Swindale Shield

Twenty years since Athletic Park closed

10/10/2019

Thirty thousand patrons entered Athletic Park for the final time 20 years ago today, 10 October 1999, to watch the Wellington Lions play Otago in round nine of the National Provincial Championship. Athletic Park had been the home of all rugby in Wellington for 97 years. The Lions were also having their best season for

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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 24-30 June

25/06/2019

Above: Tyro centre Wes Goosen bursts through to score for OBU when they beat MSP 29-20 on the Basin Reserve in 2015. 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 24 June 1967: The Dominion reports that “the relentless progress of

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Time Still On Wainui’s Side

20/06/2019

Above: Wainuiomata celebrating their first round win over Old Boys University at Nairnville Park. Header: Teru Time playing against Paremata-Plimmerton in the Swindale Shield. PHOTOS: Stewart Baird. By Adam Julian In 2014 Wainuiomata reached the Jubilee Cup final for the only time in their history. The best run of consecutive victories achieved that season was

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This week in history: 10-16 June

12/06/2019

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. 10 June 1961: Petone snaps a four-year first round losing streak to Onslow, beating them 9-3 and retaining their three-point lead at the top of the table after seven rounds. Petone maintain their

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The Swindale Publicans

10/06/2019

By Touchline “Booze” and Rugby Union have long had a dependent and mutually beneficial relationship. In the early twentieth century, Wellington (and other regions) voted to prohibit the sale of alcohol, other than at licensed hotels, creating a unique opportunity for hoteliers to cash-in on the thirst of sportsmen and women. Hotels became the “the

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This week in history: 3-9 June

04/06/2019

Above: Marist St Pat’s celebrate winning the Swindale Shield in 2008. See more below. 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. 3 June 1933: A grandstand finish at the Hutt Rec! Hutt score the match-winning try on the stroke of

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The Wellington club rugby Evergreen XV

30/05/2019

The first round is over and the 2019 Wellington club rugby Championship season kicks off this weekend with the 91st playing of the Jubilee Cup. A group of players in the twilight of their careers are still contributing week in-week out for their Premier teams. At the start of the year a similar paper team

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This week in history: 27 May – 2 June

28/05/2019

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. 27 May 1989: MSP stun previously unbeaten Poneke  20-10. Poneke lead 10-7 at the break, but MSP wing Chris Welch crashes over and Poneke are cracked. Poneke’s loss sees Hutt Old Boys hit

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Short Passes – 27 May

27/05/2019

  UPDATE: The second round draws are out and are on the WRFU draws & results website HERE  How close were matters being different on Saturday afternoon? If MSP had denied Ories a bonus point at the Polo Ground, then it would have been the Magpies headed to the Hardham Cup. Similarly if Poneke didn’t

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