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This week in history: 10-16 June

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 form and go on to win the Jubilee Cup.

1972: Frontrunners Petone and Wellington are neck and neck, Petone overcoming Taita 7-3 and the Axemen beating Ories 20-3. But the battle to finish inside the top six and make the Jubilee Cup round is heating up. In a key match, Onslow buries four straight losses to defeat Poneke 28-26 in a thriller. Onslow and Poneke are two of five teams still chasing a place in the top six.

1989: Hutt Old Boys defeat Petone 13-4 for the McBain Shield – for the first time at Senior [Premier] level since 1952 – and Poneke beat WCOB 24-0 to set up a virtual Swindale Shield final next week between Hutt and Poneke.

Jerry Collins leads Norths against Tawa in the last round of the 2006 Swindale Shield.

2006:Northern United show their class and confirm their hot favouritism for the Jubilee Cup with a dominant 47-0 last round walloping of Tawa at Lyndhurst Park. Captained and inspired by Jerry Collins, Norths are too passionate and too powerful for Tawa, running in six unanswered tries in front of a bumper crowd.

11 June

1937: Second placed WCOB are upset 8-14 by Petone in front of 5,000 fans at Athletic Park. In a stiff northerly, Petone’s Bunk Pollock puts on a masterclass of tactical kicking. Petone’s win strengthens the position on the table of leaders Athletic who beat University 36-10.

1977: MSP beats Petone 9-7 – the club’s first win over Petone since formation in 1971. The bruising win, in front of 6,000 at Athletic Park, all but guarantees MSP the Swindale Shield with one round to go. Lock John Fleming is the Player of the Day.

1988: Defending Jubilee Cup champions Wellington lose their first match of the season in round 11 today, losing to Poneke 18-22. For Poneke, loose forwards Scott Keith, Richard Watt and Tu Brightwell play key roles. Elsewhere, MSP’s Peter O’Shaughnessy scores 15 points in his side’s 27-14 win over Petone to leave MSP at the top of the table.

12 June

University’s All Blacks at the start of the 1954 season. University won the Jubilee Cup 1952-54. PHOTO: VUW RFC The Story of the Green and Golds 1902-1987, P71.

1954: The Dominion reports that All Blacks Ron Jarden and Jim Fitzgerald excel in “completely bewildering the opposition with speed and clever changes of direction” in a key win for University over Athletic.Trailing 3-9 at halftime, University come back in the second half to win 17-9. This match is also notable for being Brian Fitzpatrick’s last game for the club ahead of transferring north. University had recently provided four players – backs Jarden, Fitzgerald, Fitzpatrick and flanker Bill Clark – to the 1953/54 All Blacks to Europe.

1982: The Wellington Axemen beat Wainuiomata 29-13 to win the Swindale Shield outright, after nearest rivals Petone are held to a 3-3 draw by Poneke and HV Marist and University also draw, 10-10. Wellington finish the first round on 20 points, ahead of Petone, MSP and HV Marist all on 19.

1999: Poneke bring Marist St Pats’ 12-game winning streak to an end today, winning 13-6. The win means Poneke jointly head the Jubilee Cup standings with defending champions  Wests and Ories.

2004: Petone win the Swindale Shield, for the 14th time overall and for the first time since 1993, beating Avalon 38-7 and scoring the four tries it needs in today’s final round match. After early losses to MSP and to HOBM, Petone has won seven straight matches. Poneke finishes second.

13 June

1936: Play is ‘hard and exciting’ as Poneke beats Athletic 12-3 on Athletic Park in today’s big match played to a big crowd. Despite the loss, Athletic go on to win their maiden Jubilee Cup title.

1981: MSP’s Wayne Gray and Petone’s Mike Clamp continue their hot try-scoring. Gray scores four tries in MSP’s 31-0 win over Ories to take his season tally to 17 tries in 12 games. Clamp scores just once in Petone’s 19-0 win over Poneke, but he now has 20 tries in 12 matches. MSP and Petone are neck-and-neck and heading for a showdown in next week’s Swindale Shield decider.

1987: Petone still lead the Swindale Shield, despite losing their first match today to Western Suburbs, 20-24. Petone’s loss is their first defeat since the last match of 1985, ending a run of 29 wins and a draw. It’s some turnaround for Wests after recently being spanked by second placed MSP who thrash third placed Wellington 50-6 today.

1992: First five-eighth Allan Henderson kicks a late penalty for Johnsonville to see them beat Western Suburbs 15-13 and send them into the Jubilee Cup for the first time since World War 2. Johnsonville had led 12-0 at halftime, but Wests came back with the wind to lead 13-12 before the winning kick. Johnsonville’s gain is Tawa’s loss, who beat Ories 13-12 but are shut of of the top eight. Petone wins the first round title.

1998: Northern United have had a week to remember. In the space of five days, they have beaten both of last year’s Jubilee Cup finalists. Norths defeated MSP 20-17 on Tuesday and have followed that up with a 13-5 win over Petone. The loss is Petone’s fourth in succession. Elsewhere, Wests are running hot, beating Poneke eight tries to nil, 49-0, at Kilbirnie Park.

Eighth placed qualifier Tawa beat joint first round champions Norths in the opening round of the 2009 Jubilee Cup.

2009: Swindale Shield form is turned on its head in the first week of Jubilee Cup play, with first round co-champions Northern United and Petone both losing their opening matches.In a first round boilover, previously rampant Norths lose to eighth ranked Tawa 15-24 at Porirua Park and Petone meet a 10-13 defeat to Poneke at Kilbirnie Park.

14 June

1930: With three current All Blacks – Frank Kilby, Don Oliver and Hugh McLean –  plus Jimmy Page – an All Black next year – the Wellington Axemen find themselves playing in the Senior B competition this season. This is due to last season’s temporary loss of some top players and an injury toll that decimated the team and saw the club relegated in 1929. Unsurprisingly, the Axemen cut a swathe through the second division. On this day they thrash Selwyn [now defunct] 60-0, scoring 48 points in the second half. Oliver scores six of the 16 tries.

1986: Swindale Shield winners Petone close out an unbeaten first round campaign with a 16-9 win over Wellington in today’s feature match. Petone’s only blow so far this year has been a 6-6 draw with MSP. The Villagers end the first round having scored 374 points and conceded 99. Fullback Allan Hewson has scoredexactly 150 of their points.

2008: Northern United and Marist St Pat’s are destined to draw 10-10 in the Jubilee Cup final later in the season, but today both win their first round matches. Newly crowned Swindale Shield champions MSP defeats cross-peninsula rivals Ories 41-12, with Brendan Watt scoring two tries and Victor Vito also dotting down. Norths wing Sinoti Sinoti scores his 12th try of the season and schoolboy halfback TJ Perenara dots down in Norths’ 26-11 win over HOBM.

15 June

1957: Poneke beats leaders Petone in a result that creates a logjam at the top of the table. After eight rounds, Poneke, Petone and University are locked together on 12 points with Marist Brothers Old Boys on 11. It’s a game of two halves as Poneke are beaten up in the set-pieces by the Villagers and trail 0-8 at halftime. But a much more cohesive Poneke comes out in the second spell and turns the match in their favour, winning 12-8. Petone go on to win their second successive Jubilee Cup title.

1985: Upper Hutt beat MSP 18-17 to clinch their Jubilee Cup spot with a week to spare. Sam McLean boots over most of Upper Hutt’s points to give them an eighth win in their last 10 matches after losing their first two. The Wellington Axemen, meanwhile, wrap up the Swindale Shield outright wth a match in hand, defeating newly promoted Paremata-Plimmerton 38-6.

OBU halfback Chris Smylie against MSP in 2013.

2013: Poneke are desperately unlucky to lose to Ories at home. Centre Michael Sage’s second try of the contest draws them level at 16-16 before Ories’ replacement hooker Charles Paese scores at the death to give Ories the win, 23-16. Elsewhere, OBU are impressive in blowing MSP away 46-18 but Tawa are the team to beat after steamrolling Petone 55-18.

16 June

1984: A death-knock penalty gives Petone a penultimate Swindale Shield round 15-13 win over Wellington – moments after Wellington’s fullback Evan Hopkin has seemingly claimed victory by kicking a booming 60-metre penalty. The loss for the Axemen, their first of the season, means that Wellington (on 22 points) and MSP (22) will meet next week in a ‘virtual’ first round final.

1990: Upper Hutt and Petone will meet in next week’s Swindale Shield decider after centre Dave Rennie and No. 8 Issac Adams score key tries in Upper Hutt’s 25-15 win over Hutt Old Boys and Petone scrapes past Poneke 19-15. Elsewhere today, Wellington snap a four-game losing streak to beat Tawa 29-12 and qualify for the Jubilee Cup.

2007: MSP No. 8 Alex Tulou provides the pot of gold in his side’s upset 12-10 come-from-behind win over champions Northern United in the first round of Jubilee Cup matches. With a rainbow beaming down on Evans Bay Park, Tulou scores the winning try late in the second half, taking a quick tap penalty himself and skirting 15 metres to score. Norths had clung to a 10-5 lead throughout the second half. Hutt Old Boys Marist are also impressive first round winners, beating Poneke19-9. HOBM and MSP will meet in this year’s final.

2012: Marist St. Pat’s and Tawa emerge as emphatic winners as atrocious conditions accompany today’s opening afternoon of the second round Jubilee Cup. In a biting southerly and squally showers, MSP announce their credentials with a resounding 28-11 win over first round champions Hutt Old Boys Marist. At Lyndhurst Park, Tawa underline their first round dominance over Petone, scoring a decisive 37-3 win over the visiting Villagers.

MSP beat first round champions HOBM on Jubilee Cup opening day in 2012.

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