The third week is upon us and all Tukapa teams are sitting at or near the top of there pools. The clubhouse has all the hooks full of trophies except the main trophy above the bar.
Sponsors and Old Timers Day
This week brings our biggest day of the year with Sponsors and Old Timers Day. Please join us to thank our Sponsors for backing us on a year that is one out of the box.
The following is the program for Sponsors and Old Timers Day:
11.45am Tukapa U13 vs FDMC U13
12.00PM Meet and greet upstairs bar, Sponsors and Old timers day
12.30pm John McCullough from Egmont Seeds to speak
12.45pm Finger food Served
1.00pm Tukapa 3rds vs NPOB 3rds Field 2
1.00pm Tukapa B’s Vs Inglewood B’s Field 1
2.45pm Tukapa Premiers vs Inglewood Field 1
5.30pm After match speeches and presentations
7.30pm Band Starts playing for a night of Entertainment
This week we are also celebrating a good mate of mine, playing 100 games for Tukapa. Leighton Price has been a huge part of Tukapa and I am sure you all agree this is well deserved. If you are a retired player of Tukapa and have a Tukapa blazer it would be great to See you in the clubhouse wearing that blazer as we present one to Leighton and also Jayson.
Leighton Price 100 Games
Leighton Price arrived at Tukapa RFC for his first season in 2012 after stints with the Hawkes Bay NPC team in 2010 followed by a year in the Bay of Plenty NPC team in 2011. In that first year for the Chooks, Leighton joined Tukapa stalwarts like Tony Penn, Vince Proctor, Carl Carmichael, Jack Cameron and Laurence Corlett in going for a three-peat of back to back to back Senior A titles.
Originally from the King Country, Leighton followed his father Graeme as a boarder at NPBHS where he played for the 1st XV in 2006 and 2007. In his final year at Boys High, Leighton was Head Boy. After leaving school Leighton made the NZ Under 20 team in 2009 followed by the Chiefs Development side in 2011.
In Leighton’s first season at Tukapa in 2012 the Chooks made the semi-final against NPOB at Sanders Park only to be rorted by the Lillywhite’s, who took off most of their props due to so-called injuries, meaning we had our dominant scrum de-powered for the whole of injury time when the game went to golden oldies scrums. However, Leighton did enough in his first season with the Blue and Whites to break into the Taranaki NPC rep team.
Since that initial season for Taranaki, Leighton has gone on to further success with selection for Hurricanes Development in 2013 and NZ Maori in 2016 and 2017. Also in 2017, Leighton was brought into the Blues Super team mid-way through the season where he went on to make two appearances.
During Leighton’s career with Taranaki, he has played a total of 31 games but injuries ruled him out of any appearances in 2013 and 2015.
At club level, Leighton has been a dominant member of the tight five across the 9 seasons he has been part of our Senior A side with the special highlights being our back to back Premiership titles in 2016 and 2017.
Chook House Cafe Open
This week also sees the Chook House Café open for the 1st time selling Proof and Stock coffee, pies, chips, drinks and all your other sweets. All profit from the café goes straight back to the club, so be sure to buy your lunch when you get there and give the kids $5 as well.
Lindsay Thomson Honoured
I would like to make mention of Lindsay Thomson being honoured with Life Membership at the TRFU AGM last night along with John eagles and the late Sue Mitchell. This is well deserved for the amount of work these people have put into rugby. There is more to Come on Kai’s award in the next Newsletter but well-done mate and we look forward to having you around Tukapa a bit more.