Chairpersons Summary – The Year of 2020 and a look into 2021
Well, what a year it has been. I think we are all ready to move onto 2021 but as I have said before that it was a pretty good year for the Chooks in the terms of rugby and as a club in general.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our Sponsors for everything you do for our club, I will be on the phone in the coming weeks to chat about sponsorship of the mighty Tukapa.
Also, I would like to thank all our volunteers from our barman to our coaches and everyone in between without you we wouldn’t have a club and wouldn’t have a full trophy cabinet for 2020. We all worked together and put the hard work in to win. But I think the biggest thing that we won was a bunch of great people turning up every Saturday to enjoy each other’s company and enjoy what Tukapa stands for. A great bunch of mates hanging out.
Onwards toward 2021, we have a few new ideas we have planned and to keep Tukapa leading the way. Our big project is our new lights for all three grounds, so please put your hand up when we call for a hand. We are looking at bringing back the Good old Working Bees followed with a BBQ and Beer.
As for our 2021 coaches we have managed to get a great group of guys on board and I also thank the guys who put their names forward and missed out on a role. The coaches are as follows
Co-Coach Daniel Green, Reece Hannam
Manager Cam Erye
Co- Coach Bailey Walsh, Dylan Juffermans
Manager Rayno du Buisson
Co- Coach Greg Plimmer, Aaron Broughton
Manager Bryan Boulton
Co-coach Ben Siffleet, Nathan Lawrence
Manager Daniel Johanson
Hydrationist Rangi Komene
A couple of new names on the list Rayno du Buisso, Aaron Broughton and Nathan Lawrence.
Rayno as manager of the B team, he is a gas fitter for Shane at Gardiner Plumbing so has adopted Tukapa as his club.
Aaron is moving back from Perth and has a lot of rugby knowledge, he played his initial rugby here and played a number of games for Taranaki and has been coaching in Perth.
Nathan is moving his family to New Plymouth where his wife grew up, I am sure he is going to fit in well. As you can see by the photo he already quite likes blue and white stripes.
I have been involved Coaching with Ponsonby and Auckland rep teams in the Under 85kg grade in Auckland.
Auckland 85kg Rep Team Northern Region – 5 wins 0 losses.
Ponsonby 85kgs Auckland Championship Winners 12 win 0 Losses (Ponsonby Club Coach of the Year & Auckland Rugby Most Promising Coach
Auckland 85kgs Rep team 4 Wins 1 Loss
At the end of 2019, we had twins (along with our toddler) meaning 2020 was a bit of a gap year for me, I have worked in a Technical advisor role this year for club and then Rep season was cancelled.
While I have only been in head coaching roles for a couple of years, I have been a player/coach at Ponsonby since 2013 and completed my Level 2 IRB Coaching course. I am wanting to work towards doing Level 3 in 2021 if possible. Part of the reason to move down is my Wife is from New Plymouth and gives more support for her so I can have time to put back into coaching. My strengths are organisation (both on and off the field) and my responsibilities have generally been team Structure/game plan in both teams was a 1/3/3/1 structure, Attack and Backs coach. I have a love for up tempo rugby, due to my back ground in weight grade rugby. I cant wait to get to know all the club members and get into the 2021 season.
Hopefully, I have managed to answer a few questions on what Tukapa looks like for 2021 and I know we are all looking forward to the upcoming season. Enjoy your time off with your family and friends. We all deserve it and I look forward to seeing you all next year.
Thank you. your chairman Scott Siffleet, Blue and white for life