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2011 Status:
Heartland Championship
....Founded 1890..Affiliated 1893
Assistant Coach:
W.H.Monk , B.Pearson
.Rugby Park, Greymouth
.Red and white hoops. red shorts. red socks with white tops

West Coast rugby went through the season with thoughts very much on the loss of relatives, team-mates and friends among the 29 miners who died in the Pike River coalmine explosion the previous November. The region had lost loved ones in similar mining tragedies over the previous century and more and it is typical Coast character that rugby carries on. Particularly affected were assistant coach Winston Monk and his son Alan, the team captain, who lost a son and brother, Michael, a member of the 2010 rep team.

The team produced similar results as 2010 but improved its ranking a couple of positions. The best effort was at Te Kuiti when West Coast scored 31 second half points, after trailing 18-5 at halftime, to win 36-18. The drawn game against Thames Valley would have been a win had West Coast converted more than just one of its eight goal kicks. Injuries and members being unavailable for some games affected team selection and only two players, wing Jason Wright and flanker Alan Monk, started in every game. At Timaru the 39 year old coach, Anthony Lawry, acted as a reserve.

The regular players include fullback Luke Hughes, wings Maleli Tora, Shaun McLure and Origin player Wright. James Ward and Oscar Pamment were in midfield and Shannon Donald at first five-eighth. Donald has the distinction of being the first to score points in a first class fixture at the new covered stadium at Dunedin when he kicked a penalty goal in the eighth minute against North Otago. Gareth Little and Sam King shared the halfback berth.

Christian Tupuola, Gordon Iafeta and Blair Mirfin were the props with Rowan O’Gorman or Troy Tauwhare at hooker. There was no regular pairing at lock or a settled trio of loose forwards, the most familiar of captain Monk’s companions being Scott McAuley, Brad Houston, Nathan Iafeta and Robert Gabriel.


Sat 23 Jul 2:30 pm A Seddon Shield Marlborough 34 - 10
Sun 07 Aug 2:30 pm A Heartland Championship North Otago 29 - 19
Sat 13 Aug 2:30 pm H Heartland Championship East Coast 15 - 20
Sat 20 Aug 2:30 pm H Heartland Championship Horowhenua-Kapiti 22 - 03
Sat 27 Aug 2:30 pm H Heartland Championship Thames Valley 17 - 17
Sat 03 Sep 2:30 pm A Heartland Championship South Canterbury 39 - 08
Sat 10 Sep 2:30 pm A Heartland Championship King Country 18 - 36
Sat 17 Sep 2:30 pm H Heartland Championship Wanganui 12 - 69
Sat 24 Sep 2:30 pm A Heartland Championship / Rundle Cup Buller 21 - 15


  Position PL
Mitchell Brown Scrum Half 2
Corey.J.Deans First Five 1
Shannon Donald First Five 5
Tim Emery Lock 4
Samuel.T.Hannan First Five 2
Luke.J.Hughes Centre, Fullback 7
Gordon.H.Iafeta Prop 7
Nathan.S.Iafeta Flanker 6
Scott Kelly Lock, No. 8 1
Samuel.P.King Scrum Half 6
Christopher.P.J.Mason Flanker, Lock 1
Scott.P.McAuley Flanker, Lock 7
Lance McEwan Centre 1
Blair.G.Mirfin Prop 8
R.I.J. (Oscar) Pamment Centre, Fullback 7
Timothy.G.Scadden Flanker, Lock 1
Hayden Scott Centre 1
Matthew.J.Sweeney Flanker 1
Phillip Leon 'Phil' Thomson First Five 2
James.W.Ward Centre 6
Beau.L.Cain Winger 1
Mosese.M.Funaki Hooker, Prop 5
Robert Gabriel Lock 6
Joshua Hill Flanker 5
Troy Tauwhare Hooker 7
Maleli Mudu Winger 6
Brad.G.Houston Flanker, Lock 6
Naploe Pone Pate Langi Flanker 5
Gareth.D.Little Scrum Half, Winger 6
Sean.R. McClure Centre, Winger 6
Alan.B.Monk Flanker 8
Rowan.P.O'Gorman Flanker, Hooker 8
Christian Tupuola Prop 8
Jason Wright Winger 8
Rob Thomson Fullback, No. 8, Winger 5