Wednesday, May 16, 2018
With the Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Premier and Division One Club Rugby competition’s top eight decided teams’ will be building momentum leading into the second round. Where the Baywide Premier Women’s Competition enters their second round, which will see new entrants Matata kick off their first match of the season.
With neither side in contention for the top eight in the Baywide Premier Competition both teams’ focus moves towards building momentum in the second round. Whakatane Marist yet to secure a win this season will look to upset the home crowd favourite Ngongotaha.
Ngongotaha head coach Jodie Wharekura is urging his side to be patient and execute when provided the opportunity on attack.
“Our main focus will be to utilise the great platform that our forwards have been setting in past weeks. But ensuring we show composure, not to panic when Whakatane are applying pressure and be patient. When on attack, we need to attack with accuracy when opportunities arise.”
To show improvements on last weekend’s performance Wharekura is urging his side to attack from the right end of the field.
“We need to attack from the right end of the paddock, rather than trying to score off our initial phases,” said Wharekura.
Wharekura finished, “We need to ensure that we maintain the tempo that we have played with lately. Maintaining focus especially as we know top eight is unreachable. Going down to the premier two grade for the second round as the top qualifier is a huge motivation.”
Papamoa will host Murupara this Saturday at Gordon Spratt Reserve in what is expected to be a competitive battle with teams evenly matched on the table.
Papamoa head coach Paul Sloane is ready for this weekend’s competitive battle, and will ensure his players are prepared to showcase their new defence strategies.
“Our key focus this week, and something we will have to improve on from last week, is our defence,” said Sloane.
Reminiscing over last week’s performance against Opotiki, Sloane understands what needs to improve in order to avoid another loss.
“Defence and attitude go hand in hand, and while I can’t question the commitment last week, we did lack energy to get off the line,” said Sloane.
Despite last week’s loss, Sloane is looking forward for the upcoming game against Murupara. The return of key players who were out due to injury will hopefully translate to newly-boosted momentum for the next round.
“We are due to get a couple of key players back from injury this week so we're hoping their return can kick-start some momentum over the next two weeks - and then leading into the next round. We realise they will be targeting us this weekend, but it is also a game that we have been looking forward to for the same reasons,” finished Sloane.
Murupara coach Charlie Teddy wants his side to be competitive this weekend against Papamoa.
“We want to compete with these guys this weekend. With everyone back on deck we will be making sure we stay in touch with them at the break and then from there all going well we will put our best foot forward to remain competitive,” said Teddy.
Teddy continued, “We will need to play as a unit, both in the forwards and backs and try to come out on top with maximum points.”
While injuries have been an issue for Murupara, Teddy’s side will be utilising this weekend to build momentum coming into the second round.
“We have put in a lot of work over the past couple of weeks despite having a number of injuries. The boys’ are up to it and we will welcome the return of a number of players’ and will look to use this weekend as an opportunity to move forward and build into the second round.”
Matata will kick of their season this weekend, entering the Baywide Women’s Competition for the first time. They will host soon to be Eastern Bay of Plenty rivals Waimana, in what is anticipated to be a highly competitive match.
Matata head coach Juan Haimona was unavailable for comment. Matata are an exciting side which is evident of the growth of women’s rugby in the Bay of Plenty. It is expected that it will be a tightly contested battle between the Eastern Bay of Plenty sides. With a few experienced heads in the Matata line-up Haimona will want to see skills implemented at trainings put into practice come game day. Calling for his side to complete the handling with accuracy and demonstrate determination and resilience on defence.
Waimana’s Janine Kaafi speaking on behalf of the Waimana Women’s coaching team highlights that her side will be maintaining their focus on set piece.
“Our focus will be on our set plays and reviewing our scrum and line out performance. In addition we need to ensure that everyone is playing in a position that suits them and the team to allow us to deliver a positive performance.”
Kaafi complementing Matata applauds them on their efforts to contribute to the growth of women’s rugby in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.
“Looking forward to facing Matata this weekend, applaud them on their efforts to enter a team into the Baywide competition, even though we face each other in their first game of the competition we look forward to supporting their progress throughout the competition as our sister Eastern Bay of Plenty team and we wish them well on their journey,” finished Kaafi.
2018 Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Club Rugby Draw: Click here
Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Premier Club Rugby Draw:
Saturday 19 May
Premier Kick-off: 2.45pm
Development Kick-off: 1.00pm
Tauranga Sports v Whakarewarewa at Tauranga Domain
Greerton Marist v Arataki at Greerton Park
Rotoiti v Mount Maunganui at Emery Park
Te Puna v Rangataua at Maramatanga Park
Paroa v Te Puke Sports at Lawson Park
Ngongotaha v Whakatane Marist at Ngongotaha Domain
Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Division One Draw:
Saturday 19 May
Ruatoki v Waimana at Tuhoe Park
Papamoa v Murupara at Gordon Spratt Reserve
Marist St Michael’s v Kahukura at Marist Park
Rangiuru v Opotiki at Centennial Park
Waikite v Te Teko at Bellevue Road
Poroporo v Judea at Poroporo Park
Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Premier Womens Club Draw:
Sunday 20 May
Matata v Waimana at Richmond Park
Rangataua v Rotoiti at Te Ariki Park
Whakarewarewa v Rangiuru at Puarenga Park
Waikite – Bye