Massey Rugby Club

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Massey Rugby Club
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Club name Massey Rugby Union Football & Sports Club Inc.
First Season 1959
Ground Moiré Park
Premierships }

The Massey Rugby Club is a New Zealand rugby union club located in Massey, Waitakere City. They are part of the North Harbour Rugby Union and compete in their competitions.

Their colours are red, yellow and blue Hoops, with blue shorts, and red, yellow and blue hooped socks.

History[edit]

Back in 1954 the pupils of the local primary school played 7 A'Side matches on an inter-school basis and in 1955 an approach was made to parents by the Hobsonville Rugby Football Club that Massey field a 15 A'Side team on Saturday mornings on a regional competitive basis. As no field was available in Massey at the time - the local Domain being in the process of development - all these games were played on the Hobsonville War Memorial Park. This arrangement lasted one season. When Massey Domain was made available for play, problems arose with the referees from the Kaipara Sub Union as this Domain was situated in the Auckland Rugby Union area and Hobsonville was in the Kaipara Sub Union.

In 1957 Massey was fielding three junior teams which had to travel all over the Kaipara Sub Union area. This proved too much for parents, players and supporters so on the advice of the Kaipara Sub Union it was recommended that Massey approach the Auckland Rugby Union who suggested Massey contact Waitemata Rugby Football Union at the time, and the present colours, red, yellow, and blue hoops and white shorts were approved. The shorts were changed to blue in recent years.

In 1971 the present club rooms were laid out and furnished through the efforts of a very hard working and far-sighted Management committee, the funds being raised in part by the lady supporters and junior teams. With only one field at Massey Domain it was difficult to have a training area and playing field in reasonable condition but Massey managed despite this. In the following year Massey formed senior teams to compete in the Auckland competition.

1982 was a vintage year once again. The senior team won promotion to Division one and with the new club rooms at Moire Park completed and the official opening before the commencement of the 1983 season, The Massey Rugby Football club looked forward to many successful years.

Before the formation of the North Harbour Union in 1985 Massey were part of the Auckland Rugby Union. In the late 1970s the team won rapid promotions from the third division up to the first division. The team has historically been fed by Massey High School where all of its All Blacks, and other international players have come from.

Massey won their first North Harbour club title in 1993. 2000 was another notable year for the club as it produced two All Blacks in the same year; Troy Flavell and Ron Cribb. A few years later they won the NH title again (2004 & 2005) under the captaincy of Steve Jackson, who went on to captain the Southland NPC team in the following years.

In 2006 Anthony Tuitavake made the Junior All Blacks side and in 2008 was selected for the All Blacks, making him the third All Black that Massey had produced.

In 2005 former All Black Jonah Lomu signed to play for Massey but due injury was unable to play for them that season. He did however make his debut for the club in 2006.

Massey won their fourth premier club title in 2013, winning 39-33 over North Shore. They lost to North Shore the following year, but gained revenge in 2015 beating the same opponents in the 3rd successive meeting between the two powerhouses of North Harbour club rugby. In 2016 the same two teams met in the semi-finals with Massey prevailing with an injury time victory 13-9. This saw them face Takapuna in the final at North Harbour Stadium. Using their finals experience they managed to win a thriller 26-23 in Golden Point extra time with a drop goal by Rhema Sagote after the final siren.

Massey have now won the North Harbour club competition in 6 of its 32 years, the same number as North Shore.

Notable players[edit]

North Harbour Representative players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shadbolt, Tim (2008). A Mayor of Two Cities. Hodder Moa. p. 93. ISBN 9781869711009. 

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