Chooks News 12 May 2023

Chairpersons Update

The last week of round 1, man does time fly when you are having fun. This week we see our Premiers, Colts, and Div 1 head across to the Whitehouse to take on our friends NPOB which should see three great games of rugby. Our unbeaten Snr 3rds head to Bell Bock which should also be a great game with both teams running big squads.

Our Gardiner Plumbing Colts find themselves in a top-of-the-table clash and if you want to see a great game of rugby be sure to be there for a 1:00pm kick-off.

I was talking to Nathan at training on Thursday and he told me that the fellas trained the best they have all year with intensity and focus. Hopefully, we can flush the last couple of weeks away and put on a good showing.

It was a wet Thursday training made a lot better with the Greg Miles world-famous Mussel fritters and chips.  If this doesn’t fuel the boys I don’t know what will.

We are on the road for the next two weeks but don’t forget the bar is open each Saturday from 2:00pm with the Premier game live-streamed and usually stays open until at least 7:30pm but sometimes a lot longer depending on how many players are hanging around. The only thing better than watching Tukapa play is talking about it with a drink in hand afterward.

Remember our next big night at the club is the Tukapa Netball & Rugby Party on Saturday 27th of May with DJ Jordy and a mechanical Bull for a western-themed dress up.

See you all at the game on Saturday.

Your Chairman Scotty, Blue and White for Life

Chooks News 28 April 2023

Chairpersons Update

One of the biggest Saturdays in the Tukapa Calendar for 2023 is upon us.  This week we see all teams at home against Southern and the start of Junior rugby with over 200 kids taking to Sanders Park from all over Taranaki. With all this rugby on we also have Old Timers Day with the bar opening at 12:00pm, followed by David Macleod speaking about his time on Taranaki Regional Council and how he built his company Line Power up over the years. A little-known fact about David and Line Power is that without this man we would not have our new LED lights.  He saved us 10’s of thousand dollars with his gear and guys that stood the poles up for us. Please show him the respect he deserves and listen to what he has to say.

Southern has been playing some great rugby across all grades and is up near the top of each table, but I am sure our Tukapa fellas are up to the task to bring home some wins. I do have a slight side wager with the fellas that for wins across the club, the Chairman will shout a keg on Saturday.

Live streaming this week

The Riddlez Live Streaming team is back to full capacity this week so we are expecting a quality production. You can view the Live Stream on the Tukapa Facebook page or TRFU Ch3 on youtube. The broadcast starts at around 2:35pm.

Post Match

After the games at 5:30pm we will have the speeches followed by the presentation of the Harry Boswell award for Volunteer of the Year, followed by Life Members that we added at our AGM in November.

I hope to see you all at Tukapa on Saturday for what will be a great club day.


Also on Friday night at 6:30pm see both Tukapa Netball Premier teams playing on Court 1 & 2 at the TSB Stadium - be sure to get up there and support our ladies.

Your Chairman Scotty, Blue and White for Life.

Chooks News 21 April 2023

Chairpersons Update

Another Friday and the countdown is on for the games this Saturday. We have our Snr Thirds starting their season off with a bus trip to Okaiawa. The boys have put in the hard yards off the field in their pre-season training and have all turned up the shape of great thirds players and will be looking to make the semis this year. Big thanks to Rebo and Greenie for once again rallying the troops together. Also, we welcome James on board as Manager.

Our other three teams all head to Inglewood. The Colts have a top of the table clash with Inglewood and will be keen to start well. Our B’s are building well with only the one loss to Clifton and have named a strong lineup. Our Premiers welcome Brad from Southland who will come off the bench and we will also see Josh our South African lock back from concussion. We are very pleased as well to have Jacob released from the Blues and able to start in the midfield. Thank you Jacob for always making yourself available for your club.

This weekend Greenie and I are away with the cooked chooks bbq team in Matakana above Auckland so will be watching from the trailer and through text messages. Good luck to all teams.

Next week is Old Timers Day and we want to see you all at the club. If you know of anyone that should be there and won’t see social media or email please pass on the message. We also encourage you to bring your wives, partners, and girlfriends along as this is a “Club Day” and we want everyone to come along and enjoy themselves. We will also welcome our two new life members at the after-match speeches.

Your Chairman Scotty Blue and White for Life

Chooks News 13 April 2023

Chairpersons Update

Sorry guys the world is a busy place and I have been slack on the Newsletter side of things but here we go with our weekly update.

After two weeks of games and some great rugby played the Gardiner Plumbing Colts had a bye the first week and a good win last week over Clifton. The Colts have great numbers this year and are working hard at trainings. Their culture is strong and I can see this year they will be near the top. Well done to Zinny and Jared on getting these boys to where they are and we can’t wait to see how the season will pan out.

Our NZ Sparky B’s are still trying to round up players to get a strong 22 out there each week. They have 34 registered but need all 34 to start showing up to training. With a big win over Spotswood United in week 1 and a close loss to Clifton in the last 20 mins last week these boys are also looking to back up last year and go one better. Be sure if you are keen to play B’s you get along Tuesday and Thursdays at 6pm or talk to Bailey Walsh or Jack Deluca. These fellas have given a lot of time to the B’s and let’s support them.

Our Lion Brown Snr 3rds are yet to start the season but have been training well both on the field and in Ash’s - be sure to come for a trot with them on Thursday at 6pm and a can afterwards.

Our Egmont Seeds Premiers had a strong game against Spotswood United to lock up the Dan O’Brien Shield and then a loss to Clifton but they played a much better second half and we can see their young backline once clicked will cut a few teams in half. The Clifton game was Lucas Halls last game for Tukapa as he has signed a deal with Carina Tigers in Aussie. We thank Lucas for the service he has given to the club. It all started with a crayfish and 5 years later two Championships and a rookie of the year award. I am sure one day we might see him back in the blue and whites.

This week sees a big milestone for our Dependable Prop who Loves Tukapa. Not many guys who are only 24 have won 4 Championships as a player in Premier rugby and now also notched up 100 games. Our Man Brendan Dent will do this on Saturday as he runs out for his 100th against Coastal.

Brendan left school during 2015 and started working life as a chef. Before long he joined Tukapa as a young 18 year old under the guidance of Laurence Corlett. Some people say Denty may have even been Laurence’s son, but truth be told Denty is the son of Paddy, a hard working and one of the toughest players to come out of Eltham Rugby club. Be sure if you shake Paddy’s hand, you hold on tight. Denty’s 1st year at Tukapa saw him start regularly in the front row and the year of 2016 Tukapa was written off by a lot of people because of all the young Francis Douglas players we had starting. Going into the final against an unbeaten NPOB team at Yarrows Stadium and a tackle from Ice Tuifua gave Denty his 1st Championship as a 18 year old. The party went on for a few days with Denty there every step of the way. 2017 Denty went through a Skater boy stage but that’s ok he still had a love for propping and again featured most weeks in the front row. Again another final on Yarrows against Coastal saw Adrian Wryill crash over in the 83rd minute to give Denty his 2nd championship at 19 years old. From here Denty held the scrum up well and his ball runs with those crazy eyes and exhaling were a pleasure to watch. Denty has played for Taranaki under 19’s and Taranaki B’s and in the 2018 season pushed hard to be included in the Taranaki Academy being the form prop in club rugby. Denty has become a real leader of the Tukapa Premiers and was a huge part in both championship wins in 2020 and 2022. Denty is that man you write down 1st on the team sheet, he is Mr Dependable. I touch wood as I say it, but Denty goes week in and week out with little to no injuries. And hand on heart I reckon Denty is no where near done playing for Tukapa. He is a man that could go 150 games for his club that he loves. We thank Denty’s family for letting him come to our family at Tukapa and also Renee for becoming part of our family. If you are looking for the family during the game they can always be found just past the green containers usually with Tukapa beanies on and cheering our fellas at the top of their lungs. Enjoy Saturday Brendan I am sure we will all be with you to help celebrate the 100.

Ok so this Saturday we play for the Eaton Cup for the 1st time at home and I know there are a lot of Craig’s ex rugby mates who will line the deck and toast to Craig. Tukapa are yet to lose this cup to Coastal and hopefully this Saturday is no different. Come and Celebrate the Eaton cup, Denty’s 100 games and then stay around for the Premiers Crab racing fundraiser. The beer will be flowing, the soft drinks are loaded and we are in for a big night Saturday, be sure to stay around and support your club over the bar. Hit Jan up and get those Social memberships paid as well. Every bit counts to keep Tukapa on top as the club every one wants to be.

It’s my first home game given Myself and Greenie were away cooking for the Spotswood United games and we can’t wait to catch up with everyone and have a great night.

Cheers Scotty Siffleet your Chairman and Blue and White for life

News Update

First True Blue get-together for the Year

Thursday 30th March 2023 at The Good Home. Meet 12:00 noon, eat 12:30pm.

Club season starts Saturday 1st April. Scotty will tell us who has retired, who has come into the club, and who is coaching. A full report on what our club is up to for the coming season.

                                               R. S V P. By 28th March.

            Peter Coles Ph 7521313.

            Kevin Curd.  Ph 7533692 or email.

Let’s have another brilliant year.

If you know someone who would be keen, please invite them along.

Dan O’Brien Supporters Evening

We welcome all loyal Tukapa, Spotswood United and Star supporters to join together for a casual evening the night before Dan O’Brien day.

There will be complimentary Hot Dogs & Chicken Wings for you to enjoy over a few beverages.

Happy hour is 5-7pm, with Ate Fortyone’s lucky punter draw at 6pm.

We challenge all supporters to buy our opposition mates' supporters across the road a beverage!

Don’t forget to wear your club colours!!


Premiers: 2:45pm kickoff

Division One: 1:00pm kickoff

Colts: 1:00pm kickoff

Chooks News 24 March 2023

Chairpersons Update

Well here we go, the bus is loaded and we are off to Poneke. With a mixture of A’s, B’s and Colts we will see the following boys pick up their first cap for the Egmont Seeds Premiers:

Josh PlatfordArrived from South Africa
JC SmitHad a few years off rugby and a top CrossFit Athlete
Jono ScherpensMoved to New Plymouth for Work
Jacob MorrisonA stand out in Tukapa B’s Last year
Ethan LobbA standout utility back from the College
Patrick HowlettA young up and coming Prop from NPBHS
Reegan Aarsen1st game last week for Tukapa Colts and showed some real skill, from Matamata
Thomas StokesBeen in our Colts set up and really starting to kick on

Zemba Cup

As most long serving members would know, the Poneke game is a long standing tradition that has been played for many years, and the Zemba cup is a very sought after cup that both clubs always want to hold.

The Zemba Cup, is contested between Tukapa and the Poneke Club (from Wellington) at Senior A level, and its origins go back to 1939 when Mick Zemba, a Wellington-based former Taranaki resident donated the trophy as a prize for what was then the new pre-season fixture between the two clubs. The interruption caused by WW2 meant it was only played for twice before resuming after the war on an annual basis. The Zemba Cup match was then played pretty much every season on an alternating home and away basis until 1992, usually at Easter Weekend before club rugby competitions got underway.

After the 1992 Centenary match (won at home by Tukapa 19-7), the match was played on only a handful of other occasions in the mid to late 1990’s before the fixture lapsed. It has been revived as a fixture spasmodically in recent decades. Until revived again recently, the final Zemba Cup match for many years was played at the Rugby Academy in Palmerston North on 17 March 2009. The discontinuation after 2009 was largely due to changes in the club rugby structure which saw club competition matches beginning in late March rather than late April, with the result that the pre-season window for traditional fixtures became a lot more constricted. Weekend work requirements as well as cost factors also played a part in pre-season away trips becoming a thing of the past.

As a result of Tukapa deciding to cease attending the Spillane Cup tournament, the Zemba Cup fixture was reinstated in 2019 when Tukapa once more hosted Poneke at Sanders Park, with Poneke running out the winners in a very close match. Last season Tukapa travelled to Wellington for the match but again Poneke prevailed in what was another close encounter.

For the record, the Zemba Cup has been contested on a total of 51 occasions, with Tukapa winning 21 matches and Poneke 30.

Paul Meuli

The game is sure to be a great test leading into the season and I am sure with Bryan Boulton and myself leading the after-match activities, we should go well in the off-field games too.

Keep an eye out on social media for updates and there is also talk it will be live-streamed on the PONEKE facebook page.
Kick-off is at 2.10pm at Rugby League Park.

Our Colts are playing a three-way game at Inglewood’s TET stadium against the Southern Colts and Inglewood Colts with kick-off being 12:30pm.

The following week sees the 1st round get underway for Premiers, B’s and Colts with a big one first up with Dan O’Brien day at home. As we all know it's one we don’t like to lose. Our Snr 3rds don’t start for another 4 weeks but have been training hard on a Thursday.

We are now heading through Stratford with just Mikey to pick up in Hawera then a straight trip to the Cambridge Hotel. Keep an eye on social media for all the weekend’s updates.

Your Chairperson Scotty Siffleet, Blue and White for Life

News Update - True Blue get-together

First True Blue get-together for the Year

Thursday 30th March 2023 at The Good Home. Meet 12:00 noon, eat 12:30pm.

Club season starts Saturday 1st April. Scotty will tell us who has retired, who has come into the club, and who is coaching. A full report on what our club is up to for the coming season.

                                               R. S V P. By 28th March.

            Peter Coles Ph 7521313.

            Kevin Curd.  Ph 7533692 or email.

Let’s have another brilliant year.

If you know someone who would be keen, please invite them along.

Chooks News 17 March 2023

Chairperson's Update

Pre-Season Game Update

The kegs are full and we also have Steinlager NZ Ultra on tap now. Be sure to come and watch our Gardiner Plumbing Colts take on FDMC 1st 15 in a friendly. Our Premiers take the week off after Pio Pio pulled out. See you all at 12:30pm for Kick off.

Premiers Wider Squad Named

Below is our Premier Wider group, we currently have 2 too many forwards so that will decrease before the season starts. We are still hoping to have one more midfielder join us.  

Tom Edwards
Brendan Dent
Scott Mellow
Patrick Howlett
Ricky Riccitelli
Liam Bernet
Luke Dravitski
Patrick Syme
Shay Hill
Mike Nyssen
Alex Perry
Josh Platford
Josh Keech
Chris Jollands
Mairenga Laapo
Nathaniel Peters
Josh Hopkins
Christian Faave
Jacob Morrison
Campbell Woodmass
Cullen Luckin
Jono Scherpens
Keahn Tipu
Mason Porteous
Lukas Halls
Cameron Campbell
Luke Taplin
Rory Ward
Reegan Aarsen
Ethan Lobb
Lagen Kumeroa
Brendan White
Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens

Looking forward to catching up with you all this Saturday at 12:15pm

Your Chairperson Scotty Siffleet, Blue and White for Life

Chooks News 9 February 2023

Chairperson’s Update

Welcome to the 2023 season of Tukapa Rugby. Leading into Christmas I was crazy with work and ran out of time to get the updates and newsletters out to you, so I have a lot to cover.

1st up we had our 131st AGM and welcomed two new life members to our Club – Bryan Boulton and Bryan Edlin.  These guys have been long-time servants to our club and are well deserving of the title.

On the Executive, we have maintained all our 2022 members and in 2023 the Club Officers and Committee members are:

Patron:Brian Hunger
President:Lindsay Thomson
Vice President:Bryan Boulton
Club Captain:Daniel Green
Club Administrator:Jan Holdt
Chairman:Scott Siffleet
Junior Convenor:Darryn Jones
Treasurer:Tom O’Connor
Executive Committee:Reece Hannam
Executive Committee:Darryn Jones
Executive Committee:Dan Johanson
Executive Committee:Jack DeLuca

You will see that we have had a change in Patron and wish Peter Coles all the best in his move to Auckland … at least the Jersey colours are still the same Pete!

Tukapa Darts Club

If you have been up to the club rooms recently you may have noticed the dart boards. We now have a Tukapa Darts Club that meets on a Monday night at 6:00pm, all are welcome to play.

Coaching Appointments

Moving into who’s where and who’s who on the field this year we are very lucky to have all our Coaching spots filled and a lot of helpers around our teams.

Lion Brown Snr 3rds
Reece Hannam
Daniel Green
James Ledwith

Gardiner Plumbing Colts
Daniel Sinclair
Jared Werder
Trent Theodore

Nz Sparky B’s
Bailey Walsh
Kris Moller
Jack Deluca

Egmont Seeds Premiers

Head Coach:Nathan Lawrence
Ass Coach:Dylan Juffermans
S&C Coach:Max Betham
Technical Support:Corbin, Ethan, Hayden
Physio:Georgia Keech
Manager:Dan Johanson
Ass Manager:Brendan Bloeman

Premiers 2023

Boys have started getting into their work, with Max Betham getting the boys fit and getting around each other for some preseason training.   There are a few changes with Beast taking a role at TRFU, Proud Tukapa man Dylan Jufferman has stepped into the forwards’ role, and Max will do Strength and Conditioning throughout the season to assist as well.  We do have a few players who are moving on, either to retirement or chasing dreams outside of Taranaki but is a great chance for the rest of our team to step up and take the reins and you will still see plenty of familiar faces in Blue and White.  We welcome Josh Platford who has recently immigrated to NZ with his parents who are based in Wellington, at 6’8 he brings some real height to our pack.  Patrick Howlett and Ethan Lobb who are both part of the Taranaki Academy also join us from Francis Douglas and New Plymouth Boys High 1st XV’s.   Our season kicks off on the 18th March against PioPio coached by Carl Carmichael and will be a great chance for guys to stick up their hand, and our final premier squad will be selected post this game in preparation for the traditional game vs Poneke (Played in Wellington)


All teams are now training on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm – come along and get involved.  If you are new to the club or want more information, give our Club Captain, Daniel Green, a call and he can put you in touch with the coaches  – 021 336 929 or message Tukapa on social media.

The draw is out for the season with two full rounds of rugby followed by semis and finals.  See below which also includes our two preseason games.  We are still waiting on the Snr Thirds draw and this will be done once other clubs have decided if they are entering.

Live Streaming

We are pleased to say that Riddlez Interactive are back on board for 2023 and we thank them for all the work they do for the club. I am sure if you are a Tukapa member from out of town you would’ve seen our live stream of the games. The quality of this production is up there with Sky Sports and it is thanks to Rob and Che from Riddlez, be sure to contact them for your next rebranding or advertising needs.

Expressions of Interest

This year the club is offering an opportunity for 2 to 3 people to join our live-streaming team.

Experience is not essential, but enthusiasm and the will to have a go and learn are important.

These positions would suit someone who is looking to make a career in live media production

or a supporter who has an interest in live-streaming sporting events.

What will you learn?

Camera work and techniques

Sound production, mixing, and techniques

Output live stream to live stream media providers

Live stream editing and graphics

Working with live statistics

Set up of Outside Broadcast van

How much time will it involve?

All club home games. Approx 5hrs per game

How do I express interest?

Call Rob at Riddlez Interactive on 027 753 0123 or email

AED Defib Machine

We have now installed an AED Defib Machine on our clubhouse outside the café, this is thanks to NZ Rugby Foundation making sure each rugby club in New Zealand has one. You can see a long-time servant of Tukapa Rugby Laurence Corlett (Frank the Tank) standing with our new AED.  Some of you may not have known, but late last year Frank ended up in Waikato Hospital after having a series of heart attacks. He has made a full recovery and now is happy to talk and promote awareness of AED machines in the community.  Next time Frank is around the club be sure to have a chat.  

Sponsors & Membership

We welcome back all our major Sponsors this year and most of our 1st 15 sponsors. We thank you for all your support over the years. We do have some openings in our 1st 15 sponsors so if you are keen, be sure to flick me an email

All Tukapa Memberships are now live for the 2023 season. Please help us and get those memberships paid through the links below, once paid your TRFU game passes can be picked up from the top bar on a Friday or Saturday night.

Social Memberships

Senior Rugby        

Junior Rugby         

On that note, please support your club.  Our bars are open every week and prices are a lot cheaper than going to the pub. In saying that, we have just had an increase in pricing of around 5% overall products from Lion.  You will see some price changes over the bar at Tukapa.  Please understand that we rely on our bar takings to keep the club going. These price increases will come into effect on 20th February 2023.

Our bars are open:

Monday           Ash’s Bar         5pm to 8.30pm           Darts

Thursday         Ash’s Bar         7pm to 8.30pm           After Training

Friday              Top Bar            4pm to 6.30pm

Saturday          Top Bar            4pm to 6.30pm

As we move into the season I hope to get a newsletter out to you fortnightly and keep all our members up to date with what is going on.  

Your Chairperson Scotty Siffleet, Blue and White for life

Chooks News 29 July 2022

Chairperson's Update

NZ Barbarians U85 Club Cup

As the dust settles and we start moving into the following weekend we look ahead to our NZ Forestry’s Bantams Under 85 second round of the Barbarian cup. This week sees the Karaka Razzlers come to town to take our boys on. Be sure to get up to the Chook House at 12pm for a beer and a chat about last Saturday then watch the kick off at 12.30pm.

The game will be live streamed on youtube TRFU Ch1 - Live at 12:20pm

Senior Prize Giving

This week we also celebrate the 2022 season with the Tukapa prize giving. Everyone is welcome, the more the merrier. We have had a great year club wide and we want everyone to come and celebrate with us. Info below:

Your chairman Scotty Siffleet, Blue and White for Life  



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021 317 331

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