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AGM: Friday 27 November 2020

Presidents Report

Shane and the 2020 team.

Shane and the 2020 team.

Kia ora koutou

It is with pleasure I present the Presidents 2020 Annual Report.

The 2020 season was unprecedented in our 150 year history. Our committee and club have had to deal with many challenges that Covid-19 brought about. I am proud of the way that we came together as a club to overcome the issues we faced to give our senior and junior teams at least some rugby this year, as well as hosting a truncated 150th celebrations.

150th Celebrations

Thank you to Kerry Barton and the 150th Committee for their great work in providing at short notice a great occasion which was a highlight after the long lock down period. Kerry’s report gives a good overview of this important event.


Unsurprisingly bar sales, apparel sales and club hires were down on 2019, Despite this, overall profit was up from last year. There are a few reasons for this as the Treasurer will outline in his report. Our committee worked hard to reduce costs during lockdowns and to keep all outgoing costs to a minimum. I feel that the club is in a solid position to move into 2021, as long as a full season of rugby is played.


Sponsorship is a major income factor for NRFC, and I would like to thank them all for their continued support, especially in these tough times. Major sponsors: Galbraith Group, McCashins Group and others, continue to show local is better and hope we reciprocate with using and supporting their products and services as members.


We have always been known for our Hospitality and it can only happen if we have the facilities and people to provide this moving forward we have a challenge maintaining this, It is hard work doing the right thing but in the end we will be judged on these things I hope the club continues with this high standard and keeps the club in good order.


Although not one of our greatest years the effort that went into the season is still acknowledged. Once again the teams did the best they could and I am sure they will be building for the future even after a very trying year. Thank you to all past and present player.


This is my final report after 10 years in the role as club President, I stand back with satisfaction reflecting we have done the best we can.

There are too many people to thank as you all know each one of you has contributed. Thank you all so much for your efforts.

Highlights for me have been, 14 Championships - Tasman Trophies, Sevens, Nelson Bays, Noel Barton’s are all on the record. Our hosting of the RWC Events, First All Black Test, RSA/ ANZAC Day breakfast, Club Days, Website, Wingman, Numerous Mako, Representatives, Junior Club achievements and adding to our All Black ranks in all grades from Sevens, Under 20s and the main All Black Team.

Probably the most significant event has been professional game and its effect on club rugby, I have been vocal and on the record on its effect on a national and local level. There are no easy solutions to this but from what I have experienced and seen we are not trending in the right direction strategically or at a leadership level regionally and nationally.

Life Membership

Recognising achievement and contribution has always been a great part of being a President and the awarding of Life Membership is a recognition that holds great mana not only from a personal point of view but a club point of view. I am pleased we award one at this my final meeting.

To my fellow committee members who have over the years worked and contributed voluntarily, thank you, especially to the long suffering secretaries/ administrators who have always endured my ambiguity and late night requests for information and reports.

I have also had the honour of participating as President in farewelling a number of club stalwarts farewells over the past decade and fine human beings all of them, Alan Brydon, Dick Wiechen, John Goodman, Terry Phillips, Blue, and many others, it is hard but we know we will see them all again. It has been a real privilege to do this on behalf of the club and thank you to the families for their faith in the club for allowing us to say goodbye and recognise their contribution.

In conclusion, I would like to indulge and personally thank certainly my biggest supporter and perhaps the most passionate person on the sidelines for the club, Judy Wadsworth who imbodies the ‘You Belong’ value more than even me, I thank her dearly for her support, patience and aroha she is the real legend.

I assure you I leave with a full heart, Ngaa mihi ki a koutou, thank you all and God bless Nelson Rugby Football Club.


Shane Graham

Past President, NRFC

Election of officers 2020

Patron: Don Fowler

President: Kerry Strange

Past President: Shane Graham


Vice President: Brett Newcombe

Treasurer: John Brydon

Senior Club Captain: James Fairbrass

Junior Club Captain: Quinten Harwood

Secretary: Kelly Kinaston

Tasman Union Delagate:

Management Committee: Gerry Quiad, James Sanston, Jo Harwood, Chris Pugh, Kerry Barton, Patu Noble

Hon Solicitor:

Historian: Barbara Hodgson

Welfare Officer: Steven Garguilo


Life Member Nomination

Barry Galbraith was presented with his life membership at the AGM. Barry was nominated by Shane Graham & John Brydon and this award recognises all that Barry and family has done for the club over the years.

Thank you to Barry & Nicky for all your support.

AGM: Friday 1st November 2019

Presidents Report

Kia ora

Can I acknowledge those that have passed this year, Haerer atu rā harere. The loss of life and long-time members Dick Wiechern, Terry Phillips, Harley Nathan and Bill Marshall is recognised and acknowledged, their families are in our thoughts and we extend our deepest sympathies. We also acknowledge those who are ill and battling health matters.

David Havili cupCongratulations to our Mitre 10 First Division Tasman Mako team on achieving the title in a manner befitting the expectations of the region and the people of the Top of the South. 12-0 is no small achievement, a team full of Nelson players and leadership we feel justifiably proud that we have contributed to this success story.

Andrew Shane cupThe club rugby programme has been challenging with Murray Scott leading the Senior Team and Daniel McDonald leading the Senior B. It’s fair to say that this year has been a development year and the results reflect this as we build for next year's season. I want to thank Murray personally for all his efforts where he put up his hand when no one else did. To the Senior B side/Bravo company, well done and congratulations on building a strong base to move forward.

Our junior club is in good heart and sees our long serving Junior Club Captains Quentin and Jo Harwood continuing their sterling work. The John Goodman Sevens continues to grow, even if the weather didn't play ball this year, and the number of teams that turned out despite the weather is a testament to John.

Sponsorship is a key to any club's survival, and we have been pleased by the support of our continuing major club sponsors, Galbraith Group and McCashins Brewery and along with our other club sponsors thank you for your ongoing contribution. As we head into our 150-year celebrations at Queen's Birthday weekend you and other sponsors truly belong.

The celebrations are important to mark our history and place in New Zealand rugby and we have some exciting activities planned.

Wingman continues to be embedded in the club culture and we look forward to continuing to realise that in difficult times we should all be watching out for each other.

Finally, my thanks to the hard-working committee who have been tremendous in their volunteer contributions to allow us to do what we do. Kerry Strange, as Chairman has taken over the reins for the meetings along with Sam Burling as quasi Secretary and helped what would be an unmanageable situation as President in a high compliance environment.

It has been a challenging year and we need new blood and energy from people willing to step into committee roles to carry the load. We would welcome your contribution - please approach any committee member on how to do this.

Also, to all our volunteers, players, management, coaches and families that have contributed to the Club in 2019 thank you "You Belong"

To our Life Members elect this year, congratulations. Your awards are well earned and overdue. We hope you received this recognition for yourself and families with pride.

Yours in Rugby

Shane Graham

Election of Officer’s 2019

Patron: Don Fowler

President: Shane Graham

Past President: Murray West

Chairman: Kerry Strange

Vice President: Brett Newcombe

Treasurer: John Brydon

Senior Club Captain: James Fairbrass

Junior Club Captain: Quentin Harwood


Management Committee: Gerry Quaide, Chris Pugh, Red de Garnham, Jo Harwood, Jonathan Corfe, Tony Gargiulo, Kerry Barton

Hon. Solicitor: Jonathon Corfe

Welfare Officer: Stephen Gargiulo


Senior A: Kade Heke

Manager: Chris Pugh

Senior B: Daniel McDonald


Honorary Memberships

Shane Jo Steve Life MembershipJoin us in congratulating Jo Harwood and Stephen Gargiulo - our new life members.

At the AGM the motion to present the awards to Jo and Stephen was unanimously passed and recognises the contribution, over many years, they make to viability of the club.

Jo has supported Quentin running the junior club for the last 16 years, as well as serving on the committee and running the bar.

Stephen, as well as being the welfare officer, does a huge amount behind the scenes to keep the clubrooms and changing rooms functioning. In these endeavours he is supported by his wife Sandra and Stephen acknowledged her contribution to him receiving his life membership.

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