General Trials this weekend


This Saturday the Vulcans will play a warm up game against a Pacific Islands Selection at Cornwall Park.

On the same day the Junior Warriors will challenge last years Appliance Shed Fox Memorial winners, the Howick Hornets.

The kick off times for these matches will be:
12.30pm Vulcans vs Pacific Island Selection
2.30pm Junior Warriors vs Howick Hornets

So come on down to Cornwall Park to watch some good footy - a mix of Junior Warriors, Vulcans and the 2011 Appliance Shed Fox Memorial Champions.

The Pacific Island selection will also feature a number of top fox memorial players and upcoming juniors.

From the Vulcans facebook page.


Top players back for Vodafone Junior Warriors trial

Frontline players Omar Slaimankhel, Jordan Meads and John Palavi will feature in trials action for the first time when two Vodafone Junior Warriors squads have another two hit-outs this weekend.
The trio, all key figures in last year’s NYC premiership-winning campaign, will line up against Auckland’s Fox Memorial champions the Howick Hornets at Cornwall Park on Saturday, February 11 (2.30pm kick-off).
Joining them will be 2011 team-mate Sio Siua Taukeiaho, who had a run with the Vodafone Warriors in their NRL trial against Gold Coast last Saturday.
Other 2011 Vodafone Junior Warriors named to face Howick are props Donald Tony, Ligi Sao, Toka Likiliki and Nathaniel Peteru plus winger Viliami Lolohea, who scored two tries in last Saturday’s 28-all draw with the Otahuhu Leopards. Quite a few of the other players named also appeared against the Leopards at North Harbour Stadium.
A second squad of Vodafone Junior Warriors contenders will turn out on Sunday against the Manurewa Marlins, the trial again be played at Cornwall Park (2.30pm kick-off).
Included in the side are the club’s 2011 Young NYC Player of the Year Siliva Havili, utility Eko Malu and prop Visesio Setefano.
The two Vodafone Junior Warriors squads for the matches are:

v Howick Hornets (Saturday, February 11, Cornwall Park, 2.30pm): Omar Slaimankhel; Ngataua Hukatai, Peta Hiku, Braxton Stanley, Viliami Lolohea; Harry Vete, Jordan Meads; Donald Tony, Trent Bishop, Ligi Sao; John Palavi, David Bhana; Atu Tupou. Interchange: Vince Afoa, Chris Ofanoa, Sione Feao, David Fusitua, Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard, Jethro Friend, Toka Likiliki, Shawn Marsters, Mason Lino, Nathaniel Peteru, Sio Siua Taukeiaho.

v Manurewa Marlins (Sunday, February 12, Cornwall Park, 2.30pm) : Esera Esera; Marcel Ikinofo, Ken Maumalo, Peter Hellesloe, Alamoti Finau; Honeti Tuha, Francis Toetu; Tama Koopu, Siliva Havili, Visesio Setefano; Raymond Faitala, Sam Lisone; Sunia Hala. Interchange: Albert Vete, Simi Kata, Malakai Houma, James Taylor, Jeff Sua, Kouma Samson, Sione Katoa, Tyme Dow-Nikau, Mason Lino, Eko Malu.


Trials under way tomorrow for Vulcans

Beaten grand finalists the Auckland Vulcans will boast a new look in more ways than one for the 2012 New South Wales Cup season.
They begin a two-match trials programme against a Pacific Islands selection at Cornwall Park tomorrow (12.30pm kick-off) before facing 2011 NYC premiers the Vodafone Junior Warriors at Toll Stadium in Whangarei in their final trial next Saturday (February 18).
The Vulcans start their campaign against Newcastle on Mount Smart Stadium’s No 1 ground on Saturday, March 3.
Cruelly edged out of grand final glory by a last-second Bulldogs try last October, the Vulcans are under new coach Ricky Henry, succeeding former Kiwi Richie Blackmore who is seeking to pursue his coaching career with Leigh in England.
Apart from having a new coach, the Vulcans have also attracted a new sponsor with the Vodafone Warriors’ apparel partner Canterbury of New Zealand being signed up in a similar role.
Henry, who has been heading up the Vodafone Warriors’ development programme, is set to take on a squad markedly changed from last year’s group with several new players coming on board.
Among those named tomorrow are four members of the Vodafone Warriors’ 2012 NRL squad who haven’t travelled to Coffs Harbour for the club’s second trial against South Sydney tomorrow night. Outside backs Krisnan Inu and Ivan Penehe are included as are hooker Alehana Mara and giant forward Samiuela Lousi.
Joining them are 2011 Vulcans regulars Willie Peace, Niuvao Taka and Tulson Caird while a feature of the line-up is the number of players will previous links with the Vodafone Warriors. One of them is prop Agnatius Paasi, a member of the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ 2011 champion NYC side, as well as his team-mate and hooker Henry Chan-Ting. Former Vodafone Junior Warriors Daniel Palavi, Arden McCarthy and Sheldon Brown are involved as well. Also named is prop Herman Retzlaff, who was in the Vodafone Warriors’ 2009 NRL squad.
Of last year’s regulars Anthony Gelling is now with Wigan while a number of 2011 Vodafone Warriors NRL players who appeared for the Vulcans are now elsewhere – Joel Moon (Salford), Upu Poching (France), Brett Seymour (Hull FC), James Gavet (Canterbury-Bankstown), Jeremy Latimore (St George Illawarra), Matt Robinson (Penrith) and Isaac John (Wakefield).
The squad for tomorrow’s trial is: Alehana Mara, Agnatius Paasi, Arden McCarthy, Daniel Palavi, Gary Riley, Henry Chan-Ting, Herman Retzlaff, Ivan Penehe, James Blackwell, Josh Samuela, Karl Semeti, Krisnan Inu, Leni Sulusi, Murray Iti, Niuvao Taka, Phil Pese, Reubenn Williams, Samiuela Lousi, Sheldon Brown, Shaun Johnson Bristow, Steve Waetford, Suia Matagi, Tulson Caird, Willie Peace, Willie Stowers.


Might have to get along to catch some of the action. Some quality players on show.


Wonder what this means for Mara? I assume Inu is back because he's guaranteed a spot and they're trying others out. Mara on the other hand?

Magic Stick_old

Its all up to Mara...He is a gifted footballer. Maybe a change of scenery will do him wonders.


I simply assume they'd rather try out newbies, to see how they'd fare in an injury crisis.


Another member posted this prevoiusly:

Shaun Johnson - yea he is like Rusty but a football taller and few kgs heavier
He played in the Maori Tournament with Rusty.

Last year he was eligible for 18s - so would be eligible for 20s this year and next yearr.

He is a big unit who is pretty mobile - def. should be in the warriors 20s trainon squad - hope his bros rep. didnt effect his chances.

However he will get to impress the warriors when the vuclans play against them.

Not sure why he isn't playing U20. The new Vulcans coach was the development coach though, yeah? Maybe he just saw something Ackland didn't?


End of the first 20 minute quarter. Vodafone Junior Warriors 18-0 Howick Hornets.


Vulcans top half century in opening trial

While the score was lopsided the Auckland Vulcans had plenty of reasons to rate today's first preseason trial a big success as they contemplate their 2012 New South Wales Cup campaign.
Lining up against an Auckland Pacific Rugby League selection, the 2011 NSW Cup grand finalists ran away to win 56-6 in front of a healthy crowd at Cornwall Park.
Under new coach Ricky Henry they found plenty of resistance early on from their game but ultimately outgunned opponents. In fact, the Vulcans, led only 14-6 at halftime. During that spell they were bolstered by four members of the Vodafone Warriors' NRL squad in Krisnan Inu, Sam Lousi, Alehana Mara and Ivan Penehe.
Penehe broke through a few defenders to score the first try, Lousi slipped a nice off load to create space for Phil Pese to score next and Mara and Inu worked the mousetrap play perfectly from 10 metres out for Inu to score.
The Pacific side hit back on halftime when Hilikaia Luani scored and converted a nice try.
At the break the NRL players went off but the opposition had quite evidently run out of gas as the Vulcans scored nine tries in the second half to storm away.
What was more beneficial was the opportunity for the players to have a hit-out in match conditions and for Henry and his staff to size up their options.
Apart from the Vodafone Warriors on show, other players used included former Vodafone Warriors hooker Tevita Latu, 2009 Vodafone Warriors squad member Herman Retzlaff and a few players - Agnatius Paasi, Daniel Palavi, Arden McCarthy, Sheldon Brown, Henry Chan Ting and Rusty Bristow - who have all played for the Vodafone Junior Warriors in the past.
The Vulcans' final trial before opening the competition is against the Vodafone Junior Warriors at Toll Stadium in Whangarei next Saturday (3.00pm kick-off).
Match details:

At Cornwall Park, Auckland
Auckland Vulcans 56 (Willie Stowers 2, Rusty Bristow 2, Niuvao Taka 2, Ivan Penehe, Phil Pese, Krisnan Inu, Tevita Latu, Josh Samuela, Willie Peace tries; Willie Stowers 4 conversions).
APRL Pacific 6 (Hilikaia Luani try, conversion).
Halftime: 14-6 Vulcans.