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Message from the Wairarapa Bush President, Doug Bracewell

The highly contested Wairarapa Bush Premier competition is drawing to a conclusion. A number of teams

were in contention right till the final round

East Coast and Carterton will contest for the Hodder Steffert Cup on Friday night. Two very well organised clubs will be looking to finish the season on a winning note.

The Final for the Premier trophy, the Tui Cup, will be played on Saturday, featuring Marist and Greytown. This will be a difficult game to predict a winner, as both teams have strengths across the park.

Regardless of the results, we must congratulate all clubs for the way they have responded to the challenges presented by the Covid pandemic. The crowd turnouts at all venues has been outstanding. A special thank you to all the volunteers that contribute to our communities through their rugby clubs. Rugby continues to provide an affordable sport to all sectors of our communities.

A great finale to the club season beckons. Good luck to the respective finalists.

Message from the Wairarapa Bush Chairman, Jason Carruthers

On behalf of the WBRU we would like to welcome you to the 2020 Hodder-Steffert and Tui Cup Finals.

Wherever you are, in front of your TV, laptop, phone, or at a public venue, thank you and we hope you enjoy our coverage of rugby under Level 2.

We would like to acknowledge the Life Members from the respective clubs and the WBRU Life Members.

It is always a pleasure to welcome our sponsors and we cannot thank you enough for your continued support during 2020 in what has been, an incredibly unique year for us all.

Normally at this time of year we would be hosting around 3,000-4,000 people on Grand Finals day, but this weekend we are in “bubbles of 100”, with several new protocols and policies.

What an exciting season 2020 has been. The delayed start due to COVID ended up being a blessing in disguise. The shortened competition became so exciting with close games and continuous upsets, it was not until the last weekend, when we knew who would be in the semi-finals. There was no clear leader in the pack.

We wish the best for all four teams and their respective supporters. To our Referees, who have again provide quality officiating during our season – Thank you.

The WBRU has achieved several milestones throughout the year with a successful launch of our live streaming of games. The recent Reserves Plate Final streamed a few weeks ago, hit 11,000 views and the Saturday morning, Childsey and Persico Show is proving to be extremely popular.

The move to on-line media platforms is a clear medium our rugby community sponsors are enjoying. We are pleased with the union’s transition into this space and there will be more to come in 2021. In-turn, we will be able offer more for our sponsors and our fantastic rugby followers.

Congratulations to our Makoura Combined Secondary Schools girls’ team (including students from Solway and St Matthews College and who were coached by our Women’s Development Officer, Sinead Burrell and WBRU College RDO Sam Mitchell), winning the Manawatu Secondary’s Schools competition on Wednesday against Dannevirke High School, 17 – 7.

There can be no more satisfaction of a strategy launched 2 years ago, come to fruition.

A big thanks to all the people behind the scenes and a special thanks to the Council of Clubs and Stacey Puddy, who has had many challenges during COVID, to bring us the club rugby at all levels and this weekend’s finals.

Finally, we would not have a union without the clubs, colleges, and referees and over the weekend starting on Friday Night, we have a chance to celebrate their achievement.