Lochore Cup

WEST COAST RFU – 2010

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2010

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Season

2010 Status:
Heartland Championship
....Founded 1890..Affiliated 1893
President:
A.Henderson
Chairman:
P.Millar
Chief.Executive.Officer:
M.Connors
Coach:
A.D.Lawry
Assistant Coach:
W.H.Monk
.Main.ground:
.Rugby Park, Greymouth
Capacity:
.8,000
Colours:
.Red and white hoops. red shorts. red socks with white tops

West Coast, with three wins and two bonus points, had gained sufficient championship points to qualify for the Lochore Cup semi-finals but the team’s endeavors were ruined when the NZRU fined West Coast $2500 and stripped it of live competition points for knowingly breaching the eligibility regulations during the game against Wairarapa Bush which the Coast had won and gained a bonus point for scoring four tries.

Following the hearing the NZRU media statement read: ‘The Sub-Committee heard that West Coast knowingly breached the Player Eligibility Regulations in fielding the ineligible player under another player’s name on the team sheet and the match report.’ It was an unfortunate incident in Heartland competition.

Halfback and captain James Ferguson was again selected for the Heartland team. Newcomer Sam Hannan was outside Ferguson with either Phil Thomson or Origin player Willie Brown at second five-eighth. Andrew Connors was at centre and Maleli Tora a regular on the left wing. Luke Hughes and Robert Thomson appeared at fullback and wing.

Rowan O’Gorman was again the hooker with Blair Mirfin the only prop to start in each game. The locks Chris Mason and Brad Houston also played in every game as did flanker Alan Monk. 36 year old Mark De Goldi added a further four games to his long career.

For the Away games West Coast had difficulty gathering its first choice team as several members of the squad were not always able to obtain leave from work.

* In November (2010) Michael Monk and 2009 Representative Blair Sims were among the 29 Men who died in the tragic gas explosions at the Pike River underground coalmine.

WEST COAST TEAM RECORD 2010

Played 10 , Won 6 , Lost 4 , Points for 232 , Points against 202
* Heartland Match / # Lochore Cup

WEST COAST REPRESENTATIVES 2010
D.Bishop (Kiwi)
S.J.Bourke (Marist Albion – Canterbury RFU)
W.R.Brown (Burnside – Canterbury RFU)
B.J.Clough (Grey Valley)
A.D.Connors (Marist)
M.A.De Goldi (Marist)
L.R.Diloi (Marist)
S.D.Durie (Marist)
J.R.B.Ferguson (Grey Valley)
T.C.Gilmour (Sumner – Canterbury RFU)
S.T.Hannan (Wests)
B.G.Houston (Grey Valley)
L.J.Hughes (Grey Valley)
W.Hurst (Christchurch – Canterbury RFU)
T.B.Killalea (Grey Valley)
E.Langi (Marist)
L.H.Lawrence (Marist)
G.D.Little (Marist)
C.P.J. Mason (Christchurch – Canterbury RFU)
M.J.Meehan (Marist)
B.G.Mirfin (Grey Valley)
A.B.Monk (Blaketown)
M.N.H.Monk (Blaketown)
P.T.Nicholls (Grey Valley)
R.P.O’Gorman (Marist Albion – Canterbury RFU)
T.Tauwhare (Kiwi)
P.L.Thomson (Blaketown)
R.R Thomson (Blaketown)
M.M.Tora (Marist)
C.Tupuola (Blaketown)
E.K.Uluiborotu (Marist)
J.W.Ward (Blaketown)

AA REWARDS HEARTLAND RUGBY – POOL A
.
P
W
D
L
Pts
Wanganui
5
5
23
South Canterbury
5
4
1
17
Thames Valley
5
3
2
15
Horowhenua-Kapiti
5
1
4
6
King Country
5
1
4
6
West Coast
5
1
4
4
AA REWARDS HEARTLAND RUGBY – LOCHORE CUP
.
P
W
D
L
Pts
King Country
6
2
4
11
Wairarapa Bush
6
2
4
11
Buller
6
2
4
9
West Coast
8
3
5
13
Horowhenua-Kapiti
6
1
5
6
East Coast
6
6
0

*August 28 v Thames Valley, Paeroa Lost 18 -36
Tom Gilmore, Maleli Mudu , tries
Willie Brown , conversion , Luke Hughes penalty goals (2)

* September 4 v King Country , Greymouth Won 13 – 8
Rowan O’Gorman , try

Luke Hughes , conversion , penalty goals (2)

* September 11 v Wanganui , Wanganui Lost 15 – 41
Brad Houston , Christian Tupuola , tries
Luke Hughes , conversions , penalty goal

* September 18 v South Canterbury , Greymouth Lost 17 – 26
Rowan O’Gorman , Maleli Mudu , Brad Houston , tries
Luke Hughes , conversion

* September 25 v Horowhenua-Kapiti , Pararparaumu Lost 14 – 39
Rowan O’Gorman (2) , tries

Luke Hughes , conversion (2)

# October 2 v Wairarapa Bush , Masterton Won 35 – 30
Luke Hughes , Brad Houston , Sam ,Hannah , Simon Bourke , tries
Luke Hughes , conversions (3) , penalty goals (3)

# October 9 v East Coast , Greymouth Won 33 – 18
Tomasi Coka (2) , Gordon Hinaki ,tries

Nathan Langsford , penalty goal

# October 16 v Buller , Westport Lost 20 -11
Andrew Connors , try

Maleli Mudu, penalty goals (2)

Match Reports from 2010 from Stuff.co.nz

Cellar dwellers last season, Thames Valley opened their 2010 Heartland rugby competition with a bonus point 36-18 win over West Coast at Paeroa today. The home side began with a try in the opening minutes. Thames Valley were then put under pressure but rallied as halftime approached to take the lead 14-7 at the break, thanks to three penalties by fullback and captain David Harrison.

West Coast winger Luke Hughes closed the gap with an early second half penalty, but Thames Valley struck back quickly with a well-taken try by Harrison. Harrison and Hughes traded penalties and when the Coasters produce an excellent 75-metre passing move for winger Maleli Mudu, who featured three times, to score wide out the score closed to 19-18.

Over the final quarter Valley took a slight edge across the field and were rewarded with tries to props Alan McLean and Bart Thompson. Harrison converted both tries to give himself a personal tally of 21 points: a try, two conversions and four penalties.

Halfback Aaron McDonald, McLean and Harrison led their young charges by example. West Coast had good servants in No 8 Mark de Goldi, flanker Tom Gilmore and second-five Phil Thompson.

Former Bay of Plenty and Chiefs first-five Glen Jackson controlled his debut first-class game in an impressive manner.


Heartland champions Wanganui showed considerable improvement in putting away a gutsy West Coast 41-15 in a pool A Heartland championship rugby match at Wanganui today. Wanganui lazed their way to victory last week against Horowhenu-Kapiti but were more aggressive today, albeit still a long way from the class act at the end of last season.

Captain Matt Gilbert led the way from his loosehead prop position and backed up by loose forwards Adam Roe and Peter Rowe, the home forwards were too strong for West Coast which allowed first five Mark Davies much more room than he had last week. West Coast kept battling gamely, especially loose forwards Rowan O’Gorman and Tom Gilmour, with halfback and captain James Ferguson steering the ship very well.


A gutsy second-half performance ended in heartbreak for West Coast, who lost 26-17 to South Canterbury in a Heartland rugby championship match at Greymouth today. Up 17-16 with two minutes remaining, the hosts let victory slip from their grasp when South Canterbury crossed for a try through young centre Hamish Westgarth. That was converted by Jason Merrett, who then added a penalty for good measure to deny the hosts a bonus point. Goalkicking lock Merrett proved the difference between the teams in a tight tussle, kicking 16 points, including four penalties, while West Coast scored three tries but struggled with their shots at goal.

Both sides played well into a strong wind, with South Canterbury leading 13-10 at halftime after playing into it while West Coast muscled up well when facing the elements after the break.


A West Coast side so depleted by injury and unavailability that coach Anthony Lawry was forced to place himself on the reserve bench pulled off an upset 35-30 win over Wairarapa-Bush in their Lochore Cup rugby match at Masterton today. The Coasters completely outplayed a hapless home team throughout most of the first half and went to the break with a commanding 25-10 lead.

Several positional changes saw Wairarapa-Bush lift their effort several notches in the second spell and when they reduced the West Coast advantage to 28-24 victory was within sight. But West Coast’s weathered the storm for a thoroughly deserved win.

Halfback and captain James Ferguson was outstanding for West Coast and others to impress were No.8 Mark De Goldi, flanker Simon Bourke and wingers Luke Hughes and Maleli Mudu. Wairarapa-Bush had few standouts with only flanker Joss Tua-Davidson, replacement lock Tomasi Kedrabuka and winger Jesse McGilvary enhancing their reputations.

Luke Hughes, Brad Houston, Sam Hannan and Simon Bourke scored tries for West Coast and Hughes kicked three penalties and three conversions. Jesse McGilvary, two, and Mana Faraimo scored tries for Wairarapa-Bush and Jeremy Te Huia kicked three penalties and three conversions.


West Coast bumbled their way through the last 20 minutes of their 33-18 win over East Coast in a Heartland championship Lochore Cup rugby match in Greymouth.

Hooker Rowan O’Gorman collected an offload from wing Luke Hughes for the hosts’ first try before East Coast answered with a penalty to first five-eighth Nathan Langsford after 15 minutes.West Coast then steadily clocked up points, with second five Willie Brown crossing from a charge down, Maleli Mudu finishing off strong linking play on the left wing and centre Andrew Connors flying over early in the second half after a break by Brown.

Mudu added two conversions and three penalties before 60 minutes had passed to rack up a tidy personal tally of 18. Midway through the second half, East Coast started to make good ground through the forwards, hooker Gordon Hinaki charging through for a try.Maintaining possession, East Coast then scored two five-pointers to wing Tomasi Coka; one a deflection from his own kick on halfway and the other with a ‘hail Mary’ pass from his centre. West Coast’s early lead proved the difference though, and they held on for the bonus point win.


Buller secured a Lochore Cup Heartland rugby semifinal spot with a hard fought 20-11 victory over arch rivals West Coast at Buller. Buller dominated the first half and should have had more to show for their territorial dominance but mistakes at vital times kept the score down to one try by winger Joseph Bradley after he combined with No 8 Phil Rossiter.

West Coast came back in the second half and took the lead 11-10 at one stage thanks to a try by Andrew Connors when Buller spilled possession, but tries by Sam Marris and Brad McKenzie took Buller out to an unassailable lead. Tempers became more than a little frayed during the latter stages but Buller held their nerve and hung on for a narrow but well deserved victory.

Outstanding for Buller were Rossiter and Matthew Bonisch, who was sound on defence and counter attacked well from fullback. For West Coast, Brad Houston was the best forward, while Sam Hannan was the most penetrative of the backs.

Categories: Heartland Championship, Lochore Cup, West Coast RFU, Year by Year

WEST COAST RFU – 2009

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2009 Season

.
2009 Status:
Heartland Championship
....Founded 1890..Affiliated 1893
President:
A.Henderson
Chairman:
P.Millar
Chief.Executive.Officer:
M.Connors
Coach:
A.D.Lawry
Assistant Coach:
W.H.Monk
.Main.ground:
.Rugby Park, Greymouth
Capacity:
.8,000
Colours:
.Red and white hoops. red shorts. red socks with white tops

For the first time in 10 seasons West Coast scored more points than it conceded and against Buller, in the semi-final, posted a record score against any opposition. Highlight of the season, and a memorable day in West Coast history, was hosting the Lochore Cup final at Greymouth. On a warm, sunny afternoon the Coasters hoped for a repeat of their shock defeat of North Otago two weeks earlier. It wasn’t to be.

Perhaps there was some complacency after having compiled nearly 90 points in the previous two games. Such convincing high scoring wins in succession had never been witnessed west of the Southern Alps. It was a hard fought final and had the referee and match officials decisions been a little kinder the result could have been different. The game, and the atmosphere, exemplified the spirit of Heartland rugby.

Much of the team’s success could be attributed to consistent selection and the efforts of coach Anthony Lawry and management. The season commenced with an encouraging 32-30 win over Marlborough in a warm-up game. In the championship the Coast lost all three away games and won all home games – until the final. The front five were never bettered in any game and the scrum power of front-rowers Sam Durie, Gordon Iafeta, Rowan O’Gorman and former Nelson Bays rep Blair Mirfin was a huge factor in giving the inside backs freedom to control the games. Hooker O’Gorman scored five tries in two games and finished the year by scoring both tries in NZ Marist’s win over the Heartland team. Peter Nicholls, Tere Wycliff and Chris Mason toiled hard in the second row and were useful loose forwards when required. Alan Monk, Mitchell Sincock , Brad Houston and Mark De Goldi were experienced loose forwards.

Halfback and captain James Ferguson became stronger with each game and his selection for the Heartland team was deserved. So too was Josh Cornish who consistently produced polished efforts. Jason Merrett showed promise but lacked experience. Rob Thomson was a rock at fullback, his powerful punts gaining much territory. James Ward at centre provided space for the wingers, 19 year old Luke Hughes and the speedy Maleli Tora, to capitalise on. Jared Cropper, the union’s * Player of Origin, started on the wing but proved far more effective in midfield.

* PLAYER OF ORIGIN

In the Heartland competition match squads of 22 players may have up to three players loaned from outside the union. In 2009 the NZRU introduced, as a trial, the Player of Origin concept, additional to the three allowable loan players. A Player of Origin is defined as a person who from the age of 12-18 played rugby in the relevant Heartland union, either for a school or club, for at least three years who is now playing rugby outside the union.

Higher honours went to:
New Zealand Heartland XV :
Cornish, Ferguson

2009 Squad

J.Alexander (Blaketown)
D.I.Blackburn (South Westland)
L.K.Cornish (Blaketown)
J.J.Cropper (* Christchurch – Canterbury RFU)
N.G.Davy (Blaketown)
M.A.De Goldi (Sydenham – Canterbury RFU)
S.D.Durie (Marist)
J.R.B.Ferguson (Blaketown)
J.C.Hill (South Westland)
B.G.Houston (Blaketown)
L.J.Hughes (Grey Valley)
G.H.Iafeta (Blaketown)
C.P.J.Mason (Christchurch – Canterbury RFU)
M.J.Meehan (Marist)
J.Merrett (Christchurch – Canterbury RFU)
B.G.Mirfin (Grey Valley)
A.B.Monk (Blaketown)
M.N.H.Monk (Blaketown)
R.T.Nicholls (Grey Valley)
R.P.O’Gorman (Marist-Albion – Canterbury RFU)
B.D.Sims (Blaketown)
M.J.Sincock (Wests)
L.Tauti (Blaketown)
T.Tauwhare (Kiwi)
R.P.Thomson (Blaketown)
M.M.Tora (Marist)
J.W.Ward (Blaketown)
T.A.Wycliff (Grey Valley)

WEST COAST TEAM RECORD 2009

Played 10 , Won 6 , Lost 4 , Points for 232 , Points against 202
* Heartland Match / # Lochore Cup

AA REWARDS HEARTLAND RUGBY – POOL A
.
P
W
D
L
Pts
Wanganui
5
4
1
20
Horowhenua-Kapiti
5
4
1
18
Wairarapa Bush
5
3
2
14
West Coast
5
3
2
12
Buller
5
1
4
8
East Coast
5
5
0
AA REWARDS HEARTLAND RUGBY – LOCHORE CUP
.
P
W
D
L
Pts
West Coast
8
5
3
21
North Otago
8
4
4
20
King Country
8
4
4
20
Buller
8
3
5
17
East Coast
8
1
7
4
Thames Valley
8
8
4

*August 29 v Wairarapa Bush ,,Greymouth Won 13 – 10
Cornish , try
Merrett , conversion , penalty goals (2)
Referee: R.R.Kelly

* September 5 v Horowhenua Kapiti , Paraparaumu Lost 9 – 33
Merrett , penalty goals (3)
Referee: G.G.Smart

* September 12 v Buller , Greymouth Won 26 – 20
Ward (2) , tries
Merrett , conversions (2) , penalty goals (4)
Referee: G.R.Newman

* September 19 v East Coast , Greymouth Won 34 – 21
Tauti, Thomson, Sincock , tries
Cornish , conversions (2) , penalty goals (5)
Referee: S.A.W.Eden-Whaitiri

* September 26 v Wanganui , Wanganui Lost 9 – 33
Merrett m penalty goals (3)
Referee: S.M.Elliott

# October 3 v Thames Valley , Greymouth Won 27 – 3
Mirfin, Hughes, Durie , tries
Merrett , conversions (3) , penalty goals (2)
Referee: M.S.Muir

# October 10 v King Country , Taupo Lost 13 – 22
Hughes , try
Merrett, conversion
Cornish , penalty goals (2)
Referee: G.G.Stuart

# October 17 v North Otago , Greymouth Won 35 – 17
O’Gorman (2),Ward, Cropper , tries
Cornish , conversions (3) , penalty goals (3)
Referee: S.W.McDermott

# October 24 v Buller (Lochore Cup Semi final) , Greymouth Won 53 – 22
O’Gorman (3), Hughes, Cropper, Wycliff, Ward, Houston , tries
Cornish , conversions (5) , drop goal
Referee: S.M.Elliott

# October 31 v North Otago (Lochore Cup Final) ,Greymouth Lost 13 – 21
Tora , try
Cornish , conversion , penalty goals (2)
Referee: S.C. McPhail

Lochore Cup Finals

First Semi-final: at Rugby Park, Greymouth , Saturday October 24
West Coast 53 (O’Gorman 3, Hughes, Cropper ,Wycliff , Ward, Houston tries; Cornish 5 conversions and dropped goal)
defeated Buller 22 (Coman, Bonisch, C. Moore tries; Thompson 2 conversions and penalty goal).
Referee: S.M.Elliott

Second Semi-final: at Centennial Park , Oamaru Saturday October 24
North Otago 31 (Waenga 2, Forrest tries; Waenga 2 conversions and 4 penalty goals) defeated
King Country 27 (Seduadua 3,Taylor tries; Murrell 2 conversions; Quinlan penalty goal).
Referee: S.A.W.Eden-Whaitiri

2009 Lochore Cup FINAL

Final: at Rugby Park, Greymouth , Saturday October 31
North Otago 21 (Breen, Fonua tries; Waenga conversion; Waenga 2, Forrest penalty goals) defeated
West Coast 13 (Tora try; Cornish conversion and 2 penalty goals).
Referee: J.S.C.McPhail

Categories: Heartland Championship, Lochore Cup, West Coast RFU, Year by Year

WEST COAST RFU – 2007

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2007 Season

 

.
2007 Status:
Heartland Championship
....Founded 1890..Affiliated 1893
President:
E,G.Wilson
Chairman:
P.Millar
Chief.Executive.Officer:
M.Connors
Coach:
A.D.Lawry
Assistant Coach:
W.H.Monk
.Main.ground:
.Rugby Park, Greymouth
Capacity:
.8,000
Colours:
.Red and white hoops. red shorts. red socks with white tops

West Coast enjoyed its best season in eight years and can look forward to 2008 with a considerable amount of confidence. Following a heavy loss to Wairarapa Bush in the opening game several changes were made which produced instant success with upset wins over Horowhenua Kapiti and Thames Valley then two further victories over King Country and East Coast. Against Poverty Bay the Coast produced outstanding form and commanded a 21-5 lead at halftime before the visitors rallied to score 31 points during the second half. The Lochore Cup semi final, against South Canterbury, could have produced a different result had the game been played in Greymouth instead of Timaru.

The season’s good fortunes were a result of good coaching by Anthony Lawry and Winston Monk. Former Canterbury B player Corey Simpson was one of the best first five-eighths in the competition, his huge kicks, for position and for goal, kept his team on the front foot. His contribution of 93 points was over half of the team’s total but it would be unfair to say that the team relied heavily on Simpson. Excellent defence made play difficult for opponents. Excluding the opening 46 – 0 loss the team conceded only 19 tries, one more than the Coast compiled.

At lock two veterans in their mid thirties, captain Lomiga Vaaelua and Tony Kerr, provided much experience and 19 year old Dale Burrows showed considerable improvement while partnering with either one of the veterans. One of the strengths of the side was the loose forward trio of Ofa Misa, Mitchell Simcock and Emili Langi. They won much possession, were strong attackers, and solid tacklers. The front row toiled hard against bigger and more experienced opponents, prop Sam Durie excelled while Kilifi Malungahau showed a marked improvement with each game. Andrew Gadsby and Mike Riley shared the hooking position.

Behind the forwards James Ferguson was a good link with Simpson. Midfielders Dan Keno and Eroni Uluiborotu were sound on defence. Jacob Stevens was very fast on one wing while on the other Maleli Tora was in exceptional form later in the season. Blair Grice showed much promise at
centre or wing. Mike Hende was a reliable fullback.

2007 Squad

D.H.Burrows (South Westland)
A.D.Connors (Marist)
S.D.Durie (Marist)
J.R.B.Ferguson (Blaketown)
A.Gadsby (Wests)
M.Galbraith (Blaketown)
B.D.Grice (South Westland)
M.Hende (South Westland)
G.H.Iafeta (Blaketown)
N.S.Iafeta (Blaketown)
D.T.Keno (Blaketown)
T.J.Kerr (Wests)
E.Langi (Blaketown)
N.M.Linklater (South Westland)
B.McKewen (Wests)
L.McMillan (Wests)
K.T.Malungahau (Blaketown)
O.Misa (Stoke – Tasman RFU)
G.Price (South Westland)
M.J.Riley (South Westland)
T.G.Scadden (South Westland)
C.N.Simpson (Christchurch – Canterbury RFU)
M.Simcock (Belfast – Canterbury RFU)
J.J.Stevens (Belfast – Canterbury RFU)
M.Tora (Blaketown)
E.Uluiborotu (Marist)
L.Va’aelua (Blaketown)
G.R.Watson (Kiwi)
R.M.Wilson (South Westland)

WEST COAST TEAM RECORD 2007

Played 9 , Won 4 , Lost 5 , Points for 178 , Points against 223
* Heartland Match / # Lochore Cup

AA REWARDS HEARTLAND RUGBY – POOL A
.
P
W
D
L
Pts
Mid-Canterbury
5
3
2
15
Wairarapa Bush
5
3
2
15
King Country
5
3
2
14
West Coast
5
3
2
13
Thames Valley
5
2
3
10
Horowhenua-Kapiti
5
1
4
4
AA REWARDS HEARTLAND RUGBY – LOCHORE CUP
.
P
W
D
L
Pts
Poverty Bay
8
5
3
24
South Canterbury
8
4
4
19
West Coast
8
4
4
17
Thames Valley
8
2
6
12
East Coast
8
2
6
11
Horowhenua-Kapiti
8
1
7
6

* August 18 v Wairarapa Bush , Masterton Lost 0 – 46
Referee : B.D.Skeen

* August 25 v Horowhenua-Kapiti , Levin Won 31 – 17
Gadsby, Stevens, Simpson , tries
Simpson, conversions (2) , penalty goals (4)
Referee: G.R.Newman

* September 1 v Thames Valley , Greymouth Won 34 – 17
Tora, Misa, Uluiborotu, Ferguson ,N.Iafeta ,Linklater , tries
Simpson , conversions (2)
Referee : S.A.W.Eden-Whaitiri

* September 8 v Mid Canterbury, Ashburton Lost 12 – 23
Simpson , penalty goals (4)
Referee : S.W.McDermott

* September 15 v King Country , Greymouth Won 14 – 11
Stevens , try
Simpson , penalty goals (3)
Referee: A.W.Hall

# September 22 v East Coast , Greymouth Won 29 – 15
Ferguson, Misa, Watson
Simpson , conversion , penalty goals (4)
Referee : G.R.Newman

# September 29 v South Canterbury , Timaru Lost 14 – 27
N.Iafeta, Stevens , tries
Simpson conversions (2)
Referee : J.S.C.McPhail

# October 6 v Poverty Bay , Greymouth Lost 21 – 36
Tora (2) , tries
Simpson , conversion , penalty goals (3)
Referee : K.R.McBride

# October 13 v South Canterbury (Lochore Cup Semi- Final) , Timaru Lost 23 – 31
Tora , try
Simpson , penalty goals (6)
Referee : K.R.McBride

Lochore Cup Finals

First Semi-final: at Alpine Energy Stadium, Timaru. Saturday October 13
South Canterbury 31 (Savieti, Star Tuliakiono, Saena tries; Tutton 2 conversions and 4 penalty goals)
defeated West Coast 23 (Tora try; Simpson 6 penalty goals).
Referee: K.R.McBride

Second Semi-final: at Rugby Park, Gisborne. Saturday October 13
Poverty Bay 65 (Leighton 2, Tarnatea, Ravulo, Gardner, Hutana, Douglas, McClutchie tries; Leighton 8 conversions and 3 penalty goals)
defeated Thames Valley 3 (Harrison penalty goal).
Referee: C.J.Rooney

Final: at Rugby Park, Gisborne. Saturday October 20
Poverty Bay 38 (Warren, Logan, penalty, Douglas tries; Leighton 3 conversions and 4 penalty
goals) defeated South Canterbury 35 (Tauelangi, Sione Tuliakiono, Savieti, Kotua tries; Tutton 3 conversions and 3 penalty goals).
Referee: C.J.Rooney

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WEST COAST RFU – 2006

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2006 Season

.
2006 Status:
Heartland Championship
....Founded 1890..Affiliated 1893
President:
E,G.Wilson
Chairman:
P.Millar
Chief.Executive.Officer:
M.Connors
Coach:
R.Maitland
Assistant Coach:
R.Brockbank
.Main.ground:
.Rugby Park, Greymouth
Capacity:
.8,000
Colours:
.Red and white hoops. red shorts. red socks with white tops

Under new coaches Robbie Maitland and Ross Brockbank West Coast showed much improvement and proved competitive in more games than results indicate. Eventual champions Wairarapa Bush were fully tested before victory was gained over Mid Canterbury. Had last minute kicks been successful against East Coast (conversion) and Buller (penalty) the results would have been more fruitful. The inability to turn possession into points and to sustain second half pressure was to be the team’s undoing on more than one occasion.

With only three home games and four long trips to the North Island West Coast spent more hours travelling than any union and though they retained their character till the end the players were very travel weary by the final game. Hadleigh Smith and Neil Linklater shared the number eight position with the one selected to start also being the captain. Both were fine players. Ofa Misa and Alan Monk (open-side) were a pair of effective flankers. The tight five more than held their own – former King Country and Marlborough rep Tony Kerr partnering 37-year-old Lomiga Va’aelua at lock while Dougal Hurst and Joe Nabou were prominent in the front row.

At first five-eighth Corey Simpson impressed with his long touch-finders and running game while his goalkicking was usually accurate. He also directed the backline well. Daniel Keno was consistently sound at second five. John Fungavaka was at centre with Lasa Ulukuta and Titiume Fungavaka on the wings. Maleli Tora showed much promise as an attacking player, whether on the wing or at fullback. James Ferguson continues to improve, an energetic halfback. Luke Dixon (fullback) and Daniel Tauwhare (utility) were older backs who provided much experience.

2006 Squad

C.J.Clark (Blaketown)
C.S.Crichton (Marist-Albion – Canterbury RFU)
L.R.Dixon (Marist)
J.R.B.Ferguson (Christchurch – Canterbury RFU)
S.H.Fungavaka (Kiwi)
T.Fungavaka (Kiwi)
M.Hende (South Westland)
D.G.Hurst (South Westland)
D.T.Keno (Blaketown)
T.J.Kerr (Wests)
E.Langi (Blaketown)
N.M.Linklater (South Westland)
M.J.Meehan (Marist)
M.Misa (Marist)
O.Misa (Marist)
A.B.Monk (Sydenham – Canterbury RFU)
M.H.Monk (Blaketown)
M.A.Murdoch (HSOB – Canterbury RFU)
J.Nabou (Univ – Canterbury RFU)
M.N’Gaue (Kiwi)
E.P.O‘Gara (Wests)
T.G.Scadden (Kiwi)
T.P.Sexton (Wests)
C.N.Simpson (Christchurch – Canterbury RFU)
H.G.M.Smith (Blaketown)
D.J.Tauwhare (HSOB – Canterbury RFU)
M.Tora (Blaketown)
L.Ulukuta (Marist)
L.Va’aelua (Blaketown)
R.M.Wilson (South Westland)

WEST COAST TEAM RECORD 2006

Played 8 , Won 1 , Lost 7 , Points For 136 , Points against 286

AA REWARDS HEARTLAND RUGBY – POOL A
.
P
W
D
L
Pts
Wairarapa Bush
5
5
22
North Otago
5
4
1
20
Mid-Canterbury
5
2
3
10
Buller
5
2
3
9
East Coast
5
1
4
6
West Coast
5
1
4
6
AA REWARDS HEARTLAND RUGBY – LOCHORE CUP
.
P
W
D
L
Pts
Poverty Bay
8
5
3
24
Thames Valley
8
4
4
21
King Country
8
3
2
3
20
Buller
8
3
5
14
East Coast
8
1
7
6
West Coast
8
1
7
6

August 19 v North Otago v Oamaru Lost 3 – 67
Simpson , penalty goal
Referee: K.R.McBride

August 26 v Wairarapa Bush , Masterton Lost 18 – 31
Va’aelua , Keno , tries
Simpson , conversion , penalty goals (2)
Referee: S.W.McDermott

September 2 v Mid Canterbury , Greymouth Won 24 – 9
A.Monk, Linklater , tries
Simpson , conversion , penalty goals (4)
Referee: V.G.Munro

September 9 v East Coast , Ruatoria Lost 20 – 22
Ulukuta , try
Simpson , penalty goals (5)
Referee: G.L.Williamson

September 16 v Buller Greymouth Lost 16 – 17
Keno , try
Simpson , conversion , penalty goals (2) , drop goal
Referee: K.R.McBride

September 23 Thames Valley (Lochore Cup) , Thames Lost 16 – 51
Crichton , try
Simpson , conversion , penalty goals (3)
Referee: T.A.Pullar

September 30 v King Country (Lochore Cup) , Greymouth Lost 22-32
Ferguson , Tora , tries
Simpson , penalty goals (4)
Referee: S.W McDermott

October 7 v Poverty Bay (Lochore Cup) Gisborne Lost 17 – 57
O.Misa , M.Misa , tries
Simpson , conversions (2) , penalty goal
Referee: B.A.Murray

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