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qBE NORTH HARBOUR ANNOUNCE NEW ITM CUP HEAD COACH
Today, QBE North Harbour Rugby announced Steve Jackson as the Union’s new Head Coach. “The Board is very excited to have a coach of Steve’s calibre lead Harbour Rugby in the next chapter as we seek to improve the performance of our ITM Cup team. Steve is a proven leader on and off the field, and has good recent history of working with high level players, as well as long standing connections here in the Harbour region”, says North Harbour Rugby Chairman John Morgan.
“The North Harbour Rugby Union has achieved significant success in a number of areas over recent years including the growth of our player numbers, the success of a number of our representative teams; the number of Harbour players selected at National level, and of course our recent investment in the Blues franchise and the Board is now focussing its attention on improving the performance of our ITM Cup team.” Morgan goes on to say.
Steve Jackson (Head Coach)
Steve rejoins the Harbour staff for his second stint having served as a Rugby Development Officer and Commercial Manager during 2003 - 2005. During that period he also made 8 appearances for the Union.
Steve is the current Assistant Coach for the Counties Manukau Steelers were he has been since 2010. Prior to joining the Steelers, Steve’s Rugby CV saw him serve on the coaching staff at the Tasman Makos 2008. He was the Head Coach at Marist (Nelson) in 2007 – 2009 and was the Head Coach of our own Massey Club in 2005.
As a player Steve has toured Australia in 2002 with the NZ Maoris; was in the NZ Under 19 (1992), NZ Secondary Schools (1991) and NZ Under 17’s (1990). Steve played for the Tasman Makos (2008), North Harbour (2004, 2005), Southland (1998 – 2003) where he captained them (2002,2003) and Auckland (1995 – 1997).
Steve has demonstrated a history of success at every level of Rugby in which he has worked. With Counties Manukau he is the current Ranfurly Shield holder and Premiership semi-finalist; and his Marist side (Nelson) and his Massey side were Premiership winners under his reign. He also achieved significant success as a player.
“I would like to thank the North Harbour Board for this opportunity. I am very excited to be the QBE North Harbour Rugby Head Coach. Harbour Rugby has a great history and is very well supported in the community. I am really looking forward to the opportunity to play a role in developing these young players to grow as professionals, build a culture of success and assisting them to achieve their individual aspirations” says Harbour Rugby Head Coach, Steve Jackson.
“I would like to sincerely thank Tana and the Counties Manukau set up for all the support and backing they have given me. I wish them all the best for the future.”
Steve will take up his post in the new year.
QBE & North Harbour Rugby announce new 3 year deal
QBE Insurance and the North Harbour Rugby Union today announced a renewed three year sponsorship deal.
The QBE/North Harbour relationship has been fostered over the past 13 years. Following a challenging season at ITM Cup level, the QBE/North Harbour discussions have focused around continuing to develop the tremendous potential for rugby within the Region and making sure that North Harbour maintains its positive contribution to New Zealand rugby.
Ross Chapman, General Manager, QBE New Zealand, said, “As the major sponsor of North Harbour rugby for the past 13 years, we are proud to support the North Harbour community and rugby in the region. At QBE, we see the community in which we operate as an important part of who we are, and it is our philosophy to support that community where we can”. Mr Chapman continued, “QBE takes a long-term philosophy – we are an insurance company – it’s our job to be there when you need us the most.”
North Harbour CEO, Brett Hollister, added, “In QBE we proudly have a long-standing partner that is committed not only to North Harbour, but also to New Zealand rugby”.
New Zealand Rugby level 2 Coaching Course
The NZR Developing Rugby Coaches Course is a course which provides coaches with an extensive overview of Coaching Rugby.
The Developing Rugby Coaches Level 2 course is suitable for Coaches at Senior Club - 1st XV and Secondary School – Representative age grade.
Coaches will receive credit for attendance for each module.
To obtain full accreditation Coaches will have to attend all modules and also present a coaching diary, demonstrating season planning and training plans.
This course will be facilitated by North Harbour Coach Development Officer Bill Wigglesworth and will feature a range of specialist coaches presenting the course modules.
Course content includes:
Role of the Coach, Growth and Development, Communication, Principles of Play, Selection, Laws of the Game, Individual skills, Scrums, Lineouts, Continuity, Attack, Defence, Counter Attack, Physical Preparation.
NH Womens 7's Training
Training is still on tonight as planned!
Thursday 5th December
At East Coast Bays RFC - 6.15pm-7.45pm
Northern Regional Sevens Tournament
Saturday 14th December
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
There are three Regional Sevens Tournaments - Northern, Central and Southern.
Associated Provincial Unions with the Northern Region are: Northland, North Harbour, Thames Valley, Auckland, Counties Manukau, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and King Country.
The Regional Tournaments are the qualifying tournaments for the New Zealand Rugby National Sevens which in 2014 will be held in Rotorua on the 11th and 12th January.
Competing in the Northern Regional Tournament will be 8 men's teams and 6 women's teams. The top 6 mens and the top 4 ranked womens teams will qualify for the National Sevens Tounament. For the first time North Harbour will have both a mens and a womens team competing on the 14th December.
Please Click here for further information on the Northern Regional Sevens.
Pictured - Members of the North Harbour Womens 7s Team
2013 Massey University Harbour Sport Excellence Awards
Winner - Maori Sports Performer of the Year
at the recent Awards Evening held on Friday 22nd November at North Harbour Stadium
Pictured Ian Jones who was inducted into the Legends Hall of Fame
2013 Steinlager Rugby Awards
The 2013 Steinlager Rugby Awards will be held at the Sky City Auckland Convention Centre on Thursday 5 December and North Harbour's own Mario (Marty) Martinengo has been selected as a finalist in the category of Charles Monro Rugby Volunteer of the Year.
Congratulations Marty on your nomination and best wishes for the evening.
North Harbour Secondary Schools Compete in 2013 Condor Sevens
Four North Harbour schools competed in the Condor Sevens at Kelston BHS 30 November and 1 December. Westlake BHS were placed 3rd in their pool and won the Bowl quarter final 17-12 against St Peters (Auckland), then defeated Francis Douglas Memorial College (Taranaki) 14-12 in the semi-final. Westlake went on to win the Bowl Final in extra time against New Plymouth BHS 22-17.
Click here to read more.
QBE Insurance North Harbour Rugby Awards
Congratulations to all Nominees and To The Award Winners
Please click on the below link to view a full list of the 2013 annual Award Winners
ITM Cup Award - Coaches Player of the Year Winner - Pita Ahki.
Pictured with Ross Chapman of QBE Insurance
NH Stadium Young Player of the Year Winner - Brendan Bond
Pictured with NH Stadium Trust Chairman Reno Wijnstock
Please click HERE to view photos from the Awards Evening.
Photos by Auckland Sports Photography.