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This week in club rugby history 24-30 March

The Jerry Collins Memorial Plaque is unveiled at Porirua Park on 25 March 2016.

In association with The Bond Sports Bar in Wellington, some highlights from this week in Wellington club rugby history are below.

24 March

Wainuiomata v OBU 2018

2018: A fired up Wainuiomata set the Swindale Shield alight this afternoon by toppling defending champions OBU 22-20 at home at William Jones Park. Fullback Justin Wilson is the standout individual for a gallant Wainuiomata in their Peter Dunford Cup win over OBU, scoringall his team’s 22 points. Wilson scores a try and kicks five penalties and a conversion. Elsewhere, Hutt Old Boys Marist, Tawa and Avalon win their second straight matches to head the standings after two weeks. HOBM rock to a 47-19 win over Northern United at Jerry Collins Stadium, Tawa beat Ories 39-26 and Avalon defeat Johnsonville 34-10 in a trio of bonus point victories.

25 March

2016: On the morning of the 2016 season opener, Porirua Park is officially renamed Jerry Collins Stadium and a commemorative plaque is unveiled in his honour at the foot of the grandstand. Members of Collins’ family, the Northern United Rugby Football Club, former players and teammates and many people from the local community witness the plaque’s unveiling and pay their respects to former Norths, Wellington, Hurricane and All Black loose forward Collins who died in a car crash in France in 2015. Read more HERE 

2017: The grandstand at Maidstone Park is renamed the ‘Painter-Hinaki Grandstand’, named after Dave Painter and George Hinaki, stalwarts of the former Upper Hutt and Rimutaka clubs and, since 2014 following the merger of the two clubs, the Upper Hutt Rams. “I turned around and said to George, you better pinch yourself, because they only name buildings in your name after you’re dead,” says long-time strapper and physio Painter. “It was a complete surprise, and we both felt very humbled.” On the field, the Rams beat the Wellington Axemen 50-22. Meanwhile, Johnsonville record their first win since 2015, beating Paremata-Plimmerton 25-19, while Petone beat Marist St Pat’s 24-20 to capture both the Bill Elvy Memorial Shield and the Bill Brien Challenge Shield.

26 March

2011: Jason Woodward scores two tries and 25 points in Upper Hutt’s season-opening 40-12 win over Wainuiomata on Gala Day at Trentham Memorial Park. Ories will win the Jubilee Cup later in the season, and they open their account by beating Avalon 63-6 with first five-eighth Trevor Marama scoring 33 points. Hutt Old Boys Marist will capture the first round Swindale Shield, but they lose 17-34 to defending Jubilee Cup champions Norths with Alaptati Leiua scoring two tries.

27 March

1999: There are 35 tries scored in six matches today’s first round. Defending champions Western Suburbs impress in beating HOBM 34-13, MSP overcome Avalon 46-14 and Lotu Filemu scores a hat-trick for Petone as they beat Harlequins 48-13.

28 March

1992: Defending Jubilee Cup champions Hutt Old Boys are set on their heels in the first match of the new season; going down 48-7 to MSP, halfback Elton Montcrieff scoring 24 points. Last year’s Cup runners-up Wellington lose to Poneke 15-9. Harlequins (now OBU), a merger of
WCOB and University, make their Premier debut and beat Tawa 25-7.

1998: Upper Hutt open the new season with a 23-12 win over defending champions MSP. Upper Hutt score two intercept tries, first to wing Toetu Palemo after a break by No. 8 and captain Mike Robinson and the other to Robinson himself after an intercept and 60 metre run.

2009: The opening day of the 2009 season is sizzling and so is the rugby, as Petone and Poneke both impress with bonus point wins on a hot Gala Day held at Porirua and Trentham Memorial Parks. Petone lay down their title credentials with an 86-9 win over Avalon at Porirua and Poneke oust Northern United 34-19 at Trentham. Petone score 13 tries, including four to wing Fraser Middleton, while new representative players Daniel Ramsay and Charlie Ngatai star for Poneke. Petone and Norths go on to share this year’s Swindale Shield.

29 March

1980: Newly formed club Avalon go down 0-7 to Poneke in their first ever competition match. Avalon has a try disallowed and in turn Poneke score the match-clincher after a controversial lineout numbers ruling. Newly promoted Porirua miss out to Petone just 10-16 in their season

2003: Old Boys University earn a come-from-behind 11-8 victory over defending champions Marist St Pat’s in a replay of last year’s Jubilee Cup final. With locks Bernie Upton and Matt Egan leading the way, MSP take a 8-0 lead. OBU hit back with a try off a MSP error and then kicked two penalties late in the match. Elsewhere, first five-eighth Corey Burt kicks six penalties and sideline conversion in Johnsonville’s 25-23 win over Petone and young fullback Cory Jane is Player of the Match in Upper Hutt’s 28-20 victory over HOBM.

2008: MSP are defeated 10-20 by OBU in this season opener for the Jack Lamason Trophy. MSP will go on to win their next 10 straight to win the Swindale Shield and then tie the Jubilee Cup final 10-10 with Norths and share the Cup. Elsehwere, Ben Aoina kicks all his side’s points in Upper Hutt’s 18-15 edging of Tawa and lock Jeremy Thrush scores two tries in HOBM’s 29-6 win over the Wests Roosters.

2014: A maiden Wellington Premier club rugby win for the Upper Hutt Rams and an ominous warning from defending champions Tawa that they are again the team to beat this year, in an action-packed opening round of Swindale Shield matches played around the Wellington region today. Tawa flex their muscles against the HOBM Eagles, racing to a 23-0 lead and eventually winning 50-14. Tawa go on to lose their crown and HOBM wins the Jubilee Cup. The Upper Hutt Rams, an off-season amalgamation of Upper Hutt and Rimutaka, defeat OBU 22-8.

30 March

1996: Last year’s Jubilee Cup finalists MSP and Petone are quickly into their strides this season. New first five-eighth Paul Moran scores 21 points for MSP as they beat Avalon 36-19 and flanker Steve Hager scores the try of the match from a lineout snatch in Petone’s 35-6 victory over Avalon.

2002: Defending champions MSP struggle to a 13-13 draw with Johnsonville in this season opener, while Petone and Old Boys University also draw 8-8. Continuing close scores, Norths pip Tawa 28-24 and Poneke edge Ories 19-15 in two derby matches.

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