SUNDAY 26 February 2006 Waitemata Park, Henderson, AucklandFiji Bati vs Cook Islands Fiji Bati 40M. Koronui, S. Tora, S. Koronamara, A. Tani, A. Saravaki, V. Baleilomaloma, C. Clarke : TriesA. Tani (6) : GoalsPlayer Of The Day: Asaeli Saravaki (No.7)Cook Islands 18J. Burgess, W. Vaeau, R. Enoka, T. Taia : TriesW. Vaeau (1) : GoalsPlayer Of The Day: Jack Burgess (No.1)Halftime Score: 24 ? 6 To Fiji BatiNZ Maori vs TongaTonga 42K. Uasi, M. Richter (2), T. Moa (5) : TriesJ. Taufa?ao (5) : GoalsPlayer Of The Day: Aloisio Malangi (No.10)NZ Maori 14M. Wanoa, J. Limmer, D. Were : TriesJ. Trott (1) : GoalsPlayer Of The Day: Damon Trott (No.10) Halftime Score: 12 ? 6 To Tonga
THE 2006 NZRL National season will kick off this Saturday 25 February 2006 with the Lion Foundation National Junior Competition (NJC) for both 16 and 18 year olds. Currently structured as an pre-season high performance programme throughout New Zealand as a pathway to the elite ranks of rugby league and in its fifth term it continues to go from strength to strength. The NJC is conducted over one full round followed by two weeks of playoffs (top four ? semi finals / top 2 ? grand finals) in each age group and teams to compete will include Auckland Crowns, Auckland Sea Lions, Canterbury Bulls, Central Falcons, Northern Alliance, Waicoa Bay Stallions and the Wellington Orcas. We are very excited that this year the competition will be extended with the inclusion of a Central team in both age groups. The catchment regions for the Central team consist of Taranaki, Manawatu, Hawkes Bay and Gisborne/East Coast but will see the 16?s based in New Plymouth and the 18?s based in Palmerston North. This competition has been extremely useful for talent identification, representative team selection, participation in elite competition, decision making under pressure and provides the experience to compete on a week by week basis therefore allowing each player to identify with the rigours of backing up and to have self discipline in game preparation. It has also proved imperative to the NZRL High Performance staff and selectors in the identification of, not only elite players, but also coaches, managers, trainers and match officials. In recent times both our Junior and Senior International teams have performed extremely well being very competitive and successful against our overseas allies, England and Australia and the NZRL can see the immense dividend that the NJC has attributed to this achievement. We can boast players such as Manu Vatuvei and Louie Anderson, with which this competition has provided a stepping stone to Bartercard Cup, NRL and Kiwi representation and looks to continue in this vain.
THE New Zealand Maori and their selectors are happy to announce the following 18-man squad to participate in the 2006 Pacific Cup.PAUL ATKINS (Tamaki Leopards)KARL GUTTENBEIL (Waitakere Rangers)WILLIAM HETA (Manurewa Marlins)SHAMOS HUNTER (Waicoa Bay Stallions)JASON KAMAREIRA (Harbour League)SHANE KURU (Waicoa Bay Stallions)DION LAULU (Wellington Orcas)JONNY LIMMER (Canterbury Bulls)CHEYENNE MOTU (Manurewa Marlins)BOYCIE NELSON (Waitakere Rangers)JASON PAIKEA (Waicoa Bay Stallions)BERNARD PERENARA (Waitakere Rangers)PHIL SHEAD (Lions)STEVE SKINNON (Waicoa Bay Stallions)DAMON TROTT (Harbour League)JARED TROTT (Harbour League)MATT WANOA (Wellington Orcas)DYLAN WERE (Northern Storm) Coach: Dean Clark The NZ Maori team are in Pool B of the Pacific Cup and in the round games will play Tonga at Waitemata Park on Sunday 26 February (2.30pm Kick Off) and New Caledonia at Ericsson Stadium No.2 on Thursday 2 March (6.00pm Kick Off).
THE Kiwi Ferns will tomorrow (Wednesday 8 February 2006) go into camp at the Millennium Institute in Auckland as part of their preparation in build up to the scheduled 2007 women?s rugby league world cup.As world champions and having never lost a test series the Kiwi Ferns are keen to stay in good shape to retain their world title status and know that they must continue to extend themselves and not rest on any laurels.A Kiwi Ferns squad, and for the first time a Kiwi Ferns development squad, were selected at the 2005 National tournament and were scheduled to play Australia in a two test series held in Auckland, New Zealand in October of last year.It was however with great disappointment that the Australians had to pull out of the tour, and therefore coach Stan Martin, with the support of the women?s committee realised that they must push on and had no hesitation in putting in place a camp where the selected players will gather together from around the country and partake in 4 intense days of fitness, skills, drills and game plan.Stan Martin, who is a very experienced coach, having taken many men sides and doing a four year stint as a professional coach in England at the Whitehaven club says ?It is a pleasure to coach the ladies and they are very receptive to learning. It is never too early to start working hard and is a good time to blood some of the young girls coming through. We will be setting our goals high for the World Cup.?It is exciting and positive times for the ladies game and with some very talented young athletes coming through the ranks, with girls such at 2005 Player Of Year, Rona Peters only being 17 it looks that the Kiwi Ferns will remain at the top of their game for some time to come.The NZWRL would like to thank SAS Sport Ltd, Mt Wellington Trust, Trillian Trust, South Auckland Trust, Pub Charity and Pelorus Trust for their continued support. For further information please do not hesitate to contact team manager Juanita Woodhouse (021-444-385) or Secretary Cherie Steele-Shanks (021-128-6438).
AS part of the Australia Day Celebrations the New Zealand Maori team played Fiji at Coffs Harbour International Stadium on Thursday 26 January 2006. A very close and low scoring game, which was controlled extremely well by NRL referee, Shane Hayne in very wet conditions, saw the NZ Maori clock up a win over their Pacific Island counterparts, Fiji. Stand out players for the NZ Maori side were hooker, Cheyenne Motu with outstanding dummy half running which gained his team some good yards and Jason Paikea who was great under the high ball in the fullback position and could not be faulted for his strong running. This being the first hit out for many of the players this season the coaching staff were happy with the win for the start of their tour to Australia. They are now focusing on the Orara Sevens Tournament where they will play at Coffs Harbour on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January 2006. RESULT NZ Maori 12Tries: J. Cassidy, A. TuaraGoals: N. Hohaia, J. Cassidy Fiji 6Tries: A. DulagamaGoals: F. Caucauba
THE New Zealand Maori will this year take on the Cook Islands in a 3 game test series and the NZ Maori Rugby League and their selectors are happy to announce the following squad.
KIWI Cup 18's
Friday 16 April 2004 Wellington vs Auckland Crowns Westpac Trust Stadium, Wellington Kick Off 6.40 pm
(Curtain Raiser To Bulldogs vs Warriors)
LION FOUNDATION NJC
FOUNDATION CUP 16's GRAND FINALS RESULT
Auckland Crowns vs Auckland Sea Lions Ericsson No.2, Auckland
Auckland Crowns 40
Kingi Akauola, Tamihana Hawea, Jody Henry, Arron Pawley, Scott Jones, Patrick Ah Van (2) : Tries
Sione Tongia, Scott Jones, Matthew Parata (4) : Goals
Auckland Sea Lions 6
James Swalger : Tries
Marvin Ng Chok : Goal
Halftime Score: 20 - 0
FOUNDATION Cup 16's
Auckland Crowns vs Wellington Cornwall Park, Auckland
Auckland Crowns 38
Kingi Akauola, Patrick Ah Van, Kurt Tehira, Leeson Ah Mau, Scott Jones, Tamihana Hawea (2) : Tries
Matthew Parata (5) : Goals
Michael Lealava'a, Brendan Hikaka, Tautara Reihana-Gerrard : Tries
Brendan Hikaka : Goal
(CURTAIN Raiser To Warriors vs Penrith)
Auckland Crowns vs Canterbury Ericsson Stadium, Auckland
Auckland Crowns 30
Robinson Godfrey, Mataika Vatuvei, Fabian Soutar, Dean Shepherd, Dion Leuila-Briggs, Joel Fitzgerald : Tries
Brett Clarke (3) : Goals
Lewis Brown, Daniel Metcalf, Michael O'Brien : Tries
Michael Jordan (4) : Goals