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1995 Status:
Second Division
Founded 1886 – Affiliated 1893 – Amalgamated 1971
Main ground:
Memorial Park , Masterton
Green and Red


With its first tally of four wins in a season since 1991, which brought sixth place in the second division, a measure of credibility was restored to Wairarapa Bush rugby in 1995. Semi-Finalists Bay of Plenty and Northland proved too strong early on but fancied Hawke’s Bay were beaten in good style and the South Canterbury and Mid Canterbury games featured individual point-scoring records by Wairarapa Bush players.

Former Wairarapa Bush halfback Graeme Anderson pursued a consistent selection policy in his first season as coach, using a small number of Wellington-based players during the championship round.

In the backs, Wairarapa Bush could hold its own with any second division team, especially on attack, and many excellent tries were scored. Outstanding was wing Colin Sullivan with seven tries in eight appearances. Second five-eighth Marty Berry was a dominant figure in all matches, whether on defence, with ball in hand or kicking for goal. His nomination as second division player of the year and inclusion in the Divisional team were just rewards for a fine season. Inside backs Mark Childs and Craig Pepperell also performed well.

The forwards found possession hard to come by in set play against mainly bigger opponents but were always competitive. Individuals worthy of mention were the loose forward trio of Darren Guildford, Mike Fleming and Elliot Fuller, whose support play and tackling were impressive; locks Graeme Smith, Richard Watt and John Kendal, who performed consistently; and Chris Berry, Graeme Cheetham and Shane Coley, who formed a competent front row.

Higher honours went to:
NZRFU President’s XV:  M. Berry

Wairarapa Bush 1995
Wairarapa Bush 1995
1995 Pre-Season Match Record: Played 2 : Drew 1 ; Lost 1
Points : For 49  ; Against 71
1. May 17 vs Wellington, at Masterton
Lost 26 – 48
Wai-Bush Scorers : Bresaz, Reedy, Tries
Pepperell (2) Conversions (4) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr C.Jansen (Wanganui)
2. June 14 vs Horowhenua, at Levin
Drew 23 – 23
Wai-Bush Scorers : Beales (2), Reedy  tries
Pepperell (1) Conversion (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr P.Heins (Wanganui)
1995 NPC Second Division Match Record: Played 8 : Won 4; Lost 4
Points : For 248 Against 238

1. August 5 vs Bay of Plenty, at Rotorua
Lost 06 – 38
Wai-Bush Scorers : —
M.Berry (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr A.Greene (Waikato)
2. August 12 vs Northland, at Masterton
Lost 15 – 42
Wai-Bush Scorers : —
M.Berry (5) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr A.P.Kelly (South Canterbury)
3. August 19 vs South Canterbury, at Masterton
Won 51 – 15
Wai-Bush Scorers : Guildford (2), M.Berry, Reedy, Smith, Sullivan tries
M.Berry (6) Conversions  (3) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr B.O.Fisher (Waikato)
4. August 26  vs Manawatu, at Palmerston North
Lost 07 – 47
Wai-Bush Scorers : Coley tries
M.Berry (1) Conversion
Referee: Mr S.R.Walsh (North Harbour)
5. September 2 vs Hawke’s Bay, at Masterton
Won 34 – 16
Wai-Bush Scorers : Pepperell (2), Rutene, M.Berry, tries
M.Berry (1) Conversion  (4) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr R.Hill (Wellington)
6. September 16 vs Nelson Bays, at Nelson
Won 38 -17
Wai-Bush Scorers : Childs (2), Pepperell, Bresaz , tries
M.Berry (3) Conversions  (4) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr R.Hill (Wellington)
7. September 23 vs Taranaki, at Masterton
Lost 25 – 55
Wai-Bush Scorers : Sullivan (2), Childs , tries
M.Berry (2) Conversions  (4) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr G.K.Wahlstrom (Auckland)
8. September 30  vs Mid-Canterbury, at Ashburton
Won 72 – 08
Wai-Bush Scorers : Sullivan (4), Pepperell (2), Childs, C.Berry, Kendal, M.Berry, Penalty Try, tries
M.Berry (7) Conversions  (4) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr P.A.Macfie (Southland)
Wairarapa Bush REPRESENTATIVES 1995 + {Total Games for WBRFU}
K.D.Beales Eketahuna 15
C.F.W.Berry Featherston 47
M.J.Berry Featherston
P.R.Bresaz Red Star 43
S.Butterick Gladstone
M.D.Childs Greytown 13
S.C.Coley Masterton
J.Cummings Red Star 14
M.Fleming Greytown 9
E.Fuller Harlequins 6
D.W.C.Guidford Greytown
K.T.Hargood Marist
J.Kendal Pioneer
P.Noble Pioneer 11
N.A.O’Neale Masterton 29
C.N.Pepperell Red Star
M.B.Percy East Coast
J.E.Reedy Red Star
G.C.Richardson Eketahuna 14
R.I.Rutene Carterton 35
G.Smith Johnsonville – Wellington RU
B.E.Styles Carterton 92
C.I.Sullivan Avalon – Wellington RU 8
M.Tufuga Pioneer 2
G.Warren Red Star 2
R.Watt Poneke – Wellington RU
G.Williams Martinborough