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2013 Status:
Heartland Championship
....Founded 1890..Affiliated 1893
K.N. (Karen) Burrows
C.N (Colin) Smith
Mike Connors
A.C. (Alan) Lindsay
Assistant Coach:
S.J.(Sean) Cuttance
.Rugby Park, Greymouth
.Red and white hoops. red shorts. red socks with white tops

For just the second time in the Heartland Championship West Coast contested the top four Meads playoffs. The daunting semi-final away to top qualifier Mid Canterbury was a memorable match, with the home side scoring first. West Coast responded and led 13-7 at halftime, then Mid Canterbury went out to 21-13. When Rowan O’Gorman scored in the 78th minute West Coast were in front again 25-21  but Willie McGoon scored for Mid Canterbury in the 80th minute for the heartbreaking denouement.

Fullback Robert Thomson was a penetrative runner. Maleli Mudu was elusive on the wing and midfield pairing of Andrew Connors and Mark Moore was strong, with Moore penetrative hard to bring down. Tim Priest excelled wih the boot at first five-eighth, both for goal and out of hand. Priest also took over the captaincy in the second half of the season. He received a good service from halfback Nick Makea.

The most influential figure in the forwards was the outstanding loosie Rowan O’Gorman. He started at blindside flanker and finished at number eight. The reason for the shift was the season ending broken hand Suamalie Tuiletufuga suffered. Until that blow, the big number eight had been a strong runner off the back of the scrum. Alan Monk was consistent at flanker and gained NZ Heartland selection. The locks Josh Manning and Kalave Auali’itia ruled the line-outs and were probably the best lineout pair in the Heartland Championship. Front rowers captain Troy Tauwhare and Heroshi Tea toiled away upfront, and it was unfortunate the captain had his season end at the halfway point through concussion.

New coach Alan Lindsay and his assistant Sean Cuttance were both Christchurch based, and seven players came from Canterbury as well. They used 29 representatives, of which 12 were new to the red and white including Nick Makea and Kevin Moore, both previously having played for Buller, and Heroshi Tea and Andrew Williams, both being Samoan test players. Beau Cain , Jason Wright, Joshua Hill had last played for West Coast in 2011 and Andrew Connor in 2010. Jason Wright and and Andrew Connors shared the Player of Origin spot.

The Seddon Shield made an overdue return to the Coast after an interval of 33 years. Last won (and lost) in 1980, it was regained in dramatic fashion 14-12 on August 17 from Nelson Bays with a last minute 30m drop goal in the rain from Tim Priest.

Higher honours went to:
New Zealand Heartland: Monk, Priest, Tauwhare


    Position PL
Alan.B.Monk Flanker 11
Andrew.D.Connors Centre, Winger 6
Placeholder Andrew.J.Williams Hooker 5
Beau.L.Cain Winger 7
Brad.G.Houston Flanker, Lock 10
Placeholder Darcy.J.Ralph Lock 4
David.J.Crouchley Prop 11
Greg.P.Crampton Prop 2
Placeholder Heroshi Tea Prop 11
Placeholder Jason Wright Winger 5
Josh "JJ" Manning Lock 11
Josh.W.J.Costello Fullback 2
Joshua Hill Flanker 10
Kalave Auali'itia Lock 11
Placeholder Kevin.J.Curtis Flanker 7
Kevin.M.Moore First Five, Winger 6
Maleli Mudu Winger 7
Placeholder Mark .D.Maitland Fullback 2
Placeholder Nathan.L.Smith Centre, First Five 2
Nick Makea Scrum Half 11
Placeholder Nikolas.G. 'Nik' Davy Flanker, Scrum Half, Winger 8
Placeholder Phillip Leon 'Phil' Thomson First Five 7
Rob Thomson Fullback, No. 8, Winger 8
Rowan.P.O'Gorman Flanker, Hooker 10
Placeholder Ryan.P.Kennedy Prop 7
Placeholder Sean.R. McClure Centre, Winger 11
Placeholder Suamalie Tuiletufuga No. 8 8
Placeholder Tim.C.Priest First Five 11
Troy Tauwhare Hooker 7

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Results 2013

Sat 19 Oct 2:30 pm A Heartland Championship Mid Canterbury 28 - 25
Sat 12 Oct 2:30 pm A Heartland Championship Whanganui 24 - 25
Sat 05 Oct 2:30 pm H Heartland Championship North Otago 22 - 32
Sat 28 Sep 2:30 pm A Heartland Championship Thames Valley 18 - 33
Sat 21 Sep 2:30 pm H Heartland Championship East Coast 15 - 11
Sat 14 Sep 2:30 pm A Heartland Championship South Canterbury 25 - 30
Sat 07 Sep 2:30 pm H Heartland Championship Poverty Bay 30 - 14
Sat 31 Aug 2:30 pm A Heartland Championship Wairarapa Bush 32 - 12
Sat 24 Aug 2:30 pm H Heartland Championship / Rundle Cup Buller 23 - 17
Sat 17 Aug 2:30 pm A Seddon Shield Nelson Bays 12 - 14
Sat 10 Aug 2:35 pm A Representative Match Mid Canterbury 33 - 21