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Year by Year , Our History ~ 2013 ~

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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2013

Season

2013 Status:
Heartland Championship
Founded 1904 (affiliated NZRU 1927)
President:
D.J.L. (David) Douglas
Chairman:
W.I. (Bill) Dean
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 lost their first two Championship matches and found themselves 11th out of the 12 teams. They then won their next six in a row to finish the round robin in second place.

The final, away to Mid Canterbury, was unfortunately blighted by a gale force wind which North Otago played into in the first half. J’ndre Liebenberg scored the first points with a try that was converted, and North Otago had the perfect start 7-0 up. But when halftime arrived they were 7-23 down. With the gale behind them in the second half they never really got close on the scoreboard until a 74th minute converted try to Alex Brown brought them up to 20-26, where it remained.

The backline had pace and enterprise out wide. Ed Keohane started at first five-eighth and finished at fullback, taking good options and being an accurate goalkicker. Wing Chris Talanoa was a big improver and became top try scorer, including three against Wanganui on his birthday, but his wing partner, Simeli Koniferedi (ex Fiji and King Country), had fewer opportunities. Lemi Masoe was steady at centre, while Adam Anzani-Jones started at second five-eighth before being replaced by J’ndre Liebenberg. After Ben Patston was tried in the ten jersey, Ratu Vatuinaruku came in. Halfback Robbie Smith varied his play well and made many sniping runs.

In a big set forwards, Samisoni Tongotongo was an imposing; number eight. The best of the loose forwards was inspirational captain Josh Clark. He was always on the ball but a knee injury against Wanganui prematurely ended his season. He was a big loss. Ulisoni Tahitua was a mobile flanker while Sale Pi’i was essentially loose forward cover on the bench but versatile enough to make two appearances on the wing. He made several individual runs. Lock Eric Duff was the outstanding tight forward, whether winning lineout ball or taking the ball up. He had four locking partners. Ralph Darling, Antonio Harris and Palenapa Mafi were a big front row, with Darling busy in the tight and earning Heartland selection. He also took over the captaincy when Clark was ruled out.

The large number of 20 new caps were in the 35 players used. Reappearing after at least a year’s absence were Palenapa Mafi, Ben Patston, Tevita Fifita and Rob Mafileo (all 2011), and Will Henry (2010) and Toetuu Hausia (2008). Robbie Smith was classed as Player of Origin.

Higher honours went to:
New Zealand Heartland: Darling, E. Duff, Masoe


2013 Match Record: Played 10 ; Won 7 ; Lost 3
Points : For 284; Against 219

HEARTLAND CHAMPIONSHIP 2013
1. August 24 vs Wairarapa Bush, at Oamaru
Lost  18 – 20
North Otago Scorer : C.W.Talanoa, T.Hausia – Tries
E.J.Keohane (1) – Conversion ; (2) – Penalties
Referee: Mr.B.d.O’Keefe

2. August 31 vs Poverty Bay, at Timaru
Lost 15 – 21
North Otago Scorers : A.Harris, J.A.Clark – Tries
B.Patston (1)- Conversion ; (1) – Penalty
Referee: Mr.M.G.Lash

3. September 7 vs East Coast, at Ruatoria
Won 25 – 23
North Otago Scorers : U.Tahitua, R.L.Smith – Tries
E.J.Keohane (2) – B.Patston (3) – Penalties
Referee: Mr.J.Dustow

4. September 14 vs Mid Canterbury, at Oamaru
Won 19 – 18
North Otago Scorers : U.Tahitua – Try
E.J.Keohane (1) – Conversion ; (4) – Penalties 
Referee: Mr.H.R.Walker

5. September 21 vs Poverty Bay at Gisborne
Won 53 – 18
North Otago Scorers : Koniferedi (2), Talanoa, Tahitua, Liebenberg, Pi’i, Darling – Tries
E.J.Keohane (6) – Conversions ; (2) – Penalties 
Referee: Mr.C.J.Stone

6. September 28 vs Wanganui, at Oamaru
Won 27 – 15
North Otago Scorers : Talanoa (3), Darling – Tries
E.J.Keohane (2) – Conversions ; (1) – Penalty 
Referee: Mr.M.G.Lash

7. October 5 vs West Coast, at Greymouth
Won 32 – 22
North Otago Scorers : Talanoa, Pi’i, Masoe, Smith – Tries
E.J.Keohane (3) – Conversions ; (2) – Penalties 
Referee: Mr.A.W.B.Mabey

8. October 12 vs Horowhenua-Kapiti, at Oamaru
Won 27 – 22
North Otago Scorers : Brown, Keohane – Tries
E.J.Keohane (1) – Conversion ; (5) – Penalties 
 Referee: Mr.L.D.Scanlon

9. October 19 vs Wairarapa Bush, (Meads Cup Semi Final) at Oamaru
Won 48 – 34
North Otago Scorers : MPi’i, M.Duff, Liebenberg, Smith, Vaituinaruku, Koniferedi – Tries
E.J.Keohane (6) – Conversions ; (2) – Penalties 
Referee: Mr.M.G.Lash

10. October 26 vs Mid Canterbury, (Meads Cup Final) at Ashburton
Lost 20 – 26
North Otago Scorers : Liebenberg, Brown – Tries
E.J.Keohane (2) – Conversions ; (2) – Penalties 
Referee: Mr.B.E.Pickerill


North Otago REPRESENTATIVES {2013 + Total Games}
Player Club 2013 Total for Union
Adam Anzani-Jones  – Excelsior 8 8
Alex Brown  – Excelsior 6 6
Josh Clark (capt)  – Dunedin Pirates 1 6 6
Ralph Darling  – Oamaru O.B. 10 53
Eric Duff  – Valley 10 40
Matt Duff  – Excelsior 9 9
Mark Evans  – Oamaru O.B 4 4
Paula Fenokalafi  – Oamaru O.B. 6 6
Tevita Fifita  – Athletic Marist 2 42
Antonio Harris  – Athletic Marist 8 8
Toetuu Hausia  – Athletic Marist 9 36
Silvencio Havili  – Oamaru O.B. 9 9
Will Henry  – Dunedin 1 4 6
Rangi Hepi  – Excelsior 1 24
Unga Kefu  – Oamaru O.B. 3 3
Edward Keohane  – Athletic Marist 10 10
Simeli Koniferedi  – Kurow 8 8
Jovesa Kunwave  – Maheno 1 1
J‘ndre Liebenberg  – M.A.C. 2 6 6
Palenapa Mafi  – Athletic Marist 8 44
Rob Mafileo  – Valley 1 8
Lemi Masoe  – Oamaru O.B. 10 60
Andrew Matoto  – Excelsior 4 4
Hamish McCulloch  – Oamaru O.B. 4 4
Ben Patston  – Southern 1 2 22
Sale Pi’i  – Oamaru O.B. 9 18
Robbie Smith  – Southern 1 10 10
Craig Sneddon  – Athletic Marist 1 1
Uilisoni Tahitua  – Athletic Marist 7 23
Manulua Taiti  – Oamaru O.B. 5 5
Chris Talanoa  – Excelsior 4 22
Kilioni Taufa  – Athletic Marist 1 1
Samisoni Tongotongo  – Oamaru O.B. 10 30
Ratunaisa Vatuinaruku  – Maheno 8 8
Dylan Winter  – Athletic Marist 6 21

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