2008/09 Wanganui Heartland Rugby team

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2008/09 Wanganui Heartland Rugby team

2008[edit]

In 2008 The Wanganui Heartland rugby team also known as 'The Butcher Boys' won the Meads Cup Championship after having made the final of the championship for the three years previous. Wanganui beat Mid-Canterbury 27-12 in a home final to take out the championship. Prior to the final Wanganui and Mid Canterbury were both top of their tables. Wanganui having beat West Coast 40-18 and Mid-Canterbury beating North Otago 38-24 in the semi finals. The Wanganui team were unbeaten throughout the 2008 season having won all 8 rounds prior to the semi-finals.

Season's Results

Round # Home Team Win/Loss Score Opposition Location
Round 1 Wanganui Win 71 - 6 East Coast Wanganui
Round 2 Wanganui Win 43 - 0 Thames Valley Paeroa
Round 3 Wanganui Win 36 - 16 Poverty Bay Wanganui
Round 4 Wanganui Win 47 - 19 King Country Te Kuiti
Round 5 Wanganui Win 43 - 12 Mid Canterbury Wanganui
Round 6 Wanganui Win 42 - 10 Buller Wanganui
Round 7 Wanganui Win 52 - 7 West Coast Westport
Round 8 Wanganui Win 19 - 8 North Otago Wanganui
Semi Final Wanganui Win 40 - 18 West Coast Wanganui
Final Wanganui Win 27 - 12 Mid Canterbury Wanganui

2008 Stealform Wanganui Heartland Squad:

Player Position Starting No.# D.O.B Club Height Weight Games
Shelden O’Hagen Prop 1 07.10.76 Ruapehu 1.88m 110 kg 35
Cole Baldwin Hooker 2 16.07.83 Pirates 1.93m 94 kg 29
Matt Gilbert Prop 3 21.11.79 Utiku OB 1.95m 125 kg 31
Michael Fitzgerald Lock 4 08.02.87 Marist 1.97m 101 kg 22
Jon Smyth Lock 5 13.12.84 Pirates 1.97m 108 kg 20
David Gower Flanker (capt) 6 16.07.76 Ruapehu 1.86m 103 kg 18
Peter Rowe Flanker 7 07.12.81 Ruapehu 1.85m 103 kg 48
Ron Katonivere No 8 8 28.03.87 Marist 1.85m 98 kg 16
Denning Tyrell Half Back 9 09.05.76 Kaierau 1.77m 88 kg 59
Leon Mason First Five 10 06.05.78 Ratana 1.70m 82 kg 53
Cameron Crowley Wing 11 30.11.89 Marist 1.83m 80 kg 10
Caleb Maraku Mid Field 12 16.10.86 Ratana 1.80m 85 kg 10
Faapulou Soolefai Mid Field 13 08.05.77 Inglewood 1.90m 108 kg 10
Johnny Mow Wing 14 18.02.80 Coastal 1.83m 91 kg 14
Asaeli Tikoirotuma Fullback 15 24.06.86 Marist 1.83m 89 kg 27
Shaun O’Donough Prop 16 15.08.77 Ruapehu 1.84m 128 kg 8
Darren Munro Flanker 17 03.02.83 Kaierau 1.86m 91 kg 3
Todd Wise Lock 18 24.01.77 Ruapehu 1.92m 91 kg 7
Fraser Hammond Flanker 19 23.10.84 Ruapehu 1.85m 103 kg 14
Scott Sargison Loose Forward 20 11.12.78 Taihape 1.87m 100 kg 9
Chris Rayner Flanker 21 12.11.81 Marton 1.80m 88 kg 2
Justin Locke Hooker 22 03.11.80 Marist 1.80m 108 kg 20
Jordan Farrington Utility Back 23 09.01.86 Kaierau 1.86m 87 kg 1
Josh Edwards Half Back 24 28.01.83 Ratana 1.75m 76 kg 30
Aaron Paranihi Wing/Fullback 25 08.05.89 Ratana 1.82m 74 kg 7
Mark Davis Second Five 26 08.12.81 Coastal 1.75m 88 kg 10
Corey Carmichael Wing 27 07.04.85 Ruapehu 1.87m 80 kg 5

Coach: Guy Lennox
Assistant Coach: Jason Cassky
Manager: Chris Back
Assistant Manager: Dale Hoskins

As a result of a successful season several players from the Wanganui squad were selected for the NZ Heartland XV to tour USA in late November and play matches against U.S . Select XV and Pacific Coast Grizzlies. They were Cameron Crowley, Michael Fitzgerald, Matthew Gilbert, Leon Mason and Shelden O’Hagen. NZ Heartland won their first match against Pacific Coast XV 39–12 following that another victory over U.S. Select XV 19-14 after have trailed 8-6 at half time.

A stand out player for the season Cameron Crowley was nominated for the 2008 Steinlager Rugby Awards for NZ Heartland Player of the year after his successful debut season for Wanganui scoring a total of 12 tries over the 10 round championship. Guy Lennox the coach of the Squad was also nominated for Coach of the year and the Squad nominated for Team of the year. Cameron was successful and took out his category of NZ Heartland player of the year.

2009[edit]

The 2009 Heartland Season began with all 12 teams being placed in Pools A or B dependent upon their performance results from the previous 2008 season. Wanganui being the defending champions had a lot of added pressure which resulted in a slow start for the team. As the season progressed so did their performance and quality of rugby, resulting in another Meads Cup title for the team.

Season's Results

Round # Home Team Win/Loss Score Opposition Location
Round 1 Wanganui Win 46 - 6 East Coast Wanganui
Round 2 Wanganui Loss 17 - 21 Wairarapa Bush Masterton
Round 3 Wanganui Win 37 - 28 Horowhenua Kapiti Wanganui
Round 4 Wanganui Win 13 - 7 Buller Westport
Round 5 Wanganui Win 33 - 9 West Coast Wanganui
Round 6 Wanganui Win 59 - 14 South Canterbury Wanganui
Round 7 Wanganui Loss 14 - 23 Mid Canterbury Ashburton
Round 8 Wanganui Win 56 - 0 Poverty bay Wanganui
Semi Final Wanganui Win 48 - 13 Poverty Bay Wanganui
Final Wanganui Win 34 - 13 Mid Canterbury Christchurch

2009 Stealform Wanganui Heartland Squad:

Player Position Starting No.# D.O.B Club Height Weight Games
Shelden O’Hagen Prop 1 07.10.76 Ruapehu 1.88m 110 kg 45
Cole Baldwin Hooker 2 16.07.83 Pirates 1.93m 94 kg 40
Matt Gilbert Prop 3 21.11.79 Utiku OB 1.95m 125 kg 42
David Gower Lock 4 16.07.76 Ruapehu 1.86m 103 kg 28
Jon Smyth Lock 5 13.12.84 Pirates 1.97m 108 kg 20
Fraser Hammond Flanker 6 23.10.84 Ruapehu 1.85m 103 kg 24
Peter Rowe Flanker 7 07.12.81 Ruapehu 1.85m 103 kg 59
Lasa Ulukutu No 8 8 01.11.85 Kaierau 1.89m 108 kg 9
Denning Tyrell Half Back 9 09.05.76 Kaierau 1.77m 88 kg 70
Leon Mason First Five 10 06.05.78 Ratana 1.70m 82 kg 64
Cameron Crowley Wing 11 30.11.89 Marist 1.83m 80 kg 21
Steelie Koro Mid Field 12 30.10.84 Marist 1.72m 98 kg 32
Asaeli Tikoirotuma Mid Field 13 24.06.86 Marist 1.83m 89 kg 38
Waisake Ratunideuba Wing 14 08.05.91 Wang City College 1.82m 90 kg 11
Fraser Middleton Fullback 15 02.04.87 Petone 1.80m 85 kg 10
Shaun O’Donough Prop 16 15.08.77 Ruapehu 1.84m 128 kg 19
Darren Munro Flanker 17 03.02.83 Kaierau 1.86m 91 kg 14
Nicholas Cranston Lock 18 29.12.87 Ruapehu 2.04m 121 kg 10
Sam Scown Wing 19 02.11.84 Marist 1.85m 92 kg 10
Ricky Alabaster Half Back 20 30.08.80 Taihape 1.75m 86 kg 20
Vance Pereka Mid Field 21 18.07.83 Ratana 1.87m 105 kg 9
Justin Locke Hooker 22 03.11.80 Marist 1.80m 108 kg 20
Sam Madams Lock 23 14.01.90 Marist 1.94m 95 kg 1
Josh Edwards Half Back 24 28.01.83 Ratana 1.75m 76 kg 30
Andy Hamilton Wing 25 07.04.91 Marist 1.82m 90 kg 3

Coach: Guy Lennox
Assistant Coach: Jason Cassky
Manager: Chris Back
Assistant Manager: Dale Hoskins

After such a successful season 8 of the Wanganui squad were selected for the 2009 New Zealand Heartland team; Peter Rowe, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Cameron Crowley, Cole Baldwin, David Gower, Fraser Hammond, Lasa Ulukutu and Matt Gilbert along with Chris Back as Manager and Guy Lennox as Head Coach.

The team played a one off game in Masterton against the New Zealand Marist Rugby team which included Wanganui’s inside centre Steelie Koro. The New Zealand Marist side won 23-11

Another exceptional result was Asaeli Tikoirotuma being nominated for NZ Heartland player of the year at the 2009 Steinlager Rugby Awards along with Guy Lennox nominated for Coach of the year and the Heartland Championship Meads Cup winners Wanganui nominated for team of the year. Asaeli took out his category for Heartland Player of the year.

Ranfurly Shield Challenge[edit]

The Ranfurly shield was presented to Auckland in 1902 by Governor General of New Zealand the fifth, Earl of Ranfurly.

Wanganui having won the Meads Cup in 2008 it meant in 2009 the Wanganui side had a chance to challenge the Wellington side for the Ranfurly Shield for their 25th time and first since 2000. Wanganui had never won the shield but have had several close challenges in the past.
1963: Wanganui 12 -14 Taranaki
1964: Wanganui 15 – 15 Taranaki
1976: Wanganui 9-16 Auckland.

Prior to these challenges Wanganui had challenged Wellington four times for the Shield;
1919: Wanganui 3 – 30 Wellington
1920: Wanganui 14 – 20 Wellington
1957: Wanganui 5 – 34 Wellington
1982: Wanganui 9 – 30 Wellington

July 9, 2009: Wellington beat Wanganui 61 – 6 at Cooks Gardens, Wanganui. Denning Tyrell scoring Wanganui’s only 6 points with two penalty kicks.

Meads Cup[edit]

The Meads Cup is a cup for the New Zealand Heartland rugby competition named after the former All Black Sir Colin Meads. The cup was established in 2006 alongside the Lochore Cup which is named after former All Black Sir Brian Lochore. The two cups are only competed for at the counclusion of round 8 in the competition when the top teams two from each of the two pools compete for the Meads cup and the teams which finished 3rd and 4th in each pool compete for the Lochore Cup.

Previous winners

Year Meads Cup winners Lochore Cup winners
2006 Wairapa Bush Poverty Bay
2007 North Otago Poverty Bay
2008 Wanganui Poverty Bay
2009 Wanganui North Otago

Brief history[edit]

The Wanganui Rugby Football Union was formed in 1888 and is located at Cooks gardens in Wanganui. Since the formation of the union the Wanganui team have won 5 provincial team championships and have been finalists since 2006. The Wanganui union is made up of 13 local clubs:

  • Hunterville
  • Kaierau
  • Marist
  • Ngati Maika
  • Ratana
  • Ruapehu
  • Taihape
  • Utiku Old Boys
  • Waiouru
  • Wanganui and Old Boys
  • Wanganui Pirates
  • Wanganui Tech
  • Marton Rugby and Sports Club

References[edit]

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"Rugby News : Heartland Championship 2009". Archived from the original on 30 March 2010. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 

"Sports Ground : Wanganui Heartland Team Supporters". Retrieved April 1, 2010. 

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"NZ Marist Rugby : NZ Marist XV vs Heartlands XV, Masterton, 2009". Retrieved April 1, 2010. 

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