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Sevens National Tournament (16 December 2013)
The Poverty Bay men's 7s team has qualified for the 7s Nationals at Rotorua International Stadium in Rotorua on 11 and 12 January 2014. They are just 1 of 2 Heartland Unions that has qualified for the Nationals alongside Mid-Canterbury. Tickets are on sale now, click the following link to purchase tickets online: Prices range from: Adults $15, Children $5, Family $35 per day
Poverty Bay Representative Awards (8 December 2013)
Under 13: Best Forward – Kamilo Kaitapu, Best Back – Quintony Ngatai, Best & Fairest – Jake Forrest-Pain, Player of the Year – Erutini Paringatai-Walker.
Under 14: Best Forward – John Saxton Jahnke-Ioane, Best Back – Winiata Tarawa, Best & Fairest – Maioha Totoro, Player of the Year – Austin Brown
Under 16: Best Forward – Isaiah Leach, Best Back – Christy Stuart, Best & Fairest – Isaia Walker-Leawere, Player of the Year – Angus McDonald.
Under 20: Best Forward – Steven Busher, Best Back – Phil Crouchley, Best & Fairest – Heke Buchanan, Player of the Year – George Brown-White.
Turanganui A Kiwa Maori Rugby: Best Forward – Tim Barbarich, Best Back – Waiti Tamatea, Best & Fairest – Jason Tuapawa, Player of the Year – Ethine Reeves.
Poverty Bay Heartland: Best Forward – Sione Ngatu, Best Back – Sam Parkes, Promising Player – Paddy Allen, Best & Fairest – Scott Milne/Seymour Lambert, Mana Tangata – Murray Hewson, Player of the Year – Sione Ngatu
For U13 & U14 Haka click here.
To view prize giving photos, click here
2013 Heart of Gisborne Christmas Parade (14 December 2013)
Press Release - Heart of Gisborne Christmas Parade 2013
A myriad of country themed creations took to the main street on Saturday for the 2013 Heart of Gisborne Christmas Parade with its 'Countryside Christmas' themed floats.
"The countryside is an important part of Gisborne’s lifestyle and it was great to see it so well represented in the parade." Says Heart of Gisborne City Manager, Ken Huberts.
Schools, Kindergartens, Community Groups, Sports Groups and Businesses put enormous effort into their floats this year with everything from hay bales, tractors & motorbikes, costumes and animals, to elaborately crafted barns and farmyard scenes.
There were 33 entries this year which is right up there with last years turn out and about the maximum we can fit into our assembly area at Reads Quay, explained Huberts.
The Parade kicked off in traditional style with Poverty Bay East Coast Highland Pipe band at 4pm heading down Palmerston Road to circle around Grey St into Gladstone Road.
This is the second year we've run the parade route back down the main street, says Mr Huberts, as we had received so many comments to get it back into Gladstone Road from both our retailers and the public, we trialled the route last year and found it was a huge hit.
The crowd took full advantage of the inner city route and spread out, so it was less crowded in some places making it easier for the little ones to get an upfront view of all the floats and the star attraction - Santa and his sleigh.
Heart of Gisborne & Classic Hits run the ride with Santa Colouring Competition every year for 2 children to win the chance to ride with Santa in the Parade.
Heart of Gisborne Support Manager, Jade Baty said "The judges had a really hard time choosing a winner from over 100 entries displayed at Blockbuster, but the 2 chosen were Lily Heuser & Jason McMillan who both said they were excited and Santa was happy to have their help on the day."
Heart of Gisborne have received some fantastic comments from parade goers and participants alike, and wish to thank all the volunteers that go into getting the day organised and making it a safe and fun event. With a big thank you to all those that put together some fantastic floats, judges on the day scored entries according to enthusiasm, originality and theme with winning floats receiving a cash prize.
Winning Floats were:
Best School: Riverdale Kindergarten
Best Business: Gisborne Herald
Best Not for Profit: Life Education Trust
Best Sport: Gisborne Motorcycle Club
Best overall: Riverdale Kindergarten
For photos of the PBRU Float, click here
Sevens Fixtures/Tournaments (2 December 2013)
Central Regions 7s National Qualifiers:
Saturday, 7 December at Massey Rugby Institute in Palmerston North
Pool A - Mens: Taranaki, Hawkes Bay, Horowhenua Kapiti, Evergeens
Pool B - Mens: Wellington, Manawatu, Poverty Bay, East Coast
Top 5 placings will qualify for the Nationals in Rotorua on 11 - 12 January 2014.
Click here for the draw and times. This tournament will be televised from 1.30pm - 6pm on Sky Sport 4 and the Rugby Channel, Saturday 7 December. (The final 12 players in the Poverty Bay squad will be named tomorrow - Tuesday).
Poverty Bay Invitational 7s Tournament (2 December 2013)
Tech Breathas (Napier Tech) were always going to be a tough team to beat on Saturday (30 November) at More FM Rugby Park. The calibre of their side included ex-local boys Sheridan Rangihuna, Tamati Samuels, Penikolo Latu, Tane McGuire and Ted Walters, recent NZ Sevens reps Trinity Spooner-Neera and Trent Boswell-Wakefield, 2013 Poverty Bay loan player Billy Ropiha and Hawkes Bay 2013 Maddison Trophy MVP player Hugh Reed.
They easily won the final 53 - 5 against their neighbour Taradale. While local team, the Olympians won 1 of 3 games, they closely missed out on contesting the final after losing against Taradale 19 - 17.
The full results:
Hikurangi 5 vs Olympians 29
Taradale 10 vs Tech Breathas 27
Taradale 35 vs Hikurangi 5
Olympians 5 vs Tech Breathas 40
Hikurangi 5 vs Tech Breathas 61
Taradale 19 vs Olympians 17
Tech Breathas 53 vs Taradale 5
Tech Breathas - relaxing after their win in the final
Taradale - Runners-up in the tournament
Poverty Bay Club 7's (11 November 2013)
Saturday November 9th saw the Poverty Bay 7s Club Champion Tournament held at Rugby Park. Kevin Hollis Glass and Aluminium Pirates played a thrilling grand final versus Woodbank HSOB having bragging rights as the first holders of the inaugural 7s Club Champs Shield. The final score was 26-24. Click here to watch the final game on Youtube.
Other finals games results: YMP beat OBM in the Plate final 17-5. Ngatapa won the Bowl final vs Horouta 17-5 and GMC beat Waikohu in the Jug final 35-5.
Sevens Rep Coach, Dwayne Russell announced an initial Poverty Bay squad at the prizegiving. Sisa Vosaki (Pirates) was awarded the Player of the Tournament, but recognition should be given to other players considered in the frame - Jesse Fleming (HSOB), Stefan Destounis (HSOB), Carl Riini (Pirates), David Philander (OBM) and Abby Wawatai (Pirates).
Poverty Bay RFU Mens Sevens Representative Wider Squad: (subject to player availability).
Waikohu: Ethine Reeves.
Horouta: Williamson Maraki.
GMC: Nathan Miller, Maka Lauti.
Ngatapa: George Bridge, Henry Bridge, John Bennett.
OBM: Micaiah Torrence-Read, David Philander, James Bowen, Eli Waata-Amai, Isaiah Walker-Leawere, James Grogan.
YMP: Tyrone White, Corey Davis, Steven Buscher, Willis Tamatea.
Woodbank HSOB: Stefan Destounis, Jesse Fleming, Hayden Stuart, James Warren, Mark West, Tevita Maka, Willie Haenga.
Kevin Hollis Glass and Aluminium Pirates: Vereimi Vilitati, Hekerangi Buchanan, Carl Riini, Abby Wawatai, Juston Allen, Sisa Vosaki, Sefa Lagidela.
Poverty Bay RFU Annual General Meeting (2 December 2013)
6pm, PBRRA Referees Room at More FM Rugby Park, Weds 18 December 2013.
Mt Maunganui Secondary Schools 7's (5 November 2013)
GBHS U19 Sevens team were beaten by Rotorua Boys High 24-19 in a nail-biting, golden point, extra time final on Saturday. GBHS had the perfect start putting 19 points on the board before halftime. But some interesting referee decisions allowed Rotorua BHS to stay in the game and lock up the score 19-19 on the fulltime hooter. 2 mins before extra time, Rotorua BHS score a try to end the game
GBHS were the form team going into the final, having played Otumoetai in the semi-final winning 38-5. Other round robin results, all wins, were 48 - 0 vs Tarawera, 24 - 19 vs Tauranga Boys and 27 - 0 vs Western Heights.
Rotorua Boys advance to the Condors National 7s Tournament in Akld on 1 December.