Win­ter of ’69

The Northland Age - - Age Sport -

Fifty years on, the Bay of Is­lands cham­pi­onship-win­ning 1969 Kaikohe rugby team is set to hold a re­union this Satur­day, prior to the cur­rent se­nior team’s first home game of the North Zone cam­paign against Pan­guru.

The ’69 side won the first round, los­ing only one game and went on to be un­beaten in the cham­pi­onship round. Tro­phies won that year in­cluded the Home­stead Cup, the Pi­o­neer Shield and the Tane Clarke/ Les Smith Me­mo­rial Tro­phy.

The side had an out­stand­ing back­line which, with the ex­cep­tion of winger Jim Ni­cholls, will be in­tact for Satur­day’s re­union and in­cludes vice cap­tain Pat Mar­shall (who played sec­ond-five and also made the New Zealand Ma¯ori side), who will be trav­el­ling from Taupo¯ ac­com­pa­nied by wife, Mar­lene, the three Wi­hongi broth­ers, Taako (first-five), An­drew (half­back) and Mathew (winger), along with Pat But­ler (full­back) and John Her­bert (cen­tre).

It was noted the for­ward pack, well led by cap­tain Frank Colthurst, had se­cured suf­fi­cient ball for the backs to score and fin­ish the sea­son with a points dif­fer­en­tial of 242 for/ 110 against. T

he side was coached by the late Pat Whiu, man­aged by the late Enoch Poa, with Ted Bagshaw club cap­tain and the late Colin McKen­zie, then owner of the Kaikohe Ho­tel, as pres­i­dent.

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