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Year by Year , Our History ~ 2014 ~

We hope you enjoy this look back as we look forward to many more years of recording the history of North Otago Rugby Union. We acknowledge all the information from the NZ “Rugby Almanack” Series from the season’s 1934 through to 2016
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2014

Season

2014 Status:
Heartland Championship
Founded 1904 (affiliated NZRU 1927)
President:
D.J.L. (David) Douglas
Chairman:
W.L. (Warren) Prescott
Chief.Executive.Officer:
C.S. (Colin) Jackson
Coach:
M.J. (Mike) Mullins
Assistant Coaches:
T.W.(Troy) Looms
Main ground:
Centennial Park, Oamaru
Capacity:
7,000
Colours:
Gold and Maroon

The Old Golds went into the last game of the round robin in ninth place, needing a bonus point win against winless East Coast and for either of Thames Valley or Wanganui to lose in order to make the Lochore Cup playoffs. North Otago comfortably gained the five competition points and both Thames Valley and Wanganui lost for North Otago to finish seventh with a 50/50 record. A staunch defensive display saw them get past South Canterbury in the semi-final in the cold and damp. North Otago were down 12-14 in the dying minutes of their home final, but a penalty goal attempt from 42m out was missed and the game ended shortly after.

The pick of the forwards was captain Josh Clark. He consistently led by example, excelling in the loose in attack and defence and won ball at the back of the lineout. Fellow flanker Manulua Taiti also showed up in the loose. Number eight Samisoni Tongotongo was hard to stop off the back of the scrum and lock Sale Pi’i had pace and power with ball in hand and he was good in the lineout. Usual prop Ralph Darling spent most of the season at hooker, again showing his skills, and prop Rob Mafileo brought a solidity to the scrum. Canadian international Djustice Sears-Duru played just the four games at prop before a leg injury curtailed his season.

In the backs, Simeli Koniferedi was an ever—present danger whether at wing or fullback. It was unfortunate the experienced centre Lemisio Maseo struggled with injury, but this did allow the Sauieleoge brothers to come together in the midfield for the second half of the season. They combined well both in defence and attack. Englishman Ben Palmer took over at first five-eight for the second half of the season. He was astute and attacked the line and goal kicked well Halfback Robert Smith again played every game but he did not have the same influence as last year. Against East Coast, the union fielded three schoolboys — Siosiua Ngalo, Matthew Vocea and Lonitesi Fisi’ihoi. Vocea played the last four games and showed great promise.

Injuries took a toll during the season with only three forwards and three backs starting every game. This saw a large squad of 41 players used, 24 of whom were new to the side. New recruit Tenina Sauileoge had previously played for Auckland, while prop Djustice Sears-Duru had Test experience with Canada. Regulars missing from last year were Eric Duff (Mid Canterbury), Ratu Vatuinaruku (back to Fiji), Ed Keohane, Antonio Harris and Adam Anzani-Jones (all returned to England). The 2014 squad prepared for the Heartland Championship with a three-match tour to Fiji and Tonga.

Higher honours went to:

New Zealand Heartland: J.A.Clark


2014 Match Record: Played 10 ; Won 5 ; Lost 5
Points : For 202; Against 181

HEARTLAND CHAMPIONSHIP 2014
1. August 23 vs Buller, at Westport
Lost  09 – 17
North Otago Scorer :
S.P.Fenemor (3) – Penalties
Referee: Mr.B.R.Johnson

2. August 30 vs Poverty Bay, at Oamaru
Won 43 – 34
North Otago Scorers : C.W.Talanoa, S.S.Koniferedi, T.Sauileoge, R.K.Darling – Tries
B.J.Palmer (3), S.P.Fenemor (2) – Conversions ; B.J.Palmer (1) – Penalty
Referee: Mr.L.D.Scanlon

3. September 6 vs Wanganui, at Wanganui
Lost 15 – 20
North Otago Scorers : K.J.Moffat, C.F.Keenan – Tries
B.J.Palmer (1) – Conversion ;  S.P.Fenemor (1) – Penalty
Referee: Mr.V.F.Ringrose

4. September 13 vs King Country, at Oamaru
Lost 14 – 17
North Otago Scorers : B.G.McKenzie, R.K.Darling – Tries
B.J.Palmer (1), S.P.Fenemor (1) – Conversions
Referee: Mr.L.D.Scanlon

5. September 20 vs Thames Valley, at Paeroa
Won 19 – 15
North Otago Scorers : R.K.Darling – Try
B.J.Palmer (1) – Conversion ;  B.J.Palmer (3), S.P.Fenemor (1) – Penalties
Referee: Mr.A.W.Payne

6. September 27 vs South Canterbury, at Dunedin
Won 22 – 19
North Otago Scorers : T.Sauileoge, S.B.Pi’i, D.Lolo – Tries
B.J.Palmer (2) – Conversions ; B.J.Palmer (1) – Penalty
Referee: Mr.J.J.Doleman

7. October 4 vs Mid Canterbury, at Ashburton
Lost 07 – 28
North Otago Scorers : S.Ngalo– Try
B.J.Palmer (1) – Conversion
Referee: Mr.H.R.Walker

8. October 11 vs East Coast, at Oamaru
Won 45 – 05
North Otago Scorers : R.L.Smith (2), S.T.Tongotongo (2), S.B.Pi’i, E.Sauileoge, M.Vocea – Tries
B.J.Palmer (5) – Conversions
 Referee: Mr.C.J.Stone

9. October 18 vs South Canterbury, (Lochore Cup Semi Final) at Timaru
Won 16 – 12
North Otago Scorers : M.Vocea – Try
B.J.Palmer (1) – Conversion;  B.J.Palmer (2), S.P.Fenemor (1) – Penalties
Referee: Mr.L.D.Scanlon

10. October 26 vs Wanganui, (Lochore Cup Final) at Oamaru
Lost 12 – 14
North Otago Scorers : B.J.Palmer, M.Vocea – Tries
B.J.Palmer (1) – Conversion
Referee: Mr.J.R.Nutbrown


North Otago REPRESENTATIVES {2014 + Total Games}
Name Club 2014 Total for Union
Diego Biro Athletic Marist 2 2
Joshua Clark (Capt.) Maheno 10 16
Ralph Darling Oamaru O.B. 10 63
Matthew Duff Excelsior 7 16
Stephen Fenemor University (3) 9 9
Lonitesi Fisi’ihoi Waitaki B.H.S 1 1
Cameron Keenan Excelsior 6 6
William Keenan Oamaru O.B. 2 2
Unga Kefu Oamaru O.B. 1 4
Simeli Koniferedi Kurow 10 18
Don Lolo Excelsior 2 2
Palenapa Mafi Athletic Marist 7 51
Robert Mafile’o Valley 8 16
Joseph Marston Maheno 5 5
Lemisio Masoe Oamaru O.B 5 65
Brad McKenzie Valley 4 4
Kieran Moffat (1) Taieri (3) 1 2
Matthew Mullins Maheno 5 5
Sanaila Nahuto Kurow 2 2
Siosiua Ngalo St Kevin’s College 2 2
Sione Palaa Excelsior 1 1
Ben Palmer Athletic Marist 10 10
Chris Perry Oamaru O.B 1 1
Sale Pi’i Oamaru O.B 10 28
Mateo Ratuwara Athletic Marist 1 1
Thomas Rowe Zingari Richmond (3) 1 1
Ekeroma Sauileoge (2) Excelsior 10 46
Tenina Sauileoge Karaka (4) 10 10
Djustice Sears-Duru Valley 4 4
Thomas Shields Excelsior 2 2
Robert Smith Maheno 10 20
Solomon T-Pole Dunedin Pirates (3) 3 3
Uilisoni Tahitua Athletic Marist 4 27
Manulua Taiti Oamaru O.B. 9 14
Chris Talanoa Excelsior 3 25
Kilioni Taufa Athletic Marist 8 9
Sione Teu University (3) 3 3
Hayden Tisdall Maheno 6 6
Samisoni Tongotongo Oamaru O.B. 8 38
Matthew Vocea St Kevin’s College 3 4
Jared Whitburn Athletic Marist 4 4
1.Player of Origin ; 2.Played under the name Ekeroma Sefo for North Otago 2006-2010. 3. Otago RU 4.Counties Manukau RU

 

 

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