This week Tukapa puts up the Dan Obrien Shield and the Barnham Shield. These two shields mean a lot to the club and to me personally, they are up there with the McMasters as the ones we don’t want to lose. As most of our more experienced members would say, we hate "losing to those Star Basta...s," and that is why this Saturday we need all the support we can get to cheer on our teams playing at 1pm and also our Premiers at 2.45pm.
We also have Whanau day, with a bouncy castle to keep the kids entertained while you watch the rugby. Following the rugby we have Nathan on his guitar from 4pm to 7pm. Our café will be open with Nelsons pies, Proof and Stock coffee and other great products. Paul in the upstairs kitchen will be feeding the teams and is happy to sell meals to the public as well.
Last week was the 1st of the season to have all our teams get the Win and we are hoping for the same this week.
This week we have had a change on our board with Paul Meuli stepping down because of a full schedule of other commitments, so we welcome Reece Hannam to the board. Reece has been a great club man since way back and now that he has hung up his boots he is ready to give back to the club and keep us moving forward.
We thank Paul Meuli for his time given over the many years of being a board member and the good news is he is happy to continue as the ground announcer and also club historian. So we will still get to hear Te Puke New World for a few more seasons yet.
Anyone following our social media will see that we now have an under 85kg team competing in the national competition, our 1st game is in Hamilton on Sunday 6 June 2021. This team is made up of all past and present Tukapa players that are under 85kg in weight and will be training on a Tuesday night after their normal rugby training. Thank you to NZ Forestry for coming on board as our naming rights sponsor. Our under 85’s are now known as the NZ Forestry Tukapa Bantams. We will be running a supporters bus to Hamilton and as long as we can find accommodation will be making a night of it.
The Premiers are still working hard on selling beanies and have a few left to go so please hit them up and support their fundraiser.
Some maybe aware the Taranaki Rugby Union have a survey out at the moment focusing on the future of club rugby and how people would like our game shaped for the next 10 years.
Please take 5 minutes to fill out the survey to register your say. We as Chairpersons are relying on this survey to help make a call on shorter seasons and night rugby for example.
We have had a really good up take on our social memberships this year and would like to keep building numbers. If you are not a paid up member of the club please click the membership button below and join up. Without financial support from our social members, we can’t do what we do as a club.
The start of the Burger Fuel Ferdie Rugby is this week and we'll see all our Juniors taking the fields from 9.30am, our café will be open from 8.45am for your coffee fix. Last week we had a pre season against NPOB at Sanders Park with close on 300 kids running around. I would like to give a big thank you to Darryn Jones for the work he has been doing for Junior rugby this year. This man dedicates a huge amount of hours to our club, So thank you Darryn you are doing a great job keep it up.
Tukapa has signed up to the CommUnity initiative. Register as a CommUnity Member and every time you shop at a participating CommUnity Merchant, paying for your purchases directly from your bank account or by using any of your eftpos, debit or credit cards, a percentage of each transaction will be passed onto our Club. Current Merchant’s in New Plymouth are Kingsway, Good Home, Crowded House, Stumble Inn, King & Queen. Keen to know more, click on this link: How Does it Work and/or sign up to become a CommUnity Member. The more club members who sign up and support the current merchants the more money our club gets.
Ok Smoko is over and it is time to put the tool belt back on and do some work, I look forward to seeing you all Saturday and Thank you for being true Blue and White supporters.
Blue and White for Life your chairperson Scott Siffleet