Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Thanks for the Season Boys - Season Statistics 2006

E te iwi e tena koutou katoa,
The season has been over for a month now but it has been good to see that people are still checking out the website looking at the profiles. Aroha mai for the incomplete ones but the offenders are yet to hand in their sheets. So those boys need to get a move on. As I said the seasons been over for a month and now the rep. season has come to an end. Congrats to the boys involved in that. I, like many others have been mulling over the season thinking about the what ifs and maybes and it was tough to take the two losses to Te Aute and Feilding in the final. After having such an awesome year the finish to it all was very anti-climatic. As a coach you look at things that you think you could have done better to prepare the team but also in how the boys played and whether they were factors in the losses but an honest relection says to me that we could not have prepared any better and the boys could not have played any harder as I know that they will always give 110% on the field for themselves, the college and their families. There is no excuses we were just beaten by better teams on the day. Despite those losses there have been many positives from the season.

This season has been challenging and enjoyable. It has been a season of more highs than lows as our record would indicate. A 64-7 thrashing of Wanganui Collegiate, the 12-6 win over Wanganui City, 2 last second wins against Feilding High, the thriller against St. Bernards, the 15 match unbeaten run through the season, thrashing St. Johns 42-9. These are just a few examples of what this team achieved this year. Just awesome.

It has also been awesome to have worked with just the coolest bunch of guys I've ever come across. They were very tight and worked hard for each other and the strong bond they had usually worked in their favour. There were also some very good players as well. Below is a list of rep. players and also my choices for awards. It has been immensely pleasureable working alongside this team and as you can tell I can't speak highly enough of them. What makes them stand out it is that they are good people. They do have their short comings don't get me wrong but I know that in each individual they are all good people with pride in themselves and the kura.

Not much more to say sorry but to wish everyone the best of luck for next year. Next year will feature the return of Richard Thompson, Boy Boy, Jaden Taniwha, Azza, Tama, Muscles, Manaia, Tiks so there is a good nucleus of players returning plus some good players making their way up through the lower grades like Bronson Neera, Leroy King, Logan Hames and Shani Te Moana. For me and for Pa Vic however it is the end of the road. I wish it could have ended on a better note but I have worked with Jackson's year group since they were 4th form and now remaining from that group is only Jackson, Ihaka, Jacob, Jaykib, Lewis, Te Umu, Eddie, Sam and Dominic. Players like Simon, Hone and Peta came along after. So heres a big shout out to the players that have left but are stilled remembered - Rapana Rene, Marcus Paranihi, Raniera Tuhaka, Josh Gage, Tipene Whata, Dallas Maru, Hamuera Purakau, George Paenga, Tahu Bishop, Shaun Nuku( still at school ),Robert Ratana, Luke Whanarere, Kiwa Greenland, Zak Elliot, Chey Wereta,Raniera Grace and Mark Smith. You guys would have made an awesome team. As I said it is the end of the road for me and Pa Vic as we take on new challenges but we along with Pa Chris have had an awesome time being involved with this team and wish you all the very best for the future. Thanks for the season boys and thanks to all our supporters and people who have helped along the way like Alpha Buses, the kitchen and laundry staff, all the parents, Irene and Tihirau and everyone else who came to support and watch our boys. Chee, " Paora tino toa"

Akuanei, na,

Portz

Points Scorers

Lewis Marshall - 10 tries, 6 cons, 7 pens - 83 points
Jaykib Donaldson - 15 tries - 75 points
Ihaka Waerea - 12 tries - 60 points
Simon Rowe - 2 tries, 19 cons, 2 pens - 54 points
Jackson Waerea - 3 tries, 15 cons, 2 pens - 51 points

Try Scorers

Jaykib Donaldson - 15
Ihaka Waerea - 12
Lewis Marshall - 10
Aaron Kelly - 9
Sam Aupouri - 8

Win / Loss Record

Preseason - 2 Win, 1 draw, 1 loss - Points for 66, against 45

Traditionals - 5 win, 2 loss - Points for 210, against 71

Manawatu Competition - 8 win,1 draw, 1 loss, 2 default - Points for 276, against 100

Season - 15 win, 2 draw, 4 loss, 2 default - Points for 552, against 216


Meanest Maoris of the Year

Best Team Man - Jackson Waerea

Most Committed - Paul Davis

Most Improved Forward - Hone Vella

Most Promising Forward - Aaron Kelly

MVP Forward - Sam Aupouri, Peta Simmonds

Most Improved Back - Ihaka Waerea, Te Umu Miratana

Most Promising Back - Aidan Matehe

MVP Back - Lewis Marshall

MVP Team - Lewis Marshall

Representative Players

Lewis Marshall - Wellington U/18's, Wellington 7's, Hurricanes Secondary Schools

Jackson Waerea - Manawatu U/18's, Hurricanes Trialist,Manawatu Maori Colts, Central Falcons NJC

Aaron Kelly - Manawatu U/16's ( Captain ), Hurricanes Trialist, Manawatu Maori Colts

Ihaka Waerea - Manawatu U/18's, Manawatu Maori Colts, Te Tini a Maui Maori Colts

Jaykib Donaldson - Manawatu U/18's, Manawatu Maori Colts, Central Falcons NJC

Paul Davis - Manawatu U/20's, Manawatu U/18's

Chris Delamere-Broughton - Manawatu U/16's, Manawatu Maori Colts

Tama Nahona - Manawatu U/16's

Aidan Matehe - Manawatu Maori Colts

Sam Aupouri* - Manawatu Maori Colts, Central Falcons NJC

Jacob Seymour* - Central Falcons, Central Falcons NJC

Richard Thompson - East Coast U/16's

Tahu Bishop - Manawatu Maori Colts, Central Falcons NJC

Luke Whanarere - Manawatu Maori Colts

Chey Peters-Wereta - Central Falcons

Kiwa Greenland - Central Falcons NJC

* These players made the Manawatu U/18's but withdrew.

Players in itallics left school during the season.

Pa Portz's Dream Team of the last 4 years

  1. Rapana Pene - Most skilful prop in New Zealand rugby.
  2. Robert Ratana - Run all day and gave 100%
  3. Rodney Graham - Big, strong and tough
  4. Aaron Kelly - Big future ahead. Capable of freakish things.
  5. Te Waaiti Pearless - A leader and an awesome person
  6. Peta Simmonds - Went from nowhere to somewhere in 1 year
  7. Adrian Te Rangi ( vc ) - Hard as and just led by example
  8. Tahu Bishop - We never saw the best of Tahu in the 1st XV but he had it.
  9. Chey Wereta - Not many better just didn't take his opportunities
  10. Jacob Seymour - In full flight a picture of balance and poise
  11. Richard Baker - Fearless tackler, big, strong and quick
  12. Jackson Waerea ( c ) - Underestimated and under rated by idiots
  13. Kade Poki - The second best player I have coached at Hato Paora
  14. Jaykib Donaldson - A consistently efficient finisher
  15. Lewis Marshall - The best player I have coached at Hato Paora
  16. Luke Whanarere
  17. Hone Vella
  18. Dallas Maru
  19. Sam Aupouri
  20. Aidan Matehe
  21. Kiwa Greenland
  22. Ihaka Waerea

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

HPC 1st XV v Feilding High School 1st XV - 19/08/06

A late report on the game is due to the mourning process. Not because of the passing of the Maori Queen but mourning the loss of the Secondary Schools final to Feilding. Undoubtably the best team won on the day with excellent structure and planning put into place and some good defence nullifying the opportunities Hato Paora had created early in the first half. Hato Paora had built their season on their defence but sadly it was lacking this game as 3 first half tries put paid to the HPC season as the pressure built and errors crept into the Hato Paora game from trying to play catch up rugby. Hato Paora tried valiantly to get back into the game but from the wrong end of the paddock and they committed to many penalties trying to win the ball back off the opposition who were playing confidently. Sadly the endeavour was not enough to get HPC back into the game and an undefeated season was wrecked at the final hurdle. No complaints however as Feilding were the better team and played an excellent brand of rugby. Players to front for Hato Paora were Lewis Marshall, Peta Simmonds and Sam Aupouri.

HPC - 0

FHS - 25

This weekend we play a Fijian Schoolboys team from Nadroga.This is our last game of the season so we will be looking to have some fun. They are touring New Zealand and Hato Paora will be giving them a sporting and cultural exchange. Powhiri is at 10:00am at Hato Paora