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North Canterbury Rugby Sub Union
Ross Dixon
North Canterbury
 , Rugby Administrator-Secretary


Ross Dixon's contact details are as follows:
Address: 18 Green Street, Rangiora, 7400
Phone: 0275 555361 or 03 310 7870
Email: ross.dixon@xtra.co.nz


By Peter Williams
Glenmark missed a lot of golden opportunities against Southbridge at Omihi last Saturday and in doing so lost their unbeaten record in the Luisetti Seeds Combined rugby competition. They now share the lead in a very even Section 1 with Southbridge and Rakaia (all on 15 points) while Oxford are just one point adrift on 14 points, with Prebbleton, Lincoln and Celtic, the other teams still in contention for a quarter Final slot.
It’s a different story in Section 2 though where Methven, Waihora and Burnham/Dunsandel/Irwell (BDI) are all unbeaten after four rounds, though Methven have established a 2 point lead in the section courtesy of bonus points. Southern lost their unbeaten record and hold down fourth spot two points clear of Ashley whose win over Ohoka on Saturday gives them a 2 win/2 loss record for the season to date, and keeps them in contention for the play-offs if they can beat some of these higher ranked teams.
Both Glenmark and Southbridge made a lot of mistakes in their clash. Glenmark maintained a clear territorial advantage for most of the first half but an inability to kick some very handy penalty goals hurt them badly. Once again, as in other weeks, it was left to their winger Sunia Kubu to sniff out an intercept that gave Glenmark a fleeting lead with half-time approaching but Southbridge responded immediately and swept onto attack which allowed prop, Carl Andrews, to score and give Southbridge an 8-7 lead at the break.
Soon after the resumption Kubu made another break and found his supporting players only to have flanker, George Masefield, who otherwise had a good game, spill the final pass with an open try-line beckoning. For the first 30 minutes of the second half, the youthful Glenmark pack held its own and at that point Glenmark crossed the line only to be called back for a forward pass. Soon after an attempt at an attacking chip kick by Glenmark was foiled and Southbridge swept the length of the field for replacement prop, Willie Maka, to barge over from the ensuing maul. The sideline conversion and a last-minute penalty by Shannon Donald secured an unconvincing victory for Southbridge and denied Glenmark a bonus point. Scott Vincent was named as Player of the Day.
Oxford opened the scoring against Kaiapoi with a try to half-back Ollie Bradley, but Kaiapoi had the better of the rest of the half. By scoring a try and kicking three penalties they led the higher-ranked Oxford side 16-7. Soon after the resumption one of Oxford’s second rowers, Jack Walsh, sustained a serious hip injury and the match had to be halted for a time before being transferred onto an adjacent field.
This corresponded with a dramatic change to Oxford’s fortunes. They seemed to galvanise their efforts in the final 30 minutes and managed to run in three further tries – to Soni Taulava, Stew Dalzell and Sean Thompson, before Kaiapoi responded with one of their own two minutes from fulltime but Oxford held on to claim a 27-23 victory. Try-scorer, Dean Tiweka was named player of the day while Brook Retallick also scored a try as well as notching a 100% kicking record on the day with three penalties and two conversions. The other player to particularly impress was Stu Pearham who directed play well from the pivot position.
Ashley’s victory over Ohoka was a triumph for experience over youth. They dominated the early exchanges and in the first half Andre Barrett, Andrew Dunbar and Ethan Cameron had all scored with perennial try-scorer, Leo Lafai, seizing on a dropped pass to reply for Ohoka. Leading 22-10 at half-time Ashley held Ohoka scoreless in the second half and secured the 4-try bonus point with Dan Cook dotting down twice. Ohoka toiled manfully to retain a respectable scoreline but Ashley had the game in safe keeping. Simon Heerink impressed for Ashley and was named player of the day for his efforts.
After a hard fought, even contest BDI defeated Saracens 20-14. Saracens started well and had the best of the early encounters but 1st five Dion Jones missed 3 penalty attempts and it was thought that this would prove costly to Saracens. However in the second half BDI also missed a number of shots to even this ledger.

On the stroke of half time BDI scored a converted try to lead at the break by 13-3. Saracens came back in the second half with 2 penalties by Jones and a try by right winger Ollie Bithray to take the lead by 14-13. But from this point BDI found some form and controlled the ball for long periods. This domination allowed them to score a converted try late in the game to win 20-14. This was an improved performance by Saracens against an unbeaten opponent but once again there were a number of times when Saracens showed a lack of good tackling technique which put them under pressure. Lock Mark Smith was Saracens player of the day.

Suggested Caption for today’s photo: Sunia Kubu (Glenmark) crosses the line for a typical  intercept try, one of a number scored already this season.

Crusader, Robbie Fruean, was spotted enjoying the rural rugby scene on the sidelines at Glenmark’s Club Day at Omihi last Saturday. Rumour has it that Robbie is registered with Glenmark this season and that the Club hopes to get a game or two out of him later in the season as he seeks to regain match fitness. He fractured his arm playing for the Crusaders at the end of February.
Last Saturday George Welch refereed his first Division 1 fixture when he adjudicated on the Ashley v Ohoka match. With a number of retirements amongst senior referees, vacancies are occurring for others who have worked their way up the ranks in recent seasons to adjudicate at Division 1 level.
New referees are urgently required. Instruction and uniform will be provided. Anyone interested in becoming a referee in North Canterbury should contact president Gavin McGiffert on 03 3129018 or Lyndon McKendry at the Canterbury Rugby Union (Ph 379 8300 ext 713). New referees would usually begin by refereeing at Under 11½  and Under 13 levels.
Next Saturday, being Anzac Day, only afternoon rugby will  be played.(U14½ upwards) The U14½ grade also plays a round on Monday with all grades below that playing on the Monday morning.
The most notable score in the first round of junior matches on Saturday was in the U14 ½ grade where Ashley Blue and Ohoka fought out must have been an enthralling 44-44 draw.

Rugby Newsletter Week 1 /2015 Greetings To You All. Welcome to the 2015 season and this the first of our Newsletters for the year. It may seem early, but rest assured there is lots happening in North Canterbury rugby.Watch this space !! A lot of the preseason preparation is also happening right now, and I can assure all players that it is not just on the training fields. Many of loyal and dedicated club administrators are putting in countless hours dealing with registrations and the construction of their respective teams for each grade. All those who are yet to register are urged to do so as soon as able. IT IS NOT TOO LATE. North Canterbury rugby has a key strategic goal of growing our playing numbers across all grades. Please contact your Club if you are yet to register. We are very fortunate to have such a hard working band of volunteers , and sincerely acknowledge the great work they undertake at this time of the year. All Clubs are asked to ensure that the registration documentation should be delivered to myself, so this can be recorded and then forwarded for the data entry process: Ross Dixon Rugby Administrator North Canterbury Rugby Sub Union 18 Green St Rangiora 7400 email: admin@ncrsu.co.nz Tel: 03 310 7870 Mobile: 0275 555361

This season it is planned to have a 7’s Tournament for the U8-U9-U10 grades at Amberley on Saturday March 28
th, and a 10’s plus Tournament for the Competition grades of U11.5, U13, and U14.5 to be held at Woodend on the same day.Easter and school holidays delay the start of JAB rugby until 18th April 2015.

Four North Canterbury Teams In Canty Metro Colts Competition Over the off-season some wonderful developments have taken place, not the least of which is the intention for an additional two North Canterbury teams to be entered in the Canterbury Metropolitan Colts grade competition. Hurunui and an Oxford-Woodend side will join encumbents Glenmark and Ohoka . This a tremendous achievement by the Clubs and those involved. It is great news for North Canterbury rugby to have a Colts competition , we will be keeping a "virtual" North Canterbury Colts Championship table and it will be published in this newsletter very regularly. It may even be that we could hold a North Canterbury Colts grade final on Finals Day.


Sunia Kubu on his way to a typical intercept try v Southbridge