young, Phil Mackey, and Kim Kwok and Scott Wills for all their outstanding
against Riﬂes. As the outer ﬁelds at the ‘Springs were almost unplayable, we efforts.
opted to play this game at Cox’s Bay #2 – a well drained ground and suited to
the game we wanted to play. A new catch phrase was “Eat ‘em up” which Terrence McQuoid (Coach)
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Under 19 The start of the bowl competition saw a massive change in the squad which
was brought about by two main factors. The ﬁrst and arguably most important
The 2009 rugby season swung rapidly into action at the beginning of last winter was Eric Neary stepping forward to help coach the side. With two sons in the
with an enthusiastic pool of over 35 players in training for the Under19 squad. team Eric had watched most of our ﬁrst round games from the sideline and
The team beat Waitemata and Eden Roskill Gold followed by a close loss to the hard nosed attitude he brought to training was instilled into the boys with
Pakuranga. This was then followed by a string of wins against College Riﬂes, immediate effect. The second was my decision to take over coaching of the
Te Papa Mt Wellington, Eden Roskill Black and University. A round nine loss to team, only wearing the boots if numbers where short. With Eric’s attitude and
Grammar Carlton was followed by wins against Teachers Eastern, East Tamaki and my understanding of our grade/style of rugby we really turned things around
Manukau Rovers. Losses against Marist and Papatoetoe saw the Under 19s enter during the second half of the season
the eight team play-off in fourth place. After a promising win against Manukau, With a more structured defence plan, the development of a controlled counter-
Ponsonby was knocked out of contention by Eden Roskill Gold and the season attacking strategy and most importantly an emphasis on doing the basics ﬁrst,
was over. A credible effort from the team to achieve a top ﬁve place in a seventeen we starting putting together a string of impressive performances. Big wins
team competition. against Teachers Eastern Beers where the forwards dominated their opposition
Our team played with commitment and sportsmanship throughout the season and pack and Ardmore Marist where the backs ran riot, with Jeremy Botha scoring
the management and coaches wish each individual a great future with Ponsonby a double and AJ Syddall making big meters with ball in hand, helped develop
Rugby Club. A big thank you to Scott Wills and Sandra Allen for their assistance a strong team spirit, morale and camaraderie and was a big part of why we
with the various injuries throughout the season. Ian Derbidge and my co-manager pushed on the way we did after the disappointments of the ﬁrst round.
Hugh Munro did a great job of raising money with an excellent quiz evening and 6 wins from 8 games saw us ﬁnish second on the table due to points differential.
also rafﬂe sales. Teresa and Dave Hoeft provided fantastic support throughout the We were to play Grammar Carlton Panthers in the semi ﬁnal, who had
season and were always happy to assist the managers or shoot ﬁlm at the game. comprehensively beaten us 0-14 about a month earlier. In appalling conditions
Special thanks to the parents, players, supporters and sponsors who attended the boys found themselves down 0 – 10 shortly after half time. However our
the quiz nights. We also appreciate very much the sponsorship provided by Chris strategy of putting massive pressure on Grammar Carlton’s playmaker began
Turney and his company Ergo Consulting and the very humorous photo session in reaping dividends when his game started falling apart and we began dominating
the pouring rain with Ergo and the team. Many thanks also to the three coaches: position and territory. A strong run from a quick tap penalty saw our captain
Hugh Heeney, Damian Mahutunga and Jimmy for the excellent coaching that the Anthony Newlove crash over out wide to make the score 5 -10 with around
team received at all times. 15mins to go. With us dominating territory, Grammar Carlton began falling foul
I also commend all of the Under 19 players for their game skills, consistently good of the referee and two excellent penalty kicks by team stalwart Andy Cowsill
attendances at both practices and on game days and for their humour and team saw us sneak away with an 11-10 win and a berth in the ﬁnal.
spirit throughout the season. The ﬁnal saw us drawn to play Suburbs who had come through the second
From all of the team we thank the New Zealand Community Trust for their generous round undefeated, winning most of their games with 4 try bonus points. We
funding allocation to the team account. had narrowly lost to them 7 – 9 on a last minute penalty earlier in the round
and where keen for revenge. We worked hard that week on a plan to counter
their strong kicking game from their experienced ﬁrst ﬁve, a former Ponsonby
Tony White (Co-Manager) player, and it paid off right when the game was evenly balanced. Half time saw
the game evenly poised at 3 all: a penalty versus Andy Cowsill’s brilliantly hit
drop goal. About half way through the second half a wayward kick from the
Under 85kg Suburbs 1st Five was collected down the right hand side of the ﬁeld. As per the
game plan we had practised all week, we immediately swung the ball towards
The year started with the team in the same old boat - no coach for the third the left hand side of the ﬁeld. A good run from Matt Bateman who held the
year running. However just before the start of pre-season Rob Jones stepped ball up well and drew a couple of defenders before a nice pass set up centre
into the ﬁring line, so to speak, and offered to guide us through the season. and player of the year Jeremy Botha for the try that won us the game. 2009
Unfortunately due to personal circumstances Rob was only able to guide us Speight’s Bowl Champions. The ﬁnal score was 10 – 3. Standout performances
through pre-season before he was forced to step aside. during the ﬁnal came from Max Neary, Jeremy Botha and our hard working
The team lost a lot of direction when this happened and our results during captain Ants along with big impact off the bench from Lance Wilton, Schalk
the ﬁrst round highlighted this. Our loss to Grammar Carlton Gold in the ﬁrst Van Der Merwe and Peter Russell, but it was very much a team effort with
competition game was a low point especially after our solid pre-season form. everyone leaving nothing on the ﬁeld.
This game was really the early deﬁning moment of our season as it made We played a good brand of rugby for the last 11 weeks of the season,
it hard for us to get to a good grade. With no one at the reins of the team, culminating in winning the Bowl Championship after a disappointing start
some more weak games against some very strong opposition saw us ﬁnish to the year. Losing only two games during the round and then beating both
the ﬁrst round with one win and four losses, ending up in the bowl round of those teams en-route to winning the Final, highlight the advances the team
the competition. made during the round. It is a testament to the team culture that guys who
There was further disappointment amongst the boys with a few guys who had ﬁnished the season with injury were still coming to trainings, games and
promised a lot early on then bailed on us – this included at least a third of end of season events.
our backs. This resulted in never ﬁelding a team that contained more than Season highlights included:
two back reserves and usually only one. However certain players stepped up
and covered multiple positions: Matt Batemen – covering halfback, 1st and • Three of the boys donning Tamaki jerseys and playing a full game against
2nd ﬁve, Darin Middleton – covering halfback, fullback and wing and Jeremy the Team, kudos to Andrew Stephenson, Clint Neary and Daniel Kull who
Wright shifting from openside to 2nd Five. all had massive games against the famous blue and black jersey.
• Finishing one game with both wingers in the sin bin (Thanks Darin and
Garth) and scoring the last try after a cheeky quick tap penalty from Matt
Bateman sent Niels Ellis over in the corner.
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• Also ranking up there was playing three quarters of the year with an It was good to see the union did not cancel too many games this year. In fact
excellent halfback who was Japanese, with very limited English and there was only one union cancellation that I can recall. The rest of the games
completely deaf – but he had one hell of a pass on him. that were cancelled were done by us for whatever reason. This made for better
• And who can forget the falcon of the year courtesy of Paul against continuity for our team and gave us all a good excuse to get out on a Saturday
University!!! and trot around the paddock and socialise for a few hours.
Finally the number one highlight of the season was the ﬁrst try, after four Thanks to all the men who turned out this season:
years at the club to team stalwart Skully who then immediately announced • 2nd half for arranging the Tui sponsorship again this year
his retirement and hung up his playing boots.
• Perty for Player of the Year
Daniel Kull (Skully) (Manager/Assistant Coach) • Junior for the Margaret Ward award (Team Spirit)
• Fluff, our Captain
• Ian & John for providing BBQ and sense of humour most nights
Puritans Eddie Ioane (Manager/Coach)
Another vintage season down with more games won than lost.
It is often said that “rugby was the winner” when the Prezzys play their games
and although this is true, it wasn’t always the score line that counted for the Legion
good games we had. This year has been another great year for the Ponsonby Legion with quite a few
I have noted over the last few years that the quality of play in the grade has new players joining and helping us to carry on our proud tradition of building
improved and with other teams ﬁelding quite a few ex-Prem players, this is a strong and enduring culture. Again the grade was very competitive and we
making for a faster and dare I say it, more skilful level of play. The hits are still found ourselves working hard to build new combinations, develop a pattern that
huge and the size of most team members is still over the 120 kg mark, so when suited our new players and eventually win as many games as we lost. Getting
they land on you or tackle you, you usually stay tackled. numbers to the game each week also proved a bit of a challenge but a tight
This year we had a few new players to add to an already colourful team. We core of regulars always managed to make up enough of a unit to be competitive.
had the usual suspects such as 2nd half, Hoover, Frazier, Ants, Andy, Mason, Our players of the year this year were Rob Poupouare and Sharif Joyce, two
Tony, Tupe, Fluff, Junior, Chou, Russell and Gimbal and we had the ﬂood of new stalwarts of the team who continue to play great rugby and lead from the front.
(old) blood with Perty, Ben, B-Rad, Lehann, Sam and Tai who all added to the Thanks again to Tyrone, Maria and the team at the Bond St Bar for their fantastic
team atmosphere. support. And thanks also to Kent, Drew, Andy and Rob for their contributions to
keeping things going. Who knows…maybe we’ll come back again next year
The BBQ sessions we held to host the opposition teams went down well with both just to round out a decade.
sides enjoying our hospitality and the chilly bin getting a good workout. It was
also good to see the opposition teams hosting us at our away games, although
there were a few times when we didn’t manage to get out of the changing rooms Le Roy Dyson (Manager)
(my fault, not enough drinkers in the team).
Mudbath Washing Line
2009 ANNUAL REPORT 33
JUNIOR RUGBY CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
2009 is my third year as Chairman for the Junior committee and we have again We had four great Players of the Month this year. Each was superbly
been rewarded with an excellent year for the Junior club. Once again we have attended despite some of these being held on days when Junior Rugby was
had a huge input from everyone involved: players, coaches and managers, cancelled. The Junior club also received thanks from the Seniors for the highly
parents, the Junior committee and the club at large. For this I must express organised provision of ball boys for the senior home games. It was great to
my profound gratitude and thanks, magniﬁcent! see the Premiers and Reserves recognising the youngsters for their efforts
This year has had its share of challenges, on the ﬁnancial front, courtesy of the on the sidelines and valuable for the Juniors to see top-level rugby from the
ﬂow-on effects from the global ﬁnancial crisis and through some unexpected sideline.
challenges with players and coaches in our more senior grades. Despite these Our end of year prize giving was also a major success, very well attended
challenges, we were able to ﬁeld 34 teams from Under 6 through to Under 13 and with many compliments. This year we introduced the awarding of pins
grades. We ﬁelded three teams in the championship grades and due to the for junior players who have played for Ponsonby for 5 or more seasons. The
pervasive “No Easy Pony” spirit all three of these teams reached their semi- youngest of our players to achieve this accolade played Under 8 this year!
ﬁnals. The big story this year was the Under 12 Open side. At the end of last These pins were very well received.
year this team was in great shape and looked like a strong hope. However The Junior club has just participated in Ruawai’s Centennial Celebrations. A
unexpected changes saw the squad decimated and we came within one week fantastic trip was organised with 4 teams travelling to Ruawai in the Labour
of withdrawing the team altogether. Eddie and Sandra Ioane stepped up to weekend trafﬁc on Friday afternoon. We were very warmly hosted on the
the mark and with some recruiting help from the fabulous Beegee Williams Naumai Marae and played our games on the Saturday morning. The weather
they assembled a small squad of willing and enthusiastic boys ready to play. was fantastic and the rugby good. Ponsonby made a strong showing and once
And play they did, eventually winning the championship ﬁnal. From the shaky again retained the Ponsonby-Ruawai Cup. Most deﬁnitely rugby was the winner
start to the end of extra time in the ﬁnal the story could have been scripted on the day. A special thanks to the parents and caregivers who made a huge
in Hollywood! Well done to the Under 12’s and well done to every team who effort, some at very short notice, to be involved in an excellent day.
pulled on the Ponsonby Jersey this year.
In closing, it’s good to again reﬂect that the future of Ponsonby Rugby lies with
On behalf of the Junior club I would like to extend our congratulations to our Junior club, and again the future looks good.
Beegee Williams for his appointment as Vice President of the New Zealand
Rugby Football Union.
I would also like to make a special mention of Ian Derbidge who received my
Chairman’s Award this year, once again putting in countless hours for the Junior Chairman Ponsonby Junior Rugby
club and smoothing the way for many of our committee activities.
JUNIOR TEAM REPORTS
City Under 13 Restricted The competition this year has been a pleasure to be involved with and apart
from a minor skirmish with the Suburbs coach there was no animosity at any
Boy, if we could just start the season again! That championship was just a games.
hair’s breadth away.
Thanks heaps to all our parents for help given through the year but a huge
Pre-season started very late and with only just enough boys, we certainly thank you goes to Debbie as manager and Martyn the assistant coach.
didn’t have a cut to make.
The biggest thanks goes to our team - good effort guys! It’s been a pleasure
Some very talented players emerged and with a few major injuries and some and we wish you all the best in your future years.
boys dropping out during the ﬁrst round or so, we managed to ﬁnd our way
through into the championship round.
Coxs’ Bay was a fantastic home ground for us – with only 1 loss there all year. Steve Darin (Coach)
This helped us immensely when playing our ﬁnal game in round 2 against
Waitemata to get through to the ﬁnal four.
Ending our ﬁrst 2 rounds in 3rd position, we drew Marist in the semi ﬁnals. City Under 12 Open
Marist had only lost 1 game all season to a very well drilled Carlton side. Our What a ﬁnal! Our boys seemed to be shell shocked with the occasion and maybe
men had the game of their lives and with a little luck would have made the the crowd got to them a bit in the ﬁrst half. After questioning their desire to win
ﬁnal. and seeing the emotions ﬂow at half time, I knew we were in for a big second half
Unfortunately this was not to be, but what a great season we had: A fantastic and the boys turned it on, with both teams tied at 12-all at full time I had a good
team with great parents and a real team-ﬁrst thought process producing a feeling our ﬁtness would carry us through, and it did.
great result for a great little team. It was a suitable and thrilling ﬁnale to a season that had its moments on and off
We managed to get 4 boys into the Under 45kg Auckland rep team and 6 into the paddock. The boys really dug deep in the ﬁnal and were rewarded with a blow
the Roller Mills teams. A lot of these boys show the ability to take their rugby, out win. The pride, happiness, emotions and ‘never give up’ attitude our boys came
later on, to the highest levels. through with in extra time, is a testament to the “THERE IS A NO EAZY PONY”.
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At the start of the season we had 17 registered players for the City Under 12 Open Our thanks go out to the Junior club committee for their ongoing support, especially
team, but there was no coach. One of our parents put their hand up to coach the Mark and Pam for their help.
team which was a move in the right direction and the team was off. However the We deserved this win and my hat goes off to the boys. You made me, your parents
coach’s son was unfortunately involved in a car accident and was injured - that and the Junior and Senior clubs very proud of your achievements.
was the last the team saw of either the son or the coach.
Notable individual representative achievements this year:
After much deliberation and discussion, a deal was struck between a few of the
fathers where all would help out at some stage during the season and I would Walter Dixon Eden Zone - Joel Arthur, Rieko Ioane
oversee the weekly training sessions. I explained to all parents that in order for our Bill McLaren Central Zone - Taina Fox-Matamua, Luteru Tolai
team to be successful, all the boys had to attend trainings, as many of the early Roller Mills West - Rieko Ioane
training runs were for our foundation ﬁtness and ball skills required for the year.
To the parents’ and boys’ credit this was done.
Eddie Ioane (Co-coach)
The City Under 12 Open team was not the best team individually, by any stretch
of the imagination. But collectively, we became number 1. There were teams that
we came up against who had players who were bigger, faster and stronger but
they all lacked a basic game plan other than just give it to their best player and Under 12 Restricted
hope like hell. As usual, we had a wonderful bunch of boys. They are all a real credit to the
The team was made up from a core of boys who had come from the successful parents and caregivers that raise them. It is a privilege to get to know them
Under 11 squad from ‘08. So many of the boys knew each other and had been and pass on one or two rugby and life skills.
undefeated the year before. Our ﬁrst training was a revelation – gaining an Every boy deserved a prize for something this year. Half our boys had played
understanding of the skill level the boys were at and where I knew they had to be a number of seasons and showed enough promise to be selected in the initial
to become competitive and successful in this grade. Auckland training squads. A number of boys were still new to rugby with this
We practised for just over an hour every Tuesday and Thursday where we being their second season. They showed huge improvement over the season
concentrated on ﬁtness and skills. The boys didn’t enjoy the ﬁtness and I didn’t and I am keen to see how they progress next year.
care. What they learned is that in order to be successful, their ﬁtness levels had to Stephen Perofeta and his family deserve a special mention. This loving family
be of a high standard and many of the boys pushed themselves to the limit. touched our hearts this year. Stephen and his dad, Fale, turned up to our game
To this day there are only 3 boys who can do proper push ups in the team, but the the day after Stephen’s mother died because they knew we were going to be
point is the boys all tried hard. short. That is more commitment than even I would show.
One of the other dilemmas in our team was that of the 17 registered boys, 13 of I was away a lot this season and Jeff Mann, our co-coach, was away even
them were forwards. We didn’t have the luxury of having a balance of backs and more. We were blessed with a wonderful group of parents that stepped in to
forwards and there were a couple of players who told me they were backs but help the team when we were away and often they did a better job of coaching.
played and looked like forwards. We soon ironed these issues out at the ﬁtness Thanks again to all the mums and dads that helped. Special thanks to Adrienne
and skills trainings. Halley, Dave McPherson, Mark Hornabrook, Paul Moir, Sigi Spath, Willy Gillette
and Jeff Mann.
Of the original 18 players we lost one to injury and gained 5 more. Harry Poi and
We can always improve and everything is a learning experience. From this
Russell Su’a (City Under 11 Open coaches) were kind enough to allow 6 or 7 of
year, I think the kids can add a number of things to their “kite” (basket of
their players to come and train/trial with us when they found out we were short. Of
those players we kept 2 - Ethan and Luther, who both gained valuable experience
playing championship rugby this year. I was pleased with the teamwork that the kids displayed. Things did not always
go to plan so they had to try harder to keep it together as a team. Towards
A big thanks to Geoff Buchanan for his tireless efforts to recruit more boys and the end of the season we received a few thrashings. I was proud of how the
who would never listen to me or the manager about disbanding the team early on boys stuck together and supported each other. They kept trying until the ﬁnal
and was always telling me “I’ve got some players coming down” and true to his whistle.
word he brought 4 more forwards which bolstered our numbers but not necessarily
our predicament. We made the semi-ﬁnals this year, which is not a bad result. If the stars
aligned correctly we could have won but injuries to four of our Auckland players
We also received a player from another club whose father was disenchanted with towards the end of the season were more than we could cope with. There is
the previous club and was happy to see what Ponsonby had to offer, and I’ll bet always next year!!!
now he was glad he brought him over, when his boy went over in the corner to
clinch it for the team in the ﬁnal.
A big thank you to Shelley and Sandra our co-managers who co-ordinated things
Leon Wijohn (Co-coach)
behind the scenes for the boys and our parents. They sent the emails out and
organised a great BBQ for the ﬁnal.
Also to the other parents who helped out during the season with the training runs
City Under 11 Open
and warm-ups. Grant, Sam, Norm, Nemia, Dave etc – all of your contributions were Any time you win more games than you lose is a good season in most people’s
invaluable to the boys’ development this season. books: we won 11 and lost 3. When you also consider playing full ﬁeld for the
Thanks to Jayden for the video footage he provided to us of the ﬁnal. He captured ﬁrst time, new players, novice rugby players, fundraising, trainings, games,
the real heart and passion of the ﬁnal - the elation the boys showed at the ﬁnal supportive parents and a new management team, then it’s been a busy and
whistle was beautiful to watch. successful season.
I think our team is a great example to all junior teams that you don’t need to have The season highlights for us were:
the best players in a competition to win. Our team had a few players who were key • playing in reasonablly good weather on good grounds; no cancellations
to our success but our theme was to push the team rather than the individuals and • players developing their individual skills, rugby knowledge and playing as
we did have a team willing to learn and believe in themselves and a basic game a team
plan which utilised our strengths.
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• supportive parents who were keen to help in trainings, coaching, refereeing, the ball out quickly, dispatching the wings to the open ﬁeld and on several
fundraising and from the sidelines, and occasions that resulted in long runs or scores.
• playing good footie that players enjoyed playing and supporters liked We worked hard and had a lot of fun over the course of the season and I’m
watching. sure this ethos will carry the team in good stead in their next season playing
We also had the added bonus of having Luther Su’a and Ethan Poi picked to Championship footy.
help the Under 12’s because they were short on numbers. The Under 12’s Congratulations to our award winners: Nelson, Logan, Toby, Soloman and
won their Championship. To Luther and Ethan, well done for the courage, Harry.
commitment and dedication you showed. Special thanks to Russell, Tom and Sue for their assistance at trainings
Thank you to Eddie and his Coaching team, Sandra and Shelly for taking and on Saturdays and also to the parents for their support and constant
care of our two players. Remember they were only on loan - we need them encouragement.
back for 2010 so they can pass the knowledge and skills they learnt onto Finally, my thanks to the Ponsonby Rugby Club, in particular the Junior
our players. Committee, for their assistance and hard work throughout the year.
Our recipients of this year’s prize giving awards were:
• Most Improved – Alfred Sanft Chris Kohlhase (Coach)
• Sportsmanship – Luke Fitzpatrick
• Most Promising – Joseph Polamalu
• Most Points kicked – Bailey Thomas Under 11 Restricted Blue
• Player of the Year – Tavita Tevi 2009 was a highly successful year for all the boys in the team with only four
They are all deserving of them and as Coaches we had a very hard time in losses during the season.
determining them. It says a lot about the team as a whole that we had to With quite a small squad from day one, each of the boys showed great
deliberate for some time to work out who got what, as we had several players commitment and ﬂexibility in their willingness to play in positions outside
to consider in each category. their comfort zone. This provided an additional degree of development for
Our team consisted of: L Bedford, J Dean, L Fitzpatrick, E Jardine-Ngaumo, many of them.
C Kirkwood-Ale, LC McCarthy-Taylor, T Ngatai, R Nix, E Poi, J Polamalu, G
Stewart Toleafoa and Jesse Amiatu, as Captain and Vice Captain, led from the
Powell, A Sanft, D Schaaf, D Smith, T Soper, B Thomas, J Tumuenua, S Owen-
Urale, S Vaiouga, M Williams, L Su’a, T Tevi, J Pati and C Larsen. front and always by example. Stewie continues to show extraordinary ﬂair as
an open running back and Jesse played every game in an uncompromising
Many thanks to our manager Debbie who did a lot of things behind the
manner that would ordinarily be expected of a loose forward at a much more
scenes to ensure we were organised. She also has the added ability to run
team warm-ups which was much appreciated by players and coaches. We senior level.
had supportive parents such as Mike, Jason, Mike, Lee and Clay who always Although many in the team often found themselves physically smaller than
helped out at training. Mike also assisted by attending an associate referees many of their opponents, most started the season with a high level of physical
course, refereeing a game and critiquing Russell. John’s coaching expertise ﬁtness, which provided both balance and advantage from the outset.
was a welcome addition to the management team.
The team again experienced fantastic support from a large group of family
Special acknowledgement to Leanne for helping out wherever required, Scott and friends. In turn, the boys delighted their dedicated fans with some
and TLC marketing for their ongoing sponsorship of the team as well as the
Luis-Chan family for their generosity and support of our fundraising efforts
towards a successful end of year team trip to Rainbows End. Also thanks to Congratulations to Matt Bluck, Stewart Toleafoa and Callum Williams who are
Regan and Jayden who were always helpful, Mark and the Junior Committee the ﬁrst in the team to achieve their 5 year milestone with the Junior club. All
and Beegee and Ian for always being supportive. three are outstanding youngsters who represent all the characteristics that
We look forward to next year knowing that it will be a challenge. The standards make Ponsonby Junior rugby so successful.
have been set by previous teams and we will “give it a fair crack” in our own Special thanks to Nicole for her total dedication in managing the team as
indomitable way: with lots of fun, ﬂair, feistiness and passion - it must be a well as Andy for stepping into the assistant coaching role with true kiwi rugby
Ponies thing! enthusiasm.
Harry Poi / Russell Su’a (Coaches)
Pete Hackshaw (Coach)
Under 11 Restricted Black
City Under 10 Open
Won 8 Lost 5
It has been another successful season for the City Heavyweights with a win-
Overall, signiﬁcant strides have been made this past season with several
loss record the All Blacks would be envious of. In the 21 games played we
new players joining the team, making the squad a vibrant and enjoyable
won 15, lost 4 and drew 2. To cap it all off we picked up the winner’s trophy
environment to be part off.
for the Under 10 invitational tournament hosted by Suburbs.
Although many of the new players had never played the game before, I was We have enjoyed watching the development and improvement in all of our
impressed with their discipline, commitment and enthusiastic play. players during the season. Players who have really stood out for their progress
Unfortunately our season was interrupted with ground closures and include Zyon, River and Milan. Perhaps all those shuttle runs we did paid off
cancellations. After continuous weeks of regular footy the team begun to eh boys?
gel. I’d like to thank the support provided to me by John, Dallas, Nick and all the
Towards the end of the season, we began to bridge well over the ball and parents who have been more than willing to pitch in and help. It’s wonderful to
played a very deliberate game of ball control. The forwards were able to clear know we have a great team off the ﬁeld as well as on. The club also appreciates
all those afternoon/evening drinking sessions!
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I would like to give a heart-felt thank you to all my boys who gave their all and shows outstanding leadership qualities; Kirifﬁ Leilua, running, tackling and
every weekend. Your determination and bravery at times was quite humbling kicking machine…watch this space; Rey Michaels, talented running ﬁrst ﬁve
and we as supporters have some great memories. with great vision; David Otukolo, all round quality back who’s not afraid to
And now we look forward to next year: Full ﬁeld, 15 a-side. Structure and speak up and lead his team around the paddock.
ﬁtness will be the catch-words for 2010. I can’t wait!
Mark, Fiona and I all agree that this is a very special group of kids, not only
Murray Dudding (Coach) due to their on ﬁeld ability but because of their team spirit, positive attitude
towards each other and their coaches. We are all ﬁzzing about our ﬁrst season
of 15 a-side, full ﬁeld rugby next year.
City Under 10 Blue On behalf of the management team, I would like to thank the boys, parents and
supporters for a great season and hope you all have a fantastic summer.
This Ponies team is getting stronger every year. The defence that has been
drilled into them has really started to pay dividends. We had a lot of new
players join the squad which added another dimension to the team – a lot of See you next year!
these players shone from the get-go, which encouraged our established team Andrew Holt (Coach)
members to step up a notch to make their mark. This new dynamic really lifted
the team this year and made it a good, fun season!
Noah Foster was a player with such explosive ferocity that every bone crunching
tackle could be felt on the side-line - his ability to beat the man every time City Under 10 Restricted Black
and his huge commitment was admirable. In the forwards the work horses With some new boys coming across from other codes this year, we started
were Otto Couper, Solomon Dowd and Henry Stowers always ripping the ball the season with a great deal of skills to learn, not to mention the all important
free and running hard. Byron Kingan kept his tackling rate up every game TACKLE. For many of them it was their ﬁrst year of tackling and so the ﬁrst few
and was very strong and consistent. Tim Dunshea and Kane Smith, the two weeks of the season were spent focusing on all the basic skills, with the clear
“Lanky Locks” had a big season around the rucks and mauls. Riley Scurrah need to focus building conﬁdence and bravery whilst also encouraging the boys
mixed it up every game and came up with some very strong runs. Hugo Spath to ﬁnd their spirit as a team rather than individuals.
had a great spell for the forwards and was very good support, often getting As the weeks went on our handful of more experienced players from last year
us out of awkward situations. proved their worth on a weekly basis. Aly Moaga Sua, our star player scored
In the backs our ﬂying wingers delivered many memorable tries. When Jack the majority of tries over the season, often running the full length of the ﬁeld
Pickering is off not many can get close. Also when Oscar Sharp gets wound to do so. Other kids stepped up: notably Ben Sommerville, after an early move
up, he can carve up a full back line while on the other side Patrick Hickey from the backs to the forwards, played hard every Saturday, moving the game
moved like lightning. Finlay Parker and Te Manukaimiro Melbourne were new forward and digging deep every week. Joe Dickey, Jonty Ruha, Tudreu Davis,
this season both showed loads of enthusiasm and good growth through the Tane Wolfgramm and Joe Kennedy all played consistently well and each deserved
year. Grady Bower also in his ﬁrst season for the team was strong and smart the multiple awards they were given throughout the season. Two thirds of the
on both attack and defence - he has the ability to go all the way. James Gorrie way though the season both Lucca Jeanne & Quinn Hickling made outstanding
played very well at half back, always tackling way above his weight, as well improvements to their games, both being awarded Player of Day and Tackler
as having some very strong runs. of Day and showing us that commitment and training hard really makes the
difference. I’d also like to acknowledge Reid Walker, Rudi Walters, Liam Watter,
Tim Erson was the very able and enthusiastic support Coach while Claire Seth O’Conner, Finn Ross and Ezra Shnayderman, all players who settled into
Kingan–Jones was again a very able and brilliant Manager. The support from their game over the season and contributed to our overall team effort.
the sideline was deafening at times! The boys played some great games but Our team improved enormously over the season, and each boy individually
the most outstanding was against Pakuranga when the whole team was on progressed in their skill and commitment levels. We were often slow to start
ﬁre. We scored 20+ tries and really played to maximum potential (very nice but geared up and fought back with heart. Tactics got better, tackling improved
work). and some kids stepped up and showed good leadership skills. And although we
often found ourselves competing against bigger, faster and more dominating
teams, the kids never lost heart, kept their heads high and enjoyed all the
A very satisfying and rewarding year! games immensely.
Struan Kingan (Coach) The boys are looking forward to next year: full ﬁeld and 15 a-side. I hope they
spend their summer running hard and staying ﬁt!
Special thanks to our coaches, Steve Kennedy, Sam Ruha and Stan Wolfgramm,
all of whom committed themselves to 2 training sessions every week and a
Kelston Under 10 Restricted whole lot of dedication to the job. We thank also Graeme Emery and Wayne
Well, another season has passed and as always I am in awe of the development McDonald for their time at training and turning up for our games. Their assistance
of these young kids. We had a good foundation of players follow us through was greatly appreciated. And a huge thanks to Justin and Geoff Ross and
from last year and were lucky to have some great new talent join us as well. Canterbury for sponsoring the kids into track suits. They wore them proudly all
season! Appreciation also to the Junior Committee who have been consistently
The boys had a fantastic start, remaining undefeated for most of the season, supportive. They do a great job.
only losing three games towards the end. Considering the quality of the Finally I would like to acknowledge the fantastic support of the parents. It’s
opposition in what was a closely contested competition this was no easy feat been a pleasure to stand on the sideline with them yelling and screaming every
and the boys should be extremely proud of themselves. Saturday morning. Their commitment, humour and support have contributed to
I could easily add comment for every player but this would turn into a very long a wonderful season for our boys.
read so of particular mention are the following players: Haini Su’a, running and
tackling super star; Sam Darin, gutsy forward who has improved dramatically Julie Smith (Manager)
with every game; Caleb Holt, who only knows one way and that is forward,
also a master thief of opposition ball; Caleb Kepu, ﬁghts well above his weight
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City Under 10 Restricted City Under 8 Restricted Blue
The City Under 8 team had another great year again winning the majority of
Ponies its games.
Another good year for this team who continue to ‘punch above their weight’. The
Experienced players from last year – Ben Megson, Kisione Cocker-Valu, Noah
whole squad from 2008 returned this year as well as a few extra meaning we
Logan, Bryant Eteaki, Harry Fane, Aris Tumuenua, Lennox Shaw and Michael
had 16 boys each week. This meant we were constantly trying to keep rotating
Solomona – all performed well, displaying and developing very good passing,
players as much as possible - certainly a challenge when you’re in a tight game
side-stepping and tackling skills.
and you have to put weaker players on and remove boys who are playing well.
Newcomers to the team added spark and ﬁrepower. David Perofeta scored many
The pre-season was a concern with a couple of 50 point losses out at Pakuranga.
outstanding tries. Angus Burling made several charging runs. Macallister Clark
We were worried that our team was in for a long season but this wasn’t the
and Gabriel Kofoed combined well at the restart. Joshua Bedford and Lacroix
case. Once the season proper started we competed well in all games and only
Wilcox fought hard in the tight. Ben Seavill, Zac O’Meagher, Oscar Smith and
had 3 losses for the year.
Kepueli Tahifote were elusive with their pace and side-stepping.
Highlights: Playing the Eden teams 3 times and winning all games both home
Highlights of the season were our two clashes with the City Under 8 Black team.
and away. We got convincingly beaten by them last year so this was a nice turn
We won one game each with the difference being one try in both games. These
games were played with skill, intensity and fantastic spirit from both players
Lowlights: The games against Suburbs where they have an “A” and “B” team. and supporters.
The A team have more coaches than a Super 14 squad and are over the top
Special thanks to Carl Burling, our Manager and to the parents, grandparents
competitive. The B team was woeful and just did head high tackles all day. Having
and families for their great support of their kids and the team.
the two BYEs as there were an odd number of teams in our division.
The Under 10 Ponies have developed into a great group of kids who get on well
both on and off the ﬁeld. A few boys really stepped up and made their presence Bryan Megson (Coach)
felt this season… Richard Bluck, Peter Dyer, Jackson Smolenski scored 75 tries
between them. Others contributed well each week and there was a great overall
lift in base level skills.
City Under 8 Restricted Black
The squad is really looking forward to playing 15 a-side on the full ﬁeld next It was a good season of rugby for our team this year considering we were a new
year. We’ll need to start training a bit earlier to work on ﬁtness and make sure team. The team also had some members who had their ﬁrst taste of playing
we get on a rugby ﬁeld at Cox’s Bay in 2010. This season we were relegated rugby this season.
to training on the soccer ﬁeld all season. Here’s hoping the no.1 ground is up Still, we did extremely well and as coaches, we are proud of the team’s overall
and running. performance. Playing rugby at this tender age at junior level for the kids is about
a lot of things such as having fun, learning various skills particular to rugby,
Luke Howard (Coach), Mark Maddren (Assistant Coach) learning to have a good proud team spirit and great camaraderie among team
mates. Moreover, they learn to play collectively as a team but also each individual
learns to utilise their own talents, displaying their individual skills whether they
City Under 9 Restricted Black are on defence or on attack. Furthermore, they learn that attendance at training
is important for their development as a team and as individuals and it contributes
and Ponies to their ﬁtness levels, skills, conﬁdence and most times, it contributes to results
on game days.
We started the season as the Ponsonby Black Under 9 Team. The problem
was that we had twenty-three boys, not really enough for 2 teams but way too Another important skill we have taught kids in our team is to always play fair
many for one. With Ponsonby Blue already having 14 or 15 players, Paul and and know how to win and know how to lose. Again, I am proud of our entire
I decided that it was better if all the kids played as much rugby as possible so team - the players and also the coaches, managers, referees, parents as well
we continued to train as one team but entered another team, Ponsonby Ponies, as grandparents and siblings and other supporters.
in the grade. I am looking forward to next year. We have laid the foundation for our team
We started with only about 60% of the players having played rugby last year this year and next year we will deﬁnitely build on it to make our team stronger.
so the skill levels were quite different at the start of the year. Rather than stack Finally yet importantly, I’d like to acknowledge our club and especially the Junior
one team with all the good players we tried to evenly mix the teams with both committee - to Mark Darin and his team for their hard work and commitment for
experienced and non experienced players. our Junior teams at Ponsonby.
It was a credit to the parents that trainings were well attended. The boys were
keen to learn and this was evident in the huge improvements made by both Cheers
teams in terms of their development in playing rugby together. We came up Murphy Sola (Coach)
against some strong opposition during the year but managed to win about 70
- 80% of our games.
A big thanks should go to some of the parents who helped take one of the City Under 7 White
teams when one coaching staff member in particular (Paul) was swanning TALOFA and KIORANA! It was the 1st year of rugby for the majority of players,
around overseas. To be fair we probably missed an equal amount of games. including coach and manager. So it was a learning curve for all. The ﬁrst half of
A great bunch of kids who really improved during the season! e defender. the season was about getting the kids’ basic skills primed before we really got
Thanks to Maddison Bartlett for her assistance in managing our team some good wins under our belt.
Paul Bartlett and David McElroy (Coaches) We had a good mix of skill levels in the team. We achieved ‘narrowing that
gap’ with some great attitude and commitment at training. I was well assisted
at trainings and on game days by fantastic parents and friends. Special thanks
go to Alistair White (assistant coach), Daryl Smithson, Mike Paranihi and Dallas
Dudding. We were well organised with parents and players kept informed with
trainings and other matters by our very active manager Carly.
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Our ﬁrst win came in our third game. Kids were training and playing more stepped up again, his key assets to great advantage with some fantastic jinking
intensively up to that game which was pleasing to see. We had a naturally and jiving runs. Set up many great counter attacking opportunities all year. Cole
talented core of players led by Eli Margison (Mr Smooth). Others in the group Tapper, the Cole Miner battled away in the trenches all season with some great
were Ben Smith (Crusaders!!), Alex Smithson (110% man) and Ethan Puletiuatoa direct running to set up his outsides. He worked hard on defence all season and
(Superman). his enthusiasm lifted the team exactly when it was needed. Joe Taylor, Mr. Rugby
lived and breathed the game all season – some breathtaking performances on
As the season progressed so did the team’s skills and involvement. James White attack and defence. He used his power right step to destroy opposition defences
(Hypo Dude), Finau Taufalele (Tongan Torpedo), William Fa’aui (Silent Assassin), and made the right corner “Joe’s Corner”. Brooke Vile had dedication plus with
Jack Paranihi (Ninja Rippa), Jack Little (Little Dynamo), Seaton Sharp (Straight an uncompromising pursuit of the perfect game. Developed amazing ball skills
up the guts), Oscar Fern (Team man), Joel Dudding (Lean on me) and Logan throughout the year and his running game went to a new level in the back half
Fitzpatrick (Black Fern). of the season. An invaluable asset to the team.
Logan was our only girl in the team, ﬁtting in with all the smelly boys. The
season was too short and I saw some real progress from her. Well done. Watch Gary Wulf (Coach)
out next year boys!
In summary, the team played brilliant rugby. I am proud and honoured to coach City Under 7 Ponies
these young people. We won more than we lost, but the real achievement was The phrase “sons in the sun” summarises this year’s rugby season and Ponies
the progress with the kids’ basic rugby skills. Throughout all our games we were Under 7 boys made the most of it.
called up for only 3 forward passes, a great achievement considering for the
majority of our team, it was their ﬁrst year of rugby. An initial line-up of 15 players self-regulated down to 13 and, while that
provided some challenges from a managerial perspective in terms of having to
They learnt the importance of teamwork and good sportsmanship. Tries were sub enthusiastic boys off after ﬁve minute lots, grumbles were few and smiles
scored as a result of the team’s efforts to get the try scorer into position. Most were plenty.
of all the kids had fun playing our national game - Rugby! At 6 and 7 years old, the team was a great blend of new rugby recruits and “older”
Tackle next year – just another obstacle my kids will smash through. Bring it seasoned stalwarts already into their third year of the game. Talent that shone in
on!! the ﬁrst few games was generally maintained and, thanks to the patience and
expertise of Coach Frank Aso, enhanced over the months.
A word of thanks goes to Nick Margison of Signpak NZ Ltd for sponsoring the Sonny Stowers and Vincent McKay were the team’s top try-scorers running in
team. 40 apiece for the season, while Carlos Young-Aso and Joe Davey hit the 30s
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships” and 20s respectively.
– Michael Jordon. While the record of 10 wins, seven draws and three losses was one the Ponies
are very proud of, their biggest achievements were their sportsmanship and
determination to do their best.
Siu Puletiuatoa (Coach) Parent helpers played their part too with the likes of Colin McKay and Jason
Scott taking to the ﬁeld to keep the boys running in the right direction and pick
up wayward tags that regularly fell off mid-ﬂight.
City Under 7 Black The end-of-season team get-together at Cox’s Bay for a parents vs kids game of
We had a great season this year with a group of very enthusiastic kids who were touch which was followed by a barbecue and informal prize giving was a great
well supported by an even more enthusiastic group of parents. Player proﬁles success, except for the two dads who suffered age-related injuries!
are below. Bring on 2010 - the ﬁrst year of tackle!! Using the 2009 Junior season as my benchmark, I’d have no hesitation
Tanner Austin’s conﬁdence grew as the season went on, some great hard volunteering to be manager of this great bunch of boys again.
running up the middle and will be invaluable in the set pieces next year. Lucas
Bennett was as elusive as ever with some searing runs down both ﬂanks. Gabriel Wendy Rimmer (Manager)
Boshier had a great ﬁrst year of rugby, ball skills developed well and some
great ball carrying in the back half of the season. Jack Duncan had defence,
defence, defence. JD Junior tirelessly lead the defensive patterns in the middle Kelston Under 6 Blue
of the ﬁeld and backed that up with some great support play. Max Dunshea was 2009 has been a great year for Kelston Under 6 Blue. We have had a couple of
unstoppable when on the charge with relentless pace and the most powerful boys continuing on from the under 6’s last year who kicked started the year for
fend in the Under 7 grade. The left hand corner became “Max’s Corner” by the us and led the way. The team got on really well over the year and lots of new
end of the season. Max Hackshaw was back to his best in the back half of the friendships were made. Over the season we’ve had a lot of fun and learnt a lot
season with an uncompromising approach to the game. He led from the front of new skills - “TURN AND PASS” will reverberate through their ears for the rest
with some bruising running through the middle of the ruck and great support of the year. Thursday night trainings were full on with the boys only wanting to
play. Oscar Kingan worked tirelessly all year leading the cover defensive patterns, play ‘Ben 10 tag’ (an adaptation on bullrush), just one of the many drills passed
some great support play resulting in plenty of well taken tries. Ollie MacFarlane, on by the Small Blacks Team. They were great drills that kept the team interested
Twinkle Toes was back and on ﬁre all season. He dominated the right wing with at training, which for four, ﬁve and six year olds was vital. The progress made
some elusive running and always managed to put himself into the right place by the guys from the beginning of the season to the end was noticeable, with a
at the right time, a sign of true class. Jed Munro, Jedi Warrior, used the force to lot of team work and passing.
great effect encouraging stellar performances from his team mates. Some great
running up the middle of the ﬁeld and always in support. Jett Robertson, The Jet Congratulations to Casey Wills, our top try scorer, who led the way – our Player of
Fighter, dominated the Under 7 grade with some blitzkrieg-like attacks on the the Year award richly deserved. One to watch for the future! Great achievement
opposition try line. Fantastic running, great balance and always a threat. Gabriel also by Tomas Revington and Kobe Novata-Nee, whose team play throughout
Ross was largely MIA this season but showed signs of his class with some great the season deserved recognition. And Oliver Frear whose development over the
performances in the ﬁrst part of the season. Samuel Snell, Stepping Sammy, season earned him most improved player. Well done guys.
2007 ANNUAL REPORT 39
A big thanks to all the parents who encouraged their kids from the side lines and began to follow. The rest of the team, Nick Tapper, Charlie Miller, Jonathan
and helped out at Thursday night training and the games on Saturdays. It a great Creak, Tom Stephenson, Cole Bradford and Henry Kaye started as under 5 boys
motivator for the team when the sidelines are cheering them on. and ﬁnished the year as Ponies. The under 5’s were the players that experienced
the greatest level of improvement as once they eventually clicked as to what was
Hope to see you all again next year. happening, their conﬁdence and participation grew. These boys will form the hub
Kylie Muir (Manager) of next year’s under 6 team and they will be the ones passing their knowledge
on to the next intake of younger players.
In terms of results for the year, we won more than we lost. For most games
City Under 6 City the boys were not concerned with the overall score, they were more concerned
about high ﬁving their player who did score. As coaches, the most satisfying thing
What a great season! 13 wins from 14 games for a newly formed team. was watching the boys play together as a team and really enjoy each others’
Five of the team came from the 2008 Under 6 White team and were joined company on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
by seven keen new players to form a great team unit. Parental support was a
huge factor in our team’s success, as players and family alike enjoyed a fun and We would like to thank the parents for their support in taking the boys to practice
rewarding season on the footy ﬁeld. and games and for the vocal support on the sidelines. I know that the boys get a
real “buzz” when they see all the excited parents on the sidelines shouting and
Our early try scoring champion, Jovis Meredith, showed the boys how to do it cheering. After each run or rip they look to the sidelines for reaction. It made the
and ﬁnished being rewarded with our Player of the Season for no less than 31 season a lot easier having a great bunch of parents who were simply pleased to
tries. Reagan Hoey, a bit of a star player from 2008, showed his all round skills see their boys participating and enjoying themselves, regardless of the result.
throughout the season and bought home 33 tries. Ethan Farman became a key
player with many bursting tries, rips, and pick ups. Our most Improved player As coaches we got to know each boy pretty well over the past season and the
for the season, Tom Hope, warmed up to become quite the try scorer with the parents should be just as proud of them as we are. They have been a pleasure
most determined face you have ever seen. A new player to the game, Nicholas to coach.
Matauiau showed great commitment and was a valuable player always there
on back up. Henry Silika, another new player, was our Sportsmanship nominee Joe Kaye (Coach)
for his dedication and skill. Isaac Pearce became our ‘Joe Rokocoko’ burning
up the sidelines for try after try. Our only female player, Phoebe Coyte was “our
pig-tailed secret weapon” and an integral part of the team providing many great
City Under 6 White
moments on the ﬁeld. Felix Watson showed he can mix it with the try line on a The U6 White team in 2009 was made up of a group of enthusiastic ﬁrst year
number of occasions, until he broke his arm that is. Forever defending and diving players combined with a couple of players in their second season of rugby. The
for rips, Madoc Lawson found the try line for the ﬁrst time in the last seconds of team came together well in the ﬁrst few weeks under the coaching of Tanya
the last game. Wesley Kirwan has the surname and the laid back approach of Browne who was then joined by Chantal (Shorty) Baker-McKittrick.
a budding rugby star. And our youngest player, Myer Cuthbert, was a speedster Early in the season the team developed a good team culture as they learnt the
who made some great rips. basics of Ripper Rugby and while no-one was really interested in the scores they
We were pleased to be awarded Team of the Month at the August prizegiving managed to play well enough every week to keep the boys (and girl) interested.
and liked the Ponsonby drink bottles. Coaches Tim and Jeremy made practices Attendance at training during the season was good and the team seemed to
fun and fostered true team spirit by encouraging all to participate. There was enjoy training in the sawdust in the gym.
fantastic parental support to get the boys, & girl, to practices and games alike. It was great to watch players like Chris Lissington, Xavier Milbank, Cyan Tucker,
Thanks to Jacqui Watson for photographing all of the great moments on ﬁeld. Andre Slade and Riley Browne over the season and see their understanding of the
A very good start for our young rugby players. game develop. Jed Scott, Zavier Edmonds, Taj Mangan and Roman Faamausili
were all key members of the team with “little” Roman’s brilliant running often
So many great moments to recall. Just a great season! eluding the opposition.
Sonya Brooks (Manager) Each month the Junior Club held a Player of the Month presentation and the
Under 6 winners were Bailey Paki, Juelz Baker, Ella Metson and Lex Revell-Lewis.
All were deserved winners. Both Bailey and Ella were try scoring machines with
City Under 6 Ponies Ella scoring a record 5 tries in a single game.
The year in review: The end of season team trophies were awarded as follows:
The season began with a team of 10 eager and excitable boys, the majority • Player of the Year – Ella Metson
were still aged 4 years old and not yet at school. Add in two coaches with no • Best Performed U6 Player – Bailey Paki
experience and this was clearly going to be a learning curve for all involved. The
ﬁrst practice, while enjoyed by the boys, showed that we needed to adjust our • Best Sportsmanship – Juelz Baker
expectations and level of drills to achieve some semblance of organised chaos. • Most Improved Player – Zavier Edmonds
The ﬁrst few pre-season games were about facing the right way, not ripping A highlight for the team was playing a “Curtain Raiser” game for the Blues at
your own players and staying within the ﬁeld of play. As the season progressed, North Harbour Stadium early in the season. Another highlight was the Under 6
the boys improved dramatically and really played as a team rather than a group team selling the most rafﬂe tickets in the Junior club’s rafﬂe and raising $508
of individuals. Practices also improved as we moved to drills that helped with in team funds which was used to buy the team an end of season gift. Thanks to
basic ball skills but were also enjoyed by the boys. The warm down sessions the Revell-Lewis family for a fantastic effort selling rafﬂe tickets.
after each practice always got a few strange looks from the other older teams
practising on the same ﬁeld. Special thanks must go to the parents, grandparents (the noisy ones with the
blue and black ﬂags on the try line so the team knew which direction to run) and
Game day was a special day and it always gave the coaches and parents a all the other supporters who turned out to support the team each week. Thanks
great sense of pride when the boys could string together 4 or 5 passes in the also to Jason Mangan for administering the Under 6 website. Extra special thanks
one phase. The team was ably led from the front by the older contingent of should go to Grant Metson the team’s ofﬁcial photographer who captured many
Tana Hakaraia, Luka Clayton, James Campbell and Deyonte Dean. These boys memorable photos of these budding Premier players of the future.
could physically match most opposition and all had a nose for the try line. They
provided the go forward and defence that the under 5 year old boys watched Joanne Edmonds (Team Manager)
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