Junior Rugby Finals Day info

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Finals Day Arrangements – Saturday 9th July 2022
Thames Rugby Club

Please see below the proposed arrangements for the Youth Finals Day

Saturday 9th July at Thames.
These are subject to change and any changes will be notified immediately by phone and e-mail.

Event Managers:
Andrew Gemmell – Thames Valley Youth Management Board President
Scott Day – TVRFU RDO
Delegates 
Gavin Flint (Hauraki), Jen Fletcher(Thames)
Dave Carey (Waihi), Marius Lloyd (Whangamata)

Field Number 3
Year 3 Div 1 – TVYMB Trophy
10am on Field 3a (25 minutes each way)
Waihi Black v Paeroa

Coaches / Managers meeting at TVRFU gazebo at 9.30am
Referee: Scott Day

Field Number 3
Year 3 Div 2 – TVYMB Medals
10am on Field 3b (25 minutes each way)
Thames v Waihi Yellow
Coaches / Managers meeting at TVRFU gazebo at 9.30am
Referee: Dave Carey

Field Number 4
Year 4 – Championship Final – Barry Priest Cup
10.15am on Field 4a (25 minutes each way)
Te Aroha v Whangamata
Coaches / Managers meeting at TVRFU gazebo at 9.30am
Referee: Damian Percival

Field Number 4
Year 5 Div 2 – Bill Hayward Cup
10.15am on Field 4a (25 minutes each way)
Te Aroha Black v Tairua
Coaches / Managers meeting at TVRFU gazebo at 9.30am
Referee: Jordan Williams

Field Number 3
Year 5 Div 1 – Bill Cooksley Cup
11.05am on Field 3a (25 minutes each way)
Waihi Black v Thames
Coaches / Managers meeting at TVRFU Gazebo at 10.30am
Referee: Gavin Flint

Field Number 3 Rex Holden Cup
Year 6 Div 3
11.05am on Field 3b (25 minutes each way)
Thames v Katikati
Coaches / Managers meeting at TVRFU gazebo at 10.30am
Referee: Sonia Wirihana

Field Number 4 Roley Chaney Trophy
Year 6  Div 2
11.30am on Field 2a (25 minutes each way)
Hauraki v Te Aroha
Coaches / Managers meeting at TVRFU gazebo at 10.30am
Referee: Scott Paterson

Field Number 4 Dennis Lees Trophy
Year  6  Div 1 – Championship Final 
11.30am on Field 2b (25 minutes each way)
Tairua v Paeroa
Coaches / Managers meeting at TVRFU gazebo at 10.30am
Referee: Dave Carey

Field Number 2
Year 7 Championship Final – Andrew Gemmell Championship Cup
10.15am on Field 2 (30 minutes each way)
Waihi v Hauraki
Coaches / Managers meeting at TVRFU gazebo at 9.30am.
Referee: Richie Gemmell

Field Number 1
Year 8 Championship Final – Bernie Passau Cup
11.30am on Field 1 (30 minutes each way)
Waihi v Paeroa
Coaches / Managers meeting at TVRFU gazebo at 10.30am.
Referee: Stu Watts


Thames Junior Rugby will allocate the changing rooms(tents). There may be a necessity for 2 teams from the same club to share one of the bigger changing rooms.

Substitution Rules:

  • All games will be played under the current NZRU Small Blacks rules regarding substitutions. That is – All players must play a minimum of half a game (this is to include at least two full quarters).
  • Rolling substitutions are not permitted.
  • Substitutions may be made at half time or approximately half way through each half when the referee will allow and signal a Substitution Break.
  • This break should be no longer than one minute and will indicate the end of the current, and beginning of a new quarter. This Substitution Break is solely for the purpose of making substitutions, coaches are not permitted to use this break to provide coaching advice to players/teams.
  • Non-injury substitutions can only take place at half time or these quarter time breaks. Rolling substitutions are not permitted.
  • Return to play after minor injury: If due to a minor injury a player leaves the field during a quarter, and is cleared to later continue playing, then this player may only return at a designated Substitution break, or at halftime.
  • A player must not be substituted at a penalty kick at goal.
  • A player must not be substituted to only take a kick at goal.
  • managers are to fill out a substitution card at ¼, ½ & ¾ time and Team hand to the event manager designated with checking these.

Technical Zones
‘Dug-outs’ will be set up beside the fields and teams’ management (coaches, managers and water carriers) and reserves are to stay in these designated areas. The other alternative is for a coach or manager to go behind your in-goal (your players will have their backs to you). These areas will be clearly defined by ground markings or sideline tape. Coaches / Managers are not to wander up and down the sideline. The exception is in the Year 3 Grade where one coach from each team is allowed on the field. 

Adverse weather
Due to the need to look after the sports grounds for the remainder of the season a decision will be made by midday Friday 8th July on whether games need to be transferred due to adverse weather conditions. ALL teams will be phoned and e-mailed should this arise. If the games need to be transferred then they will ‘default’ to the top qualifiers’ home ground for the final. If you do not hear anything then you must assume that it is status quo and all games are at Whangamata.

Sideline Behaviour Process
It is envisaged that there will be no sideline behaviour issues throughout the day. However it is probably only human nature that in the event of a tight game then some emotions can run high and get a little bit out of hand.

In the event of this taking place the following process will be followed.

  1. The referee and or event manager will speak to the offending person / people and request that they tone down their comments or they may be asked to leave the ground.
  2. If the offender (s) continue to shout unruly comments then the referee and or event manager will request that this person leaves the ground immediately. The game will not continue until such time as the offender has left the ground.
  3. If they continue to refuse to leave the ground then the referee will abandon the match and the team that the offender is connected with will forfeit the match.

General Information

  • Team sheets need to be in to TVRFU Office by 1pm 6th July so that the programme can be put together. Please also put the names down of your coaches, managers, trainers that have helped you out this year.
  • Trophies etc will be presented on the stage (scoreboard at end of field one) at the conclusion of each match.
  • In the event of a tie at the end of normal time for Year 3,4,5,6 and Year 7 – the trophy will be shared.
  • Year 8 Championship if a tie at the end of normal time it will be decided by a further five minutes each way, will be played and teams will change ends from those they played in the second half of their game and change ends again after the first five minutes. If still drawn the championship will be shared between the two teams.
  • ALL team management and players are to follow the instructions of the event managers. Failure to do so may result in the forfeiture of the match.
  • Permitted personnel on the field during the match: I would like to draw attention once again to the ruling as to who is allowed to enter the field of play during a match.

They are: Team Doctor, Team Physio, Team Trainer, Other medical personnel to remove an injured player, Person who carries the kicking tee. For the purposes of this competition – A maximum of 2 designated water carriers will be permitted for each team. As most teams will not have a team doctor, physio or trainer these people can be 2 designated adults or substitutes from the team.

None of these 2 can be any of the coaching or management staff associated with the team.

These personnel will be nominated to the event manager for that game before the match and will be required to wear a coloured vest indicating that they are designated for this purpose.

  • A LESLIE match ball should be used for all finals.
  • Thames Junior Rugby will provide each team with an allocation of tickets for the players and team management to swap in exchange for a sausage and drink from the fundraising area.