What promised to be our best home ground draw of the year on Old Timers Day disintegrated as three teams defaulted leaving just the 2.30 games for our Premiers and Presidents for the many who turned up. While the Women were advised on Friday that Tawa would not be fronting the Avalon Colts( with 13 players) and Premier Reserves( without a front row) at least turned up with what they had and a friendly game was played by the Colts – hopefully points for and against won’t become a issue later on in the season as this team is playing some great footie. The Reserves and Avalon tried to play a game but a concussion by one of the Avalon few not long after the game started saw it called off with barely a sweat raised. We can all tut tut about this but the reality is there are too many teams for the number of players – another Colts team also defaulted as well as an U85kg team – they had the numbers but too many “fatties”!
On to the main game – a little like last week’s game V J’ville except for the standard of refereeing although no comms between the touchies and the ref didn’t help. Our Captain was fantastic and two tries was a just reward. The introduction of Nu’u Lene in the second half saw Avalon’s scrum wilt and it was soon Golden Oldies scrums which didn’t work in our favour but certainly helped Avalon. Lui Aukuso came on with 10 or so to go and his chip and chase after a break down the shortside led to Whetu’s last try showed that after debuting in 1995 he could still be force in Premier Rugby, probably a bit sore on Saturday night though!
Attached is the latest WRFU results and tables – just like last week there are still six teams trying to get into the last four Jubilee Cup spots – with a week to go Wellington on 33 points can still miss out if they lose to Poneke who have beaten HOBM and Wainui in the last two weeks after looking dead and buried a month ago and – the loser of OBU- Wainui and or Upper Hutt if they lose to MSP will both play Hardham Cup as well as Poneke if they lose to Wellington.
Rongotai College Rugby Fundraiser
Rongotai College Rugby is embarking on an ambitious 'sponsorship drive' to raise funds for our development programme. Rongotai College Old Boys are being given first opportunity to 'become 'a part of the team'' by becoming a member of our #goldblueblack club.
3 levels of sponsorship are available $500, $250 & $100 for more details please contact Peter West
Finally – our netball girls are getting closer to a clean sweep- reports below.
Those who have been here for a few years may remember a finely tuned athletic No.8 who scored a magnificent try from a scrum on halfway in the 1994 Div 1 Colts final as Ories steamrolled Wainui. This player morphed into a premier prop for many many years before returning to Fiji. Rob is now manager of the Fijian 7s’ who have been crowned 2015 World Series winners – well done Rob and the Fijian 7s team!
Honorary Subs etc
A reminder from our Treasurer that all subs are due including Honorary Subs of $50. You can either send a cheque to The Treasurer, PO Box 15 095, Miramar or by DC to Ories Westpac account 030 521 0166241 01 – use your name as the reference. We also take cash on a Saturday- see Chris!
ORIENTAL-RONGOTAI 42 (Aukuso Tuitama 2, Whetu Henry 2, Jarrod Henry, James Proctor tries; James Proctor 6 cons)
Avalon 20 (Danny Yandall, Ata Langilangi, La Moemai tries; Sonny Oloupu con; Sonny Oloupu pen)
HT: 28 -3 Ories.
Yellow card: Sefo Aumua (Avalon flanker)
Best and fairest: 3 points: Whetu Henry (Ories prop); 2 points: Ata Langilangi (Avalon No 8); 1 point: James Proctor (Ories first-five eighth).
Venue: Polo ground
What happened: Ories scored with ease in the first five minutes, wing Aukuso Tuitama finishing off a sweeping backline move in the right corner. Avalon steeled themselves and settled the game by keeping the ball close at hand in the forwards.
Ories jolted back into action when Avalon blindside Sefo Aumua was sin binned for a high tackle, and produced three quick tries to end the half with a 25-point lead.
Avalon fired up in the second half and clawed their way back into the game with tries to wing Danny Yandall and No 8 Ata Langilangi.
First-five eighth James Proctor steered Ories out of danger with his composed boot and Avalon struggled to gain the territory needed to mount a final attack.
With the games physicality finally taking its toll, Ories saw off the spirited Avalon challenge with late tries to Proctor and skipper Whetu Henry.
Who stood out: Henry toiled hard all game, and bagged a brace of tries for his efforts. Proctor was deadly accurate with the boot, slotting all six of his shots at goal. Avalon No 8 Ata Langilangi ran hard and tackled harder, and was well supported by flanker Sefo Aumua.
The upshot: Ories' win separates them from a congested pack in the middle of the table, and they could climb to second with a win against HOBM next week. The Avalon wolves are still hunting for their first win.
- By Steven Trask
Courtesy of The Dom Post
Rongotai 1st XV
Thanks to all everyone who came to Kilbirnie Park to support the Rongotai 1st XV who had a 26-17 win over a gusty Waiarapa College, halftime score was 19-3. Try scorers for us were Esi, Denny, Malachai and William with Isalei adding 3 conversions. Special mention to Liam who played his 1st XV cap game today. We also win back the Half Century Cup and of course pick up 5 competition points.
Other results from Premier 1 games were Scots 37 - St Pats Town 32, St Pats ‘Stream 41 - Tawa 15 and Wellington Coll 64 - HIBS 0.
Next week we are away to Scots College and we challenge for the Moascar Cup.
Remember to visit the college rugby website www.rcrugby.org.nz for more info on all college results and upcoming events.
Premier Reserve WBD
The guys all started turning up to the polo. It was Old Timers day for Ories. Tawa looked like they were struggling to get numbers there. They were delayed in traffic. We said we would wait for them to arrive. We had a ref and 20 Ories players ready for action. Well, the boys were stunned. Tawa were fast, They were fit, And they could throw into the gaps and score tries. They ran rings around the ories guys. Halftime score 0 22 to Tawa. The boys got a real talking too at halftime by Almo. We started the second half well; looking like we would be the first to score, but an intercept pass saw Tawa add to their scoreboard again. We did end up scoring a brilliant try which was Scott Sara's magic feet, dipping and diving around the defence of Tawa. Converted by TAB, we had 7 points. The game was a good test for the boys. All had a drink together to discuss the game and enjoy the entertainment provided for us.
Ories 1 won 36-25 against Kia Ora. Really strong first 3 quarters taking the lead from early in the first quarter and maintaining it right till the end. Kia Ora fought back hard on the last quarter scoring 4 in a row but it wasn't enough, Ories 1 winning by 11 in the end and remaining unbeaten. Player of the day for a third time.. Anna
Ories 2 Lost 26-30 against St Francis 4. A GAME of 2 HALVES......
Our team plan was to WIN but our stars did not align and we came off second best.
Player of the day - Loren (awesome defence in the back and never gave up!)
Ories 3 Won 43-31 against Wellington East. Player of the day Lolah
Swindale Shield 2015
May 30 V HOBM @ Polo 2.30 Bondy Memorial Cup
There are now 14 teams in Premier Rugby but we will only play 11 in the Swindale Shield – unfortunately this means that we will not play North’s or MSP in the first round. Next year we will miss out on playing two different teams if the format remains the same.
Replacing Senior 1st this season is Premier Reserve – in all cases our team will play the curtain raiser an hour and 45 minutes beforehand unless it is at a different ground than the Premiers game in which case it will be two hours beforehand.