Deb Tapp

*** Katipo Alert Training is on this Wednesday

Hi team Katipo,
I hope you are all well rested after a weekend off rugby – I know for us it seemed like a very long weekend without sport!
I’m pleased to say that TRAINING IS BACK ON this Wednesday, at our usual time of 4.30-6pm at the usual place. Please let me know if your Katipo can’t make it.
As for this weekend… we are waiting on word from our Poneke junior committee and WRFU as to what will happen with games under level 2. Please read the info from the club below, and the attached flyer.
So, we’re still at Alert Level 2 and we’re still waiting to hear from the WRFU regarding junior rugby for this coming Friday/Saturday. In the meantime, we just wanted to keep you up to date with what’s happening within our Club. 
Training can continue to happen this week, especially if the weather is good and you can train outdoors. We know that Thursday is a very busy day of training for our younger teams, so if the weather looks unpleasant, we may need to suspend the training as it is difficult to social distance in the green room. Coaches/Managers must follow the Pōneke Rugby hygiene policies (as follows) and contact trace all kids in attendance.

The following actions for Teams and Parents are part of the wider Pōneke Rugby Club COVID-19 Health & Safety Plan:

  • If a child is sick, they must not come to practice or play in a rugby game. If parents are sick, they also should not attend practices or games where possible. Coaches should send children home if it appears that they are unwell.
  • The Coach and/or Manager will ensure that player hands are sanitised before training and on gameday. Parents will be responsible for hand hygiene after any training sessions and games.
  • Please stay away from the Hub unless training is in the Green Room.
  • Only Coaches will get training gear out out of the lockup. 
  • Coaches will sanitise shared gear (hit shields, poles, tackle bags) when getting gear out and returning as well as washing team balls, cones, rips once a week in disinfectant following a game.
  • Green Room trainings for teams restricted to Players, Coaches and Managers only. Parents only allowed inside when absolutely required to support younger players. Player pick up needs to happen outside of the facility and social distancing should be maintained.
  • Please read the complete protocol document to ensure that you understand the requirements of parents/caregivers and spectators (attached)
Poneke Junior Club Prizegiving – Saturday 29 August (last day of Rugby)
Each team will be allocated a seating spot and there will be food available after the formalities have been completed. Prizegiving has been split into two separate sessions:
Session One – 12:30-2:00pm – U6, U7, U8, U8/9 Rippa Teams
Session Two – 2:30-4:00pm – U9, U10, U11, U12, U13 Teams
TEAM KATIPO DINNER SATURDAY, AUGUST 29: 6pm Gasworks, for the ENTIRE team and their whanau – we still plan to go ahead at this stage, so if you haven’t let me know if your Katipo and/or whanau are coming please do so ASAP.
In the meantime, stay safe and see you all Wednesday!

Poneke Katipo Info 28-07-2020

Hey Team,
What a BIG weekend of rugby in some beautiful conditions – I’m tired from being on the sidelines, so I can imagine our Katipo’s bodies are really feeling it today!
FROM THE COACHES: Eastbourne was a good challenge for us and Katipo can be proud of the way they performed. We had a couple of close opportunities missed late in the game which could have swung it our way, but great to see Katipo working hard for each other, not dropping heads and battling all the way to the end. Top Stuff.
On to Sunday, Interclub v MSP, great to see PONEKE maintain the trophy.
Not easy to back up a day later, some tired players out there on Sunday but well done Katipo for grinding out the win over our neighbours.
One of the highlights was watching Casey power over for the last try of the game, smile from ear to ear and a team full of “pats on the back”. PRICELESS.
Congrats on Saturday to our Player of the Day, Fraser, for his leadership of the backs and guts to get back on after a smashing tackle, and also to Sammy as Player of the Day from the opposition.
Also yesterday congrats to Tackler of the Day (x3) Sammy, Walt and Jackson, well done boys.
This Wednesday training will be back at our USUAL venue at our club grounds, same time, 4-30-6pm. 
Please also diary these dates before we go onto this week’s draw:
* August 8 – Katipo v Petone AT HOME, 10.30am kick-off. NOTE DRAW CHANGE
* August 15 – Katipo v Upper Hutt AWAY AT UPPER HUTT, 10.30am kick-off
* (Sunday) August 16 – interclub fixture with Para-Plimm, away at Para-Plimm (Mana)
* August 22 – club day at Poneke, ALL games at home
* August 29 – last game of the season AND prizegiving. We will have a team dinner that night for players and their whanau, so please keep the date free!

Poneke Katipo Info 21-07-2020

Hey team Katipo,

First-up what a great game to watch from the sidelines on Saturday, fabulous teamwork, great supporting each other, some great passing through many sets of hands and some aggressive runs.

There are some great photos {over 100) of the game taken by David Brownlie who was sideline throughout the game, jump on the link below and check out your Katipo.

Congrats to our player of the day, Peli, in what was his first game for the season, great to have you back out there and to Jayden for being the opposition’s player of the day. Tackler of the day went to Zack. Well done to these boys and the team as a whole, there are a number of you who could be POD week in week out.

Looking ahead to this week, we have a change of venue for training on Wednesday due to predicted wet weather. We’ll be training at the ASB Centre, NOT KILBIRNIE PARK, from 4.30-6pm. No boots, but wear appropriate footwear and mouthguards are a MUST for both trainings and games.

Before we get into this Saturday’s game, please remember we have our annual interclub fixture with MSP at HOME THIS SUNDAY. Kick-off is at MIDDAY, so please be ready to warm up (where we usually practice) at 11.15am.

Please let me know if you are going to be away or your player is unable to be a part of the team for this fixture.


A couple more dates to diary:

* August 8 – Katipo v Paraparaumu, 10.30am kick-off IN PARAPARAUMU

* (Sunday) August 16 – interclub fixture with Para-Plimm, away at Para-Plimm (Mana)

* August 22 – club day at Poneke, all games at home

* August 29 – last game of the season AND prizegiving. We will have a team dinner that night for players and their whanau, so please keep the date free!

Onto the weekend’s game – as you all know, the draw is already out for Saturday, and we’re playing in Eastbourne.

PLEASE allow enough time to get there, it is a great ground location right on the water’s edge in the heart of Eastbourne.

If any player needs a lift please shout out as there’ll be spare room in vehicles. Just let me know and I can arrange.

Poneke Katipo Info 29-06-2020

Hi team Katipo,

Well, Saturday’s game wasn’t short of action or drama!

Thanks to everyone for their help – and concern – with the Petone boy who suffered from concussion.

Congrats to Zack, our Player of the Day, for his all round game, in the thick of everything!!! Tackler of the day went to Auha for showing a lot of guts in his first year of rugby. And Sammy Jones earned Player of the Day from the opposition for another TOP Sammy performance.

Before we get into game day details, just a reminder there are NO GAMES in the MIDDLE weekend of the school holidays, JULY 11th. The next game will be the LAST weekend of the holidays, on July 18.

Also, the annual interclub fixture dates have been announced – we will be playing MSP’s under 12s at Kilbirnie on SUNDAY, July 26, and Para-Plim at Ngāti Toa Domain in Porirua. With only one under-12 team, all of our players can play reps, but please let us know if your Katipo or whanau would prefer not to be part of this fixture.


Team Vs Petone

Katipo Vs Petone


Hey team,

Just letting you all know we will be having a follow-up Gold Coast meeting NEXT WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, starting at 6pm at the ASB Centre – the same room as last time.

We can’t get into our clubrooms on a Wednesday, so thought it best for our Katipo coaches to run the team over to ASB, and meet us parents there.

Being this is a planning/fundraising meeting, it’s really important we get at least one parent from each family there please.

Between now and then please also have a think about any fundraising ideas you might have, any potential sponsors – and anything you might wish to discuss on the night.

Any queries, please sing out, otherwise see you all there NEXT WEDNESDAY NIGHT.


Katipo Team Chat

Hey team Katipo
Firstly, thanks to everyone who helped make yesterday’s tourney such a success – as they say, many hands make light work, and that definitely rung true with the BBQ and baking. We raised a whopping $515, before expenses, and it was great to see all the families working together.
Just a couple of things to note/diary:
* Practice this Wednesday will be at the POOL – meet 4.30pm in the pool foyer and we’ll sort the kids out from there. We will use the team fund, ie BBQ money to pay. Pick up will be 6pm, as usual.
* August 18 – last rep fixture, versus Para-Plimm at Poneke, most likely morning games.
* August 31 – prizegiving at Poneke in the afternoon, time to be confirmed, but likely to be 12-3ish. Then we’ve got our own Katipo prizegiving, 6pm at Parrot Dog, courtesy of Ruka (Paige’s Dad).

Coaches Column:

Great game on Saturday against our rival Wellington with Katipo coming out on top 36-24.
POD from us, Tasi, for some committed running with fire in his belly and a hat trick to his name, POD from the opposition to Jackson, and tackler of the day to Thomas for some copy book tackles, awesome work.
Also a couple of other notable mentions, in the forwards, Noah and Solomon for some strong running straight up the guts with confidence, and Walt in the backs, who was eager to get one up on his mates in the opposition playing with some wind in his sails, great stuff and keep it up.
Roll onto to Sunday and team Katipo looked a little tired, being dragged out of bed on a Sunday morning for 4 more games of rugby.
We found ourselves in a tough pool and first up Katipo didn’t play to our potential and suffering the consequences, but to their credit they did not give up, something we have been trying to instill and Katipo came away with the final try.
Katipo got better as the day went on, being level at halftime with eventual winners of the tournament HOBM and also a much improved performance against Tawa after our early season encounter with them and eventually ending the day on a high with a win over Newlands, earning themselves a more relaxed practice this week at the pool.
Great experience, great character building and a great team to be a part of, Go Team KATIPO.