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.
1937: Athletic beat Wellington 20-0 to secure their second successive Jubilee Cup title in the penultimate match of the season. Athletic (28 points) finish ahead of WCOB (25), Johnsonville (21) and Poneke (20).
1984: Marist St Pat’s has beaten Poneke 24-6 in a one-sided Jubilee Cup ‘final’ at Athletic Park. MSP opens up an 18-0 halftime lead with the wind at their backs and then hold into it in the final 40 minutes of the season.
1936: Interest has stirred to a high pitch by this meeting between WCOB and Athletic in the last match of the season to decide the Jubilee Cup title. Despite the best attempts by their star backs, led by Jack Lamason, Athletic’s defence holds and they score the only try of the match, midway through the second half, to win 3-0.
1975: Anyone and everyone has picked Petone to romp to a comfortable win in today’s Jubilee Cup ‘final’ against Poneke. But nobody has told Poneke. With few stars and brilliantly captained by Don Cederwall, Poneke upsets Petone 11-9 and wins its first Jubilee Cup since 1951. Poneke apply constant pressure on Petone. A big moment comes in the 55th minute when Poneke wing Peter Peilua scores a key try. Petone’s only points in the final are via the boot of Richard Cleland.
1949: It’s not clear that it’s all over yet, the Dominion reporting that its “probable that another round will be played but the final arrangements won’t be known till the WRFU meets tomorrow night.” As it stands St Pat’s Old Boys and Petone are joint leaders of the Jubilee Cup, after St Pat’s and Petone have leapfrogged previous leaders Marist Old Boys – St Pat’s beating Marist 20-6 and Petone defeating WCOB 6-3. The WRFU convene for their meeting and decide that’s it for the year and St Pat’s Old Boys and Petone share the Cup.
1955: After a three-week break in the competition owing to representative rugby, Onslow return to win the Jubilee Cup. Holding a one-point lead to rivals Petone, whom they have beaten twice this season, including a recent 15-14 come-from-behind thriller, Onslow just needs to beat Athletic in the season finale. They win 14-0 and the title is theirs for the first time.
1971: Petone blast Wellington off Athletic Park to win a fifth successive Jubilee Cup. By the time they take the field in the main game, Petone are guaranteed the title outright when their nearest challenger Marist St Pat’s loses to Onslow 6-14 in the early game and thus gives Petone a four-point buffer at the top of the table. The Villagers wrap it up in style, however, scoring five second half tries into the wind in the second half and winning 30-0. No. 8 Andy Leslie, halfback Ian Stevens and first five-eighth John Dougan are all standouts.