Chooks News 31 May 2024

Chairpersons Update

As the cold weather starts to roll in and the niggles are around, as a club, we are not too bad with player numbers. The players are all working hard at training and putting in the time in the seat to put our club in the best position heading into the last 5 rounds before we hit semi-finals. This week we see our Toa with the bye, and our Division 2 team heading to Hawera to take on Southern. Our Colts, Division 1, and Premiers are all in Rahotu coming up against strong Coastal sides. As always, I am sure the beer will be cold, the clubhouse will be warm, and the code will be outstanding. Be sure to make your way down to Rahotu to cheer our guys on, and on a side note, I am sure Coastal will try their best, but they are not always able to get a live stream out of Rahotu.

Tukapa Pink Breakfast

Last Saturday saw our first-ever pink breakfast with all proceeds donated going to the Pink Ribbon Appeal. We had a great turnout with a lot of families coming up and having breakfast together. Even some of the neighbors from around Sanders Park came along. It was awesome to see the clubhouse packed on a Saturday morning for a great cause. I would like to thank my board for all rolling up their sleeves and making it happen. It's not too late to donate, just follow the link: https://fundraise.bcf.org.nz/fundraisers/Tukapapink/pinkribbonbreakfast

Kitchen Clean

As most people are aware, the Tukapa kitchen has become the hub for our club and building our One Club. Our Toa Women's team decided after using our Kitchen when it was their turn to cook on a Thursday that it could do with a spring clean. So on a Tuesday night, they did just that. In all my years at Tukapa, I have never seen our kitchen so clean. The girls worked hard for 4 hours and nothing in the kitchen was left untouched. No one asked them to do this, but they just proved how much our Toa have become part of our family. It is so good to see all our teams treating our clubhouse as home.

Thank you, ladies, you ROCK!

A word from our Premiers Co-Coach Nathan Lawrence

"After a bit of a slow start to the year, the team is building nicely as we head into the next three weeks against the three clubs who beat us in the first round. The boys are working hard to improve week by week as we chase that full 80-minute performance. With some consistency in selection, we are excited to go down to Coastal this weekend. They are a strong team with some young flair in their backline that will challenge us all over the park, so we will require a full performance from our boys.
We have been fortunate this year with a couple of our older players, Corbin and Henry, returning. Their impact on the group has been significant, not only for their experience and numerous caps but also for the mana they bring each week with their performances. Some of our younger players have been stepping up as well. What I have always enjoyed about Tukapa is their willingness to put faith in the younger guys to be in the hot seat. Patrick Howlett, in his second year out of school, has been locking down the scrum all year, and his work around the field is noticeable every week. By the same token, Jack Gilmour, in his first year out of Francis Douglas, has staked a claim to the 13 jersey. Frank Corlett told me last year he was like a young Henry Miles, and I don’t think he is far off the mark. Both boys are doing building apprenticeships and are in the Taranaki Academy, so they have massive workloads but make massive contributions to our premier team.
Thanks for all the support from the club, sponsors, and other teams. We are well aware that any injuries we have can significantly affect our colts and B’s and appreciate the understanding from their management teams, Keegan Boon being the latest to front up after 80 minutes of colts and then sit on our bench. We wish everyone the best over the next five weeks as we all push for finals footy."

Sponsorship Update

This week we profile AOS (Australian Offshore Solutions)
AOS Managing Director Dan Sweetman said "With quite a few local Kiwis employed over both the vessels, AOS were only too happy to re-invest back into the local community."

John Spurway heads the New Zealand AOS office having had many years in the offshore manning industry in another life. He’s a true blue Chook, bleeding blue & white and has been involved with Tukapa for many years.

Check out the profile below or visit their website: https://www.aosau.com/

Sponsorship Profile: AOS

AOS (Australian Offshore Solutions) is a specialist marine and offshore service provider delivering a range of services from vessel chartering and ship management to the provision of drilling, marine manning and onboard catering services. AOS Head Office is based in Perth with the New Zealand office operating out of New Plymouth.

AOS provided crewing and catering to the Q7000 for Helix Energy Solutions for their campaign in New Zealand and Australia. The Q7000 is a DP3 semi-submersible Well Intervention Unit, with capacity for deep water through-riser well intervention and decommissioning. She was contracted to MBIE for the decommissioning of the Tui field off the Taranaki coast.

AOS commenced providing New Zealand marine & catering personnel on the Q7000 from February 2023 in Malaysia. The vessel arrived in New Zealand in mid May, finally sailing in November 2023 for Australia where she continues to work for a number of clients until later this year.

In early February, the 117m construction support vessel the Sapura Constructor arrived in New Zealand to complete the final stage of the Tui decommissioning. AOS again provided both marine and catering personnel for the short campaign.

John can be contacted at:

Phone: +64 274 438 405
Email: john.spurway@aosau.com

It's always a great day out down at Coastal so we would love to see as many of you as possible supporting our teams as a club. Naturally there are those who can't make it, but rest assured the Chook House will be warm and the beer cold, so tomorrow it's going to be a cracker day.

Blue and White for Life
Scotty Siffleet



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