Spotswood United vs Tukapa

MEDIA RELEASE - 14 June 2019

Spotswood United wish to address any perceived absence of responsibility by Spotswood United following the extremely unsavoury incident at Sanders Park on June 1.

Since this incident club executives have been working through the process, expressed our concern to our players and team management and have cooperated with the TRFU investigation.

The club has a duty of care to ensure those that were cited through the process had their rights protected to a hearing without prejudice. As those individuals receiving sanctions now have a right to appeal, the club continues to support their right to a fair appeal process should that be the chosen path. As such the club is not able to comment on specific details.

Spotswood United has worked extremely hard over recent years to be a successful, respected and popular club. We are actively supporting local charities, schools and promoting family values and healthy community participation. It is upsetting that this incident is casting a shadow over all the good that the club has done.

Spotswood United does not condone acts of violence on or off the rugby field and regret involvement in the June 1 incident.


Tony Standen


Spotswood United R.F.& S.Club


Game Reports vs Clifton

It's always good to have all teams at the Dog Pound and last weekend with the entire club taking on Clifton was a great day out for all Players, sponsors and supporters. 


Division 2 vs Clifton

Yoshi Mills - Manager

With a great start to the Clifton team, their boys came out with a try early on.

This fueled up Spotswood as they hit back with a try of their own with Ezra Low running away with it.

Another try scored by Viliamu Mataafa in the corner not long after put us up 10-5.\

Bit of struggle in the next twenty saw both sides making penalties and silly errors, which the ref was easy to clean up on that.

Another try by Clifton drew up the game which followed suit by Vivliamu Mataafa with another great run down the sideline this time scoring under the posts. With Victor Rickitt converting it put Spotswood in the lead at half time 17-10.

2nd half started and it was back and forward all game to see who would score. game was very tight until Clifton scored by a bit of up front hustle to get them to tie up the game 17-17.

A late runaway by the backs down the sideline saw Spotswood so close to the line to get out in front, from the left hand side of the field to the right hand side in seconds to just get pipped by a great tackle by Clifton to see the flag go up and the fulltime whistle blow.

Full time 17 all

Player of the Day:  Viliamu Vataafa 


Division 1 vs Clifton

Terry Long - Manager

Very happy to walk away with five points from a very determined and improved Clifton side.

Playing with the elements in the first half we didn’t utilise them enough and did most of the defending, however, we felt comfortable in ability only being done by 7.

During the second 40 we held onto the ball for longer periods and made better decisions enabling us to score well-constructed tries.

As normal the subs made an impact and we continue to work hard to be better.

Some outstanding contributions especially from No 8 Sheldon Goodin, midfielder Tuhoro Christie and 80-minute man Chad Knowles who received the biggest cheer when he dotted down.

Keep doing the Mahi lads, we are starting to get down to the business end of the season.

Full Time: Spotswood United 27 Clifton 26


Premiers vs Clifton

Jade Morgan - Manager

After getting away to a flyer, scoring more than a point a minute in the first 20, a shell shocked Clifton side slowed the game down, hanging on to possession for extended periods to stop the initial stampede towards the chalk by a determined Spotty side. 

Clifton fought back dotting down before Spotswood United had the last say in the first half with a seven-pointer * of our own to go comfortably into the break 27 - 7 in front.

The game, far from won, provided more than a few nerves mid-way through the second half when the score closed to 27-22. 

The Premier Lads showed grit in the final 20 minutes and why they are a definite contender to go all the way this year with both well-structured tries and a bit of flair late in the game.

To complete the performance, a bit of Josh Jacomb brilliance with the boot curling a nudge back perfectly for Tyrese Rahati to dot down under the sticks, finishing a deserved victory and securing the Maurice Jones Memorial Shield for another year.

Tries: TJ Ane, Josh Jacomb, Tristan Lahmert, Jacob Bourke, Poinai Batinui, Mathew Goodwin, Tyrese Ratahi

Conversions: 4 Josh Jacomb. Penalties: 1 Josh Jacomb

Full Time: Spotswood United 46 Clifton 27

* Jacob Bourke crashing over from (by the end of the night) 60 meters out, but the video shows it was closer to 10. Mr Bourkes first 'Meat Pie' in the Spotty colours regular season. Nice work champ.


Colts vs Clifton

No report available.

Full Time: Spotswood United 5 Clifton 14


This weekends games

It's crunch time this weekend for all teams to build toward semi-finals time in 4 weeks. All teams are in a good place to get to the Championship rounds.

Current standings:

PREMS: 2nd

DIV 1: 2nd

DIV 2: 6th

COLTS: 5th

This weekend the Premiers, Div 1 and Colts are playing at Inglewood and Div 2 in Bell Bllock. Go well lads.

Premiers vs Inglewood - TET Stadium, Inglewood, 2:45pm

Division 1 vs Inglewood - TET Stadium, Inglewood, 1:00pm

Division 2 vs Bell Block - Hickford Park, Bell Block, 1.00pm

Colts vs Inglewood - TET Stadium, Inglewood, 1:00pm


Doggies all day!


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Round 9 Wrap-up

Mellowpuff day is always an emotional outing each year for the Spotty Dogs. As hard as it is, we take our hat off to you Terry Long for chatting to the boys pre-game about the trust, how it came about and how it helps the community. Believe and you will achieve.

Take a look at the video we presented to Terry at the after-match. Huge thanks to Abby, Matt, Vann and the family for helping out and coming along to make the day extra special

On field, the Colts solidly kept their season on track with a convincing  40 - 7 over Stratford Eltham.

Div One continued their outstanding form grabbing a deserved victory 12 - 7 over Stratford Eltham.

The Premiers got off to a flyer, being in front 26 - 7 at the half time spell. A frustrating attacking half but some staunch defence later in the game had them sneaking home 26 - 24.

Division Two, playing away to Okaiawa was close to pulling the pin due to lack of numbers but managed to field a team. But unfortunately going done 79 - 0 to a very good Oki team.


This Weekends Rugby

Our neighbours, the chooks, will certainly be out for a bit of revenge this weekend after we grabbed most of the silverware in the first round.

It should make for a cracker weekend of rugby with the Prems, Divisoin 1 and the Colts all playing at Sanders Park. Division 2 is across town talking on NPOB.

PREMIERS vs TUKAPA - Sanders Park, 2:45pm

DIV 1 vs TUKAPA - Sanders Park, 1:00pm

DIV 2 vs NPOB - Vogeltown Park, 1:00pm

COLTS vs TUKAPA - Sanders Park, 1:00pm


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