OBITUARY - Dr Lloyd Drake, M.B, ChB., O.B.E

We are truly saddened to hear of the passing of our esteemed and respected Life Member, Dr Lloyd Allister Drake, M.B, ChB., O.B.E. Passed away on 5th September 2016, aged 88 years.

 Lloyd was our Honorary Doctor for many years from the early 1970s. From 1971 to the 1990s, Lloyd was our Premier Team doctor and looked after many other teams as well. He contributed greatly to our many successes during that period. He was also personal physician to many of our members and their families.

 A funeral service for Lloyd will be held at Manukau Memorial Gardens Chapel, 361 Puhinui Rd, Papatoetoe on Saturday 10th September 2016 at 11am.


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Six Ponsonby players have been named in the Auckland squad for their opening match of the 2016 Mitre 10 Cup competition against Canterbury this Saturday evening.

Named to start in the match are Greg Pleasants-Tate at hooker, and Vince Aso, Rieko Ioane and Pryor Collier featuring in the backs. Collier will make his Auckland Provincial debut, after joining the squad as injury cover and impressing in the two pre-season encounters, in addition to scoring a try in each game.

Starting from the match from bench is Akira Ioane and Michael Fatialofa.

Rieko and Akira Ioane returned from the Rio Olympics on Tuesday of this week, and despite being encouraged to have a two week break before committing any further rugby, the two brothers went straight to Auckland training, indicating their enthusiasm to be included in the squad for this fixture.

Auckland have not tasted victory against Canterbury in Christchurch since 2007.


With the completion of the Premier and Under 21 club competitions, the Auckland B and Auckland Colts wider squads have been announced for the upcoming Northern Region 2nd XV and Colts competition.

Both squads will have pre-season matches before the competition kicks off on Saturday 20th August.

Leo Ngahe features in the Auckland B squad, whilst the Auckland Colts squad includes Romero Tagi, Junior Halafuka , Marco Fepuleai , Jamie Lane , Suelaki Tiatia Keenan Masina , Patrick Tausieand Pryor Collier.

William Talataina-Mu and Sam Ulufonua were unavailable for the above due to injury.


The Ponsonby Premier Reserves capped off a remarkable season on Saturday, defeating Waitemata by 15-12 and winning their competition, and the George Nicholson Trophy.

The Premier Reserves have gone through the 2016 season undefeated, and in the 15 competition matches they have amassed an impressive 524 points, whilst conceding 171, equating to a very respectable average scoreline of 34-11.

Ponsonby last won this silverware in 2014, and bounced back in style this year after falling short in the cup final in 2015.

The championship title was a fitting reward for this side which has played some entertaining and enterprising rugby this year, and the unity that is evident in this squad transformed into the results on the field. The squad and management have epitomised the importance of the blue and black jersey, and the passion of Ponsonby Rugby.

Whilst Saturday’s scoreline does not suggest a dominant Ponsonby performance, they were aware that Waitemata would play a spirited and physical match. The blue and blacks spent much of the game weathering the Waitemata storm that ravaged the Western Springs Stadium, but defended gallantly.

Ponsonby’s start was not ideal, conceding a penalty right from the Waitemata kick off. Despite the attempted penalty goal being only 20 metres from the posts, the kick fell away.

Waitemata spent the first 15 minutes of the match applying pressure to Ponsonby, and accordingly the small errors came. The tenacity and patience of Ponsonby paid off, and eventually they were able to capitalise on an error by the visitors. After several phases where play swept from the halfway mark, Ben Bacon charged over for the first try of the match. The conversion by Willie Gibbons was successful.

From the restart, a Waitemata player was penalised for interfering with a Ponsonby man whilst he was in the air, which resulted in the offender being despatched to the sinbin for ten minutes.

Waitemata successfully maintained their composure for much of the spell that they were reduced to 14 men. Just prior to the westerners being restored to their full complement Ponsonby were awarded a penalty just inside the visitors half. The kick was drilled toward the corner, and following a lineout win, the Ponsonby forwards drove to the line, Steven Savali being awarded with the try. The conversion drifted away, and Ponsonby now led by 12-0.

Waitemata goaled a penalty right on the stroke of halftime, Ponsonby leading by 12-3 going to the break.

The second half was a very intense affair as Waitemata sought a comeback, and Ponsonby looked to force the visitors into making errors.

Waitemata added three penalty goals in the spell, the third coming in the 73rd minute of the match, locking the scores at 12-12.

With three minutes to play Ponsonby were awarded a penalty 40 metres away from the Waitemata line, and despite the swirling breeze captain Ben Bacon pointed toward the posts. Robert Sanele strolled up to take the kick, acutely aware of the pressure that was on him. He coolly slotted the long range goal, amidst tremendous jubilation from his team-mates.  

Ponsonby played out the remaining moments of the match, starving the visitors of their desired possession.

The curtain now comes down on another successful and memorable season for this remarkable side.


Tries: Ben Bacon and Steven Savali

Conversion: Willie Gibbons

Penalty: Robert Sanele



It follows the very successful Roast format we have held over the last couple of years. The first one being for Bryan Craies and the second for Keith Nelson.

This year we will be Roasting Phil Gifford aka Loose Head Len. Phil and Loose Head have been great stalwarts and club members for over five decades. Many of our players have had their rugby careers highlighted and advanced by Phil and Loose Head and this will be our chance to say thank you.

At this luncheon, as it is an important fundraiser for the Club, we anticipate running a “Silent Auction”. To this end we are seeking donations of goods, services, memorabilia or items which would be suitable for this cause. No item too big or small. If you can assist, please advise Sandra Ioane or myself with the details.

Tables of eight may be pre-booked at a discounted cost of $950. Start putting a team together and keep September 16 free. Individual seats $125.

Table or individual bookings with Brian Lough or Sandra Ioane at the club.

In line with modern trends we are endeavouring to notify as many people as possible through email. If you receive notification of this event from more than one source, please don’t be alarmed as the Club holds several data bases. We do not mean to harass you but just want the event to be a sell out again.

Brian Lough
Phone: 09 413 6322
Mobile: 0274938325

Organising Committee:

Sandra Ioane; 09 846 9954
Neil Wolfgram; 021 903 155
Grant Willoughby; 09828 1754
Chris Clews; 021 728 622
Brian Lough; 027 493 8325


Please read the message from Auckland Council as below.

All Junior Rugby (U6-U13) is cancelled for tomorrow Saturday 30th July. This is due to the continued atrocious weather over this past week, the Auckland Council has closed most of their grounds.

This needs be adhered too. The ARU work closely together with the Auckland Council and obviously we do not want young players to miss their Saturday games, but the bigger picture is to make sure the grounds are not badly damaged so that future games can go ahead.

Please note:  the only games going ahead are games drawn at College Rifles due to the nature of the surface.


COX, Jeffrey Allan. Passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends at Auckland Hospital on 22 July 2016 after a short illness, aged 64 years. Loving brother of Stephen and partner Barb. Loving uncle to Stephanie, Fraser and Rosie. Loved brother-in-law to Brenda. Gone too soon but never forgotten, you will forever be in our hearts and thoughts. Special thanks to the Parnell Lawn Tennis Club in Maunsell Road for being his second home for many happy years. A service will be held there on Friday 29 July at 2.00pm, followed by a private cremation.

Jeffrey Cox is the son of Jack Cox [Cox’s Bar – Blake St]. 



Date:    23rd  July 2016
Ponsonbv vs College Rifles
Venue    Western Springs at 12.30pm

1    Herman Huch    
2    Lolomanaia Saulala    
3    Simon Gabion-Sheehan    
4    Cody O’Neil    
5    Ben Bacon    
6    Chanel Vito    
7    Andy Varoy    
8    Pale Pasina    

9    Roger Tuamoheloa    
10    Willie Gibbons    
11    Douglas Halley    
12    Mark Ama    
13    Tyrone Ngaluafe    
14    Pati Pasina    
15    Chico Huch    

16    Ian Leppard    
17    Sonny Ulutoa    
18    Tux Cocker    
19    Tokerau Raru    
20    Joe Buchanan    
21    Aleni Ropati    
22    Robert Sanele    


This Saturday afternoon the Ponsonby Premiers play Suburbs in one of the two sudden death Gallaher Shield semi-finals, the match being played at Shadbolt Park in Green Bay.

Ponsonby have not won the prestigious trophy since 2011, but have been involved in the quarter or semi-finals in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Since their inception in 1918 Suburbs have only won the Gallaher Shield on two occasions, the first being in 1977 and then the second in 1992.

Ponsonby last featured in the Gallaher Shield semi-finals in 2014, going down to University at Colin Maiden Park by 44-11.

They featured in the coveted trophy quarter-finals back in 2013, playing Suburbs at Shadbolt Park. On that afternoon Ponsonby were edged by Suburbs by 25-22. Of the 22 man squad that travelled to Shadbolt Park for the fixture, only Leo Ngahe remains in the 2016 line up.

In 2012 Ponsonby exited the semi-finals after going down to Marist by 20-3.

The blue and blacks narrowly missed out on a home ground advantage in this week’s semi-final when they went down to College Rifles last Saturday by 22-21 after leading by 18-0 at halftime. In the same round Suburbs were too strong for Pakuranga, scoring five tries in their 34-5 victory, including 22 unanswered second half points.

Suburbs and Ponsonby played a competition match just two weeks ago, Ponsonby turning around a 15-11 halftime deficit and playing into the breeze in the second spell, to win by 32-18.

Suburbs and Ponsonby have produced very similar results this season, and in the 14 competition matches both sides have registered 10 wins. In these 14 games Suburbs have scored 393 points, and conceded 260, whilst Ponsonby has scored 386, and had 256 scored against them.

The victor on Saturday afternoon will advance to next week’s Gallaher Shield final, where they would face either College Rifles or Grammar-Tec. There is no prize on Saturday afternoon for the second place-getter and a loss will bring the curtain down on the 2016 season for the one of the teams.

Blue squad member and NZ Under 20 representative Jordan Trainor has been named to start at fullback, in what will be his second start in the blue and black hoops. Trainor featured against College Rifles in the opening match of the club season in April, but his onfield time was cut short after he sustained a nasty injury, side-lining him for six weeks. Outstanding flanker Blake Gibson will start the match from the bench, his first appearance this year.

The match kicks off at 2.45pm at Shadbolt Park.

The Premier Reserves play College Rifles in the semi-final of the George Nicholson Cup, the match kicking off at Western Springs Stadium at 12.30pm.



1 Junior Halafuka; 2 Willie Uili; 3 Marco Fepuleai; 4 Leo Ngahe; 5 Jamie Lane; 6 Sam Slade;        7 Willis Hopwoodi ; 8 Presley Tufuga; 9 Campbell Woodmass; 10 William Talataina-Mu;                 11 Danny Tusitala; 12 Pat Tausie; 13 Pryor Collier; 14 Joseph Beckett; 15 Jordan Trainor;

16 Alex Matapo; 17 Steven Savali; 18 Anthony Diack; 19 Blake Gibson;  20 Junior Cagiaceva;          21 Morrison Siliko; 22 Freedom Vaha’akolo;                                    



Seven Ponsonby players feature in the Auckland Mitre 10 Cup squad of 37 named by head coach Nick White for the forthcoming representative season.

All seven players have been involved in the Super Rugby competition in 2016, in addition to one with the All Blacks and two with  All Black Seven’s commitments.

Greg Pleasants-Tate returns to Auckland after his stint with the Highlanders`, and Vince Aso and Michael Fatialofa join the squad following impressive appearances with the Hurricanes. Patrick Tuipolotu, Blake Gibson, Akira Ioane and Rieko Ioane have all performed for the Blues in 2016, the latter two joining the All Blacks Sevens mid-season, and they will join the Auckland squad after the Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero.

The Mitre 10 Cup commences on August the 20th for Auckland with an away match to Canterbury.



Saturday 20 August - 7.35pm Canterbury v Auckland AMI Stadium (Addington) Christchurch

Friday 26 August - 7.45pm Auckland v Northland Eden Park Auckland

Friday 2 September -  7.35pm Southland v Auckland Rugby Park Invercargill

Wednesday 7 September - 7.35pm Hawke’s Bay v Auckland McLean Park Napier

Sunday 11 September - 4.35pm Auckland v Waikato Eden Park Auckland

Sunday 18 September - 2.35pm Auckland v Counties Manukau Eden Park Auckland

Sunday 25 September - 4.35pm Bay of Plenty v Auckland TBA

Saturday 1 October - 7.35pm Auckland v Otago Eden Park Auckland

Thursday 6 October - 7.35pm Auckland v Tasman Eden Park Auckland

Thursday 13 October - 7.35pm Taranaki v Auckland Yarrow Stadium New Plymouth



Charlie Faumuina (Papatoetoe)

Ofa Tu’ungafasi (Grammar TEC)

Sam Prattley (Pakuranga)

Marcel Renata (University)

Tom McHugh (Grammar TEC)

Isi Tu’ungafasi (Grammar TEC)

James Lay (Pakuranga)

Greg Pleasants-Tate (Ponsonby)

Kurt Eklund (University)

Patrick Tuipulotu (Ponsonby)

Scott Scrafton (Grammar TEC)

Michael Fatialofa (Ponsonby)

Liaki Moli (Manukau Rovers)

Ben Nee Nee (Pakuranga)

Jerome Kaino (University)

Steven Luatua (University)

Taleni Seu (Grammar TEC)

Siosiua (Josh) Kaifa (Manukau Rovers)

Blake Gibson (Ponsonby)

Sinclair Dominikovich-Murray (University)

Joe Edwards (Pakuranga)

Akira Ioane (Ponsonby)

Leon Fukofuka (Marist)

Jono Hickey (Grammar TEC)

Simon Hickey (Grammar TEC) – captain

Tyrone Elkington-MacDonald (University)

Calvary Fonoti (Manukau Rovers)

Latiume Fosita (Papatoetoe)

George Moala (Grammar TEC)

Malakai Fekitoa (Pakuranga)

Vince Aso (Ponsonby)

Rieko Ioane (Ponsonby)

Pasqualle Dunn (College Rifles)

Liam Steel (University)

Joe Ravouvou (College Rifles)

Lolagi Visinia (Suburbs)

Melani Nanai (Manukau Rovers)


Unavailable due to injury: Ben Lam, TJ Faiane, Lisati Milo-Harris