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1994_awb

Season

1994.Status:
Second Division
Founded 1886 – Affiliated 1893 – Amalgamated 1971
President:
R.T.McKenzie
Chairman:
K.P.McGillicuddy
Secretary:
J.H.Shearer
Selector:
R.Robertson
Main ground:
Memorial Park , Masterton
Capacity:
7,000
Colours:
Top half of jersey bottle green, bottom half red, White collar, bottle green shorts, bottle green socks with red top.

As has been the case for a number of years Wairarapa Bush had another poor season, with only two wins from the 13 matches.

Relegation stared Wairarapa Bush in the face throughout the season, but a good win over Horowhenua in the last match ended the season on a high note and enabled Wairarapa Bush to again escape third division. The team’s other win was a fine performance over the New Zealand Universities early in the season.

Many crushing defeats were inflicted in 1994, with 84 points conceded against Hawke’s Bay, a record. Opponents averaged 46 points a game against Wairarapa Bush’s 14.

For the 13 engagements a record 40 players were called upon.

Wairarapa Bush were often outclassed by their opponents, as the results indicate, with the team frequently lacking confidence both on attack and defence. On attack the team lacked a game-breaker in the midfield, although a number of individuals impressed nonetheless.

Wing Dean Spicer was an enterprising, aggressive performer. Versatile Neil Foote again gave good service in the backs. First five-eighth Mark Childs showed promise late in the season, his first All this level. Halfback Craig Pepperell was the standout back on display though, often breaking through defences, and was a handful for opponents.

In the forwards, blindside flanker Dean Bassett again performed to a high standard, both in the lineout and in general play. Captain John Cummings, a former Wellington player, was a consistent loose forward. Vern Boyce and John Hutchins were two hard-working locks, while Wairarapa Bush’s front row was solid.

1994

1994 Match Record: Played 13 ; Won 2 ; Lost 11
Points : For 195 ; Against 626
(NC) = National Championship
1. May 10 vs Wellington, at Masterton
Lost 03 – 25
Wai-Bush Scorers : Roache (1) Penalty
Referee: Mr S.A.Hannam (Wairarapa Bush)
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2. May 18 vs Wanganui , at Masterton (Bruce Steel Cup)
Lost 25 – 32
Wai-Bush Scorers : Cummings, Spicer, Piopa, tries
Roache (2) Conversions , (2) Drop Goals
Referee: Mr G.Hughes (Manawatu)
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3. May 24 vs New Zealand Universities, at Masterton
Won 24 – 23
Wai-Bush Scorers : Cummings, Bassett, Roache, tries
Roache (1) Penalty, (1) Drop Goal, Cummings (1) Penalty
Referee: Mr J.Francis (Wairarapa Bush)
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4. June 1 vs Hawke’s Bay, at Napier (NC)
Lost 09 – 84
Wai-Bush Scorers : Roache (3) Penalties
Referee: Mr P.J.Honiss (Taranaki)
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5. June 15 vs France, at Masterton
Lost 09 – 53
Wai-Bush Scorers : Roache (2) Penalties, Foote (1) Drop Goal
Referee: Mr R.Hill (Wellington)
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6. August 13 vs Bay of Plenty, at Masterton (NC)
Lost 17 – 61
Wai-Bush Scorers : Cummings, S.Coley, tries
Roache (2) Conversions, (1) Penalty
Referee: Mr P.Macfie (Canterbury)
7. August 20 vs Wellington ‘B’, at Wellington
Lost 27 – 73
Wai-Bush Scorers : Spicer (2), Scott, Pepperell, Piopa tries
Roache (1) Conversion
Referee: Mr R.Stott (Wellington)
8. August 27 vs Northland, at Whangarei (NC)
Lost 10 – 78
Wai-Bush Scorers : Mason, try
Roache (1) Conversion, (1) Penalty
Referee: Mr S.P.Lunn (Hawkes Bay)
9. September 3 vs Nelson Bays, at Masterton (NC)
Lost 17 – 27
Wai-Bush Scorers : Spicer (2), Bassett,  tries
Roache (1) Conversion
Referee: Mr P.Barnes (Bay of Plenty)
10. September 10 vs South Canterbury, at Timaru (NC)
Lost 21 – 41
Wai-Bush Scorers : Pepperell (2),  tries
Pepperell (1) Conversion, (3) Penalties
Referee: Mr B.Dempsey (Horowhenua)
11. September 17 vs Manawatu, at Timaru (NC)
Lost 12 – 60
Wai-Bush Scorers : Q.O’Neale, Beales,  tries
Pepperell (1) Conversion
Referee: Mr L.Bray (Canterbury)
12. September 24 vs Southland, at Invercargill (NC)
Lost 10 – 66
Wai-Bush Scorers : S.Coley , try
Pepperell (1) Conversion , (1) Penalty
Referee: Mr P.Burgess (Nelson Bays)
13. September 17 vs Horowhenua, at Masterton (NC)
Won 11 – 03
Wai-Bush Scorers : Spicer, try
Pepperell (2) Penalties
Referee: Mr S.P.Lunn (Hawkes Bay)

 

Wairarapa Bush REPRESENTATIVES 1994 + {Total Games for WBRFU}
A.D.K.Awa Pioneer 13
D.A.Bassett Pioneer 33
K.D.Beales Eketahuna 6
B.D.Bowie Puketoi 50
V.M.Boyce Martinborough 50
S.R.Brown Marist 9
M.D.Childs Greytown 4
S.C.Coley Masterton 17
T.A.Coley Red Star 2
J.Cummings Red Star 13
J.R.Diedrichs Masterton 2
N.M.W.Foote Greytown 28
D.W.C.Guildford Greytown 28
R.Guildford Greytown 6
K.T.Hargood Marist 5
M.E.Hoggard Red Star 12
J.Huriama Greytown 28
J.A.Hutchins Red Star 37
M.J.Jackson Masterton 1
D.Kahu Pioneer 5
D.Kanika Pioneer 2
M.M.Mason Pioneer 20
J.Mather Marist 2
P.Noble Pioneer 7
N.A.O’Neale Masterton 27
Q.G.O’Neale Masterton 28
C.N.Pepperell Red Star 50
B.F.Percy Eketahuna 3
M.B.Percy East Coast 15
F.Piopa Masterton 4
J .M.Potangaroa Marist 3
G.C.Richardson Eketahuna 13
P.A.Roache Eketahuna 19
C.Rongonui Masterton 3
M.Rose Masterton 1
R.I.Rutene Carterton 25
N.L.Scott Greytown 2
J.H.Shirkey Martinborough 35
D.A.Spicer Greytown 14