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Club Day this Saturday (May 7th) 

Our annual Club Day takes place this weekend, kicking off early Saturday morning and continuing on long into the night. The days schedule is included below.
Come down and join us as we celebrate New Zealand's oldest rugby club, with a number of our Junior teams playing on Trafalgar Park, followed by both Senior matches on our home turf.

1868 Club

There are still four $1,000 cash prizes to be given away, with the next draw this weekend.

Be sure to be in the Club during the draw and if you're yet to get a ticket, contact a Committee member to get your hands on one before the cash is all gone.

Remaining draws for the 1868 club will be on;

  • 7 May
  • 28 May
  • 25 June
  • 9 July

Club Day schedule of events

8.00am - Past and Present players (including Junior players), coaches and club members to assemble at Trafalgar Park for a club photo. Present players to wear number ones please.
8.30am - Photo taken.
9.00am - Junior teams play at Trafalgar Park and Neale Park all morning. There will be a BBQ at both parks.
12 noon - Food and refreshments available at the Clubrooms.
1.00pm - All supporters, past players and administrators to gather at the clubrooms. Dick Wiechern to receive his Life Membership Presentation.
1.15pm - Senior B's vs Collingwood at Trafalgar Park for the Brydon/Strange Cup
3.00pm - Senior A's vs East Coast at Trafalgar Park. Andrew Goodman's 100th game for the club.
4.30pm - Back to the Clubrooms. Some food will be provided.
7.30pm - Highlanders vs Chiefs
9.30pm - Live music from Dave and Loui Harvey.

A courtesy van will be available throughout the day for pick-ups, and will also be leaving the clubrooms on the hour every hour from 5pm for drop-offs. Please contact Steve Gargiulo (0273419290)  or Tony Gargiulo (021451526) if you want to be picked up and taken to the clubrooms.

Senior A's report

With an excellent start to the 2016 season posting positive results in the first two outings we looked to have exercised some of the demons of seasons past. However, such is the nature of the game of rugby that we then faced one of our biggest challenges certainly this year, and possibly over the last few years. And although we have had an injury list that seemed to expand exponentially over the proceeding weeks, we have still continued to build together as a senior squad and build a depth of character that I have no doubt will put us in good stead for the rest of the season and future.

We have constantly tested the depth of our squad, and everyone that has filled the senior ranks have done remarkably well given the circumstances. This has truly been appreciated by all the coaching staff to be able to call on some “old heads” to help out in these times of need and your contributions have not gone unnoticed, we thank you all for your contributions. What heartens me is that this truly epitomises what it means to be a part of the Nelson Rugby Football Club family and when called, will answer.

To all of our supporters and “Club family” we thank you again for your continued support of both of our senior teams, and hope to be able to build on the early showings of form over the next few weeks through the Tasman Trophy round, and into the final local round.

Senior B's report

2016 sees the same successful squad training for the B team with all senior players being trained under the same umbrella,learning all the drills,systems and plays that the senior A team train under. This continues to be a huge advantage in moving players between the two teams and affords better cohesion especially when the two teams were playing togethor. This has been a great intiative and means that even with having to put additional players in on a Saturday the B team have a core of players who are skilled,know the systems and can lead and help those around them.
There are eleven teams in the Div 2 Competition and with the second round underway all first round points have been wiped as we enter the competition round. Currently Nelson have one from one which has been a good start.
The B  competiton is very compettive and to date we have managed to field a competitive team each Saturday. We also have a few boys that consistently see A team game time and the relationship btween the B team and A team is vital as player movement sees both teams out for the remainder of the season.
With Brett, Nathan and Jo as part of the Senior Management team this has bought an extra edge to our planning and in streamlining support for both senior teams. One small part of that is the keeping of team sheet records to identify which players can be available for the B  team from the A squad as we head into the semi final rounds later in the year.
All and all a positive start for the B  team. We have a hard working dedicated core group of players who wear the jersey with pride and  who will continue to represent Nelson Rugby Football Club to the best of their abilities.

Welfare report

Steve Gargiulo has been contacting members on behalf of the club, to offer our sympathies or congratulations as below.

Our sympathies go out to

Terry Lochhead (wife)

Sonja and Tony Adams(Sonja’s mother and father)

Jo Patterson (husband)

Jay Win, Cameron and Sarah Mitchell (Sarah and Jay’s mother)

Ethan Blackadder (grandfather)

Bill Black (wife)

Congratulations to the new babies of the club

James and Briony Marshall (son)

Troy and Megan Adamson (daughter)

Gareth and Laura Caldwell (daughter)

Nathan and Mary Gargiulo (son)

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