Rugby History

This week in history: 19-26 August (and rest of the season)

20/08/2019

Above: Poneke’s Bernie Hill scores against Petone in the 1975 Jubilee Cup decider. Poneke won 11-9/ PHOTO: Evening Post 25 August 1975. In association with the Bond St Sports Bar on Bond Street in Wellington, some highlights from this week in Wellington club rugby history are below. 19 August 1937: Athletic beat Wellington 20-0 to

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60th anniversary of Wellington’s largest rugby crowd

15/08/2019

Athletic Park full up on 15 August 1959. PHOTO: https://www.facebook.com/photosoldwellingtonregion/  They came in their droves. Wellington’s largest rugby crowd, then and now, estimated on the day at 60,000 but revised down to 59,000, packed the old Athletic Park to watch the All Blacks defeat the touring British Isles 11-8 and go two nil up in their

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This week in club rugby history 12-18 August

13/08/2019

In association with the Bond Street Sports Bar on Bond Street in Wellington, some highlights from this week in Wellington club rugby history are below. 12 August 1963: Heading into today’s final round of the season, Marist (21 points), Onslow (21) and Athletic (20) are all in with a chance of winning or sharing the Jubilee Cup

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Aisle be Back: Sir Brian Lochore and the 1981 Wairarapa-Bush team

08/08/2019

By Kevin McCarthy Well they’re laying Brian BJ Lochore to rest today, with a funeral at Memorial Park in Masterton. If you’ve never been, it’s a modest but proud small field. There’s  medium sized stand on one side, but no other seating or an embankment, just touchlines, surrounded by surburban homes. I was there nearly

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This week in club rugby history 5-11 August

06/08/2019

Above: Rugby was the winner when Northern United and Marist St Pat’s shared the Jubilee Cup in 2008.  In association with the Bond Street Sports Bar on Bond Street in Wellington, some highlights from this week in Wellington club rugby history are below 5 August 1939: On the cusp of WW2, that was to take the lives of

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Billy Wallace competition Team of the Season

02/08/2019

For many years we’ve named a team comprised of the best of the Billy Wallace Best & Fairest standings, and our seventh edition for 2019 is no different. There’re a few curiosities in this year’s competition, where the 3-2-1 scoring was again allocated by the match officials. Traditionally the domain of big ball-carrying loose forwards

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This week in club rugby history 29 July – 4 August

30/07/2019

Above: The OBU Goats with the 2015 Jubilee Cup, winning their maiden title at Porirua Park. In association with the Bond Street Sports Bar on Bond Street in Wellington, some highlights from this week in Wellington club rugby history are below 29 July 1961: Reported as the match of the season. Petone are leading Onslow 13-12 very late in

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This week in club rugby history 22-28 July

23/07/2019

Above: Jeremy Thrush in hot pursuit of Afa Fa’atau in the 2013 100-minute semi-final between Ories and HOBM. Ories won 30-27 in an extra time thriller. In association with the Bond Street Sports Bar on Bond Street in Wellington, some highlights from this week in Wellington club rugby history are below 22 July 1978: The Wellington Axemen –

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This week in club rugby history: 15-21 July

16/07/2019

Above: Norths lock Chris Middleton with ball in hand in atrocious conditions this week in 2008. Norths lost 7-19 to Petone, but went on to make the final against Marist St Pat’s which they drew 10-10 in bitter, sleety conditions at Wespac Stadium. PHOTO: Chainsaw Photos. In association with the Bond Street Sports Bar on Bond Street

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This week in club rugby history 1-7 July

02/07/2019

Above: When Petone beat Wainuiomata 27-27 this week in 2014 in a thriller. PHOTO: NZLenz In association with the Bond Street Sports Bar on Bond Street in Wellington, some highlights from this week in Wellington club rugby history are below 1 July 1939: The Dominion: “Rugby interest ran high today, a record crowd [10,000] for the season being

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