Senior Convenor Tony Taylor on behalf of the Richmond club would like to acknowledge our volunteers saying, “thanks to our coaching and management team made up of Fa Taua, Fili Taua, and Vae Kalolo for their dedication and commitment the last few seasons. You have always given your best and we thank you.”
Newly appointed Premier 1st coach John Mana insists he will bring his own style to the job and wants former Richmond Premier 1st and Tokes (Tokelaun) team-mate Soul Amosa to work beside him as assistant coach.
John, who has a long history with Richmond as a junior through to seniors, has been announced as the 2022 Richmond Premier 1st head coach after applying and interviewing at the recent Board select panel interviews held last Friday.
The 37-year-old John Mana has head coaching experience having been 2017-2019 Ponsonby Ponies men’s Premier Head coach, taking them to the semi-finals of the Auckland Rugby League Sharman Cup grade in 2018 & 2019, and 2018-2021 Ponsonby Ponies women’s team assistant coach/trainer, winning the women’s Pennant competition before competing in the 2021 championship competition over the last two seasons.
John has played under some of the game’s best Auckland coaches, including recently announced Premier head coach Ricky Henry, John Teina and Bernie Perenara. He is also renowned for his work ethic, communication skills, attention to detail, passion, and tactical nous, with Premier 1st coach Vae Kalolo revealing that he regularly calls on John’s football knowledge where he came to the support of the team during the 2021 season.
“It is really important for me to be me but also execute what Ricky needs of me and our boys,” Mana said on Sunday. “I can’t go in there and pretend to be an NRL coach. It is important that I bring my strengths and deal with the inexperience I have by making sure that I get propped up by the people around me.”
Besides Ricky Henry, John Teina and Bernie Perenara have been mentioned as possible mentors, while a team manager is yet to be confirmed and additional staff are expected to help John and Soul launch a new era for our wider Premier squad.
“Over the next few months, we will put in place a team around this footy side. There are a number of willing experienced Richmond volunteers who love to be in and around this squad, whether they are mentors, management or support staff.
“Hopefully we can get a great squad together and have a great support staff to put around them.”
Senior Convenor Tony backed John and Soul to ensure a strong competitive Premier 1st squad that would support our Premier team next season and in the future.
“It is exciting because they both bring a lot of energy to everything they do and together they know the game very well so tactically the Premier 1st coaching team will have some great ideas.
“I think the biggest challenge will be getting that mentorship right. John will have the tactics right and with Soul they will be able to drive home the message of how privileged you are to play for Richmond, so it is just managing people.
“You pick your best 17 for the Premier team but there is a lot more to it than that and I think John has got one eye on the now, but he has also got an eye on creating more depth within the Premier squad.”
John said that we have lacked some depth at times but “our best at their best is good”.
“I am not teaching a group of doctors to do brain surgery, I am teaching league players to play rugby league and trying to coach them,” he said.
“My job will be getting the players developed, getting the players not named in the Premier team 17 to perform at their best, keeping all players honest, supporting a good club culture and competitive environment, and setting people around these players to best be prepared to play at their optimum throughout the season.
“I have been very passionate about the Richmond club for a long time, and I know the impact my position has on the loyal Richmond club members and supporters near and far. I am passionate about developing our next line of Richmond talent and I feel like I can contribute.”
Senior Convenor Tony said, “Soul’s commitment and knowledge from his involvement with the Tokes (Tokelau) Premier 2nd team showed he would ensure John had every chance of support and success.”
“I know they will do well, and I don’t think Richmond’s Premier 1st squad could be in better hands,” Tony said.
“We all want results, and we all want success but one thing I like about this announcement is that John is always prepared to put the hard work in to build that success. I am sure he will do the same for Richmond as he always has.”
Tony said he was excited about the future of the Richmond club with Ricky and John at the helm.
"It was in our best interests to secure a Premier 1st coach who could provide leadership to a young playing group, John was the standout option," Tony said.
"We’re delighted to secure the services of such passionate Richmond coaches, and we’re now very much looking forward to planning for the future and providing as much support.
"The all-round education our Richmond coaches can provide to our playing group is exciting, and their technical thinking offers another element as well."
Richmond beat out a valiant Hibiscus Coast Raiders 30-16 at Stanmore Bay Reserve to finish the Fox Championship competition in second position with 10 competition points. Ending the season first equal with Manukau BlackHammer (1st) and Northcote Tigers (3rd) based on points differential. Te Atatu Roosters finish in 4th position and look to the 2022 season in the Fox Memorial Qualifying Series.
The Junior Fiu coached Richmond side are a slick operation with a mix of youth and experience led by a strong leadership group and although have had recent losses to Otara 24-20 at Grey Lynn Park and 24-10 loss to Northcote away at Birkenhead Memorial Park the side are well versed to take to the playoffs with great confidence having beat Manukau 28-22 and Te Atatu 30-12.
The Richmond club and Premier teams need your support for their respective semi final games so come on out and support with your Richmond gear and encouragement. Bring it on!
Our Richmond Rovers Premier 1st team would like to warmly welcome you to our team fundraiser social this Saturday 7th August, 7pm-11.30pm at the Grey Lynn Bowling Club!
Address: 112 Surrey Crescent, Grey Lynn (alley way right beside the Smokin Cole BBQ place opposite Richmond Road which leads right to the bowling club) or you can access it through 675-681 Great North (long driveway that leads to bowling club).
Cost: It’s $10 per ticket entry and drinks will be $5 for the duration of the social. Come along and support as we will have Reverend Lee Latoa bless you with his dance moves.
Tickets: If you’d like a ticket or 2 you can make contact with any of our Premier 1st players and coaching staff or you can pay money to any of them and we can leave your name at the door so you can gain entry that way.
Entertainment: DJ Juice will be playing the jams to get you off your feet and our team will be there to help with anything and clean up during the night.
We hope to see you all there enjoying yourselves and having awesome night.
Thanks from the whole Richmond Premier 1st Team
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Our bar staff enjoy hosting you, your family, your mates, and our visiting teams as guests.
Please note our Richmond ‘Eileen’s Corner’ bar opening hours is Saturday and Sunday (Rose’s women home games only) 3.00-9.00pm during the winter season. We want to welcome everyone into OUR clubrooms to enjoy the facilities, socialise, and enjoy each other's company, however there are some ground rules:
Tere Strickland (Board Member) on behalf of our Bar Staff & Richmond Board of Directors.
A good core of Roses players has been training since January. 2021 Richmond Roses Captain and current Kiwi Fern Charlotte Scanlan, a past Richmond Roses player brings a wealth of experience and professionalism to our young team. Having played professional rugby overseas in Japan for the past 2 years she returned to the Auckland Rugby League competition in good health and stead.
Vice- Captains Maraea Ah Kuoi-Atmore and Kaiyah Atai, are both exciting young talents who came through the Richmond junior grades and demonstrate great leadership qualities on and off the field. Both Scanlan and Atai are members of the Kiwi Ferns squad, along with Roses players Shaniece Monschau, Laishon Jones, Lydia Quedley, and Kahurina Cassidy.
2021 Richmond Roses’ staff include Anthony Murray (“Ants” - Head Coach) with Tash Davies, Sam Mamea, John Nanai (Assistant Coaches) and Liz Ah Kuoi (Manager).
“The Girls are developing and progressing well, it will be exciting to see what they are capable of doing on the field. Importantly, the culture is good, and I am sure the Roses ladies will do the jersey, club, families, supporters, and sponsors proud each time they take the field,” says coach Murray.
Ah Kuoi says, “our 2021 Richmond Roses Premier Team has been extremely fortunate to have generous support from businesses who are connected to our players and staff. Our team would like to publicly acknowledge and thank our 2021 Richmond Roses Premier team sponsors: Tony Murray Electrical (Major sponsor), Creative Kitchens, Uhila Building Solutions, Russells Curtains, New World Victoria Park, and Carpet Shop. Your support for our team is very much appreciated and look forward to thanking you personally during the season.”
On behalf of the Richmond Rovers, its Board, volunteers, players and the many families, we extend our sincerest condolences to our Chairman Gus Fepuleai and the family, on the loss of his amazing wife Sally.
Sally was not only the Chairmans wife, but a great friend to many and an avid supporter of our club. Always on the side-line week in, week out, cheering on the many boys and girls who took the field.
Thank you Sally for sharing your family with us, your welcoming smile will be greatly missed.
Gus, Jay and Matt, may our prayers of love and comfort ease you through this most difficult time. Richmond grieves with you all.”
“Through our partnership with Richmond, the Tony Murray Electrical Inspections logo will appear on the Premier Women team’s playing jerseys, as well as other official team apparel and ground signage at Grey Lynn Park for the 2021 season,” Mr Murray said.
Richmond club members and supporters can also expect to see plenty of the Tony Murray Electrical Inspections brand during the season. As a long-time sponsor of sports and schools across Auckland, Tony Murray Electrical Inspections is known for supporting and enhancing spectator and fan experience.
Richmond Roses new team Manager Liz Ah Kuoi said she was delighted to welcome back a good community friend Tony Murray Electrical Inspections to the sponsor family.
“The Tony Murray Electrical Inspections partnership is a significant 2021 sponsorship agreement for the Richmond Roses team and we welcome them back to the sponsor family. The Tony Murray Electrical Inspections brand will take pride of place on both our playing and training apparel,” Ah Kuoi said.
They join us at an exciting time in the evolution of the Richmond Roses club on and off the field and we look forward to a successful future together.
Richmond Rovers Rugby League Club is proud to announce the return of sponsor The Surrey Hotel in 2021.
The Surrey Hotel in Grey Lynn has aligned themselves with one of the oldest and largest sports clubs in the inner Auckland city region as a returning sponsor. It is exciting times for the club with the growth of rugby league continuing through the exposure of its players represented in the Vodafone Warriors and International rugby league teams (including woman's grades). This relationship was forged in 2013 when Richmond celebrated its 100th centenary year over the Queen’s birthday weekend. Since then both the Richmond club and The Surrey Hotel have enjoyed many events including Richmond Senior End of Year Award Prize Giving evenings, 100 club events and Richmond Board meetings.
The Surrey Hotel’s high profile sits comfortably with Richmond’s own profile within the larger Grey Lynn community. Club Chairman Gus Fepuleai commented “it is tough for the Richmond Rovers club to maintain our high standards both on the field and off. The generous support of The Surrey Hotel allows us to continue our development. As the Club celebrated its 100th centenary we are continuing to set a high benchmark for our club both on and off the field for the next 100 years”. We can only do this off the back of generous sponsors.
Denise King of The Surrey Hotel, added “The Surrey Hotel is delighted to be again partner with one of Grey Lynn’s, if not the greater inner city regions, most successful sports clubs which has had over 50 Kiwi International players developed from this local club. We see it as a great opportunity to assist the club with the development of their junior and senior players from the Richmond juniors ages five up to the Premiers as well as senior club members. The Richmond club is dedicated to making rugby league accessible and fun for everyone from the social player to those more serious”.
Over recent years the Richmond Rovers club has developed a strong and growing Richmond Junior Academy programme which assists younger players who show talent early on and helps them progress into potentially representing rep teams and maybe even New Zealand one day.
Richmond Rovers Rugby League Club is proud to announce the return of sponsor Fort Knox Grey Lynn in 2021.
Local fitness gym centre has aligned themselves with one of the oldest and largest sports clubs in the inner Auckland city region as a returning sponsor. It is exciting times for the club with the growth of rugby league continuing through the exposure of its players represented in the Vodafone Warriors and International rugby league teams (including women's grades). This relationship was forged in 2020 when Richmond senior club members required a local gym for summer off-season training as well as winter training in doors.
Since then both the Richmond club and Fort Knox Grey Lynn have enjoyed many work outs with experienced gym staff and Personal Trainers as well as the major Richmond club events including Richmond's Senior End of Year Award Prize Giving evenings, and sponsors nights held over the past few years.
Fort Knox Grey Lynn’s high profile in the Grey Lynn and Ponsonby community sits comfortably with Richmond’s own profile within the wider Grey Lynn community. Club Chairman Gus Fepuleai commented “it is tough for the Richmond Rovers club to maintain our high standards both on the field and off. The generous support of Fort Knox Grey Lynn allows us to continue our player and personal development. As we focus on the tough but challenging Auckland Rugby League competition, we are continuing to set a high benchmark for our club both on and off the field. We can only do this off the back of generous sponsors".
Owner Operator Kerry Knox from Fort Knox Grey Lynn added “Fort Knox Grey Lynn is stoked to again partner with one of New Zealand's most successful sports clubs which has had over 50 Kiwi International players developed from this local club. We see it as a great opportunity to assist the club with the development of their junior and senior players from the Richmond juniors ages five up to the Premiers & Women’s as well as its loyal senior club members. The Richmond club is dedicated to making rugby league accessible and fun for everyone from the social player to those more serious and we want to support that”.
Special gym access to Fort Knox Grey Lynn is offered for ALL Richmond financial members when you present your Richmond CLUB membership card upon entry. Sign up today to our FOUNDATION CLUB!
Richmond Rovers has paid for our members to use Fort Knox on the basis outlined below, at no further cost to our members.
Here are the requirements for the Fort Knox & Richmond Rovers gym agreement:
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Monday - Thursday: 5am-8pm
Address: 562 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn. Auckland 1021
Parking: Parking on site only in allocated Fort Knox spaces for members. 1 hour maximum.
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Auckland Rugby League club the Richmond Rovers today announced that Peter Fell Concrete has renewed major sponsorship for the 2021 Richmond Junior Academy.
The partnership complements the colour concrete relationship with Richmond members who are influential community-engaged residents supporting the development of Richmond Junior Academy members. It also builds on the company’s role as preferred concrete supplier for the local Grey Lynn, Ponsonby and Western Springs area which many club members reside in.
Announcing the sponsorship, owner Peter Fell said backing the Richmond club was a great alignment for the owner operator where Peter has been major sponsor of the Academy since 2012.
“Through our partnership with Richmond, the Peter Fell Coloured Concrete logo will appear on all training apparel and ground signage at Grey Lynn Park for the 2020 season,” Mr Fell said.
Richmond Chairman Gus Fepuleai said he was delighted to welcome back a Richmond Old Boy and good community friend to the sponsor family. “Peter Fell Coloured Concrete partnership is a significant sponsorship agreement for the Richmond club and we welcome them back to the sponsor family. The Peter Fell Coloured concrete brand will take pride of place on both our members’ apparel and club room signage,” Mr Fepuleai said.
They continue to support us at an exciting time in the evolution of the Richmond Rovers club on and off the field and we look forward to a successful future together.www.peterfell.co.nz/
The Richmond Rovers Rugby League club has today announced the renewed alliance with Waterview Laundromat as a minor sponsor of the Richmond Rovers.
Waterview Laundromat, who have a historic relationship with Richmond Rovers rugby league stretching back over many years, have re-signed a new one year agreement that will see the Richmond’s Premier team proudly sporting the Waterview Laundromat logo on the Richmond Premiers playing strip.
Richmond Chairman Gus Fepuleai stated, ‘’We are delighted to re-join forces with an iconic Auckland business such as Waterview Laundromat and thrilled that they have committed to being associated with the Richmond Premiers in their Fox Memorial Shield competition quest. We’re really excited about continuing this relationship with a long-time supporter of our club."
"The Premier team is well represented with a number of players training with the Junior Warriors Development team and the club as a whole is evolving with junior and senior player participation at the Richmond club on the rise. We look forward to continuing our great form and with Waterview Laundromat in support of our Premier club team we believe our club will continue to compete in the toughest grassroots competition in New Zealand –the Fox Memorials shield competition in 2021.”
The Richmond Rovers club has been a part of the Auckland’s fabric for over 100 years, with Waterview Laundromat on board this commitment clearly highlights Waterview Laundromat’s loyalty to the region and its premier sporting code.
Waterview Laundromat Business Manager, Divesh Kumar noted the sponsorship further cemented Waterview Laundromat’s commitment to the region and would help grow awareness of the brand across Auckland.
“As Waterview Laundromat’s local supplier for everyday laundry services we’re passionate about our community and making it a strong, vibrant place for us all to live in. Our sponsorship of the Richmond Rovers club and Premier team is proof of this commitment.”
“We’ve been the sponsor of the Richmond Rovers Junior club over many seasons so continuing to sponsor the Richmond Premiers really was a natural progression. We’re proud to be associated with a strong performing organisation like the Richmond Rovers Rugby League club and we’re looking forward to cheering on our team this season.” Divesh Kumar further stated.
Auckland Rugby League club the Richmond Rovers today announced that LJ Hooker Ponsonby has renewed major sponsorship for the 2021 season as Naming Rights of the Richmond Rovers Premier Team.
The partnership complements the real estate’s relationship with Richmond members who are influential community-engaged residents supporting the first grade side of a Fox Memorial first division team. It also builds on the company’s role as preferred real estate agent for the local Grey Lynn, Ponsonby and Western Springs area which many club members reside in.
Announcing the sponsorship, owner Steven Glucina said backing the Richmond club was a great alignment for the real estate agent where Glucina has been major sponsor of the 2011-2012 Richmond Junior Academy, Richmond’s 2013 Championship Under 20s and the Premier team since 2014.
“Through our partnership with Richmond, the LJ Hooker Ponsonby logo will appear on the Premier team’s playing jerseys, as well as other official team apparel and ground signage at Grey Lynn Park for the 2021 season,” Mr Glucina said.
Richmond club members and supporters can also expect to see plenty of the LJ Hooker Ponsonby brand during the season. As a long-time sponsor of sports across Auckland, LJ Hooker Ponsonby is known for supporting and enhancing spectator and fan experience.
Richmond Chairman Gus Fepuleai said he was delighted to welcome back a good community friend LJ Hooker Ponsonby to the sponsor family.
“The LJ Hooker Ponsonby partnership is a significant 2020 sponsorship agreement for the Richmond club and we welcome them back to the sponsor family. The LJ Hooker Ponsonby brand will take pride of place on both our playing and training apparel,” Mr Fepuleai said.
They join us at an exciting time in the evolution of the Richmond Rovers club on and off the field and we look forward to a successful future together.
NOTICE OF RICHMOND ROVERS RUGBY LEAGUE AND SPORTS CLUB INC. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TO BE HELD ON MONDAY 7 DECEMBER 2019, 6.30PM, AT RICHMOND’S CLUBROOMS
(a) Receiving any minutes of the previous Society’s Meeting(s);
(b) The Chair’s report on the business of the Society;
(c) The Treasurer’s report on the finances of the Society, approval of the Audited Annual Financial Statements;
(d) The Senior Convener’s report on the Senior teams’ season;
(e) The Junior Convener’s report on the Junior teams’ season and Junior Committee’s finances;
(f) Election of Board Members;
(g) Election of Honorary positions of Patron, President, Honorary Solicitor and Life Members;
(h) Election of Auditor;
(i) Motions to be considered;
(j) General business.
Nomination of Board Members
7.1 Nominations for members of the Board shall be called for at least 14 days before an Annual General Meeting. Each candidate shall be proposed and seconded in writing by Members and the completed nomination shall be confirmed by the candidate and delivered to the Secretary, or a Returning Officer if one is appointed by the Chair (in which case all references to a Secretary in these Rules shall be deemed a reference to a Returning Officer for the purpose of this Rule 7 and 21.4(b)(ii) ). Nominations shall close upon the start of the Annual General Meeting. If any Board position does not receive any nominations, nominations may be made by Members at the Annual General Meeting from the floor. All retiring members of the Board shall be eligible for re-election.
Richmond Rovers Rugby League and Sports Club Inc. Secretary
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