Chooks News 17 February 2021

Chairpersons Update

As the 2021 season gears up we are looking at fielding 4 afternoon grades, however, we are still actively looking for players for the Colts, Division 1, and front-rowers for all grades. Colts players must be under 21 years of age as of 1 January in the given year or can be players who are under 24 years of age at 1st January but who are also under 85kgs.
If you or you know someone wanting to be involved with a great team spirit and fantastic club culture, come along to training on a Tuesday or Thursday at 6 pm. If you would like more information contact Scott Siffleet or message the Tukapa Facebook Page

This year we are very lucky with 6 out of 7 home games where we have all four teams playing at home. Also, keep an eye out as we add in the off-field social events for this year. These are in planning stages with Netball and Rugby Social groups.

Our only Pre Season this year is March 27th against Poneke at home. Poneke is bringing two teams up to play on and off the field.

Club 7’s on Saturday 20th Feb at Rahotu and we have entered a Premier, Colts and a Social team. Keep an eye out on the Tukapa Facebook page for game times and get down the coast to support all teams.

Junior Rugby this year will be headed by Darryn Jones as Junior Convener and Tukapa is committed to trying a new initiative running Rippa Rugby in Saint Joseph’s, Frankley, and Woodleigh Schools at lunchtimes for the month of March with paid staff. The idea behind this is to get more kids involved in Rugby and also build our Junior numbers at Tukapa so in 10 years we still have strong player numbers at the club.

If you have any questions about Junior Rugby contact Darryn on the Junior Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Tukapa-Junior-Rugby-1518558785106272 or Mobile: 027 801 1729

Club Projects

Projects around the Clubhouse to get ready for 2021 have begun and we thank John Spurway from Stonebaths for donating new showerheads in the changing room showers and two new basins in the clubhouse men’s toilets. A quote from Brian Edlin “these are the most flash toilets in all of Taranaki rugby clubs”.

In the changing rooms, we have ripped out the one toilet and urinal that used to service 240 guys on a Saturday and replaced it with new toilets and urinals from Mico and Caroma. This utilises the referee’s room combined into the toilets with a new referee room moving to the old caretaker's shed (Jimmy’s Shed) and Jimmy moving in next door.

We also have rubber flooring donated by Lifestyle Building for the Slippery Tunnel out to the field and hope to install it before the season kicks off.

Our on-going major project, the upgrade to the field lighting begins with an upgrade to field 2 and will get underway in the coming weeks before winter hits. Stage one will be new lighting to field two as well as the power to halfway on field one and wiring for lights to field one. Once we have dates we will be calling for volunteers to help out.

Club Job Vacancies

Tukapa has a number of paid positions to fill. If you are interested or know someone that may be, please get in touch with Scott at chairman@tukapa.co.nz

  1. The club is looking for a permanent part-time cleaner. Winter hours are around four hours per week, summer hours are between 1-2 hours per week. Other casual hours may be required after large social events.
  2. We are also seeking interest from casual bar staff available on Saturdays during the upcoming rugby season. Please get in touch if interested, or pass on to others who may be keen.
  3. We also need two people to make coffee and man the café on a Saturday for 14 weeks of the season.

I intend to contact all our loyal Sponsors in the next 10 days to lock in the 2021 Season. Thank you in advance for making this job easy and giving continued support to Tukapa.

We are currently hard at work building on what we achieved both on and off the field last year to make Tukapa the club to be associated with.

Our Executive Committee always encourages feedback and support from members and supporters, so if you wish to offer feedback or feel you can help out in some way please contact Scott Siffleet or any of the Executive Committee members.

Your chairman Scott Siffleet, Blue and White for life



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