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2002

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Season

2002 Status:
Third Division
Founded 1886 – Affiliated 1893 – Amalgamated 1971
President:
R.H.Hughes
Chairman:
T.Beech
Chief.Executive.Officer:
P.J.Taylor
Coach:
R.S.Walker
Assistant Coach:
K.Williams
Main ground:
Memorial Park , Masterton
Capacity
10,000
Colours:
Green and Red

Following two years as third division semi-finalists, Wairarapa Bush dropped to second from the bottom having achieved wins over only Poverty Bay and West Coast. The early matches against Japan A, Manawatu and Wanganui offered considerable confidence for the championship but many of those who appeared in those games were not used later. Only the hooker, Jason Adamson, appeared in every game. Coaches Roger Walker and Kerry Williams had difficulty achieving a settled backline with many positional changes being made. Only Hamish McKenzie, Jamie Stewart- McDonald, Simanu Simanu, Tumanu Martin and Joe Collins appeared regularly, with McKenzie and Simanu showing the most potential.

It was unfortunate that the well-performing fullback and goal-kicker Patrick Rimene was injured mid-season and controversy arose when 2001 rep Darren Kapene was recalled to replace him for the game against Horowhenua Kapiti. Kapene had been playing rugby league in Wellington during the club season and is a very talented player, but the decision to bring in a player who had chosen to play league ahead of the many rugby union club players upset both officials and supporters and, sensibly, he was not retained in the squad.

The forwards were a more settled unit than the backs, with captain Mike Robinson and Germaine Anaha experienced loose forwards. Stu Smith and Norm Henricksen were the regular locks and Justin Va’a and Adamson in the front row. Of the remainder only Barry O’ Sullivan, James Saipani and Errol Weston started in five or more games. The front row was one of the heaviest of the division. The best forwards were Anaha, Va’a and Smith with Mikaele Apikatoa showing improvement. Robinson, though a good leader, suffered from injury which affected his form.

2002 Pre-Season Match Record: Played 4 ; Won 2 ; Lost 2
Points : For 77; Against 75
1. April 14 vs Japan A, at Masterton
Won 32 – 14
Wai-Bush Scorers : Summerville, Kelly, Robinson, Rimene tries
Rimene (3) Conversions (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr N.J.McAlister (Wellington)
2. May 22 vs Wellington XV, at Masterton
Lost 05 – 39
Wai-Bush Scorers : Rimene (3) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr S.Edwards (Hawke’s Bay)
3. June 19 vs Manawatu , at Masterton {Bruce Steel Cup}
Lost 03 – 08
Wai-Bush Scorers : Rimene (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: Mr G.Holder (Hawk’s Bay)
4. July 3 vs Wanganui, at Masterton
Won 37 – 14
Wai-Bush Scorers : O’Sullivan, McKenzie, Kalauta, Martin, Saipani
 Rimene (3) Conversions (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr C.Wisnewski (Taranaki)
2002 NPC Third Division Match Record: Played 8 ; Won 2; Lost 6
Points : For 160; Against 207
1. August 17 vs Wanganui, at Wanganui
Lost 20 – 33
Wai-Bush Scorers : Collins, Rimene tries
Rimene (2) Conversions (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr B.J.McDonald (Taranaki)
2. August 24 vs King Country, at Masterton
Lost 11 – 26
Wai-Bush Scorers : Va’a Try
Rimene (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr P.D.O’Brien (Southland)
3. August 31 vs Poverty Bay, at Gisborne
Won 26 – 20
Wai-Bush Scorers : Anaha, McKenzie, Apikatoa tries
Simanu (1) Conversion (1) Penalty Goal , Rimene (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr C.J.Pollock (Wellington)
4. September 7 vs Horowhenua-Kapiti, at Masterton
Lost 20 – 22
Wai-Bush Scorers : Adamson , Penalty Try, tries
Kapene (2) Conversion (2) Penalty Goals)
Referee: Mr G.M.Watson (Nth Harbour)
5. September 14 vs Buller, at Westport
Lost 24 – 32
Wai-Bush Scorers : Stewart-McDonald, Simanu tries
Simanu (1) Conversion, Ashworth (4) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr K.W.Brown (Southland)
6. September 21 vs West Coast, at Masterton
Won 37 – 05
Wai-Bush Scorers : Simanu, Stewart-McDonald, Hunt, O’Sullivan, Carroll, Saolele tries
Carroll (2) Conversions , Ashworth (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: Mr J.B.Noonan (Canterbury)
7. September 28 vs South Canterbury, at Timaru
Lost 08 – 42
Wai-Bush Scorers : MacDonald , Try
Ashworth (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: Mr P.G.Honiss (Waikato)
8. October 5 vs North Otago, at Masterton
Lost 14 – 27
Wai-Bush Scorers : Matthews, Va’a, tries
Ashworth (2) Conversions
Referee: Mr M.L.Peters (Bay of Plenty)
Wairarapa Bush REPRESENTATIVES 2002 + {Total Games for WBRFU}
J.P.Adamson Carterton 20
G.S.Anaha Masterton Red Star 46
M.Apikatoa Featherston
10
P.H.Ashworth Featherston 7
G.Bolstad Marist 3
C.Broughton Eketahuna 1
R.J.Carroll Pioneer 9
J.Collins Petone – Wellington RU 8
I.Durrant Greytown 7
D.Fenwick Greytown 7
D.Filihiahekava Featherston
1
A.N.Grant Gladstone
2
K.T.Hargood Marist 24
J.R.Harwood Carterton 8
T.T.P.Hunt Petone – Wellington RU 6
D.Kapene Petone – Wellington RU
11
C.Kalauta Carterton 3
M.Karaitiana Carterton
1
G.Kelly Carterton 1
J.Lett Carterton 5
T.Logan Carterton
1
T.Lyford Greytown 1
R.A.MacDonald Featherstone
12
H.McKenzie Eketahuna 10
T.Martin Petone – Wellington RU
9
L.Matthews Marist 8
T.G.Miller Featherstone
6
J.Olsen Greytown
1
B.S.O’Sullivan East Coast
8
F.J.Pieterse Marist
15
D.T.Power HOBM – Wellington RU
2
T.Pullar Carterton
1
P.H.Rimene Marist
20
M.R.Robinson Greytown
42
N.T.Rodger Carterton
9
F.J.T.Saipani Carterton
32
B.Saolele Northern Utd – Wellington RU
7
S.Simanu Western.Suburbs  – Wellington RU
9
D.Smith Eketahuna
1
S.G.Smith Eketahuna
11
J.F.Stewart-McDonald Poneke.. – Wellington RU
28
S.Summerville Gladstone
1
M.Tema Western.Suburbs  – Wellington RU
1
J.H.Va’a Upper Hutt  – Wellington RU
26
E.D.W.Weston Avalon  – Wellington RU
9
A.Wichman Pioneer
6
D.P.Wyeth Marist
7