As President of Nelson Rugby Football Club Inc (est.1868) it is my pleasure to welcome you to our official website.
Founded in 1868. Rugby began in 1870 with the first game ever played between Nelson and Nelson College at the Botanical Reserve in Nelson City.
We are extremely proud of our history and heritage and are committed to promoting the development of rugby for all people throughout the Nelson and Tasman region of New Zealand and beyond.The aim of the website is to update club acivities and provide a historical digital repository for future generations of the club to access.
You are invited to browse the site and you may wish to bookmark the web page for your future ease of use.
Members of the Nelson Rugby Football Club are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting: 6pm, 1st November 2019 at the Clubrooms, Trafalgar Park, Nelson
Please send nominations for the committee, in writing and signed by the proposer and seconder of the motion, to the Secretary by 25/10/2019.
Nomination of a person for Life Membership must be made in writing and signed by two club members. Please send nominations to the Secretary by 25/10/2019.
Any member of the Club may present a Notice of Motion for consideration by the Annual General Meeting. Such notice need to be in writing and signed by the proposer and seconder of the motion. Please send Notice of Motion to the Secretary by 25/10/2019.
Although the AGM is a formal meeting, partners/parents of members, sponsors and other interested parties are welcome to attend the meeting to hear a review of the 2019 year, the issues facing the club, and the direction and activities of the club going forward.
In 2018 we celebrated the 150th year since the birth of the Club, known at the time as the Nelson Football Club. The Club played a hybrid form of the game — a mixture of Association football and Melbourne Rules football (now known as Australian Rules Football).
In 1870 Charles Monro introduced the club to rugby as we know it today and the club formally adopted the name Nelson Rugby Football Club.
In 2020 we celebrate 150 years since the establishment of the Nelson Rugby Football Club, New Zealand's oldest rugby club.
We are planning a number of events next year, building towards the 150th celebration over Queen's Birthday weekend.
Mary talks to Barbara Hodgson about marrying into the Nelson Rugby Football Club family. Lick and his brothers Dudley, Anton and Leon all received Life Memberships for their huge contribution to the Club. The family connection with the Club started in the late 1930's with their parents Frank and Mary Gargiulo.
In celebration of the club's 150th anniversay Barbara Hodgson has been interviewing some of the club identities to capture their memories and create a living history of the club. You can watch all the interviews on our channel.
The junior club celebrated the achievements of their players at a lunchtime function at the clubrooms on Sunday 8th September.
Awards were given to players who had contributed to their team's success through their skills, attitude and commitment to their teams.
The coaches found it hard to decide who to award the individual prizes, as they all noted what a great season their team's had, with the players stepping up, working hard at training and during the games, looking out for each other and showing a great attitude.
Ash Millar was awarded the Rochelle Walker Memorial Cup for contribution to the junior club, acknowledging his last seven years coaching his team - this years U13s.
Special thanks to Quentin and Jo Harwood for the amazing job they do running the junior club and to coaches for the great work they do with their teams.
U7 sevens player of year: Jett Leslie
U12 sevens player of the year: Will Daniel
McDonald's trophy for outstanding attitude: Emily Claridge
Female player of the year: Lucy Mahuika
Rochelle Walker Memorial Cup for contribution to the junior club: Ash Millar
Player of the year: White Blake Oostingh, Most Improved: Liam Angus, Sportsperson: Alex Shefford, McDonalds Champion Attitude: Cory Trusler
Player of the year: Jago Doherty, Most Improved: Zacaia Lunai and Finley Hogan, Sportsperson: Charlie McNeill, McDonalds Champion Attitude: Emily Claridge
Player of the year: Jett Leslie, Most Improved: Oliver Shattock and Jake Crosbie, Sportsperson: Keira Anderson and Neveah Pluck, Coaches choice: Mikayla Smith, McDonalds Champion Attitude: Ruby Anderson
Player of the year: Hezekiel Tupuola, Most Improved: Kayden Trusler, Sportsperson: Ashton Harris – Russell, McDonalds Champion Attitude: Robbie Freeman
Player of the year: White Emmett Crockett, Most Improved: Harry Flewellen, Sportsperson: Jaylin Jefford, McDonalds Champion Attitude: Kru Smith
Player of the year: Welfare Schwenke, Most Improved: Emmett Cochrane, Sportsperson: E J Schwenke, McDonalds Champion Attitude: Edwin Acland
Player of the year: Leo Saunders, Most Improved: Theo Kemplen, Sportsperson: Jack Hall, McDonalds Champion Attitude: Quinn MacDonald
Player of the year: Awatea Rahui, Most Improved: Alex Walzl, Sportsperson: George Lewis, McDonalds Champion Attitude: Vinn Smith
Player of the year: Joseph Schwenke, Most Improved: Xavier Stewart, Sportsperson: Finn Dallas, McDonalds Champion Attitude: Matthias Campbell
Player of the year: Norman Williams, Most Improved: Sirrus Hoeksma – Baker and Reed Deuxberry Sportsperson: Zac Irving, McDonalds Champion Attitude: Campbell Folly
Player of the year: Tom Perkins, Most Improved: Archie Geddes and Miles McCarthy, Sportsperson: Ania Morgan and Ruby Thomas, McDonalds Champion Attitude: Dylan Browning
Player of the year: Kobi Moser, Most Improved: Oliver Crowther, Sportsperson: Cullen Millar and Brody Anderson, McDonalds Champion Attitude: Vito Esposito
Pugh Cup: Connor Higgins
Gargulio Trophy: David Egelstaff
Under 21 Player of the year: Saul Lewis
Most Improved Player: Paddy Miller-Leaf & Cody Dellaca
Sportsman of the Year: Thomas Goodman
Most Improved Player: Jessie Nepia
Player of the year: Dion Ward
Fowler Trophy - Sportsman of the year: Navarre Harbour
Most Valuable Person: Samantha Burling and Jonathan Corfe
Tenant Trophy - Administrator of the year: John Brydon
Presidents Cup (selected by Club President): Quentin Harwood
John Goodman Trophy (selected by the Goodman family): Jonathan Corfe
1st Prize ($350)
Ticket No. 45 - Pat Hands
2nd Prize ($100)
Ticket No. 72 - Trevor Allen
3rd Prize ($50)
Ticket No. 21 - Sam Burling
See our Membership page for more information.
Senior Club Captains
Samantha Burling - 027 666 1070
Tony Garguilio - 021 451 526
Junior Club Captain
Quentin Harwood - 027 302 3508