The 2018 Pukekohe High School & Districts Rugby Club Awards Night was on Wednesday 12 September. A celebration for the many achievements for the year through players, teams and events.

The night saw coaches share stories from their campaigns, student athletes receive team and special awards and guest speakers from the Counties Manukau Steelers (Sam Henwood, Joe Royal and Etene Nanai-Seturo) take the panel for an engaging Q & A session.

This year has seen nearly 200 athletes both male and female take the field for school this year. We have fielded 7 rugby teams and 5 Rugby 7s teams.

We have over 30 volunteers either coaching, managing or doing their part within our Rugby Committee and community.

This year has challenged us as does every year, and each year we look to tick boxes in the right place for us to move forward as a whole. The potential is never ending here at Pukekohe High School, and over time, if rugby is nurtured and supported well here within our school, it can provide a great pathway not only as a player but better individuals inside the classroom and for their own futures too.

Memorable moments that have highlighted our year has been:

  • Continuing on from 2017 with constant numbers in rugby
  • Hosting the Counties Manukau SS Rugby 7s tournament here at school and qualifying for Nationals for a 2nd time
  • The introduction of new rugby apparel in-sync with the other sporting codes (jerseys and training tops)
  • The introduction to high-quality action shots and videos from the lens of student Thomas Williams
  • Fielding a Girls 1st XV
  • Our 1st XV winning the Chiefs Trophy and making the Grand Final in our region
  • Numerous student athletes involved in Representative Rugby including 1 in Waikato Chiefs Secondary Schools and 1 in NZ Secondary Schools Girls Rugby 7s.
  • 2 students involved in the ASB ‘All Black Rugby Experience
  • Hosting a successful ‘Sponsors Day’ and ‘Old Boys’ Day
  • Hosting Mt Richmond Special School for a game of rugby
  • The restoration of belief, balance and unity of our rugby moving forward.

A big congratulations and thank you to all involved in rugby this season.

Thank you to the all students, management, sponsors, the union, the school, the groundsman, event manager, photographer and our amazing Rugby Committee. Nothing is possible without the work people do that no one sees in the background.

A special mention to Shey Eva our head boy and student face of rugby. The countless hours and ideas he has given and done has been instrumental.

Thank you to all the constant support from family and friends.

As we close the door on this year’s season, There is plenty rugby ahead for us all I am sure. To those leaving, we wish you the best in your future endeavours as you all are capable of great things in life alongside rugby. To those returning, we welcome you once again to our rugby scene and may you return to improve your skills, challenge yourselves and continue to make lifelong friendships.

‘Honour, Right, Duty’. Rugby 2018.


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