Edition 5 - 8th June 2019

Club Events

This weekend see's the FBT 30-year Anniversary, a major supporter of IURFC for the past 30 years and the Reunion of the 1984-89 Seniors. Thirty years ago, in August 1989, the Inglewood United Rugby Football Club Senior Team defeated Clifton with a score of 24-6 to win the 1989 Senior Championship McMasters Shield. However, this impressive achievement was complimented by an even greater outcome. With previous Championship wins in 1985 – 1988, the Seniors had achieved five consecutive Championships, a provincial record for Senior Club Rugby at that time. In-fact the Club’s Senior Teams had enjoyed great success in the years leading up to that occasion, with Championship wins in 1978, 1979, 1981 and 1983.

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.

Netball Update

Our netball teams have had a mixed bag of results in the grading rounds. However, all teams remain in their respective grades and look to push for a higher spot on the table as competition games wipe points fresh. Premier 1, 2 and Senior A have each won three games and lost two, while Senior B have won two games and lost three. Senior C have won and lost two games apiece. Our two Monday night social teams have won four games each and only lost one. It’s great to see younger players within our club stepping up on court and enjoying themselves throughout all our grades.

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!

Premier Rugby

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.


In the Colts competition, the Old Timers Day and U19 Reunion saw us come up against old rivals Clifton. The boys let in a couple of soft tries in the first half to be down 0 – 10 at halftime but responded well in the second half with tries to Bailey Orr and Alfredo Carabus to go ahead 12–10. However, a very late try to Clifton resulted in a 17-12 final score. MVP points to James Asi, Kobe Ratapu and Alfredo Carabus.

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.

A selection of some of Junior Sponsors Tee's & Hoodies

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