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West Coast finished ninth in the championship but would be satisfied with the season. New coaches, former All Black Nathan Mauger and former West Coast rep Jason Ryan, both from Christchurch, molded a good team spirit and while only two wins were gained the side was never soundly defeated by high scores as has happened in some games in recent years. The team had difficulty scoring tries, the 17 registered being the lowest of the competition; however, West Coast’s determined defences resulted in only 22 tries being scored against them.
Following a 102-0 hiding from Tasman, in a pre-season game at Murchison, West Coast opened its championship programme with a narrow 23-16 loss to East Coast at Ruatoria and gained its first victory, the following week, against King Country. The win over eventual Lochore Cup finalist South Canterbury was the best performance of the season. The coaches were fortunate that the squad suffered few injuries which enabled combinations to be maintained with little disruption.
Captain Alan Monk was an inspiring leader and led by example. Number eight Rowan O’Gorman and lock Brad Houston stood out in the forwards while newcomers Kevin Curtis and origin player Harry Jones showed much promise in the loose. Former Tasman and NZ Under 20 rep Hamish Cochrane strengthened the front row. Craig De Goldi, the former NZ Sevens player, last played for the Coast in 1997.
At halfback David Woods, who had represented Mid Canterbury in 2006, was the backline general but the backline lacked real line-breakers and it was the forwards who dominated the try scoring. Sean McClure and Phillip Thomson were much improved players.
In addition to the coaches four Christchurch players made the many three-hour trips over Arthur’s Pass for training. Like some other Heartland unions West Coast players and management spent many hours sitting on buses, planes, and at airport terminals. Sometimes three flights were required to get to a match venue. In addition, players from South Westland had another couple of hours’ drive to get home.
WEST COAST TEAM RECORD 2012
Played 8 , Won 2 , Lost 6 , Points for 140 , Points against 185
|25 Aug, 2:30 pm||A||East Coast||Heartland Championship||23 - 16|
|01 Sep, 2:30 pm||H||King Country||Heartland Championship||27 - 21|
|08 Sep, 2:30 pm||H||Wairarapa Bush||Heartland Championship||08 - 12|
|15 Sep, 2:30 pm||A||Poverty Bay||Heartland Championship||31 - 13|
|22 Sep, 2:30 pm||A||Horowhenua-Kapiti||Heartland Championship||31 - 15|
|29 Sep, 2:30 pm||H||Mid Canterbury||Heartland Championship||24 - 29|
|06 Oct, 2:30 pm||H||South Canterbury||Heartland Championship||19 - 12|
|13 Oct, 2:30 pm||A||Buller||Heartland Championship / Rundle Cup||26 - 18|
WEST COAST REPRESENTATIVES 2012
|Craig.D.De Goldi||Centre, Flanker||1|
|R.I.J. (Oscar) Pamment||Centre, Fullback||2|
|Phillip Leon 'Phil' Thomson||First Five||7|
|Nikolas.G. 'Nik' Davy||Flanker, Scrum Half, Winger||7|
|Nathan.L.Smith||Centre, First Five||1|
|Rob Thomson||Fullback, No. 8, Winger||8|