Ponsonby Fillies selected for Black Ferns 2016 Northern Tour

The Ponsonby Fillies are proud to have 4 players selected for the Black Ferns 2016 Northern Tour series.

Eloise Blackwell, captain of the Fillies, and now a senior Black Fern with 21 international caps, leads the way again at Lock. Aleisha-Pearl Nelson, 17 caps, played her way back into Auckland Storm and regained selection for New Zealand following surgery on her wrist earlier this year; she is one of the countries most promising young props. Charmaine McMenamin, 5 caps, returns as a loose forward and also holds honours this year as the only Fillie dual international, representing New Zealand in both Rugby League and Rugby Union. Charmaine's achievements in 2016 also include Auckland 9's, Kiwi Ferns, Black Ferns, and Auckland Storm Player of the Year. Aldora Itunu, 5 caps, heads into her second year as an international rep at prop; she is one of the countries strongest running forwards. Aldora has worked hard to make the touring squad and has the honour of being another Ponsonby family sibling combo to represent NZ alongside her sister Linda Itunu. 

The Black Ferns Northern Tour kicks off on Saturday 19 November against current Would Cup Champions England, followed by Canada on Wednesday 23 November, and Ireland on Sunday 27 November. The 2016 Northern Tour is an opportunity to build towards the Woman's World Cup in August next year (in Ireland).We wish them all the best for the tour!

Fillies make the final at Auckland Club 7's

The Ponsonby Fillies entered the recent Auckland Club 7's tournament for their first hit out of the 7's season. With many of the representative players unavailable along with several regulars, this event was the first for a bright crop of new players to the club.

Tess Gardner, a Kiwi recently returning from playing in the UK, captained the squad which featured only one regular 15's player in Raeleen Desmond, and a mix of young Fillies coming out of the local high school ranks, and two Japanese exchange players in for the season who have been electric.

The woman opened pool play with a win against Papatoetoe 26-10, then went on to beat University 22-5, and rounded out pool play with a tough fought win over Marist 19-17. The semi final saw a match up with old rivals College Rifles. Rifles took a 10 point lead into the half, but the Fillies came back and took the match 14-10 to set themselves up for a place in the final. 

The final match was played against the Marist U20's (which were essentially the Auckland U19 side getting in prep for their upcoming events). With limited subs for the day, fatigue took its toll in the final against a well drilled side. Fillies took 2nd place but there was no shortage of effort from all the players over the day and some good experience was given for our younger players.

The woman were undersized against all but their final opponents but played some nice 7's, scored some nice tries, defended with everything, and put in 110% effort to make the Club proud. It was a good start to the season. Special thanks to the Club for the base camp, trainers on hand, bbq, and positive support. 

​NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Notice is hereby given:

The Annual General Meeting of the Ponsonby Rugby Club [Inc.]

Will take place on

Wednesday. 30th November 2016 at 7.00pm

In the Clubrooms, Western Springs Stadium

Stadium Rd, Western Springs

 

The Junior Annual General Meeting - please note change to date and time!

Will be held on

Tuesday 8th November 2016 at 6.30pm

In the Clubrooms, Western Springs Stadium

Stadium Rd, Western Springs

 

 

Premier Coaches Announced for 2017

Ponsonby Rugby are proud to announce that Peter Leulusoo, Kevin Senio and Tani Fuga have been appointed as coaches of the 2017 Premier team.

Peter is returning as Head Coach for the 2017 season, after successfully guiding the Premiers to a Gallaher Shield Semi-Final this year.

After clocking over 100 Premier games for Auckland University RC, where he also represented NZ Universities, Peter found a home at Ponsonby Rugby, winning 2 Gallaher Shields and gaining his blazer.

He spent 5 years in Portugal as a professional rugby player at the CDUL University Rugby Club before coming back to New Zealand to join the Ponsonby Reserves coaching team in 2014 as an assistant coach. He was promoted to Head coach for the 2015 season and both years were very successful as the team reached the finals consecutively and won the championship in 2014.

Kevin Senio is also a familiar face around Ponsonby, having played for the club straight out of school and was a guest coach for the Premiers occasionally this year. During his playing time at Ponsonby, he earned his blazer and won 2 Gallaher Shields.

Kevin has an extremely impressive representative resume, having played for the All Blacks, All Blacks Sevens, Manu Samoa Sevens, Junior All Blacks, NZ U19 and U21, Chiefs, Crusaders, Auckland, Canterbury and Bay of Plenty.

After his New Zealand career, Kevin moved to France where he spent 2 seasons playing professionally for Castres Olympique, followed by 5 seasons at ASM Clermont Auvergn.

Tani Fuga is welcomed as an exciting new addition to Ponsonby Rugby Club, having played for Waitemata and Massey RFC during his Auckland club rugby years. Tani has 11 caps for Manu Samoa under his belt, as well as 2 caps for the Pacific Islanders RU Team.

Tani played with the Harlequin Football Club in London for 10 seasons, before moving back to NZ to start growing his coaching experience. Over the last four years, Tani has coached teams such as the Western Pioneers, Massey RFC Premiers and the North Harbour Bs.

Peter is excited for the season ahead and said he’s looking forward to working with new coaches and management to help achieve the club’s 2017 goals. 

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.

SALE - JOHN ANDREW FORD 19-21 AUGUST

Visit John Andrew Ford this weekend for AHG’s huge 10th Anniversary Sale. All vehicles reduced to clear, on the spot finance available and trade-ins are welcome. Purchase your new vehicle this weekend and go into the draw to win $10k cash back!*

Check out just some of the huge savings currently available on a range of new, used and demonstrator vehicles to celebrate AHG’s 10th Anniversary Sale! All vehicles are reduced to clear, on the spot finance is available and trade-ins are welcome. Purchase a vehicle this weekend from John Andrew Ford to go into the draw to win a massive $10k cash back!* Visit us today to see the full range of vehicles available.

*See website for full terms and conditions

http://www.johnandrewford.co.nz/10th-anniversary-sale/.

PONSONBY PLAYERS NAMED IN AUCKLAND SIDE

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.