Of­fi­cial launch for TV squad

Hauraki Herald - - SPORT -

The build up to the Mitre 10 Heart­land Cham­pi­onship con­tin­ued this week with an of­fi­cial team launch for the 2017 Thames Val­ley squad.

The launch was hosted by the Thames Rugby Club and Bay­leys in con­junc­tion with the Thames Val­ley Rugby Union. A wide range of sup­port­ers, spon­sors, TVRFU of­fi­cials, fam­ily and friends were on hand for the op­por­tu­nity to mix and min­gle with this year’s play­ers and man­age­ment be­fore the for­mal­i­ties.

With no game this week­end, the team held a boot camp at Paeroa with some of the squad join­ing the de­vel­op­ment team for the game against King Coun­try at Taupo.

The boot camp in­cluded a vari­a­tion of the ‘Amaz­ing Race’ held in and around Paeroa, pro­vid­ing en­ter­tain­ment for early morn­ing shop­pers and was fol­lowed up with a cou­ple of in­ten­sive train­ing ses­sions ei­ther side of the lunch break.

De­vel­op­ment team coach Peter O’Con­nor took the op­por­tu­nity to field some of the wider squad mem­bers at Owen Delaney Park in the last pre­sea­son game be­fore the North­ern Re­gions Un­der 85kg com­pe­ti­tion starts next week. Thames Val­ley started well and led 12-0 through tries to full­back Jar­rod Baker, cen­tre Read Tobin and a con­ver­sion to Stephen Wise. King Coun­try replied in kind to square the score at 12-12 at half­time. A try to lock Paki Solomon in the last five min­utes was con­verted by Wise to give the De­vel­op­ment its sec­ond win in as many weeks to cap off a very good pre­sea­son cam­paign.

Age grade rep­re­sen­ta­tive rugby got un­der­way with the Un­der 18s hav­ing a warm up game against Waikato Sec­ondary Schools at Cen­ten­nial Park in Paeroa. The home team had the bet­ter of the game and af­ter lead­ing 17-5 at the in­ter­val, Thames Val­ley went out to a 29-5 score­line be­fore two late tries to Waikato made the fi­nal score 29-17.

Thames Val­ley Un­der 16s played the Corinthi­ans at Hin­uera, 24-24 at full time. Thames Val­ley Un­der 14s played Mata­mata Col­lege at Te Aroha in their first game since the camp at Taupo last month. The home team led in the early stages of the game but Mata­mata came back well, to win 29-24.


TVRFU board mem­bers Ray Curtin and Richard Fos­ter at last week’s launch.

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