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Date: 23rd September

Venue: Northcote RFC

Opposition: Counties

Half-time score: Harbour 12 v Counties 12

Full-time score: Harbour 31 v Counties 22

North Harbour 85s point scorers: Meyrick Walker, Struss Bessell, Alex Samuels (3) tries; Jarrod Soar, Cam Dalzell (2) convs.





Date: 16th September

Venue: Taumarumui

Opposition: King Country

Half-time score: Harbour 7 v King Country 15

Full-time score: Harbour 12 v King Country 29

North Harbour 85s point scorers: Nate Smith, Isaac Leaumoana tries; Cam Dalzell conv.



The 4 and ½ hour bus trip to Taumarunui did not bring the result hoped for by Harbour.

Against a very large side Harbour started tentatively and allowed King Country to use their big men to make ground through the middle. As they settled into their game and started to win good ball Harbour tried to move the ball wide to run the big boys around. First points came rather against the run of play when King Country turned the ball over following a mis-directed kick from Harbour and raced 60 metres to score wide out. The conversion missed but KC were ahead 5 – 0 after 10 minutes.

Harbour had the better of play for the next 20 minutes, winning lineouts against the throw and recycling the ball quickly. A series of penalties against KC saw Harbour turn down shots at goal to maintain pressure and were rewarded when Nathan Smith crashed over after a quickly taken tap penalty. The conversion from Can Dalzell was successful and Harbour was in front 7 – 5 after 30 minutes.

A poor exit from the kick off gave King Country back the ball and they rumbled it up through the forwards to cross for their second try. 10 – 7 after 30 minutes

It was apparent that Harbor had to deny King Country possession to try and nullify their big weight advantage. They managed to do this but right on halftime consecutive penalties saw King Country back in the Harbour 22 and they crashed over again to take the score to 15 – 7 at the break.

The message at halftime was simple. Secure the ball, play mistake free and move the ball away from the forwards. What followed was probably the worst half Harbour has played this year. Time and again they turned the ball over gifting King Country possession and field position. A converted try after 47 minute took the score out to 22 – 7 and Harbour was playing catch up rugby. Time and again they put themselves in good scoring positions only to lose the ball with a forced pass or a loose carry. Finally, in the 68th minute, they put some phases together to put Isaac Leaumoana away down the right wing. A clever in/out saw Isaac get around his marker and race to score in the corner. 22 – 12 with 12 minutes to go.

For the next 10 minute Harbor struggled to get their hands on the ball, finding it almost impossible to turn the ball over against their bigger opponents. This dominance of possession told in the end with another try to King Country close enough to the posts for an easy conversion. 20 – 12 and the game was over.

A deserved win to King Country.

Player of the day went to Isaac Leaumoana for an outstanding game on the wing. Runner up was Nathan Smith who shone with the ball in hand and always made ground with the ball. Third was Alex Samuals who was a stalwart in the mid-field and tackled himself to a standstill.

Harbour this week plays Counties to secure top under 85 team position in the Northern Region after their earlier wins against Waikato and Auckland Under 85s.


Date: 9th September

Venue: Thames

Opposition: Thames Valley

Half-time score: 3 Harbour v Thames Valley 10

Full-time score: 16 Harbour v Thames Valley 17

North Harbour 85s point scorers: Cam Dalzell (3) pen & 1 conv; Alex Samuals try.


Match Report - North Harbour Under 85Kg v Thames Valley Development Team 9 September 2017

Rhode Park, Thames, greeted us with very strong winds and squally showers sweeping in from the Thames estuary

Harbour won the toss and elected to play into the wind in the first half and a tentative start saw them defending for the first 5 minutes, eventually conceding a penalty to be down 3 – 0 after 6 minutes. From the restart Harbour got into their game and took it to Valley with strong runs through the forwards and enterprising play from the backs. Dave Sula went close to scoring down the right wing but the in-pass could not be gathered and Valley were able to clear their line. Hunter Nelson was making ground through the middle and only desperate defence from Valley was keeping Harbour out. A penalty in front when Harbour was pressing the line gave Harbour their first points. 3 all after 20 minutes.

The next 6 minutes saw Valley mount pressure on in the Harbour 22. Their big men were making ground up the middle and they were retaining the ball. A quick ruck won on the left saw them move the ball quickly to the right wing and the cover could not get across. A try in the corner well converted by Valley. 10 – 3 after 26 minutes.

The rest of the half belonged to Harbour as they made it difficult for Valley to clear the ball and use the wind effectively. The scrum was holding up well against a much bigger pack and from one of these on the Valley 22 Jarrod Soar went blind and cleverly grubber kicked into the in goal area. The arms went up as it was clear that Meyrick Walker had won the case to the ball and got first hand to the ball. The referee, obviously unsighted, awarded a 22 drop out despite the protests from the Harbour team. A long drop kick into the Harbour 22 relieved the pressure and half time came with score still 10 – 3 to Thames with the wind advantage to Harbour to come.

A turnover from the second half kick-off put immediate pressure on the Valley team and when the ball was moved to the right. Captain for the day Alex Samuals linked up with Strauss Bessell who made ground before in-passing to Alex who crashed over right in the corner. Cameron Dalzell kicked a great conversion from the touchline. 10 – 10 after 41 minutes. Using the wind effectively Harbour went straight back onto attack and looked dangerous as they controlled the ball for phases and Valley were forced to infringe to stop the Harbour momentum. The penalty was converted and Harbour were up 13 – 10 after 48 minutes.

An error from the restart gave Valley the ball back and were able to control the ball for the next 10 minutes through safe carries of the ball and strong running from both forward and backs, helped by a succession of penalties against Harbour. The pressure told in the end with Valley crashing over close to the posts. The successful conversion gave Valley back the lead. 17 – 13 after 61 minutes.

Valley brought on the big boys for the last 19 minutes and Harbour were struggling to put concerted pressure on the Valley defence but a penalty in front closed the gap to 17 – 16 with 8 minutes to go.

A poor exit from the kick off gave Valley field position and they pushed hard with a series of 5 metre scrums but the Harbour forward held them out and cleared their line. A lineout on half way was won (again by Taylor Tolson who was owning the middle of the lineout and) Harbour launched one last assault on the Valley line. Alex and Strauss Bessell went close to breaking through and a ruck in mid-field 10 metres out was won with overlaps both left and right. As replacement halfback Josh Higgie went to clear the ball a Valley player came in from the side to disrupt. The arms went up for an obvious penalty but the ref ruled a knock on against Harbour. The scrum was won by Valley and eventually cleared to touch for the end of the game. A heart breaking one point loss.

The game had been there for the taking but a couple of crucial errors and the rub of the green not going Harbour’s way was costly in the end.

Player of day went to hooker Calum Read who was outstanding in the scrum and around the field. Second went to Taylor Tolson who was supreme in the lineouts and made huge ground around the fringes. Strauss Bessell came in third with another great all-round performance with the ball in hand and at the tackle.



Date: 2nd September

Venue: Windsor Park

Opposition: Auckland

Half-time score: 10 Harbour v Auckland 11

Full-time score: 27 Harbour v Auckland 18

North Harbour 85s point scorers: Jarrod Soar (2), Strauss Bessell tries; Jarrod Soar, Cam Dalzell (3) pen



A home game against Auckland and a chance for Harbour to build on their strong start to the representative season.

Harbour elected to play into the wind in the first half and started strongly with some punishing runs from the forwards and the prodigious boot of Cameron Dalzall directing them well around the park. Play ranged between the 22s with both Harbour and Auckland having their moments on attack.

First points went to Auckland after some enterprisid Soar (2), Strauss Bessell tries; Jarrod Soar,ng play from their mid-field gave them good field position. A penalty conceded and Auckland were ahead 3 – 0 after 11 minutes.

Harbour continued to win good ball and make ground around the fringes but penalty infringements were keeping Auckland in the game and from one of these Auckland went further ahead. 6 – 0 after 16 minutes.

Harbour went straight on to attack from the kick off. They looked dangerous when able to get the ball wide and when taking on the Auckland forwards up the middle. The pressure was rewarded when Jarrod Soar darted over to score. The conversion from 10 metres in from touch missed. 6 – 5 after 20 minutes.

The team were starting to gain dominance in the forwards at the break down and a couple of good turnovers saw them move the ball wide to Strauss Bessell who made ground down the right flank. The ball was kept alive and Jarrod Soar was able to squeeze over close to the touch line. Unsuccessful conversion but Harbour were ahead 10 – 6 after 25 minutes.

With time running out in the half Auckland were desperate for points and were moving the ball wide at every opportunity but great scrambling defense was keeping them out. A shot for goal was turned down in favour of a lineout 5 metres out but the drive for the line was repulsed and harbor was able to clear their line. Back came Auckland though and a sustained attack saw them create space for their left winger to cross wide out. The conversion missed but Auckland were back ahead 11 – 10 after 32 minutes.

Auckland threw everything at Habour in the last 8 minutes of the half but Harbour were equal to the occasion and stayed composed to go into halftime only one point down.

With the wind behind them in the second half Harbour looked to dominate territory and the half started positively with a turnover from the kickoff and an early penalty that was converted by Jarrod Soar. 13 – 10 after 43 minutes.

Harbour was putting pressure on the Auckland backs and forwards when they had the ball in hand and Auckland began to concede penalties as they tried to hang onto the ball. A number of promising moves were halted just short of the Auckland line as the pressure mounted and it was Strauss Bessell who eventually crashed over for the try. 18 – 11 after 49 minutes.

Harbour was dominating territory and the penalties mounted against Auckland as they tried to get their hands on the ball. A penalty 48 metres out was calmly converted by Cameron Dalzell quickly followed by another one from 40 metres out.  24 – 11 with 15 minutes to go.

An error from the kickoff gave possession back to Auckland and they attacked strongly. The defense held out wide but eventually Auckland crossed close to the posts. The conversion made it 24 – 18 with 12 minutes to go. Time for Harbour to close the game out.

Auckland were being kept in their own half with great tackling through the middle and on the outsides and the frustration in the Auckland team was mounting. Another penalty conceded gave Cameron Dalzall an opportunity to extend the lead which he duly did with another good kick from 40 out. 27 – 18 with 5 minutes to go.

Harbour safely exited their half and repelled every attempt by Auckland to move the . A turnover in midfield by Harbour was cleared to touch and the game was over. A resounding win against a team Harbour had only beaten three times since 2000. What was most pleasing was that there is so much left in this team. A good improvement on last week and more to come in the weeks ahead

Player of the day went to Jarrod Soar for his faultless display at halfback (not to mention 2 tries and a penalty). Another daunting display from Meyrick Walker at number 8 was also recognized with Cameron Dalzall coming in third for the clam direction he gave the team around the field and three great penalties in the second half when the pressure was on.




Date: 26th August

Venue: Hamilton Marist

Opposition: Waikato

Half-time score: 14 Harbour v Waikato 10

Full-time score: 31 Harbour v Waikato 17

North Harbour 85s point scorers: Meyrick Walker, Cam Dalzell, Huner Nelson, Isacc Leanoana, Jim Napier tries; Cam Dalzell 3 convs.


Game Report - North Harbour Under 85s v Waikato – 26 August 2017

North Harbour travelled to Hamilton to begin their 2017 campaign. After only two trainings together against a team that had been together for three weeks there was much anticipation as the team prepared for the game.

Any concerns about the short build up were dispelled in the opening minutes of the game. A turnover from the kick off gave Harbour the ball 40 metres out and a powerful run from Meyrick Walker took ply into the Waikato 22. Strong running through the middle gained further ground before Meyrick proved unstoppable and crashed over for the opening try. The conversion from Cameron Dalzall. 7 – 0 after 2 minutes.

As play settled down Harbour were dominating the lineouts thanks to Luke Spratt and Kapi Lolohea and putting pressure on Waikato’s defence with strong running from both forwards and backs. After a sustained period of possession he ball was moved towards the left wing and a try looked certain. The final pass however was intercepted and the Waikato winger raced 70 metres to score. The conversion made it 7 – 7 after 16 minutes.

The try gave Waikato a new energy to their play and they began to control the ball and attack through backs and forwards. Great defense kept them out and it was harbour who scored next when, after some good combination between backs and forwards (with Nate Smith standing out) Cameron Dalzall received the ball 10 metres out and glided through the gap to score handy to the posts. The conversion from Cameron was successful and Harbour were out to 14 – 7 after 28 minutes.

The remainder of the first half belonged to Waikato. A couple of penalties gave them field position and they put pressure on the Harbour defence. A penalty after 35 minutes narrowed the gap the 4 points but Harbour were able to keep their line intact and halftime came with the score still 14 – 10 to Harbour.

The second half started much the same as the first with Harbour dominating possession and territory. A try seemed inevitable and so it was when Jimmy Napier finished off a fine attacking move to score in the right hand corner. The conversion missed but Harbour were out to 19 – 10 after 55 minutes.

Harbour continued to have the better of play, securing good set piece ball and quick ball at the break down to launch attack after attack. They were rewarded in the 65th minute when Isaac Leaumoana crashed over in the left hand corner. 24 – 10 with 15 minutes to go.

Harbour continued to take the game to Waikato and Hunter Nelson got rewards for a great game in the mid-field when he sliced through to score in the 70th minute. The conversion took the score to 31 – 10.

The last 10 minutes belonged to Waikato as 4 penalties in row took them from out of defence into the Harbour 22 for the first time in the second half. A driving try and conversion saw them reduce the deficit to 31 – 17 but there time for only one more play before time was called.

A very pleasing first up effort with many positives form both the backs and forwards. Player of the day went to Hunter Nelson for a superb display on attack and defence. Runner up was Meyrick Walker who was dynamic with the ball in hand and on defence. Nate Smith took third place for his usual running game where he always made metres.



North Harbour U85s Team



Front Row

Roydon Downey



Front Row

Louis Hansford

East Coast Bays


Front Row

Peter McLean



Front Row

Patrick Tsai



Front Row

Callum Read



Front Row

Shaun Baker




Luke Spratt




Taylor Tolson




Kapi Lolohea




Matt Iles



Loose Fwd

Nate Smith



Loose Fwd

Tom Belson



Loose Fwd

Dion Kidd



Loose Fwd

Josh Meyer

North Shore


Loose Fwd

Meyrick Walker



Loose Fwd

Joe Tasker



Loose Fwd

Jack Simpson

North Shore


Inside Back

Jarrod Soar



Inside Back

Zac Madden



Inside Back

Cameron Dalzell

North Shore


Inside Back

Josh Higgie




Alex Samuels




Strauss Bessell




Hunter Nelson




Jimmy Napier



Outside Back

David Sula



Outside Back

Isaac Leaumoana



Outside Back

Matt Ollerenshaw

East Coast Bays


Outside Back

Aaron Fletcher




U85kg Team Management

Under 85

Richard Penberthy – 021 702 875 - Coach
Grant Murray – 410 1175 - Manager
Damien Taylor - Coach
Jason Greene - Assistant Coach
Rory Bowerman - Assistant Coach