Rugby supporter honoured at Ngawha game

Ron Pearson was recently the recipient of the Meredith Cup for Volunteer of the year at the Greerton Marist Rugby Club Senior Prize Giving. Photo: Greerton Marist Rugby Club Facebook.

A stalwart of Greerton and the Bay’s rugby is to be honoured today at the Tauranga Domain.

There will be a moment’s silence before Ngawha kick off their game today against Taranaki, to honour Ron Pearson, who sadly died this week.

Bay of Plenty Rugby report that this week, Greerton Marist Rugby Club lost a stalwart of the game.

“It’s with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Ron Pearson,” says a Greerton Marist Recreation & Community spokesperson. “Ron was a huge part of the Greerton Marist Rugby Club and a huge supporter in every capacity. He prided himself on the preparation and presentation of their four rugby fields each week and was a passionate rugby supporter turning up to every training to give his words of advice.

“He worked tirelessly behind the scenes videoing and editing countless hours of match footage to assist both players and referees alike with improving their performances.

“Ron also made time to support our girls at their netball games and has managed to capture many of their winning moments in film. He was also committed to our Junior Rugby program making time to attend many trainings, games and prize givings and capturing their love for rugby and our Greerton Marist colours.”

Ron was recently the recipient of the Meredith Cup for Volunteer of the year at the club’s Senior Prize Giving.

“The Club is appreciative of everything Ron has contributed and this has been shown by our nomination of Ron for the BOPRU Service to Sport Award in the upcoming annual BOPRU awards evening.

“On top of this all he was a genuine nice guy who'd do anything for anyone.

“This is a very sad day for our Gtown family and Ron will be sorely missed.”

The Bay of Plenty Rugby Union also report that recently, Ron volunteered as the match day video recorder for the Bay of Plenty Ngawha for their home games during their Northern Region Development campaign.

Heartfelt condolences will be expressed to the Pearson family by the players and spectators taking a moment’s silence before the Ngawha kick off their game today.

A celebration of Ron's life was held at Greerton Marist Rugby Club on Friday.

Ngawha team determined to win

The Ngawha boys have their final game of the season against Taranaki Hokioi in the curtain raiser game to the Bay of Plenty Steamers v Hawkes Bay game. The Ngawha team have never won the Northern Region Men’s B competition before, so this is a must win game in order to claim the title. Kick off for the Ngawha team is at 12pm at the Tauranga Domain.  Gates open at 11.30am. 

Steamers playing at Tauranga Domain in August

Kick off for the Steamers v Magpies this afternoon is at 2.35pm, also at the Tauranga Domain.

The junior club players will be coming along earlier for the club march so come and support all our teams. 

Baywide Secondary School Sevens tournament

Bay of Plenty Rugby report that it was a great day out at the annual Baywide Secondary School Sevens tournament this week with the U14 and U15 girls and boys grades playing in Wednesday’s tournament.

Results of Baywide Secondary School Sevens tournament:
U14 Boys Open Final:

Tauranga Boys College 26 vs Rotorua Boys High School 20

U14 Boys Development Final:
John Paul College 15 vs Mount Maunganui College 5

U15 Boys Open Winner:
Rotorua Boys High School

U15 Boys Development Winners:
Taupo Nui a Tia

U15 Girls Open Final:
Trident High School 37 vs Te Wharekura o Mauao 7

Baywide Secondary School Sevens tournament

The U19 Boys and U19 Girls Open and Development grades will compete in the 2019 Bay of Plenty Combined Club and Secondary Schools Sevens Tournament on Saturday November 2 at Gordon Spratt Reserve, Papamoa.

The Bay of Plenty Under 16 team starts their University of Waikato Chiefs Region Under 16’s Tournament on Monday September 30 in New Plymouth. Round One will be Bay of Plenty U16 v Counties Manukau U16 at TET Stadium, Inglewood with kick off at 7pm.

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