Pt-Richmond Under 20's started their season a couple of weeks ago against Otahuhu Leopards at Bert Henham Park, in Otahuhu. This was the teams first ever game together as a combined club team.
Otahuhu shot out the gates and posted tries at will to lead the visiting club. With improved defence and team work on attack 'Pt-Rich' was able to show great potential and commitment for each other. Pt-Rich made a comeback in the second half to outscore the Leopards. Although the first half was not what the team had wanted, it gave the coaching team the ability to see its players in action and what they needed to work on during the week and season ahead. Final score: 46-26 to Otahuhu over Pt-Rich.
Unfortunately the second week of the Under 20s season Pt-Rich won by default against Northcote.
The team have made great use of the bye week training hard, building friendships, building combinations and working to structure. This Saturday Pt-Rich play the Marist Saints at Murray Halberg Park, in Mt Albert. Kick off is at 12.45pm so if you are free and keen to watch some young talent come on down and support the team. GO PT-Rich!!!
Richmond Premier 1st played Otahuhu Leopards at Bert Henham Park, Otahuhu on Saturday 16 April. This was our second game for the season with a number of changes from last week’s winning team. The Richmond Premier 1st had a good week of training leading up to the weekend clash. Coaches Henry Solomona and Bernard Perenara (Jnr.) were fortunate with the depth at training with up to 40 players training for positions in our 17 man team. Going in to Round 2 of the Fox Memorial shield Premier 1st competition our team featured a good mix of senior players and debutants including: Teanu Henry (formerly of Ellerslie Eagles) at centre, Onelani Pongi (Ex-Takapuna rugby), Luke Cummings and Sam Sturgiss (Ex-Ponsonby rugby).
Otahuhu started out hard and fast going 10 – 0 in the first 15 minutes due to missed tackles, forced ball errors and early game penalties. The team began playing to the game plan, sticking to the team defence structure and began posting tries to Onelani Pongi with a double and Matryx to add to the team tries scored sheet. Half back Lona slotted 2 out of 3 kicks from the side line. Richmond went in to the half time break up 14-10 over Otahuhu.
The Richmond forwards picked up where they had finished the first half with intensity in defence with solid hits and hit ups from Marcus Taniue and Junior Uale. Richmond continued to play to its strength allowing strong hit ups around the ruck area and a good kick chase to the corner. Injury to reliable prop forward Josh Aulika (sprained ankle) encouraged the Richmond bench to lift another level where Harry Vete was causing havoc on attack. Vete’s impact allowed free flowing play leading to another try to Onelani in the opposition corner. Richmond was looking good to finish strong ahead 20-10 with 15 minutes to go. Otahuhu scored next with a missed conversion from the side line, 20-14 to Richmond.
Richmond received 2 penalties where Luke gifted a nice short pass to Junior Uale to score and Lona coverting to take Richmond 26-14. Otahuhu hit back to score again with no conversion, 26-18 with minutes left on the clock. Richmond finished victors 26-18 over Otahuhu. Two very important points to a team improving each week.
Big thanks to Liz Ah Kuoi again for organising the team card and jerseys. Shout out also to Sene Atafu for the players rub down and to Peter Ah Koui for running the side line. Our next game on Saturday 23 April, at Grey Lynn Park 12.45pm kick off against the Howick Hornets.
Forward Player of the Day: Marcus Taniue
Back Player of the Day: Matryx
2. Onelani Pongi
3. Te Anu Henry
4. Fue Lomi
5. Issac Walker
6. Luke Cumming
7. Lona Sepalona
8. Josh Aulika
9. Sam Sturgiss
11. Junior Tia
12. Junz Ule
13. Marcus Latoa
14. Ojay Guntinbeil
15. Harry Vete
16. James Finlayson
Who: Richmond Premiers versus Marist Saints
Where: Grey Lynn Park
When: Saturday 9 April 2016
Game one against local rival Marist Saints of the 2016 Fox Memorial Shield was a nervous yet exciting match for our 2016 Premier team. The squad had trained throughout the preseason and were finally putting a team together week commencing to take on a formidable team that had finished strong in the 2015 Fox Memorial Shield.
A few nervous drop ball errors in the opening two sets did not bode well from Richmond's starting props however the team defensively stuck strong in the opening exchanges to grind and match the big Marist forward pack. Marist scored three tries in quick succession to lead Richmond 16 to 0 with minutes to play in the first half before Richmond kicked for the corner for high flying winger David Dyer to collect and distribute for Richmond's first points for the day. Going in to 16 - 4 half time deficit coach Bernie Perenara would have had a stern talk about building pressure, completing sets on attack and working hard defensively around the ruck area. Richmond were very much in the game and needed settling as the 'new' kids on the block.
Marist started the opening minutes of the second half with a hiss and a roar posting tries out wide before Richmond posted its next try 24-12. Marist replied hastily to stretch out to a 42-12 lead before Richmond responded with a late try 42-18 with ten minutes to go. Marist went back on cruise control to stretch out 54-18 before Richmond scored late in the game ending its first round Fox Memorial game 54-24 to Marist.
Richmond had performed well in patches especially from strong hit ups from its forward pack. It is back to the drawing board for the team however the club supporters are confident that the early season jitters are now out and the team are committed to putting in a much better performance at training this week as they prepare for its first away game against Otahuhu Leopards.
1: Matiu Stone-Dunn
2: Andrew Kake
3: Lee Latoa
Richmond is happy to announce an exciting & new initiative at the Richmond Rovers Rugby League & Sports Club. We are now operating our very own NZRL Community Playgroup.
Free to all our Richmond club members and local community for 0-5 year old children. This is a perfect place for your younger child or children to hang out while the older sibling is at junior grade training.
Click here for more information on providing a safe and fun learning environment. For more information contact Pepe Siligi on 022 693 5829
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