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Next Game: May 13
Blue and Black
Monthly Newsletter of the Te Puna Rugby Football Club
Saturday 8th April
Tuesday 18th April
Saturday 22nd April
Saturday 29th April
Greerton Marist 0 – 58 Te Puna
Te Puna 28 – 22 Mount
Tauranga 35 – 24 Te Puna
Te Puna 56 - 10 Whakatane
Greerton Marist 12 – 7 Te Puna
Te Puna 17 – 6 Mount
Tauranga 10 – 27 Te Puna
Te Puna 74 - 5 Whakatane
Greerton 36 – 0 Te Puna
Tauranga 52 – 10 Te Puna
Te Puna 12 – 24 E. Districts
Saturday 6th May
JMC Rugby is kicking off! Check the papers for Saturdays games. Te Puna’s
under 12’s and under 11’s still need more players, so if you know any 10 or
Paroa 22 - 33 Te Puna
11 year old kids interested, please get in touch with Sean Lett.
Our ‘On the Couch’ fundraiser night will be run again this year after
such an amazing reception last year. If you have any goods to donate
for our auction please get in touch.
Paroa 7 - 41 Te Puna
$10 Raffle tickets for sale at the club now for our travel draw – this is
to support the earthquake strengthening of the club
Blue and Black Issue 17 May 2017
Shahn Eru to France
Senior Club Top of the Tables
Junior Club Update
Sam Phipps: 50 Games
Bon Voyage Shahn Eru
Shahn Eru, after two productive seasons with
the club, is off to Perpignan in France to play
rugby professionally. Shahn moved up to Te
Puna from his hometown of Wainuiomata half
way through the 2015 season. During his time
at Te Puna, Shahn has played lock, flanker and
number eight, amassing a total of 24 caps. Big
and fast, and a talented ball-player, Shahn also
represented Bay of Plenty for two seasons.
Saturday was Shahn’s final game for the club
and he was given a fitting send-off – a 56-10
win against Whakatane Marist, the first team
he played against for Te Puna. After the
match, he was presented with a Te Puna
jersey and farewelled with a party at the club.
Bon voyage Shahn! You and your family will be
Te Puna Rugby Football Club
Te Puna Rd
Tauranga, New Zealand
Call 07-552 5580
Welcome to all our new Families and returning players for
the 2017 season.
This year sees us break another record with 14 teams
entered into the Junior competition. That’s 230 kids
Playing rugby in the black and blue - an outstanding result.
There are going to be a lot of thank yous in this first letter
so please bear with me as these people and companies
need to be thanked.
The club would like to make mention of and
offer a huge thanks to Darren Astiel from
Ground Up Fencing Services for the installation
of our new leaner rail (above). Ground Up are
the ones for all your retaining walls, fences and
kiwifruit structure work. Come down this
Saturday and test it out.
The club also has had a brand new set of goal
posts supplied and installed thanks to New
Zealand’s #1 house wrap: TEKTON. The old goal
posts had been in place since the 1960’s and
hopefully we can get the same sort of mileage
out of this new set
Player Profile: Sam Phipps
This Saturday the Premiers and Development host
Arataki at Maramatanga Park. The Reserves are also
playing at home. It is also sponsors day for the senior
club. Club sponsors will be hosted on the balcony while
player sponsors will be welcomed pitch-side in the
marquee. It should be a cracker of a day with the Manu
Kuka trophy on the line, so come on down and thank
A huge thank you to the JMC committee Sarah Kemp,
Fiona Jackson, Lisa Carston, Rochelle Hawes, Kim
McCormick and Odette Souter for their amazing
contribution to the beginning of the season they have all
done a great job, please thank them personally when you
see them around at trainings and games they give up a
tremendous amount of time to make our Club run
To our sponsors a huge thank you, it costs a lot of money
to outfit each team in playing gear and training resources
each year Keep an eye out for the sponsors recognition
signs on the front of the club rooms and around the
clubrooms please try and use these companies services as
much as you can and when you do, let them know you
are part of the Te Puna Rugby Club you may even get a
small discount! A special Thank you must go to our JMC
Gold sponsors Tekton Housewrap and iLine Construction.
Looking forward to a great season.
Go the mighty Blue and Black.
Sponsors Day, Manu Kuka and Social
After the game the club will be hosting a social in the
clubrooms with a live band, 80k. Members are only $5,
non-members $10 and door sales $16.
To congratulate him on his
50th Premier Cap last
weekend and to celebrate his
return to the field after
injury, we talk to Sam Phipps
Name: Sam Phipps
Favourite team to play against?
Goal for the season?
To score a try – just one
Steak and Cheese Pies
Favourite band or musician?
Least likely to buy a round?
Sporting event you most
want to see?
100m sprint final at the
Why did you choose the
blue and black?
Because I’m born and bred
blue and black. There’s only
Most embarrassing moment
on a rugby field?
Trying to throw a quick
lineout when it was the
Jeff ‘Jugga’ Thwaites
If you could be a team-mate
for a week who would it be?
Angus (Gus) McDonald
Best dressed in the squad?
Above: Kaydin Budd attempts to secure the ball
Image credit: Moran Images
Top of the Tables
For the last two weeks both the Premiers and the
Development have been top of the Baywide
competition tables. The Premiers are on top with
30 points after 8 games, whilst the Development
are on 34 points. There are three games left in the
first round with the Premiers needing to finish in
the top 8 to carry both teams through.