Deb Tapp


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.

**PONEKE KATIPO INFO!** 02-08-2019

Hey team Katipo

Just a few notices:

  • Please have your Katipo at Hataitai Park ready to play against Wellington by 9.15am Saturday. Jackson is captain and will bring oranges.
  • We will have the hoodies to hand out to our Katipo after Saturday’s game. Very exciting!
  • For Sunday’s rep tourney please meet at Poneke at 9am SHARP – games are 9.30am, 10.30am and 11.30am, with play-offs 12.30pm and then prizegiving. Games are 15 minutes each way. Captains will be KRISTIAN, ‘UHILA, HARLEY and WALT – Kristian and Harley please bring a bag of lollies each for after the games, ‘Uhila and Walt please bring oranges.
  • If anyone has picked up a Poneke rugby jersey from training on Wednesday please can you bring it on Saturday – one of our players is missing his.

That’s it from me,

See you all Saturday.

Katipo Coaching Crew Chat

Now here’s a few words from the coaching crew after last weekend’s games:

It’s a good problem to have when the T-boy is getting tired from carrying the T out to the kicker too often, and that was the excellent conundrum at Sunday’s reps game.
Saturday’s game against Wests saw some great performances at the breakdown – notably by Max and Kristian, with Kristian recognised by Wests who were delighted to borrow him for the second half and awarded him Player of the Day.

Thomas earned the Katipo Player of the Day for his great support running, keenly following the ball carrier to protect the ball; and Van took home the coveted chocolate bar for his unfailing commitment to stop the big players getting through. Overall a well-deserved win that the whole team can be proud of.

After a great game on Saturday, Katipo doubled down with their best performance of the season to help Poneke win back the shield against MSP. Where the All Blacks were found lacking as a group of great individuals who couldn’t string it together as a team, the Katipo demonstrated the power of unity – defensively moving up in a line to shut down any hope of attack, and passing the ball around to find holes in the opposition defence. It was looking like a tough start as MSP showed that they had some big players who were hard to stop once they had speed, but Katipo showed great fitness setting up defensive lines and moving forward in a line to tackle in twos and threes before MSP had a chance to gather any speed.

Tackler of the day could have gone to any one of a number of players, but the standout tackle was Sebastian’s try saving tackle which saw him explode forward from the try line and drive back not just the ball carrier, but two support players also. MSP recognised Tasi’s sensational speed and power in giving him Player of the Day.

Walt was awarded Katipo Player of the Day for his support running and great ball handling – taking difficult passes and running well into the opposition with well-timed passes to keep the ball alive and create opportunities.

Overall, the forwards did their job really well, enabling Paige to spin the ball out for a rep rugby try fest by our sensational backline of Harley, Jackson, Van, U’hila, Walt and Douglas.

**Katipo Change of Venue for Training Tonight**

Hi all,

Due to scheduled rain we have a change of venue for training today, Please be at the ASB centre at 4:30 Sharp, We finish 5.30pm. 

We only have an hour so please all be there on time. 

No boots but bring mouth guards etc.

See you there.


Poneke Katipo Rep Game Sunday 30th June

WHERE: Trentham Memorial Park, Upper Hutt
WHEN:  Kick off 9am, please be there at 8.30am SHARP
OPPOSITION:  Upper Hutt under-11s.
CAPTAIN: Paige – parents, please bring oranges and wear the lovely yellow bib!
We’ve got the info through for our next rep fixture, which is against Upper Hutt in Upper Hutt THIS COMING SUNDAY.
Like last time, it involves the age groups from across the junior club, and as you will have experienced, it’s a great rugby carnival-type atmosphere to be a part of.
Firstly, thanks to everyone for getting your Katipo to Wainui in what was an early start on Sunday. 
It was a great win, with great defense and a good team effort overall. 
Congrats to Jackson, as Player of the Day from the opposition, also to ‘UHILA, as our player of the day, and our two tacklers of the day – Doug and Kristian. Ian has your chocolate bars to give you at training tomorrow. And thanks to our wonderful captain of the day BASH, great work Bash.
There will be a presentation straight after our games, and sausages for all the kids. There will also be some for sale for non-players and parents, so please bring some coins.
If you get stuck for transport or you have any queries please sing out.
If your Katipo can’t make this game, please also let us know ASAP.
See you all there.

Poneke Katipo Rep Game Sunday 23rd June

Hey team,

Just a heads up that our very first rep fixture for Poneke Katipo under-11s is on THIS COMING SUNDAY.

We will be playing Wainuiomata, kick-off 9am at Wainuiomata’s Mary Crowther Park (see attached field layout), field 3. 

Please be there by 8.30am SHARP, so please allow enough time to get there and find the park!

Click here for the Map of Mary Crowther Park

Captain for the day will be BASH, who will be in charge of oranges!

As part of the Poneke junior club, all our teams will be vying for the  Hakaraia Cup, it’s a fun tournament and good to be part of the wider club.

But if there’s anyone who can’t make it, or if your Katipo needs a lift, please let us know and we’ll sort it.

After the game there will be a free sausage sizzle for all players. Extra sausages will be available to friends and whanau for $2, and there will be a coffee cart on-site.

Once all the teams have finished, there will be a short prizegiving, scheduled for 11.15am, where players of the day and the cup winner will be revealed, so please stick around. It’s all due to wrap up around midday.

Also, just a gentle reminder that the grounds are smoke-free.

Lastly, any cancellations will be made on Sunday morning at 7.30am – we will txt you if that happens, but you can also keep an eye on the Poneke club’s Facebook page.

See you all at practice tomorrow anyway, and sing out if you have any queries.