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St Pats Supernovas win Taupo Halftime Heroes Award

July 18, 2017
The St Patrick's Supernovas were the last Taupo Halftime Heroes for Term 2 and won themselves a $150.00 Cobb n Co voucher to celebrate with as a team. 

St Patricks Supernovas

Kylee Patrick nominated the Supernovas because, "We are a small school and often struggle to make up full teams. This year we had year 6 students step up to allow us to enter a complete (with reserves) year 7 & 8 intermediate team. And they are rocking it." 

This award was extra special as the Supernovas coach who has dedicated time and effort into developing this team is unfortunately moving on.

We have plenty more opportunities for your team to be Taupo's Halftime Heroes, so be sure to get your entries in and tell us why your team deserves to win. 

Development Camps Kick-Off for Region's Top Young Players

July 14, 2017

Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union’s annual player development camps kicked-off this week with 40 of Hawke’s Bay’s best under-14 rugby players gathering at Lindisfarne College for three days of intense training on Monday.

The boys’ development camp is one of four sponsored by Unison taking place these school holidays. The other three camps will also give the region’s most promising boys under-16, boys under-18 and under-18 girls the opportunity to develop their rugby skills further.

Following the camps, Hawke’s Bay representative sides from each of the four camps will be selected to play in the Hurricanes regional tournaments in September.  

Hawke’s Bay Player Development Manager, Joe Payton who is leading the camps alongside former Magpies captain and Super Rugby player, Jason Shoemark, said he is enjoying working with the young players.

“The young players that have been selected have really shown some promise. These camps give them the opportunity to further develop their skills and experience the sort of support that professional players receive.

“They’ve got access to some of the region’s top coaches and players, including current Magpies, Ellery Wilson and Jason Long. We have trainers, nutritionists and mental skills coaches on board.”

Unison Relationship Manager and HBRU referee, Danny Gough, said Unison was pleased to support the camps for the ninth consecutive year.

“As an organisation, we’re extremely proud to have sponsored junior rugby and the development camps in Hawke’s Bay for the best part of a decade.

“To have seen players such as Jonah Lowe, who was a Unison medal recipient as a junior, and Under 20 World Champion Tiaan Falcon, progress to fully fledged Magpies is a great testament to how development camps like these can support young players to achieve to their potential,” said Danny.


Danny Gough
Unison Relationship Manager
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Penultimate Hawke's Bay Halftime Heroes Found

July 11, 2017
The Year 3 Clive School hockey team were announced as the penultimate Hawke's Bay Halftime Heroes winners for the 2017 winter sport season on Saturday. 

Maria Karlson, nominated this dynamic team because, "they are a spectacular little side who all get in there and play well as a team." 

"They're also very explosive and exciting to watch, week in, week out" says Maria.

Clive Year Three Hockey Team

Unison, will announce one last Halftime Heroes winner in 2017, following the school holiday break, with that team walking away with the last $150.00 Breakers Restaurant voucher to celebrate with as a group. 

Taradale Red Devils feature in ripper Game of the Week Video

July 03, 2017
The Taradale Red Devils ripper rugby team were the latest winners of Unison's Game of the Week competition, and were fortunate enough to have their game against Maraenui filmed by videopgrapher, Kerin Greville.

Milly Geddes nominated the team because, "every week, this team of awesome kids go out and have fun whether it's sunny or freezing cold, work as a team and always support each other. Win or lose, they always leave with smiles on their faces." 

Check out all of our 2017 Game of the Week videos here.

Westshore Diamonds and Mahora Mystics are Halftime Heroes

July 03, 2017
With junior sport succumbing to the weather last week, Unison awarded two Halftime Heroes winners with a $150.00 Breakers Restaurant voucher on Saturday.

The Westshore Diamonds were nominated by Daphne Barraclough because they are extremely committed to their training each week and give it their all on game day regardless of the final score. 
Westshore Diamonds Mahora Mystics

The Mahora Mystics are Halftime Heroes because, they have so much fun on the court and put their all into each game. Their coach, Denise Pearse, never stops encouraging them and they deserve to to celebrate their success as a team.  

Thanks to Janet Milne who nominated the Mystics. 

Irongate Koru Development Highlighted in Game of the Week Video

June 26, 2017
Irongate Koru are the latest junior sports team to have had their game filmed by Unison Videographer Kerin Greville having been selected as the fourth Game of the Week winners for 2017. 

Paikea Llyod-TeHiko nominated Irongate because, " they are a keen and positive team of players. They show that their skills are developing every week and they always give 100%. They're a team without heroes and back each other whether they win, lose or draw." 

To find out more about Unison's Game of the Week, or for your teams chance to have their game filmed, click here for details.  

Waipahihi Stormers Win Taupo's First Halftime Heroes Award

June 19, 2017
The Waipahihi Stormers were crowned the first 2017 Taupo Halftime Heroes winners on Saturday.

Waipahihi Stormers - Taupo 

Greg Watson nominated the Stormers because, "they have been together for three years and in that time they have changed from a bunch of individuals into a cohesive team that trains hard, plays fair, and are incredibly enthusiastic and encouraging of each other."

"Their coach, Mary, is patient and passionate about the team and she also does an incredible celebration dance every time they score a goal."

The Stormers were awarded a $150.00 Cobb 'n' Co voucher to enjoy as a team for their efforts. Well done, Stormers.

Onekawa Dolphins Win Halftime Heroes Award

June 19, 2017
Congratulations to the Onekawa Dolphins hockey team who were the latest winners of the Hawke's Bay Halftime Heroes competition. 

 Onekawa Dolphins

Victoria Mason nominated the Dolphins because they always give their all, they have learnt to play as a team instead of as individuals, and are now obtaining the results they've wanted because of it.

She said, "they really deserve to be recognised because of their incredible efforts". 

Well done Onekawa Dolphins and good luck for the rest of the season.

Clive Thunder Win Game of the Week Competition

June 12, 2017
The Clive Thunder 9th grade rugby team were selected as our latest Game of the Week winners and had their big game against the HRS Green Machine filmed on Saturday 10th June by Unison's videographer, Kerin Greville. 

Michelle Hales, nominated the Thunder because, "we are a gutsy team who have been playing together since 5th Grade. We love playing rugby and really appreciate the encouragement we receive from our families and friends on the sideline too. We play with pride, enthusiasm and guts every single week."

To nominate your team and to have a chance to have your game filmed, click here

Frimley Stars are Halftime Heroes

June 09, 2017
Congratulations to the Frimley Stars, our latest Halftime Heroes Winners!

Frimley School

Jenna Hamilton nominated the stars becasue they love the game, do all they can to improve and always show great sportsmanship to other teams.

The stars were awarded a $150.00 Breakers voucher for their efforts. Well done girls!

For your chance to be our Halftime Heroes click here