Chooks News 19 April 2024

Chairpersons Update

Well what a weekend Old Timers Day was, with the day starting with a great speech by Scott Fuglistaller  on how he has got to where he is today. I was told by a lot of people afterwards how much they enjoyed it. This led us to the rugby which was not on our side, we only picked up the one win to our NZ Sparky Div 1 fellas in the last play of the game. The results didn’t go our way but we always enjoy going head to head with our mates from down the coast.

Following this we presented Luke Taplin with his 50th blazer which now sees him with over 100 Premier games with him also playing over 50 for Southern.

Luke Taplin 50 Games

After numerous years of Tukapa and college boys pestering Tappy about coming to play for the chooks, Tappy finally decided to ditch Southern and move up to the big smoke in 2020.

In his inaugural season at Tukapa, Tappy's relentless work ethic and lightning-fast pace made the right wing his domain. His superior speed made him stand out from the rest.

Shit, sorry, that must have been ChatGPT

Nah, I think Sean Wainui nailed it best when he described Tappy as "the hearty white winger".

He happily slipped into the Tukapa culture, and in his first Premier season, he won the Premier club rugby title, starting on the wing against Inglewood.

I still remember him coming up to me after the game saying, "shit, that was easy. I should’ve come to the Chooks earlier."

Since his time at Tukapa, he has also received some other accolades:

  • He claimed his second Premier Title in 2022, beating NPOB in the Semi. Sorry Fay and the Ford family. And going on to beat Clifton in the final.
  • He was also influential in the U85 Tukapa Bantams, getting second place in the New Zealand knockout competition.
  • He has been a massive advocate of Ash's Bar, where he's always the last to leave on a Thursday night with Lukey Drav and Scotty Mellow in toe. Classic farmers.

A massive thank you from the entire Tukapa community goes to Lesh, P, and the boys for letting Tukapa have such a great club man.

Over the years, Tappy has been an excellent club man on and off the paddock. As mentioned earlier, Tappy has already ticked up 50 games for Southern, meaning he has now played 100 premier club rugby games - a massive achievement.

Crab Racing Winner

From here we moved to the crab racing with a massive buy in by both Tukapa and Coastal players. We thank Dan Cowley for stepping in and auctioning off the crabs for us.

Tukapa Toa

This Friday we have our last preseason game for our Tukapa Toa team against Inglewood Women at Sanders Park with kick off at 6.30pm. Bar open for the game from 3.30pm. The girls are really working hard and, for a lot of them, are still learning the game. It was also great to see our Ladies adopting the Tukapa family and hanging around for crab racing and coming up for a Thursday feed.

Your Starting Toa team

This Weekend's Games

Our men’s Premier team didn’t get the start we all hoped for, but I know they have put some hard work in during the week to make sure they put their best foot forward against a very tough Old Boys team.  Be sure to get over to the Whitehouse to watch our Div 1, Colts and Men’s premiers do battle with whitehouse boys.

Game Day Images

As most of you know you will see me around the grounds with my camera. If you want to check these photos out be sure to have a look at www.siffleet.co.nz

Pink Ribbon Breakfast

Every year Tukapa looks at ways we can give back to our community and this year we are going to cook breakfast to raise money for breast cancer awareness. We all know someone that has been affected, or you have been affected, so please help Tukapa help these people. Save the date for our breakfast. You can also donate by clicking here.


We are also on the hunt for items we can add to our raffle - so if you can help out, let Scotty know.

Sponsorship Update

This week we profile Lifestyle Building & Construction.

Lifestyle Building is a local construction company, founded just over 15 years ago by Tukapa Chairman Scott Siffleet (a builder with almost 25 years under his belt), who without question, lives, breathes and bleeds Tukapa blue and white.

He and the extended Siffleet family have a long history of playing for, coaching, managing, sponsoring, and supporting Tukapa, and are set to continue for years to come with the next generation moving their way up through the junior grades.

Scott and the Lifestyle Building team can often be found working on various jobs around the club, helping maintain the great facilities we have available and keeping projects moving, allowing players and coaches etc. to focus on their game. They have also been known to employ a Tukapa player or two.

Check out the profile below or visit their website: https://lifestylebuilding.co.nz

Sponsorship Profile: Lifestyle Building & Construction

If ever there was a company dedicated to supporting Tukapa Rugby Club and its family community daily, Lifestyle Building & Construction is it.

Lifestyle Building & Construction specialize in ‘Lifestyle Homes’ – unique builds designed for the people and families living in them.

But this is only one aspect of building that this award-winning highly experienced team undertake.

  • Residential       
    • New Builds
    • In-house Design and Build
    • Renovations and Alterations
    • Home Extensions
    • Bathroom & Kitchen installations
  • Commercial & Industrial
    • Fitouts
    • New Builds
  • Pre-Cast Panel specialists

They work with a skilled and trusted network of local sub-contractors where required, many of whom are sponsors or associated with Tukapa also.

With attention to detail, experience in complex designs, various materials and challenging sites, their quality workmanship will achieve impeccable results for any project, along with a 10-year Master Builder Guarantee.

Feel free to give Scott a call to discuss your next building project.

Well that’s enough from me for this week. Be sure to come up to Tukapa for a beer and watch our Womens team at 6.30pm Friday night then over to NPOB on Saturday, See you there.

Blue and White for Life
Scotty Siffleet



Gladstone Road
New Plymouth, 4310

P.O Box

PO Box 389
Taranaki Mail Centre
New Plymouth 4340




Scott Siffleet
021 317 331

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