Thinking of catching the Four Nations doubleheader - including
the NZ Kiwis v Australia World Cup final rematch - in Brisbane on
October 25? Here's the package tour for you …
Experience Group will take the official Kiwis supporters group
across the Tasman for the Kiwis v Kangaroos/England v Samoa
spectacular, hosted by none other than your old mate, Sir Peter
(The Mad Butcher) Leitch.
The travelling party will leave Auckland on October 24, arriving
in time for the morning captain's run at Suncorp Stadium.
That evening, you'll attend an exclusive supporters function and
mix with some of the Butcher's personal friends, who also happen to
be Kiwis legends.
On Game Day, you will enjoy the match entertainment from the
comfort of Suncorp's Gold seating, returning to Auckland the next
morning. For two nights, you'll stay at Brisbane's Mantra Terrace
Packages cost $1499 single and $1325 twin/double, but be in
quickly - numbers are limited.
If that sounds like a piece of you, contact the Experience Group
or phone 09 3040352.
Four Nations Package Tour Flyer
Manawatu Rugby League is seeking suitable applicants for a newly
created district manager role, based in Palmerston North.
Established in 1957, Manawatu RL has club membership from
southern Hawke's Bay, Wanganui, Manawatu and Horowhenua. Many of
today's top NRL players started their grassroots rugby league
The current volunteer board is made up of leaders from within
the business community, who are focussed on the growth and success
of this sport.
They are passionate about rugby league and excited about the
opportunity to take MRL to the next level with this new paid
Not your normal 9-5 role, you will be responsible for the
co-ordination of all aspects of the senior and junior competition,
including the successful Friday Night League, nines competition and
the Manawatu Mustangs.
Liaising directly with the junior committee, clubs, facilities,
sponsors, Mid Central zone, NZRL and other stakeholders, you will
deliver a well-organised, high-quality and successful programme
across all grades for 2015.
To succeed in this challenging role, you will be passionate
about rugby league. You will walk the talk and put words into
With a strong focus on delivering results, you will demonstrate
a high level of business acumen to successfully manage
relationships with our clubs, sponsors, funding groups and
You will have impressive experience in sports administration and
You will be an effective communicator, with loads of initiative
and the ability to think on your feet.
Become a part of the development of the great game of rugby
league in the Manawatu, with a competitive remuneration package
that includes a vehicle.
For further information, please contact Carolyn Sherwill on 027
367 6900 or, to apply, send your CV and covering letter to
email@example.com before 5pm, Friday, September 12.
New Zealand Rugby League has appointed Jacob Cameron as its new
community general manager, overseeing some exciting projects in the
"more than just a game" aspect of its business.
Cameron has filled the role under secondment from Sport Auckland
over the past three months, and brings an extensive background in
sports administration at regional and national level.
He also offers insight into rugby league governance through
terms with the Gisborne/Tairawhiti and Akarana boards.
"Several great candidates applied for this role, but Jacob
brings plenty of attributes and skills to the position that I think
will set NZRL apart in the community sport space," says chief
executive Phil Holden.
"He has real depth of experience through the programmes he has
delivered and his leadership from within his current role at Sport
Auckland as community sport director. He has an extensive network
across the country and strong relationship skills at all
"Jacob will help take NZRL forward in a key and critical area
and role for our game."
In his new role, Cameron will support the sport's seven zones
from a game development perspective and other key campaigns aimed
at building the capability of the rugby league community.
He will also manage the League 4 Life Foundation, a
philanthropic trust focused on supporting those in need from within
"We occupy a very special and unique place in NZ society that
enables us to reach people that can really use our help," says
Holden. "Jacob will be instrumental in developing those
opportunities wherever possible."
He begins his role fulltime on September 8.
Akarana Falcons overcame the absence of several front-line
players to begin their Pirtek NZRL National Premiership defence in
brutal fashion, spanking Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions 56-10 at Birkenhead
With a week still remaining in the Auckland club competition,
coach Steve Buckingham chose not to overburden some of his best at
the business end of their season.
But that didn't seem to slow the defending premiership champions
down one iota, as they quickly established their superiority over
the visiting Stallions and never took their foot off the
Akarana ran in 10 tries - five in each half - with five-eighth
Simon Ieremia converting seven of them, and led 30-4 at
The visitors scored first after the restart, but any momentum
was stopped cold, when a serious leg injury to Wai-Coa-Bay Ryan
Gordon halted play for about an hour.
When play resumed, the Falcons simply stamped their will on
their opponents, piling on 26 straight points over the closing
Fullback Mao Uta had a hat-trick of tries for Akarana, while
centre Manueli Vetenibua recorded a double.
The result sees Akarana rocket to the top of the ladder after
the opening round of this year's competition and they will enjoy a
bye next week, before welcoming back their stars for a road trip to
Canterbury in Week Three.
Wellington Orcas and Canterbury Bulls were the other winners
this weekend, with last year's runners-up, Counties Manukau
Stingrays, benefitting from the bye.
Next week, Wellington host Central Vipers, Northern Swords host
the Stingrays, while the Stallions must regroup at home against the
Pirtek NZRL National Premiership
Sunday, August 24
Birkenhead War Memorial, Auckland
Akarana Falcons 56 (Mao Uta 3, Manueli
Vetenibua 2, Jeremiah Faaumuumu, Simon Luafalealo, Simon Ieremia,
Kaleni Fraser & Tevita Vea tries; Ieremia 7 & Levi Norton
goals) Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions 10 (Hayden Karena
& Isaiah Cooper-Tetefano tries; Kerena goal); HT: 30-4
Falcons: 1-Moa Uta, 2-Jeremiah Faaumuumu,
3-Manueli Vetenibua, 4-Willie Peace, 5-Simon Luafalealo, 6-Simon
Ieremia, 19-Levi Norton, 10-Kaleni Fraser, 9-Semisi Mau, 8-Trent
Schaumkel, 11-Taylor Daniels, 12-Tevita Vea, 13-Karl Semeti, 14-Sam
Cook, 15-Ribeau Norton, 16-Matt Tafutu, 17-Siliga Kepoa
Stallions: 1-Caleb Heke, 2-Isaac Robinson,
4-Mounga Molisi, 3-John Koko, 5-Ryan Gordon, 6-Johnson Peri,
7-Hayden Karena, 8-Hone Love Henry, 9-Raureti Grace (capt),
10-Callin Tereu, 12-Cody King, 11-Terry Kopua, 13-Jason Whareaitu,
14-Hamiora Mihaka, 16-Isaiah Cooper-Tetefano, 15-Mosese Mafi,
Referee - Steve Kilgallon Touch -
Rochelle Tamarua & C McMillen
NZ Rugby League would like to
acknowledge and thank naming-rights sponsor of the NZRL National
Premiership - Pirtek fluid transfer solutions - who is also major
sponsor of the NZ Kiwis. In addition, Pirtek supports league
through its NRL association with the Brisbane Broncos and
Parramatta's Pirtek Stadium.
Bernard Gregorius' hat-trick of tries has guided Wellington
Orcas to the top of the Pirtek NZRL National Premiership table on
opening day of the 2014 season.
The flying winger, who was one of three players to lead the
competition with eight tries last year, secured his double right on
half-time and added a third after the break, as the home side ran
out 38-14 victors over Northern Swords.
Wellington jumped out to a perfect start, with two tries in the
first 15 minutes and two more before the break for a 22-4
Their guests enjoyed a brief period of hope in the second half,
scoring twice within minutes.
But by then, the game was well out of the Swords' reach, and
with Josh Kohika and David Saumolia also securing doubles,
Wellington were able to draw away for their easy win.
Meanwhile, Canterbury Bulls held out Central Vipers 18-12 in New
Plymouth, but only after an improved showing from the home side,
who finished winless last season. Their best result in 2013 was an
18-point loss to Northern Swords.
The southerners were also in command early, with converted tries
to captain Chris Bamford and Chris Timo Latu achieving a 12-0
margin within sight of halftime.
Central struck back with a converted try to Tyson Young just
before the break, but when Vinnie Paul scored four minutes into the
second half, again converted by Timo Latu from the side-line, the
Bulls were firmly in the driver's seat.
Winger Joe Ratu gave the Vipers a sniff with another converted
try, but could not spark the upset.
Tomorrow, four-time defending champions Akarana Falcons host
Wai-Coa-Bay Falcons, while last season's beaten finalists, Counties
Manukau Stingarys, have the first-up bye.
August 23, 2014
Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth
Canterbury Bulls 18 (Vinnie Paul, Cyrus Timo
Latu & Chris Bamford tries; Timo Latu 2 & Dan Moevao goals)
Central Vipers 12 (Joe Ratu & Tyson Young
tries; Aaron Whitika 2 goals); HT: 12-6
1-Aaron Whitikia, 2-Jo Ratu, 4-Che Barlow, 3-Vailoa Kereti,
5-Tyson Young, 7-Cruz Rauner, 6-Colin Hokianga, 8-Kele Kose,
9-Travl Ngatoko, 8 -Gorden Karaitiana, 11-Jarrod Morfett, 12-Wiremu
McSeveny, 13-Richard Gillies, 15-Dylin Hall, 14-Sione Sifa, 16-Josh
Kerr, 17-Ale Feaunati
Bulls: 1-Ken Tofilau, 2-Danny Latu, 3-Erwin
Sauni, 4-Vinnie Paul, 5-Cyrus Timo-Latu, 6-Izic Placid, 7-Darren
Tonihi, 8-Paradise Mann, 9-Manu Weepu, 10-Chris Bamford (capt),
11-JJ Smith, 12-Corey Lawrie, 13-Dan Moevao, 14-Toi Sepuloni,
15-Agaese Fiso, 16-John Tafua, 17-Vincent
Referee - Tane Kaiwai Touch -
Mike Katene & Eric Kneepkens
Petone Recreation Ground, Wellington
Wellington Orcas 38 (Bernard Gregorius 3, Josh
Kohika 2, David Saumolia 2 & Petera Rikiriki-Williams tries;
Shawn Playford 3 goals) Northern Swords 14 (Joe
Freeman, Sam Henry & Jordan Hool tries; Henry goal); HT:
1-Anthony Utanga, 2-Bernard Gregorius, 4-Ben Tuia, 3-Raymond
Lesoa, 5-David Saumolia, 6-Shaun Playford, 7-Petera
Rikiriki-Williams, 10-Chance Tauri, 9-Michael O'Brien, 8-Robbie
McKenzie, 12-Jon Masaga, 17-Paul Lemana, 13-Michael Nathan,
14-Grayson Putu, 18-Fe'aomoeata Fakalelu, 16-Mona Sio, 17-Josh
Swords: 1-Israel Tahere,
2-Sharif Mangu, 3-Wiremu Snowden Te Iringa, 4-Ross McFarlane,
5-Rikki Tarau, 6-Daniel Fulop (capt), 7-Samuel Henry, 8-Christopher
Apoua, 9-Joel Freeman, 10 Poasa Rankin, 11-Te Tuhi Tipene,
12-Patrick Tane, 13-Kelson Harding, 19-Jordan Hool, 15-Chris
Mellar-Reynolds, 16-Tumoana Halkyard, 17-Alex Salase
Referee - Tony
Arnel Touch -
Dave Robati & Marissa Edmonds
August 24, 2014
Akarana Falcons v Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions, Birkenhead War
Memorial, Auckland, 2.30pm
Falcons: 1-Mao Uta, 2-Tee Mahe, 3-Tangi
Ropati, 4-Willie Peace, 5-Simon Luafalealo, 6-Simon Ieremia, 7-Levi
Norton, 8-Kaleni Fraser, 9-Semisi Mau, 10-Trent Schaumkel,
11-Taylor Daniels, 12-Karl Semeti, 13-Brandon Motion, 14-Sam Cook,
15-Junior Fotu, 16-Matt Tafutu, 17-Siliga Kepoa
1-Caleb Heke, 2-Isaac Robinson, 3-Mounga Molisi, 4-John Koko,
5-Ryan Gordon, 6-Johnson Peri, 7-Hayden Karena (capt), 8-Tarquin
Court, 9-Raureti Grace, 10-John Love-Henry, 11-Cody King, 12-Terry
Kopua, 13-Jason Whareaitu, 14-Hamiora Mihaka, 15-Callin Tereu,
16-Mosese Mafi, 17-Mac Carson
Referee - Steve Kilgallon Touch - Rochelle
Tamarua & TBC