IURFC RUGBY & NETBALL NEWSLETTER
Edition 5 - 8th June 2019
The reunion will include 70 attending celebrations at the IURFC Clubrooms. After the former players meet, mix and mingle over lunch at Fern Lodge, they will present the current Prem Team with jerseys especially produced for the Reunion, to replicate those worn by the 1985-89 Championship Teams and to be worn by the Prems for the afternoon match. The former players will then move to TET Stadium to join partners and other attendees in supporting the Prem’s match against Tukapa and take part in the post-match function. The special playing jerseys will be auctioned after which there will be a dinner for the reunion attendees. The Club will be holding a disco during that evening, commencing at 8.00 pm. Club members and supporters are welcome to come along to the match and enjoy the post-match festivities. Perhaps even a dance later. This will be a great day so come on down to TET Stadium and enjoy.
Next weekend see's another home game and Sponsors Day for the Club. All Sponsors should have their invites. Keep the date of 22nd June free when the teams travel to Coastal, with a supporters bus planned for this day - more details later.
A huge congratulations to the IHS Senior A Netball team who won all five of their grading games in their first year in the Premier 3 competition to gain themselves promotion to Premier 2 for the remainder of the season. This means they will come up against our club’s Premier 2 team which will be a tussle not to be missed!
After a promising first round, the FBT Inglewood Premier Team has had to face a blunt reality check in the past couple of weeks. Having reached the halfway point with a three-win, two-loss record, the team has started the second round with two losses to Clifton and Southern.
It’s fast approaching must-win time for the team, and as the race to the playoffs heats up in a tight competition, each match is vital. The team remains in strong spirits and is enjoying strong support from the club and the public as the rebuild continues. With a win against Stratford/Eltham last week and it's great to have Hayden Bedwell-Curtis back for the Moa's.
The boys are very proud to congratulate five players who have made the Yarrows Taranaki Bulls wider training squad. A huge well done to prop Crusader Faletagoai, hooker Millenium Sanerivi, loose forwards Jack White and Rhodes Featherstone and halfback Lisati Milo-Harris for making the squad. We know these boys will represent our club and community well in representative games later in the season.
In the meantime, please keep coming along to show your support for our local boys.
Snr B/Div 1
As the competition heads into the 11th week, the team has had some great moments on the field and we currently remain in the top 4.
The strength, determination and speed of one of our leaders, Steven McIver, has been sorely missed and has been incredibly hard to replace.
With 4 games left, the team is continuing to build towards remaining in the race for the semi finals.
Bobby Jones is our current top points scorer and Mark Hale and Aaron Taylor are our top try scorers. Aaron Taylor, unlucky not to be named in the wider training squad for Taranaki, has been in hot form and picked up a double last week vs Stratford.
Field injuries from this match saw a depleted team travelling to Hawera for the next round. After a good effort in the first half with tries to new boy on the block, Josh Titter, and Alfredo Carabus, the boys held Southern to a 12 -13 lead at halftime. However, despite a good second half start, with the loss of Alfredo with a dislocated shoulder, and without further reserves to call-on, Southern ran out the winners 35-12. MVP points to Christian Potroz, Josh Titter and Cohan Potts.
Once again the injury toll was huge leaving the team struggling for numbers to take on Stratford/Eltham with another tough game. MVP's to Bradley Whitmore, Blake Roberts and Jayden Fabish.
It's been great to have Rhys Marshall back from Munster helping out at practices.
Junior Rugby Update
Our Junior teams head into their 5th week of competition this week with season well underway. We would like to thank all of the Junior Rugby Sponsors who have supported us with awesome sets of Hoody's and T-Shirts this year. The kids are looking sharp in their warm gear.
Our Open team has been trucking along wonderfully this season with 4 from 4 wins to date. They take on Clifton this week and then Coastal on Sponsors Day at home, the 15th of June. This will be the last round robin game before heading into semifinals. Many of the u13 players have also been invited to trial for the Ross Brown Central Squad this weekend.
We also look forward to heading to Upper Hutt in 6 weeks time for two nights to compete for the Graham Martin Shield along with the U11 and U13 Restricted Teams. Our recent cake stall, bbq and raffles were very successful helping to raise almost half of the funds needed for the trip.