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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


WEST COAST TEAM RECORD 2009

Date Venue   Opponent Competition Result
22 Aug, 2:30 pm H Marlborough Seddon Shield 32 - 30
29 Aug, 2:30 pm H Wairarapa Bush Heartland Championship 13 - 10
05 Sep, 2:30 pm A Horowhenua-Kapiti Heartland Championship 33 - 09
12 Sep, 2:30 pm H Buller Heartland Championship / Rundle Cup 26 - 20
19 Sep, 2:30 pm H East Coast Heartland Championship 34 - 21
26 Sep, 2:30 pm A Wanganui Heartland Championship 33 - 09
03 Oct, 2:30 pm H Thames Valley Heartland Championship 27 - 03
10 Oct, 2:30 pm A King Country Heartland Championship 22 - 13
17 Oct, 2:30 pm H North Otago Heartland Championship 35 - 17
24 Oct, 2:30 pm H Buller Heartland Championship 53 - 22
31 Oct, 2:30 pm H North Otago Heartland Championship 13 - 21

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

West Coast Representatives 2009

Name   Position PL
Jordan Alexander Winger 2
Damien.I.Blackburn Centre 8
Joshua.K.Cornish Centre 10
Jared.J.Cropper Centre, Winger 10
M.A.De Goldi Flanker, Lock 6
Samuel.D.Durie Prop 11
James.R.B.Ferguson Scrum Half 11
Luke.J.Hughes Centre, Fullback 11
Gordon.H.Iafeta Prop 9
Christopher.P.J.Mason Flanker, Lock 10
Michael.J.Meehan Flanker, Lock 4
Jason.D.Merrett First Five 8
Blair.G.Mirfin Prop 11
Peter Te Moananui Nicholls Flanker, Lock 7
Mitchell.J.Sincock Flanker 11
Blair.D.Sims Winger 4
Lee Tauti Lock 2
James.W.Ward Centre 9
Teremoana.A.Wycliff Lock, No. 8 10
Nikolas.G. 'Nik' Davy Flanker, Scrum Half, Winger 6
Joshua Hill Flanker 9
Troy Tauwhare Hooker 2
Maleli Mudu Winger 9
Brad.G.Houston Flanker, Lock 10
Alan.B.Monk Flanker 11
Michael.N.H.Monk Hooker 6
Rowan.P.O'Gorman Flanker, Hooker 10
Rob Thomson Fullback, No. 8, Winger 11


 

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