Official launch for TV squad
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.