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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.

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