Preseason Training now underway

The Club has been running preseason training every Monday and Wednesday night through February.
From March this will be on every Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm until the season starts in April after Easter.

Training is at Bathgate Park, Helena St, South Dunedin – only a 10 minute drive from the student end of town.
We have a courtesy van that will pick up any students who don’t have transport.

We had five teams at the Club in 2020 and all but our Premier 2s made the semi finals of their grades.
Teams available: Premier, Premier 2, Senior, Division 1 Colts, Championship Colts. Sorry no womens team currently.

If you want more info please contact:

Premier: Luke Herden 027 458-5315
Colts: Barry Stevens 021 522-789
Senior: Arron Campbell 021 973-291
Transport: Thomas Grant 027 303-0999

SRFC Trophy Night Award Winners

A good turnout in the clubroom by our players recognised a number of individuals at our annual trophy night last Saturday evening. This was a combined awards night of the rugby and netball clubs.

Congratulations to Premier captain Jermayne Maika for being awarded the Speights Player of the Year.

Premier Colts head coach Barry Stevens won the Bill & Mata McEwan club person of the year.

A new trophy was awarded on the night by the Stevens family in memory of their father and Club Life Member Alan Stevens. Alan was a passionate, long term coach in the Club and this award will recognise a coach from the Senior or Junior Club each year. The inaugural recipient was our U13 coach William Hola.

The Falconer Trophy (Netball Club Person) went to Lisa Lin.

Full Team Award Winners for 2020 (Click on link):
Trophy Winners 2020

Links to full game coverage and highlights (Prems & Magpie Colts)

The previous two Premier games were live streamed on Facebook.
Top 6 v Taieri (won 7-5) and Semi v University (lost 24-22)
These can be found on our Facebook page

Colts Semi final vs Dunedin –

Round 8 Prems v Dunedin Highlights –
Full Game vs Dunedin –

Prems R9 vs Kaikorai –
R9 Highlights –

Colts vs Kaikorai (Top 6) –
Colts vs Dunedin (round Robin) –

Day to forget for the Magpies

After celebrating making 4 semi-finals last week, we had to take it on the chin when losing all of them last Saturday.

Despite the losses we are proud of our teams efforts and in 3 of the games we could have had the result go the other way with a bit of luck.

The Premiers went down to University in a close battle 24-22. In the end their goal kicking proved the difference with us out scoring them 4 tries to 3. We were hard on attack, right on the University try-line, as the clock ticked over 80 minutes…could we get a penalty awarded or bash over the line for the winning try? Unfortunately not – a low percentage play resulted in a knock on and the game ended.

The Seniors were ahead for most of their game against Kaikorai but conceded 2 late scores to lose 25-18. The players can be very satisfied with their season only losing 2 games in round robin play and being right in the hunt in the semi. This from a team that was formed from scratch at the start of the season.

The Premier Magpie Colts took on long term rival Dunedin Makos at Bathgate Park. After a slow start – conceding 3 unconverted tries to be down 15-0 they rallied and took the lead 16-15 at halftime with Jack Leslie kicking goals from all angles. However the wind proved more influential than expected with the Magpies stuck in their own half for long periods of play. Not able to get any field position they were forced to take risks in their own half, and turned the ball over too regularly. This gave the Makos opportunities to score and they finished the stronger team winning 26-16.

The Ravens Colts completed our semi-finalists and took on top qualifier Kaikorai Cobras at Bishopscourt. They showed great heart but couldn’t contain the strong Cobras team going down 45-7. Again this was a great effort from a new team in the Club – many players from hostels at the University.

To add to our semi-final losses our talented U13s were upset by Zingari 27-26 at Bathgate Park.
It was a different story on the netball courts as the Southern Magpies won their semi final over Phys Ed A to make their way to this Sundays Final at the Edgar Centre.


After all the drama in recent weeks, University and Taieri have made it through to the final again.

Taieri made use of its extra life earlier in the playoffs and defeated Harbour, while University needed a last-minute fumble to hold out Southern.

University 24 Southern 22

Both teams’ fate rested on a thin strip of territory about half a metre from University’s line.

The joust only lasted about a minute but it was decisive.

Southern bashed away an inch at a time, hoping to find the smallest crack in the defence to seal what would have been a wonderful come-from-behind win in the final moments of the semifinal at Logan Park on Saturday.

It had slipped behind 24-15 with about 25 minutes remaining.

University had scored a tremendous try.

Right winger Kieran McClea had fumbled a high kick. He perhaps had one eye on the gaps in front of him when he came up with the error.

Fortunately for him it dribbled backwards.

By the time he had regathered the defence had closed, but he thrust out a fend and poked his opponent out of the way.

The field opened and he set off down the touch line. Fullback Jermaine Pepe positioned himself perfectly for the inside pass and then got the ball to halfback Graham Urquhart who ran in to score.

Moments later impressive No8 Sean Withy was scampering down the same touchline. He found support on the inside but the try went begging when the final pass was not made.

Had University scored then, it was curtains for Southern.

Falling behind had a liberating impact on Southern, though. It was forced into playing a bit more rugby.

The big boys got their hands on the ball. Skipper Jermayne Maike was immense.

He hit the ball up with purpose several times during a phase which also featured strong runs by the other large men in the pack.

Veteran No8 Mika Mafi banged it up. Tofatiumoana Solia made a burst.

Eventually Mafi was close enough that he could not be stopped.

Mackenzie Haugh, who scored two first-half tries, the second of which was an acrobatic effort in the corner, knocked over the conversion to close the gap to 24-22.

Southern then had an opportunity to go ahead. University centre Giovanni Leituala got himself binned with 15 minutes remaining.

But Haugh missed from about 35m out. It proved very costly.

University did an amazing job of slowing down the game and holding on to the ball. The students really did not give Southern a decent opportunity to run at their backline which was down a man.

The time drifted away until both teams were locked in a desperate battle over that thin strip of grass with a minute to go.

Southern seemed destined to score but ran out of patience. Replacement halfback Tala Fagasoaia inexplicably tried to leap over the ruck to score.

He lost it forward and that was that.

University 24 (Graham Urquhart 2, Jermaine Pepe tries; Giovanni Leituala 3 con, pen), Southern 22 (Mackenzie Haugh 2, Hiroaki Shirahama, Mika Mafi tries; Haugh con). Halftime: 17-10

Taieri 25 Harbour 8
Taieri 25 (Brady Robinson, Kori Rupene, Glen Beadle tries; Corey McKay con, 2 pen, Brayden Laing con), Harbour 8 (James Tomkinson try; Logan Allen pen). Halftime: 7-5 Taieri.