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Trisha Kalolo-Apolinario and Poneke preparing for semi-final
This Saturday’s home women’s competition division 2 semi-final for Poneke against Paremata-Plimmerton will be a special occasion for both the team and the captain and front-rower Trisha Kalolo-Apolinario. As well as it being the first playoff appearance for this Poneke side, and with it the chance to play on finals day at Petone next weekend, Kalolo-Apolinario will become the first player to be recognised for reaching 50 caps for the side and be presented with her blazer on Saturday evening...More
Tough Telea has unfinished business
Above: Telea Seumanutafa in action last Saturday for Tawa against Hutt Old Boys Marist. This Saturday he returns to Jerry Collins Stadium for the first time since 2014 after playing 98 Premier games for Northern United, only this time to play Old Boys University in the Jubilee Cup semi-final. Photo by Jun Tanylaco Sports  July 25, 2015, Tawa and Marist St. Pats are embroiled in a tight Jubilee Cup semi-final at Evans Bay Park. No quarter is given until something spectacular happens. Visiting lock Telea Seumanutafa explodes through the host's defence...More
 Solid Simon bringing backbone to the Eagles
“No matter what competition you’re in you’ve got to stamp your mark on it,” Simon Malaeulu explains. The veteran prop has played 184 games for Hutt Old Boys Marist but wasn’t pleased to be contesting the Hardham Cup in 2016. “I can’t put a finger on what went wrong last year. No premier team wants to be in the Hardham Cup.” HOBM went from Jubilee Cup champions in 2014, Swindale Shield winners in 2015, to Premier 2 in the space of three years. At one stage the Eagles were on a run of 17 wins in 18 games with their only defeat in that sequence a single point failure against Wainuiomata...More
Silverstream roll on, Porirua College beat Aotea College in a thriller
St Pat’s Silverstream continue to set the pace amongst the Wellington First XV schools, Beating St Pat’s Town and winning their eighth straight WelTec Premiership contest, while Porirua College retained the Beard Trophy and qualified for the region’s Co-ed Cup final with a dramatic win over Aotea College in two matches this afternoon. St Pat’s Silverstream accounted for St Pat’s Town 42-5, while Porirua College beat Premier 2 side Aotea College 17-15, courtesy of a last-gasp converted try...More
Sam Reid - small man looking for big result this weekend
Above: Sam Reid diving for the try line in Old Boys University’s win earlier this year over Northern United at Jerry Collins Stadium. Photo by Chainsaw Photos “I'm a feisty battler,” Sam Reid responds when asked to explain his ascent from weight restricted rugby three years ago to starting premier selection at Old Boys University. The diminutive winger has scored seven tries in 14 games for the Jubilee Cup leading Billygoats - an unlikely prospect when he was a battered and struggling pupil at King’s College, Auckland...More
Off the Ball for 24 July
Above: Oriental-Rongotai prop Whetu Henry and others discussing the conditions on Saturday with referee Mike Pinfold in his team’s final match of the Premier season against Petone on Saturday. Photo by David Brownlie Photos Off the Ball is in association with Rob Law Max , Lovelocks Sports Bar  and Harcourts Johnsonville  Looking at some of the news in briefs, milestones, happenings, statistics and observations from the weekend of rugby just gone and what’s coming up this week. Then there were four...More
OBU and MSP lock in home semi-finals in Jubilee Cup
Above: Hutt Old Boys Marist fullback Brandyn Laursen lines up what would prove to be the winning penalty in today’s Jubilee Cup clash against Tawa at a gloomy Hutt Rec Recreation Ground. Old Boys University and Marist St Pat’s will host next weekend’s 2017 Jubilee Cup semi-finals, after a cracking afternoon of rugby on a dull day to end the regular season. Top qualifiers Old Boys University won the Andy Leslie Trophy and will host defending champions Tawa in one semi-final next Saturday, while second placed MSP will host Hutt Old Boys Marist in the other...More
Home semi-finals up for grabs in final round club rugby matches
UPDATED with ground changes (see Draws & Results for the amended draw): So this is it, the full round of Premier rugby for the season. While it's somewhat anti-climactic in that the playoff teams in five of the grades that will conclude on finals day at the Petone Rec in two weeks’ time have been found (and the last will be known tonight); there’s still plenty of intrigue as not one of next weekend’s semi-finals match-ups has been sorted and no one wants to go in on the back of a loss...More
 When the lower ranked side has won Jubilee Cup semi-finals
Above: Oriental-Rongotai wing and try-scorer Julian Savea makes a bust in his side's extra-time away semi-final win over Hutt Old Boys Marist in 2013.  This year’s Jubilee Cup semi-finalists have been found. Top qualifier and Andy Leslie Trophy winner Old Boys University will host Tawa in one semi-final this coming weekend, while second placed finisher Marist St Pat's will entertain Hutt Old Boys Marist in the other. Picking winners from both Jubilee Cup playoffs could be a tough exercise this year and one or both semi-finals could genuninely go either way, as happened recently in Manawatu where, for the second consecutive year, 4th beat 1st and 3rd beat 2nd to send the leading two teams from the round-robin packing...More
Late bloomer Galu Taufale loving his rugby
Above: Galu Taufale beats the tackle of Ola Va’ai with Greg Foe in support in Poneke’s 30-30 Jimmy Grbich Shield draw with Oriental-Rongotai earlier this season. Photo by Andy McArthur.  Galu Taufale was planning on hanging up his boots at the end of last season. “Last year was going to my last year playing club rugby and I was going to look into becoming a firefighter,” he revealed. “But I was lucky enough to make the Jubilee Cup with Poneke and then make the Wellington Lions and then things changed...More
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