WEST COAST RFU – 2002

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2002 Season

 

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2002 Status:
Third Division
....Founded 1890..Affiliated 1893
President:
A.Henderson
Chairman:
W.A.Leach
Chief.Executive.Officer:
M.Connors
Coach:
T.J.Stuart
Assistant Coach:
R.Maitland
.Main.ground:
.Rugby Park, Greymouth
Capacity:
.8,000
Colours:
.Red and white hoops. red shorts. red socks with white tops

West Coast showed some improvement on their 2001 winless record, and although there was just the solitary victory, against Buller, there were very close contests against Poverty Bay, Horowhenua Kapiti and Wanganui. With a little more luck West Coast could have lifted itself from the bottom of the ladder. The Coasters were perhaps fortunate to defeat their neighbours considering Buller had a week earlier beaten Wanganui.

While the team lacks depth in experience it does not lack spirit and a keen willingness to compete. In recent years it has upset stronger unions at national seven’s tournaments and has won the Shield Championship the past two years. During the transfer period late in 2001, West Coast signed four players from Canterbury – Steve Heemi, Luke O`Donnell, Hayden Rasmussen and Jason Ryan. Coaches Thomas Stuart and Rob Maitland also borrowed several forwards from Christchurch, Peter Nicholls from Marlborough and attracted some pacy Fijians for the club and NPC season.

The team’s best player was the captain, flanker and goal kicker Regan Dixon, He had good support from number eight Peter Nicholls who had previously represented Nelson Bays and Marlborough. An injury to prop Hayden Rasmussen reduced the experience in the front row but his replacement, Kevern Thomson, impressed with the effort he put in.

The Fijians provided some flair with Pene Suluaqalo being the most effective. Daniel Tauwhare made an impact during his appearances off the bench and gained a start at second five-eighth for the final three games. The regular centre, James Ward, shows promise and was chosen for the end of year Youth Team to tour Europe.

2002 Squad

J.D.Aitken (Kiwi)
W.Bola (Marist)
P.Cahill (Lincoln – Canterbury RFU)
W.De Gruchy (Sydenham – Canterbury RFU)
R.C.Dixon (Burnside – Canterbury RFU)
B.A.Fahey (Marist)
J.Fraas (South Westland)
T.Hutchison (Marist)
A.J.Kemp (Marist-Albion – Canterbury RFU)
J.N.McLean (Blaketown)
J.Nasalo (Kiwi)
E.Nauwa (Blaketown)
P.T.Nicholls (Harlequins – Marlborough RFU)
G.Nissen (Marist)
L.W.O’Donnell (Marist-Albion – Canterbury RFU)
A.J.Oliver (Blaketown)
K.G.Parker (Kiwi)
H.K.Rasmussen (Shirley – Canterbury RFU)
M.Richards (Marist-Albion – Canterbury RFU)
J.B.Ryan (Sydenham – Canterbury RFU)
l.S.Seru (Blaketown)
A.J.Simpson (South Westland)
P.S.Suluaqalo (Kokotahi)
D.J.Tauwhare (Kiwi)
K.B.Thomson (Marist)
J.W.Ward (Blaketown)
J.L.Whitcombe (Blaketown)

WEST COAST TEAM RECORD 2002

Played 8 , Won 1 , Lost 7 , Points for 118 , Points against 305
* National Championship Games

THIRD DIVISION
P
W
D
L
Pts
North Otago
8
8
39
Horowhenua-Kapiti
8
6
2
29
King Country
8
6
2
29
South Canterbury
8
5
3
25
Wanganui
8
3
5
18
Buller
8
3
5
13
Poverty Bay
8
2
6
11
Wairarapa Bush
8
2
6
10
West Coast
8
1
7
6

* August 17 v North Otago , Oamaru Lost 6 – 60
Dixon , penalty goals (2)
Referee : Mr.K.W.Brown (Southland)

* August 24 v Poverty Bay , Greymouth Lost 15 – 19
Bola , tries (2)
Dixon , conversion , penalty goal
Referee : Mr.D.J.Herbier (Taranaki)

* August 31 v Buller , Westport Won 25 – 20
McLean, Kemp , tries
Dixon , penalty goals (5)
Referee : Mr.J.B.Noonan (Canterbury)

* September 7 v King Country , Greymouth Lost 0 – 53
Referee : Mr.V.G.Munro (Canterbury)

* September 21 v Wairarapa Bush , Masterton Lost 5 – 37
Richards , try
Referee : Mr.J.B.Noonan (Canterbury)

* September 28 v Horowhenua-Kapiti , Greymouth Lost 20 – 29
Tauwhare, Nissen , tries
Dixon, conversions (2) , penalty goals (2)
Referee : Mr.K.W.Brown (Southland)

* October 5 v Wanganui , Wanganui Lost 25 – 33
Nissen (2), Seru , tries
Dixon , conversions (2) , penalty goals (2)
Referee : Mr.G.M.Watson (North Harbour)

* October 12 v South Canterbury , Greymouth Lost 22 – 54
Dixon (2), De Gruchy, Suluaqalo , tries
Dixon , conversion
Referee : Mr.C.J.R.Morgan (Auckland)

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