Northern Regions Roller Mills Tournament Format and Draws


Dear Northern Regions Provincial Unions

Following lengthy discussions and debate about the structure and timing please see following the final format and draws for the 2014 Northern Regions Roller Mills Tournament.

This format and draw is based on feedback about the need to move away from the traditional week long tournament to a system whereby travel costs and accommodation costs could be reduced.

Competition Format

9 Teams

Pool A – 5 teams: Northland, North Harbour, Auckland West, Thames Valley, Bay of Plenty

Pool B – 4 Teams: Auckland East, Counties Manukau, Waikato, King Country

Both pools will have an ‘opening day’ at a central location where all teams will be present and weighed in and those teams that are furthest apart will play each other that day.

This will be followed by a full round robin on weekly basis (home & away games) and then a finals weekend in Tauranga on the 4th & 5th October 2014.

Pool A opening day: Sunday 31st August 2014 at Ngatea (Thames Valley)

Pool B opening day: Sunday 7th September 2014 in Cambridge (TBC)

The reason for the 2 different opening days is that pool A needs 5 weeks to complete the round robin and Pool B only 3 weeks.

Games Dates

Pool A31st August Opening Day in Ngatea

6th September

13th September

20th September

27th September

4th / 5th October – Finals weekend in Tauranga


Pool B7th September Opening Day in Hamilton

13th September


27th September

4th / 5th October – Finals weekend in Tauranga



Key Points regarding the rules

Weight and Weigh-ins

The tournament player weight is 57Kg as in 2013 and teams will be weighed prior to each game by Northern Region/Provincial Union officers/team managers.  Digital scales will be used to speed up the process.  North Harbour has 10 digital scales used by their U85 Kg grade which are high quality and calibrated and will be loaned out on Opening Day and returned on Finals Day.  Teams are to be weighed 60 minutes prior to fixtures.   A copy of the first weigh-in sheet showing weights is to be provided to Neil Olesen or Bill Cooksley from TVRFU. Additionally weigh in sheets are to be filled out and returned to Neil Olesen or Bill Cooksley after each round. To be received no later than 4.30pm on the Monday following the game. Fax to 07 862 7677, e-mail rdovalleyrugby@yahoo.co.nz 

Team squads and Eligibility

Squads of 25 can be named by 8th August on a Northern Region Age Verification Sheet as for other representative teams. In order to try and minimise the amount of documentation required yet still provide sufficient evidence of player identification – the ‘player profile’ sheets will be amended to allow this process to take place however photo identification will still be required. These player profile sheets must be made available on the opening day at weigh in for verification by the weigh in committee. The onus will be on each Provincial Union to check the eligibility of the nominated players. Replacement players will only be permitted for verified injuries. Copies of the player profile sheets including the photo identification must be carried and available by managers for all games played.



A programme will be printed as in previous years – hence the 8th August deadline for the squad lists.

Venues and Timing of Fixtures

Host PU’s will decide on host clubs/venues taking into account the travel of visiting teams. Matches should be run in conjunction with other representative fixtures at the same venue to maximise public interest and patronage.  Tournament Rules – The Northern Region Rugby Council will amend the tournament rules as required. Balls A sponsored ball will be provided to each team on opening day (tbc)



Section ANorthland

North Harbour

Auckland West

Thames Valley

Bay of Plenty

Section BAuckland East

Counties Manukau


King Country


31st August – All Teams at NgateaBay of Plenty v Northland

Auckland West v North Harbour

Thames Valley BYE

6th SeptemberNorth Harbour v Bay of Plenty

Auckland West v Thames Valley

Northland BYE




7th September – All Teams in Cambridge (TBC)Auckland East v King Country

Waikato v Counties Manukau

13th SeptemberBay of Plenty v Auckland West

Northland v Thames Valley

North Harbour – BYE

13th SeptemberWaikato v Auckland East

Counties Manukau v King Country


20th SeptemberThames Valley v Bay of Plenty

North Harbour v Northland

Auckland West – BYE

20th SeptemberALL POOL B TEAMS – BYE
27th SeptemberNorthland v Auckland West

Thames Valley v North Harbour

Bay of Plenty – BYE

27th SeptemberAuckland East v Counties Manukau

King Country v Waikato


Saturday 4th October – All Teams in Tauranga – Play offs

Semi-Finals – 1 to 4

1A v 2B (Game 1)

1B v 2A (Game 2)


Semi-Finals – 5 to 8

3A v 4B (Game 3)

3B v 4A (Game 4)

5A – BYE



Sunday 5th October – All teams in Tauranga

5A v Invitation XV

Loser Game 3 v Loser Game 4 (7th / 8th)

Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4 (5th / 6th)

Loser Game 1 v Loser Game 2 (3rd / 4th)

Winner game 1 v Winner Game 2 (Final)



Contact Details

Contact details for all unions coaches and managers are to be forwarded by Friday 18th July to:

Bill Cooksley

Rugby Development Officer

Thames Valley Rugby Union

E-Mail: rdovalleyrugby@yahoo.co.nz




Neil Olesen: neilolesen@xtra.co.nz                     027 4824947

Bill Cooksley: rdovalleyrugby@yahoo.co.nz                   027 243 8656

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