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Update 6, November 2018

Welcome to the latest Blues News.

There has been a lot happening behind the scenes since our last newsletter.

And for lovers of rugby it's been full on - the first All Black game played in Nelson, the Mako making the semi-finals, and the game being played in Nelson. 

The club is holding its AGM this week and we encourage you to attend. We are always on the look out for people who want to get involved. If you want to play a role with the club, or help out in any way please let us know.

If there are any keen coaches or managers out there interested in coaching/helping out with our Div 2 team we would love to hear from you.

Congratulation to the kids rewarded for a great season at the Junior Club prize giving and we profile one of the recipients - Connor Hulme - a keen junior star in this issue.

We also acknowledge the contribution of Kade and Grant, the Div 1 & 2 coaches, who resigned at the end of the season and thank them for their hard work and dedication to their teams and the club. We have also lost the services of Stu Damon, the Div 1 manager, who is keen to spend more time fishing. Stu's contribution to the club can't be overstated and his behind the scenes contribution will be missed.  

Xmas is racing towards us - keep an eye on our website/Facebook for information about our Xmas get together next month.

AGM - November 23rd 2018

Nelson Rugby Football Club, 5.30pm

The Nelson Rugby Football Club Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 23 November 2018.

Please attend the meeting. This is your opportunity to hear how well the club preformed this year, what is planned for the upcoming year and participate in electing officers to run the club.

If you are interested in joining the committee/subcommittees or want to nominate someone for a role in running the club please contact the the Club Secretary - E:

Senior News

New Division 1 coach announced: Congratulations Murray Scott

Murray replaces Kade Heke, who stood down as Divison 1 coach at the end of the season. We wish him well in his new role and know that going forward the team is in safe hands. We will profile Murray in the next newsletter.

We want to thank Kade for all his hard work and Chris Pugh has kindly written the bio below outlining Kade's time as the Division 1 coach

Kade Heke

I’ve been asked to write a few words about Kade, who has decided to step away from the Senior Coaching role at the club.

Having worked as Kade’s assistant for the last 2 seasons I have seen how much time and effort he has put in to the role of coaching the Nelson Senior A team. It hasn’t been a case of just turning up to training on a Tuesday and Thursday and then getting along to the game on Saturday. It is all consuming and took most of his waking hours and even some of his sleep. Kade has been the Senior A Head Coach since 2014 and has overseen the teams continued high standing in both the Nelson Bays local competition and the Tasman Trophy.

As far as results and championships go Kade has led a successful campaign. Probably our most treasured trophy The Noel Barton Memorial Trophy (The Bart) has stayed in our clubrooms since 2015 and we have won the Tasman trophy in 2016 and 2018. Under Kade we have also won the local Nelson Bays competition in 2017. An outstanding record for the club over recent years. Also of note is the number of players who have progressed to Marko and Super Rugby Teams over the years that Kade has been at the helm. In recent times Dave Havili, Quinn Strange, Ethan Blackadder, Issac Salmon and Tima Faingaanuku have all been selected for Super Teams.

Kade never got rattled on game day, well at least that was the impression he gave. Even in the heat of finals footy or important games, he always seemed calm and collected which I’m sure settled the players down. He cared deeply about the players and developed a great culture amongst the team. He is partial to the odd drinking game and was constantly looking at ways of keeping the players motivated and enjoying each other’s company, organising team functions to introducing novel scavenger hunts around Nelson when the grounds were closed on training nights. He was always keen to make things fun and enjoyable so the players didn’t get bored.

He’s leaving on a high note, winning the Tasman Trophy this season in a torrid final against a strong Marist outfit on a horrendous day at Neale Park. He had been under immense pressure from the Tasman union to change the venue but Kade wanted home ground advantage. I don’t think any of us thought it was going to turn into quite the quagmire due to the amount of rain that fell just before and during the game but Kade knew his players and he was proved right.

Thank you Kade for all of your efforts over the last 5 years, you are leaving the senior team in great heart and have set the bar high for those that follow.


Kade Heke & Chris Pugh

Grant Cossett

Grant Cossett, the Division 2 coach, has also decided it is time to hang up his coaching boots. Grant is a loss to the club on several fronts. As well as coaching, he has served on the committee and as the club co-ordinator. Brett Newcombe kindly summarised Grant's contributions to the club.

Grant Crossett joined the club in 2011 and began coaching the Div 2 (B) team and carried on through until this year. During his time with the club he has filled various positions including including additionally holding the post of club coordinator helping the club achieve a number of administrative goals and around safety and health improvement.

Grant is a loyal club personality who has always been one of the people first to put their hands up to volunteer, and epitomises the club ethos.

Next year will mark a new chapter in div 2 coaching with Grant hanging up his boots, but I’m sure we will see him round the club helping out.

Brett Newcombe & Grant Crossett

Nominations now open for Div 1 coach & manager

To apply or nominate someone for the the role:

  • Div 2 coach
  • Div 2 manager

Please contact:

Ariana Ngaruhe | Secretary
Nelson Rugby Football Club
A: PO Box 515 | Nelson 7040

Junior News

Junior Prize Giving

Congratulations to all the winners

Team Awards

Grade Outstanding Player Most improved Sportsman of team McDonalds Trophy for attitude
U6W Keira Anderson  Jett Leslie, Ruby Anderson, Giorgio Gargiulo Neveah Pluck, Oliver Shattock Carter Marshall
U6B Ashton Russell – Harris  Kayden Trusler Liam Urwin Robbie Freeman
U7W Nero Bjerring Orlando Smith Brandon Walker Cooper Watson
U7B Welfare Schwenke E J Schwenke  Hunter Morrison, Jack Goodman Emmett Crockett
U8 Hunter Wallace Leo Saunders  Jacob Urwin Jack Hall
U9W Dion Hill, George Lewis Hunter Campion Aisake Finau Awatea Rahui
U9B Mitchell Laird Brock Vedder Lucas Palmer  Lexi Higgins
U10 Edward Foskett Jackson Foskett Tommy Moloney Harrison Wheatley
U11W James Schwenke  Campbell Folly Michael Dehar Deklen King – Turner
U11B Jack Potter Paige Andrews Walter Moloney Niall McLeod
U12 Conor Hulme Flynn Edridge Bronson King  Sam Lanigan
U13 Dayton Burke   Falala Sui Troy Marshall Haley Partridge

Sevens player of the year

U8 Hunter Wallace
U9 Brynn James
U11 William Daniel
U12 Koebi Moser

Club Awards

McDonalds Trophy for Outstanding Attitude: Harrison Wheatley

Female Player of the year: Ania Morgan

Rochelle Walker Memorial Trophy for contribution to JAB: Brett Newcombe

Junior player profile: Connor Lewis Hulme

At 12 years of age Connor has been playing rugby now for 5 seasons under coach Ash Millar.

Connor has thrived in sport since has was young (not just one sport but many) and has been particularly drawn to rugby. He started off as a second five eight and has progressed to open side flanker/no.8. He has all round ability and excellent skills.

Connor was selected in the Nelson Under 52kg team for the Seddon Shield tournament where they finished 2nd.

He has also been selected for the Nelson Bays under 48kg team which have several games prior to a tournament in Christchurch at the end of September against Marlborough,CanterburyMetro,Otago,Southland & Canterbury Country.

There are a great bunch of young kids who thrive on catching up at training and on game days. His team mates Mikey Morrison & Lucy Mahuika have also made both of these teams and play well above their weights. Mikey was recently successful in being selected in the Seddon Shield tournament team.

Connor Hulme, Mikey Morrison & Lucy Mahuika

Saturdays are always a full day for the kids as there is a loyal group from Connors team who front up for all of the Nelson seniors home games as ball boys.

This takes me back to the days when Ross Fowler, Stu Dayman and I used to get paid 50c to help on the scoreboard at Trafalgar Park.

Thanks to any of the Mako and senior players who have found the time to watch their games or have come along to training - the teams really thrive on seeing the guys on the sideline.

A big thank you to Ash and his team for another fine season and to Quentin and the team around him for running the junior club rugby.

Thanks to Jeff, Connor's dad, for taking the time to write this.

Dates to remember

23/11/2018 AGM
December Xmas get together
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