WEST COAST RUGBY UNION SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

 
 
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WEST COAST RUGBY UNION SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

From its foundation in 1890 until 1900, the senior championship was contested for a trophy known as the Senior Cup. Reports on matches were as infrequent as the games themselves probably due to the long distances to travel for fixtures. The 1890 championship was won by Reefton whose team included several “imports” attending the Reefton School of Mines. the 1891 championship contested by Hokitika, Greymouth, White Star, Brunner and Reefton was won by Hokitika.

Hokitika and Greymouth dominated the next few years but I was unable to cite any results. Greymouth won in 1898 1900 With Brunner (Ie: Wallsend) in 1899 . In 1901 the Union instituted the championship as it is known today, the winners being Greymouth, followed by Brunner Black Diamond in 1902. In 1903 Mr F. Rogen, proprietor of the Royal Hotel, presented a cup for the senior championship, the cup to become the property of the winner if won twice in succession or three times at intervals. In addition he donated a football to the winning team. Because of delay in obtaining the cup, it did not become the trophy until 1905 and it was won outright by Star in 1911.

A new cup named Watsons Number 10 – donated by James Watson of Dundee, Scotland was at stake for the next decade being won outright in 1920 by Star. The third trophy, the Irving Cup and a very beautiful one indeed, was donated in 1921 by Irvine and Co, Great Western Vineyards, Australia. The first holders were Marist Brothers Old Boys, followed by Star in 1922, 1923, 1924, and they became outright holders. The next trophy appeared to be the McKechnie Cup, won by Excelsior in 1928 -1929.

In 1930 the Wallsend-Taylorville Estates Cup became the trophy and as such it remain today. It should be noted that at various times Westland sub-Union ran its own senior competition. When such was the case the winning teams from West Coast Rugby Union Championship and Westland Championship, played off for the McLean Shield.

In 1931 Black and White Whisky donated caps for the winning team, which was Cobden. Kanieri, winner of the Championship in 1927 were unable to defend the title in 1928 as most of their players had transferred to Excelsior and Kiwi clubs.

2014  see’s another new champion on the West Coast , Grey Valley defeats Kiwi RFC  26 – 07 in the Final at Cass Square , Hokitika to claim their first title , Grey Valley rugby has been going from strength to strength since re-entering the West Coast competition in 2008.

Founded in 1981, Grey Valley looked to have ended, with dwindling rural player numbers forcing them to exit the competition in 2001 and now 13 years later they can call themselves West Coast Champions.

In 2015 Blaketown reclaimed the Trophy they last held in 2013 with a convincing 20 to 3 victory over Kiwi RFC and in doing so winning the title for the 25th time since their first victory in 1945.

CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS  [ 2016 – 1899 ]

2016 Kiwi
2015 Blaketown
2014 Grey Valley
2013 Blaketown
2012 Kiwi
2011 Blaketown
2010 Marist
2009 Blaketown
2008 Blaketown
2007 South Westland
2006 Blaketown
2005 Marist
2004 Blaketown
2003 Kiwi
2002 Marist
2001 South Westland
2000 Kiwi
1999 Blaketown
1998 Blaketown
1997 Marist
1996 South Westland
1995 South Westland
1994 Marist
1993 Blaketown
1992 South Westland
1991 Blaketown
1990 St Mary’s
1989 St Mary’s
1988 St Mary’s
1987 Blaketown
1985 Blaketown
1984-1986 St Mary’s and Blaketown
1983 St Mary’s
1982 STAR-UNITED
1981 St Mary’s
1980 STAR-UNITED
1979 STAR-UNITED
1978 STAR-UNITED
1977 STAR-UNITED
1976 Blaketown
1975 Blaketown
1974 Blaketown
1973 STAR-UNITED
1972 Blaketown
1971 Marist
1970 Marist
1969 HARI HARI
1968 Blaketown
1967 EXCELSIOR
1966 Blaketown
1965 EXCELSIOR
1964 Marist
1963 Blaketown
1962 Blaketown
1961 Marist
1960 EXCELSIOR
1959 EXCELSIOR
1958 EXCELSIOR
1956 EXCELSIOR
1955 COBDEN
1954 St Mary’s
1953 EXCELSIOR
1952 Blaketown
1951 COBDEN
1950 COBDEN
1949 COBDEN
1948 STAR
1947 Blaketown
1946 CELTIC
1945 Blaketown
1944 COBDEN
1940- 1943 No competition
1939 COBDEN
1938 STAR
1937 STAR
1936 EXCELSIOR
1935 UNITED
1934 UNITED
1933 COBDEN
1932 STAR
1931 COBDEN
1930 UNITED
1928 -29 EXCELSIOR
1927 KANIERI
1926 HOKITIKA
1922-23-24-25 STAR
1921 Marist BROTHERS OLD BOYS
1920 STAR
1919 STAR
1918 BLACKBALL
1915-16-17 No Championship because of World War I
1911-12-13-14 STAR
1910 UNITED
1909 STAR
1908 UNITED
1907 HOKITIKA
1906 STAR
1903 – 4 – 5 HOKITIKA
1902 BRUNNER BLACK DIAMOND
1901 GREYMOUTH
1900 =
1899 BRUNNER

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