The 2015 season has now been and gone for Rugby and Netball. It seems just like a flash and it’s all over and as I’ve only had one other report for the season, this one is going to be a longer one.
I made an effort this year to go with each rugby team and be their dogsbody, helping out wherever necessary. I really enjoyed it; getting to know the guys a bit better and taking a bit of flack at the same time. Thanks to everyone concerned.
Our Senior Rugby team had to come to terms with the fact, that this season their opposition in the Div. 1 competition had picked up the pace and had caught us up and in three cases, teams had overtaken us. Our seniors may have slipped a cog in performance, at times, but it is great to see a close and even competition that everyone enjoys and is very competitive.
We should always have aspirations to improve and be the best we possibly can. I have been around, as have many of our members, witnessing the highs and lows of having winning teams promoted to Premiere Rugby then pommelled and beaten the following season. For a club that tries to cater for all rugby, with varying levels of talent; it is not a pleasant feeling with team and club morale diving.
Our Senior B’s had a fantastic season, getting through to the semi-finals. Observing the guys training, twice a week for the total season and with a full squad at each session, was a first for a very long time. It was extremely special to see.
Our Under 21 team continues to be a big part of our club and I probably spent the most time with this group of guys. They are a great cluster of guys lead by their captain Jarrod McKillop and coaches Richard Waru and Paul Hunter. I witnessed a couple of great wins and a slaughter at the hands of Hamilton Marist. However at the end of the day, these guys leave it on the park and have a great time together afterwards.
We had two players transfer from this team to BOP mid -season. It was hard to sign their release but this is what we had to do for the boys. They had a mission and completed it by being selected for the BOP Under 19’s, an opportunity they did not receive from Waikato. Congratulations Zac Bell and Craig Blyde.
Our Netball teams continue to go well, with our Friday night team winning their league finals and two of the Saturday teams making the semis and finals. It was a pleasure to watch the teams in action over the season. Games were played with Great Spirit and lots of comradery.
We have finally got our web page up and running. Big thank you goes to Kieran Ross for the time he has put into this project. You can find us on www.hinuerarugby.com and don’t forget our Facebook page.
Our new van has been well patronized by all the teams and for transporting people home from the club. So remember that if you can get out to the club, we can always get you home and if you cannot get a ride to the club let our club manager know and he will try to make it happen.
Our Junior Rugby continues to go from strength to strength which comes from the great organisation and leadership of Tony and Coby Brown, together with all the coaches and supportive parents. A record number of children (240) played this season.
It was great to see another successful Cotter Cup day held which is expertly organized by Henry De Haas. The primary school children love the day as it pitches school against school whether they are rural or town. Then there was Corinthian Day at Bedford Park. I was blown away to see teams who play Rippa Rugby right through to 11th grade. The 11th grade had an exciting tight game which drew with Matamata.
Again we have had tremendous support from all our bull calf rearers and sponsors. We as a committee are very thankful of this valued support. Hopefully with the webpage now up and running we will be able to improve the exposure of our sponsors by giving free advertising to them on our site and links from our site to theirs. Our annual sponsor’s trip to the rugby had a venue change with the buses heading to Roto Vagas, with supper at the Okoroire Hotel on the return journey. Unfortunately I could not make this event but by all accounts, the night was a great success. Many thanks to all those who helped on the night.
Prize giving is coming up on Friday 25th September with Stephen Donald (Beaver) our guest speaker. It should be a great night. Tickets are now available.
The AGM is looming and the door is always open if anyone is keen to get involved with the committee or just help out.
I hope all you farmers are getting to the end of calving, with few hassles. No one can deny it won’t be tough, the way things are going for you all.
Therefore I encourage everyone to make the effort to come and enjoy the comradery that our club generates. Married versus Singles was on last weekend and it was great to see many of our farming members enjoying a good yarn and some well-earned beers. There’s nothing like talking over the issues with your peers and mates. That’s what our club is for. Thankfully the coffee machine is working wonderfully. I look forward to catching up.