Ponsonby Rugby Club are excited to announce that Tony Koonwaiyou has been appointed Ponies 7's Head Coach, Jason Payne as Fillies 7's Head Coach and Cam Kilgour as our U20's 7's Head Coach.
Tony or "Koons" played 59 times for Ponsonby Premiers and was a regular member of the Ponies 7's squads that toured internationally. He has played NPC for Auckland, Northland and Southland and was apart of the Crusaders squads from 2004-06. He has also represented NZ in both Sevens and age grade rugby.
Tony will be supported by Ricky McCamish a former Ponsonby Premier player and Cook Islands 7's representative and also Morna Pulevaka. Jody Wong will manage the team.
Cam Kilgour currently heads up the sevens programme at Alfriston College and has recently been named as the manager of the NZ Barbarians Schools team. He has extensive experience working with Super Rugby franchises, Cook Islands 7's and a variety of schools across NZ. Cam will be supported by current Ponsonby U20's coach John Tetini.
Training for both sides commences Tuesday 19th September, 6.30pm on the inner fields at Western Springs Stadium.
Jason Payne returns to the role after successfully leading the Fillies to the Auckland 7's final in 2016. Jason has vast experience coaching particularly in USA where he worked with various USA Age Grade teams and also ran successful Women's representative programmes including USA South Women's All Stars and Atlanta Harlequins Women's.
Injured Fillies and Auckland Storm player Shannon Leota will manage the team.
All women are welcome to join club 7's trainings every Tuesday and Thursday night however Fillies 7's training officially starts Tuesday 3rd October 6.00pm on Western Springs Outer Fields.
Ponsonby Rugby Club would like to thank Jack Huch for his outstanding service to our Sevens programme for so many years. Jack will continue to be a resource coach for both the Sevens and Senior Club.