Another commanding performance from the Ponsonby Premiers forward pack paved the way for a 67-21 trouncing of East Tamaki in the penultimate match of the first round on Saturday afternoon. The victory sees the Pita Fatialofa Memorial Trophy continue its residence at the Ponsonby’s Western Springs Stadium.

This victory assured Ponsonby of a spot amongst the top four sides from its group who will progress to the next round – the Alan McEvoy Memorial Shield competition, which commences on the 3rd of June.

Ponsonby outscored 10 tries to three against East Tamaki, and have now amassed 191 points in the previous three fixtures, whilst only conceding 31 points.

Against a physical East Tamaki side, Ponsonby were relentless on attack, and solid on defence. Jamie Lane and Sam Ulufonua were dominant in the lineouts, with Lane able to intercept several of the visitor’s feeds with considerable ease. In the loose Waha Waitohi, Waimana Riedinger-Kapa and Taina Fox-Matamua were imposing, ensuring East Tamaki were starved of possession.

For the second consecutive week, the Ponsonby backline displayed some sublime and silky skills, this group of young men contributing nine of the ten tries recorded.

The first try of the match came with only 25 seconds on the clock. An East Tamaki touchfinder kick was claimed by Freedom Vaka’akolo, who quickly threw the ball into an unmarked Stephen Perofeta who raced to the line, much to the shock of the visiting team. The conversion from William Talataina-Mu was successful, and the blue and blacks had a very early 7-0 lead.

Perofeta recorded Ponsonby’s second try after he threw a perfect dummy pass, then sliced through a narrow gap to score beneath the posts. The conversion stretched Ponsonby’s lead to 14-0 after 11 minutes of play.

Stephen Perofeta was a major factor in Ponsonby’s domination early on, and extended his personal tally to 13 with a handy penalty goal in the 15th minute.

East Tamaki tightened their game, and began to challenge Ponsonby at the breakdown, and became more committed to the tackle.

It was another 15 minutes before Ponsonby could register more points.

During a period of spirited play by East Tamaki, an attempt to drive out of their own half resulted in numerous wild passes being exchanged amongst themselves and it was inevitable that one would eventually go astray. A vigilant Freedom Vaha’akolo latched onto a pass and ran in a straight line to the whitewash to record Ponsonby’s third try of the match.

From the ensuing restart Ponsonby set onto the attack from deep inside their half. Some excellent work initially by the loose forward trio took play close to the halfway mark, then a great run by replacement prop Junior Halafuka, allowed Vaha’akolo to sprint to the line, crossing for his second try in as many minutes. Ponsonby had a very respectable 31-0 lead with five minutes to play in the first spell.

In the last few minutes of the half the visitors started to put some phases together and eventually found some defensive gaps. A quick tap penalty saw them cross for their first score of the afternoon.

The first penalty of the second half went Ponsonby’s way and a scintillating move involving many of the team was finished by Vaha’akolo, scoring his third of the match.

The visitors notched up their second score of the game in the 46th minute. A penalty in their favour on the Ponsonby 10 metre line saw them make some significant ground, the promising move seeing them close to scoring in the left hand corner. The ball was recycled and play came to the right, and the try was scored.

At the three quarter mark of the game East Tamaki were awarded a lineout feed ten metres from the Ponsonby line. With some intervention from the blustery breeze, the lineout throw went the way of Ponsonby. The replacement halfback Shigeru Kohiyama quickly gathered the ball, feeding his captain Waha Waitohi, who ran a direct line through the defence to score under the posts. Perofeta added the extra two points, taking the score to 43-14 in Ponsonby’s favour.

Ponies next try again included some tremendous team work and outstanding support play, and with Presley Tufuga displaying his usual athleticism and strength, the final pass went to Pryor Collier who sprinted down the left hand touch to score in the corner.

East Tamaki went onto the attack once more, making the game look like a seven a side match rather than a Premier rugby fixture. This assault on the Ponsonby side lasted several minutes, however the fatigue on their side was very obvious and possession changed hands inside the Ponsonby 22 metre area. A quick pass from Kohiyama went to Jordan Trainor, who broke a couple of tackles and then displayed some blistering pace on his 80 metre dash to the tryline. Perofeta converted the Trainor try, taking the score out to 55-14.

The fatigue factor was now telling on the Ponsonby side, and East Tamaki took their chances from another quick tap penalty, adding another seven pointer.

From the restart the visitors looked to attack yet again, but failed to observe Declan O’Donnell lurking and looking for an intercept opportunity. O’Donnell seized his chances with both hands and set sail on a 40 metre run to the line.

With time virtually up on the clock East Tamaki were not going to lie down and continued to seek  their fourth try of the match, but their plans failed to materialise. A stray ball was uplifted by O’Donnell who ran round the tiring defence, touching down for his second of the match.  

Next weeks final match of the round has Ponsonby away to Marist at their Dunkirk Rd headquarters. Marist have not enjoyed the most happiest of seasons to date in 2017 with two wins from their six outings. In their most recent fixture last Saturday they despatched lowly placed Otahuhu by 32-12 after leading by a slender 10-5 at the break. Marist always rise to the occasion against Ponsonby and with a lengthy history between the two clubs, and the Tom Johns Memorial Cup at stake, Marist are certain to have saved their best performance of the season for this fixture.

Ponsonby 67

Tries: Freedom Vaha’akolo 3, Stephen Perofeta 2, Declan O’Donnell 2, Pryor Collier, Jordan Trainor, Waharai Waitohi tries,

Conversions: William Talataina-Mu 4, Stephen Perofeta 2, Jordan Trainor

Penalty: Stephen Perofeta

East Tamaki 21

Tries: T Moala, K Manu, J Liaina

Conversions:   T Iosua 3

Premiers demolish Otahuhu

The Ponsonby Premiers flexed their muscle and displayed some outstanding athleticism on Saturday afternoon over Otahuhu at Western Springs Stadium, producing a ten try, 68-10 rout.

The match featured several young and extremely exciting stars, including first five eighth Stephen Perofeta and fullback Jordan Trainor, who had both been released from the Blues squad for club rugby duties.  Perofeta ran in three tries, whilst Trainor also joined the try scoring sheet. Of the ten tries recorded, nine were converted by William Talataina-Mu, who looked very accomplished in the second five eighth position.

The Premiers started this match after a satisfying eight try, 56-0, demolition of Waitakere City in the previous round.  Otahuhu on the other hand had recorded their first win of the competition in that round, a solid 16-12 victory over East Tamaki.

With the superb overhead and underfoot conditions, the match was always going to be conducive for an open running and entertaining spectacle.

Right from the start Ponsonby showed a willingness to run, and the first try of the match came in the opening few minutes. A penalty awarded to the blue and blacks five metres from the visitors line was turned over, and then cleared by Otahuhu, however the kick failed to find touch. The kick was cleanly claimed by Jordan Trainor who wrong-footed the defenders, taking play back inside the 22 metre area before linking with Freedom Vaka’akolo who raced down the right hand touch for the try in the corner. Talataina-Mu added a magnificent conversion from wide out.

Ponsonby’s enthusiasm to run continued, and gaps were evident in the Otahuhu defensive line. The second try of the match bore many similarities to the first. A miscued Otahuhu clearing kick was again claimed by Trainor, who changed direction and after gaining some good ground produced a superb offload to Vaha’akolo, who went agonisingly close to scoring in the corner. The Otahuhu defenders halted the move before the ball could be grounded, but not before a neat pop pass to Waha Waitohi who crossed the line. The conversion from wide-out again was struck sweetly, and Ponsonby had a 14-0 lead after only ten minutes play.

From this point Otahuhu tightened their game and the very apparent defensive gaps in the opening stages of the match started disappearing.

The next 20 minutes became a constricted tussle, with Otahuhu thwarting any attempt for Ponsonby to gain any ascendancy, in addition to forcing the blue and blacks into fundamental errors.

However persistence paid off, and Ponsonby recorded their third try of the game, Keenan Masina crossing the line in what was a superb move. An Otahuhu touchfinder was quickly thrown in by Vaha’akolo to Trainor, who linked with Pryor Collier, and with the defence napping Masina was able to race to the line. The conversion sailed away, but Ponies had a handy 19-0 lead.

Soon after Otahuhu chanced their arm, and in a spirited move they were able to place some heavy demands on the Ponsonby defence. A desperate tackle by Danny Tusitala on an Otahuhu player was accidentally high, and Tusitala found himself going to the sideline for ten minutes. The resulting penalty was goaled by the visitors, giving them their first three points of the match.

With one man short on the field, Ponsonby successfully defended their line for the remainder of the half, going to the break at 19-3 ahead.

Ponsonby’s first score of the second spell resulted from a scrum penalty some 12 metres from the Otahuhu line, Trainor waltzing through a yawning gap for the try.

In the 57th minute of the game Ponsonby again prospered from a scrum penalty close to the visitor’s line. Taina Fox-Matamua picked up the ball from the scrum base, linking with Danny Tusitala, and then Perofeta, who stretched out for the five pointer. The successful conversion extended the Ponsonby lead to 33-3.     

Soon after Ponsonby launched a long range attack on the visitors territory, and some great work by Vaha’akolo took play inside Otahuhu’s 22. What had been a promising move stopped close to the line, and from an ensuing 5 metre scrum the very promising Matamua-Fox barged over.  

Another sweeping move from Ponsonby, starting from deep inside their own half, resulted in a superb try by Vaha’akolo.

Perofeta scored Ponsonby’s eighth try of the match, and his second, in the 69th minute. A magnificent Trainor break commencing starting inside the Ponsonby 22, and tremendous support from Waitohi, freed Perofeta who raced the remaining 25 metres to the line.

Pryor Collier joined the list of try scorers, after a nifty chip kick from the base of a ruck by replacement halfback Shigeru Kohiyama, the ball gathered neatly by Collier, who beat two would-be defenders, then running away for the try.

Perofeta scored Ponsonby’s final try of the match, the first five eighth capping off a splendid debut performance.

With time up on the clock, Ponsonby looked to score one final try, but a spilt pass inside Otahuhu’s 22, was scooped up by the visitors and an 80 metre move was finished off by replacement Mikaele Kapeli.

Whilst eight of Ponsonby’s tries were scored by the backs, the forward pack produced a mammoth effort, with some outstanding work at scrum and lineout time, and at the breakdown, in addition to the big men being called upon to make numerous tackles on the physical Otahuhu opposites.

This win sees Ponsonby shift to third place on the competition table, and with two matches remaining they will be focused on achieving maximum points in those games to maintain their place amongst the top four qualifiers who progress to the Alan McEvoy Trophy round. Next week Ponsonby face East Tamaki at Western Springs, and then an away match with Marist in the final round on the 27th of May. East Tamaki pushed competition leaders Pakuranga last week, going down by 32-20, whilst Marist secured their first win of the round, defeating Waitakere City by 30-16.

The two other fixtures between Ponsonby and Otahuhu on Saturday at Western Springs both produced victories, the Premier Reserves winning by 27-3, and the Under 20’s thrashing their opposites by 53-5.


Ponsonby Premiers: 68

Tries: Stephen Perofeta 3, Freedom Vaha’akolo 2, Waharai Waitohi, Keenan Masina, Jordon Trainor, Taina Fox-Matamua and Pryor Collier

Conversions: William Talataina-Mu 9

Otahuhu Premiers: 10 

Try: M Kapeli

Conversion: T Tavae

Penalty: T Tavae

Halftime: 19-3 


The Ponsonby Premier side recorded their first win of the 2017 competition on Saturday afternoon over Grammar-Tec at Western Springs Stadium. Ponsonby defeated the visitors by 34-13 after leading by 12-6 at the halftime break, scoring a quartet of tries and registering a valuable bonus point in the process. The win sees the blue and blacks move to fifth place on the competition table and with the race for a spot in the all-important top four about to heat up, bonus points will be very valuable.

This victory was built on a solid performance from the Ponsonby forward pack, setting the platform for an extremely satisfying result given the trying conditions that the match was played under.  The Premiers result completed an excellent day for the Ponsonby club, with the Premier Development and the Under 20 sides also notching victories over Grammar-Tec.

In this match Grammar-Tec dominated proceedings in the opening minutes, and with the first penalty of the match going their way, Harry Plummer goaled from a handy position.

A short time later, Ponsonby went onto the attack, driving the visitors close to their own goal-line. A miscued clearing kick by Grammar-Tec gifted possession to Ponsonby who went on to attack. But an infringement at the breakdown saw a penalty go the way of the blue and blacks, William Talataina-Mu goaling for his side, drawing the scores level at 3-3.

Approaching the midway stage of the half, both Plummer and Talataina-Mu exchanged penalty goals, the scores locked at 6-6.

During the final ten minutes of the first half Talataina-Mu kicked two further penalty goals, putting Ponsonby in the lead on the scoreboard at 12-6, which they took to the halftime break.

This was the first occasion in this competition where Ponsonby had led their opposition on the scoreboard at the halftime break. The confidence amongst the Ponsonby side was visibly evident as they knew that they had achieved the necessary dominance over their visitors in the first spell, a dominance which they needed to maintain in the second 40 minutes.

Early in the second half Ponsonby went onto attack, forcing Grammar-Tec deep into their territory and with the visitors on the backfoot, the blue and blacks looked to strike. From a maul just eight metres out, the athletic Presley Tufuga burst through a half gap, scoring beneath the posts, much to the delight of his team-mates. The successful conversion stretched the lead to 19-6.

Ponsonby were starting to find holes in the Grammar-Tec defence, and a neat break by Talataina-Mu created space for fullback Pryor Collier to dive over in the right hand corner.

Ponsonby now led by 24-6 and indications were that they could run away with this match, but Grammar-Tec were not prepared to let this occur. Several well-constructed phases eventually saw them break, what had been, a very sound Ponsonby defensive line. Harry Plummer scored a five pointer for his side, which he also converted.

The blue and blacks continued their second half supremacy, forcing the visitors into fundamental errors. Some inaccurate passing by Grammar-Tec saw the ball go the ground, only to be pounced on by a vigilant Patrick Tausie. With possession now firmly with Ponsonby, some great work by debutant Cole Garrick and Pryor Collier took play close to the Grammar-Tec line. From a close position outstanding prop Marco Fepuleai charged over for Ponsonby’s third try of the match.

In the last ten minutes of the contest Ponsonby looked for opportunities to score their fourth try, a try which would secure a vital bonus point. Patience paid off, and with time almost up, an attacking scrum 15 metres out and a clever run from Talataina-Mu saw Freedom Vaha’akolo cross the whitewash.   

Next week Ponsonby travel out to Te Atatu South to tackle Waitakere City on their home ground. These two sides have not done battle since May the 3rd 2014, Ponsonby overwhelming their opposites that day by 125-5.

Whilst not enjoying the most pleasing of seasons in recent years, Waitakere City in 2017 are showing signs of improvement  with a win and two losses from the three outings.

The Premiers kick off at 2.45pm at Waitakere Stadium, with the Premier Development sides meeting in the curtain-raiser at 1.00pm.



Tries: Presley Tufuga, Pryor Collier, Marco Fepuleai and Freedom Vaha’akolo

Conversion: William Talataina-Mu

Penalties: William Talataina-Mu 4



Try: Harry Plummer

Conversion: Harry Plummer

Penalties: Harry Plummer 2


Terry Hodges

30 April 2017


This Saturday afternoon Ponsonby host an old foe, Grammar-Tec at the Western Springs Stadium. The Premiers kick off at 2.45pm, and the Premier Development sides and the Under 20 sides meet at 1.00pm.

The Ponsonby Premiers played Grammar-Tec twice in 2016, the blue and blacks registering wins on both occasions. The first came in May when Ponies won by 40-33, and then a month later they overcame their opposites by 23-20.

Coming into this match Grammar-Tec had recorded two wins from two outings – firstly 23-22 over Otahuhu and a 29-19 success at the expense of Waitakere City in the second round. By their own admission, these victories had been rather fortuitous over two sides that have traditionally languished at the lower end of the competition table in recent seasons.

The Ponsonby starting XV for this match includes a handful of personnel changes in the backs from that which started against University last Saturday. Danny Tusitala and Pat Tausie move from the bench to start at halfback and centre respectively, and Pryor Collier switches to fullback for this match. Ben Meredith has his first start of the season on the right wing, with former Waikato Juniors representative Cole Garrick featuring on the left wing.

1.Steven Savali

2.Charles Napa'a

3.Marco Fepulea'i

4.Tom Fisiihoi

5.Jamie Lane

6.Waharai Waitohi (c)

7.Aleks Dabek

8.Presley Tufuga

9.Danny Tusitala

10.William Talataina-Mu

11.Cole Garrick

12.Keenan Masina

13.Patrick Tausie

14.Ben Meredith

15.Pryor Collier

16.Jacob Scott

17.Alex Matapo

18.Moteiva Ngauamo

19.Taina Fox-Matamua

20.Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa

21.Shigeru Kohiyama

22.Freedom Vaha'akolo


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