Wednesday, May 29, 2013

2013 New Zealand Secondary School Rugby League Nationals attendance form

2013 New Zealand
Secondary School
Rugby League Nationals

St Thomas of Canterbury have been confirmed as the South island entry in the Developing schools section at the NZSSRL National tournament in Auckland from September 
2nd to the 6th.

If you would like to be part of this team please confirm by signing this form and returning it to 
Mr Kidd by: Friday the 7th June.

We will be taking a squad of 22 players so it is important you return this form as soon as possible to be considered for the team.

Trainings will be organised so as not to conflict with any 1st XV responsibilities

 I would like to go to NZSSRL National Tournament in Auckland, September 2-6th.

Name: ________________________________

Signature: ___________________________

I give my son permission to attend the NZSSRL National Tournament in Auckland, September 2-6th.

Name: ________________________________


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Confirmation of entry to NZSSRL National Tournament

St.Thomas' have been confirmed as the South Island school in the developing schools division at the National secondary schools Rugby League Tournament. Aranui High school will compete in the Premier grade, and Southland Boys High school have been given a wild card entry.

We will play a series of games against Aranui, and one against Greymouth High School to ensure match fitness, knowledge of the rules and conditions and to meld the different clubs players and rugby boys into a team capable of success at this tourney.

Monday, May 20, 2013

South Island Secondary Schools Elimination Final - Aranui High School versus St. Thomas of Canterbury College


In a tight tussle for the South Island spot in the Premier grade of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Rugby League Nationals, Aranui High School hung on to beat St. Thomas of Canterbury College 20-14.
Aranui scored early, sucking the Saints’ defence into the middle, and then spreading it wide to stroll across unopposed for their first try. Aranui crossed again to take an 8 nil lead. After gaining some big yards through Gaius Reweti, a sweeping back line move had James Gillies across in the corner for St. Thomas. Tom Reekie’s conversion made the score 8-6.
Some very solid defence kept the game in the balance until Aranui’s tactic of running at the smaller players in the St Thomas defensive line created a hole and their number 12 sprinted 50 metres to score taking Aranui High’s lead out to 12-6 where it would stay until halftime.
Two tries in the first 10 minutes of the second half rocked St. Thomas as Aranui’s lead ballooned out to 20-6 and a crushing victory looked on the cards for the more experienced eastern suburbs side. A canny substitution by coach Andrew Auimatagi saw Klayton Waikato take charge of the Saints offense, and some big runs and quick plays by Antonio Toleafoa saw the balance change dramatically in St. Thomas favour. First Ben Motuliu crossed in the corner, and after sustained pressure he scored again, bringing St Thomas within 6 points of Aranui, setting up a tense final 5 minutes.
A tired Aranui side held on playing some tight football to run the clock down and achieve a deserved victory. Saint Thomas players can hold their head high, having tackled and run with heart and will improve immeasurably with every game they play.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Practise for Aranui game this Wednesday and Thursday

There will be two practises next week on Wednesday and Thursday.

1stXV boys have permission to be at the Wednesday practise (their team mates not involved with league will do a crossfit session).

2nd XV players who have a match on Wednesday are excused from this practise, but must attend Thursdays practise.

All other players are expected at both practises. They will be short sharp practises focusing on ruck play, and the game plan.

We must win this game to be sure of a spot at the nationals in Auckland, so we need everyone there.

Friday, May 3, 2013

St Thomas announced as venue for South Island play-off

The elimination play off for the South Island spot in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Rugby League national tournament will be played at St Thomas of Canterbury College at 3.30pm, versus  Aranui High School on the 20th May. Come on down and support  boys in this great East - West battle!