2017 President’s Report
This year has been one of the busiest ever years for the club starting with our own Barbarians Provincial team preforming outstandingly well in Whangarei for the opening match of the Lions tour, then the Blues’ victory at Eden Park followed by the ups and downs of the test series with a few dinners and reunions thrown in along the way for good measure and culminating in our involvement with the Top 4 schools tournament, the NZ Barbarians Schools team and NZ Barbarians Area Schools teams playing in early October. Events such as the Lions game come along once in a generation and, as we all know, are the culmination of many years of hard work and perseverance from a few within the club.
The main features of the 2017 year are summarised below.
NZ Barbarians Provincial XV v British and Irish Lions
This game was held in Whangarei on June 3 and was the result of the hard work of a group within the club who have toiled over many years behind the scenes to keep our name at the forefront with New Zealand Rugby.
Mike Mills has been involved with much of the organisation and planning for this game over a long period of time and deserves special mention, as do Bryan Williams, John Mills and John Cresswell who helped lay the groundwork in previous years for securing this fixture.
It was our first ever international fixture on New Zealand soil and the team was made up of a group of young men from the Mitre 10 Cup and Heartland Championship provinces, who all stood up and grasped their opportunity with both hands to come close to pulling off an historic victory over the Lions. Each player wore their own provincial socks and there were 14 different pairs of socks out there on the field, which was a great sight to see.
The people of Northland got in behind the game and the coaching and management group for the Barbarians, led by head coach Clayton McMillan from BOP and manager Chris Back from Wanganui, did a wonderful job. Our club was well represented in Whangarei by a large group of members, spearheaded by our patron Bryan Williams and our Vice-President Alan Whetton, who presented the team with their jerseys and player ties the night before the game and spoke to the team reinforcing our club history, the traditions and spirit of the Barbarian way.
A few of us had the opportunity to catch up with players after the game in the changing sheds and it was wonderful to see how much this group had developed in just a week together and good to see them enjoy the occasion with the satisfaction of a job well done. It was a memorable occasion and a special weekend for this club.
We can be extremely grateful to NZ Rugby for its work putting this match together. It was a very well planned and organised exercise by NZ Rugby and a thank you must be given to NZ Rugby Chairman Brent Impey, CEO Steve Tew and Director of Strategy Nigel Cass and their dedicated staff, particularly Kate McLennan, Tangi Waikari and Matt Sexton for the work they put in and the support they gave our club for this game
Also, our sincere appreciation to club member Peter Thompson of Barfoot and Thompson for his support and sponsorship of the Barbarians team.
Rugby Ties dinner
On Thursday July 6 prior to the final test match at Eden Park, we held our Rugby Ties dinner at the ANZ Events Centre.
The idea for this dinner was to celebrate our rugby ties, have some fun as part of the build-up to the third test of the Lions tour, and raise some funds for our club as well as our charity partners, the New Zealand Rugby Foundation and Spirit of Adventure Trust
The night was MCd by James McOnie and Barbarian Melodie Robinson with special guest panellists club members Sir Graham Henry, Sean Fitzpatrick, Stu Wilson, Gavin Hastings, our patron Beegee Williams and former Lions flanker Richard Hill.
Sponsors for the evening included Barfoot & Thompson, Heineken and Pernod Richard
It was a memorable occasion and great to listen to the stories of the panellists on the games of old and their views on the Lions series. A very good rendition of Tu Tira Mai by Beegee was followed by a Scottish ballad by Gavin Hastings!
Despite not quite getting the numbers to the dinner, we broke even and were able to raise funds for each of our charity partners through the auctions that we held on the night.
A big thank you to club member Simon Johnston for all his hard work and efforts organising the dinner.
Fun Day and primary school rugby
We ran our 28th primary schools fun day on Sunday June 25, which was a good day despite some rough weather and was well attended by 36 primary schools and many of our Barbarians members. Special thanks to Roger Moore, Terry O Meara, Craig Glendinning, Michael Speight and Graeme Halse for their help putting the day together and all the other Barbarians that turned up to help on the day.
Special thanks also to Jarrod Syman from the Auckland Rugby Union for his contribution once again into the organisation of the day and to the ARU for its support.
Once again, we are grateful to the Royal New Zealand Navy for the use of its grounds and facilities, Richard Fry and the Blues for attending the day, principal sponsor Peter Thompson and Barfoot & Thompson, Colin Davis and Onsite Caterers for providing the BBQ supplies and equipment, Nestle/Milo for providing the free drinks, and the Auckland Rugby Referees’ Association for providing the referees. Without the support of these people and organisations, the day would not be the success that it is.
Secondary school rugby
NZ Barbarians Area Schools
With initial plans to attend a player development camp at the Massey University Institute of Sport in Palmerston North not eventuating, a camp was organised through the Canterbury Rugby Union, the side playing two matches in a five-day period.
The team played the first of its two games against North Canterbury Secondary Schools on Tuesday September 26, winning 33-22. Club member Richard Loe presented the jerseys and talked to the boys about how they have all come from humble country backgrounds and then talked about the opportunities that can become available if they are prepared to work hard.
The next game on Saturday September 30 was against the Canterbury Country Under 18 team. The Barbarians were right in the game with 10 minutes to go but the Canterbury team, with better combinations and fitness, told in the end and it came away victors 38-22. Despite the result, the coaches were very pleased with how the Barbarian team played. Club member Warwick Taylor attended the team photo, presented the jerseys and was very impressed with the way the team performed after such a short time together.
We are extremely thankful to the Canterbury Rugby Union and the Crusaders organisation for their support of the team.
Convenor of the NZ Barbarians Area Schools team and club member Mike Smith commented that the behaviour of the boys was exemplary and the rugby experience fantastic for the group. It was great to see these boys playing against opposition in their own age group.
“These boys do not have the opportunity or honour of playing for their school First XVs because of the size of their schools. Invariably, they play for their local senior club side, with and against mature adults. Some do not play regular Saturday rugby at all”.
He was also commented that “Canterbury Rugby were great hosts and keen to have us again next year if possible. Thanks again to the Barbarians for making this possible for these boys from the remote parts of New Zealand”.
We, in turn, thank Mike Smith and Marie Relph for their hard work organising the camp and their dedication and commitment to the NZ Barbarians Area Schools team.
National Top 4 tournament
The National secondary schools Top 4 tournament was held in Palmerston North from September 8-10 at the Institute of Sport on Massey University campus, an excellent venue with first-class facilities that capture the history of New Zealand rugby. This year, for the first time, the girls’ schools First XV Top 4 finals were played alongside the boys’ and co-ed schools and it was a real success adding to the excitement and atmosphere of the Top 4 tournament and making it more appealing and more interesting than ever for players and spectators alike. The tournament was attended by myself, club captain Mark Moore and committee members Roger Moore and Dylan Mika.
Results were as follows:
2017 New Zealand Barbarians National First XV Championship for the Barbarians Cup
Final: Hastings Boys’ High School 25 Hamilton BHS 17 (15-14 Hastings BHS at halftime)
2017 New Zealand Co-Educational First XV Championship for the Barbarians Trophy
Final: St Peter’s School (Cambridge) 31 Feilding HS 3 (17-3 St Peter’s at halftime)
2017 National Girls’ First XV Championship
Final: St Mary’s College (Wellington) 29 Hamilton GHS 12
Following discussions and agreement with the NZ Secondary Schools Rugby Union Council, we have agreed to include the National Girls First XV Championship as part our sponsorship for this event from 2018, taking our overall sponsorship commitment for the Top 4 tournament to $40,000 per annum (previously it was $30,000 per annum).
NZ Barbarians Schools team
Following the Top 4 tournament, 50 players where selected to participate in a coaching and development camp, staying at the Institute of Sport at Massey University.
At the end of the week-long camp, the NZ Schools and NZ Barbarians Schools teams were announced and the Barbarians team stayed on at the Institute of Sport setting up camp for their two games against Tonga Schools and NZ Maori Under18.
Prior to the match against Tonga Schools, Dylan Mika and I attended a team dinner and made the jersey presentations and the team responded with a stirring haka and a welcome speech. It was evident the team had come together very well and they were fortunate to have such wonderful coaching and management group looking after them led by head coach Brad Mooar, the current Crusaders assistant coach, and forwards coach Sam Moore, deputy headmaster of New Plymouth BHS and manager Cam Kilgour. Once again, Tangi Waikari and Matt Sexton from NZ Rugby were in the background helping with the organisation of this campaign.
On Thursday September 28, the NZ Barbarians Schools beat Tonga Schools 33-19. It was a tough, bruising game with some huge tackles made on both sides. Our Barbarians team played well and maybe tried a bit too hard at times. Tonga were good running ball in close and tough to stop. They never gave up and played their hearts out.
On Monday October 2, Neil Cullimore and I journeyed down to Palmerston North to watch the NZ Barbarians Schools team play NZ Maori U18.
The Maori team was drawn from schools and clubs around the country and several boys that just missed NZ Schools and our own Barbarians Schools team made this team.
Both teams started off with stirring haka and NZ Maori scored first. The game was played in strong cross-wind conditions which made for a difficult time for both teams.
The Barbarians struck back and looked the more organised team but the Maori team just would not give in and kept fighting back. The Barbarians got up 28-12 with 12 minutes to go, then had a player put in the sinbin and the Maori team clawed their way back to within four points a tough battle with the NZ Barbarians Schools team coming out victors in the end 28-24.
We finished the day with an after-match function with the teams, their coaches and management groups plus families and supporters. The Maori team did a waiata and a haka and both teams exchanged gifts it was a real privilege for Neil and I to be there and both teams expressed their gratitude for the support of the NZ Barbarians.
Following this, the Barbarians moved to their team room where we thanked them, presented ties and in turn got presented with a signed banner once again the players and their parents all expressed their thanks to us for the support of the NZ Barbarians club.
They were a fine bunch of young men and a very good coaching/ management group under head coach Brad Mooar and manager Cam Kilgour we left feeling very humbled and also grateful to be part of our club, which is seen in such a positive light by so many people
Both Neil and I agreed that, going forward, we should work hard to keep promoting the NZ Barbarians Schools vs NZ Maori U18 format as it is very good for NZ Rugby, promotes another group of young players into the high performance environment, and resonates well with our club, our history and our connections to Maori rugby.
All Blacks and Black Ferns rugby
New Zealand restored its supremacy in women's rugby by relieving England of the Rugby World Cup by 41-32 in the final on August 27 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The Black Ferns came from 12 points down in a grinding first half to win comfortably in the end by nine. They scored seven tries in their hard-fought victory with fullback Selica Winiata scoring a double and prop Toka Natua a triple. The latter was named player of the match.
More than ever the profile of women’s rugby has taken a huge step forward and the media coverage and interest in the progress of the Black Ferns through the World Cup tournament was the best it has ever been and thoroughly deserved.
The All Blacks’ year got off to a stuttering start with a drawn series against the Lions. They certainly had their opportunities to win the series in the third test but struggled with injuries to key players and a Lions defence that never gave in and deserved the draw.
There was a definite shift in gear in the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup coupled with the introduction of another exciting crop of new players donning the black jersey. In the final game of the year in the Southern Hemisphere, Australia showed it will be a force to be reckoned with come next year with a vastly improved performance to get their first win against the All Blacks in two years. The standout for the All Blacks was young Rieko Ioane at wing, a wonderful comeback by Nepo Laulala at prop and Sonny Bill Williams in the centres after an indifferent start to the year but came into his own in the later tests.
World Masters Games
Auckland played host to this fantastic event over two weeks and a few of our members took part in various sports.
Club members Roger Whatman, Bernie Allen and patron Bryan Williams competed in bowls with Bryan also taking to the golf course, Mark Moore put on his boots for touch and we had a Barbarians team compete in the Masters rugby division, making the final and eventually losing to a star-studded Auckland side 10-7. Many thanks to Grant Straker from the Ponsonby Rugby Club for organising this team.
We inducted into the club a number of new members and congratulations to them.
We had a very good new member induction night which highlighted to us what a special group of people we have within the club all with their own story to tell and all linked by a common bond of rugby.
In early February we had a group participate again at the annual Peter Johnstone Memorial tournament in Mt Maunganui.
Organised by Peter Tubberty, our team got its first ever win and went on to take three games, a record for this group. There was plenty of fun and everyone enjoyed each other’s company and the camaraderie of the tournament immensely. Members there included Dean Paddy, Peter Tubberty, Bryan Williams, Mark Moore, Keith Nelson, Bill Currie, and Roger Whatman. Following this the Pat Walsh Memorial Bowls Day, organised by Peter Tubberty, Barrie Thomas and Mark Walsh, was held on Sunday March 26. It was another very good day, with many of our members in attendance.
A group under the guidance of John Cresswell and Noeline Walsh worked hard behind the scenes to upgrade the jersey and memorabilia displays in time for the Lions tour and we sincerely thank them for their great work.
Clubrooms and boxes
The clubrooms and boxes have been well utilised for many events over and above our match-day functions including the NRL Nines, and one-day cricket matches, as well as hosting events for other worthy organisations our members are involved with such as the Decision Outreach Trust and New Zealand Rugby Players’ Association.
Dylan Mika did an excellent job managing the boxes and arrangements for the NRL Nines and cricket.
The NZRPA used the clubrooms during the year as its temporary office premises while it considered relocation options, paying us a monthly rental as part of the arrangement.
Protected Capital Fund
Following the adoption of the new rules, the ‘Protected Capital Fund’ has been established under the management of five custodians Ken Eglinton (chairman), John Mills, Phil Lindesay, Neil Cullimore and Grant McCurrach. NZ First Capital has been appointed by the committee via the recommendation of the custodians to be the fund managers of our Protected Capital Fund and an amount of $1 million has been transferred to NZ First Capital for investment in a conservative/balanced portfolio.
Special mention must be made of the ongoing contribution of club member Peter Thompson (Barfoot and Thompson) who continues to support our programmes, particularly the primary schools Fun Day, the NZ Provincial Barbarians team, our Rugby Ties dinner and our golf day. We are also extremely grateful for the support of the Four Winds Foundation and North South Trust for their support of our initiatives.
Club member Simon Johnston has once again been instrumental in helping to manage and initiate our sponsorship arrangements in 2017 and we sincerely thank him for the amount of time and effort he has put in over this past year.
Our new patron, Bryan Williams, was appointed at our 2016 AGM, and has carried on where he left off as President, actively participating in all of our club activities. I cannot thank him enough for his unwavering support and wise counsel during my time as president.
Under the guidance of John Mills, the group of members who have done custodial duties on match days and at the various functions have once again done us proud and I thank them for their efforts, particularly Roger Moore, Alex Bing and Terry O Meara.
I would like to thank our committee for its hard work and support throughout the year.
Once again, I have been particularly grateful for the guidance of Bryan Williams, Neil Cullimore and Mike Mills. We are extremely fortunate that these men continue to serve our club and they have been at the forefront in almost all our activities this year, as has our vice-president Alan Whetton, who did a wonderful job setting the scene for the NZ Barbarians Provincial XV at the jersey presentations before the match.
Club captain Mark Moore and treasurer Grant McCurrach have once again been great contributors and I would also like to make special mention of Jordan Tuala of Crowe Horwath who has provided excellent back-up to Grant to ensure our financial management and reporting is timely and accurate.
Roger Moore, as always, has worked tirelessly in the background ensuring arrangements for many of our initiatives such as the Fun Day and NZ Barbarians Schools team have been in place.
Dylan Mika has become our Top 4 and secondary schools liaison person and, as he always does, has handled matters with his trademark efficiency and organisation as well as assisting John Mills with custodial arrangements for the boxes and helping with the house functions. Dylan’s management of the boxes for the NRL Nines and cricket saw us greatly exceed expectations for tickets sales and returns for the boxes over this period.
Our secretary Ken Baguley has once done a fine job in what has been one of the busiest years in the club’s history
Thanks also to Michael Speight as our house committee member, supporting Trina in her role as club manager. Richard Turner was involved with the NZ Barbarians Area Schools programme and is already working on arrangements for next year.
Kevin Senio looked after past player liaison and the NZRPA tenancy arrangements and is getting more involved in the workings of the club.
This year sees the retirement of committee member Mike Mills and club captain Mark Moore. Both are wonderful men who have served the club so well over such a long period of time.
Mike Mills has served as a committee member, club captain, president, past President and then returned as a committee member primarily to assist with the Lions tour preparations and our game against them. His energy, positive attitude, attention to detail and hard work will be sorely missed and I cannot thank him enough for all he has done for the club over so many years.
Mark Moore has been club captain over the past six years and a more hard-working enthusiastic person you could not find. He has helped with arrangements for our games, our Fun Days, and any other event the club has been involved with. Always first to put his hand up to help, he is a man you can trust to get the job done and he too will be sorely missed. I thank him sincerely for his service to the club over many years.
The club has been the busiest it has ever been, starting back in February with the NRL Nines, and we have been very fortunate to have had such a dedicated team looking after us.
The time of the Lions tour was challenging and the club was at full capacity at times with some of the highest turnover nights we have ever had.
Our club manager Trina Seits has done a great job managing things and has continued the good work of previous years. As well as overseeing the bar, she has looked after clothing sales, function arrangements and the general day to day running of the club. We owe her and her team of Mereana, Kate, Ali and Dennis a debt of gratitude for their service to the club, our members and our visitors.
In closing, I thank you all for your support throughout the past two years. It has been an honour and privilege to serve you as president and a very humbling experience to be part of such a special group as this.
Go well, look forward to 2018 and best wishes for Xmas and the New Year to you and your families.
New Zealand Barbarian Rugby Club
2017 Club Captain’s Report
What a stellar year 2017 has been for the club an international fixture against the touring Lions and our continued support and management of fun days, Under 85kg rugby, NZ Barbarians Area Schools, Top 4 and now girls’ Top 4 and NZ Barbarian Schools. As each year our programme roster grows and diversifies, we acknowledge the increased workload of the management and committee, the fantastic continued support of our sponsors and members, and our partners, NZ Rugby and NZ Schools.
Whilst being able to attend and participate in the more social side of all these games and events, it is always humbling to receive the feedback from players and management on what the jersey and the ethos of our club means to them and how our ongoing assistance and support in these ventures is essential to their ongoing success.
We congratulate our President Ron Williams, on what has been one of our busiest years to date and the way he has led our club and been at the forefront of all our projects. Whilst attending, speaking or presenting at all of these functions, he has continued the outstanding service our past presidents have given the club.
The house always has a long season, NRL Nines, cricket, test matches, Super Rugby games, Mitre 10 Cup, and, finally,in December the Christmas party. Trina and her team have taken on the management of the club and continued the excellent standard of service we have received in years past. We are continually improving the structures within the running of the club as we know the importance of this to our members and project funding.
Our event programme includes bowling, golfing, fun days, and rugby. Please attend, participate or just contribute to these days as we always appreciate and enjoy the fellowship of our members and friends.
Our new member induction evenings are always a pleasure to attend. The informal acceptance speeches they present to our members are a highlight and exemplifies what it means to them to become a member of the Barbarian club.
After six years as club captain, I would like to thank the club management and committee for their assistance and support over this time. There have been moments when things were very stressful and thankfully more times when things are so gratifying. The time and energy every member gives to our busy programme truly makes up what the club is all about.
To all our members and friends, I wish you a safe and enjoyable Christmas break.
New Zealand Barbarian Rugby Club
2016 President’s report
This year has been an eventful year for our club and one in which we have carried on the momentum from previous years in many of our activities.
As always, we have had our primary objective in mind which is “promoting amateur rugby for the recreation or entertainment of the general public. In so doing, it shall have regard to the development of youth through the sport of rugby for the benefit of the community at large”.
The main features of the 2016 year are summarised below:
Fun day and primary school rugby
On Sunday June?19 we held our annual primary schools’Fun Day at Ngataringa Bay. In its 27th year, we had over 600 children attend the day plus teachers and supporters. It was a very successful event and was once again sponsored by club member Peter Thompson of Barfoot & Thompson.
The Blues squad turned out in force and made a big contribution to the day, engaging with everyone and touching the hearts and minds of all those children and parents who attended.
Special thanks to Jarrad Syman from the Auckland Rugby Union for his contribution to the organisation of the day and to the ARU for their support. Also from within the club, Terry O’Meara, Roger Moore, Michael Speight, Craig Glendinning and John Bell all helped organise the day and co-ordinate the arrangements with the Barbarians in the schools.
Once again we are grateful to the Royal New Zealand Navy for the use of their grounds and facilities, Richard Fry and the Blues for being on hand during the day, Barfoot & Thompson, Colin Davis and Onsite Caterers for providing the BBQ supplies and equipment, Nestle/Milo for providing the free Milo drinks, and the Auckland Rugby Referees’ Association for providing the match been the success that it was.
The following week, in conjunction with Northland Rugby, we arranged for the Blues to visit?four Whangarei primary schools. These visits were also sponsored by Barfoot & Thompson and again the Blues players showed their positive, enthusiastic attitude and gave the children, teachers and parents at these schools a great experience.
Secondary school rugby
The NZ Barbarians Area Schools team played the Harlequins in Hamilton in early September under the guidance of Barbarians club member Mike Smith, who has been the driving force behind this team for past the few years.
This team is drawn from the outlying district schools around the country. Club vice-president Alan Whetton met with the team on game day, presented their jerseys and came away really impressed by the young men he met.
Supporting grassroots youth rugby in rural New Zealand is something that is dear to our hearts and we are committed to supporting this initiative and developing a sustainable programme for the future with Mike Smith and the NZ Area Schools group.
The national secondary schools Top 4 tournament was held in Palmerston North in early September at the Institute of Sport on the Massey University campus, an excellent venue with first-class facilities that capture the history of NZ Rugby.
Mount Albert Grammar School played Hastings Boys’ High School in a tight final, with MAGS eventually coming out victors 14-13 to win the Barbarian Cup and finishing off a highly successful year.
In the co-ed final, Feilding High School overcame Aorere College in another tough battle to take out the Barbarian Shield. It was a great tournament that continues to showcase the best of college rugby in New Zealand and it is something we are extremely proud to sponsor and be part of.
Following this, the NZ Secondary Schools and NZ Barbarian Schools teams were announced and assembled in Auckland in late September for their quadrangular tournament with Australian Schools and Fiji Schools.
The NZ Barbarians Schools team won both their games, first off against Australian Schools, where they dominated the lineouts and scrums and tackled their hearts out and next against a very physical Fiji Schools, thus extending their unbeaten record of the past four years against international teams. It was wonderful to watch these young men play and embrace the ethos of our club as well as see another 25 players from this group move forward as part of the NZ Rugby high performance programme.
Coaches Ryan Martin and Sam Moore did a fine job with the team and special mention should be made of manager Chris Metcalfe, who made sure these young men fully embraced our Barbarian culture. Roger Moore, our Barbarians liaison officer for the team, as always worked away diligently in the background to ensure the team and its management were well looked after.
The NZ Barbarians Schools team visited our clubrooms immediately after the teams’ announcement, which very quickly took them to a place and an environment that made them feel special and connected. I am sure being part of our Barbarian culture really galvanised and shaped this team over the course of the week they were together which showed in the way they played.
Following their visit to the clubrooms, Chris Metcalfe presented a 2015 NZ Barbarians Schools jersey to the club as well as a special presentation of a team ‘sculpture’, with a greenstone pendant which had been signed by every member of the 2015 team and management.
During the tournament week, we also hosted the coaches, managers and officials for each team plus the board of Australian Schools, Fijian Schools and the NZSSRU council in our clubrooms.
Lions tour 2017
Early this year, our club was invited by the NZRU to provide the opposition to the British and Irish Lions for the opening match of their 2017 tour to New Zealand, which we duly accepted.
The game will be held in Whangarei on June 3, 2017 and was the result of the hard work of a group within the club who have toiled over many years behind the scenes to keep our name at the forefront with NZ Rugby.
It will be our first ever international fixture against the Lions on New Zealand soil and the team will be called the NZ Provincial Barbarians. The team will be selected from the Mitre 10 Cup and Heartland teams and will give the opportunity for our best provincial players from around the country to take the field against one of the world’s most famous touring sides. A special jersey will be struck for this game and we are planning a few activities that will coincide with this match and the Lions tour. This game will be a real highlight for our club and recognises our continued involvement in the development of amateur rugby, particularly at schoolboy level over many years.
Mike Mills, in particular, has been involved with much of the organisation and planning for this game and deserves special mention, as does Bryan Williams, John Mills and John Cresswell, who helped lay the groundwork in previous years for securing this fixture.
British Barbarians relationship
Through the work of Bryan Williams, Neil Cullimore and Rob Fisher, we now have in place a formal agreement with the British Barbarians that sets out the basic terms of our relationship with them and allows us the use of the Barbarian name in perpetuity.
I would also like to acknowledge and thank Earl Grey of Simpson Grierson for his contribution to the formulation of this agreement.
Sevens, All Blacks and Black Ferns rugby
It was wonderful to see our New Zealand Women’s Sevens team take our first ever Olympic rugby medal it was inspirational and they played exceptionally well to win the?silver medal and stake their place in our rugby history.
Unfortunately, things didn’t seem to go their way for the men’s sevens team? right from the outset they battled, however it was amazing for Fiji to take the gold in such a commanding way and win their nation’s first ever Olympic medal. It all made great viewing and put rugby on the world stage in a way that had never been done before.
On October 22, many of us were here at Eden Park to see the All Blacks break the record for unbeaten tests for a tier one nation. It was an outstanding achievement and this team continues to go from strength to strength something which Steve Hansen and his coaching and selection group must be enormously proud of. On the same day at Eden Park, it was also great to see our Black Ferns team kick off their international season on such a high note, convincingly beating Australia with a record-equalling win. Later that week, they again beat the Wallaroos to take out the Laurie O’Reilly Cup for the series win.
We inducted into the club a number of new members (44) and congratulations to them. We had two very good new member induction nights, which highlighted to us what a special group of people we have within the club all with their own story to tell and all linked by a common bond of rugby.
We contributed toward costs associated with a match between an Auckland U85kg team and a Wellington U85kg team played in September for the Ladore Trophy a special cup provided by our club.
In February, we had a group participate at the 24th annual Peter Johnstone Memorial tournament in Mt Maunganui.
Organised by Peter Tubberty, our team had mixed results but lots of fun and enjoyed each other’s company and the camaraderie of the tournament immensely. Following this, the Pat Walsh Memorial Bowls Day, organised by Peter Tubberty, Barrie Thomas and Mark Walsh, was held in early April. It was another very good day, with many of our members in attendance.
A group under the guidance of John Cresswell and Noeline Walsh have been working behind the scenes to upgrade the jersey and memorabilia displays in time for the Lions tour next year.
Roger Moore managed a major restoration of the large red book at the club and three other historical books, using the services of Spiral Path Books, at a cost of $2500. These initiatives have been funded from the $5600 donated to our restoration project by members in addition to their subscriptions at the beginning of the year.
The clubrooms have been well utilised for many events over and above our match-day functions, including the NRL Nines, one-day cricket matches, the Joseph Parker fight night and for hosting events for other worthy organisations our members are involved with, such as the Decision Outreach Trust and New Zealand Rugby Players’ Association.
On Wednesday May 11, we held an ‘Extraordinary General Meeting’, at which our new rules (formerly known as the constitution) were adopted and the club became officially the ‘New Zealand Barbarian Rugby Club’. Work on the new rules, which is an updated version of our old constitution, has taken place over many years and is the result of significant contributions by a few of our members, including Mike Donovan, Neil Cullimore, Alan Montgomery, John Mills, Bryan Williams and John Cresswell early on and then latterly Neil Cullimore once again, Bernie Allen and Ken Baguley. It was a momentous occasion for the club and provides a solid platform for us to operate from into the future.
Protected capital fund
Following the adoption of the new rules, the ‘Protected Capital Fund’ has been established under the management of five custodians Ken Eglinton (chairman), John Mills, Phil Lindesay, Neil Cullimore and Grant McCurrach. NZ First Capital have been appointed by the committee via the recommendation of the custodians to be the fund managers of our protected capital fund and an amount of $1 million has been transferred to NZ First Capital for investment in a conservative/balanced portfolio.
Special mention must be made of the contribution of Peter Thompson and Barfoot and Thompson who continue to support our programmes, particularly the fun days and the primary school visits. Also, we are extremely grateful for the support of the Four Winds Foundation, Infinity Foundation, New Zealand Community Trust, North South Trust and NZ Post (Community Post) for their support of our initiatives.
Club member Simon Johnston has been instrumental in helping to manage and initiate our sponsorship arrangements in 2016, and we sincerely thank him for the amount of time and effort he has put in over this past year.
In May, our patron of over 25 years and life member Bob Sorenson passed away. A real servant to the game, Bob gave over 60 years of marvellous service to this club. He was a gentleman, and a character, and his presence will be sorely missed
Under the guidance of John Mills, the group of members who have done custodial duties on match days and at the various functions have once again done us proud, and I thank them for their efforts.
I would like to thank our committee for their hard work and support throughout the year.
I have been particularly grateful for the wise counsel of Bryan Williams, Neil Cullimore and Mike Mills. We are extremely fortunate that these men continue to serve our club and they have been at the forefront in almost all of our activities this year.
Club captain Mark Moore and Treasurer Grant McCurrach have once again been valued contributors and I would also like to thank Peter van der Heijden, Jordan Tuala and Glenda Watson of Crowe Horvath who have provided excellent back-up to Grant to ensure our financial management and reporting is timely and accurate.
Roger Moore, as always, has worked tirelessly in the background, ensuring arrangements for many of our initiatives such as the Fun Day and NZ Barbarians Schools teams have been in place.
Dylan Mika provided admirable back-up to Mike Mills for the Top 4 and secondary schools arrangements, as well as assisting John Mills with custodial arrangements for the boxes and helping out with the house functions from time to time.
Our secretary Ken Baguley has done a fine job in what has been a demanding and busy year.
Dean Paddy, as always, has worked tirelessly for the club, both as a committee member and as our house manager. This role has got busier and more demanding as we take on more activities and have more functions and we are extremely grateful for the wonderful support given by Trina Seits and Mereana Wynyard to Dean in relation to the running of the house and bar.
The club has been particularly busy this year, starting back in February with the NRL Nines, and we have been very fortunate to have had such a dedicated team looking after us.
Under the leadership of Dean, our house team consisting of Trina Seits, Mereana Wynyard, Kevin Way, Bryan Craies, Kate, and Ali has been exceptional, always ensuring the occasion is well managed and that our guests are well looked after.
Dean Paddy has now decided to pass the baton of house manager on after over 20 years of service to the club, both at the old house and at our new clubrooms. He has been a member of this club since 1972 and his devotion to it and compassion for our members has been an inspiration for all of us. His retirement as house manager signals the end of an era for us he has been a constant through all my time at the Barbarians and his presence has always been such a positive and uplifting experience. We all have enormous respect for Dean and cannot thank him enough for all he has done for our club.
In closing, I thank you all for your support throughout the year it has been a busy year and one in which much groundwork has been laid for the years to come.?
Look forward to 2017 and best wishes for Xmas and the New Year.?
New Zealand Barbarian Rugby Club
2016 Club Captain’s report
As the festive season draws close and we look back at the 2016 season, we can take great pleasure in seeing the areas of rugby that we foster and support becoming stronger and relying on our involvement.
Our activities’ list has solidified and programme schedule remains similar from year to year. The management and committee’s programmes that are in place to control these ventures are working well.
With our continued support of the fun days, NZ Area Schools, Top 4, NZ Barbarians Schools and Under 85s, the feedback from the teams and management we sponsor has been admirable and the acknowledgement of the Barbarian backing which has now been in place over a number of years has gained momentum, culminating in the NZ Provincial Barbarians versus Lions game in Whangarei in 2017.
While we foster these activities and thank all our sponsors and supporters for their continued generous support, funding still remains an issue. The assistance we have received this year from Simon Johnston has been great and lends well for the future.
In the house, from the start of the season with cricket and the NRL Nines, Dean, Trina, Mereana, and the team have worked tirelessly. Super Rugby games and Mitre 10 Cup games have been busy, but on test night the club generally gets to standing room only. One of our biggest concerns on this night is (1) numbers in the club and (2)access to the club for members. After monitoring numbers of guests and members, I found that at the peak we reached our maximum patronage. Managing the door and limiting members to one or two guests on test nights would assist with numbers in the club.
It is with sadness that Dean (Paddy) stands down from bar manager duty at the end of the season and we acknowledge the effort and time he has dedicated to the club, bringing it from ‘the House that Jack built’ to the now commercial venture, from which income we depend upon greatly. We thank you deeply.
It is a huge effort by all of the management team and committee that run the year’s events and I thank you all for the work and time you generously give to our programme. We know next year will be just as busy.
Once again unfortunately the John Drake golf day was postponed until February because of bad weather. Notification of the new date will be in the next newsletter.
Finally, to all our members, have a happy Christmas, and a relaxing break.
New Zealand Barbarian Rugby Club
2015 President’s report
This year has again been busy and productive for the club.
On the field
Our major game this year was the Barbarians fixture against NZ Maori at Eden Park on July 18.
Both teams had not played at Eden Park for many years. Although the foul weather conspired against the game, reducing what should have been a good crowd, both teams turned on a good spectacle which our Barbarian team, captained by Brad Shields, won comfortably 34-17. NZ Maori had not been beaten for a number of years. All the players and the coaches and managers expressed how much they enjoyed the time together and really embraced the Barbarian ethos and spirit. Coaches were Scott McLeod, Paul Feeney and Craig Philpott and manager Angus Gardiner.
Thanks to Mark Moore, Mike Mills and Roger Moore for your work in the background.
The 26th annual primary schools Fun Day in late May was again enjoyed by 40 teams of players, their parents, teachers, coaches and managers and supporters and a large number of member volunteers and helpers.
Thank you to our member Peter Thompson and Barfoot & Thompson for their continued sponsorship of this event and to the RNZ Navy for the use of the Ngataringa Bay facilities. The weather was fine and Ron Williams led a great team of committee members, member volunteers and helpers. Thanks to them, to the Auckland Rugby Union and also to our members, Richard Fry, manager, and Sir John Kirwan, coach, for ensuring the attendance of the Blues. The kids lapped it up.
The third Bay of Plenty Fun Day was again held in Paengaroa for 20 teams. Again, the event was well supported by members and volunteer helpers. A number of the Bay of Plenty Steamers players turned up to make the day special for the kids. Thank you to Ron Williams, Roger Moore, Mark Moore, Ken Parry, Ray Reardon, Kevin Schuler, Bruce Cameron and Don McCaskie and also the Bay of Plenty RFU for its input and support.
These days are true examples of communities working together for the common good.
Secondary school rugby
In September, we were again involved in our secondary school programme.
We supported the NZ Area Schools team, which played against a Harlequins selection team at the Hamilton Old Boys grounds. Those players are from far-flung country areas of New Zealand. They expressed their delight and gratitude to our club for giving them an experience of a lifetime. Although, they went down 7-43, the boys acquitted themselves well. If one looks at where some of our greatest players came from, one can see the value of supporting this team. Sir Colin Meads, Sir Brian Lochore, Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Carlos Spencer, to name a few, all came from small-town New Zealand. That’s rugby royalty, isn’t it?
In early September, we again sponsored the Top 4 schools and co-ed schools championship in Rotorua. The tournament culminated in a great final between last year’s joint winners, Scots College of Wellington, and Rotorua Boys’ High, which produced a stirring match highlighted by some wonderful tries. Rotorua proved to be the better team and outlasted its opponents to take out the title.
On September 19, our NZ Barbarians Schools team played NZ Schools in Palmerston North as a warm-up to the NZ Schools tour of Australia. In a very keenly fought match, our Barbarians team led until the last couple of minutes. They were awarded a penalty advantage but continued to play on as they had the momentum. As the referee called advantage over, the ball popped out of the ruck on the blindside. NZ Schools picked it up, broke away and after a couple of passes scored under the bar 70 metres down the field. That tied the scores and the ensuing conversion won it for NZ Schools 20-18.
We were very well represented by the NZ Barbarians Schools team. They built up a tremendous team culture during the week. I had the great privilege of presenting them with their jerseys the night before the game in a very emotional ceremony. The team, well coached by Darren Larsen and Ryan Martin, and managed by Chris Metcalfe, drummed home to the players the Barbarian ethos and culture. They displayed a lot of talent and the players and management expressed their delight at being given this opportunity to play at this level. Instead of just having 24 players and one coaching and management team involved in the NZ Schools team, our sponsorship allows another 24 players and coach and management team to gain this exposure as well. Thank you to NZRU in showing such foresight. The team performed a very stirring haka for me as I left to return home.
All Blacks rugby
What a wonderful culmination to the season with the All Blacks winning RWC 2015.
I had the great pleasure and privilege of being there at Twickenham to witness the World Cup final. The game lived up to all the pre-match hype. To see the way the All Blacks dug deep when the Wallabies came back at them was so satisfying. To witness the last hurrahs of Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Keven Mealamu, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith and Tony Woodcock in an All Blacks jersey and to see them go out in that fashion was truly memorable. All great players and great men who have given so much to the All Blacks and rugby in this country.
As I write this report, we have all just heard of the untimely death of one of our members, the great All Blacks icon, Jonah Lomu. Another truly great All Black and a great man gone way too soon. He will be sadly missed.
Off the field
We inducted into the club a number of new members (25, listed elsewhere) and congratulations to them. The club continues to encourage all our members to make use of the wonderful facilities that the club has and to get involved with our activities.
In March, we conducted a Barbarians coaching clinic. Thanks for your organisation and initiative, Terry Horne. Top coaches like Sir ‘Ted’ Henry, Mike Cron, Paul Feeney, Steve Jackson and Scott Pierce contributed mightily to the day.
A middleweight (U85kg) tournament was held at College Rifles in March for the Bryan Craies Cup, which continued our ongoing support for this level of rugby. Thanks Dean Allnutt and Roger Moore for your work behind the scenes.
We had a Barbarians Bowls Day at Mangere East Bowling Club which was enjoyed by all who participated. Thanks to Peter Tubberty and ‘Bear Thomas’ for their organisation. We continue to enter Barbarians teams in the Mt Maunganui rugby bowls tournament held in early February each year.
Noeline Walsh, with the assistance of Laurie Skinner and Justine Barry, organised a ladies lunch at the clubrooms, particularly to acknowledge our widows of past members. It was a lovely day. Thank you, ladies. We intend to continue such events.
We have endeavoured to encourage clubs from the greater Auckland area to come as guests to the clubrooms on a designated night and other groups and trusts have been encouraged to use our facilities as well for worthy causes.
We have spent some time on a review of our club rules.
Thank you particularly to Neil Cullimore and Mike Donovan for their time and effort and to Bernie Allen for his legal expertise. We will organise a Special General Meeting in early 2016 to consider and, hopefully, ratify the new rules, which tidy up a number of areas that required attention.
All of our activity requires a lot of work and support behind the scenes. To our sponsors, Barfoot and Thompson, thank you sincerely for supporting our initiatives, particularly the fun days and the game vs NZ Maori. To the community trusts which have supported our work in the past, notably Four Winds Trust, NZ Community Trust, Infinity Trust and North and South Trust, thank you sincerely.
I would also like to thank the following:
The management committee for their hard work and wisdom, their support and fellowship.
Ken Baguley, our secretary, for taking on the role, after John Cresswell’s retirement. The workload has increased significantly in the past few years and requires a lot of time and effort.
Club captain Mark Moore and treasurer Grant McCurrach, who both carry out their roles effectively.
Campbell Burnes for his work in producing our newsletters and content for our website
Our custodians who offer sound advice in looking after our investments.
Mine host Dean Paddy and his staff, who go way beyond the call of duty to make all our members and visitors so welcome at the club.
The unnamed contributors to the welfare of our club.
In closing, my term has come to an end, so can I say what an honour and a privilege it has been to serve as President of our beloved club. Thank you for placing your faith in me. All the very best to my successor, Ron Williams.
NZ Barbarians RFC
2015 Club Captains report
As we finish the year and dwell on a successful Rugby World Cup by the All Blacks, we acknowledge what great rugby ambassadors and sports people we have in New Zealand.
The season still remains busy for the Barbarians, but the programme we support now generally stays similar from year to year. Our involvement from Fun Days in Ngataringa Bay and Paengaroa, Top 4, First XV rugby, NZ Barbarians Area Schools, NZ Barbarians Schools and middleweight rugby has again been admirable and this year finishing with the NZ Barbarians Schools side playing the NZ Schools side.
But the highlight for me was the NZ Maori playing the NZ Barbarians at Eden Park. It was great to be involved with the side and come back to the club with a victory. What a great group of players, coaches and staff we had assembled. The Baabaas jersey just brings the best out of players.
Funding and sponsorship for these activities still remains an issue and steps for next year’s programme will have to be addressed early in 2016.
The John Drake golf day once again was postponed, partly because of Rugby World Cup, but steps will be taken in 2016 to get the golf back on the calendar and well supported.
This year was the first chance I have had the opportunity to attend the Pat Walsh Memorial Bowls Day in Mangere and if any members want a great day of fun, food and camaraderie, this is the place to be.
To Dean Paddy’s team and their running of the club, which again has been fantastic, well done as we expect. Feedback always acknowledges the amazing asset we have in you and your team.
To all the management, committee and members who have contributed to the club this year, we thank you for your efforts and to our new members and committee welcome.
To our outgoing President ‘Beegee,’ we acknowledge not only your service to our club but to New Zealand rugby in general and we look forward to your continued support with the Barbarians next year.
To all members, don’t forget the Christmas party on Friday December 4 at 6pm and enjoy the festive break.
Club captain 2015
NZ Barbarians RFC
President's report 2014
This year has again been both busy and productive for the
On the field
We played in three matches in June. On Queen's Birthday weekend,
we put out an over-35 team against a Ponsonby Invitation XV
to celebrate that club's 140th jubilee. A fortnight later,
we put out a team to take on the Blues in Whangarei. The team
was largely comprised of players and coaching and management
staff from Northland. And a week after that we put out a South
Island-based team against the Highlanders in Invercargill.
One of our Southland-based members, Leicester Rutledge, capably
managed that team. All of these games upheld the club's traditions
of enterprising rugby and good sportsmanship.
The 25th annual primary schools' Fun Day in late May was
again enjoyed by 40 teams of players, their parents, teachers,
coaches and managers and supporters and a large number of
member volunteers and helpers. Thank you to our member, Peter
Thompson, and Barfoot & Thompson for their continued sponsorship
of this event and to the RNZ Navy for the use of the Ngataringa
Bay facilities. The weather was fine and Ron Williams led
a great team of committee members, member volunteers and helpers.
Thanks to them and also to our members, Richard Fry, manager,
and Sir John Kirwan, coach, for ensuring the attendance of
the Blues. The kids lapped it up.
The second Bay of Plenty Fun Day was again held at Paengaroa
for 20 teams. Again, the event was well supported by members
and volunteer helpers. The Chiefs turned up to make the day
special for the kids. Thank you to Barbarian and Chiefs CEO
These days are true examples of communities working together
for the common good.
Secondary school rugby
In September and October, we were involved in our secondary
school programme. We supported the NZ Area Schools team, who
played against a Harlequins selection as curtain-raiser to
an ITM Cup game. Those players are from far-flung country
areas of New Zealand. They expressed their delight and gratitude
to our club for giving them an experience of a lifetime. In
early September, we sponsored the Top 4 schools and co-ed
schools championships in Rotorua. The tournament culminated
in a great final between Scots College of Wellington and Hamilton
Boys' High which produced a 26-26 stalemate and a shared title.
In early October, the secondary schools international tournament
took place at Porirua Park in Wellington. We were very well
represented by the NZ Barbarians Schools team who opened their
account with a convincing win over Australian Schools and
then defeated Fiji narrowly on the final day. This team displayed
a lot of talent and the players and management expressed their
delight at being given this opportunity to play at this level.
Instead of just having 24 players and one coaching and management
team involved in the NZ Schools team, our sponsorship allows
another 24 players and coach and management team to gain international
exposure as well.
Off the field
We inducted into the club another 26 new members. The club
continues to encourage all our members to make use of the
wonderful facilities that the club has.
In August, we were involved in organising a reunion of the
1960s All Blacks and Wallabies. It was wonderful to see Wallabies
like Dick Marks, Peter Johnson, Jules Guerassimoff, David
Crombie (Australian President) and mates alongside Sir Colin
Meads, Ian MacRae (NZRU President), Keith Nelson, Chris Laidlaw,
Earle Kirton and mates. The club hosted a number of functions
for the reunion.
In late October, we organised a golf tournament alongside
the NZ Rugby Foundation with all proceeds going to the foundation.
A great day resulted in about $20,000 being raised to support
our severely injured rugby family members who will spend the
rest of their lives in a wheelchair. Thanks particularly to
Ben Sturmfels (Jarmo) and golf professional Marcus Wheelhouse
and his wife, our member, Melodie Robinson (who MCed the after-match
All this activity requires a lot of work behind the scenes.
Thank you to our committee for all your hard work. To our
sponsors, Barfoot and Thompson, thank you sincerely for supporting
our initiatives, particularly the fun days and the Northland
game. To the community trusts which have supported our work,
notably Four Winds Trust, NZ Community Trust, Infinity Trust
and North and South Trust, thank you sincerely.
I would particularly like to thank two people: firstly, our
hard-working and efficient secretary, John Cresswell, for
his invaluable work to assist all of these initiatives over
some 15 years. John has indicated his intention to retire
from the role at the end of this year. A huge thank you, John,
for your dedicated service to the club. Secondly, to mine
host Dean Paddy, who goes way beyond the call of duty to make
all our members and visitors so welcome at the club. These
two epitomise what being a Barbarian is all about.
Club captain's report 2014
As we look back at the 2014 year, we can again see how the
club has taken more steps to improve the Barbarian brand in
New Zealand and other rugby circles.
With fixtures at the 'great' Ponsonby club's 140th anniversary
celebrations, and against the Blues in Whangarei and the Highlanders
in Invercargill, this involvement of Barbarians teams at the
higher levels places us in a good position to obtain future
such fixtures in the years to come.
Our involvement and sponsorship of fun days in Ngataringa
Bay and Paengaroa, Top 4 boys and co-ed secondary schools
tournaments, NZ Area Schools, NZ Barbarians Schools and support
for middleweight (under 85kg) rugby, have once again been
The Barbarians club and our jersey have received genuine
acknowledgement and commitment from players and management
for the contribution we have made this year.
Sponsorship and funding of these games and events still remains
an issue for the club and we are continually looking at new
areas to raise funds.
For our golfers, we had our first NZ Barbarians/NZ Rugby
Foundation charity golf tournament this year, which was very
successful and an enjoyable day was had by all. The John Drake
Memorial Day at Hauraki Golf Club was postponed until early
in 2015, and I will shortly notify everyone with a new, confirmed
date. In addition, while our annual game with the Eagles did
not take place, a date of April 13 has been set for 2015.
Once again, the clubrooms functioned superbly under the guidance
of Dean Paddy and his team. The clubhouse was very busy on
test nights and Super Rugby games and generally there were
a good number of members and their guests for ITM Cup games.
Thanks to Dean's team and all custodians for their support
on game days.
From a club captain's point of view, I must thank all the
management, committee, staff and members for the huge amount
of time and effort that has been given to running all the
club's fixtures and events in 2014.
Relax and enjoy the festive season and we will look forward
to seeing you in the club in 2015.
Club captain 2014
President's Report 2013
Well, another season is over.
The All Blacks continue to dominant world rugby, the Chiefs
are dominating Super Rugby and Canterbury is still the top
The Barbarians club has had a tremendous year of progress,
extending our support in the secondary schools to the New
Zealand Area Schools team.
We had our first fun day in the Bay of Plenty and we elected
our first lady members into the club.
We sponsored the national top 4 secondary schools and the
national top 4 co-ed schools tournament in Rotorua for the
eighth year. A special thank you to the Four Winds Trust for
its continued support. Auckland's Tangaroa College took out
the co-ed title with a dominant display over Manurewa.
The grand final was at Hamilton Boys' High School this year,
with that First XV hosting the unbeaten St Kent's team of
Auckland. The school turned out in force to support the team
with a crowd of around 5000. Hamilton Boys took the title
from St Kent's with a late dropped goal.
The secondary schools rugby board has decided to move the
final back to Rotorua which logistically is much better and
does provide a fine weekend of First XV rugby.
To ensure that every schoolboy has a pathway to the top,
the Barbarians have extended sponsorship to the NZ Area Schools
side this year. A lot of great All Blacks came from the country
areas so every player deserves a chance. The schools range
from the Catlins in the deep south to Taipa in the North.
Mike Smith from Mercury Bay Area School and Bob Telfer have
run the team voluntarily for years and really needed support
They picked an NZ Barbarians Area Schools team and played
the Harlequins in Hamilton. For the first time in six years
the Area Schools had a 12-6 win.
The NZ Barbarians Schools national side had a three-day camp
this year. The high performance team at NZRU wanted our support
to keep the momentum going and acknowledging the top 54 secondary
They had a training session with the All Blacks and a match
against an Auckland Under 18 side which they won 37-19. It
was an invaluable experience for the boys with high level
specialist coaching and their first steps into professional
Next year the NZ Barbarians Schools play Australia and Fiji
Schools in New Zealand.
The 24th annual fun day was another success, fine weather
and great organisation from Ron Williams' team certainly helped
but the arrival of the full Blues team just makes the whole
Special thank you to Sir John Kirwan for making sure the
Ron Williams organised our first fun day in the Bay of Plenty,
another big success. NZRU board member and Barbarian Bruce
Cameron helped with the local RDO at his local club Paengaroa,
the venue for the day.
We are looking at the possibility of moving north to Whangarei
for a fun day as well as a repeat in the Bay of Plenty next
Auckland won the middleweight tournament this year from runners-up
Dean Allnutt has now organised a sub-committee of past players
and Cliff Lyon to run the event, look at future matches and
It must be noted that from a sponsorship point of view, it
is getting harder every year to get full commitments from
the trusts. From our applications for funding, we only received
half of the money requested. We are very fortunate to have
the support from Four Winds Trust, Infinity Trust and North
and South Trust but will need to look at alternative lines
of funding in years to come.
Among a bumper intake of 28 new members, we have elected
three lady members for the first time. The three ladies have
several Rugby World Cup titles to their name and served the
women's Black Ferns with distinction over many years. The
introduction of women's rugby into the Rio 2016 Olympics will
certainly lift the profile of women's rugby in the coming
Dean Paddy has, as always, run a great bar throughout the
season. Moana has been tremendous support along with Mereana.
Bryan Craies and Kevin Way, in the background, have done a
sterling job too.
The NZRU has agreed in principle to a 2014 northern tour
but has restricted the player base to ITM Cup only. The budget
for the trip is large and on advice we will struggle to get
significant sponsors without high profile players which would
guarantee media revenue.
We are working with the Essentially Group and looking at
some other options, possibly closer to home in the Asia region.
As I finish my tenure as President, I would like to thank
the committee for their support and hard work over the last
two years. A special thank you to John Mills. He has been
my mentor during my term and a tremendous sounding board and
advisor. John Cresswell does an incredible job, particularly
with handling the trusts and the admin. role has become a
significant position in the running of the club.
Thank you for the opportunity.
Club captain's report 2013
2013 started as 2012 finished, with early cricket matches
and the Blues kicking off their home season on March 1 against
In late March the Barbarians were invited to play a festival
for the Bombay club's 125-year celebrations. A large group
of young, present and past players turned out, including the
likes of the Marsh twins, Pita Alatini and Slade McFarland.
We were victorious in a game that was the highlight of Bombay's
Another invitation to the North Shore club's 140-year celebrations
saw a star-studded team turn out for the Barbarians. Thanks
to 'Beegee' Williams and Roger Moore, we had Craig Dowd, Ian
Jones, Sam Tuitupou, Ofisa 'Junior' Tonu'u, Richard Kapa,
Teina Clarke, and Pita Alatini. In the mix again, Kere Maihi
had brought along some talented young players that certainly
helped. The silky skills of the experienced players finally
gave the Baabaas victory. Great to see the mighty Wayne 'Buck'
Shelford turn out for North Shore.
With the successful club fun day at Ngataringa Domain growing
to a Bay of Plenty fun day in Paengaroa, we saw a group of
Baabaas make the trip south to meet up with our fellow BoP
Baabaas for what was another well-oiled, well organised, fantastic
day. The response from the BoP union, school principals, and
parents who attended thought that the day was superb.
Sponsorship was provided this year, for the first time, for
the NZ Area Schools side which was victorious against a Harlequins
XV, played at Waikato Stadium prior to the Waikato-Otago Ranfurly
Shield match. Included in this side are some really talented
players who, without the Barbarians and the Area Schools'
support, would be overlooked for any higher honours.
The Top 4 tournament in Rotorua and the final between St
Kent's and Hamilton Boys' High School in Hamilton were fantastic
spectacles with probably the biggest crowd seen at Hamilton
Boys' for any sports event.
After the Top 4 tournament, my highlight was the selection
of the NZ Barbarians Schools side that defeated an Auckland
Schools XV at St Peter's College in October. The next day
the side was invited to an All Blacks' closed session training
run. Afterwards, Aaron Cruden and Sam Cane talked to the Baabaas
in the changing shed before the team went into a skills session
with All Blacks assistant coach Mick Byrne.
Once again, the northern region Under 85kg tournament run
by Bryan Craies and his team at College Rifles was a great
success with Auckland emerging as winners.
Thanks must go to the management committee and members who
have helped throughout the year and we look forward to continued
support next year.
Welcome to all new members and condolences to families and
friends of members who died during 2013. Have a relaxing festive
season and we will look forward to another good club year
Club captain 2013
President's Report 2012
We have had a very busy year as a committee and have achieved
a lot. The club has been very well supported and is in good
I would like to acknowledge the passing of some great Barbarian
members. They will be sadly missed: our patron Jack Bourke,
Mike Cormack, Sir Wilson Whineray, and Bob Scott. These gentlemen
played a significant role in our club. It was also sad to
see the passing of two great rugby men and Barbarians in Sir
Fred Allen and Jock Hobbs.
The 75th Jubilee celebration was a very special night with
a tremendous turnout of members and friends. The formal part
of the evening was well run by Willie Los'e and Murray Deaker
and the five knights were exceptional. The organising committee
did a great job and we can all be proud of the evening we
Secondary Schools Rugby
We sponsored the national Top 4 boys' secondary schools and
the Top 4 co-ed schools tournaments for the seventh year,
in Rotorua. The format changed with the grand final moving
a week later to St Kentigern College for SKY TV purposes.
St Kent's was a worthy winner over Otago Boys' High School.
This is a very well coached young team, with 17 players returning
for 2013. The new format certainly ensured good local support
with a good number of Barbarians present at the match.
New Zealand Secondary Schools asked the club early in the
year if we would sponsor a second NZ Secondary Schools team.
The NZRU wants to widen the experience level from the top
26 players to the top 52. We accepted the offer as it was
a great opportunity to have the red jersey on TV, as both
games were televised on the Rugby Channel. It was a great
team, beating Australian Schools 24-5 and Samoan Schools 70-6.
We were fortunate to have six year 12 players who were not
allowed in the top team under a new NZRU ruling on player
burnout. Those players were the difference in the team.
The NZRU has since commented on the great success of the
Barbarians team and was extremely impressed with our input.
Our main sponsors in secondary schools rugby have been: The
Four Winds Trust, North and South Trust and Infinity Trust.
They have been invaluable in helping develop our future All
Blacks in years to come.
We continued our support of Under 85kg restricted (middleweight)
rugby in 2012. We held our annual representative tournament
at the College Rifles club with five teams this year. Auckland,
North Harbour, Thames Valley, Waikato and the Wellington Centurions
all participated. Wellington won the title in its first year
and was a worthy champion.
Live Sport Radio sponsored the tournament and the Auckland
Rugby Union helped run the tournament superbly. Bryan Craies
and Dean Allnutt kept an eye on proceedings. Bryan has been
honoured for all his work in the middleweights with a cup
to be named after him, to be played for by the top Auckland
and Harbour teams in a pre-season competition in 2013.
It was the 23rd annual Fun Day and it continues to be a success.
Fine weather, great organisation by Ron Williams and Roger
Moore and the Blues team making a real effort, ensured a good
day for all the primary schools involved. We are looking to
move the format to other provinces and are talking to Bay
of Plenty at the moment.
We will discuss the day with the Wasps and hopefully work
with them on the selected date. Peter Thompson from Barfoot
and Thompson continues to sponsor the Fun Day. We are indebted
to Peter for his support of the club. Peter was also a major
sponsor for the jubilee dinner.
Glengarrys have become our liquor sponsor. They provided
wine sponsorship for the jubilee dinner and have provided
a very generous discount card to all financial members this
year. Rodd and Gunn have provided excellent casual gear at
a reduced rate as well.
Club nights at the clubrooms
The atmosphere in the club has been great this year. All
the games were well supported by the members and the work
done by Dean Paddy and Moana, Bryan and Kevin has been outstanding.
The food menu has worked well. Tremendous support from Julian
at Eden Park Catering made things easier from the start. It
was a new initiative and it has gone well.
Sleepy's Corner, named after Don Cameron and his incredible
journalistic input to rugby, fits well in the club environment
and the Mike Cormack Memorial Suite is a fine memorial to
a great Barbarian who worked tirelessly for the club and its
Strategic Plan/Northern Tour
We now have an updated 3-5 year strategic plan on our website
and the current committee will address the plan on a regular
basis to ensure we are implementing the objectives set.
One of our major objectives is to get games for the Barbarians
on the international scene. We have submitted a paper and
budgets to the NZRU for a northern tour and are currently
discussing the viability with their strategic and commercial
A special thank you to our hard-working committee over a
very busy year.
President's Report 2011
The Barbarians' Rugby Football
NOVEMBER 25TH 2010
It is my pleasure to report to Barbarian Members on Club
events of the past year. The Club has experienced an exceptionally
busy year with many highlights.
2010 - An historical year for the club
The first matter I will mention is the official opening by
our Patron Bob Sorenson of our new Clubrooms on 24th June
The new Clubrooms incorporate a Lounge and two magnificent
Suites overlooking Eden Park. These international facilities
have been achieved through the outstanding work of Past President
Mike Cormack who chaired the Eden Park Committee, his university
mate and President at the time Phil Lindesay, Vice-President
Bryan Williams, Secretary John Cresswell, Roger Moore and
the writer. We have a venue that can give hospitality to international
guests, comfort and enjoyment for members and their guests.
Prior to the official opening of our new facilities the Life
Members, Past Presidents and their wives enjoyed the ambience
of the Club in May.
NZ Barbarian V's NZ Maori
On Saturday June 12th 2010 the Club played N.Z. Maori at
Whangarei in the first of the Maori centennial celebration
What was very pleasing is that it was the first time since
2003 that we had played a first - class fixture.
In an outstanding game, a little on the nerve -jangly side
at times, but full of open expansive - rugby the Barbarians
were winning with 1 minute and 33 seconds to go. The rest
is history - N.Z. Barbarians 31 - N.Z. Maori 37.
Thanks to the outstanding work of Vice-President/Club Captain
Mike Mills & Roger Moore, we fielded a formidable side
with a number of All Blacks and Super 14 players. The likes
of Renee Ranger, Jamie Mcintosh, John Afoa, Josh Bekhuis,
Ben Smith, Jared Payne, Colin Slade all performing well in
the red scarlet jersey.
The Club has entered into a second three year sponsorship
agreement with the N.Z. Secondary Schools Council.
The Barbarian national "Top 4" 1st XV championship
playing for the Barbarian Cup took place again at Rotorua.
The Club was also the proud sponsor of the "Top 4"
Co-ed competition for another Barbarian Cup. The quality of
rugby on display was most impressive. The top 4 colleges were
St. Bedes College Christchurch who had won the Press Cup,
Mount Albert Grammar School Auckland, Gisborne Boys High School
and Hamilton Boys High School. Much to the delight of Old
BeeGee Williams, John Cresswell, Roger Moore and Bryan Craies
Mt. Albert Grammar won the much prized Barbarian Cup beating
Hamilton Boys in the final.
The games and the team dinner on the Saturday evening were
well attended by your President, past President Mike Cormack
Vice President / Club Captain Mike Mills, Committeeman Rod
Doidge, Mags Old Boys / Barbarian Members as previously mentioned,
as well as a number of local Barbarians including Ray Reardon.
Auckland's St Kentigerns College won the Co-ed Barbarian
Cup defeating Manurewa High School in the final.
The N.Z. Secondary Schools regional (franchised) tournament
was this year held at St. Paul's Collegiate in Hamilton on
the 14th & 15th July. The Barbarian Shield was won by
the Blues Team who beat the Hurricanes.
The players dinner held on the Wednesday evening once again
had very good representation of Barbarian Members.
Under the convenorship of Ron Williams and Roger Moore who
both did an outstanding job another highly successful Primary
Schools "Fun-Day" was held at the Naval Base at
Devon port on the 16th May 2010. Of all the many functions
that are held throughout the Barbarian calendar year the number
of Barbarian present is always the highest at this "Fun-Day".
The major sponsor for the day was again Barfoot & Thompson
and special thanks is due to Barbarian Club member Peter Thompson.
The middleweight campaign which the club has taken on as
a special assignment has had another very full year.
This year the programme started with games against Counties
(U85KG)/Development side at Pukekohe on March 13th followed
by a match against Thames Valley on the 20th March at Thames.
The Sydney side Beecroft then toured in March/April playing
our N.Z. Barbarian Middleweight side at Eden Park as a curtain-raiser
to a Super 14 game.
In September 2010 at College Rifles in association with the
Auckland Rugby Union the Middle weight Tournament took place
with North Harbour, Thames Valley, Waikato (Harlequins) and
Auckland participating. Auckland again proved too strong and
won the Barbarian Cup for the third year. Thanks are due to
Bryan Craies as Convenor, Phil Lindesay, Roger Moore and Ex-Officio
We are also very fortunate to have selecting and coaching
the side two Barbarian members in former A!! Black Gary Cunningham
and former North Harbour representative Wayne Underhay.
New Clubrooms - Lounge and Suites
Thanks are due to Rod Doidge as Bar Manager, Dean Paddy in
the new position of Mine Host, Wally Jelicich and Bryan Crates
for the many, many hours they spend running the new Club facilities.
Under Rod's supervision they purchase the food & beverage,
stock the bar, and serve the drinks. Special mention should
also be made of the magnificent food that is prepared by Barbara
Doidge and Judy Jelicich for Club functions. The Club is also
grateful to the ever-present Wally Jelicich who cleans the
Ciubroorns after our numerous functions.
Friday nights at the Club have proved to be a great success
with the membership and also with the different Clubs from
Auckland, Counties and North Harbour who have been invited
also, the N.Z.R.U have used our facilities on a number of
Under the convenorship of Vice-President/Club Captain Mike
Mills the Club Committee is progressing with a strategic plan.
The three areas in particular being closely looked at -
1. Rugby-International, National, Middleweight, Secondary
Again this year there have been some successful Bowls and
Golf days and thanks are due to Bryan Craies and Wally Jelicich
for organizing them.
The Club has continued with a column in the N.2. Rugby News
which further highlights the activities the Club is involved
Our appreciation to Don Cameron for his work associated with
the Club Newsletter. Don has spent hours and hours of his
time producing the newsletter for the Club. We are happy to
say that Don will continue as a feature writer while Club
Member Campbell Burnes will be the editor.
As I write this report the Club is negotiating with a major
sponsor. Thanks to the efforts of convenor Phil Lindesay and
assistants Roger Moore, Richard Fry and Neil Cullimore we
should have some "Good News" in the near future.
Also, under the direction of Phil Lindesay we have become
"modern" with our own website. View - www.barbarianrugby.co.nz
My personal thanks to all the officers of the Club &
Committee Members who I have previously mentioned by name
in this report for their willingness to serve the Club and
see it grow.
Special mention must be made of our secretary for so many
years John Cresswell John's work load because of the growth
of the Club has been quadrupled. His attention to detail and
the time he has allocated is greatly appreciated.
I thank him for his support as indeed the support, knowledge
and experience of Phil Lindesay our immediate past President.
I also appreciate the experience and commitment that our
Treasurer (former auditor) John Jessup has to the Club.
Bryan Williams, will be president of the N.Z.R.U. for the
World Cup. We are very fortunate to have him as a Vice-President
of the Club.
I also acknowledge Roger Moore for his Boundless Energy and
thank him for the time he allocates to the Club.
The Barbarian brand is unique, recognizable and highly respected
in the rugby world. Conversations are taking place with the
N.Z.R.U., N.Z, players association and N.Z. Maori with regards
to engaging the Club in more 1st class fixtures. Although,
availability of players is an issue in the current professional
climate it is still the Club's aim to play international sides
whether in New Zealand or overseas.
Thank you for the opportunity of serving you as your president.
It has been a privilege.
John A. Mills