Well, we are all but at the business end of the season with our Egmont Seeds Premiers and Nz Sparky Div 1’s locking in a home semi for the following week. Our Lion Brown Snr 3rds have left their run to the finals very late but have saved the best to last. Being the 6th qualifier they play the 3rd qualifier of Kaponga in Kaponga at 1pm. If the boys can get a win here they will move through to a semi-final against Stratford/Eltham the following week in Stratford. Our Boys had a good game against Kaponga in the regular season, they were up at halftime then went down 19-29 but the Boys have been working hard at their fitness sessions held in Ash’s and are up for the challenge of moving on to the next step. If you are keen to jump on their bus leaving Tukapa at 11am and returning by 6.30pm let Daniel Green know.
Our Gardner Plumbing Colts led by Zinny and Jared have built a really good culture and built well on the work Plims put in last year. The results haven’t all gone their way but they have had some good battles and built depth that we will see carry on for next year. Most of their team are still able to play Colts next year – can’t wait to see what they can achieve in the 2023 season. Well done guys the club is proud of you all.
100th game milestone
This week sees the milestone made to a man I call the ultimate club man. He is always the 1st guy to put his hand up, he donates chicken whenever needed. His family is right behind him and the club, with Mum being my secretary for a couple of years, and Dad always jumping in where a hand is needed including this week in the Kitchen making the world-famous Mussell fritters.
Henry Miles or Hapuka will run out this week for his 100th game. Henry, you are a good bastard, and keep being you mate. You are what Tukapa stands for and the reason we all love the place.
Henry Miles started with our Senior A team in 2015 and since then has been a mainstay of the back line playing in either midfield or on the wing.
In Henry’s first season, the Senior A’s made the championship semi-finals only to be beaten by Inglewood in golden point extra time. However, in 2016 and 2017 Henry was part of an A team that won back-to-back Premier titles beating NPOB in the 2016 final and Coastal in the 2017 final.
Recognition for Henry’s form in these early years came in 2018 when he was chosen for the Taranaki B rep team. It was also in 2018 when Henry received his 50-game Senior A blazer.
In 2019 the Senior A’s were beaten in the semis by Spotswood United but Henry’s outstanding performances that year were recognized when he received the Len Earby Trophy as Tukapa’s best afternoon grade player for that year.
Henry won his third Taranaki Senior A championship title in 2020 when our Premiers beat Inglewood in a season that was shortened by the Covid outbreak. Henry’s good form again that season was reflected in him winning the Senior A back of the year award.
In 2021 Henry took over the captaincy of the Senior A’s and he steered his injury-struck side into another semi-final but came up short when we were beaten at home by Coastal. Once again Henry received the Senior A back of the year award for 2021. He was also chosen for the Taranaki Trojans team that season.
Henry has carried on with the captaincy this season leading the team into this year’s semi-finals and now racking up 100 Premier matches for Tukapa in his 8th consecutive season.
How good is it to see our old mate Jamison Gibson-Park back in New Zealand running the cutter for Ireland. A great Tukapa man who learned his trade at the Chook house. Well done Jamo your club is behind you all the way, and can’t wait to catch up with you.
Photos from 2011 of Jamison Gibson-Park in his first season at Tukapa. This was the year we beat NPOB in the final played at Hicks Park, Hawera when we beat them 22-12. Also in the team that year was Jamo’s Gizzy mate Pomare.
Also this week we see another 1st with the Coles Family Trophy being played for the 1st Time.
Stratford Eltham versus Tukapa Rugby Premiers will be competing for a Trophy in 2022.
The Coles family who has a historical association with both Tukapa and Stratford Eltham Rugby Clubs has donated a trophy for competition between the Premier Teams of both Clubs.
The Coles Family Trophy is donated to acknowledge the current and historical rivalry between the two clubs and also the strong interchange of players and administrators who have swapped allegiances and served both clubs over the years.
The Coles family consisting of three boys and three girls, sixty years ago lived at Douglas, east of Stratford. The eldest boy, Ritchie played for Stratford from 1956 to 1968. Charles played for Stratford for just a short time due to injury from 1960 to 1963. Peter played for Stratford (Fourth Grade, as it was called then) in 1962, and joined Ritchie in the Senior Championship Winning side of 1964. In 1965 he moved to New Plymouth and played for the Tukapa Seniors from 1965 to 1970, becoming a rival to his Stratford teammates of the previous years. When playing days came to an end, Ritchie coached and administered for the Stratford Club, while Peter administered for Tukapa. Peter is a Past President, Life Member, and current Patron of Tukapa.
And if all of this above isn’t enough to get your blue and white blood flowing, this week we have the NZ Forestry band night at the Club and it is sure to be a massive night. Two years ago when these boys played at the club they ripped the roof off and we had the biggest night since the jubilee. I know these guys love coming to the chook house to play and to make it even bigger we have also flown a saxophone player up from the South Island to make it a five-piece band. DJ Ash will start the night at 7.30pm followed by THOZE FELLAS from 8pm. Be sure to get there and bring your friends. No Door charge and I am sure you will have a great time.
Wow-what a weekend to come to the Chook House – can’t wait to see you.
Your chairperson Scotty Siffleet, Blue and White for life.