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2009

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Season

2009 Status:
Heartland Championship
Founded 1886 – Affiliated 1893 – Amalgamated 1971
President:
J.O.Percy
Chairman:
B.A.Weatherstone
Chief.Executive.Officer:
P.J.Taylor
Coach:
K.G.Tantrum
Assistant Coach:
N.M.W.Foote
Main ground:
Memorial Park , Masterton
Capacity:
10,000
Colours:
Green and Red

Wairarapa Bush squeezed into the Meads Cup grade but did not gain any further wins although close games against both Poverty Bay and South Canterbury showed that the team was very competitive and the shock win over Wanganui gave the team a boost.They did finish at the bottom of the table in the Meads Cup but proved to be a difficult team to score against. Only Mid Canterbury and Wanganui conceded fewer tries.

The season started by hosting Wellington in a rare Ranfurly Shield challenge. It was largely one-way traffic but not since 2003 has a Heartland union (North Otago) managed to score three tries in a shield game. The inside back combination was unchanged with Nick Risdon (halfback) and Byron Karaitiana and Sam Mitchell outside. Former Manawatu rep Siaosi Anamani was at centre until winger Hemi Tupaea moved in one position. Junior Togia and Thomas Harmon were the other wings and Nick Olson at fullback. A small player, Olson’s fine season was rewarded with selection in the Heartland team.

Kurt Simmonds, the captain, and Jared Brock were the props and Origin player Ben Periera the hooker. Lock Tomasi Kedrabuka won good lineout ball and there were a couple of good loose forwards in Joss Tua-Davidson and Nathan Rolls. Chris Senior, Corry Reid, Jared Hawkins and Duncan Law had their moments. Andrew McLean, Nick Beavon and Richard Puddy were tight forwards who regularly appeared.

Higher honours went to:
New Zealand Heartland XV: Olson

2009 Pre-Season Match Record: Played 3 ; Won 1; Lost 2
Points :For 59 ; Against 136
1. July 2 vs Wellington, at Masterton {Ranfurly Shield}
Lost 19 – 90
Wai-Bush Scorers : Law, Feast, Olson tries
Karaitiana (2) Conversions
Referee: Mr J.B.Noonan
2. August 15 vs Poverty Bay, at Gisborne
Lost 14 – 25
Wai-Bush Scorers : Olson try
Karaitiana (3) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr P.Smith
3. August 22 vs Horowhenua-Kapiti, at Masterton
Won 26 – 21
Wai-Bush Scorers : Law, Anamani tries
Karaitiana (2) Conversions , (4) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr R.P.Kelly
2009 Heartland Match Record: Played 8 ; Won 3; Lost 5
Points :For 155 ; Against 142
1. August 29 vs West Coast, at Greymouth
Lost 10 – 13
Wai-Bush Scorers : Olson try
Karaitiana (1) Conversion , (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: Mr R.P.Kelly
2. September 5 vs Wanganui, at Masterton
Won 21 – 17
Wai-Bush Scorers : Tupaea, Pereira tries
Karaitiana (1) Conversion , (3) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr N.P.Briant
3. September 12 vs East Coast, at Ruatoria
Won 33 – 10
Wai-Bush Scorers : Togia, Mitchell, Tugaga tries
Karaitiana (3) Conversions , (4) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr G.G.Stuart
4. September 19 vs Horowhenua-Kapiti , at Levin
Lost 12 – 13
Wai-Bush Scorers :
Karaitiana (2) Penalty Goals , Olson (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr K.R.McBride
5. September 26 vs Buller, at Masterton
Won 28 – 13
Wai-Bush Scorers : Togia (2), Risdon tries
Karaitiana (2) Conversions , (3) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr S.A.W.Eden-Whaitiri
6. October 3 vs Poverty Bay, at Gisborne
Lost 17 – 18
Wai-Bush Scorers : Pereira Try
Karaitiana (3) Penalty Goals , Olson (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: Mr S.M.Elliott
7. October 10 vs South Canterbury, at Timaru
Lost 28 – 34
Wai-Bush Scorers : Togia (2), Risdon, Mitchell tries
Karaitiana (4) Conversions
Referee: Mr S.A.W.Eden-Whaitiri
8. October 17 vs Mid Canterbury, at Masterton
Lost 06 – 24
Wai-Bush Scorers : Young, Brock, Olson tries
Olson (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr N.P.Briant
Wairarapa Bush REPRESENTATIVES 2009 + {Total Games for WBRFU}
S.Anamani Northern Utd – Wellington RU 5
Z.A.Aporo East Coast
5
N.S.Beavon Puketoi 8
J.H.Brock Puketoi
10
J.P.Feast East Coast 13
T.G.Fleming Gladstone 1
T.Harmon Pioneer 11
J.A.Hawkins Martinborough 17
B.T.I.Karaitiana Masterton Red Star
11
T.T.Kedrabuka Carterton 48
J.N.Kjestrup Gladstone 1
D.J.Law Puketoi 6
W.L.R.Leota East Coast
3
A.R.McLean Gladstone 14
A.J.Marshall Martinborough 1
A.T.Matenga Marist 7
S.R.Mitchell East Coast 11
K.K.Olson East Coast
19
B.J.T.Pereira Alhambra Union – Otago RU
8
R.W.Puddy Gladstone 15
C.J.Reid Marist 18
R.F.Rimene Pioneer 1
N.J.Risdon Hutt OB Marist – Wellington RU
11
N.L.A.Riwai-Couch Marist
74
N.H.Rolls Pioneer
18
B.R.Rudman Greytown 36
C.B.Senior Masterton Red Star 10
K.M.Simmonds (Capt.) Gladstone 21
R.J.Tamani Eketahuna 1
K.D.Te Whare Martinborough 3
E.Togia Tawa – Wellington RU 27
J.A.Tua-Davidson Bush – Manawatu RU 9
F.R.Tugaga Masterton Red Star 5
H.N.Tupaea Masterton Red Star 20
J.L.Watene Masterton Red Star 14
B.Young Bush – Manawatu RU 1
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