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WEST COAST RFU – 2000

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2000 Season

 

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2000 Status:
Third Division
....Founded 1890..Affiliated 1893
President:
R.J.Thomas
Chairman:
W.A.Leach
Chief.Executive.Officer:
M.Connors
Selector:
R.H.Reuben
.Main.ground:
.Rugby Park, Greymouth
Capacity:
.8,000
Colours:
.Red and white hoops. red shorts. red socks with white tops

After finishing at the top of the third division following round-robin play in 1999, West Coast plunged badly in 2000 to finish at the tail end. The only successes were the retention of the Rundle Cup in the early-season game against Buller and a win over South Canterbury.

The loss of several players who had headed overseas and the return to Canterbury of the experienced Hamish and Stu Loe contributed to the sharp reversal of fortune. Once more the Coast relied heavily on club players from Christchurch, with nine being in the regular squad. Michael Foster was again the captain and he now equals Ken Beams’ record of appearances for the union. However, he received very limited opportunities to further extend his union points scoring record. Aaron Kemp was a capable halfback and former Nelson Bays representative Colin Lott was used as a utility, covering several positions.

Other backs to appear regularly were Steve Heemi, Luke Tamakaha, Regan Pearce and Jolan McLean. Experienced front rowers John Aitken and Jonson Hauraki received good support from locks Arthur Gillman, who had last appeared in 1996, and Brad Tauwhare – the only player to start every game. Flanker Regan Dixon and number eight Jamie Connors were the only loose forwards to appear regularly. Connors was selected for the New Zealand Divisional trial.

2000 Squad

G.C.S.Aitken (Kiwi)
J.D.Aitken (Kiwi)
C.J.Clark (Blaketown)
R.C.Coleman (Kiwi)
J.B.Connors (Marist-Albion – Canterbury RFC)
P.J.Cumming (Sydenham – Canterbury RFC)
K.Curtis (Kiwi)
R.C.Dixon (Burnside – Canterbury RFC)
C.N.Evans (Kokatahi)
M.A.Foster (Marist – Westland)
A.J.Gillman (Marist – Westland)
J.S.Harrison (South Westland)
P.Harrison (Marist – Westland)
J.A.Hauraki (Marist – Westland)
S.H.Heemi (New Brighton – Canterbury RFC)
M.A.Hunter (Blaketown)
D.G.Hurst (South Westland)
A.J.Jones (Marist – Westland)
A.J.Kemp (Marist-Albion – Canterbury RFC)
R.J.Lamb (New Brighton – Canterbury RFC)
G.H.Lang (Kiwi)
H.F.Loe (Glenmark – Canterbury RFC)
C.J.Lott (Marist-Westland)
G.R.McCaughey (Kiwi)
J.N.McLean (Blaketown)
N.P.McMullan (New Brighton – Canterbury RFC)
G.B.McPhail (Blaketown)
R.Martin (South Westland)
T.Nishiura (Burnside – Canterbury RFC)
A.J.Oliver (Blaketown)
K.G.Parker (Kiwi)
R.W.Pearce (Marist-Westland)
J.B.Ryan (Sydenham – Canterbury RFC)
K.J.Shaw (Stoke – Nelson Bays RFC)
N.P.Simon (Kirwee – Canterbury RFC)
M.J.Skinner (Marist-Westland)
L.S.Tamakaha (Christchurch HSOB – Canterbury RFC)
T.Tasola (Burnside – Canterbury RFC)
H.R. Taukiri (Marist-Albion – Canterbury RFC)
B.G.Tauwhare (Kiwi)
D.J.Tauwhare (Kiwi)
D.A.Thorn (Kiwi)

WEST COAST TEAM RECORD 2000

Played 12 , Won 2 , Lost 10 ,Points for 152 , Points against 529
* National Championship

THIRD DIVISION
P
W
D
L
Pts
North Otago
8
6
1
1
30
East Coast
8
6
1
1
30
Wairarapa Bush
8
6
2
27
Poverty Bay
8
5
3
27
South Canterbury
8
3
5
17
Horowhenua-Kapiti
8
1
1
6
13
Buller
8
2
1
5
8
West Coast
8
1
7
5

May 28 v Nelson Bays , Murchison Lost 7 – 81
Thorn , try
Lott , conversion
Referee: Mr.J.Hippolite (Nelson Bays)

June 3 v Buller , Westport Won 17 – 5
Evans, B.Tauwhare , try
Lott , conversion (2) , penalty goal
Referee: Mr.J.Hippolite (Nelson Bays)

June 25 v Nelson Bays (Seddon Shield) , Nelson Lost 5 – 40
J.Harrison , try
Referee: Mr.K.McKenzie ( Marlborough)

July 4 v Waikato (Ranfurly Shield) , Greymouth Lost 3 – 99
Foster , penalty goal
Referee: Mr.P.W.B.Boyden (Hawkes Bay)

* August 19 v Poverty Bay ,Greymouth Lost 6 – 51
Foster ,penalty goals (2)
Referee: Mr.C.J.R.Morgan (Auckland)

* August 26 v South Canterbury , Greymouth Won 20 – 15
Hauraki , try
Foster , penalty goals (4) , drop goal
Referee: Mr.K.H.Rowe (Canterbury)

* September 2 v Poverty Bay , Gisborne Lost 13 – 60
Tasola , try
Foster , conversion , penalty goals (2)
Referee: Mr.B.J.Lawrence (Bay of Plenty)

* September 9 v Wairarapa Bush , Masterton Lost 6 – 43
Dixon , penalty goals (2)
Referee: Mr.A.W.Treloar (King Country)

* September 16 v Horowhenua-Kapiti , Levin Lost 15 – 28
Tamakaha, McLean , tries
Dixon , conversion , penalty goal
Referee: Mr.S.F.Herbert (Wellington)

* September 23 v North Otago , Greymouth Lost 23 – 52
McLean, Cumming , try
Foster , conversions (2) , penalty goals (3)
Referee: Mr.K.H.Rowe (Canterbury)

* September 30 v East Coast , Ruatoria Lost 27 – 32
Kemp, Heemi, Tasola
Foster , conversions (3) , penalty goals (2)
Referee: Mr.P.W.B.Boyden (Hawkes Bay)

* October 7 v Buller , Greymouth Lost 10 – 23
Kemp , try
Foster ,conversion , penalty goal
Referee: Mr.G.K.Wahlstrom (Auckland)


2000 – Tim Bateman Representing the West Coast Under 13’s

Team Record

v Buller WON , 110 – 7

v Buller WON , 50 – 0

v Nth Canterbury , WON 48 – 0

v Ellesmere , WON , 33 – 24

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