Finals success in the Junior Club

The Junior Club had their two “oldest” teams play finals last Saturday in the final day of Junior rugby for 2018. Both the U12 Magpies and the U13 Magpies won their final matches. Below the coaches comment on their team’s performances :

 Under 12 final SRFC Magpies vs Taieri,  Saturday 11th August 10.00am at Kettle Park

We couldn’t have picked a better Dunedin winters day for the final of the under 12 competition at Kettle park, little wind and the sun was out.

The kids arrived just on 9 o’clock at the ground where they were taken into one of the changing rooms. This was the final and all the team had made the special effort to arrive on time and be on the field just on 9.15 to where we did our normal routines, come 9.50 we again went back into the changing rooms to collect water and for the coaches and captain speak to the team.

The game got underway and the first half was the most tense half played all year and there was a lot of great defence by both sides , particularly from our team who were camped on their own tryline for a large part of the half, we managed to hold them up over the line on numerous occasions, to Taieri’s despair.

The first half ended  12 – all, the team knew they had to start strong. Again there was some tight defence but finally the team found holes in the Taieri defence and started to make some passes stick, and ended up scoring 3  great try’s to finish the game at 29-12 . A big thanks to the supporters with a large gathering around the ground to watch a fantastic final that could have gone either way.

Coaches: Robert Stout & Grant Stumbles            Assistance from Dave Clement and Jason Cook

Under 13 final SRFC U13 Magpies v Pirates Saturday 11th August 11.15am, at Kettle Park

What a season this team has had.  Again another unbeaten season, scoring over 185 tries, only conceding 19.  After big wins in the Under 13 grade we had the opportunity to go up and take on some of the Under 14 Teams.  This didn’t phase our team at all and we showed our class up in this grade and again remained unbeaten.

The annual Taieri 7’s tournament was another huge success for us as both our teams were in the final, meaning another trophy was heading our way.  Also last weekend in the Junior sprint race at half time in the Premier Final our team of 4 took out the R80 race too.  Untouchable might be a word that you would describe this group.

They are skilled beyond their years and play for each other.  Their team culture and fantastic attitudes are what has got them through and they get on so well.  FUN has been their number one priority and the coaches always comment at how well they train, their high work ethic and the enjoyment is evident from all.

A huge win in the final last weekend beating Pirates Gunners 118-0.  We wish our players all the best for their future rugby as they move onto different High Schools.  We have no doubt that they all have big futures ahead of them and I imagine we will see a number of them achieving higher honours very soon.

Coaches: Rea Tasi-Cordtz & Dan Parkinson        Manager: Debs Tasi-Cordtz        Assistance from Matthew Waide

NB: Brett McCormack helped coach this team up until this season.


  • Te Atawhai Campbell
  • Emanuel Levy
  • Michael Burke
  • Oto Koka
  • Taitelea Tasi-Cordtz
  • Ben Turnbull
  • Kalani Vanisi
  • Dallas Kernan
  • Dallas Talamaivao
  • Olliver Dolan
  • Jacob Waide
  • Oliver Thode
  • William Thode
  • Dylan Pledger
  • Andre Mata’afa
  • Joe Parkinson
  • Cayden Hanley
  • Noah McDowall
  • Jacob Buckby
  • Amani James
  • Kieren Dreadon

U12 & U13 teams in Club finals

Our Southern Magpie U12 & U13 teams will play the final of their grades this Saturday 11th August.

The U13s have gone unbeaten throughout their time in the Club in tackle rugby (U8s)  and likely also in Rippa Rugby – although scores in Rippa grades are not always recorded. It has been a well drilled team with a host of talented players. It was coached for the majority of years by Brett McCormack. With his son moving onto Kings HS this year Rea Cordtz took over the head reigns and was supported by former Southern player Dan Parkinson.

Their dominance of the grade resulted in them being pushed into the U14 grade to match up against some High School teams, who they also beat. Their semi final resulted in a 100 point defeat of Kaikorai. They will play arch rival Pirates in a repeat of the U11 and U12 finals, although Pirates have never defeated them in any clash. The game will take place at Kettle Park No 1 at 11.15am.

The U12 Magpies have developed well over the past 2 years and climbed to be the top ranked team in their grade this season. They will play Taieri Blue in the final. They have had two close matches during the year. The team is coached by Robert Stout and Grant Stumbles, with support at times from Jason Cook and Dave Clement. Their final will be the “curtain- raiser” to the the U13 final and will be on Kettle Park No 1 at 10am.

Southern have had a lot of success in recent years in the Junior grades and have a well run club led by some very dedicated volunteers. We urge all supporters to get along and watch the next generation play in the black and white hoops on Saturday morning.



SRFC Award Winners 2018

An enjoyable evening was held on Saturday for the Club’s annual trophy night. It which saw a tremendous turnout of players to recognise the individuals who made significant contributions to their teams along with the Club member recognition awards.

Congratulations to Premier Captain Kyle Harris on winning the Club Player of the Year. He had a great season leading from the front, and was consistently one of the best loose forwards in the competition. Club members are still scratching their heads on how he missed Otago selection.

Mackenzie Haugh won the Bill & Mata McKeown Personality of the year award for his standout season on the paddock, while also being an identity off the field – mixing with members from all teams  along older members.


Magpie Colts

Most Valuable Player – Alistair Harvey

Contribution to the Team – Liam Cooper

Most Improved – Marc Cormack


Most Valuable Player – Josh Samson

Contribution to the Team – Adrian Waa

Most Improved – Wipani Tohu

Promising Player  – Mounga Moataane


Most Improved – Sam Pene

Contribution to the Team – Simon Knight

Back of the Year – Mackenzie Haugh

Forward Award (Donkey Man) – Axel Hohneck

Club Awards

Club Captains Shield (Contribution to Rugby) – Paul Phillips (Seniors)

Marty Memorial (Contribution to the Club) – Gareth Woodhouse

Bill & Mata McEwen Memorial (Club Personality Award) – Mackenzie Haugh

Club Player of the Year – Kyle Harris



Senior Team Success

In the last game of the season for the Senior club, our SRFC Senior team won the section 2 title defeating Toko in Milton by 36-10.
It was good reward for the Senior team that were created from scratch this year. The Club has not had a Senior team for 6 or 7 years.
The boys and their supporters celebrated their success and enjoyed themselves in the Club on the night.

Paul Phillips was the driver of the team, and did a fantastic job in recruiting, fundraising, clothing and building a team culture that was very strong. He was well supported by coach Gabe Johnston and captain Josh Samson.

The team supported the Club every week, and enjoyed each others company. They did have their unfortunate moments of ill discipline on the field that gained the ire of the Club and the ORFU judiciary. But they accepted their punishments and looked to improve. They also had some very capable players that could look to gain higher honours within the Club if they are motivated.

Well done team and we look forward to the team building on their good season in 2019.