Premier team to play University and Ponies Association Day this Saturday

This is the Premier line up to take on University at Western Springs this Saturday 1 July 2017 at 2:45pm.

The Ponies Association Day starts at 1pm and for only $20 you get a roast lunch and beer! Come down and catch up with old friends and by doing so you'll be helping the U20's tour to Samoa in November. 

If you want to receive the line up directly, email Dennis Mansfield on

Premier team to play Suburbs

This is the Premier line up to take on Suburbs at Shadbolt Park this Saturday 17June 2017.

If you want to receive the line up directly, email Dennis Mansfield on

The attachment also has details on the Ponies Association Day being held on Saturday 1 July at the club. All money raised will go towards the U20 Samoa Tour in November. Watch this space!


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.


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



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.


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


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