Normally a time of relaxation, the 2014 off season was a busy one for team management, fending off the advances of talent scouts from Premier Grade Clubs. A number of experienced and up and coming players were courted by Premier teams. All sorts of promises were made to entice the switch, but despite being offered everything from loose cars and fast women, barley sugars at half time and an extra scoop of mashed potato in their after match dinner, the majority of our players have re-committed to Hinuera. With a good mix of youth and experience our 2015 playing roster is strong.
With the off season challenges behind us, we have had good numbers since training started in mid-January. The players have been working hard to complete some gruelling sessions. The highlight of the pre-season was the training that was run by Waikato 7’s coach and local boy Paul Williams. Paul demonstrated some of the coaching techniques he used in taking the Waikato 7’s team to the 2015 national title and gave us a good insight into rugby at the top level.
The seniors have made a good start to the competition winning their first two games. The first division looks very even, so there will be some good games coming up.