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Big win for Vodafone Warriors Academy
Richard Becht
Sat 13th February, 01:34PM
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A Vodafone Warriors Academy selection recovered from a 0-12 deficit to pile on 11 tries in beating the Northern Swords Academy 56-16 in a trial at Toll Stadium in Whangarei today.

The match showcased the depth of talent coming through the Vodafone Warriors’ development system – although the experience didn’t start well as the Swords made a smart start with two converted tries inside the first eight minutes.

It took the best part of 15 minutes before the Vodafone Warriors Academy side was able to enjoy time in the Northern Swords’ territory. It brought immediate joy, too, with a shift right giving centre Preston Riki – signed from Northland – an easy passage to the line.

Fullback Mark Graham supported on the inside, surging through the line from 15 metres out for the Vodafone Warriors’ second try. Dylan Tavita converted to cut the margin to 10-12.

It wasn’t until after halftime that the Vodafone Warriors hit the lead for the first time, working the short side for Cameron Iopu to score but Tavita couldn’t convert from a handy angle leaving his side 14-12 ahead.

Quick hands to the left gave wing Kaleb Trask a chance wide out and he got the ball down superbly to stretch the advantage to 18-12 before a slick double around created space for Iopu to score his second try. Graham took over the kicking duties but his first attempt glanced away off the near upright to leave the Vodafone Warriors with a 22-12 lead.

Trask made it three tries in quick succession and a personal double, popping up on the right edge where he speared through on the back of some more quality ball movement. A third kicker was tried and Iopu struck the ball superbly from wide out to have the Vodafone Warriors comfortably in front 28-12.

Romia Roi took multiple defenders over the line with him for the visitors’ seventh try, Tavita back with the kicking role converting for a 34-12 lead after three quarters.

John Latu powered through Swords defenders from close range for the Vodafone Warriors’ eight try.

Down 12-40, the Swords at last enjoyed some respite when Wiremu Greig intercepted and scampered 35 metres to score.

Centre Riki scored his second of the day giving the Vodafone Warriors a shot at 50 points. It duly came up when Naitoa Kairau latched onto a loose ball from an attacking kick and he grabbed a second try right on fulltime.

Match details:

Northern Swords Academy 16.

Vodafone Warriors Academy 50 (Kaleb Trask 2, Preston Riki 2, Cameron Iopu 2, Nitoa Kairau 2, Mark Graham, John Latu, Romia Roy tries; Cameron Iopu 3 conversions; Dylan Tavita 2 conversions; Kaleb Trask conversion).

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/02/13/big_win_for_vodafone.html
 
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Uh, was it really the Mark Graham??
 
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Great news for grassroots footy...

New competition for young players
Richard Becht
Tue 23rd February, 02:34PM
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A new month-long competition organised by the Vodafone Warriors for elite under-16 and under-18 teams – including two Vodafone Warriors invitation sides – begins in Auckland this weekend.

Named the Ruben Wiki Challenge Shield in honour of the rugby league great, the competition brings together teams from Akarana, Counties-Manukau and Samoa as well as the Vodafone Warriors.

The four teams will compete in each of the under-16 and under-18 divisions.

“It’s a tremendous initiative and a real boost for the game in the wider Auckland area as well as for the Samoan community,” said Vodafone Warriors recruitment and development manager Tony Iro.

“This is a great development opportunity for players already in our system as well as giving others a chance to bid for contracts with our academy and NYC squads. In fact, under-18 players will effectively be trialling for a spot in our NYC squad this season.

“Next year we’re aiming to broaden the concept by involving more teams.”

In this Saturday’s opening round Akarana plays Counties Manukau and Samoa faces the Vodafone Warriors in both grades. Games kick-off at 11.30am and 1.15pm at Cornwall Park.

Iro said Akarana and Counties Manukau, as the NZRL zones in Auckland, have first call on players including Vodafone Warriors-contracted players. The Vodafone Warriors will include players from zones outside Auckland in their teams.

The teams have been training since mid-January.

The full draw is (all games at Cornwall Park):

Saturday, February 27

Under-16 | 11.30am

Counties Manukau v Akarana

Vodafone Warriors Invitation v Samoa

Under-18 | 1.15pm

Counties Manukau v Akarana

Vodafone Warriors Invitation v Samoa

Saturday, March 5

Under-16 | 11.30am

Akarana v Vodafone Warriors Invitation

Samoa v Counties Manukau

Under-18 | 1.15pm

Akarana v Vodafone Warriors Invitation

Samoa v Counties Manukau

Sunday, March 13

Under-16 | 11.30am

Counties Manukau v Vodafone Warriors Invitation

Samoa v Akarana

Under-18 | 1.15pm

Counties Manukau v Vodafone Warriors Invitation

Samoa v Akarana

Saturday, March 19

Under-16 Final | 11.30am

Under-18 Final | 1.15pm

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/02/23/new_competition_for_.html
 
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I caught the tail end of an article on the maori news about a kiwi team in the Queensland cup an one Iin the NewsSouth wails
comp was that anything to do with the Warriors if it is it will be great,
 
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It was a decent crowd yesterday - had a brief watch of the U 16's NZ Warriors Invitation game supporting 3 x kids from my club but focused on the U 18's Akarana vs Counties game; Akarana halves could be something to watch for the future, they actually played there positions with intent, I liked there kicking options on the last , spiral bombs, cross field punts,etc - good series for some kids to get scouted IMO. Hoping Counties 18's can bounce back after yesterdays heavy loss.
 
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So who makes up the Warriors invitation side?
I'm hoping players from outside of Auckland?
 
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So who makes up the Warriors invitation side?
I'm hoping players from outside of Auckland?
The one I watched last year involved any kid on their radar from all over NZ. A few from Pamly ways and Wellington. Vast majority from Auckland though...
 
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Anyone been out to watch these games (Ruben Wiki Shield)?
 
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Akarana unbeaten in Wiki Challenge
Sun 6th March, 06:00PM


Akarana has won all four of its matches in the first two rounds of the new Ruben Wiki Challenge Shield competition for elite under-16 and under-18 players.

After beating the two Counties Manukau sides last week, Akarana accounted for the Vodafone Warriors in both grades on Saturday.

Counties Manukau won both matches against Samoa.

The last round of pool matches will be played at Cornwall Park next Sunday (March 13). In the under-16 games (both at 11.30am) Counties Manukau meets the Vodafone Warriors while Akarana faces Samoa. The same match-ups in the under-18 competition kick off at 1.15pm.

The finals will be played at Cornwall Park on Saturday, March 19 (11.30am for the under-16s and 1.15pm for the under-18s).

RUBEN WIKI CHALLENGE SHIELD

Under-16s

Counties Manukau 46 (Israel Ogden 3, Josh Ka, Tevita Mikaele, Antonio Aufui, Tyrin Ona-Murphy, Chris Gabriel, Dezhia Telea, Sam Taunga tries; Tevita Mikaele conversion; Jermain Tua conversion; Israel Ogden conversion).

Samoa 16 (Sam Brown, Alatina Likau, Peter Nokise tries, Samuel Kamu 2 conversions).

Halftime: 22–0 Counties Manukau.

Akarana 38 (Kayal Iro 2, Emanuel Tuimavave-Gerrard 2, Connor Lopesi, Joseph Onyeke, Vito Tevaga tries; Regan McClennan 4 conversions; Emanuel Tuimavave-Gerrard conversion).

Vodafone Warriors Invitation 18 (Paea Fotu 2, Heremaia Murray, Eisley Brown tries; Paea Fotu conversion).

Halftime: 14-10 Vodafone Warriors.



Under-18s

Counties Manukau 58 (Alfred Smalley 3, Fuiva Takitaki 2, Asgar Lemafa, Siave Togiou, Ethan Fariu, Sila Ulugia, Nofoasa Malutoa tries; Fine Vakautakakala 9 conversions).

Samoa 14 (Milan Brown, Kayhan Siteine-Tua, Jolam Tagiilima tries; Jordan Tagoai-Kaleta conversion).

Halftime: 24–4 Counties Manukau.

Akarana 24 (Mosese Faeamani, Tuteauru Maipi, Solomon Vasuvulagi, Dylan Tavita, Mikey Williams, Mark Graham tries).

Vodafone Warriors Invitation 20 (Aublix Taniwho, Vito Sula-Siaosi, Tainui George, Quest Birmingham-Campbell tries; Cameron Iopu 2 conversions).

Halftime: 10–8 Vodafone Warriors.

https://www.warriors.kiwi/content/warriors/club/news/2016/03/06/counties_manukau_unb.html
 
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Look at the size of that kid in the photo. Feel sorry for those tacklers (and they don't even look small themselves.)
 
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Look at the size of that kid in the photo. Feel sorry for those tacklers (and they don't even look small themselves.)
He's not all that - I watched Akarana pick on him the other week, part of the reason they lost, pack folded - the other prop Fuiva TakiTaki in the background with the mop and knee bandage is the one that Samoa had trouble with - he's apparently on the Blues radar as well, they brought him into the team to be a bully lol He played National Secondary Schools Kiwi Team last year.
 
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He's not all that - I watched Akarana pick on him the other week, part of the reason they lost, pack folded - the other prop Fuiva TakiTaki in the background with the mop and knee bandage is the one that Samoa had trouble with - he's apparently on the Blues radar as well, they brought him into the team to be a bully lol He played National Secondary Schools Kiwi Team last year.
Size isn't everything, but seeing him gave me flashbacks to U12's league where every second year the weight limit would be open. Had a lengthy hospital stay that year before the start of the season and came out of it barely 25kgs. Some of the sides we came up against that year (Otahuhu, Mt Albert etc) whenever I made a tackle and got carried another 15 metres I felt like a flag waving in the breeze.
 
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Wiki Challenge finalists confirmed
Tue 15th March, 11:30AM


Akarana and Counties Manukau will meet in both the under-16 and under-18 finals in the inaugural Ruben Wiki Challenge Shield competitions at Cornwall Park on Sunday.

The two Akarana went through their three pool matches unbeaten while Counties Manukau sealed finals berths with victories over Vodafone Warriors invitation teams yesterday.

The Vodafone Warriors were close to upsetting the balance in their last under-18s game, going down just 32-36.

The finals will be played at 10.30am and 12.00pm on Sunday.


RUBEN WIKI CHALLENGE SHIELD



Under 16s

Counties Manukau 40 (Tyrin Ona-Murphy 2, Latima Malohi 2, Richard Toai, Israel Ogden, Jermaine Tusa tries; Josh Ka 4, Tevita Mikaele, Kakoi Togiou conversions).

Vodafone Warriors Invitaion 24 (Jayden Little 2, Talavou Gavet 2, Caleb McDonald tries; Paea Fotu 2 conversions).

Halftime: 18-4 Counties Manukau.

Akarana 72 (Starford Toa 2, Matthew Timoko 2, Joseph Onyeke 2, Vito Tevaga 2, Connor Lopesi, Lewis Afeaki, George Leasi, Daetyn Tanuvasa, Regan McClennan tries; Emmanuel Tuimavave-Gerrard 5 conversion; Starford Toa 4 conversions; Regan McClennan conversion).

Samoa 10 (Peter Nokise, Etuate Toeava tries; Vaicane Marsters conversion).

Halftime: 38-6 Akarana.



Under 18s

Counties Manukau 36 (Dylan Uate 2, Junior Malau, Alfred Smalley, Sione Fakapalea, Sila Ulugia, Sam Lauhingoa tries; Alfred Smalley 3 conversions; Sila Ulugia conversion).

Vodafone Warriors Invitation 32 (AJ Murray 2, Vito Sula-Siaosi, Fine Inisi, Preston Riki, Nathan Newton tries; Cameron Iopu 4 conversions).

Halftime: 20-16 Counties Manukau.

Akarana 56 (Jonty Timoti 2, Delaney Chaney-Puata 2, Solomon Vasuvulagi 2, Elijah Sufia, George Salu, Ned Rangi, Mikey Williams, Dylan Tavita tries; Dylan Tavita 3 conversions; George Salu 2 conversions; Mark Graham conversion).

Samoa 28 (Zaphaniah Aerenga 2, John Aumua Falelu-Malio, Kaynan Siteine-Tua, Samuelu Vaeagi tries; Emile Matautia 3 conversions; Glen Afereti conversion).

Halftime: 24-6 Akarana.



Grand Finals

Sunday, March 20

Cornwall Park



Under 16s

Akarana v Counties Manukau, 10.30am



Under 18s

Akarana v Counties Manukau, 12.00pm

https://www.warriors.kiwi/content/warriors/club/news/2016/03/15/wiki_challenge_final.html
 
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Not sure where to put this but just a shot of my younger brother who played up there in the weekend. Him on the left. Been training with warriors for little while now he 15 years old
Wow bro you must be super proud.
 
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Wow bro you must be super proud.
Yeah pretty happy bro, he plays stand-off or halfback for Turangawaewae but they have been training him at hooker for the warriors. Been looked at by the chiefs aswell.
 
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Yeah pretty happy bro, he plays stand-off or halfback for Turangawaewae but they have been training him at hooker for the warriors. Been looked at by the chiefs aswell.
Mean bro. Home of Te Maire Martin. Maraea Maraea has close ties to that club from memory.

Does your bro play for the Development Squad?

Do you know what ever happened to Albert Talakai from that club? Also who won the Battle of the Bridge???
 
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Mean bro. Home of Te Maire Martin. Maraea Maraea has close ties to that club from memory.

Yeah bro I have a lot of whanau play for that club both my younger brothers played for turangawaewae along with other whanau, the rest of our family grew up playing for Hukanui bro and a lot of whanau still playing for both clubs

Does your bro play for the Development Squad?

Yeah he is in the development squad bro, travels up to train during week, also plays for Waicoa bay

Do you know what ever happened to Albert Talakai from that club? Also who won the Battle of the Bridge???
Nah not too sure bro, I been living in oz for last 5 years bro so don’t really keep up with the comp nowadays.
 
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CLUB NEWS

Club well represented in under-16s encounter
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Thu 12 Jul 2018, 10:42 AM

The Vodafone Warriors will have strong representation when the New Zealand Residents 16s go head-to-head with the Toa Samoa Residents 16s at Puketawhero Park in Rotorua tonight (6.00pm kick-off).

In all, 14 Vodafone Warriors academy players are taking the field across the two sides including New Zealand captain Quinnlan Tupou (Otahuhu Leoprads/Botany Downs College) and vice-captain Vailingi Kepu (Manurewa Marlins/Aorere College).

Tupou joined the academy as a 14-year-old while Vailingi and his twin brother Otukinekina have developed into two of the leading front rowers in the space of 12 months with the squad.

The Toa Samoa Residents’ forward pack includes Vodafone Warriors academy players such as Tray Lolesio (Otahuhu Leopards) and Caleb Savelio-Thompson (Te Atatu Roosters) who will be key in helping to match the New Zealand forward pack.

“We are all very proud of the boys lining up for both nations,” said Vodafone Warriors general manager football Brian Smith.


“It’s a great honour to represent your country so it will be a special experience for all of these players.

“The club has a renewed focus to identify, retain and develop young local talent and these boys and others already identified are just the start of that journey.”

Talented youth players (14-17 years of age) train with the Vodafone Warriors academy during the year under the tutelage of a very experienced staff which includes former Vodafone Junior Warriors coach Kelvin Wright while the operation is overseen by Vodafone Warriors development coordinator Jordan Friend.

”Our key focus is having players come into the environment and thriving,” said Friend.

“It’s no coincidence that those selected have all strongly engaged in the programme. Their selection is a reward for the effort of players, family and our staff.

“It also provides inspiration for future prospective academy members who get the opportunity.”

NEW ZEALAND RESIDENT 16s v TOA SAMOA RESIDENTS 16s
6.00pm, Thursday, July 12
Puketawhero Park, Rotorua


2018 New Zealand Residents 16s | Akarana: Asolelei Fretton, Lani Graham-Taufa, Lleyton Finau, Luani Tavake Naufahu Whyte, Samuel McIntyre, TJ Devery, Moala Graham-Taufa. Counties Manukau: Quinnlan Tupou, Sione Moala, Mase Carson, Jarney Proctor-Harwood, Jeremiah Margraff, Otukinekina Kepu, Taniela Otukolo, Valingi Kepu. Bay of Plenty (Upper Central Zone): Dayna Bidois, Legacy Katene. Wellington: Blaine Betham-Taape.

Head coach: Bejay Hewitt.
Assistant coaches: Chris Langley, Eugene Davis.
Manager: Wayne Boyes.
Trainer: Sean Witanga.

2018 Toa Samoa Residents 16s | Seeti Brown Kuresa (Pt Chevalier), Junior Fausia (Waitemata), Benjamin Pulou Kosi (Manurewa), Tolo Saumamoa Watts (Marist), Petelo Kepaoa (Manurewa), Joshua Setefano (Otahuhu), Sefa Roache Faimalo (Marist), Presley Leota Sa'u (Otahuhu), Zedric Timai (Manurewa), Peniamina Fepuleai (Marist), Jeff Tatupu Leilua (Otahuhu), Etuate Laui Ieremia (Marist), Tray Lucky Lolesio (Otahuhu) , Christian Pese (Ellerslie), Lawrence Lemalu (Marist), Isaac Matalavea-Booth (Manurewa), Caleb Savelio Thompson (Te Atatu), Ilai Tuia (Randwick), Evander Tere-Rongotaua (Porirua).

Head coach: Simon Ieremia.
Assistant coach: Leroy Faavesi.
Team manager: Rodney Faavae Hall.
Game manager: Varoma Vano.
Medics: Kevin Bell/Aron Innes.
Trainer: Hamana Amoamo.
Operations: Frank Sefo Fuimaonor.

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2018/07/12/club-well-represented-in-under-16s-encounter/
 
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