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League: Eels start season with comfortable win
4:00 PM Tuesday Apr 5, 2016


Tauranga's Otumoetai Eels came home from the one-venue opening of the 2016 WaiCoaBay Premiership with two points in the locker.

All the games of the opening round of the competition were played at Tokoroa's Memorial Park with the day judged to be a massive success.

"There was a really good vibe, and just a lot of people there to promote the game and support their respective clubs," said Upper Central Zone Rugby League operations officer Mel Bennett.

The Eels got the season off to a winning start with a 54-26 win over Hamilton United. The Eels tryscorers were Josh Tupou (3) Thomas Mahutonga (2), Cruz Walker, Josh Weeden, Mark Ballantyne, Maka Mohi with Weeden converting all nine tries.

The Eels' reserves had a narrow win 28-26 over Hamilton United.

Nine clubs will compete in the WaiCoaBay Premiership, including two sides from Hamilton, two from Rotorua and one each from Tokoroa, Taupo, Tauranga, Ngaruawahia, and Huntly.

The last time a combined competition like this was staged was 2012 before the Bay of Plenty district broke away and ran their own competition in 2013.

Results:

Premiership: Pacific Sharks 12 Hamilton City Tigers 18; Ngongotaha Chiefs 14 Turangawaewae 30; Taupo Phoenix 22 Taniwharau 10, Otumoetai Eels 54 United 26, Pikiao Warriors - bye.

Reserves: Pacific Sharks 34 Hamilton City Tigers 23, Central Lions 74 Turangawaewae 4, Reporoa Razorbacks 28 Taniwharau 34, Otumoetai Eels 28 United 26, Pikiao Warriors bye

Division One: Papamoa Bulldogs 8 Mangakino Hawks 50, Taneatua Warriors 16 Putuaki Stags 18, Tauhara Te Maunga bye.

- Bay of Plenty Times
 
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Wellington rugby league i emailed them last year to volunteer my time to help and suggested idea of full field 13 aside Touch Rugby League to help increase player numbers in the capital... never got a reply! Definite lack of new ideas and a lingering once were warriors vibe about the game in Wellington!!! Also no $ incentive to attract and retain players, the days of wtgn premier players being payed are long gone but surely an area of 400,000 people could organize a semi pro team if a national comp was ever to happen again...
 
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Saw this article on NZRL's site thought it fits this thread https://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/sport/78820922/new-Southland-district-rugby-league-president-angela-dixon-seeks-community-feel, I like what the new Southland league president Angela Dixon has to say about league being a big community and trying to use godwill from the community to help the game.

looks like Wellington is now down to two adult mens grades prems & reservse/snr 1st grade combined... man i remember 20 years ago there was premiers, reserves, Snr 1, 2, 3, 4, Under 19's and presidents grade. Things will only continue shrinking while they continue doing the same thing trying to get teams from the same areas & communities and unless new products that are well run such as adult weight grade under 85kg's, or full touch rugby league version of the game are introduced i see no reversal of that trend happening....
 
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Saw this article on NZRL's site thought it fits this thread https://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/sport/78820922/new-Southland-district-rugby-league-president-angela-dixon-seeks-community-feel, I like what the new Southland league president Angela Dixon has to say about league being a big community and trying to use godwill from the community to help the game.

looks like Wellington is now down to two adult mens grades prems & reservse/snr 1st grade combined... man i remember 20 years ago there was premiers, reserves, Snr 1, 2, 3, 4, Under 19's and presidents grade. Things will only continue shrinking while they continue doing the same thing trying to get teams from the same areas & communities and unless new products that are well run such as adult weight grade under 85kg's, or full touch rugby league version of the game are introduced i see no reversal of that trend happening....
A lot of what she says is right but what everyone forgets to factor into the equation is how NZ has changed.

The real demise started in the eighties when Saturday shopping was introduced. Before that the local footie and other clubs were the weekend meeting place where we all went to play and have a few drinks afterwards. Shopping centres have become the new sports club and shopping has become a sport.
Most husbands now have to pander to the wife's wishes and take her to the local mall for her sporting recreation.

Another factor which came in at the same time is working hours, where the majority of workers had Saturday and Sunday off they are now forced to work shifts and take midweek days off, or even some poor unfortunates need to work two or three jobs.
Still its good to see the young lady trying her best to get the game on a stronger footing down there.
 
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competition with getting kids of the off the computer and doing real things like playing sports, for adults it's work on weekends and or nights
 
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watched Victoria University Hunters play St George at Kelburn Park by the Uni today. Good game St George put in more of an 80min effort and there bigger forwards made the difference. Hunters had a few periods where they looked like they were going to win only for the St George to come back harder towards the end St George scored 2 tries then kicked 2 drop goals in row making the score 26 - 16 Hunters came back at the end with a try to make it 26 - 22 but ran out of time. Got the other results off the WRL facebook page.

St George 26 def Hunters 22
Randwick 48 def Upper Hutt 16
Whiti Te Ra 80 def Porirua nil
Te Aroha 34 def Wainui 12
Petone Bye


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Whiti Te Ra 10
Te Aroha 8
Randwick 8
Wainui 6
St George 4
Petone 4
University 2
Upper Hutt 2
Porirua 2
 
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Wellington Grand Final Whiti Te Ra 26 - Te Aroha 24

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/83395681/whiti-te-ra-win-rugby-league-grand-final-nailbiter-over-te-aroha

Manawatu Otaki based Whiti Te Ra took out the Wellywood comp in there 1st attempt back in Wellington league for 15 odd years. T.A pushed them close so congratulations to Whiti Te Ra. Wonder how this effects Orcas will Whiti Te Ra player be selected for Wtgn or Manawatu? While League in Welli is not dead it is definitly very weak right now! One interesting thing about grand final TAB where taking bets on the game... 1st time ive heard of that for a club game!

 
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Waiheke Rams played in final
By Gulf News -
August 30, 2018
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Pragmatism propels resurgent Rams –
They didn’t win the final of the Premier 2 grade last Saturday against the Manukau Magpies at Mount Smart Stadium 2, finishing 20-26 behind, but arguably the Rams’ achievements this season rank right up there with their title success in 2015.
 
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