Junior Rugby Cancelled – 8th August

Due the forecast for very bad weather, the DCC parks and grounds department have withdrawn the fields for us and therefore cancelled all junior rugby on Saturday. It is probably a good decision as there is a lot of illness around the schools, and it isn’t worth getting cold and wet.

The Semi-finals will still go ahead regardless, and we wish the best of luck to our U11, U12 and U13 Magpies who have done so well to make the playoffs. The only other club to have a team in the semis of each of the age grades is Pirates.


Adam Knight named Dunedin Club Rugby Player of the Year

Southern’s Premier team blindside flanker Adam Knight was named the Dunedin Metropolitan Club Player of the Year at the end of year Club rugby prizegiving. The 19th time this event has taken place was held at Harbour’s Watson Park Clubrooms on Monday evening. There was a good turnout of players, coaches, administrators and sponsors.

It was a great reward for a breakout season for Adam. He played in (nearly?) every game and was the most consistent flanker in town. The award is determined by accumulating player points awarded by the rugby writers and the radio comments men after each game. Adam consistently picked up points after every match and beat out former Southern lock (now Green Is) Jackson Hemopo for the award.

Over the off season Adam was added to the Otago wider training squad and this has allowed him to put on some extra muscle and lift his fitness to another level.

Adam does all his core loose forward roles to a high level. He has good speed for a blindside and always does his hard work at the breakdown, he was a consistent ball winner at the back of the line out, and his defence was rock solid – and probably the feature that has improved the most. He is now offensively tackling and that is a handy weapon for any team in the battle of the advantage line.

Adam had a great week in his rugby life as he was also named in the Otago ITM Cup squad for the first time, and played his first match in the warm up game v Tasman last Saturday.

Other Southern Players named in the Otago ITM Cup squad are:
Mika Mafi (no 8) new player
Tei Walden (Midfield)
Tom Franklin (Lock)

Wider Squad
Josh Gordon (Wing)

2015 Award winners were:

Most Points – Josh Casey (Taieri) 300 points and a new club season record.

Most Tries – Josh Casey (Taieri) and Matt Faddes (University) both with 16.

Metropolitan Referee of the Year 
– Adam Morrison (Dunedin RRA).

Club Personality of the Year – Rahul Das (University).

Metropolitan Club Player of the Year – Adam Knight (Southern).


Achievement awards:

100 Premier club games; Charlie O’Connell, Kurt Webster, Shannon Young (Taieri) ; Sam Eriepa, James Spooner (Green Island); Peter Breen (Alhambra-Union).

200 Premier club games; Warren Moffat (Southern), Chris Bell ( Zingari-Richmond).


Metropolitan Age Grade teams named

Congratulations to our Southern players who have trialled and made the below U11, U12 and U13 teams.
We also had many more players at the skills and drills on Sunday, and the Tuesday trials who unfortunately were unlucky this year, keep trying hard as your turn will come if you keep putting in the effort.

Under 11 Dunedin Metropolitan Rugby Squad

Phoenix Abbott (Pirates), Flynn Allison (West Taieri), Oscar Cameron (Southern), Will Challis (Kaikorai), Hunter Crawford (Southern), Charlie Englebrecht (Eastern), Tapuvae Faitonu (Pirates), Tom Fowler (Taieri), Ella Gomez (Dunedin), Riley Horne (Taieri), Fergus Hepburn (Southern), Quin McLeod (Southern), Jamin Millar (Pirates), Markus Mostert (Pirates), Jacob Murray (Southern), Sam Nemec-Vial (Southern), Lachlan Nicholl (West Taieri), Jayden Penese (Zingari), Isaac Robertson (Southern), Orlando Tuhega-Vaitupu (Pirates), Kale Twist (Southern), Non-Travelling Reserves: Joshua Chiffers (West Taieri), Ben Joseph (Kaikorai).

Training Sunday 9 August 2015 from 12.00pm to 1.30pm at Hancock Park. Coaches: Kelly Allison (027 245 8613) Neva Vaitupu (027 292 1628).


Under 12 Dunedin Metropolitan Rugby Squad

Reuben Bouman (Pirates), Jonathan Burnside (Alhambra Union), Oceana Campbell Southern), Isaac Dolan (Zingari), William Faulkner (Southern), Cam Forde (Green Island), Jacob Gilbert (Green Island), Caleb Hardie-Roberts (Green Island), Sam Hedges (Green Island), Hayden Henderson (Taieri), Aaron Jones (Eastern), William McCutcheon (Pirates), Sebastian Makene (West Taieri), Thomas Mitchell (Taieri), Anthony Munro (Green Island), Samuel Pomare (Alhambra Union), Caleb Ralston (Green Island), Tamati Sagar (Eastern), Vai Teofilo (Southern), Duncan Trevithick (Pirates), Cruz Wallace (Pirates), Jonathan Watt (Taieri).

Training Sunday 9 August 2015 at 1.00pm at Hancock Park. Coaches: Daniel Bouman (022 605 6609) Alistair Munro (027 231 9044).


Under 13 Dunedin Metropolitan Rugby Squad

Harvey Amende (Taieri), Anthony Beaton (Green Island), Jake Bardwell (Kavanagh), George Bell (John McGlashan), Gregor Clarkson (Pirates), Harry Coggan (Kaikorai), Bailey Dowling (John McGlashan), Jack East (John McGlashan), Jaxon Elisara (Pirates), Trevor-Shane Elisara (Taieri), Angus Faulks (Taieri), Zane Harris (Kavanagh) Nasili Ikahihifo (Kaikorai), Jakob Johnson (John McGlashan), Fletcher McConnachie (Pirates), Michael Ruske (Kaikorai), Trey Russell (Taieri), Zak Russell (Taieri), Simon Spalding (Green Island), Will Turner (John McGlashan), Keanu Vanisis (Pirates), Cody Watt (Eastern), Shea Webb (Kavanagh), Non-Travelling Reserve: Jacob Walls (Taieri).

Training Sunday 9 August 2015 from 10.00am to 11.30am at Hancock Park. Coaches: Willie McConnachie (021 947 182) Craig Soal (022 052 3654)

Club Trophy Night this Saturday (8th August)

A reminder to all players and supporters – Southern’s Trophy Night is on this Saturday at 6pm in the Clubrooms.
We encourage all Club members and supporters to join us to celebrate some individual successes and recognise performance over the rugby season.

We look forward to seeing who will win the prestigious Club personality of the year, the Marty Memorial trophy for a Club members contribution, and of course the top player award of the Speights Player of the Year.

The Player of the year will be a tough decision with so many players performing over the season, resulting in a number being promoted into the Otago squad. Will it be Mika Mafi? Adam Knight? Tei Walden or Bryce Hosie? Or someone else?
Make sure you are there to see…..

Bar specials and an entertaining night is guaranteed.

Results 1st August

Premier 2s lost to University 10-5.
This knocked them out of the semi-finals for the first time in many years. They will regret the 2 losses to Eastern who grabbed 4th spot.

Magpie Colts beat OBHS 1st XV 31-22.
The Magpies lifted their game from recent weeks to beat the impressive Otago Boys team. The Magpies qualified 2nd and now play Dunedin Makos in their semi-final this week at Bathgate Park at 2.30pm.

Ravens Colts beat Zingari 34-12.
The Ravens continued their unbeaten run and finished top qualifier by some distance in the Junior Colts grade. They play Varsity Gold at Bathgate Park at 12.30pm on Saturday.

Season Completed: