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