Year by Year

The Harry Atkinson Story- Who Wrote That Letter?

By Robert Messenger
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West Coast Representatives 1911

Lock forward Harry Atkinson was selected for the 1913 All Blacks tour to North America from the Kohinoor club in Greymouth. But Harry and his brother Charles had begun their footballing careers with the State Colliery Rugby Club in 1907. The State Colliery club was formed in 1905, became known as Dunollie and in 1910 as Rūnanga. Rūnanga ceased playing football in 1915 but returned as a rugby league club in 1919.

Henry James Atkinson was born in Dunedin on June 22, 1888. In 1892 his father, William Atkinson, took up a position as manager of the Hercules No 2 Gold Mining Company in the Teviot Valley, Roxburgh. This company had been taken over that year by William Atkinson’s friend John Ewing, Central Otago’s so-called “Gold Baron”, after whom William Atkinson had named one of his sons, Harry’s older brother Charles Ewing Atkinson (born 1887). William Atkinson worked the claim using a single sluicing elevator, which had been introduced to New Zealand by Ewing from the United States.

Harry Atkinson and his siblings were educated at Roxburgh School, Charles being enrolled in 1892 and Harry the following year. In 1903, William Atkinson, who had developed a wide reputation as an alluvial mine manager, took his family to Charleston, south of Westport. The Cutten Brothers, engineers for George Griffiths’ pipeline contract to the Charleston Beach Sluicing Company, had appointed William inspector of works. The operation included a tailings elevator.

The work in Charleston complete, in 1905 the Atkinson family moved to Cobden, where William began working for the Dispatch Foundry in Greymouth as a boilermaker.

That same year the State Colliery Football Club was formed at the Dunollie Hotel, with James Sullivan and William M’Lusky as office bearers. It affiliated with the West Coast Rugby Union on April 12, 1905, along with the Reefton club. The state mine had been established at Coal Creek in 1901 by Richard John Seddon’s Government, and two towns were set up to house the mine workers and their families: Rūnanga, a government town, and nearby Dunollie, a private initiative.

In order to maintain player strengths and a viable competition, from 1910 the WCRU enforced a strict policy of residential qualification for its clubs: to play for Greymouth team, a player had to be resident in the town. The dividing line to the north was the Grey River, to the south the Taramakua River. The State Colliery club embraced Cobden as part of the Coal Creek “district”. Before the introduction of this rule, the Atkinson brothers had started out playing for State Colliery, Harry aged 19 and Charles 20, but later turned out for the Star, United and Cobden clubs. From 1910 they had no choice but to play for State Colliery, although the Atkinson family had no connection with the mine.

The State Colliery team was variously called Dunollie (as well as “State”, “Miners”, and “Colliers”) and by the end of the 1910 season was being almost exclusively referred to as Rūnanga. Rūnanga finished the season as runners-up in the WCRU cup competition, after losing its final match to United at Seven Mile.

From 1906, rugby in Rūnanga had grown in strength through a school team established and encouraged by headmaster Francis Edward O’Flynn. But, while in 1908 the Colliery club had acquired a home ground at Seven Mile, developed by local carpenter Leslie Hill, it had begun to struggle in 1909. The WCRU’s residential qualification rule impacted on it greatly, and another problem it faced was the train schedule from the mine to Greymouth and back – players often had to travel by dray.

In 1910 a Rūnanga junior team emerged, which included Cobden-based players and was eventually allowed to use Cobden as a home venue. Although earlier in the 1910 season the Atkinson brothers played for the Dunollie seniors, they became part of the Rūnanga junior team, and were thus selected to represent the West Coast “juniors” against the Inangahua Sub-Union at Victoria Park on September 3, 1910. They also played for Country against Town two weeks later, though they lived just across the river from Greymouth.

One of the more unusual matches Rūnanga played in 1910 was at Victoria Park, Greymouth, on September 24, against the British crew of the iron barquentine the Mary Isabel, visiting from Sydney.

1913_2015dNo result for this match appeared in Greymouth newspapers, but in its preview the Grey River Argus pointed out the Mary Isabel crew had beaten Grafton in Australia and had played in first-class fixtures elsewhere in New South Wales. The ship with all hands disappeared almost exactly a year later, while returning to Australia from Whangape Harbour.

Rūnanga started the 1911 season with hopes of competing at senior level, after taking part in a seven-a-side tournament in Westport. But when these hopes soon faded, many of its players applied to the WCRU for dispensations to play for senior teams in Greymouth, in particular the Kohinoor club. Harry and Charles Atkinson applied on May 17, 1911, were refused transfers, but a week later granted a move to Kohinoor.

Both Harry and Charles were selected in the West Coast team which beat the Simon Mynott-captained Taranaki team 9-8 at Victoria Park on September 3, 1911. The pair continued to play for Kohinoor through the 1912 season and again in 1913.

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1913_2015cIn 1913 Harry Atkinson applied twice to leave Kohinoor, once to join Star in June and then to join Hokitika in July.  Each time he was blocked by the WCRU, the second occasion coming two weeks after he had been selected in the South Island team for the inter-island match in Christchurch on July 26. Following a decisive 25-0 win by the South Island, Atkinson was included in the All Blacks team for their North American tour.

1913_2015bAtkinson had confirmed his availability by August 9, but on August 26 he read in the Grey River Argus that he was to be replaced by Charlie Gillespie of Wellington. Atkinson had become the victim of a cruel hoax. A typewritten letter signed in his name had been sent to the New Zealand Rugby Union from the Hokitika post office on August 19, just three weeks before the All Blacks assembled in Wellington. The letter stated Atkinson was unable to tour. The Hokitika police were called in and the WCRU immediately telegrammed the NZRFU that the letter was a fake.

Back in the touring team, Atkinson was farewelled by the WCRU at a function at the Albion Hotel in Greymouth on August 28. He said that he had “commenced his football career on the West Coast and if all went well he intended to close that career where he had commenced it.”  As events transpired, he never played rugby on the Coast again.

In Wellington, Atkinson appeared in the First Test against Australia on September 6, and against Wellington four days later. In North America he played in eight of the 16 matches, but not in the one Test.

Before the tour ended, with an unofficial match against the Grand Pacific club in Suva in December, the Atkinson family had left the West Coast to return to Dunedin, where Harry Atkinson joined them. He played 11 matches for Otago in the 1914-15 seasons, while with the Southern club. He died in Dunedin on July 21, 1949, aged 61.

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New Zealand team in California and British Colombia 1913

Categories: News, West Coast RFU, Year by Year

Grey Rugby’s Early Ring-in

Ring with his sons, from left, Leslie, Gus and Claude.

Ring with his sons, from left, Leslie, Gus and Claude.

By Robert Messenger

Rugby was being played with great fervour in Greymouth long before the West Coast Rugby Football Union was formed in 1890.

One clear piece of evidence of this is the serious facial injury which was suffered by the famous English-born photographer James Ring in a match played by the Greymouth Football Club on the Greymouth Local School grounds (“Camp Reserve”) on Saturday, May 14, 1881. The match was played just 11 years after rugby football had been introduced to New Zealand.

The Grey River Argus reported on May 18, 1881:Ring_Photo

“The friends of Mr James Ring, photographer, will regret to learn that he met with a nasty accident last Saturday, while playing football, so much so as to make ‘the human face divine’ much less presentable than it had been before he disported himself in that exciting but rough and dangerous game. The Rugby Union has a deal to answer for.”

Ring’s appearance must have improved considerably in the following months, because less than a year later, on on April 17, 1882, he married English-born milliner Kate Maria Vinsen in Greymouth. And they had six children, one of whom, Claude, followed his father into photography.

The Greymouth Football Club had opened its 1881 season on April 30 with a match played under rugby union rules between teams selected by bank agent George Rowley Boulton and Henry James Bishop.

greys2After this, the Argus reported, “No doubt with judicious management the game of football will become one of the attractions of Greymouth. It is perhaps as well to mention the somewhat unusual conduct of one of the spectators who took up a position in the field and kicked the ball while the game was in progress. It is to be hoped that such unseemly behaviour was merely the result of ignorance of the usages of the game football, and will not occur again.”

James Ring had just turned 25 when he was injured played rugby in Greymouth. He was born at Camberwell, Surrey, on April 6, 1856, and started his photographic work in America, with Allen and Rowell in Boston. Ring sailed for New Zealand on April 1, 1879, arriving in Wellington on July 16. He arrived in Greymouth on November 2 that year. His rugby-playing injury of 1881 did his business no harm at all.

Ring became world famous for his more than 1000 photographs of the spectacular West Coast scenery, the gold industry and the frontier settlements. From his studio on Mawhera Quay he was able to record the frequent shipwrecks and floods that were to mark Greymouth’s history. He amalgamated in 1924 with L. A. Inkster, the business continuing as Ring and Inkster until his retirement in 1929. He died at Greymouth on July 19, 1939, aged 83.

It has been said that Ring’s work over 50 years was instrumental in defining the distinctive character of the West Coast. “Ring’s images still convey the beauty and power of the land that awaited the settlers, and the vigour of the communities that arose there.”

West Coast rugby was not confined to Greymouth in 1881, as a match between teams picked by James Malcolm and John Chisholm Scott was also played at Brunnertown on May 14 that year.

The Argus said, “No casualty occurred to mar the enjoyment of the game, which was fast and furious from beginning to end.”

Ring took this photo of the West Coast representative team in 1907

Ring took this photo of the West Coast representative team in 1907

Categories: News, West Coast RFU, Year by Year

Local 125th Jubilee Registrations Urged

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Former representative rugby player Colin Skates models one of the replica West Coast rugby jerseys from the 1900s that will be auctioned at the rugby union’s 125th celebrations that will kick-off on Friday, August 28. Skates, one of the few locals who have registered for the anniversary, played against the 1971 British Isles side for West Coast-Buller team, and was also in the winning Seddon Shield side for West Coast in the early 1970s. He played 40 odd games for West Coast. : Picture – Viv Logie

Organisers of the West Coast Rugby Union’s 125th jubilee in August are trying to spark more local registrations.

Jubilee committee chairman John Torrance said yesterday that while a “good number” of registrations had been received so far, locals were dragging the chain.

“At our last meeting we had 85 people registered, with the majority of them being from out of the district,” Torrance said.

As with a lot of other events, West Coasters seemed to leave registering until the last minute.

“We want West Coasters who are keen to come to the reunion to register now and they must do it before the end of July, when registrations close. ” He knew there was a lot of interest in local communities for the event, and had to send more registration forms to Ross, Whataroa and Hari Hari  ” which is a good sign “Torrance said the jubilee was not just for former West Coast rugby representatives. ” Anyone from a club player, coach to a loyal supporter can join in the celebrations.”ribbon2

Replica rugby jerseys will be auctioned at the celebratory dinner on the Saturday night, and everyone attending will have the chance to bid for one. Torrance said he expected former players to bid on the jersey sporting their old playing number.

The jerseys will be numbered one to 15 and were designed from of the the union’s oldest archive team photographs and feature thinner stripes, old fashioned laces and strong cross-stitching across the chest and shoulders.

Registration forms can be completed on-line at www.westcoast125.co.nz or forms are available from a number of West Coast locations, including, the Ikamatua store, Alf Harrisons Menswear or Hannan and Seddon (both in Greymouth), Eats on Revell, Hokitika, Manera’s Store, Ross, Pukeko Tearooms, Hari Hari, White Heron Store, Whataroa, Glacier Motors, Franz Josef and Fox Store at Fox Glacier.

Categories: West Coast RFU, Year by Year

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 – 2008

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2008 Season

.
2008 Status:
Heartland Championship
....Founded 1890..Affiliated 1893
President:
J.W.F.Costello
Chairman:
P.Millar
Chief.Executive.Officer:
M.Connors
Coach:
A.D.Lawry
.Main.ground:
.Rugby Park, Greymouth
Capacity:
.8,000
Colours:
.Red and white hoops. red shorts. red socks with white tops

In 2007 this tiny union enjoyed its best season in years by reaching the semi final for the Lochore Cup. The challenge for 2008 was to repeat the performance. The result was another semi-final, not for the Lochore Cup, but for the Meads Cup!

From being the lowest ranked union in 2006 West Coast finished the 2008 season ahead of eight other unions. No union had advanced up the Heartland ladder in such spectacular style and this union, along with neighbours Buller, defy the impression that large numbers of club players and heaps of sponsors produce results. These two unions are exhibiting the best qualities of amateur provincial rugby. Sensibly coached and managed, within these rep jerseys are big hearts.

With three away wins the team was flying high and if it had not been for the disappointing one point loss to Buller, West Coast would have finished top of Pool A. However, to finish second was an historic achievement. Wanganui, as every other team also discovered, was to be the only side to dominate the Coasters, yet even in the semi-final Wanganui had to work hard and, for the only time all season, were behind on the scoreboard at halftime. West Coast had given the eventual Heartland champions a big fright.

Coach Anthony Lawry got the best out of his players. Halfback James Ferguson proved a good captain and the big boot of Corey Simpson gained much territory. In midfield 19 year old Josh Cornish excelled and formed a good combination with Eroni Uluiborotu. Maleli Tora was back in try scoring form on the wing.

At the back of the pack Ofa Misa scored three tries in the opening game and was badly missed, through injury, in the North Otago game. He had a good year. Flanker Lasa Ulukuta fully deserved his Heartland selection along with Simpson and hooker Andrew Gadsby. Flanker Brad Houston and lock Cameron Reed were players of real promise. Lomiga Va’aelua was powerful at lock or number eight. Sam Durie and Gordon Iafeta, along with Gadsby, formed a strong front row. It was a year the whole squad could look back on with immense satisfaction.

Higher honours went to:
New Zealand Heartland XV :
Gadsby, Simpson, Ulukuta

2008 Squad

S.R.Allison (Wests)
J.K.Cornish (Blaketown)
C.Crouchley (Grey Valley)
D.J.Crouchley (Grey Valley)
N.G.Davy (Blaketown)
S.D.Durie (Marist)
J.R.B.Ferguson (Blaketown)
A.K.Gadsby (Wests)
M.Hende (South Westland)
V.Holden (HSOB – Canterbury RFU)
B.G.Houston (Blaketown)
G.H.Iafeta (Blaketown)
N.S.Iafeta (Blaketown)
B.Johnson (Blaketown)
K.T.Malungahau (Wests)
O.Misa (Stoke – Tasman RFU)
C.R.Reed (HSOB – Canterbury RFU)
B.C.Robinson (Marist)
M.Rowe (Belfast – Canterbury RFU)
C.N.Simpson (Wests)
J.J.Stevens (Belfast – Canterbury RFU)
M.Tora (Blaketown)
E.Uluiborotu (Marist)
L.Ulukuta (Marist)
L.Va’aelua (Blaketown)
M.Weepu (Kiwi)
N.Wilson (Marist)
R.M.Wilson (South Westland)

WEST COAST TEAM RECORD 2008

played 9 , won 4 , Lost 5, Points for 164 , Points against 208
* Heartland Match / # Meads Cup

AA REWARDS HEARTLAND RUGBY – POOL A
.
P
W
D
L
Pts
North Otago
5
4
1
18
West Coast
5
3
2
16
Buller
5
3
1
1
15
Horowhenua-Kapiti
5
1
2
2
11
Wairarapa Bush
5
1
4
10
South Canterbury
5
1
1
3
6
AA REWARDS HEARTLAND RUGBY – MEADS CUP
.
P
W
D
L
Pts
Wanganui
8
8
39
Mid-Canterbury
8
7
1
33
North Otago
5
5
3
24
West Coast
8
4
4
21
Buller
8
4
1
3
19
King Country
8
3
5
16

*August 23 v Wairarapa Bush , Masterton Won 37 – 31
Misa (3), Uluiborotu, Simpson , tries
Simpson , conversions (3) , penalty goals (2)
Referee: M.I.Fraser

*August 30 v North Otago , Greymouth Lost 9 – 15
Simpson , penalty goals (2) , drop goal
Referee: T.A.Pullar

*September 6 v Horowhenua Kapiti , Paraparaumu Won 15 – 13
Weepu, Ulukuta , tries
Simpson , conversion , penalty goal
Referee: S.W.McDermott

*September 13 v South Canterbury , Timaru Won 30 – 8
Ulukuta ,Tora, Holden, Gadsby , tries
Simpson , conversions(2) , penalty goals(2)
Referee: M.I.Fraser

*September 20 v Buller , Greymouth Lost 19 – 20
Tora (2), Misa , tries
Simpson , conversions (2)
Referee: G.L.Williamson

# September 27 v Mid Canterbury , Ashburton Lost 5 – 7
Tora , try
Referee: K.R.McBride

# October 4 v Wanganui , Greymouth Lost 7 – 52
Tora , try
Simpson , conversion
Referee: M.I.Fraser

# October 11 v King Country , Taupo Won 24 – 22
Gadsby, Uluiborotu, Houston , tries
Simpson , conversions (3) , penalty goal
Referee: J.S.C.McPhail

# October 18 v Wanganui , Wanganui Lost 18 – 40
Cornish, Uluiborotu , tries
Simpson , conversion , penalty goal , drop goal
Referee: M.I.Fraser

Meads Cup Finals

First Semi-final: at Showgmunds,Ashburton. Saturday October 18
Mid Canterbury 38 (Umaga 3, Connell, Feutz tries; Lindsay 5 conversions and penalty goal)
defeated North Otago 24 (Mavor, Paumau, Tuilagi, Mullins tries; Tuilagi 2 conversions).
Referee: K.R.McBride

Second Semi-final: at Cooks Gardens, Wanganui. Saturday October 18
Wanganui 40 (Mow 2, Gower, Katonivere, Crowley, So’olefai tries; Davis 5 conversions) defeated
West Coast 18 (Cornish, Uluiborotu tries; Simpson conversion, penalty goal, and dropped goal).
Referee: M.I.Fraser

Meads Cup Final: at Cooks Gardens, Wanganui Saturday October 25
Wanganui 27 (Crowley, Mow, Fitzgerald tries; Davis 3 conversions, penalty goal, and dropped
goal) defeated Mid Canterbury 12 (Gill 2 tries; Lindsay conversion).
Referee: K.R.McBride

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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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WEST COAST RFU – 2005

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2005 Season

 

.
2005 Status:
Third Division
....Founded 1890..Affiliated 1893
President:
E,G.Wilson
Chairman:
W.A.Leach
Chief.Executive.Officer:
M.Connors
Coach:
A.D.Lawry
Assistant Coach:
P.B.Mac
.Main.ground:
.Rugby Park, Greymouth
Capacity:
.8,000
Colours:
.Red and white hoops. red shorts. red socks with white tops

Despite losing every game and finishing at the bottom of the third division ladder West Coast were not outclassed by every team. Had the goal kicker been more accurate the game against Mid Canterbury should have been won. With eight minutes remaining West Coast were leading 10-9 thanks to two tries by inspiring number eight and captain Hadleigh Smith. Only late in the game did Mid Canterbury finally manage to cross the Coast try line. Coast also produced a good effort against Wairarapa Bush and in the Final game forced Thames Valley to dig deep for their narrow victory.

Recent representative five-eighth Anthony Lawry coached the team with Peter Mac and the regular team contained several experienced players. In addition to Hadleigh Smith the forwards included Peter Nicholls and former Buller and Canterbury representative Dougal Hurst. The backline included experienced players Luke Dixon, lowane Seru and Luke O’Donnell.

A promising newcomer was halfback James Ferguson while other new players to gain regular positions were fullback Gareth Caldwell, wing Craig McBeath, substitute halfback Jon Harrison, flanker Mitchell Simcock, lock Lomiga Va’ailua and hooker Jared Ward. Simcock was the team’s most consistent performer.

2005 Squad

L.Bill (Kiwi)
G.Caldwell (Blaketown)
D.Carroll (Darfield – Canterbury RFU)
N.Davy (Blaketown)
L.Dixon (Marist)
M.Egden (Woodend – Canterbury RFU)
H.Elder (Marist)
J.Ferguson (Marist)
R.Fualau (Woodend – Canterbury RFU)
J.Harrison (Marist)
M.Heade (South Westland)
D.Hurst (South Westland)
A.Lawry (Woodend – Canterbury RFU)
C.McBeath (South Westland)
R.McEnaneny (Marist)
T.McKinlay (South Westland)
M.Meehan (Marist)
J.Nasalo (Marist)
P.T.Nicholls (Blaketown)
L.W.O’Donnell (Marist)
B.Philpott South (Westland)
N.Russ (Marist)
I.Seru (Blaketown)
M.Simcock (Belfast – Canterbury RFU)
H.Smith (Blaketown)
H.Tangiora (Marist)
R.Thompson (Blaketown)
K.B.Thomson (Marist)
M.Tora (Blaketown)
L.Ulukuta (Marist)
L.Va’ailua (Waitakere – Auckland RFU)
J.Ward (New Brighton – Canterbury RFU)
R.Wilson (South Westland)

WEST COAST TEAM RECORD 2005

Played 7, Lost 7 ,Points for 79 ,Points against 237

THIRD DIVISION
P
W
D
L
Pts
Wairarapa Bush
7
6
1
31
Horowhenua-Kapiti
7
6
1
28
King Country
7
5
2
25
Buller
7
5
2
22
Mid-Canterbury
7
2
5
11
Thames Valley
7
2
5
10
South Canterbury
7
2
5
10
West Coast
7
7

August 20 v South Canterbury , Timaru Lost 8 – 34
Ulukuta , try
O’Donnell , penalty goal
Referee : M.M.Stanish

August 27 v Mid Canterbury , Greymouth Lost 10 – 14
Smith (2) , tries
Referee: V.G.Munro

September 3 v Buller , Westport Lost 12 – 24
Va’ailua, Seru , tries
O’Donnell , conversion
Referee : K.H.Rowe

September 10 v Horowhenua-Kapiti , Greymouth Lost 14 – 37
Simcock , try
McBeath , penalty goals (3)
Referee : G.L.Williamson

September 17 v King Country , Taumarunui Lost 5 – 64
Va’ailua , try
Referee : B.J.Lawrence

September 24 v Wairarapa Bush , Greymouth Lost 12 – 39
Va’ailua, Ferguson , tries
McBeath , conversion
Referee : J.M.White

October 1 v Thames Valley , Thames Lost 18 – 25
Bill, Nasalo , tries
McBeath , conversion , penalty goals (2)
Referee : D.R.Luckin

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WEST COAST RFU – 2004

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2004 Season

 

.
2004 Status:
Third Division
....Founded 1890..Affiliated 1893
President:
I.Hourston
Chairman:
W.A.Leach
Chief.Executive.Officer:
M.Connors
Coach:
K.D.Hansen
Assistant Coach:
P.B.Mac
.Main.ground:
.Rugby Park, Greymouth
Capacity:
.8,000
Colours:
.Red and white hoops. red shorts. red socks with white tops

A convincing 23-0 win over neighbours Buller and a historic win over King Country were highlights of West Coast’s season. In the final game the team put in a good performance against the eventual champions, Poverty Bay, despite the 24-53 score line.

The Rundle Cup was gained when Buller was beaten 18 – 13 in a pre-NPC match and in another non-first class match the Coast was well beaten 125 – 7 by New Zealand Universities. Kelly Hansen, a former Canterbury rep and brother of the All Black assistant coach Steve, was promoted to coach and his assistant was former North Auckland and Taranaki rep Peter Mac.

Luke O’Donnell returned to the union after playing in South Canterbury the previous year and became the regular fullback. Two schoolboys were on the wings, Leighton Bill and Manu Weepu, a cousin of the new All Black halfback. The experience pairing of Iowane Seru and Daniel Tauwhare formed the midfield combination and inside them was Anthony Lawry with Wiremu Gray at halfback.

Peter Nicholls was again the captain and led the side well in every game. Chris Connors, Joe Nasalo and Hadleigh Smith were regular loose forwards and Warren Rean was at lock. Rean’s locking partner was either Verran Robertson or Nicholls. Matt Kerr was the regular hooker with John Alexander, Tony Oliver, Gordon Iafeta and Drew Davies sharing the prop positions.

2004 Squad

J.Alexander (South Westland)
A.Aynsley (Marist)
L.Bill (Kiwi)
C.Connors (Marist-Albion – Canterbury RFU)
D.Davies (Marist-Albion – Canterbury RFU)
L.Dixon (Marist)
W.Gray (Christchurch HSOB – Canterbury RFU)
G.Iafeta (Blaketown)
M.Kerr (Marist-Albion – Canterbury RFU)
T.King (Marist)
A.Lawry (Marist-Albion – Canterbury RFU)
J.N.McLean (Blaketown)
C.Millar (Marist)
J.Nasalo (Marist)
P.T.Nicholls (Blaketown)
S.C.O’Dea (Blaketown)
L.W.O’Donnell (Marist)
A.J.Oliver ( (Blaketown)
W.Rean (Ashley – Canterbury RFU)
V.L.Robertson (Blaketown)
I.Seru (Blaketown)
H.Smith (Blaketown)
D.J.Tauwhare (Kiwi)
R.Thompson (Blaketown)
K.B.Thomson (Marist)
M.Tora (Blaketown)
L.Ulukuta (Blaketown)
J.W.Ward (Blaketown)
M.Weepu (Kiwi)

WEST COAST TEAM RECORD 2004

Played 9 , Won 3 , Lost 6 , Points for 155 , Points against 405
* National Championship Games

THIRD DIVISION
P
W
D
L
Pts
Poverty Bay
7
5
2
27
Wairarapa Bush
7
5
1
1
26
Mid-Canterbury
7
5
2
23
Horowhenua-Kapiti
7
4
1
2
22
King Country
7
3
1
3
16
South Canterbury
7
2
1
4
12
West Coast
7
2
5
10
Buller
7
7
3

Pre Season v Buller (Rundle Cup) , Greymouth Won 18 – 13

Pre Season v New Zealand Universities , Greymouth Lost 7 – 125

* August 21 v South Canterbury , Greymouth Lost 10 – 48
Seru , try
Lawry , conversion , penalty goal
Referee: Mr.B.A.Murray (Wellington)

* August 28 v Mid Canterbury , Ashburton Lost 24 – 57
Ulukuta (2), Connors, Kerr , tries
Lawry , conversions (2)
Referee: Mr.D.J.Heibner (Taranaki)

* September 4 v Buller , Greymouth Won 23 – 0
Nasalo, Alexander, Bill , tries
Tauwhare , conversion , penalty goals (2)
Referee: Mr.D.S.King (North Harbour)

* September 11 v Horowhenua-Kapiti , Waikanae Lost 15 – 48
Tauwhare, Weepu , tries
Tauwhare , conversion , penalty goal
Referee: Mr.M.V.Stanish (Auckland)

* September 18 v King Country , Greymouth Won 27 – 19
Gray, Seru, Nicholls, Weepu , tries
Tauwhare , conversions (2) , penalty goal
Referee: Mr.D.R.Luckin (Taranaki)

* September 25 v Wairarapa Bush , Masterton Lost 7 – 42
Connors , try
Tauwhare , conversion
Referee: Mr.M.V.Stanish (Auckland)

* October 2 v Poverty Bay , Greymouth Lost 24 – 53
Bill, Kerr, Smith , tries
Tauwhare , conversion (2), penalty goal
Lawry , conversion
Referee: Mr.V.G.Munro (Canterbury)

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