Wan­ganui fails to win medals

Whanganui Midweek - - CARING FOR THE ELDERLY -

Al­though the 2018 Butcher Boys missed out on win­ning any medals for only the sec­ond time in the 13 year his­tory of the Mitre 10 Heart­land cham­pi­onship, they went through the qual­i­fy­ing rounds un­beaten.

They thus join the 2008 and 2016 squads who were also un­beaten al­though those two teams car­ried on to win Meads Cup cham­pi­onship ti­tles with 10 vic­to­ries each. The 2008 team, un­der head coach Guy Len­nox, holds the lo­cal record of scor­ing 420 points and con­ced­ing 108, col­lect­ing 63 tries and hav­ing only 13 scored by op­po­nents.

Eight years later, un­der cur­rent coach Ja­son Caskey and as­sis­tant Ja­son Ham­lin, Wan­ganui again man­aged 10 vic­to­ries, scor­ing 440 pts (58 tries) and con­ced­ing 154 pts (21 tries) with an av­er­age re­sult of 44-15 and six tries to two.

But the big dif­fer­ence was that tries were six points and not five and penalty goals worth two points in­stead of three that sea­son.

This year the blue and blacks were elim­i­nated 17-7 by even­tual cham­pi­ons Thames Val­ley in the semi­fi­nals and man­aged 338 pts (48 tries) for and 130 pts (18 tries) against — av­er­age score of 38-14 and five tries to two — from nine fix­tures.

First five Craig Clare scored 117 pts this year to come in be­hind Mark Davis 129 in 2011 and 118 in 2008.

The other points cen­tu­ri­ons have been Trin­ity Spooner-Neera 116 in 2015, Davis 109 in 2010, Den­ning Tyrell 106 in 2009 and Steelie Koro 100 in 2006.

Top try scor­ers this year were Clare and Tyler Roger­sHolden with five each, well be­hind the Wan­ganui and NZ Heart­land record of 14 scored by Pati Fe­tuia in 2006.

Johnny Mow scored 13 and Cameron Crow­ley 12, both in 2008, Fraser Mid­dle­ton 12 in 2009 and Te Ran­gatira Waitokia 12 in 2016.

Wan­ganui’s Heart­land record reads —

2018 — 3rd Meads Cup (7-17 v Thames Val­ley H SF) Head coach: Ja­son Caskey P 9 W 8 L 1 For 338 pts (48 tries) Ag 130 pts (18) Diff 208 (30) Most pts Craig Clare 117 Most tries Clare & Tyler Roger Holden 5.NZ Heart­land reps 4.

2017 — 1st Meads Cup (30-14 v Horowhenua-Kapiti A) Head coach: Ja­son Caskey P 10 W 7 L 3 For 338 (42) Ag 163 (17) Diff 175 (25) Most pts Craig Clare 97 Most tries Ti­moci Seruwalu 8 NZH reps 3.

2016 — 1st Meads Cup (20-18 v Buller H) Head coach: Ja­son Caskey P 10 W 10 For 440 (58), Ag 154 (21) Diff 281 (37) Most pts Te Ran­gatira Waitokia 72 Most tries Waitokia 12. NZH reps 4

2015 — 1st Meads Cup (28-11 v South Can­ter­bury A) Head coach: Ja­son Caskey P 10 W 8 D 1 L 1 For 372 (50) Ag 207 (25) Diff 165 (25) Most pts Trin­ity Spooner-Neera 116 Most tries Samu Kubuna­vanua 9 NZH reps 6

2014 — 1st Lo­chore Cup (14-12 v North Otago A) 5th over­all head coach: Ja­son Caskey P 10 W 5 L 5 For 254 (34) Ag 212 (24) Diff 42 (10) Most pts Josh Hamil­ton 45 Most tries Rhema Sagote 7 NZH reps 3

2013 — 3rd Lo­chore Cup (30-40 v Buller H SF) 7th over­all head coach: Karl Hoskin P 9 W 4 L 5 For 201 (25), Ag 200 (27) Diff 1 (-2).Most pts Zyon Hekenui 78. Most tries Ace Malo 3. NZH reps 4

2012 — 2nd Meads Cup (27-29 v East Coast A) Head coach: Ja­son Caskey P 10 W 8 L 2 For 287 (35) Ag 182 (22) Diff 106 (13) Most pts Mark Davis 69. Most tries Saul Chase 6. NZH reps 7

2011 — 1st Meads Cup (30-10 v East Coast H) Head coach: Ja­son Caskey P 10 W 9 L 1 For 426 (57) Ag 163 (21) Diff 263 (36) Most pts Mark Davis 129 Most tries Sam Scown 8. NZH reps 8

2010 — 2nd Meads Cup (18-39 v North Otago A) Head coach: Guy Len­nox P 10 W 8 L 2 For 303 (41) Ag 197 (24) Diff 106 (17) Most pts 109 Mark Davis most tries Ace Malo 8. NZH reps 8

2009 — 1st Meads Cup (34-13 v Mid Can­ter­bury A) Head coach: Guy Len­nox P 10 W 8 L 2 For 357 (51) Ag 134 (10) Diff 221 (41) Most pts Den­ning Tyrell 106 Most tries Fraser Mid­dle­ton 12. NZH reps 8

2008 — 1st Meads Cup (27-12 v Mid Can­ter­bury H) Head coach: Guy Len­nox. P 10 W 10 For 420 (63) Ag 108 (13) Diff 312 (50). Most pts Mark Davis 118. Most tries Johnny Mow 13, Cameron Crow­ley 12. NZH reps 5.

2007 — 2nd Meads Cup (8-25 v North Otago A) Head coach; Mil­ton Haig. P 10 W 6 L 4 For 232 (30) Ag 172 (17) Diff 60 (13) Most points Daniel Hooper 46 Most tries Lo­gan Vaughan 6 NZH reps 3

2006 — 2nd Meads Cup (14-16 Wairarapa-Bush H) Head coach: Mil­ton Haig. P 10 W 8 D 1 L 1. For 353 (50) Ag 179 (19) Diff 174 (31). Most pts Steelie Koro 100 Most tries Pati Fe­tuia 14 NZH reps 6.

NZ Heart­land Reps

When he played for New Zealand Heart­land in Taupo last week­end winger Cameron Crow­ley joined hooker Cole Bald­win as the sec­ond most capped lo­cal player to rep for the na­tional team. They have each been se­lected five times in NZ Heart­land squads — Cameron in 2008 (to the US), 2010 (Aus­tralia) and 2009, 2017 and now 2018 for matches in New Zealand.

Bald­win went to Aus­tralia in 2010 and to the Cook Is­lands in 2014 and played in in­ter­nal fix­tures in 2009-11-15.

Wan­ganui’s Peter Rowe holds the NZ Heart­land se­lec­tion record, be­ing cho­sen nine times (2006-07-08-10-12-13-14-15-16) in­clud­ing as cap­tain since 2010.

The Ruapehu pair of lock­loosie Fraser Ham­mond (2009-10-12-15) and prop Shaun McDonough (2010-11-12-13) have each been se­lected four times and Marist’s Steelie Koro (2007-10-11) three times.

Wan­ganui’s 34 NZ Heart­land reps are —

2006 To Ar­gentina (6) — Dan Ald­worth, Leon Ma­son, Shel­don O’Ha­gan, Peter Rowe, Mike Thomp­son, Lo­gan Vaughan.

2007 Team named — No games (3) — Steelie Koro, Peter Rowe, Mike Thomp­son.

2008 To Amer­ica (5) — Cameron Crow­ley. Mike Fitzger­ald, Matt Gilbert, Leon Ma­son, Asaeli Tikoiro­tuma. Asst coach: Guy Lenox.

2009 Do­mes­tic game (8) — Cole Bald­win, Cameron Crow­ley, Matt Gilbert, David Gower, Fraser Ham­mond, Peter Rowe, Asaeli Tikoiro­tuma, Lasa Ulukuta. Coach: Guy Len­nox. Man­ager: Chris Back.

2010 To Aus­tralia ((8) — Cole Bald­win, Cameron Crow­ley, Mark Davis, Fraser Ham­mond, Steelie Koro, Shaun McDonough, Peter Rowe, Jon Smyth. Coach: Guy Len­nox. Man­ager: Chris Back.

2011 Lo­cal Game (8) — Cole Bald­win, Si­mon Dibben, Steelie Koro, Dar­ren Munro, Shaun McDonough, Jon Smyth, Sam Scown, Rusiate Vukula. Man­ager: Chris Back.

2012 To Samoa (7) — Mark Davis, Nick Cranston, Fraser Ham­mond, Matt Koubaridis (named but in­ured), Shaun McDonough, Dar­ren Munro, Peter Rowe. Man­ager: Chris Back.

2013 In­ter­nal Games (4) — Nick Cranston, Shaun McDonough, Peter Rowe, Lasa Ulukuta. Man­ager: Chris Back.

2014 To Cook Is­lands (3) — Cole Bald­win, Peter Rowe, Lasa Ulukuta. Man­ager: Chris Back.

2015 In­ter­nal Games (6) — Cole Bald­win, Fraser Ham­mond, Lind­say Hor­rocks, Bryn Hud­son, Stephen Pero­feta, Peter Rowe. Man­ager: Chris Back.

2016 To Fiji (4) — Lind­say Hor­rocks, Peter Rowe, Viki Tofa, Te Ran­gatira Waitokia.

2017 In­ter­nal Game (3) — Craig Clare, Cameron Crow­ley, Bryn Hud­son.

2018 In­ter­nal Games (4) — Cameron Crow­ley, Craig Clare, Camp­bell Hart, Peni Nabaini­valu.

Sevens Rugby re­main­ing

The 2018 Wan­ganui rugby sea­son winds up with the an­nual 7-a-side tour­na­ments.

The Set­tlers Honey Wan­ganui club sevens will be played at Mar­ton Park on Satur­day, Novem­ber 17.

The re­gional provin­cial sevens are at Levin on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 1 with the na­tional sevens in Tau­ranga on the week­end of De­cem­ber 15-16. Coach of the Wan­ganui Sevens is Ace Malo.

The of­fices of the Wan­ganui RFU are tem­po­rar­ily mov­ing to 57 Maria Place Ex­ten­sion from Mon­day, Novem­ber 12 un­til the end of March. All other con­tact de­tails re­main the same.

The 2018 Wan­ganui Rugby Awards func­tion is at The Bar­racks Club (old RSA Club) this Satur­day at 5.30pm.

This is the fi­nal Talk­ing Rugby col­umn for 2018.

PIC­TURE / GETTY IM­AGES

Whanganui’s Craig Clare in ac­tion for NZ Heart­land XV against Vanua XV in Taupo on Thurs­day.

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