Hauraki-Coromandel Sport: Thames Valley club rugby under way

The Thames Valley senior rugby competitive season is underway.

The second round of the Thames Valley senior rugby competitions begins this Saturday 1st April.

Plenty of close matches are guaranteed, with players coming and going from each club’s teams. A notable transfer is that of Scott Day coming from Whangamatā to Waihou. Originally from the Wairarapa area, Scott is not only a member of the Waihou squad, but also the Technical Director of Waihou.

Two other milestones include that of Waihī Athletic’s Reuben Meares just six games away from his 200th game for his club, while Whangamatā’s TJ Wise is just five games away from his 100th appearance for the Red-Whites is.

Home team will be listed first and will start at 2.35pm unless otherwise noted


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Senior A

Whangamatā vs. Waihī Athletic

Paeroa vs. Te Aroha Cobras

Waihou vs. Hauraki North


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Thames versus Mercury Bay

Senior B

Whangamatā vs. Tairua. Kick-off 1 p.m.

Ngātea v Te Aroha Cobras; Waihou vs. Hauraki North. Kick-off 1 p.m.

Waihi Athletic

Player Wins: Steve Wild, Max Wirihana, Josh Wirihana, Cristopher Folau, Poasi Folau.

Player losses: Charles Pipe, Manawa Hill, Matthew Hart.

Players to watch: Reuben Meares (six games down from his 200th for the club), Dylan Horne, Ethan Seymour, Dylan Bellamy.

Coaches and Management: Matt Carden-Scott, Stu Pratt, Kahu Craig-TeRanga, Jason Topp.

Te Aroha Cobras


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Players Win: Boston Hale, Maliu Nonu, Jo Saukawa, Josh Mason.

Player losses: Rupeni Vakacegu, Sione Vakapuna Etoni, Lewis Craik, Shakahn Tokana.

Players featured: Cameron Dromgool, Ben Stephens, Zac Stephens, Leroy Neels, Shontayne Dare, Sireli Kuraduadua.

Coaches and Management: Wayne Williams, Shayne Stephens, Mark Wilson.


Players to win: Jake O’Connor, Taine Wilson, Glen Mcintyre, John Smith, Jay Vucago, JP Josevata, Kini Namoumou, Michy Junior, Sammy Cama, Scott Day.


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Player Losses: Daniel McQuoid, Damon Morgan, Rhys Manning, Todd Arnold, Joe Downey, Chad Belfield, Ben Bonnar, Nathan Bonnar, Todd Doolan, Cole Fahy, Adam Hallett, Tyrin LyttleKey

Players to watch: Patrick Aislabie, Brad Mitchell (sticks), Hamish McLennan (Ohaupo), Sam McCahon, Dominic Gore, Hayden Mulgrew.

Coaching and Management: Jarrah Sheehan, Scott Day, Adam Martin, Andy Paul, Darren Conder.

Hauraki North

Players Win: Luke McDuff, Josh Barker, Christian Rosewarne, Richard Rosewarne, Shaun Hill, Jerome Hill, Matty Fisher.

Player losses: Will Newbold.


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Players to watch: Etiuefa Fiavaai, Guto Davies, Lee Carter, Rikki Sherrock.

Coaches and Management: Bill Cooksley, Mike Voykovich, John Corbett, Barry Matson, Tamsin Armstrong, Jacob Lowe.


Players to win: Jacob Chaplin (injury), Dylan Jeffries, Ben Laurie, Suliasi Lomavatu, Jake Barfoot, Fin McCall, Callum Wall, Sean Cullen, Christopher Tuilotolava.

bay of mercury

Player Wins: Mark Bouma, Phil Lelievre, Joe Reynolds, Luke Thompson, Paddy Mckenzie, Anzac Waterhouse, Ryan Connell.


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Players featured: Matt Sinclair, Adam Clague, Dane Mathew, Connor McVerry, Miller Vincent, Lucas Lipa, Connor Holmes, Charlie Best, Connor Mcleod, Ricky Cressy-Hamilton/


Player Wins: Michael McKain, Coel Kerr, Keanu May Matafeo, Brooklin Toia.

Player losses: Vaka Stanley, Nirai McCrae, Rimu Alexander.

Players featured: Bryson Williams, Sam Tupou, Oshea Te-Oka Cox, Hendrix Beazley, Eliki Sicinilawa.

Coaches and Management: Martin Ash, Chris Doak, Josh Firth.


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river thames

Player wins: Luke Chambers.

Player Losses: Harry Semple (player-coach), Laulea Mau, Sione Toa, Tavita Halafihi, Tui Jr Toai-Key, Bobby Motuliki, Sia (surname unknown), Richard Judd.

Don Mackay

Waihī Golf Report

The usual monthly Waihī Meat Pack Tournament has been expanded to include The Golfing for Gabrielle fundraiser to help Hawkes Bay flood victims.

Top results: Best gross was Greg Rosevear at 76, while best net of a lifetime was won by John Drent with a fine net of 66. The best stableford was won on a countback by Gary Dunlop with 38 points.


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Vet on Monday: A good field of 50 vets gathered for their weekly competition. While Karen Croker and Adrianne Lynch both had 40 Stableford points, it didn’t matter as the contest for the day was for the fewest number of putt strokes. This was won by Heidi Tormey and Allen Smith, both of whom only had 26 putts for the 18 holes.

Mixed nine-hole haggle: Luckily the rain held up on Tuesday allowing players to enjoy their weekly competition. Great golf was played with Vicky Knight scoring 22 Stableford points, closely followed by John Vautier, Jill Morrison and Julia Nicolson, all on 21.

Wednesday Ladies: This week the ladies played the best stableford pairs by hole. This competition with a difference was entertaining and saw some close results. First was Karen Digglemann/Dot Ramsey with 46 points, second was Kaylene Croker/Sue White with 45 and then Viv Lilley/Helen Hunkin with 44.

Saturday Ladies: The combined women’s sections also made their contribution by holding a large raffle for the ‘Golfing for Gabrielle’ fundraiser.

Saturday men: In the morning haggle, Division 1, Tim Parish finished best with 39 points while Ross Sayer and Allen Sarjant both had 37 points. Alex Standfield and Grant Robson had 36 points while Jonathan Clare had 35 points. In Division 2, the older members came out on top, with Bob Hoggard on 43 points.

Rodger Bagshaw


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