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U16 South Island Tournament
4th, 5th and 6th October, Nelson

After an unfortunate first match loss against Marlborough yesterday, the young Coasters fired up and a well deserved win over North Otago today.

Ready for the final match against Buller tomorrow.

Keep up the good work Coast!


Under 12 Wests Team
Wests Under 12’s game against White Star in Westport.

After a long and entertaining bus trip to Westport, Wests were outplayed by White Star with a 25-10 loss.
Caleb Beri and Billy Vincent were awarded the only two tries for Wests. Sam Hewitt was awarded player of day in his position as hooker. He shows a real hunger for the ball and he works well on both attack and defence. Tyler Shahadat was awarded our second player of the day for his tireless work on defence.

Under 10 Rugby Report Marist Red v Blaketown
Marist Red played Blaketown and showing great sportsmanship Blaketown loaned Marist players to even the teams. Blaketown were too good for Marist coming away with a convincing win.

Players of the Day for Marist were Soloman O’Driscoll showing focus and commitment throughout the game and Mackley Fahey who played well on attack and scoring one of his teams three tries.

Hunter Spence was tireless on both attack and defence.

Mikayla Shaw had her usual dependable game and gave 100% throughout while Brennan Thomas started his sides scoring with a try resulting from a good run down the sideline.

Rugby Report – Under 8 Marist Red

Marist Red hit the ground running to take an early lead in their clash against Blaketown but due to a poor tackling effort Blaketown came away victorious 45 points to 40.
John Fahey scored a blinding first try from kick off while Saxon Williams continued his try scoring tally, dotting down 5 times.

Kymaani Karena, Noah Prendergast and Harry Swinburn backed up well and showed good strength, Karena and Swinburn both scoring tries.
Sam Hampton earned himself Player of the Day and Harry Swinburn received the Club Values Award, both turning in strong efforts. Coach Scott Williams was pleased with the team’s performance but will focus on improving tackling skills this week.

26th May JAB Blaketown
Blaketown Under 14: At Marists home ground, In good conditions for fast running rugby, Blaketown U/14 took on a very good Marist team. The game was a tough tussle with both teams trying to get the upper hand before Marist scored a good opening try and then followed with a second despite a staunch defence.

Blaketown came back hard, with a good try to Brayden Wisdom, converted by Xavier Brears and were on attack when an injury to one of the Blaketown boys stopped the game.

The game was called to a halt at this point for safety reasons and both teams showed great sportsmanship as the injured player was taken from the field. The scores when the game was called was 15pts to 7pts to Marist

Blaketown U12s travelled to Hari Hari this week to play South Westland. The team always enjoys travelling down south, as South Westland are great hosts and always offer a good competitive game of rugby. In a closely contested match Blaketown U12’s took the lead early by another fantastic display of ball movement to the wider channels.

Blaketown were relentless in their attack leading the southerners at half time by a number of tries. Best Forward for this week, Alex Clark, put on a storming display, taking his opportunities and scoring 2 well deserved tries. Franklin Barry (Player of the day) and Callum Brown kicked 10 out of 11 conversions between them, a truly superb effort. Kaleb Wisdom tackled well all game and made good breaks, scoring a hat trick of tries and earning himself Best Back. Kaleb Steel, Corbin Bugler and Kash King all had high work rates and were extremely effective at the breakdown.

South Westland were competitive for long periods throughout scoring 3 attacking tries in the second half. Blaketown, too strong in the end, chalked up the win. Both coaches were extremely pleased with their team’s efforts and the high standard of rugby and how it was played in such great spirits.

Blaketown Under 10’s:The rugby gods were smiling on McMillan park in Greymouth as a sunny day set the seen for the mighty Blaketown under 10s to take on Marist at their home ground. After a weather disrupted week meant both trainings were cancelled, the Blaketown boys took to the field eager to play some footy.

Unfortunately Marist were down on numbers, Jake C, Kobi,Riley,Declan,Olly, Millsy, Brayden and Jacob stepped up and wore the green jersey for half games, well done lads! All in Blaketown scored 15 tries, some by individual brilliance, others by good old fashioned team work. Marist never gave up scoring three hard earned Players if the Day: forwards Liam Russ, backs Jake Kendrick, parents choice Riley Wisdom

Under 8’s Blaketown vs Marist: Marist where a great team to play for our boys, they kept them on there toes in a very exciting game. It was a very close win to our Blaketown boys with only one try in it. Marist played a hard game and made our boys work for the win with the final score being 45/40 to Blaketown.

The players of the day went to Jonathan Seifert as tackler of the match, for having some great tackles (getting up and doing 5 tackles in a row) and scoring some great trys. Passer of the match went to Millen Kerr, for some great passing of the ball, where one ended up in a try.

Marist v Westport Under 12 report 26.5.18

Marist Under 12s traveled to Westport to take on the Westport RFC under 12s on Saturday. The weather was perfect which made for a fast and open game of rugby.
Marist got off to a good start and were rewarded with first half tries to Jayden Secker, Antonio Verhoeven, Mark Leleifua, Ryan Brenmuhl and Matthew Molloy.
The contest up front was keenly contested and the Westport forwards were difficult to suppress with many turn overs at the tackle and ruck but the Marist pack gave as good as it got with good performances by forwards player of the day, Ben Stringer who was well supported by his front row colleagues Kade Johnson and Harrison Whittaker.

Jacob Johansen put in his usual tireless effort and Harry Shaw was once again a menace with ball in hand and on defence while the rangy No 8, Secker, was difficult for the Westport boys to put down.
The backs had a good morning with good service from halfback, Brian Collins. Wil van der Geest had a good game running strongly and defending well but most importantly distributing the ball to allow good attacking play from Verhoeven, Leleifua, Molloy and Backs player of the day, Brenmuhl. Brenmuhl was rock solid on defence and showed plenty of gas in the open.

Nathan Milligan put in some excellent tackles which shut down several promising Westport raids and Ben Maxwell showed good skills, tackling well and in the ruck.
Second half tries were scored by Secker, Verhoeven (2) and Brenmuhl.

Westport did not lay down scoring a couple of good second half tries and always looked threatening.

Under 8 – Marist Red 19.05.18
Marist Red Player of the Day Fletcher O’Driscoll stepped it up a notch with a flying run in the game against fellow rivals Marist Green. Although the Red team conceded a try in the dying minutes of the game both teams fought hard, Green claiming victory 25 – 20.

Club Values Award recipient Shana Radcliffe had a strong game and try scorers Saxon Williams and Kymaani Karena ran and defended stoutly.
Aidan Crook continued his rapid improvement and Captain Sam Hampton’s lineout skills were outstanding.

Blaketown vs Marist under 12 19-5-18
The rain cleared just in time for kickoff on Saturday in the game between Marist and Blaketown under 12’s at McLean Park.

It was a terrific game of under 12 rugby between two very evenly matched teams that played with a lot of passion.

Marist got off to a good start playing into the breeze with several strong runs by Jacob Johansen, Harry Shaw and Antonio Verhoeven. There was a lot of hard work done in the dark places done by Max Mirfin, Harrison Whittaker and Robbie Lyford, but Blaketowns big pack gave as good as it got and counter rucked effectively.

Blaketowns big scrum was dominant through a large part of the game but the Marist pack managed to tighten up and hold them later in the game.

The defence from both teams was first class and there were very few clean breaks as a result. Blaketowns backline was fluent on attack and always look dangerous when they moved the ball but this was well handled with some great tackling by Mark Leleifua, Matt Molloy and Ben Maxwell.

Molloy and Ryan Brenmuhl were impressive in their first games for Marist. Both were strong runners with ball in hand and equally strong on defence. First time No 8, Clem Swinburn got into his work and made some great runs off the back of the scrum and effective work around the ruck.

Nathan Milligan played the game with a positive attitude and scored a nice try to go with the two to Verhoeven and one to Brenmuhl.

The crowd become more vocal and excited late in the game with Blaketown hot on attack but Marist managed to hold them up over the line twice in the last two minutes of the game.

The final score was 20 – 17 to Marist. Everyone is looking forward to the next time these two teams meet.

Wests Under 12’s

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West’s Under 12s put up a good fight but the Westport team were too dominant and they prevailed winning by 15pts with a score of 35-20.

There were some moments of brilliance by the Wests squad and they demonstrated improvement from last week’s game.

Allan Harris was awarded player of the day for his ability to defend admirably for the entire game. West’s were on defense for a dominant portion of the game and Allan, with the support of his forward pack, helped to ensure the scoreline differential wasn’t greater.

Billy Vincent was also awarded player of the day, as he worked tirelessly at the breakdowns and scrums and he secured an impressive charge-down try, which was a first not only for his team but for his playing career. Sound skills were demonstrated by Martin Schist, Eddie Rea, Sam Hewitt, Caleb Beri and Pat Van Beek when ball was in hand, as well as on defence.

Rugby : Marist V White-Star Under 14’s

White-Star came out firing and held possession of the ball for the first 10 minutes. A turnover with Marist Forwards holding up the player gave possession to Marist and they capitalised with Jak Partridge running over for the first try. conversion by Griffin Thomas.

Marist scrum was strong and the forwards and backs working together allowed Mac Gibson to run in the 2nd try and with getting his breath back he slotted over the conversion. White-Star come back with a strong back line scoring a try in the corner. Lofa Leleifuar who was strong in support play got his first try of the season and the Niko Barnett who was tackling strong and running hard got a nice well-earned try. Half time score was 28 Marist to 5 White-Star. The second half lock Daniel Gibbens received a nice ball in the lineout from Noah Goodwin-Lister and with team work Daniel crossed over for his first try.

Half back Riley Foster new to this position was providing quick ball to his team mates and he also crossed over for a his first try. White-Star never gave up and they slotted in another try in the corner. The game was enjoyed by the spectators as it was played in fast paced, action packed and played in good spirit.

Marist Player of the day was Jak Partridge, the Values of the Day for playing hard for both teams was Niko Barnett and our tackler one of the smallest on the field was Griffin Thomas.

19th May Blaketown JAB games 20.05.18
Blaketown Under 8’s vs South Westland
Another great game today in hari hari where the team played south Westland. South Westland were a hard team and gave our boys a run for there money.
The Blaketown kids pulled off a a good win, with the final score being 55/45. Passer of the day went to Sam England and tackler of the day went to Thomas Bermingham

Blaketown Under 12’s Vs Marist
Blaketown U12’s went down 20 points to 17 in an epic battle with Marist. It was always going to be a tight contest between the two sides and the game did not disappoint. Marist were very effective over the loose ball at the breakdown, putting Blaketown under pressure. First five, Franklin Barry, had an outstanding game with the boot in general play, setting up a lovely try with a perfectly placed cross kick for Blake Dixon to score.

Will England (player of the day) played extremely well as scoring a runaway try. Oliver Monks(best back), tackled tirelessly all day. Kaine Mallett (best forward) was devastating in the scrums giving Blaketown front foot ball. Blaketown were very unlucky not to score in the dying minutes of the game being held up twice over the try line.

Under 14’s Blaketown vs Westport
At home, Blaketown took on a well drilled Westport team in good conditions. The game was played at a fast pace and after 15 minutes Westport led 15 points to nil, but a good try to Blaketown sparked the team back to life enabling them to slowly turn the game around. For a long time the game could have gone either way with both teams scoring tit for tat, but eventually Blaketown run out winners 55 to 34.

Players of the day went to Connor Howe who led the team well in the Forwards and Nic Campbell who controlled the Game well in the No.10 Jersey.

Rugby Report Under 8 Marist Red

Marist Red produced a superb team effort to beat Wests 60 – 25 in a free-flowing encounter.

Player of the Day John Fahey was strong on attack and defence and capped a good game with a try.

Kymaani Karena produced a classy display scoring 2 tries and skipper Saxon Williams led by example dotting down 4 times. Others to score were Aidan Crook, Noah Prendergast and Harry Swinburn.

Shana Radcliffe and Fletcher O’Dricsoll produced improved efforts while Sam Hampton and Ezra Billet show promise.
Wests Under 12’s 12/05/18
South Westland put on a beautiful morning for a great game of rugby between two well-matched teams. West’s went down by two tries with a final score of 20-30. Liam Smith was awarded our ‘backs’ player of the day. He scored a great try and defended admirably the entire game. He made countless tackles which helped keep the scoreline close. Sam Hewitt also played well and was awarded the forwards player of the day.

He persevered to score his first try of the season and we are sure it won’t be his last. Billy Vincent also played a blinder, by using his speed to score the only two tries in the second half. Martin Schist showed skill throughout the game & along with Frank O’Gara and Pat Van Beek defended well. It was a big step up from the previous week which was awesome to see.
Marist under 12 vs White Star 12.5.18
Marist played host to White Star in perfect conditions on Saturday.

Marist got off to a great start with some good work being done in the tackle and rucks which allowed the backs to operate on some front foot ball. Forwards player of the day, Jayden Secker and try scorer, Harry Shaw were very strong at ruck time and they secured possession for the likes of Ben Stringer and Max Mirfin to make some strong runs into the White Star defences.

Alex Mills and Liam Payne showed they were making big improvements in their games
The platform laid up front allowed some free running in the backs with tries to Wil van der Geest, Captain Antonio Verhoeven (2) and Clem Swinburn. Marist led 27- 0 at half time.

White Star came to life in the second half and put a lot of pressure on the home team and retained possession for long periods of time. They were camped on Marists line which required a huge defensive effort before White Star managed to break trough for a try.

Marist responded with a try to the Backs player of the day, Ben Maxwell and another to van der Geest in what was a very evenly contested second half. The effort put into defence in the second half was top notch with Mark Leleifua, Verhoeven and Maxwell demonstrating the teams attitude to tackling. The full time score was 39 – 7 to Marist.

12th May JAB Writeups Blaketown
Blaketown Under 8’s
Another great game from our under 8s. Kiwi put up a good fight but Blaketown had a awesome win scoring 50/15.

The whole team worked well together with great tackles from Jonathan and some awesome runs from Millen and Jack.

Tackler of the day went to Korha for her great tackles and for getting right back up and going off after the tackle again, passer of the game went to Toby for some great passes and knowing when to forward on the ball. It was a great game to watch

Blaketown Under 10s had a tough outing against a strong Kiwi side going down 45-15. Blaketown showed many great skills with 3 outstanding tries scored by Jake Clark, Lockie Oliver and Liam Russ. Jake Clark had an outstanding game burgling a lot of ball for his team and making big gains, Lockie Oliver was impressive with his high tackle rate and clean outs, Declan Robinson tackled tirelessly and set up great ball at the break down.and Jai Thompson had his best game ever and was everywhere he needed to be on the paddock.

The team played as a team and every single player worked hard in their positions today.
Photos thanks to Brendan Russ

Blaketown U12’s came away from their game with a hard fought 29-20 win over Westport. Blaketown had a great start and scored 3 tries in the opening few minutes, passing the ball through the backline putting their wings into space on several occasions. The forward battle was a torrid affair with both sides battling for dominance.

The tight forwards Jai Englebretson, Morgan Burrows, Zach Wilkins and Kaine Mallett worked hard all day. Callum Brown ran hard and made several try saving tackles earning himself Player of the Day. LeBron Mason Anderson (best forward) made many metres and several line breaks.

Blake Dixon (best back) was also a standout with his accurate passing and copy book tackles. Overall a great effort from the whole team.

Blaketown Under 14’s
The boys travelled up to Westport to take on White-star in great conditions for open running rugby.

The game ended up a decisive win to Blaketown 35 points to 20

Xavier Brears stood out as the backs player of the day for his great attack and fearless defense.

Forward player of the day went to Jayden Smith who played very well in the tight, securing numerous turn overs and defending well.

Other standouts were Isaac McCallum in his first game of Rugby and Nic Campbell who controlled the game well from the No.10 jersey.

Marist RFC Under 8 Match Report 05/05/2018
Marist Under 8’s played Kiwi Under 8’s team on Saturday morning at Cass Square. It was the first game of the season for both teams.

Marist started out tentatively but soon warmed up with tries from Elliot VAN DER GEEST and Max WALKLIN.

Solid running from Mackley FAHEY and Bella MASTERS also impressed.

Four new players; Hamish GUNN, Solomon O’DRISCOLL, Noah YOUNG and Kingsley DONEHUE all laying their first ever game of rugby were also impressive.

More tries from Brennan THOMAS, James VAN DER GEEST were the product of sustained work by them.

The fast paced game took its toll and In the end Kiwi took away the win with 15 tries to 6

MARIST’S Player of the Day was Hunter CROSSAN and Team Player of the Week was Bella MASTERS.

5/5/18  Blaketown under 6.
Blaketown under 6 played wests at home,both teams opened up the game early with some fast paced running rugby.

Plenty of tags being ripped and long range tries for both teams.

Players to stand out for Blaketown were Jaiah Skafer,Ruben Mcfedries, Blake Crooks and Maia Larsen.

Rocco Whyte was awarded player of day for scoring 3 tries and ripping numerous tags while sweeping around the back of his team mates to clean up missed rips of tags and Sebastian Hutt picked up the other player of day award for his determination and leadership of his team mates ripping lots of tags.

A young Franklin Dunbar tried hard all game and never gave up while Preston Williams scored a fine try in the corner to finish the game.

All in all a good start to the season for the young blaketown under 6’s.

Blaketown under 8s
Awesome start to the season with Blaketown taking on Wests.

The score was 35/10 to Blaketown.

There were some awesome runs and tries made by Dylan, Millen and Jack but all players played a fantastic game.

Tackler of the match went to Zac Gillam and and passer of the match went to Jonathan Seifert.

Blaketown Under 10’s
A fantastic first game for our under 10s today with a convincing 35-15 win over West’s in Hokitika.

Each and every player excelled in their time in the field today with outstanding runs, try saving tackles and super clean outs at the break down. Our new players showed some fantastic skills and are going to be fantastic additions to the club!

Team management and parents had a really tough job picking players of the day today as there were so many stand out stars!

Players of the day:
Forward: Jackson Dixon
Back: Isaac Harrington
Parents Choice: Jayden Richardson

Blaketown U12’s
Blaketown U12’s put on a polished performance in Saturday’s game vs a determined Wests side, to come away with a convincing win in their first game of the round.

They dominated possession and outmuscled Wests to lead by a number of tries at half time. Particularly impressive was how Blaketown won the ball at the breakdown, then passed the ball through the entire backline to score many tries on the wing. A true team effort said the coach. It was a hard job to choose players of the day as all the boys stepped up and played their best.

Oliver Monks, player of the day, was exciting scoring a number of tries, as were Best Forward Zach Wilkins (on debut) and Best Back Zac Pattinson. Kash King and Kaleb Steel tackled hard in the forwards and both had storming runs. Franklin Barry was on form kicking 100% with the conversions from all over the park.

A fantastic start to the season for them.

Rugby report – Marist U12 vs South Westland  5/5/18

The Marist under 12 rugby team ventured south to take on South Westland at Hari Hari on Saturday.

It was a dry and mild day which made for great conditions to play Rugby.

Marists forwards laid a good platform for the backs to run off and the front row of Kade Johnson, Ben Stringer and Forwards player of the day Harrison Whittaker stood up well to a much bigger opposition front row in their first game with contested scrums. New recruit, Robbie Lyford, was all toil and hard work as was Max Mirfin and Harry Shaw put is his usual 100% effort.

No 8, Jayden Secker made several strong runs and scored a brace of tries.

The forwards hard graft allowed the backs player of the day Brian Collins to give excellent ball to his back line. This allowed first five Wil van der Geest to get the ball wide as well as scoring a try after running through the entire South Westland forward pack.

Team Captain, Antonio Verhoeven led the team superbly and scored five tries. Centre Mark Leleifua and fullback Clem Swinburn also had strong games.

The attack was very good but the defensive effort was out of the top draw stifling any attack that South Westland was trying to launch.