Welcome to the 2023 season of Tukapa Rugby. Leading into Christmas I was crazy with work and ran out of time to get the updates and newsletters out to you, so I have a lot to cover.
1st up we had our 131st AGM and welcomed two new life members to our Club – Bryan Boulton and Bryan Edlin. These guys have been long-time servants to our club and are well deserving of the title.
On the Executive, we have maintained all our 2022 members and in 2023 the Club Officers and Committee members are:
You will see that we have had a change in Patron and wish Peter Coles all the best in his move to Auckland … at least the Jersey colours are still the same Pete!
Tukapa Darts Club
If you have been up to the club rooms recently you may have noticed the dart boards. We now have a Tukapa Darts Club that meets on a Monday night at 6:00pm, all are welcome to play.
Moving into who’s where and who’s who on the field this year we are very lucky to have all our Coaching spots filled and a lot of helpers around our teams.
Lion Brown Snr 3rds
Gardiner Plumbing Colts
Nz Sparky B’s
Egmont Seeds Premiers
|Corbin, Ethan, Hayden
Boys have started getting into their work, with Max Betham getting the boys fit and getting around each other for some preseason training. There are a few changes with Beast taking a role at TRFU, Proud Tukapa man Dylan Jufferman has stepped into the forwards’ role, and Max will do Strength and Conditioning throughout the season to assist as well. We do have a few players who are moving on, either to retirement or chasing dreams outside of Taranaki but is a great chance for the rest of our team to step up and take the reins and you will still see plenty of familiar faces in Blue and White. We welcome Josh Platford who has recently immigrated to NZ with his parents who are based in Wellington, at 6’8 he brings some real height to our pack. Patrick Howlett and Ethan Lobb who are both part of the Taranaki Academy also join us from Francis Douglas and New Plymouth Boys High 1st XV’s. Our season kicks off on the 18th March against PioPio coached by Carl Carmichael and will be a great chance for guys to stick up their hand, and our final premier squad will be selected post this game in preparation for the traditional game vs Poneke (Played in Wellington)
All teams are now training on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm – come along and get involved. If you are new to the club or want more information, give our Club Captain, Daniel Green, a call and he can put you in touch with the coaches – 021 336 929 or message Tukapa on social media.
The draw is out for the season with two full rounds of rugby followed by semis and finals. See below which also includes our two preseason games. We are still waiting on the Snr Thirds draw and this will be done once other clubs have decided if they are entering.
We are pleased to say that Riddlez Interactive are back on board for 2023 and we thank them for all the work they do for the club. I am sure if you are a Tukapa member from out of town you would’ve seen our live stream of the games. The quality of this production is up there with Sky Sports and it is thanks to Rob and Che from Riddlez, be sure to contact them for your next rebranding or advertising needs.
Expressions of Interest
This year the club is offering an opportunity for 2 to 3 people to join our live-streaming team.
Experience is not essential, but enthusiasm and the will to have a go and learn are important.
These positions would suit someone who is looking to make a career in live media production
or a supporter who has an interest in live-streaming sporting events.
What will you learn?
Camera work and techniques
Sound production, mixing, and techniques
Output live stream to live stream media providers
Live stream editing and graphics
Working with live statistics
Set up of Outside Broadcast van
How much time will it involve?
All club home games. Approx 5hrs per game
How do I express interest?
Call Rob at Riddlez Interactive on 027 753 0123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
AED Defib Machine
We have now installed an AED Defib Machine on our clubhouse outside the café, this is thanks to NZ Rugby Foundation making sure each rugby club in New Zealand has one. You can see a long-time servant of Tukapa Rugby Laurence Corlett (Frank the Tank) standing with our new AED. Some of you may not have known, but late last year Frank ended up in Waikato Hospital after having a series of heart attacks. He has made a full recovery and now is happy to talk and promote awareness of AED machines in the community. Next time Frank is around the club be sure to have a chat.
Sponsors & Membership
We welcome back all our major Sponsors this year and most of our 1st 15 sponsors. We thank you for all your support over the years. We do have some openings in our 1st 15 sponsors so if you are keen, be sure to flick me an email email@example.com
All Tukapa Memberships are now live for the 2023 season. Please help us and get those memberships paid through the links below, once paid your TRFU game passes can be picked up from the top bar on a Friday or Saturday night.
Social Memberships https://www.sporty.co.nz/viewform/228115
Senior Rugby https://www.sporty.co.nz/viewform/208459
Junior Rugby https://www.sporty.co.nz/viewform/211186
On that note, please support your club. Our bars are open every week and prices are a lot cheaper than going to the pub. In saying that, we have just had an increase in pricing of around 5% overall products from Lion. You will see some price changes over the bar at Tukapa. Please understand that we rely on our bar takings to keep the club going. These price increases will come into effect on 20th February 2023.
Our bars are open:
Monday Ash’s Bar 5pm to 8.30pm Darts
Thursday Ash’s Bar 7pm to 8.30pm After Training
Friday Top Bar 4pm to 6.30pm
Saturday Top Bar 4pm to 6.30pm
As we move into the season I hope to get a newsletter out to you fortnightly and keep all our members up to date with what is going on.
Your Chairperson Scotty Siffleet, Blue and White for life