IURFC Rugby & Netball Newsletter

Edition 7 - 25th July 2019

Club Update

With Senior and Junior Club Rugby finished for another season and Netball into their final round, so come end of August another season will be finished. Huge congratulations to our players who have made representative teams this season and we wish them all the best for the remainder of their season. The club has set their prize giving for Friday the 30th August. Although rugby game days are finished there is still plenty of things happening and plenty of Netball to go and watch. Good luck to our Netball teams for the remainder of their season. Keep a look out on our Facebook page for upcoming games and events. You can also check out our Website for newsletters and coming soon the Museum contents.

The committee continues to work behind the scenes with a scheduled Strategic Planning Meeting set for Saturday 27th July facilitated by Malcolm Sutherland, making plans for next season and beyond. With still plenty to be done prior to the upcoming AGM on the 14th October.

The club would like to give a Huge Thank You to all our club Sponsors for their continued support of the Club as we wouldn’t be able to function without you all. Also Thank You to our photographers over the season Caitlyn from Coco Talk and Gavin Muir.

Premier Rugby

2019 was a year of solid rebuilding for the Inglewood premier team. While a couple of disappointing losses in the final two games of the season meant the side finished lower on the table than they would have liked, the final sixth place finish was a credible result in a tight competition.

At Okato, what would have been an incredible second half comeback fell short, as Coastal came away with a 41-31 win, while a week later at TET Stadium the team couldn't finish off a strong start and went down 41-24 to NPOB.
Despite the finish the team are proud of their efforts this season, and are confident they've put in place a solid foundation for future success with a quality group of young men. The team would like to thank the club and the community for your support throughout the season.
A big congratulations to all of our players who have made representative squads, especially Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Lisati Milo-Harris, and Mitch Brown, who have made the Taranaki Bulls squad for 2019. Brown has been named to captain the side.
Other players named in representative squads are:

Taranaki Development: Luke Bunn, Brooke Harvey-Smith, Jack White, Rhodes Featherstone, Ben Sapwell-West and Michael McDonald.

Taranaki U-19: Crusader Faletagoai, Millenium Sanerivi, Christian Faavae.

Div 1/Snr B

The team finished off a successful season by making the Semi finals and only just missed making the final by 4 points. Heroic efforts by our equal top try scorer Aaron Taylor just wasn’t enough to get us the victory.

Steven McIver offered so much potential in the first game where he ran through 5 opposition to score an 80 metre solo try. It was devasting to not have him make the field again due to an injury. Perhaps he could have been out point of difference in the semi final? Unfortunately we will never know but we all hope he can make the field next year.

Accolades of the season would have to go to Luke Bunn for making the Taranaki Development team. He no doubt wouldn’t have got there without the mentoring from his fellow front row club members, Brent Topping and Kevin Gyde.

On reflection, the resurrection of the Inglewood Senior B’s team by a great group of blokes will provide the club with great support for the premier team and a pathway for the colts.

The team will be back in force next year and we invite you all to join us on the sidelines or on the field.


The colts have had an indifferent season with starting off with good numbers, but once again injuries and no shows resulted in the team struggling to field a team on occasions. There is a core group of very committed and loyal boys who just want to play rugby and stayed positive, especially coming so close on occasions for that elusive win.

Netball Update

Farm Source Inglewood Premier 1

We finished of round 1 with wins against NPGHS and Stratford. Now after a 2 week break we meet SHGHS on Thursday before heading down to Hawera for a super Sunday against Tysons and Naumai

Motion Mechanics/Inglewood Dental Premier 2

After a tough first half of the grading round, our team is looking forward to working hard and getting a few wins on the board over our next 5 games. Refreshed after two weeks off, we meet Tysons on Friday night before a big Sunday in Hawera playing NPOB in the morning and Inglewood High School in the afternoon.

Harcourts Inglewood Senior A

Senior A are having a great season- we finished 3rd equal on points heading into the competition round. The team is working hard, we just need to keep up the commitment and determination and we will hopefully be at the top of the table!

Govett Qulliam Senior B

Senior B has had a mixed season so far. The last round we had a lot of injuries and illness, and unfortunately we could not conquer up a win. We now find ourselves in Section 4 for the championship round. We look forward to this challenge and hopefully picking up some wins along the way. Off court, we have loved participating in our club social events and always have a good laugh. Bring on the last few weeks!

Duzz-All Beeswax Senior C

We have had a great season so far, a few new faces this year in the team but they have all worked cohesively to become a well rounded team. We won all their games in the last round and have moved up a division and are looking forward to this last rounds challenge.

Senior Social & Hearty Crew

Following the second grading round, our two Inglewood teams entered in the Stratford social competition ended second equal on the table with 3 wins apiece. In their two head to head battles this year, each team has won a game each! Both teams now have 5 games ahead of them before the end of the season, playing each other on Monday 12th August.

Junior Rugby Update

The Junior Club have almost finished their season with just a few tournaments to be held over the weekend around the province. With 15 teams this year, we have certainly been busy, wonderful to see so many keen players representing our Junior Club. We were lucky enough to have fantastic sponsors this year who supplied t-shirts and hoodies for every player, we looked sharp. Thanks again to all of our sponsors.

We have had two successful rugby exchanges involving the senior teams with Manly visiting us early in the season and the u11 and two u13 teams heading to Upper Hutt last weekend, bringing home the Graham Martin Challenge Shield which has not been in Inglewood since 2005. It was a proud moment for our Open u13 captain Tom McKerchar accepting the shield, especially after the 4 months of fundraising for the trip. They will be back to challenge us again next year.

The girl’s competition grew this year with 3 grades on a Friday night, u9 rippa, u11 & u13 tackle. The skill and involvement by the Inglewood girls once again was outstanding. Players to look out for in the future. Several of our teams had great success in closing tournaments, U10 blue one to mention, being unbeaten all year. The U13 Open team won their Semi-final vs Kaponga, losing to a strong Tukapa side in the final. 8 of the u13 boys have been named in the Central and West Ross Brown Teams, who are competing in the Ross Brown tournament 2nd, 3rd and 4th of August in Inglewood. Tom McKerchar, Jake White, Jack Robinson, Brayden Neilson, Hunter Manukonga, Noah Blundellm, Liam Gyde and Jamari Hayward.

Our Junior Prize Giving the 28th July 11.00 am and our u11-u13 Prize Giving 16th August 6pm.

High School Rugby

Congratulations from the Club to Inglewood High School Under 63kg for their win in their Final!!