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Senior Prized Giving

Saturday 3/8/2019 at the Clubrooms

Please join us for the Senior Prize giving.

On this special occasion we celebrate the players and members of the Club who, through their contribution and behaviour, are deserving recipients of an award and epitomise the values of the club.

Prizes to be awarded include:

  • Div 1 & 2 player awards
  • Fowler Trophy: Sportsman of the club
  • Tenant Trophy: Administrator of the year
  • Most Valuable Person: Made a significant contribution to the Club
  • Presidents Cup: Selected by Club President
  • John Goodman Trophy: Selected by the Goodman family

The Clubrooms will be open at 5pm for Happy Hour. Presentations will start at 6pm and food will be served at 7pm

Cost: $10.00 non-players/ partners. There is no charge for Life members or players who have paid their subs.

Smart dress code

Seniors retain the Noel Barton Cup

The Div 1 team have had a tough year but, as history has shown, the team have the ability to get up for games close to the club's heart and the game against Waimea for the Noel Barton cup exemplified this.

It was a tough game but the boys worked hard, showed heart and determination for the full 80 minutes to defeat Waimea 38 - 29.

Brydon-Strange Cup

The Div 2 team traveled to Collingwood for the annual Brydon-Strange Cup. An annual fixture since 1889, the game celebrates the strong connection between the two clubs and recognises the importance of the Brydon and Strange families to both clubs.

It was a great game, played in good spirit, and, demonstrating the real connection between the two clubs, Kent Strange turned out for Collingwood. Collingwood won the game 43-14.

The get together after the game reinforced the strong bonds between the two clubs and, as you can see from the picture below, the Nelson team dressed for the occasion.

A highlight for the Nelson team was that their bus didn't get stuck this year!

Attack on Nelson player

As you may have read in the paper a Nelson Div 2 player was seriously hurt during a game against Huia Birdhurst.

The Nelson player was punched by a member of the opposing team - he suffered facial injuries and required reconstructive surgery to a damaged eye socket. He is now back home, recovering slowly and being supported by his partner, family and team mates. The senior squad (players and management) have fund raised $500 to go towards his recovery.

The club has filed a complaint with the Tasman Rugby Union and we awaiting the outcome.

As this is a legal process the club can't make any other comments at this time and if anyone is approached by media please refer the to Club President Shane Graham.

Punch puts Nelson rugby player in hospital 
Stuff, July 24 2019

Junior News

Junior rugby resumes this weekend, after a break for the school holidays.

Good luck to the U7 and U9 teams that are competing in 7-a-side tournaments this weekend.

After this weekend the U11-U13 teams only have 3 more weekends of rugby till the end of the season and the U6-U10 teams only have 5 weekends to go.

We will hold prize giving in September and send out details closer to the time.

Watch Don Fowler talk about the NRFC

As part of our 150th celebrations Barbara Hodgson is reaching out to club members - getting them to talk about their time with the Nelson club, the highs and lows, the people they have meet and their views on rugby today.

Don Fowler, Club Patron and Life Member, kindly agreed to be the first interview. Prior to the interview taking place Don and Barbara had spent time discussing the scope of the interview so that Don could prepare for his interview.

Blues family news

Over the last month members of our Blues Family have lost loved ones. Our deepest sympathy goes out to:

  • Andy Bennett - mother passed away
  • Christina Brady - father passed away
  • Jono Corfe - stepfather passed away
  • Mark Culverwell - brother passed away
  • Mitchell Barry - grandparent passed away

Harley Nathan, a former member of the club, died on the 17th June. We extend our sympathy to his family.

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