The Ponsonby Premiers came up short on the scoreboard against University in the second round of the 2017 club competition, going down by 20-12 at Western Springs on Saturday afternoon.

After falling to Pakuranga in the first round two weeks earlier, Ponsonby would have been seeking a polished performance, with a greater defensive effort. Against the students Ponsonby produced a mammoth defensive effort, but on attack the all-important accuracy and execution was absent.

On paper Ponsonby fielded a very exciting side, including Blues squad member Jordan Trainor at fullback. However Trainor’s appearance was brief, being forced from the field early in the match with a nasty injury. The pack for this game included the very athletic Tom Fisi’ihoi, who last ran out for the Ponsonby Premiers in 2015. The experience gained by Fisi’ihoi overseas was evident as he added some much needed impetus at scrum time.

University enjoyed a lion share of possession throughout the match, feeding off numerous Ponsonby errors, however for 39 minutes of the first spell the visitors could only register three points, being a penalty goal from the boot of Tyrone Elkington-MacDonald.

Ponsonby were forced to defend their line in the dying moments of the first half, and right on the stroke of halftime University took a quick tap penalty and the try was scored. The successful conversion gave them a 10-0 advantage at the break.

In the first minute of the second spell William Talataina-Mu goaled a superb 44 metre penalty to put the blue and blacks on the board. However another attempt just three minutes later fell short.

Approaching the midway point of the half, Ponsonby were reduced to 14 men when Presley Tufuga was despatched to the sinbin. The ensuing penalty was goaled by Elkington-MacDonald, extending the University lead to 13-3.

Whilst Ponsonby were down to 14 men, Talataina-Mu added two more penalty goals in the 61st and 68th minute bringing Ponsonby closer on the scoreboard at 13-9 down.  A further penalty goal by the Ponsonby flyhalf took his side closer at 13-12 with eightminutes to play.

However a converted try in the last few moments against the run of play by University sealed the victory for them.

Next Saturday afternoon Ponsonby host Grammar-Tec, who were not totally convincing in the last round against a resurgent Waitakere City side. Grammar-Tec trailed by 16-11 at halftime, but two second half tries saw them run out the victors by 29-19.

In last Saturday afternoon’s curtain-raiser at Western Springs the Ponsonby Premier Reserves defeated their University opposites by 25-19.


Tries: Brenton Helleur and Conor McCowan

Conversions: Tyrone Elkington-MacDonald 2

Penalties: Tyrone Elkington-MacDonald 2


Penalties: William Talataina-Mu 4


About the Company

Establishedin1874,  PonsonbyRugby Club is the Auckland Union's oldest and most successful rugby club. We are centrally and conveniently located, near the motorway on/off ramps with plenty of off street parking and easy access to the CBD. Consistency positive attitude and people are some of the key driving forces behind the club's success.

About the Role

•           Provide top quality customer service

•           Train and develop your bar staff team

•            Be able to price and calculate costs of the products

•           Stock take and ordering

About the Candidate

•            Will have a background in a similar role

•            Valid GM certificate

•            Available to work various shifts which include nights & weekends

•           Highly organised with solid leadership and people skills

•            Positive can do attitude

•            Clear spoken English

•             New Zealand Residency or valid work permit

•            Good presentation

If this sounds like an environment that you'd be happy to work in do not hesitate and APPLY NOW!!!

Sandra loane


No later than 27 April 2017, 5.00pm.


Established in 1874, Ponsonby Rugby Club is the Auckland Union’s oldest and most successful rugby club.  We are centrally and conveniently located within the Western Springs stadium complex on Great North Rd, near the motorway on/off ramps with plenty of off-street parking and easy access to the CBD.

The club requires the services of an experienced caterer or a bunch of Mum’s to [ideally] base themselves in our kitchen.  During the rugby season [April-August] we need the following:

·       Thursday evening meals

·       Friday evening meals [when Friday night games are scheduled]

·       Saturday afternoon/early evening meals for members

·       Saturday after-match catering for Premier team and opposition [60 meals] – home games only

·       Meals for Monthly Saturday afternoon Junior Player of the Month events

In addition to the above, we will require:

·       Catering for any other functions held at the club

·       Catering for Club Luncheons

If you would like to work with us and develop your business alongside our service offerings, we would like to hear from you.  Expressions of interest or enquiries should be forwarded to Sandra Ioane, Club Secretary/Manager: E:, no later than 5.00pm, 29th March 2017.

Start date – ASAP


Long time supporters of the club Keith Nelson and Associates have a great offer for registered Junior Players.

The first 100 Ponsonby Junior Players to register with Keith Nelson & Associates will get a professionally made mouth guard (worth$250) for just $30. This offer extends to one of their parents who will get a free dental check up with X-rays.

This is a great offer - get in quick!!! Visit for contact details

Preseason Trials Information - All games played away

Premier and Premier Development team:

Saturday 4th March vs North Shore Rugby Club @ Takapuna Grammar School 1.30pm

Saturday 18th March vs Waitakere Rugby Club 12pm

After the trials a Premier squad of 26 players will be named to play the first Waka Nathan game.

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Saturday 18th March vs Pakuranga @ Waitemata Rugby Club 3.15pm

Under 20's

Saturday 11th March vs Bombay Rugby Club @ 1pm

Saturday 18th March vs Waitakere Rugby Club 12pm

Saturday 25th March vs Northcote 1pm (TBC)

Under 85kgs Restricted

Saturday 18th March vs Northcote 2.30pm

Saturday 25th March vs Waitakere 1pm


For more information please contact Director of Rugby Nathan Kemp 027 3982288



Ponsonby Rugby Club is looking for donations of prizes for our 2017 Raffle.  The raffle is our major annual fundraising event with proceeds going to teams, gear and general running of the club for the players.

If you have a business that could donate or wish to personally donate a prize please contact Sandra.  All donations welcome.