As we head into the business end of the season we have our thirds sitting on top of the northern table but still need to stay there with their grade going to a straight final with the southern division. Our Senior B team had a close loss last week and need to get back on the horse and win their final two games and rely on NPOB or Southern to lose a game so we can have a home semi. Our Premiers are tracking well, with a win this week and a bonus point will lock us in a home semi and a top of the table finish. All senior teams are at home against Clifton so make a day of it.
Saturday will see the start of our Streamline Junior Rugby season with over 170 juniors hitting the fields. Be sure to call by, grab a Proof and Stock coffee from our café and line the sidelines in Blue and White.
This week our Netball – Rugby combined 80’s Party will also be a celebration of 40 years of Tukapa Netball. Read below for more info around the years of Netball.
“Blue and White for Life”
Scott Siffleet, Club Chairman
Celebrating 40 years of Tukapa Netball
40 years ago a group of girls was sitting in the old Tukapa gym having a beer after watching their husbands, partners, family members, friends play rugby. Someone had an idea to get a netball team together and there began the new era of netball at Tukapa. One team started the journey made up of True Blue’s and a tidal wave followed. We are lucky to have the majority of those ladies still active in the club today. Tukapa was the first rugby club in the province to include netball in its structure.
By year three there was a junior team (those annoying little sisters) making up team two for the club. Within five years there were nine teams and the club was the biggest in the Northern Taranaki region. Tukapa Netball has remained a dominant club since that time.
The best thing about this club was the loyalty, with many team members being recruited from rugby player’s wives and girlfriends. There have been many marriages through the years that attest to the closeness of the rugby and netball family. The early bus trips were legendary, organised to play netball, watch rugby but more importantly bond together. The tales are worth sharing but you know the rules … what goes on tour, stays on tour.
The club has enjoyed great success throughout the many NPL grades and has played in various Taranaki Premium team grades giving a pathway for up and coming players. The club provides opportunities for all grades of netball and supports those who are super competitive as well as those who just want to have fun. Of course, there is always an “Old Girls” team to be found that want to do both!
The Tukapa Netball club has played an active role in the Tukapa Rugby & Sports Club for 40 years, long may it long continue.
Congratulations Tukapa Netball Club on your 40 years!
“Come along to Tukapa to celebrate 40yrs of Tukapa Netball in true 80s style, get ya 80s dress-up out and come dance to all the 80s bangers with DJ Vybe from 8pm” – Prizes for Best Dressed Gal & Guy