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.
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!
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.