Poneke’s Greg Foe and the Wellington Axemen’s Alex Dalzell are the Billy Wallace competition Best & Fairest pacesetters after the opening five rounds of the Swindale Shield season. Poneke loose forward Foe is on 10 points and Wellington captain and lock-blindside flanker Dalzell is second on 8 points.Wainuiomata fullback and goal-kicker Justin Wilson and Marist St Pat’s centre Billy Proctor are joint second on 6 points, having collected Player of the Match points twice each.
Dion Waller has been confirmed as the head coach of the Wellington U19s this year, and will be assisted by Riki Flutey and Rodney So'oialo as his assistants. Petone’s Eugene Smith has been named as scrum coach. Former Ireland international Kurt McQuilkin has joined the Wellington Lions coaching team for the NPC. McQuilkin, who has had previous stints at defence coach for Leinster, joins head coach Chris Gibbes, back coach Andre Bell and scrum coach Alan Muir for the 2018 campaign which will see Wellington return to the Premiership.
Radio Sport's Saturday Rugby Club in association with Burger King returns to full coverage this coming weekend (Round Six). Their feature game this week is Northern United versus Tawa for the Sammy Saili Trophy - with Gordon Noble-Campbell It is live on 1503AM and 1377AM (Kapiti) and IheartRadio anywhere.
The Poneke Colts retained the Misiluni Moananu Memorial Shield on Friday night after beating the Wellington Axemen 33-21. The Shield is in honour of Misiluni 'Luni' Moananu, who passed away in November 2015 after a short battle with bowel cancer.
Misipalauni Moananu is Poneke's new Premier Head Coach for the remainder of the 2018 season, replacing Mason Lawrence & Roy Kinikinilau. Misipalauni has played over 250 Premier matches for Poneke and has been coaching the Premier Reserves as well.
View Photos above to see several new photo galleries from the just-completed weekend of rugby
It has been confirmed that Poneke will go into the fourth round of the Swindale Shield tomorrow with a new set of coaches, after the departure midweek of Mason Lawrence and Roy Kinikinilau. The pair parted ways with the club midweek following discussions with some of the players.
Gordon Noble-Campbell and Adam Julian will be broadcasting this Saturday's Swindale Shield match between Poneke and Northern United for the Cyril Collett Memorial Shield, from Kilbirnie Park on "The Rugby Round-Up", 1161AM from 2.30pm.Listeners can also live-stream on teupoko.co.nz. The Shield has been competed for since 2008. The Collett (wider) family were prominent in Wellington Rugby from at least 1899, particularly in the Hutt Valley Clubs (Kia Ora, Petone, Hutt and Waiwhetu).
View Photos above for a selection of photo galleries from the third round of Swindale Shield fixtures. More galleries added every week.
Brendan Gard’ner has been re-appointed as WRFU President for 2018. He will be joined again by vice-presidents Murray Blandford, Ina Hansen and Robin Dodd while Martin Isberg was elected a new vice-president.Wellington rugby stalwart Wayne Guppy was admitted a life member of the union for his outstanding service to the sport in the region. The WRFU posted a $204,000 surplus at its AGM during the week.
The Billy Wallace Trophy Best & Fairest competition is awarded on a 3,2 and 1 basis by match officials (previously newspaper reporters) after each game.
points after five rounds of the 2018 Swindale Shield
10 points: Greg Foe (Poneke)
8 points: Alex Dalzell (Wellington)
6 points: Justin Wilson (Wainuiomata), Billy Proctor (MSP)
5 points: Trent Renata (Ories), Logam Blake (Avalon), Jonathan Fuimoano (OBU), Chase Tiatia (HOBM), Chris Aumua (Avalon), Whetu Henry (Ories)
4 points: Kalim Kelemete (Tawa), Tupou Sopoaga (Petone), Tai Neli (OBU)
3 points: 22 players on 3 points
2017 final points:
23 points: Hemi Fermanis (Tawa), Ben Tupuola (Wainuiomata)
18 points: Lester Maulolo (Petone)
15 points: Parekura Lalaga (Northern United)
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Late comeback wins for MSP and Petone are talking points. MSP come back from a 13-17 deficit to overrun Old Boys University 30-17 with a late flurry of scoring and Petone trail Rodney So’oialo’s Wests 3-18 at halftime before winning 33-29.