Bay of Plenty Rugby Union and Under 18 Head Coach Nick Leask are pleased to announce the 2015 Under 18 Bay of Plenty representative team.
Nick Leask comments on his team, "The team are starting to develop a culture of hard work after a win against Thames Valley U19 60-0 and an 8 hour longest day challenge. Players are starting to realise it is not about them, rather the team. The goal is to focus on one game at a time and implement the things we work on at training."
A special mention to Sione Afu and Sami Veikoso who have been training with the Arataki senior squad this year. And also Jake Malbon, son of Victor Malbon our club physio. Good luck boys.
Arataki's Kate Henwood, Ereti Williams, Angie Withers, Carmen Samson and Davina Thompson earn selection into the BOP Womens Volcanix squad ahead of another ITM cup season.
Volcanix Coach Pere Paul has named a wider training squad of thirty one players, to prepare for the 2015 Women’s National Provincial Championship. The squad featuring Black Fern’s trialists Luka Connor and Hana Tapiata has a mixture of youth and experience from across the Bay of Plenty. The squad will be reduced following the team’s pre-season training and matches with the final squad announced ahead of their first match against Manawatu in Palmerston North on Saturday 22nd August. The players have been selected from within the Bay of Plenty, following a highly competitive Bayfair Baywide Women’s Club Rugby competition. A fantastic Whanau environment is already apparent and great feel in the squad, following a successful pre-season camp.
Bay of Plenty Development Head Coach Craig Jeffries and Assistant Coach Marty Bourke have named their wider training squad to play Poverty Bay this Saturday. The fixture, to be held at Opotiki's Princess Street Reserve kicking off at 2.00pm, will be the final opportunity for players to impress before the 2015 Bay of Plenty Development Squad is announced.
Arataki and Judea rugby followers will long remember the three match series played between the two Western Bay clubs in July 2013.
Entering Saturdays match-up at Maharaia Winiata Park in Judea, the score line was one match apiece, with Judea winning the Merv Scholes trophy in their first game and Arataki the Seeka KI Western BOP Championship a week later.
The final game in the July trilogy saw a place in next weekend’s BOPRU Baywide Division Two Grand Final at stake, with an automatic place in next seasons Division One competition for the Division Two winner.
Six all at half time reflected a genuine arm wrestle in the first spell with the two team’s kickers trading two penalty goals apiece. Eight minutes into the second half, Judea hit the lead courtesy of further penalty, from where the home side then went on the offensive to play most of the second spell in the Arataki half. The Judea rolling mauls kept the Arataki side on the back foot, however with around five minutes remaining in the match, Arataki broke through the home sides defence to run 70 metres to score a try.
While Judea made a concerted attempt to come back, the visitors held on to take out an extremely hard fought 11-9 victory. The Judea supporters praised the efforts of their evergreen prop Nigel Heke, who has played over three hundred games for the clubs senior team, starting in 1983 as a 16 year old.
Such as been the closeness of the three games, that while Arataki won the last two, they both scored 47 points apiece in their three match-ups. Arataki will now progress to meet Kawerau in next weekend’s Baywide Grand Final, after the Eastern Bay side despatched Reporoa 29-15.
In the Baywide Senior Reserve playoffs archrivals Mount Maunganui and Tauranga Sports met at Blake Park. The Mount made the early running to lead 11 nil, however Tauranga Sports scored three tries in the second spell to post a 20-11 win. Tauranga Sports will meet the Opotiki second fifteen in next weekend’s Baywide title decider.
The Colts Grand Final will be an all-Western Bay affair between Mount Maunganui and Tauranga Sports. On Saturday Mount Maunganui repelled a spirited challenge from Rotorua visitors Marist St Michaels to grab a 34-27 victory, with Tauranga Sports defeating Te Puke Sports 23-10 in the early game at the Tauranga Domain.