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Whaka Rugby Club
- UP DA RED & BLACKS!!!
- Me, Myself, and I
- Trents father who art in the club,
Bolo be thy name.
If thy Baywide had come,
thy would have been done down the club as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our Banner & Tai Mitchell, & forgive us for our one loss, As we forgive those 19 who lost against us.
Lead us not into taking our clothes off on the bus, but deliver us from Robbie.
For Puarenga is the kingdom, the power, & the glory, for ever & ever
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Rotorua Daily Post
The Steamers have had a horrible recent injury run. But, this creates an opportunity for inexperienced players, writes CRAIG TIRIANA. If Kelly Haimona learns a couple of things this season, one better be about the perks of the job. His family would be pretty keen for him to pick up on the spoils available when playing for the Bay of Plenty Steamers in the Air New Zealand Cup. They had to watch the 21-year-old's debut against Otago last Saturday on television after the Rotorua-based builder's labourer forgot to organise tickets for his family. "I totally forgot," the fresh-faced first five eighth admitted to the Daily Post "Clayton [McMillan] told me I could get some tickets but I just walked straight out the door. In his defence, it would be fair to say the former Rotorua Boys' High School student had a bit more on his mind than picking up the professional rugby playing freebies for the whanau. After two seasons of playing influential roles with Whakarewarewa, a broken arm suffered by Steamers regular No 10 Murray Williams saw Haimona promoted into the region's top squad for the rest of the competition. Since then the raw 110kg and 192cm tall Haimona has been walking on air after dropping tools mid-job to answer the SOS call and turn up at Tauranga's Blue Chip Stadium to train about two weeks ago. "It was very exciting when I got the call ... I'm quite happy too," the former Bay of Plenty age group representative said. "I was looking forward to hopefully making the Steamers next year. This year I wanted to work hard with the development [team] but with the injuries I've got an early call-up." He took the field in the 51st minute last Saturday and impressed many with his composure and ability to settle into the pivotal No 10 role. "It helped a lot with Mike Delany outside me and Jamie Nutbrown at halfback - with their experience it was pretty sweet out there," Haimona said. "The only time I was probably nervous in the game was when I had to kick the ball into touch, other than that I was really excited and keen to get out there and play." Steamers backs coach Steve Miln considered Haimona's 29 minutes a strong beginning. "He's actually a really composed character. The minutes he had in the weekend he didn't look as though he was out of his league. "He just came on, passed the ball, did what he had to do and did it correctly." Haimona was one of several running around in the Steamers backline who would not have expected to be there at the beginning of the competition. McMillan, the current Steamers manager and past player of 113 games, just happens to be Haimona's uncle and coach at Whakarewarewa. He's had a healthy influence on the youngster, encouraging the talented ball player to train even if it has taken the odd bribe - tickets to the Wellington Sevens - in lieu of dropping some kilograms to get him on the right track. Playing professional rugby is something Haimona really wants to give a decent go. He knows he's got to get fitter - Bay union staff want him to shed another 10kg - but his heart and mind are working towards the same goal. "I'm contracted till the end of season then I'll go back to work but hopefully, by the end of this year I'll sort something out with the Bay. "I really don't want to play for any other province - this is my home province." Haimona has been named in this weekend's Bay of Plenty squad to play Tasman. He'll start on the bench with the only real changes seeing Rena Schuster come back from injury to centre and Wayne Hughson move on to the right wing with Jason Hona back on the 10-man injured sheet.
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Written by BOP Staff
Monday, 14 August 2006
Barter Card Baywide Championship Finals Review
The finale to the Barter Card Baywide Championship Finals played at the Rotorua International Stadium on Saturday (12 August 2006) produced an absolute thriller that went down to the final whistle. Long time Rotorua rivals Whakarewarewa and Rotoiti faced off in the sixth Baywide final of the day in a game where the lead several times before Whaka grabbed a dramatic 18-17 victory.
After fifteen minutes Rotoiti winger Patrick Tuhakaraina grabbed the first try of the encounter. Whaka first five Kelly Haimona then stamped his mark on the game with a penalty goal, a converted try and a second penalty. With half time closing Rotoiti replied with a touch down to Kerry Tahana, which saw his team take a 14-13 lead in to the break.
Ten minutes into the second spell Joe Marsters stretched the Rotoiti lead with a penalty goal. A charging Whaka attack resulted in Eroni Seibouma steaming down the field to touch down to have his side back in front 18-17. The last twenty minutes of the match saw staunch defence from both sides as the two combatants hammered each other’s line. Relief greeted the Whaka side when the final whistle went as the hung on for a solitary point victory.
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