Pre-Season At The Grassroots

Club Rugby Premier 2 Final: West Taieri v Dunedin (03.08.18)

Pre-season Training

Late January is always the time of year when clubs start gearing up into action. As January turns into February many clubs have already started their preseason training and the clubs that haven’t, won’t be too far away from getting underway. By now, preseason fixtures are locked in and while most recruiting for all levels in the 2019 club season  has already been done, there are the usual invitations to anyone who is interested to come along and have a look.

With the pre-season getting underway, I had a scan across the club websites and Facebook pages to see what’s going on. Here’s an overview of what I have found is happening across the clubs in Otago.

If a club doesn’t appear here then I could find any information relating to pre-season. Some of this information might have changed since the time of writing. 

Alexandra
Pre-season training starts Tuesday 22nd January, Molyneux Park at 7:00pm.
Then, every Tuesday and Thursday each week.
Trainer in attendance.
New players welcome. 

Alhambra Union
Pre-season training starts Tuesday 12 February, North Ground, at 5.30pm,
Thursday 14 February at 5.30pm then, every Tuesday and Thursday each week. 

Focus:
Week 1 & 2  – will be skills incorporating fitness.
Week 3 –  heavily fitness focused so players know where they are at.
Week 4 skills/game plans/fitness.

Premier Trial Dates:
2nd March vs Dunedin
9th March vs Southern
12th March – Premier Team named.

Other pre-season games
16 March Premier 1 v Clutha,
16 MarchPremier 2 v Cromwell
Venue and kick off times for trials are yet to be confirmed.

Club Rugby: Green Island Premier 2 v Alhambra Union Premier 2 (05.05.18)


Arrowtown

Pre-season training starts Thursday 24th January,  Wilcox Green at 5:30pm.


Clinton

Pre season training starts 31st January at Clinton Football Club, at 7pm.
We welcome along existing and new players to the club and if you would like to be involved in the team as a support role please come along and make yourself known


Cromwell

Pre-season training starts Tuesday 8th January at 6:30pm.
Then, every Tuesday and Thursday each week.


Dunedin
Pre-season training is commencing Tuesday 28th January, Kettle Park at 6:00pm. Then, every Tuesday and Thursday each week. 

Club Rugby Premier 2 Final: West Taieri v Dunedin (03.08.18)


Eastern

Pre-season Games:
Friday 1st March, Eastern Rugby Club (Waikouaiti).
Also:
Vs Cromwell at Cromwell
Vs Maniototo at Ranfurly

Green Island
Pre-season training for the Premier side is underway on Monday’s at the club. There is also Academy training happening throughout the week.
Further information appears on their Facebook page.

Club Rugby: Green Island Premier 2 v Alhambra Union Premier 2 (05.05.18)


Harbour

Saturday 9th February – meet and greet/fun training at Aramoana, 10am.
Preseason training every
Then, every Tuesday and Thursday each week at Ravensbourne Club at 6:00pm (however further sessions and times are listed on the clubs Facebook Page)

Saturday 2nd March, fixture Christchurch.
Saturday 10th March, fixture vs Kurow

Heriot
Pre-season training is Tuesday and Thursday’s, Heriot Rugby Club at 7:00pm.

Pre season games all locked in as follows:
2nd March vs Matakanui (away)
7th March vs Waikaka (home)
16th March vs Upper Clutha (away)

Kaikorai
Pre-season training starts Monday 21st January, at 6.00pm. Then, Wednesday until touch finishes then training will change to  Tuesday and Thursday.

Preseason Games:
2nd March Colts vs Alexandra
2nd March Premiers vs Cromwell
9th March Premiers vs Zingari Richmond

Club Rugby: Kaikorai Premier 2 v West Taieri (07.07.18)


Owaka

Pre-season training is commencing Wednesday 16th January, Owaka Rugby Club at 7:00pm. 

Roxburgh
Pre-season training starts Thursday 24th January at 7:00pm.

Southern
Pre-season training starts Tuesday 12th February, Bathgate Park at 6pm.
Premier Trial Dates:
9th March vs Alhambra Union
16th March vs Taieri

Colts Trial Dates:
16th March vs Alhambra Union
23rd March vs University
Venue and kick off times for trials are yet to be confirmed.


Taieri

Pre-season training starts Tuesday 29th January, Peter Johnson Park, at 6.00pm. Then, every Tuesday and Thursday each week. 
All grades and players are welcome.

Club Rugby: Taieri Colts v Kaikorai Colts (28.07.18)

Toko
Pre-season training is Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights. Meet at 6:00pm and ready to go by 6.15pm.
If you are keen on playing for the prems come along. We also welcome any guys that want to get fit for the Bs to come get involved. Cheers!

University
Pre-season training starts Tuesday 29th January, University Oval No 4 & 5, at 6.00pm. Then, every Tuesday and Thursday each week.

Pre-Season Games
2nd March Senior Trial, 12 noon Uni Oval 5
5th March Colts Trial, 6pm Uni Oval 5

9th March vs Brighton, 12 noon, Colts
9th March vs Brighton, 1:30pm, University B
9th March vs Brighton, 3:00pm, University A

16th March vs Lincoln University, Timaru.
University A, University B, Blues Colts, Golds Colts.

Upper Clutha
Pre-season training starts Tuesday 5th February, Wanaka Showgrounds at 7:00pm.
Then, every Tuesday and Thursday each week.
Trainer in attendance.
New players welcome. 

We invite all existing players and anyone wishing to be involved whether playing or in a support role to come along and make them selves known. To those who are sitting back contemplating will I won’t I this season, life’s short get amongst it, you never no what can be achieved if you don’t have a crack.

Wakatipu 
Men:
Pre-season training starts Tuesday 29th January at 6:15pm.
Then, every Tuesday and Thursday each week.

Women:
Pre-season training starts Tuesday 5th February, Queenstown Recreation Ground at 6:30pm.
Then, every Tuesday and Thursday each week.
New and old players are welcome.

West Taieri
Pre-season has started and is Tuesday and Thursdays, West Taieri Rugby Club at 6:30pm.

Club Rugby Premier 2 Final: West Taieri v Dunedin (03.08.18)

Zingari Richmond
Pre-season training starts Tuesday 15th January from 6:30-7:30. Then, every Tuesday and Thursday each week. 

Some of this information might have changed since the time of writing. 


If you’re thinking about pulling on the boots this season here’s a contact list from the ORFU.


Club Rugby, Women’s Semi Final: Pirates v North Otago (09.06.18)

Club Rugby Premier 2 Final: West Taieri v Dunedin (03.08.18)

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