Swindale Shield

Easter uprising for Swindale Shield strugglers


Swindale Shield draw and teamlists for round five HERE It’s an abbreviated week on the club rugby fields this Easter weekend with only the top two men’s grades and the women in action. The depth of some clubs will be tested with player absences – some of that due to the seemingly needless Hurricanes Hunters

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Pasi Uluilakepa working hard for rugby success


He made the New Zealand U20s for the first time last year and went on to play three matches for the Wellington Lions in the NPC, but Petone tighthead prop Kaliopasi (Pasi) Uluilakepa freely admits he wasn’t playing to his potential last year. “There were a lot of expectations that the coaches had for me

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Eastern suburbs focus for fourth round Swindale Shield fixtures


Above and below: Action from last weekend’s match between Oriental-Rongotai and Tawa. Ories are back at the Polo Ground tomorrow against the Upper Hutt Rams. PHOTOS: Barry Stead. Round 4 Swindale Shield teams and draw: http://www.clubrugby.co.nz/wellington/games-results.php?competition=1&season=15&round=4 It’s another full weekend on the club slate, and while tomorrows weather doesn’t look the greatest, it is meant

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Today in History 8-14 April


Above: Hutt Old Boys Marist celebrate winning the McBain Shield off Petone on 9 April 2011. Some of what happened in Wellington club rugby in the past below, in association with the Bond Sports Bar. 8 April 1978: Petone throw the ball around freely and account for Ories 52-0, scoring eight tries in a magical

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Eremia Tapsell – helping to build success at the Axemen


Three years to the day after last beating Marist St Pat’s Eremia Tapsell and Jason Bird were one of three players to return to their starting XV to do it again over their nearby rivals. Saturday’s win over MSP was a special one for the Axemen, not to mention timely after dropping their opening two

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Short Passes 8 April


Above: The Norths and MSP Women’s teams take the field on Saturday for the first time this season. Defending champions Norths won 66-0. Norths try scorers not known at time of publication. Please email editor@clubrugby.co.nz with these. Two weekends of warm, sunny weather, followed by one of cold wintry conditions. Welcome to Wellington club rugby

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Axemen take down MSP, while HOBM and Poneke win three in a row


Swindale Shield Draws & Results HERE UPDATED SUNDAY MORNING: The Wellington Axemen beating Marist St Pat’s and Hutt Old Boys Marist and Poneke sealing their third straight wins were three of the talking points of the third round of the Swindale Shield on a wet an wild Wellington afternoon today. The Wellington Axemen caused a

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All systems go in club rugby tomorrow


Above and below right: Ories are at home for the first time this season, hosting Tawa, while Avalon celebrates its 40th anniversary and officially bids farewell to its old stand and clubrooms, hosting Wainuiomata. PHOTOS: Hugh Pretorius. It’s pretty much all systems go tomorrow, as the remaining club grades kick into gear and begin their

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This week in club rugby history 1-7 April


In association with The Bond Sports Bar on Bond Street in Wellington, some highlights from this week in Wellington club rugby history are below. 1 April 2000: In a replay of last year’s Jubilee Cup final, defending champions MSP defeat Petone 27-22 in today’s season opener. MSP leads 20-0 at halftime and holds on into the

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