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The Originals - 1889

The Original team from 1889 is displayed below - these were the first Wairoa Rangers.

From left to right

Back Row: C. Schmitt, C. C. Munro, P. Graham, R. Burnett, H. Ward, H. Taylor

Middle Row:  A. White, P. Hicks, P. McLennan, J. Nicol (Capt), A. Stephens, W. T. Duder, A. Sutherland, J. Condon

Front Row: H. Munro, D. Baird, J. Nicol, H. Turei (Tuesday)

The Wairoa Rangers Rugby team was founded in 1889. Clevedon was then known as Wairoa. In the first season they had 30 players and played the games at the McNicol paddock. Historians are unsure whether this is where the polo fields are currently located, or at some other paddock up McNicol Road. Later they made their home at the A&P Showgrounds. The jerseys were blue and black with white shorts.

The first match was against Taupo Maoris (now Kawakawa Bay) on May 11 1889.The ride by the Taupo team was 4 hours on horseback over muddy tracks to Clevedon and back. After the game they washed in the river. That year they also played Maraetai and Pokeno, and also Panmure and Thames travelling by boat.

In 1893 the Franklin Union was formed with four clubs Pukekohe, Tuakau, Bombay and Wairoa.The Wairoa Rangers won the first championship in 1893 and also in 1896 and 1899. Pukekohe won in 1894, 1895, 1897,and 1898.The games were travelled to on horseback with a stop off at the Jolly Farmer Inn on the way home.

Wairoa dominated a few years later, winning 4 years in a row 1911 - 1914. For these consecutive wins they got to keep the championship trophy the Hawke Cup forever. This is still held and on show at the historic McNicol house in McNicol Road, Clevedon. Rugby stopped for the 1st and 2nd world wars as many of the players fought in the wars and sadly some did not come home. In 1923 the name was changed to the Clevedon Rugby Club and played in the Manukau Sub Union. The club won championships in 1923 and 1924 then again in 1931, 1932 and the last in 1938 before closing down in 1954 because of dwindling numbers.

In 2005 the team was resurrected for Clevedon district boys to play some games of rugby on Sundays to foster community spirit. In 2009 there will be 4 teams. The enthusiasm by the boys and their fathers has been incredible. It has been very exiting continuing something that started 120 years ago. One of New Zealand's oldest rugby organizations, The Wairoa Rangers.

2015 Season

Father's Day

It was a wet and wild day for Father's Day 2015 bu 8 Wairoa Rangers teams were on display at the Clevedon A&P Showgrounds. We had our traditional opposition teams from Pukekohe as well as teams from Papakura (Under 12 Open), Beachlands/Maraetai and Waiuku Under 19.

The teams were very well matched right across the board with some very tightly contested games from Under 6/7 Rippa through to the Under 18/19 game which was won by Waiuku 5-0.

The Wairoa Rangers father's Day Trophy was up for grabs in the Under 10/11 game which was closely won by Pukekohe.

The match reports for each team are listed below:

Under 6/7 Match Report

(for more action photos click here to check out the Father's Day 2015 Photo Gallery)

Father's Day Tournament Rippa Teams Day.
Well it was all go for the 2015 season for the little Rippa teams on Father's Day.
It was a game of two halves a wet one & a dry one.
The teams played 2 great games against Pukekohe.
Thanks to Pukekohe who manage to play their one team for 2 games, against our 2 teams. With a team of 12, with rolling subs, they gave it their all.
Beating the Blue team 13-11, then loosing to our Black team 13-15.
We struggled to keep players on the field for the second half of the Black team's game due to the storm that came across. The wind was freezing, & the rain poured, but the kids did play on.
They had a great time sliding around in the mud.
Thanks to all the parents & grandparents who came along to the games to support the kids.
After a warm shower it was off to the Pub for some grub, & prize giving.

Was a Great Day had by all.

Under 8 Match Report

(for more action photos click here to check out the Father's Day 2015 Photo Gallery)

From the first tap of the game Toby Wales shot down field on the outside and just about scored in the corner and this set the tone for the first half with an onslaught of tries.

Before we knew it we were up by seven tries through some great play from Flynn Renall, Toby Wales, Isaiah Dunn and Ethan Harrison all getting on the score sheet.

Pukekohe pulled one back close to half time but we held staunch in defence to keep it that way before the break.

Much of the same followed early in the second half as we soaked up more attack through some strong Defence from Eddie Bell, Lachlan Snelling and Flynn Renall.

We didn’t have it all our own way as Puke worked their way back into the game using there big forwards to rumble over the line to get a few back of their own.

The try of the game came when we did a double round move then through the hands out wide we then changed the attack back to the right and Toby Wales went all the way for a full length of the field try, this delighted the crowd who had been in full voice all game.

All the team contributed and the confidence grew through the team as the game went on showing true Wairoa Rangers spirit.

Final score Wairoa Rangers 14 - Pukekohe 7 (tries).

Awesome day out in the mud looking forward to next weekend bring on Northcote.

Under 9 Match Report

(for more action photos click here to check out the Father's Day 2015 Photo Gallery)

This Year the WRRFC under 9s has pulled together a great team of girls and boys, mixed with some experience and plenty of excitement.

Pukekohe were running hot right from the start and scoring at will.  A good fresh south west squall soon cooled the scoring, the driving wind and freezing rain had kids from both teams looking to the ref and coaches asking if the game was cancelled.

It was obvious Pukekohe was a well-seasoned team enjoying the occasion and dominating the first half. The experienced players in our team led from the front and the Wairoa girls and boys kept their heads up and Harrison Gower managed to pull one back before half time.

With the first half of rugby behind them the Wairoa team picked up their attacking game. Keeping the ball close was the tactic for the second half.  The retention of the ball paid off allowing some great busting runs up the guts, it was great to see some of the inexperienced players giving it a go and pushing themselves.

The maul became a strength for the team and working together they managed to finish the game with two unanswered push over tries scored by Blake Renall.

Thank you to Pukekohe, the Referee and Supporters for a good game played in good spirit by all.

Under 10/11 Match Report

(for more action photos click here to check out the Father's Day 2015 Photo Gallery)

The U10/11 team were selected as the WRRFC team to contest the Shield this year and the match certainly lived up to expectation.

Zane Mitchell opened the scoring with a typical wet weather try - driving low for the line and crossing near the left hand corner. Pukekohe responded with a try of their own which was converted on the second attempt. 7-5 to Pukekohe and half time.

After sustained pressure by the home team, a botched clearing kick was gratefully received in centre field by Bruno Poole. His fend, outside swerve and pace to beat 3 defenders and score in the corner brought the lead back to the local team 10-7.

Pukekohe scored next after a good kick and chase, returned the lead to the visitors 12-10.

Sustained pressure from the home side during the last 5 minutes of the match, led to an exciting finish to the match, however the visitors stood fast under sustained pressure to gain an excellent victory and win the Shield for Pukekohe Club.

Under 12/13 Match Report

(for more action photos click here to check out the Father's Day 2015 Photo Gallery)

The Under 12/13 match report will be posted soon - check back soon.

Under 14/15 Match Report

(for more action photos click here to check out the Father's Day 2015 Photo Gallery)

Our boys had their first training run with all 15 players 60 minutes before kickoff so while the result of 19 - 7 went against us the effort & camaraderie was top notch. The boys emphasis was on having fun - spectators may have heard the boys singing happy birthday during a scrum!!

While the boys enjoyed the game they also played some quality rugby which was needed against a well drilled Beachlands/Maraetai opposition. There were some big tackles made as well as some bullocking runs by our larger lads then some silky running from the backs which lead to our try.

The way in which the boys conducted themselves is what the Wairoa Rangers is all about so it is a credit to the boys - well done.

Under 18/19 Match Report

(for more action photos click here to check out the Father's Day 2015 Photo Gallery)

The Under 18/19 match report will be posted soon - check back soon.

Northcote Tournament

The Northcote boys turned up early on Sunday morning in 3 buses filled with keen rugby players from Under 6/7 up to Under 16/17. Due to the conditions of the fields we had to re-locate 2 teams to South Park in Papakura so the Under 10/11 and Under 14/15 teams headed in to Papakura for their games.

The rugby started at 10:00 with the Under 6/7 Blue, Under 8, Under 10/11, and Under 12/13 teams up against very fierce competition from the Northcote boys and girls. There was high quality rugby played in all games, but the enthusiasm of the little Under 6/7 team is hard to beat. However, as we all know, the local Clevedon boys and girls step up a notch when they pull on the infamous Wairoa Rangers jersey with their mates and the standard of rugby on the park was outstanding.

The second round of games got underway at 11:15 with the Under 6/7 Black, Under 9, Under 14/15, and Under 16/17 teams taking to the park. The enthusiasm and energy displayed by all teams was fantastic and the Counties referees that we had controlling the games definitely earned their way today. A big thank you to Paul Gallagher, Jason Hazelwood, Dallas (from the Father’s Day tournament), Ian Gill, and Brent Mckee for helping out on both days – great effort guys!

The match reports from the games are listed below.

Under 6/7 Match Reports

Last games of the season for the Little Rippa’s.

The Blue team playing the first game, coming up against a well drilled side.

With the mid field pairing of the Bunce’s & the Theron’s holding their own. Having the Patterson’s working well on the wings. Bringing Nathan Kimpton in to bolster the forwards, they just went down by 2 points. Victoria Bunce managing to talk her way into Player of the Day.

The Black team playing the second game. Hoping that Nathan Kimpton could back up his first game performance. With the talking ability of Wood & Harkness, & the finishing skills of Healy & Plimmer, Mc Caw, & Montgomerie knew that they would have a win. With Flynn Healy playing a blinder & taking out Player of the Day.

Thanks to the management & coaches for bringing the teams together for a great couple of weeks of rugby.

Thanks also to Northcote, & supporters from all the supporters from all of the teams. A great day was had by all.

Under 8 Match Report

The Under 8’s had plenty of confidence from last weekend’s win against Puke and looked to put the same performance onto the pitch against the Northcote team.

We started well and got onto the scoreboard early through Toby Wales with a try in the corner they then pegged one back soon after and it stayed much the same way for the first half try for try. We attacked their line with plenty of opportunities to score but got a bit of the old 'white line fever' and missed a few tries out wide.

A good half time talk from the coaches to use the outsides and play as a team worked as the second half really opened up and the tries began to flow with Eddie Bell, Isaiah Dunn, Flynn Renall, Ethan Harrison and Toby Wales all getting on the score sheet among others, notably Miller Gower, Jaydon Mackenzie (with his solo full length of the field try) and Mack Lane meant we finished the game strongly.

We ran away with it in the end and it was a great team effort to rack up a very good win 11-3 (Tries).

Thanks for the support of the parent’s and coaches we look forward to doing it all again next year.

Under 9 Match Report

The under 9 boys and girls came up against a very slick outfit in Northcote so from the get go we were up against it. The benefits of playing a whole season together showed as they came up with some very good tries and the skill in executing them was pretty impressive which the crowd appreciated.

However all was not lost as we fought hard and came up with some good tries of our own through Hugo Harkness, Jordan Mills (with a couple brilliant solo efforts) Lucan Wood and Jonny French. Some good work also from Blake Renall and Harrison Gower in the forwards who worked tirelessly all game and never gave up.

We kept up our spirits in the second half and had a mini fight back showing good ticker working hard for each other coming up with the last try of the game through Jordan Mills which gave the supporters something to cheer about.

Northcote thoroughly deserved winners 15-6 (tries) but our boys/girls can hold their heads up as they fought hard throughout the match. Well done to the four girls who played as well you were all part of the team effort.

Under 10/11 Match Report

Another exciting and enjoyable rugby spectacle from the Under 10/11 boys, played in the picturesque setting of Southern Reserve, amongst the mature native forest.

The Wairoa Rangers backline was incisive and threatening, scoring the first try of the match - the first of 3 brilliant long range efforts by Selesi. However, the well drilled Northcote forwards controlled the ball for long periods and responded with 2 tries of their own.

The game see-sawed with the lead changing seven times before WRRFC finally extending the score to the winning tally of 39-29.

Both teams contributed to a great match, which was well refereed and played in excellent spirit - it was a treat for the players and supporters to experience.

Under 12/13 Match Report

Under 14/15 Match Report

The Under 14/15 team played a Northcote 5th grade well drilled team on a picture perfect Southern Park in Papakura.

After 15 minutes it was clear that it wasn't going to be the Ranger’s day, so the boys changed their approach to be about fun & was played in great spirits by both Northcote & our lads. There was plenty of banter during the game between the boys and at one stage (probably after 1 of Northcote's 12 tries) one of our boys suggested Northcote take their socks off & tuck them into their shorts to play ripper rugby!

Despite the donut result the spirit of how the game was played was shown when all the boys kneeled at the end of the game to cheer the supporters - it wasn't two teams kneeling separately instead they were all mixed in together & kneeled as one.

Under 16/17 Match Report


(for more action photos click here to check out the Northcote Tournament 2015 Photo Gallery)

The Under 16/17 Wairoa Rangers team played against a Northcote composite side. The game was very even for the first 10 minutes and then the Wairoa Rangers started to hit their straps, dominating up front which led to them scoring some good tries.

The Wairoa Rangers pulled away to a commanding lead by half time, but the Northcote boys hung in there. In the last 10 minutes of the game, Northcote game back strongly to scored two tries. The final score was 32 to 14 to the Wairoa Rangers.

We’d really like to thank the Northcote boys for turning up and playing the game in such great spirits. We will look forward to playing them again next year.

Under 16/17 Rotorua Trip

The current Under 16/17 Wairoa Rangers team had its turn for an annual excursion.

So, we headed off to Rotorua for some social and fun activities from 18 – 20 Sept 2015.

We travelled down in a couple of minivans on Friday night and stayed at The Backyard Inn, a great little budget place which has many different school and sport groups through.

We were there at the same time as a women’s rugby team, a school band and a volleyball team.

The first night had our boys playing pool and in the hot pool - while keeping an eye on the girls in the band and the other sports teams.

Saturday was up early to watch the opening RWC game England vs Fiji – and then into our action-packed day.

The weather was awesome for white water rafting on the Kaituna River with plenty of thrills and some spills, especially on a 7m waterfall, which is apparently the highest commercially rafted waterfall in NZ.

Then, a packed lunch lakeside and a bit of a rest, followed by a gondola trip up the hill and multiple luge rides down at top speed.  A few wipeouts, but no major injuries sustained.

Our return trip was on Sunday morning, after a really good time away in great company.

The boys were a credit to Wairoa Rangers Rugby Club and a big thank you to our supervising parents for their wonderful support.

Thanks also to our club committee for all their work, enabling our boys to have such an awesome experience.


Check out the photos of 
the Under 16/17 team biennial Rotorua Tour's white water rafting adventures on the photo gallery - looks like they had a blast!!

2014 Season

Father's Day

The 2014 Father’s Day tournament started with a beautiful sunny day in Clevedon. The A&P Showgrounds looked fantastic with the No 1 rugby field mowed and marked by the council and the No 2 field with the customary 6x2 posts strapped to the soccer goal posts.

With 120 local Wairoa Rangers boys and girls as well as teams from Pukekohe Junior Rugby Club, Beachlands Maraetai, Pukekohe High School and Macleans College it was a very busy day at the park.

Under 5/6 Match Report

(for more action photos click here to check out the Father's Day 2014 Photo Gallery)

Fathers Day 2014 came around quick this year. The day turned out brilliant, well organised and plenty of sunshine.

The Wairoa Rangers Under 5/6 Rippa team have come together well, with their coaches only being able to run a couple of sessions with them, due to bad weather. For some players it was their first game of Rippa Rugby.

The team ended the first half up by 2 points, to go on & win by 1 point. Thanks to Pukekohe for an exciting game.

They all had just as much fun at the after match function in the mud as they did on the field and the team is looking forward to the next game.

Coaches: Ants Rooney & James Harkness, Manager: Carla Rawson.

Under 7/8 Match Report

(for more action photos click here to check out the Father's Day 2014 Photo Gallery)

The Under 7/8’s assembled a relatively inexperienced team for the Father’s Day match but none the less enthusiasm was high come game time. Only 3 of the 16 in the team had played tackle before so this was a new challenge for the kids coming straight from a season of ripper rugby. Pukekohe fielded a good side and scored plenty of tries in the first half and got away on us but the boys/girls stuck at it and managed to score towards half time through Hugo Harkness. In the second half we held our own and managed a couple more tries through Hugo and Harrison Gower once we got used to the flow of the game. We finished strongly going close on many occasions and defended well notably Lucan Wood, Nina King and Ethan Harrison although the game had gone by then. Final score 17-3.

Well done team good effort and looking forward to the next game against Northcote.

Coaches: Ollie Snelling & Damian Harrison, Managers: Manu Grey & Kara Renall.

Under 9/10 Match Report

(for more action photos click here to check out the Father's Day 2014 Photo Gallery)

The Wairoa Rangers Under 9/10 Team played against a much larger Pukekohe team who had selected the best 2 players from their six Under 10 & Under 9 teams. After a slow start and being slightly overawed by the larger opposition we showed plenty of GRIT and fought back strongly to even the scores before Pukekohe pulled away and won the match 10 tries to 7.

 GRIT : "The ability to work hard and respond resiliently to failure and adversity; the inner quality that enables individuals to work hard and stick to their passions and goals."

 There were notable performances from Selesi Foketi, Max Carter, Finn Ryan & Oliver, however the Pukekohe coach selected Jake Lithgow as the Player of the Day – congratulations Jake.

Coach: Cameron King, Manager: Diane Lithgow.

Under 11/12 Match Report

(for more action photos click here to check out the Father's Day 2014 Photo Gallery)

The Under 11/12 team teamed up with five keen Pukekohe players to play a spirited 10-a-side game. A big thanks to the Pukekohe players for turning up and playgin on the day.

Coaches: Neal McKendrick, Chris Walker & Doug Lithgow, Manager: Mike Mitchener.

Under 13/14 Match Report

(for more action photos click here to check out the Father's Day 2014 Photo Gallery)

Coaches: Chris Pallister & Tim Dowden, Manager: Karen Pallister.

Under 15/16 Match Report

(for more action photos click here to check out the Father's Day 2014 Photo Gallery)

The Under 15/16 team played Pukekohe High School for the Father’s Day trophy this year. It was one of the best games of rugby that the under 15/16 boys have played over the last few years of Wairoa Rangers. This game represented what the Wairoa Rangers are all about - boys from Clevedon and the wider district all coming together after playing rugby for their different secondary schools. It was fantastic to see old friendships rekindled and the boys having so much fun playing the game that so many of them love.

At the start of the game Pukekohe High School, who had been playing together for the season, had the upper hand and scored the first try. After 20 minutes, the Wairoa Rangers started to hit their straps. They scored a try and seemed to build on old partnerships. The forwards became more dominant and the backs began to run some good lines.

Through patience and some good skills on display, the boys went on to win and scored some great tries in the process. Pukekohe High School put on a really good show, they never gave up and were a great team to play against.

Thanks very much to the parents and supporters. The Under 15/16 team is really looking forward to the next game.

Coaches: Bruce Eyre & John Rex, Manager: Carol McKenzie-Rex.

Under 17/18 Match Report

(for more action photos click here to check out the Father's Day 2014 Photo Gallery)

Coaches: Steve Baskett & Jason Harford, Manager: Louise Harford.

After Match Function

After the last games the players and supporters all headed down to the Clevedon Hotel for a few Father’s Day drinks and a BBQ with steak and sausages from John Bell’s butchery in Drury and local Clevedon Coast oysters. This was one of the biggest crowds we have had at the Wairoa Rangers annual tournament and it was a great atmosphere with representatives from each team stepping up to the podium to say a few words on behalf of their team.

The new Father’s Day Trophy, designed and created by Brent McKee, was presented to the Wairoa Rangers Under 15/16 captain Mitchell McKee. The new trophy will be on display on the Clevedon Hotel for the next 12 months.

As the crowd dwindled and the day drew to a close there were still a few Wairoa Rangers Mums and Dads recounting the glorious rugby that was played earlier in the day. There were a few poems being recited and the remaining sausages were finished off with a couple of poultry treats.

All in all everyone had a great day and we are already looking forward to another great tournament next year.

Northcote Tournament

The 2014 Northcote Tournament was a great success with the Wairoa Rangers fielding seven teams against some very willing and talented Northcote teams. The weather was a bit patchy (to say the least) but it was fantastic to see so many parents and supporters out there on the day.

We kicked off at 10:30 with the Under 7/8 and Under 9/10 teams. Both these teams played some very good rugby with the Under 9/10 having a narrow win and the Under 7/8 team going down to a well drilled Northcote team. The enthusiasm and ‘never say die’ attitude of the players was evident on the field and a great example to the other teams.

The Under 11/12 and Under 13/14 teams played at 11:30. The Under 11/12 team performed a stirring haka to get their game started. The Northcote teams in both these grades played fantastic rugby and they took the honours in each game, however the Wairoa Rangers teams played good rugby and can be proud of their performance on the day.

The game at 12:40 was a cracker and it was played in torrential rain as the Under 5/6 Wairoa Rangers Rippa team took the field against an enthusiastic Northcote team. This was a fantastic game with lots of running to display the young talent we have coming through the ranks of the Wairoa Rangers.

The main event games were the Under 15/16 and Under 17/18 games at 1:30 and they both turned out to be the games of the day with lots of passion, pride and feeling being shown in games which showcased the talent that we have in the club. Both teams had good wins over their opposition with the Under 15/16 team playing a Northcote Rugby Club team and the Under 17/18 team playing a Northcote College team.

We were hosted by the Northcote Rugby Club for the after match in their clubrooms with a great feed and a few speeches and it was good to hear that Northcote are keen to come out to Clevedon in 2015 to continue the tradition of the annual tournament against the Wairoa Rangers.

It was re-assuring to see the turnout of players across all grades for the Wairoa Rangers, especially on a rainy day, and we are already looking forward to another season next year!

A big ‘Thank You!’ to all the Wairoa Rangers coaches and managers who put a lot of effort into getting the teams together and ensuring that we had two successful tournaments this year. Also to the parents who supported the tournaments and turned up on the day to watch some fantastic rugby. Thanks to Louise Harford for providing all the photos of the Father’s Day Tournament and the Northcote Tournament. The Northcote Tournament photos can be viewed here.

2013 Season

Father's Day

We had a fantastic day on the 1st September for the annual Father's Day tournament with Pukekohe, Beachlands and Howick bringing teams out to play against the Wairoa Rangers.

The Father's Day Shield was up for grabs in the Under 10/11 grade this year and the game between the Wairoa Rangers and Pukekohe was an excellent display of rugby from both teams, with the intensity of the game holding up right to the end. The Wairoa Rangers came away with the win and will get their badge on the Father's Day Shield which will be mounted in the Clevedon Hotel.

The Under 8/9 team came up against a very good Pukekohe side. Although they went down on the scoreboard they scored two good tries and their enthusiasm throughout the game was great to see.

The Under 12/13 team played a Tri-Series against Pukekohe and Beachlands, coming out on top with wins in both games.

The Under 14/15 boys did not have a team to play so they had a 10-a-side game between themselves which was more intense that a game against an opposition team. It was truly mate-against-mate in the clash with no ground given and no holds barred. It was a great example of the fact that rugby in New Zealand is really just about getting out on the park and having a go - which is exactly what the Wairoa Rangers are all about.

The Under 16/17 had a great game against a very good Howick College / Beachlands team. All the boys played excellent rugby - it was great to see them supporting each other on the field and coming away with a win after a hard fought game.

We had a great after match function at the Clevedon Hotel with the Pukekohe, Beachlands and Howick teams which culminated with the presentation of the Father's Day Shield to the Wairoa Rangers Under 10/11 team.

The Northcote Rugby Club are  bringing teams out the weekend after Fathers Day (Saturday 7th September) for a day of rugby at the Clevedon A&P Showgrounds. The Under 16/17 team are heading away to play the Cambridge 2nd XV on Friday the 6th September and then on to Rotorua for the weekend.

Northcote Tournament

Saturday the 7th September 2013 was a memorable day for everyone involved in Counties rugby!

Joe Kurukaanga lead a visiting group of four Northcote RFC rugby teams (and about 50 supporters), who played hard and fair, were gracious, generous and well behaved afterwards. Northcote have invited WRRFC to reciprocate the occasion at Northcote next year.

Tana Umaga and the Counties-Manukau Steelers were given a good reminder on how to play attacking, winning rugby by the Wairoa Rangers Under 8/9 team - who turned around a disappointing loss from the previous week to win a thrilling encounter 55-50. Congratulations to the boys for winning their first game and congratulations also to the Steelers for following the example and winning the Ranfurly Shield for the first time!

A huge thank you to Josh Raisun & Jim Summerville at the Clevedon Hotel, all the parents and supporters who helped out, Clevedon School, Northcote RFC and the WRRFC players for their efforts.

Under 16/17 Rotorua Tour

The Under 16/17 team toured down to Rotorua on the 6th September via Cambridge to play the Cambridge High School 2nd XV. 

On the way we detoured via Pukekohe to attend Larry Bell's funeral. Larry was a great part of Counties rugby history and his funeral was a befitting ceremony for someone who has given so much for the game. Our condolences were passed on to John (JB) and his family.

The boys lost to Cambridge High in a very physical game, but it was a good pre-cursor to the weekend ahead with a lot of activities planned.

We go by the old motto of "what goes on tour stays on tour" so I won't go into too much detail, but a few of the activities that the boys and parents got up to are listed below. You might find a bit more information within the photos on the Photo Gallery page!

  • White Water Rafting on the Kaituna River (grade 5)
  • St Kentigern College v Otago Boys High 
  • The Luge
  • Counties v Hawkes Bay (Ranfurly Shield)
  • All Blacks v Argentina
  • AgroVentures

All up it was a fantastic weekend for the boys/girls and the parents that attended to supervise! Looking forward to the next one for the younger team (U14/15) next year!

2012 Season

The 2012 season for the Wairoa Rangers was reduced to the Father's Day Tournament at the Clevedon A&P Showgrounds due to the potential Whangamata trip falling through. However the tournament on the 2nd September was a great success with teams from Pukekohe, Patumahoe, Howick College and Beachlands taking part.

The Wairoa Rangers now have 6 teams with the addition of the enthusiastic Under 7/8 team coached by Cameron King. The young guys had a great day on Father's Day coming up against a strong Pukekohe team, putting in a solid performance.

Wairoa Rangers Under 7/8 Team with Pukekohe

The After Match function back at the Clevedon Hotel was a great success with a large part of the Clevedon community taking part in the festivities. The captains from each team spoke and the annual Fathers Day shield was awarded to the Wairoa Rangers Under 15/16 team, captained by Jamie Harford.

2011 Season

The 2011 season saw the appearance of a real rugby field at the Clevedon A&P Showgrounds complete with rugby posts. Tony Curran was the main force behind getting the posts up as he liaised with the community groups and the council to steer the way through the negotiations and communications to get these posts up and a rugby field allocated to the Wairoa Rangers - thanks Tony!

This is the first time that the Wairoa Rangers have had a home ground and it was used to great advantage for the annual Father's Day tournament.

The Youngsters - Wairoa Rangers Under 8/9 Team

We had teams from Pukekohe, Patumahoe, Beachlands, Ardmore Marist and Howick out on the 4th September to celebrate our rugby festival. With this year being the Rugby World Cup hosting year in NZ we also had visitors from England - the team from B Sky B were out at the grounds and were blown away by the intensity and quality of the rugby at all levels - check out the UK Sky TV video on the 'In The News' page.

The Wairoa Rangers teams all had wins on the day and the celebrations back at the Clevedon Hotel were up to their usual standard!

On the 10th September we had an away trip to Whangamata for all 5 Wairoa Rangers teams thanks to the organisation and contacts of Mark Auld and Hamish Frizzell. We had a great bus trip down to Whangamata on Saturday morning and all teams played great rugby against some very good opposition from the local Whangamata teams. The Under 17 team played the Strathallan 1st XV and went down by a slim margin of 5-7. This was the only loss of the day - another very successful tournament from the Wairoa Ranger teams.

The Wairoa Rangers Under 17 team in action in Whangamata against the Strathallan 1st XV

The after match at the Whangamata Surf Lifesaving Club was very well attended as the Wairoa Rangers players and supporters watched the 2011 World Cup games (France v Japan and Argentina v England). The Mums on the night kept all the boys and girls in line with various interesting methods of drug and alcohol detection for all the youngsters who ventured past!

Sunday morning saw all the Wairoa Rangers Mums and Dads cooking up a huge breakfast and everyone had a great feed of bacon and eggs before heading back to Clevedon on the buses.

2010 Season
The Wairoa Ranger's 2010 season saw the teams playing at the Ardmore Marist rugby grounds at Bruce Pulman Park.
On Father's Day we had teams from Pukekohe and Howick out to play against the Wairoa Rangers teams.
The afetr match function at the Clevedon Hotel was up to its usual standard with a fantastic barbeque put on by the Wairoa Rangers fraternity.

2009 Season

Northland Tour - 26th / 27th September

The Wairoa Rangers Under 8/9 and Under 12/13 teams headed up to Kerikeri to play a couple of local teams with a night out on Urupukapuka Island after the games. It was a fantastic trip with the old adage of "what goes on tour - stays on tour" being the mantra of the weekend.

We headed out from the Wairoa Rangers clubrooms at 8:00 am sharp on 2 buses heading north for a showdown with the Kerikeri Rugby Club.

The Wairoa Rangers Under 8/9 team came up against an Under 10 Kerikeri team, however this did not dampen their spirits and with a bit of player swapping they all had a great game against a very good Kerikeri team.

The Under 12/13 team were playing the unbeaten Kerikeri Under 12 team and it was a real ding-dong battle with the score 7-5 to the Wairoa Rangers at half time. The Rangers turned with the wind at their back and Head Coach Steve Baskett gave then strict instructions to use the wind and play in the Kerikeri half of the field. After about 15 minutes they realised that Steve actually had a point and started to use the wind to their advantage. Kerikeri never gave up and the game could have gone either way, but the defense of the Wairoa Rangers won out at the end of the day and they came away with a good victory 7-5.

After the games we were hosted back at the Kerikeri clubrooms for the traditional feast and speeches. All the Wairoa Rangers tourists started to relax at this point and look forward to the rest fo the weekend out in the Bay of Islands. In the tradition of rugby there were plenty of big bottles of Lion Red being looked after. Thanks to our Kerikeri hosts for a great aftermatch - we hope to reciprocate next year down in Clevedon.

The buses then took us out to Paihia where we caught the ferry out to Urupukapuka Island for the night, hosted by Brian Papesch. Everyone got their accommodation sorted out and the Mums did a fantastic job of getting a fabulous meal ready while the Dads organised a Burma Trail for the boys and girls - we also got the bar sorted out in preparation for the long night ahead! Say no more - but a great night with lots of good stories created and debated throughout.

Sunday morning was a perfect morning with the boys and girls out on the kayaks in the bay, lots of swimming off the wharf and then a big BBQ breakfast before packing up and heading back to Paihia. The teams got rides back in the Mack Attack boat and then we were back on the buses and heading back home.

We had 86 people on the tour and the success of the trip was due to the fantastic community spirit shown by everyone. Everyone helped out and getting things done was a piece of cake. You can check out the Northland Tour photos in the Photo Gallery section.

Fathers Day - 6th September

Another fantastic day out at the Clevedon A&P Showgrounds. This year we had teams from Patumahoe (Under 9 Restricted), Howick College (Under 14) and College Rifles (Under 13 Restricted). Unfortunately the Pakuranga team couldn't make it so the Wairoa Rangers Under 10/11 team split and played 7-a-side.

Under 10/11 Wairoa Ranger Team (2009)

The Wairoa Rangers Under 8/9 and Under 10/11 teams kicked off the day at 10:00am  under clear skies and with a good crowd gathered to watch. The Under 8/9 team had a tough match against a talented Patumahoe team and although they won the game 20-15 they spent alot of the 2nd half defending against a persistent Patumahoe attack.

Under 8/9 Wairoa Ranger Team (2009) with their Patumahoe counterparts

The main games started at 11:00 with Howick College up against the Wairoa Rangers Under 14 team and the Under 12/13 team up against College Rifles. The Howick boys were down on numbers so the coach (Mark Roberts) lent them the services of Corey Larsen, Kelly Alexander and Brittany Welsh. The boys and girls were very fortunate to have Tony Welsh pulling on those old boots to ref the game and the Howick College team got off to a blinder - the Wairoa Rangers were soon playing catch up rugby. In the end they never caught up and the Howick boys were delighted with the win. Both teams played in the true spirit of the game and had a great time regardless of the one sided scoreboard tally! There is already talk of organising another game against a Howick College / Beachlands Maraetai combination team.

Under 14 Wairoa Ranger Team (2009)

The Wairoa Rangers Under 12/13 were also beaten by College Rifles who keep the Fathers Day shield. The College Rifles boys presented a spirited haka before kick-off and the Wairoa Rangers stood up to them showing respect for that great New Zealand rugby tradition. The Wairoa Rangers put on a good performance and coach Steve Baskett was proud of the way they played - "... they couldn't have done any more ...".

Under 12/13 Wairoa Ranger Team (2009)

The after match down at the clubrooms (Clevedon Hotel) was another great success with all the boys, girls, Mums and Dads filling up on steak, Hellers sausages, Hellers hamburger patties, Clevedon Coast oysters and salads from the Mums! Ralph and Grant from the Clevedon Hotel were fantastic hosts and everyone joined in another good community get together to celebrate Fathers Day and the fine display of rugby from the Wairoa Rangers teams. We had a few words from the Wairoa Rangers President, Ken Parry, as well as the traditional speeches from the captains of each team - Ryan Alexander (Under 14), Hayden Church (Under 12/13) and William Sager (Under 8/9).

As the day progressed there was some talk of putting together a Wairoa Rangers Presidents team under the leadership of captain Mark Auld. This seemed to be getting alot of support from the Wairoa Rangers Dads so keep an eye out for the big boys fronting at training in their shorts and playing jerseys!

Pukekohe - 30th August

The Wairoa Rangers 2009 season got off to a great start last weekend (30th August) with all four teams playing out at Pukekohe against teams from the Pukekohe club and the Under 14 team playing against Karaka Under 13 Open. All teams, apart from the Under 8/9 Blue team, came away with wins and all games were played in great spirit, which is a credit to the Wairoa Rangers and the Pukekohe Rugby club. We had a good BBQ feed at Pukekohe after the games with speeches from the Wairoa Rangers captains - Ryan Alexander, Luke Seabrook, Sam Rex and Toby Seabrook. 

The Under 14 team had a great game by all accounts with the first try scored by Kelly Alexander on the wing. Even though the boys and girls (Kelly and Brittany) have only been together for a couple of practices they did their coach (Mark Roberts) proud with some fine rugby against a bigger Karaka team to come away with a convincing 45-5 win.

The Under 12/13 team played like the All Blacks apparently and they were all obviously listening to their coach, Steve Baskett, as he was all smiles after the game. Playing against the Pukekohe team who made it to the Under 13 Restricted Semi Final it was a great result to come away with a 22-7 win after being 7-7 at half time.

The Under 10/11 team also had a win against a very competitive Pukekohe Under 11 Restricted team. Led by Sam Rex the team pulled together to put on a great display of rugby for their coaches (Bruce Eyre and John Rex) and the large crowd of spectators. The end result was 19-5 to the Wairoa Rangers after a tough match.

The Under 8/9 team was split into two (Wairoa Rangers Blue and Wairoa Rangers Black) for consecutive games against 2 Pukekohe Under 8 and Under 9 teams. The Blue team was led by Toby Seabrook and although they lost both games they were very competitive and played with great heart and good spirit right to the end - 60 minutes of solid rugby. The Black team, led by William Sager, had two good wins against Pukekohe.

A big thanks to David French, Adam Cochrane and the Pukekohe club for hosting these games and plans are already underway to get together at the end of the 2010 season for another fixture, hopefully at the new Wairoa Rangers home grounds in Clevedon.

2008 Season

Annual Fathers Day Game - 7th September

Unfortunately we couldn't claim the Fathers Day Shield this year, but the Wairoa Rangers team put on a courageous and gutsy performance against a much larger College Rifles City XV with the final score being 21-7 to the City team. The full match report will be posted soon. The photos have been posted in the Photo Gallery pages.

The Curtain Raiser this year was a great success with the Under 8 Wairoa team being joined by 4 Under 7 boys who displayed a great performance of mauling and tackling. Tom Corson, Sean Feeney, Josh Frizzell and Ethan Wade all played great rugby and showed that they are ready for their first year of tackle next year! The Wairoa Red Under 8 team was victorious with a 45-40 win over the Wairoa Blue Under 7 / 8 team. The size and power showed out in the end with the Under 8 team, led by William Sager, having a bit more experience than the combined Under 7 / 8 team led by Toby Seabrook. The photos have been posted in the Photo Gallery pages.

The after match in the clubrooms was well received again and the Fathers Day Shield was handed over by the Wairoa Rangers captain Tim Wheeler. The Wairoa Rangers President, Ken Parry, made his first public appearance with a stirring speech recalling the early days of Wairoa Rangers rugby.

Te Kauwhata - 24th August

Off to a good start this year with a good 59-0 win over the Te Kauwhata Under 12 Restricted side.

The day started with a bus trip down to Te Kauwhata in driving rain. Team Management commandeered the back of the bus after an initial occupation by the Wairoa Rangers!

Pretty wet in Te Kauwhata also - but perfect for a game of rugby and the Wairoa Rangers came out firing. The forwards drove forward and a mauled well to get excellent possession for the backs, who handled the ball perfectly in the wet weather to spin it out through the back line.

The Wairoa Rangers maintained the pressure throughout the game to keep Te Kauwhata off the scoreboard - which displayed great character as the Te Kauwhata team played well, but just could not keep up with the intensity of the Wairoa Rangers.

2007 Season

The Wairoa Rangers went up against the City team from College Rifles and University clubs at the Clevedon Showgrounds on Fathers Day 2007 in the annual City v Country rugby game.

This year we had a Curtain Raiser consisting of the Ardmore Marist Small Blacks 2 team (Under 7). The Blue team led by Toby Seabrook won 9-8 in an extremely close and exciting game, defeating the Red team led by Puruhi Kahi.

The main event was won by City this year with a 14-10 win over the Wairoa Rangers, led by Hayden Church.

This was another very close game with two tries each and the kicking from the City team giving them the game. The Country boys and girls had their chances, but the City boys defended very well and came out with the victory.

We had the customary after match function at the Clevedon Hotel Garden Bar and this was well attended as usual by Mums, Dads, and all the kids. There was plenty of food (along with oysters from Clevedon Coast) and the City folks were farewelled by the Country Dads with a couple of flagons and a bottle of port for the bus trip home.

With the series now sitting at 2-1 in favour of the City team, the Country boys and girls are already looking forward to levelling the series next year!