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2012

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Season

2012 Status:
Heartland Championship
Founded 1886 – Affiliated 1893 – Amalgamated 1971
President:
R.A.Rowden
Chairman:
G.J.Reisima
Chief.Executive.Officer:
P.J.Taylor
Coach:
M.P.Rutene
Assistant Coach:
P.A.Gough
Main ground:
Memorial Park , Masterton
Capacity:
10,000
Colours:
Green and Red

Lochore Cup winners in 2011 Wairarapa Bush made a significant improvement to finish third after the round robin and lost narrowly to Wanganui in the Meads Cup semi-final. Five pre-championship games were played with the only loss being to NZ Universities 30-25 in a non-first class fixture.  The team met Horowhenua Kapiti in its first appearance at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium, played as a curtain-raiser to a Hurricanes game.

The union used three loan players from Wellington, Titapu Pairama-Lewington, Thomas Fleming and Jonathon Fuimaono, plus origin player Glen Walters who set a new union record for points in a season. Kurt Simmonds led the team well and had excellent support in the forwards from fellow prop Wilba Davies, locks Andrew McLean and Fleming, and loose forwards James Goodger and johan Van Vliet, the last named being captain in Simmonds’ absence. Richard Puddy and 20 year old ]amie Hunt shared the hooking duties.

First five-eighth Glen Walters’ successful goalkicking kept the team in positive minds and he also directed the backline well. Pairama-Lewington and ]essie McGilvary were an excellent midfield combination while Cameron Hayton and Nathan Hunt were speedy wings and Nick Olson a steady fullback. Inia Katia was lively whether at halfback or on the wing.

Matt O’Connor, Byron Karaitiana, Mike Te Whare were other backs used regularly.

Higher honours went to:
New Zealand Heartland: Hayton, N. Hunt

Pre-Season Match Record: Played 3 ; Won 3 ;
Points : For 126; Against 49
May 26th vs Horowhenua-Kapiti , at Wellington
Won 29 – 18
Wai-Bush Scorers : Van Vliet,Goodger,N.Hunt tries ; Karaitiana (1) Con, (3) Pen, (1) DG
Referee: Mr.S.A.W.Eden-Whaitiri
August 11th  vs Poverty Bay at Masterton
Won 46 – 14
Wai-Bush Scorers : N.Hunt (2), Te Whare, Olson, Puddy,J.McFadzean,Katia tries ; Walters (4) Con, (1) Pen
Referee: Mr.C.J.Stone
August 18th vs Horowhenua-Kapiti at Masterton
Won 51 – 17
Wai-Bush Scorers : Van Vliet (2), Katia, Karaitiana, McLean,Hayton tries ; Walters (6) Con, (3) Pen
Referee: Mr.B.O’Keefe
2012 Heartland Match Record: Played 9 ; Won 6 ; Lost 3
Points :For 239; Against 153
1. August 25 vs South Canterbury, at Masterton
Won 32 – 21
Wai-Bush Scorers : Hayton, Van Vliet,  tries
Walters (2) Conversions , (6) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr.A.Aso (Japan)
2. September 1 vs Poverty Bay, at Gisborne
Won 48 – 21
Wai-Bush Scorers : Katia (2), Hayton, Olson, McGilvary, Van Vliet tries
Walters (6) Conversions , (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr.G.G.Stuart
3. September 8 vs West Coast, at Greymouth
Won 12 – 08
Wai-Bush Scorers :
Walters (4) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr.B.D.O’Keeffe
4. September 15 vs Wanganui , at Masterton
Lost 19 –  26
Wai-Bush Scorers : Walters try
Walters (1) Conversion , (4) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr.B.D.O’Keeffe
5. September 22 vs Mid Canterbury, at Masterton
Won 31 – 06
Wai-Bush Scorers : Walters, Hayton, Fleming tries
Walters (2) Conversions , (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr.J.S.C.McPhail
6. September 29 vs King Country, at Taupo
Won 25 – 15
Wai-Bush Scorers : Katia, Olson, Fleming tries
Walters (2) Conversions , (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr.S.W.McDermott
7. October 6 vs North Otago, at Masterton
Lost 21 – 28
Wai-Bush Scorers : N.Hunt, Karatiana tries
Walters (1) Conversion , (3) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr.L.D.Scanlon
8. October 13 vs Horowhenua-Kapiti, at Levin
Won 31 – 05
Wai-Bush Scorers : McGilvary, Puddy, Goodger, Olson tries
Walters (1) Conversion , (3) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr.J.W.Dustow
9. October 20 vs Wanganui, at Wanganui { Meads Cup Semi Final}
Lost 20 – 23
Wai-Bush Scorers : N.Hunt, Katia tries
Walters (2) Conversion , (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr.K.R.McBride
Wairarapa Bush REPRESENTATIVES 2012 + {Total Games for WBRFU}
Z.A.Aporo East Coast 13
W.D.R.Davies Martinborough 20
T.P.J.Fleming O.B.U– Wellington 10
J.R.Fuimaono O.B.U– Wellington 10
J.W.P.R.Goodger Marist 17
L.Graves Gladstone 1
C.M.Hayton Gladstone 11
D.M.Higginson Carterton 52
J.R.Hunt Bush Sports 12
N.S.Hunt Martinborough 12
T.Issac Greytown 1
D.Kamo-Paku Pioneer 1
B.T.I.Karatiana East Coast 32
I.S.T.Katia Gladstone 20
J.A.A.McFadzean Carterton 18
L.J.M.McFadzean Carterton 8
J.R.J.McGilvary East Coast 30
A.R.McLean Gladstone 45
S.Marshall-Wilson Bush Sports 1
M.T.O’Connor East Coast 20
N.K.Olson East Coast 49
G.T.H.Pairama-Lewington O.B.U– Wellington 10
R.W.Puddy Gladstone 33
K.M.Simmonds Greytown 52
R.J.Tamani Eketahuna 20
M.J.Te Whare Martinborough 11
T.T.Temo Gladstone 11
J.J.A.Van Vliet Eketahuna 21
G.M.Walters H.O.B.M – Wellington
11
G.Wood Gladstone 1
B.C.Young Bush Sports
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