So Long Tana!

Tana, with nephew Tu Umaga-Marshall in the background.

This weekend is a little special for the Petone Rugby Club with a true legend of World Rugby ending his playing days after a stirling 15 year career, all of which was played representing PRFC, not only the Petone Rugby Football Club but also the Club Charter of Pride, Respect, Fairplay and Courage.

It would be hard to argue that Tana Umaga has not displayed all of these qualities and remained loyal to Petone.

‘Tana of Petone’ always turned out in his beloved Blue and White jersey when he was able to and when not playing was at the ground supporting the Club.

Bon Voyage Tana for your time in Toulon. Everyone at the Club wishes You, Rochelle, Cade, Gabrielle, Lily-Kate and Aniece all the best in your new adventure and as you are aware already you will always remain ‘Tana Umaga of Petone’. We now just await your return home sometime in the future. Kia Kaha Kia Maia.

It is only fitting that the main game at the Petone Rec tomorrow is the John E Kelly Cup Final for the second round of the Under 21 Competition between Petone and Wainuiomata.

The games between these two sides this season have been close and with Wainui getting up to beat the very good OBU team in last week's semi shows that they will be worthy competitors in the final.

Last week's clinical second half performance against Ories also shows that Martin, Hoey and Kevin have the Colts peaking at just the right time so this final will be a must see encounter.

The Senior Firsts have their backs to the wall slightly and need a four try bonus point win against top of the table Ories to claim an Ed Chaney semi-final spot. This is certainly doable so expect some fireworks on Petone Rec 2 as well.

The Senior Seconds are in the ridiculous situation of having to travel out to the Cage to play Wests for the fourth consecutive time in two seasons. How this has happened is anyone’s guess but not ideal. Having already qualified for next week's semis this is an opportunity to fine tune and prepare.

The Presidents are also rather surprisingly playing Rimutaka in Upper Hutt at the same time Tana is saying farewell to his fans in at the Stadium. The Pressies team is full of guys that played with him over the last fifteen years. In reality this game should have been the curtain raiser at Westpac so the Club could also have had the chance to farewell the great man.

Thinking about it, isn’t there two games just mentioned that would have been perfect as early games to the Farewell Tana but hey, we are not paid to come up with these ideas.

Draw for Saturday 11th August.

John. E. Kelly Under 21 Final.

Petone v Wainuiomata Petone Rec 1 12.30pm

Sen 1 v Ories Petone Rec 2 12.30pm

Sen 2 v Wests Ian Galloway 12.20pm

Sen 3 v Avalon Petone Rec 3 12.30pm

Presidents v Rimutaka Maoribank 2.30pm

Lions v Manawatu Westpac 2.30pm