Rugby League - 2013

Rugby League Prizegiving Success

On Thursday 1st August, the Auckland Secondary Schools Rugby League breakfast and prizegiving was held at Alexandra Park. Mount Albert Grammar School in only their second season, following a long absence from secondary school rugby league, were rewarded for their achievements by receiving the prestigious award of the: Auckland Secondary School Rugby League School of Excellence. The school was presented with a copy of the book: Auckland 100 years of Rugby League. Congratulations to the four First XIII players were presented with the following awards:

  • Mattias Heimuli - AKSS Rugby League Player of the Year
  • Nathaniel Roache and Mattais Heimuli - AKSS Rugby League Team of the Year
  • Mattais Heimuli, Reuben Porter and Sitili Tupouniua were awarded Warrior Scholarshipsand will join the Warriors Development Programme for three weeks in 2014 and play a game against the Warriors Development side.

Thank you and congratulations to the coaching and management team, in particular, Steve Price in his first season of coaching and manager, Api Taulapiu.


Mattais Heimuli and Nathaniel Roache


Mattais Heimuli


Reuben Porter, Mattais Heimuli and
Sitili Tupounuia

First XIII vs Kelston Boys' High School

Wednesday 3 July
Lost 8 10

As expected, it was always going to be a tough game against Kelston Boys' who were second equal with MAGS on points. They displayed the same firepower and strength as our boys. Weather conditions played some part, with MAGS dropping passes and making other mistakes, but it was the missed opportunities that denied MAGS at least a couple of tries that would of changed the outcome of game.

The team played with pride in front of their home crowd, displaying brilliant and skillful footy throughout the game. This rallied their supporters right behind them from the start to the final whistle.

Next week will be the last home game against the current champions, St Paul's College. No doubt, this will be the game of the season with MAGS going down to them in the earlier round and the team desperately wanting to topple the leaders of this competition.

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First XIII vs Tangaroa College

Wednesday 6 June
Won 24 10

A slow start for the team who at this stage are carrying a few injuries to the regular starting line up. However, their drive and determination highlighted the depth of talent and natural skills this MAGS team has. Combine that with coaches Steve Price and Craig Semple and you have a fit, experienced and well-drilled group of young men.

Tangaroa scored first, but MAGS soon moved into their usual flow, answering back with a converted try. MAGS lead throughout the rest of the game, often shutting down the opposition with some good hard tackles. This consistency forced mistakes on which MAGS capitalized, scoring twice to stay ahead.

The team played with pride in front of a home crowd, approaching the game in a professional and entertaining manner.

First XIII vs Aorere College.

Date: 22 May 2013
Score: Won 32-0

Conditions were not the best, but MAGS maintained their composure ,playing skillfully throughout the entire game.

When MAGS were on the attack, the result always ended with a try. And their defence was superb, keeping Aorere from crossing the line.
Overall, a fine game played in good spirits, as MAGS proudly displayed their renowned true sportsmanship both on and off the field.

Under 85Kgs vs Waitakere College

Date: 22 May 2013
Score: 4 4 Draw

The MAGS number 2 field was very boggy and this reduced MAGS attacking advantage and the game, although intense, lacked the breakouts of a running game. MAGS had the majority of territory, thanks to a big contribution from Generation Vito, but they could not convert to points. Man for man, Waitakere's players were a little bigger than the MAGS boys and athletic to boot. Despite the size of the Waitak boys, MAGS were their equal on defence, and getting better as the game wore on. The MAGS try was scored under the posts by a very busy and elusive Te Ua Keepa. The kick missed the posts from in front. Locked at 4 all, MAGS was handed a golden opportunity with a penalty right in front. Again the kick went west.

Under 85Kgs vs Lynfield College

The Under 85s celebrate with a 32 0 win over Lynfield College . Six tries were scored. The try scorers were Delaney Chaney, Isaiah Jennings, Cale Paul, James Hunter, Josias Faleolo and Christian Buutvelt. Josias ran the length of the field from behind his own try-line and Delaney's was 70 metres, after side stepping the defence. Also impressive were the emerging talent of Taniela Holi and Talapaya Elikana. The most impressive aspect of this team is the total involvement of all the players. Great leadership from James Hunter and George Ropati.

First XIII vs St Paul's College

The game played at St Paul's College was played in appalling weather which didn't prevent a hardy group of spectators.
Conditions were of course slippery making control of the ball essential.

The score was 12 - 6 at half time ending with a win to St Paul's 18 - 6.

The first game of the season is always hard, especially when the opposition has been the Auckland Champions for the last few years. However, MAGS played a gallant game considering atrocious weather conditions affected the flow of the game. The team played extremely well to put a lot pressure on St Paul's to limit their usual style of play. The forwards, in particular, applied enough pressure for MAGS to set up a try, followed by a successful conversion.

Overall, a gutsy performance by all and we look forward to next week's clash on Wednesday 15 May at home at 4.00pm against Mt Roskill Grammar School.