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Year by Year , Our History ~ 2016 ~

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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2016

Season

2016 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:
B.J. (Barry) Stevens
Assistant Coach:
N.G. (Nigel) Walsh
Main ground:
Centennial Park, Oamaru
Capacity:
7,000
Colours:
Gold and Maroon

North Otago saved their best for the last two matches of the season – the Lochore Cup playoffs – and walked away with the trophy. But prior to that, only two of their eight round-robin matches were won in finishing eighth.

There were 14 debutants in the 33 players used. Missing from last year were Ben Palmer, Cameron Keenan and John Kelly, all playing in England, while Palenapa Mafi had retired, and Inoke Naufahu and Manulua Taiti were injured.

In the forwards, flanker Matt Duff impressed, after initially missing selection in the squad, while Jared Whitburn played well in the troublesome locking position. Loose forward Filipo Veamatahau was another to improve on last year. The experienced Ralph Darling continued to serve his union well at loosehead prop, while ex—King Country rep Dan Towler was ever present on the other side of the front row. Last year’s South Canterbury rep Sione Vea was an excellent acquisition on loan at hooker, but unfortunately concussion ended his stint before the end of the campaign.

The backline was a very settled unit with only injury dictating a player missing a game or two.

Former first-class first-class cricketer Craig Smith debuted at fullback, while brother Robert, returned from a stint in England, shone at halfback, varying his play well as playmaker. Loan player Josh Casey was top points scorer at first five-eighth including three tries. Matthew Vocea and Simon Lilicama made the most of their opportunities on the wing, scoring six and seven tries respectively. The 19-year-old Lilicama was still at St Kevin’s College and also played for Athletic Marist senior team on Saturday’s, being the top try scorer in the Citizen Shield. The dependable Lemi Masoe was at second five-eighth and loan player Shae Tucker shone on attack at centre.

Higher honours went to:

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


2016 Match Record: Played 10 ; Won 4 ; Drew 2 ; Lost 4
Points : For 310; Against 292
note: a new points structure was trialed in the 2016 Heartland Championship, in 2017 they are to revert back to the 2015 scoring system :
  • Try = 6 points
  • Penalty Try = 8 points (no conversion attempt required)
  • Conversion = 2 points
  • Penalty goal = 2 points
  • Dropped goal = 2 points

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HEARTLAND CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 Fixtures & Results

Date Venue   Opponent Competition Result
27 Aug, 2:30 pm A Mid Canterbury Heartland Championship 40 - 32
03 Sep, 2:30 pm H Thames Valley Heartland Championship 30 - 22
10 Sep, 2:30 pm H Horowhenua Kapiti Heartland Championship 36 - 36
17 Sep, 2:30 pm A East Coast Heartland Championship 08 - 48
24 Sep, 2:30 pm H Wairarapa Bush Heartland Championship 22 - 38
01 Oct, 2:30 pm A King Country Heartland Championship 04 - 04
08 Oct, 2:30 pm H South Canterbury Heartland Championship 16 - 44
15 Oct, 2:30 pm A West Coast Heartland Championship 54 - 42
22 Oct, 2:30 pm A Mid Canterbury Heartland Championship 24 - 36
29 Oct, 2:30 pm A King Country Heartland Championship 22 - 44


North Otago REPRESENTATIVES

2016 Players

  Name   Position Age PL
Placeholder Brad.G.McKenzie Scrum Half 29 1
Cameron.J.Morris Winger 24 2
Placeholder Connor Newlands Centre 29 2
Craig.M.Smith Full Back 32 9
Placeholder Dan.S.Towler Prop 29 10
Filipo Veamatahau Flanker 20 10
Placeholder Harvard Fale Lock 23 2
Jacob.H.Coghlan Flanker 20 3
Jake.S.Greenslade Hooker 20 5
Placeholder Jason.A.Forrest First Five 37 1
Joe.D.Pickett Prop 27 10
Joshua.M.Casey First Five 23 9
Placeholder Kayne Middleton Winger 23 4
L.P.(Jared) Whitburn Lock 24 10
Lemisio (Lemi) Masoe Centre 36 10
Lucas.J.Goodin Flanker, Lock, No. 8 29 9
Maene.T.Mapusaga Flanker 32 8
Marcus Balchin Flanker 27 2
Placeholder Matthew.R.V.Duff Flanker 24 7
Matthew Vocea Winger 22 10
Placeholder Meli Kolinisau Prop 22 9
R.I.J.(Oscar) Pamment Full Back 26 5
Ralph.K.Darling Prop 30 9
Robbie Richardson Prop 26 5
Robert.L.Smith Scrum Half 28 10
Sale.B.Pi’i Lock 32 1
Samisoni.T.Tongotongo No. 8 29 7
Shae.P.Tucker Centre 21 8
Simon Lilicama Winger 19 10
Sione.F.Misiloi Lock 22 8
Placeholder Sione.T.Vea Hooker 29 4
Siosiua Ngalo Winger 22 6
Tyron.J.Davies Scrum Half 24 10
1 Player of Origin ; 2 Otago RU  ; 3 Hawkes Bay RU  ; 4 Canterbury RU

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