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.
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.
Hey team Katipo
Just a few notices:
That’s it from me,
See you all Saturday.
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.
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.