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Year by Year , Our History ~ 2015 ~

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
and appreciate their hard and dedicated work in providing this detailed history. Web Admin

Acknowledgments to the NZ Rugby Almanack Franchise:

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2015 Status:
Heartland Championship
Founded 1904 (affiliated NZRU 1927)
D.J.L. (David) Douglas
W.L. (Warren) Prescott
C.S. (Colin) Jackson
B.J. (Barry) Stevens
Assistant Coaches:
Kilifi Fangupo
& J.A.(Jason) Forrest
Main ground:
Centennial Park, Oamaru
Gold and Maroon

North Otago finished eighth in the round robin with a 50/50 record and maintained their record of making the playoffs in either the Meads Cup or Lochore Cup in every Heartland season. A dominant win over Buller in the Lochore Cup semi-final was the best performance of the season but, for the third year in a row, North Otago experienced defeat in a final.

At fullback the Old Golds had the sound service of Robert “Oscar” Pamment, who had previously represented West Coast, after Bryce Hosie was injured in the opening game, while on the right wing Lisala Halaleva had pace and an excellent ability to finish off, topping the try scoring with eight. Sale Pi’i, who had debuted in 2012 on the wing, and been a regular lock thereafter, appeared on the wing again, playing all 10 games there. Lemi Masoe was much more effective in midfield, than fullback, and formed a dangerous combination with Aleki Morris who was incisive. Ben Palmer was a reliable goalkicker at first five-eighth, while new halfback Inoke Naufahu proved to be very lively. Assistant coaches Jason Forrest and Kilifi Fangupo also appeared, last representing in 2011 and 2007 respectively.

In the loose forwards Filipo Veamatahau showed up well in his debut season, starting at blindside flanker and finishing at number eight. Maene Mapusaga and John Kelly produced some fine performances in the second half of the season when shifted to new positions. Leiataua Limuloa, who had last played for the union in 2011, excelled in the lineout. The experienced props Ralph Darling and Palenapa Mafi played every game together.

There were 14 debutants in the 30 players used. Of last year’s squad, Diego Biro had returned to Argentina, Robert Smith returned to England. Djustice Sears-Duru returned to Canada, Simeli Koniferedi returned to Fiji, while Josh Clark was in Otago, Chris Talanoa in Spain, Ekeroma Sauileoge in Australia and his brother Tenina in Counties Manukau.

Higher honours went to:

New Zealand Heartland: R.K. Darling, L. Masoe

Oscar Pamment of North Otago charges forward during the Lochore Cup Final match between King Country and North Otago on October 24, 2015 in Te Kuiti, New Zealand.
Photo: Getty Images

2015 Match Record: Played 10 ; Won 5 ; Lost 5
Points : For 280; Against 311