Ross Shield 2015 Programme

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Ross Shield

Hastings 2015

Fire and Passion

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2015 Ross Shield Officials Committee

Executive
Malcolm Dixon (Chairman)
Mark Gifkins (Secretary)
Kevin England (Treasurer)

Members
Errol Hantz  Michael Taaffe  Peter Johnstone
Ray Mettrick  Andrew Dickson
Hughe Ede  Ricardo Fox

Programme
Errol Hantz  Ricardo Fox

Weigh-in Stewards
Police  Mark Gifkins  Hughe Ede

Hawke’s Bay Ross Shield Selectors
Russell Hewitt  Billy Te Hiko

HBRU Delegate
Hughe Ede

Judicial Committee
Malcolm Dixon  Mark Gifkins  Errol Hantz

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Liaison Officers
Wairoa  Ben Mackey
Napier  Hughe Ede
Hastings East  Ray Mettrick
Hastings West  Evan Robson
Central HB  Sally McKenzie
Dannevirke  Peter Johnstone

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Malcolm Dixon  Ph 877 4007
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Michael Taaffe  Ph 874 7787
Mark Gifkins  Ph 870 3646
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Wattie’s   PAK’nSAVE HASTINGS

Welcomes

Mayoral Message

It is with great pleasure that I welcome to the Hastings District all competitors and their families from across Hawke’s Bay, to the Ross Shield Tournament 2015, on behalf of the councillors and community of Hastings District.

For those of you who have travelled to be here, I hope that you will enjoy your time here in Hastings, both for the competition and our warm Hastings hospitality.

Hawke’s Bay is a strong sporting region, offering excellent facilities to a wide range of sporting disciplines, and the Ross Shield Tournament at Lindisfarne College that you are participating in is one of many such sporting events held here every year.

To all competitors I wish you every success, both in this event and for the future. Play well, play fair and to the best of your ability, and I trust you will be a credit to your teams. The Ross Shield has a long and significant heritage in this region, and I am sure you are aware of this, and will live up to this heritage and the prestige involved in taking part.

To supporters, families and spectators I commend to you the young people taking part, for the achievements they will make over the weekend.

Good luck to you all, and may the best team win.

Lawrence Yule, Mayor of Hastings

HBRU President’s Message

A warm welcome to all players, team officials, parents and supporters to the Wattie’s Ross Shield Tournament for 2015.

This tournament is the first rung on the ladder for players to impress and be marked down as players of the future. A number of players that have participated in the Ross Shield in past years have gone on to higher honours both at first class and international level.

A grateful thanks to the referees and officials that have given their time freely so that the games are controlled in an excellent manner. In recent times there has been a number of incidents both on and off the field throughout New Zealand that the game of rugby can do without. At all times show your passion and support for your team but please respect your opposition and the match officials. Humorous banter is great but abuse has no place in our game.

I played in the tournament almost 60 years ago and l have lifelong friends from my team and many of those in the opposition at that time. Embrace the week, enjoy the camaraderie of those around you and above all try and achieve your personal goals that you have set.

Good luck to you all.

Blair Furlong
President – Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union

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Chairman – Organising Committee

The Heinz Wattie’s Ross Shield Tournament is the oldest primary schools’ rugby tournament in New Zealand. Since its commencement in 1902 it has continued to go from strength to strength, not only because it fulfils a need for young players, but also because of the dedication of volunteers and coaches who keep on emerging every year throughout the province of Hawke’s Bay.

Without Heinz Wattie’s, who have a long involvement with schoolboy rugby, a new sponsor in Pak ’n Save and other sponsors who are listed in the programme, we would not be able to put on such an exciting tournament. Please reward them with your patronage.

To Lindisfarne College we are indebted to you for allowing us to use your magnificent grounds and facilities for the Ross Shield tournament. Special thanks also to the Parkvale Primary School for undertaking the catering tasks.

To our billets I offer you a huge vote of thanks for taking these players under your wing.

Here in Hawke’s Bay we are blessed with a group of talented referees and we are very grateful to them for giving up their time to referee at this tournament.

 To all of the players I wish you a very successful tournament. Whether you win or lose you will never forget your involvement with Ross Shield. Your cap will be a lifelong treasure and as you go on to make the All Blacks as so many players do – this will still be a very special occasion in your life.

Many of the spectators will have nostalgic memories of the day when they played Ross Shield rugby and they will enjoy cheering on the stars of the future.

I wish you all a memorable week as you watch all of the players perform at their highest level as they strive for victory in what is “the cradle of New Zealand Rugby.” Sincere thanks to my very dedicated committee who once again will make this a memorable tournament.

Finally the entire Ross Shield fraternity owes a very special vote of thanks to Mr Errol Hantz for his leadership, guidance and supreme effort on behalf of the primary school rugby players within Hawke’s Bay and for his time and skill in producing this marvellous programme.

Malcolm Dixon
Chairperson
Hastings Ross Shield Committee.

Patron’s Message

Nei te mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa, nau mai haere mai ki te whakataetae whutupaoro ara ko te ROSS SHIELD RUGBY TOURNAMENT 2015.

Firstly, many thanks to Lindisfarne College (Hastings) for the generous gesture of the use of their facilities and hosting the annual tournament once again.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Hawke’s Bay Ross Shield Committee, Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union, the management of all teams participating, to all of the players, referees, St John’s Association, supporting family members and all other associated parties with the tournament for their continued support.

To all the players, firstly congratulations on your Ross Shield selection. I wish you well throughout the tournament and for your future rugby endeavours. Remember, you are playing in the footsteps of some extremely great past Ross Shield players. Some have become All Blacks, some have become New Zealand age grade reps, some have represented their country of origin, and many have represented provinces throughout New Zealand. Both on and off the field show respect, team spirit, make new friends, play well, play fair and most of all enjoy your Ross Shield experience.

In closing I wish all supporters of rugby and all visitors a very warm welcome and hope you enjoy the tournament and your stay. Furthermore, return home with fond memories not only of the district but of the players and the games played throughout this week.

Kia ora koutou katoa,
William (Bill) David Blake QSM
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A Warm Welcome

It is once again with great honour that I put pen to paper and write this tribute for the upcoming 2015 Ross Shield Tournament to be held in Hastings.

Last year I had the great privilege of attending the 2014 HB Ross Shield Tournament held in Wairoa. What a brilliant tournament, it had everything one could ask for, magnificent hosts, exceptional rugby, and a town that echoed its support, day after day. Can I congratulate Nick and his wonderful team for an outstanding job, well done to you all.

This year the organising of the 2015 Tournament falls on Hastings, and I know as in past years this will be a week of exciting, free running rugby, supported by proud and admiring parents and spectators.

Last year we were treated to a very tense tournament as our country regions really took it to the larger provinces. Games were closer than they had been in past tournaments and upsets seemed to be just around the corner. Coaches were fully focused on each game and rugby enthusiasts like myself were loving every moment.

This is what “Ross Shield Rugby” is all about, the passion, the excitement, the jubilation, the sorrow, the tension, the ‘if onlys’, the ’maybe next times’. All these emotions bind together to create a wonderful week of suspenseful rugby for all to watch and admire.

To all of the teams and their managers and coaches, best of luck for the Tournament, I know you will all try hard to win for that is the goal of any sporting team, however always remember the game is built around ’respect’. Respect for yourself, your team mates and most importantly your opposition.

To the organising committee, may I extend my thanks and appreciation to you all for the dedication, energy and commitment you have given to launch this wonderful tournament.

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WHY A WEIGHT RESTRICTED TOURNAMENT

The Ross Shield is a schools’ tournament which is age restricted, weight restricted and school year level restricted. These ”restrictions” have been in place for most of the 100 years plus since it was first played for in 1902. The weight, age, and class levels are there to ensure that there is as far as possible a fair competition between the best players of similar age, weight and experience from the six districts of Hawke’s Bay.

The restriction on age and class level has never been a major issue but weight has and continues to be an issue. Given the make up of the teams in the tournament weight limits will always be an issue because the tournament comprises teams from rural, low population and low player base to city teams that have a greater population and player base from which to select their teams.

If the weight limit is too high or, worse, open weight then the districts with the lower player base will suffer because they will not have the same number of reasonably skilful bigger players. Skilful bigger players at the primary school level have a greater impact than they do at higher levels of rugby. Usually there are fewer skilful players in our rural teams than the city teams have; this compounds the disadvantage the country teams have.

In recent years success in the tournament has been dominated by city teams, some of this can be attributed to rule changes all of which have been to the disadvantage of the rural districts.

Raising the weight limit brought heavier players into the tournament, often these players have been older and more physically mature. The impact on the workload of the key players in weaker teams became greater, not for one game at the weekend, but for five games in a row because they are called upon to tackle more often than their counterparts in the stronger team. Coupled with this was extending the playing time by ten minutes per game, this meant the players were committed to the equivalent of another game in the five days.

Whether they come from the city or the country we also need to cater for our mid-size player who given the opportunity will develop into a fine rugby player who will then have the skills to drop even the biggest players with a well-executed tackle.

A survey was carried out several years ago by the Hawke’s Bay Primary Schools’ Rugby Union of 170 boys from a Hastings Intermediate school. The school was chosen because its students were representative of most of the socio-economic and ethnic groups in the Hawke’s Bay area. The survey was held mid-year and included all boys (not just rugby playing boys).

The result of the survey was:

Year 7 Boys           Weight Range 28 kgs to 79 kgs Average weight 42.40 kgs
Year 8 Boys           Weight Range 38 kgs to 80 kgs Average weight 48.30 kgs
Years 7 & 8 Boys      Weight Range 28 kgs to 80 kgs Average weight 45.35 kgs

The survey was carried out because claims, without a shred of real evidence, were being made by managers who were either promoting the weight limit to rise, the weight limit to lower, or for the weight limit to remain the same. For fifty years the loudest claim of the three has always been that players are bigger and heavier now. There is no doubt that boys and girls are, on average, bigger than thirty years ago. They are also fatter!

This is not an argument for raising or lowering of the current weight limit it is rather a reminder that simply changing weight limit to cater for a minority of players will have a detrimental effect on the ability of a larger group of players to compete and may even force districts out of the tournament.

The Heinz Wattie’s Ross Shield Tournament is a highlight of Hawke’s Bay’s rugby calendar. It is well known and respected throughout the province.

It is probably the most well-known rugby trophy in Hawke’s Bay rugby; we must be getting something right!

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Hawke’s Bay Primary Schools’ Rugby
The Parent Body

This affiliated body of the Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union originated in a formal manner on 6 December 1990 following a meeting called by Dave Johnson and Errol Hantz.

The HBPSR created their Constitution, which was ratified by the HBRU, and a formal election of officers was held on 25 May 1992 with the following being elected:

Patron: Bill Mathewson
Chairman: Michael Taaffe
Secretary/Treasurer: Errol Hantz
Delegate-HBRU: David Johnson

The HBPSR is the parent body of the Ross Shield and has the following specific objectives:

a.  to foster rugby in primary and intermediate schools throughout the HBRU district;
b.  to encourage the game through tournaments by primary and intermediate schools representing  districts in the HBRU;
c.  to arrange the distribution of resources;
d.  to liaise, advise and assist the HBRU on matters relating to primary and intermediate schools 

There has since been a wide variety of tasks undertaken with considerable success, and it is believed that the interest, awareness and profile of the game has increased and been enhanced within the schools. Many of the Hawke’s Bay youth have in some way been involved with many of the ventures such as:     

  Participating in the popular Wattie’s Barefoot 7’s tournament held in Hastings over 29 years  
  Receiving a free copy of the annual “Junior Magpie ” magazine 
  Kicked or passed one of the many rugby balls that have been given to the schools
  Had better coaching through teacher in-service days 
  Being selected for a district team for the Ross Shield Tournament 
  Been part of “Rugby Days”
  Received rugby posters and booklets 
  Played in our new venture “Beach 5’s” tournaments 
  Regular publicity and profiling in the newspaper, radio and media

To enable the HBPSR to carry out these tasks a considerable amount of sponsorship has been necessary and grateful thanks go to our major sponsors over the years: Heinz Wattie’s, HBRU, 0800 Sunshade, Mipenco, Hawk Packaging, Pak ’n Save Hastings, Stortford Lodge TAB, and our many advertisers. Their generosity and financial support has allowed us to continue to maintain and further develop our activities.

The Management Committee is deliberately small and this has increased its effectiveness but places considerable demands upon their time and energy. However, there is a large group of willing people called upon to assist with the carrying out of the activities.

They so cheerfully help the youth of Hawke’s Bay.

The present officers who have accepted the challenge of ensuring the Ross Shield and other school rugby activities are planned, organised and carried out are:

Patron: Bill Blake
Chairman: Mark Gifkins
Secretary/Treasurer: Errol Hantz
Delegate-HBRU: Hughe Ede

Life Members

The following are elected Life Members:

Wairoa         Bill Blake  1994
Napier         Arthur Brown  2014
Hastings       Errol Hantz & Michael Taaffe  2002 & 2003
Central HB     David Schaw  2008
Dannevirke     Pat Walshe  1997

The following have been Life Members:

Hastings       J J O’Connor  1993, Bill Mathewson  1994
Central HB     Trevor White  1993
Napier         Dave Johnson  1994
                    Michael Combs  2008

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Hawke’s Bay Primary Schools’ Rugby

Related Activities

All organisations need to progress, make improvements and change. Without this the spirit and quality would wither and die.

Ross Shield has been operating almost continuously since 1902 so it has seen many changes over those years that make it the memorable and strong tournament it is today.

And so it continues today with new innovations. There is a strong proposal to launch a new provincial wide tournament to further involve the rugby youth of the schools in the various districts of Hawke’s Bay. Details of this will be announced at this Ross Shield Tournament.

Past innovations include –

The Emblem 

In  1984 it was decided to create a more vivid impression to the public and place before them, and the players, a symbol that epitomised what the Ross Shield Tournament stands for. It was felt that a stylised emblem would fit this pattern and also perhaps be perpetuated in the future at successive tournaments. Because that year was also a special year in Hastings, as well as for Hawke’s Bay Rugby, the Tournament Committee decided to arrange a re-union of ex-Ross Shield players and thought it fitting that this emblem be embroidered into cloth badges and presented to every participating player in the 1984 tournament.

The emblem was basically designed whilst sitting around a kitchen table and amid much discussion and drawing it was developed into its present form. 

Being black on white it reflects the Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union’s traditional colours and when printed on various tints of papers it could also symbolise the various Sub-Unions. The cloth badge has the five colours of all Sub-Unions incorporated.

The central feature is of course the shape which is indicative of the Ross Shield for which all players have strived so valiantly for since 1902 and will continue to do so in the future. Placed above the Shield is the unique Ross Shield cap, an item which is highly prized by those who gain one.

These caps have changed over the years due to different manufacturers and choice of colours. In 1944 no money was available for the usual caps, so Mrs Yule, the mother of one of the Hastings players, donated a black felt dress that was cut up and made into the Hastings caps, so the team could have their token of their selection.

The Central Hawke’s Bay cap has changed colour as has Dannevirke’s and some have changed shape to have a peak and a tassel. In 1996 the caps had the year and the emblem embroidered for the first time. Placed prominently in the shield are the oval ball and the goalposts that clearly identify the sport with which the words “Ross Shield” are associated. On the left side of the posts are symbolic trees and bush representing the rural aspect of the province, and on the right side are symbolic factories and buildings indicating the towns and cities of Hawke’s Bay.

So far we have found that the emblem has been readily recognised and has been prominently displayed and used in all promotional displays.

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piece of apparel. The emblem and the thin diagonal bands of the Sub-Union colours are repeated down the length.

The tie is only available for purchase by bone fide Ross Shield players, Managers and Coaches and evidence of involvement needs to be provided before it can be obtained.

The Flags

Fluttering gaily along the far touchline during the tournament is a set of specially designed and commissioned flags. They were first flown in 1995.

Each Sub Union district has their own flag featuring their colours and the printing of the Ross Shield emblem to indicate their participation in the week’s activities.

Centred amongst them is the official Ross Shield flag in the traditional Hawke’s Bay colours and this now flies at all occasions that the Hawke’s Bay Primary Schools’ Rugby features or organises.

These flags are also used for march-pasts and other formal occasions.

Representative Honours

To recognise the players selected for the Hawke’s Bay Primary Schools’ representative team and to give them an everlasting memento each player is presented with a “Magpie” lapel badge and an extra black and white tassel for their cap.

The ”Magpie” badge has been presented since 1990 and the extra tassel since 2010. Both of these items are unique to the Ross Shield tournament.

0800 Sunshade Beach 5’s Tournament

First commenced in 2005 this unique tournament continues to thrive within an increasing number of schools and is becoming an awaited fixture on the calendars in the early part of the year. 

Now staged only at Ocean Beach, there are two tournaments organised for the varying levels of ages and classes. The restricted number of entries to each tournament are quickly filled.

It is our intention to continue to attempt expanding the concept to other districts and those schools which regularly participate and clamour for its continued organisation and staging.

The opportunity to play rugby in a new environment, fall into the sea at the end and to take sand home in places where it is difficult to remove is all part of the charm.

Heinz-Wattie’s Barefoot Seven’s

It continues to be a success story from the time it commenced twenty-nine years ago with just 12 schools prepared to enter in 1986 and it has continued to grow in size and participation till this year it reached 68 schools entering 233 teams.

It is a promotion and celebration of junior rugby held at Hastings Boys’ High and Akina Park in May of each year. It suits the school calendar and its major purpose is to encourage children to enjoy rugby and involve many of those who not usually play in the official competitions on Saturday.

When you consider the travel of huge distances just to get to Hastings for their promised four games it gives evidence of rugby still having a popular place in the sporting programmes of Hawke’s Bay schools.

Rugby Ball Distribution

Over many years the HBPSR has been trying to support the game in schools by providing a rugby ball to selected schools. A selected group of 25 schools has been made each year since 1990 and a sponsored ball has been delivered for the pupils to punt, placekick, drop kick, spiral into touch, pass, dummy, drive forward, maul scrum over, ruck, wrestle and tackle for.

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The Ross Shield

The Ross Shield Tournament is now well established as the pinnacle of primary schools’ rugby in the Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union’s district and has been competed for by the various districts of Wairoa, Napier, Hastings, Central Hawke’s Bay, Taupo and Dannevirke since 1902. This makes it older than even the Ranfurly Shield.

Each year players under the age of 14 travel to play a week long festival of rugby; it is competitive and challenging but it creates levels of discipline and skill which become life-long lessons. From this nursery have come many footballers who have gone onto higher honours in the various aspects of the game, as well as in life.

The hosting township embraces the tournament and celebrates these youngsters who represent their families, their schools, their districts with passion and commitment.

Mr J R Ross, a Napier businessman and keen sports’ enthusiast, donated the shield for competition among primary schools in the HBRU area. The record of the individual school holders is engraved on the shield itself and since 1923 the name of the winning district was engraved.

Initially, whilst waiting for the shield to be made and formally presented, a rugby ball was donated as the prize to the winning school; but once the shield appeared the winning schools’ names was engraved to record the history.

Some time in the 1915 – 16 era the shield was destroyed in a school fire, a new one was carved and embellished and thus it continues to this day, albeit with two extra layers having been added to accommodate the ensuing years.

It is apparent that schools from Napier south only became involved in the early years and this must have created some transport difficulties to overcome by the challengers. The early system was a play off between the best north school (Napier, Hastings) against the best of the south (CHB, Dannevirke). It is well to recall that in those days primary schools often retained pupils until they were 15 years old (the old proficiency exam had to be passed before a pupil could move on to secondary school). Up until the late thirties age was often a point of debate at the Managers’ Meetings but as the system of promotion in schools changed, the issue resolved itself.

During World War 1 no competition was held and immediately after the war there were several years without competition. It appeared that the shield had lost some of its impact and some reforms were required. The Secretary/ Manager of the Hawke’s Bay Education Board, Mr W L Dunn, was instrumental in setting up the basis of the present competition, ie. a selection was made from schools in a sub-union and the selected schools met at the tournament.

The basic format has survived with some variations to this day and the developments and refinements made have produced an exciting and interesting tournament.

Dannevirke has been an integral part of Ross Shield Tournaments since the early 1920’s and played under the title of Southern and later played as Dannevirke when Woodville’s interest went into the Bush Rugby Union.

Wairoa began their association in 1936 and won their first tournament in the following year.

Taupo made their first appearance in 1943 and were withdrawn in 1988 as they became affiliated to the King Country Union. They marked their involvement with the presentation of the Taupo Trophy presented to the player of the tournament. Special dispensation was given to the Taupo schools to participate in 1988 to allow them to host the tournament for the last time. To prevent the bye, Hastings, being historically the most successful Sub-Union, was divided into two districts and now enter two teams. The division was not gained without argument and it required a resolution from the HBRU to stipulate that Hastings could provide two teams.

The stylized emblem we have adopted was accepted in 1984 and has now become widely identified and recognised. Also in that year a Reunion was held in Hastings to mark the city’s centenary and a marvelous day of activity resulted, culminating with NZRFU guest speakers.

A centenary was held in Napier in 2002 and was attended by 700 past players and coaches and dimmed memories were rejuvenated, not always with accuracy.

The Ranfurly Shield did not command respect in its early days, and it has survived much controversy, dispute and criticism, to be the most sought after trophy in New Zealand rugby. The Wattie’s Ross Shield has been through all of that and survived, in fact growing from strength to strength. It is a tournament for players who are striving to help their team win, and for five teams to accept defeat, this can’t be a bad thing.

Those of us who have shared in the Ross Shield experience say so with pride and so too will future generations of players, managers and enthusiasts.

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Previous Ross Shield Winners

1902-03  Marist Brothers, Napier
1904-05 No Competition
1906-07  Marist Brothers, Napier
1908       Woodville District School
1909       Napier District School
1910-11  Napier Main School
1912       St Patrick’s, Hastings & Woodville DHS
1913       Napier Main School
1914       Not Known
1915       Napier District School
1916       Napier Main School
1917       Not known
1918       Marist Brothers
1919-20  No competition
1921       Dannevirke South
1922       No competition
1923-24  Napier
1925       Hastings
1926       Southern Hawke’s Bay
1927       Napier
1928       Hastings
1929       Napier
1930       Central Hawke’s Bay
1931       Hastings
1932       Central Hawke’s Bay
1933       Central Hawke’s Bay
1934       Hastings
1935       Central Hawke’s Bay
1936       Wairoa
1937       Hastings
1938       Not known
1939       Hastings
1940       Napier
1941       Southern Hawke’s Bay
1942       Hastings & Napier
1943       Hastings
1944       Hastings
1945       Hastings
1946       Napier
1947       Wairoa
1948       Hastings
1949       Wairoa
1950       Wairoa
1951       Wairoa, Hastings & Central Hawke’s Bay
1952       Wairoa
1953       Hastings
1954       Hastings
1955       Napier
1956       Napier
1957       Southern Hawke’s Bay
1958       Hastings
1959       Napier
1960       Napier & Central Hawke’s Bay
1961       Wairoa
1962       Central Hawke’s Bay
1963       Taupo
1964       Hastings
1965       Hastings
1966       Hastings
1967       Central Hawke’s Bay
1968       Hastings
1969       Napier & Hastings
1970       Taupo, Napier & Hastings
1971       Hastings
1972       Taupo
1973       Napier
1974       Hastings
1975       Wairoa
1976       Taupo
1977       Hastings
1978       Napier
1979       Napier
1980       Wairoa
1981       Hastings
1982       Dannevirke
1983       Hastings
1984       Hastings
1985       Napier & Hastings
1986       Hastings
1987       Dannevirke
1988       Napier
1989       Hastings
1990       Hastings West
1991       Hastings East
1992       Hastings East
1993       Napier
1994       Wairoa & Hastings East
1995       Hastings East
1996       Hastings West
1997       Hastings East
1998       Hastings West
1999       Napier & Hastings East
2000       Napier & Hastings East
2001       Hastings East
2002       Hastings East
2003       Hastings West
2004       Napier
2005       Napier
2006       Napier
2007       Napier
2008       Napier
2009       Hastings East
2010       Napier
2011       Hastings West
2012       Hastings East
2013       Napier
2014       Hastings East

2000 – Nelson Park, Hastings saw an epic final and a shared shield between Napier and Hastings East.

Zinzan Brook, a very notable All Black, shares the shield with team captains prior to the 1999 tournament at Wairoa. Shared winners – Wairoa and Hastings East.

2001 at Dannevirke – Hastings East

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Ron Pierce Trophy

The Ron Pierce Trophy Cup surmounted by his whistle, has been part of the Ross Shield Tournament since 1961 and to win the trophy, which is presented to the team displaying the best behaviour and sportsmanship on and off the field, is indeed a great honour. This is decided by the referees and two members of Organising Committee who make the final decision.

Ron Pierce was a Senior Referee of the Hastings Rugby Referees’ Association in which he played a full and active part in all of its activities. He was an all-round sportsman and represented Hawke’s Bay at cricket. He was particularly interested in the younger players any sport and gave freely of his time and expertise.

In 1959 he was refereeing the final game of the Ross Shield Tournament in Hastings which was between Napier and Hastings. During the game he collapsed and died.

His many achievements, and in particular, his sportsmanlike qualities will always be remembered.

Previous Ross Pierce Trophy Winners

1961  Napier                                           
1962  Taupo                                           
1963  Dannevirke             
1964  Hastings                
1965  CentralHB                
1966  Taupo                       
1967  Taupo                       
1968  Taupo                       
1969  Dannevirke          
1970  Taupo                       
1971  Napier                      
1972  Dannevirke             
1973  Dannevirke              
1974 Taupo                      
1975  Dannevirke              
1976  CentraIHB               
1977  CentraIHB                
1978  Dannevirke  
1979  Taupo     
1980  Napier
1981  Dannevirke
1982  Central HB
1983  Taupo
1984  Central HB
1985  Napier
1986  Hastings
1987  Central HB
1988  Taupo
1989  Central HB
1990  Hastings East
1991  Hastings East
1992  Hastings East
1993  Central HB
1994  Wairoa
1995  Central HB
1996  Central HB
1997  Central HB
1998  Central HB & Dannevirke
1999  Hastings East
2000  Dannevirke
2001  Hastings East
2002  Napier
2003  Central HB
2004  Central HB
2005  Dannevirke
2006  Central HB
2007  Dannevirke
2008  Wairoa
2009  Dannevirke
2010  Hastings West
2011  Wairoa
2012  Hastings West
2013  Central HB
2014  Wairoa                              

The Trophies

Other competitive trophies challenged for between specific teams are becoming eagerly sought after as an adjunct to the main competition. Throughout the tournament one game for two teams will have an additional importance placed upon it as they vie for the boasting rights for the coming year.

Bill Mathewson Memorial Trophy

Presented by Bill Mathewson back in 1990 to be competed for by both Hastings teams – it has now become known as “The Battle of Hastings” and has been fiercely fought over those many years – and the triumphs are eagerly sought for boasting rights.

Tino Amato Shield

was carved by Reg Tuhara with the input from Wairoa College students and presented in 2003 to remember Tino Amato who was tragically taken whilst playing the game he loved. Born in Wairoa he played in the district until he moved to Central HB where he ended his playing days. Now the two districts compete for this handsome trophy.

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Steve Cottrell Memorial Cup

Was presented by his family to commemorate this enthusiastic stalwart of rugby in both Dannevirke and, in particular, the Napier district where his contribution to schoolboy rugby was immense. Both teams play this annual game to honour his memory.

Life Members’ Salver

This attractive silver tray is awarded to the rural district/s gaining the most competition points from all tournament matches. It was inaugurated in 2012 to provide a competitive incentive to the rural districts and also serves to honour the hard working Life Members of the Ross Shield.

Previous Life Members’ Silver Salver Winners
2012  Dannevirke
2013  Dannevirke
2014  Central

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Opinion

Why the Ross Shield Matters!

An insight into how a long and continuing tradition provides a unifying force in the face of Hawke’s Bay rugby and gives some youngsters their first opportunity to taste glory at a higher level.

Does the Ross Shield matter?

It is not really worth asking the question, because the answer is an emphatic yes. We know the difference between sport that matters and sport that does not in sport’s specialised and trivial terms.

And the Ross Shield matters.

Test matches against the Lions, South Africa and Australia matter – pre Super 15 tournament warm-up friendly games do not.

A Grand Slam tour of Great Britain matters – a Golden Oldies tournament does not.

Mattering is not an absolute thing: there is a hierarchy of mattering. The World Cup matters more than the Bledisloe Cup. The Bledisloe Cup matters more than the Tri-Nations Cup.

At the schoolboy level in Hawke’s Bay the Ross Shield matters. It matters to those who play for their district teams and it matters to those who play against them. It matters to those who play rugby on frosty, damp playing fields on Saturday mornings; it matters to those who go to a primary school. It matters to the families; it matters to those small towns, hamlets and villages; it matters to those in the cities, the suburbs, and the neighbours.

It matters because it has a long and continuing tradition that comes from players, coaches, teachers and spectators from the districts where these players come from.

No one has to stand up to explain that the Ross Shield matters; we just know. Every year that the Ross Shield is staged it throws up talent, ability and passion – it  is not warfare: it’s sport, and a sporting tournament has a momentum all of its own. Especially when there is a whiff of victory in the air, and any victory is so heavily sought.

This tournament is not a gala performance, an exhibition match, a benefit game, a commemorative friendly, a testimonial, a charity gig, an end-of-season romp, a reunion, a ‘pick-up’ match for the boys, a  lunchtime game, a parade, a lap of honour, a one-off-see- you-afterwards-for-the-champagne match.

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It’s real!
It matters!
 
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Support from the Sidelines…

Five years ago Hastings hosted the tournament and our photographer, Bill Kearns, captured elements of how the sideline, the families, the parents and the supporters reacted to the teams.

A miscellany of photographs displays the passion, the enthusiasm, the colour and the concern.

Photos copyright of Bill Kearns 2010

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James R. Ross I 1870-1943)

Jim Ross was one of eleven children of William Fraser and Mary Susan Ross. His father was a South Australian by birth who, attracted by the discovery of gold on the West Coast, came to New Zealand with his family about 1866.

Jim Ross, a West Coaster by birth, was 23 at the time of his father’s death. His early business training was received in Wellington working with his father in a shop selling high grade confectionary and crystallised fruits. Then, as a young man, he moved to Napier where he established a business as a tobacconist. A younger brother was with him for some time and ran a hairdressing salon, but Jim Ross is best remembered for his sports shop in Hastings Street, Napier, and his experience and knowledge as a trout fishing authority.

The name of the William Fraser Ross branch of the Ross Clan has now died out. Of the five brothers only one had children and he had seven daughters. The other brothers did not marry or died without children. It is unfortunate that Jim’s marriage to Alice Fenton was without issue as he would have made an ideal father.

One of his nieces remembers him as a kind considerate and very quietly spoken man with a delightful sense of humour. He was also very much interested in young people and their activities and his presentation of the Ross Shield emphasises this. His wife’s nephew, Mr Bob Fenton of Hastings, had the pleasure of a very close association with his uncle during the formative years of his life and fully appreciated the many virtues of Jim Ross.

It is of interest to realise that the Ross Shield is now the only means by which the family name of this branch of the Ross Clan is carried on for posterity.

Famous Trout Flies have Links with HB

Parson’s Glory Fly           

Tiger Ross Fly

Two of the most popular trout flies still in use today haye sporting links with Hawke’s Bay going back to the early part of last century.

Parson’s Glory was developed by a Meeanee farmer and the Tiger Ross came from his close friend, a Napier sports shop owner who also left the Ross Shield as a legacy.

Meeanee farmer Philip Parsons had been fishing the Tutaekuri River that flowed past his farm for some years before he was introduced to Lake Taupo trout fishing sometime between 1918 and 1920.

Joe Edmondson, a cousin and old fishing companion who managed the Acetone Company, in Napier, is believed to have been responsible for his first visit to Taupo. They used to stay at The Terraces Hotel and fish the Waitahanui River from Lady’s Pool to the mouth.

In the early 1920’s both men bought lake front sections at Taupo for $100 each. The La Vista Motels

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are on the site of their adjoining sections.

Philip Parsons devised the fly named after him in the early 1920’s to suit the conditions of the Waitahanui River. Its reputation grew and four years later it was officially named Parson’s Glory.

Ronald Crowther, owner of the Lake Front store in Taupo, started getting it made commercially by Tisdalls in Auckland about the same time he asked Phil Parsons to name it after him.

One of Phil Parson’s close friends, Jimmy Ross, owned the only sports shop in Napier and he patented his legendary Tiger Ross fly about the same time. Jimmy Ross initiated the annual tournament for intermediate school rugby players from around  Hawke’s Bay that still bears his name.

His other love was trout fishing and Jimmy Ross spent much of his spare time at Taupo, in spite of the ten-hour trip from Napier.

Keith Draper, in his book ”Trout Flies in New Zealand” describes the Tiger Ross as one ’ which would run a very close second to the Parson’s Glory in popularity”.

Both the Parson’s Glory and the Tiger Ross, developed by two close fishing friends, have remained popular for more than 70 years, in spite of copies. Contributed by Dennis Smart a 1954 Napier Ross Shield player

The Nursery of our National Game

During the last week of September a tournament will be held which is a vital event on the Hawke’s Bay calendar the  Ross Shield Tournament.

This is a big thing for those lads who are selected to represent their sub union. I know, because I was privileged to be selected for the CHB team in 1958.

This was the first year the tournament was held in Taupo and what an adventure it was for us kids to cross the divide for almost a week of rugby. My fellow lock, John Duncan, and l were edging on the upper weight limit of the tournament of 8 1/2 stone so we had to fast before the weigh-in  well we only had one Weetbix for breakfast that day.

This is the only time in my life when l have subjected myself to gastronomic denial – it was a tough sacrifice, but the stakes were high.

Taupo was something of a frontier town then, with only the main street sealed, the rest being raw pumice. The ground was strewn with small pieces of pumice, the cuts from which turned septic.

One round was played at Turangi, which then made Taupo look rather developed. We were sent over the field to pick up the bottles and other detritus.

The field wasn’t located on hill country, but it would have been stretching it to call it flat. It was pretty much as God left it when lava from the last eruption solidified. But who cared?

The Ross Shield not only engenders purpose and pride in youngsters, but it is a great coming together of town and country. It is – or –  was the  nursery of senior representative rugby. Lamentably, but I suppose inevitably, professional rugby and Super 12 have changed all that. The great days of rep rugby have probably gone forever.

At the launching of Arena Hawke’s Bay, Brian Lochore said the resources in talent and wealth – and public focus – have to a large extent, shifted away from the provinces, especially smaller ones who have made such a contribution to New Zealand rugby.

Hawke’s Bay rugby had its doldrums, and they were often rather lengthy. But we’ve been at the mountain top too. Remember how Hawke’s Bay walked with a spring in their step during the 1960’s Ranfurly Shield era? It would have been the same in the 1920’s.

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CENTRAL HAWKE’S BAY

History

The rural heart of Hawke’s Bay.

Despite its large area it has had the greatest difficulty in selection due to fewer numbers of eligible players caused by the movement of workers from the farms to the urban areas. However, it has in the past provided many fine players who have gone onto higher rugby honours.

Whenever the tournament is hosted the township of Waipukurau takes on a festive air and the colours of all the teams are displayed as banners, shop window decorations and as part of street marches. Particularly dominant is the colour of red and white. 

Fortunate are the city kids who get to experience the Joy of the billeting on the farms as they get the chance to taste an aspect of life that fascinates and opens up their learning horizons. 

Central Park has that close intimacy where the spectators line the fences and can feel and hear the bumps, the tackles and the bursts of energy whilst cheering their teams on. 

There has always been excellent organisation of the tournaments by enthusiastic and capable officials. This year we have seen the retirement of long serving officials – Tony Lepelaars, Jo Brabyn, Linda Mackie and Tom Goodger. All will be hard to replace.

CHB
6 Outright Wins
1 1/2 Share
1 1/3 Share

Schools of Central HB

Argyll East
Elsthorpe
Flemington
Omakere
Ongaonga
Otane
Porangahau
Pukehou
Sherwood
St Joseph’s
Takapau
The Terrace
Tikokino
TKKM O Takapau
Waipawa
Waipukurau

Tall Poppies

This list is not exhaustive. It may omit people or include wrong information

Mick Duncan           All Black, HB, Manawatu
Bert Grenside          All Black, HB
Wayne Neville         All Black, North Auckland
Ken Taylor               All Black, HB
Ian Stevens             All Black, Wellington, NZ Universities
Norm Hewitt            All Black, NZ Maori, HB Wellington, Hurricanes,Ballroom Dancer
David Schaw           Coach, HB Selector, Rugby Academy
Rusty Allen              Coach, Committee
George Konia          HB, NZ Maori, Japan,HB Coach
Bill Spencer             Coach
Reg Rayner,            Coach, Committee
Fred Chapman        HB
Robin Dailey           NZ Golf
Graeme Smith        HB, NZ Sec Schools, Manawatu
Ben Trew                HB, Sevens,Manawatu
Matthew Berquist   HB, Otago,Highlanders,Barbarians
Richard Buckman   HB, Sevens,Highlanders, Barbarians
Jo Brabyn               Manageress
Shannon Chase     HB
Tom Goodger         Chairman – local committee
Linda Mackie          Secretary
Tony Lepelaars       Committee

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SILVER FERN FARMS

CENTRAL HAWKES BAY ROSS SHIELD TEAM 2014

STATISTICS

Played  5
Won     2
Drew    1
Lost     2
Points for  74
Points against  85

HAWKE’S BAY PRIMARY SCHOOLS REPS
Angus Kilmister
Mason Ewart
Che Whakataka

RESULTS
vs Hastings West   Lost  10-27
vs Hastings East   Lost  0-36
vs Dannevirke   Won  39-7
vs Napier   Drew 10-10
vs Wairoa   Won  15-5

THIRD PLACE OVERALL & WINNERS OF THE LIFE MEMBERS RURAL SALVER & TINO AMATO TROPHY

Back Row: Tiare Clair-Smith, Lukas Harris, Callum, Hayden Deadman, Abel King, Nick Meadows, Jahkaya Reti

Middle Row: John Kilmister ( Manager), Kieran Hastings, Jonty Laver, Logan Ross, Tyson Northover, Jade Northover, Raniera Nathan, Matthew Jensen, Richard Waaka (SSF)

Front Row: Jamie Welch (Co-Coach), Puarakau Pere, Lachlan Welch, Tom Lourie (Captain), Angus Kilmister (Vice Captain), Mason Ewart, James Chard, Boyd Harris (Coach)

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CHB Ross Shield Team 1953

Back: Harry Best (coach), Stuart Campbell, John Carter, Brian Jobson, Jeff Wilson, Kevin Hunt, Kevin Cook, Donnes Turley, Wayne Smith, John Boswell, Dennis Olsen.

Front: Ian Stevens, Peter Harmer, Wi Harris, Peter Mayston, Peter Mundell, Jimmy Thomson, Mick Duncan, Kevin Smith, Richard Corberry

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HASTINGS WEST

The Change of Teams . . .

Both Hastings East and Hastings West made their initial and official entry into the Ross Shield Tournament at the 1990 tournament hosted in Hastings. For the first time the two Hastings teams were representative of specific districts, rather than an ‘A’ and a ‘B’ team as applied in 1989.

In 1987 Taupo made known their intention to withdraw from the Ross Shield due to their Sub Union affiliating with the King Country Rugby Union because of geographical considerations, but received special dispensation to compete in and host the 1988 tournament. 

At the Annual Ross Shield Manager’s meeting in 1988 it was agreed that Hastings, who were willing and offered to do so, be split into two teams thus avoiding the bye and assisting with the organisation. Difficulties that arose from that meeting were the voting rights for the Hastings teams, the composition of the teams and Hastings whether collusion by the urban teams would occur.

On application for approval from the Hastings Sub Union barriers were placed by them which prevented smooth implementation of the setting up of the two teams and after several inconclusive meetings a dictate from HBRU ordered that two teams from Hastings be entered. Because of the time constraint an ’A’ and ‘B’ team were entered in 1989, called euphemistically ’Hastings Black’  and ’Hastings Green’, which wasn’t entirely satisfactory from the selection and coaching angle. The ’A’ Team won the shield but the ’B’ team acquitted itself well finishing mid-table in points

In 1990 the teams represented specific districts thus allowing parochialism and spirit to be developed. The Hastings Sub Union continued to express their disfavour of two teams and the additional costs involved; some areas were unhappy with the district boundaries; others saw the opportunity for  more players to participate; and when the teams ran onto the field there was criticism  about the colours of the West team. 

But that is Ross Shield. Happiness is controversy.

Schools of Hastings West

Bridge Pa
Camberley*
Flaxmere College
Flaxmere Primary
Frimley*
Heretaunga Intermediate
Irongate
Kereru
Kimi Ora
Lindisfarne College
Mahora*
Maraekakaho
Omahu
Paki Paki
Peterhead
Pukehamoamoa
Rudolf Steiner
Sherenden
St Mary’s
TKK Heretaunga
Twyford
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I.M.S. PAYROLL HASTINGS WEST ROSS SHIELD TEAM

STATISTICS
Played      5
Won          2
Lost          3
Points for  65
Against     90

HB PRIMARY SCHOOLS REPS
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– C Whakaue
– M McLeod

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RESULTS
vs Central HB   Won  27-10
vs Wairoa   Lost  5-17
vs Hast East   Lost  0-41
vs Dannevirke    Won  65-0
vs Napier   Lost  0-22

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WATTIE’S HB ROSS SHIELD TOURNAMENT – 2014

Back Row: Cullen Shaw, Eldius Oli, Tut Paikea, Shaedyn Katene, Taranaki Hokianga, Sebastian Ferguson, Joshua Dixon

Middle Row: – Haisley Robson (Trainer), Mitchel Curran, Angus Parkes, George Twigley, Titiana Aria, Te Manu Flemming, Joshua Folau, Marc Fox (Manager)

Front Row: – Andrew Hayward, Jeff Karika (Co Coach), Elijah Mataira, Chief Whakaue (VC), Mitchell McLeod (C), Cameron Tuaputa, Kershaw Waerea. Ross McLeod (Coach), Manahi Goulton

Inserts: – Arama Kite (Left), Reva Joseph (Assistant Manager) Absent: – Joshua Wihongi

HASTINGS WEST PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT- CHIEF WHAKAUE

Photographer: – Rob Wortledge      copyright  2014 Apex Photographic

HASTINGS WEST 5 Outright Wins

The boundary lines of the two Hastings districts have been changed as population and school strengths have altered. The West district now includes all the big rural schools towards the ranges, the suburb of Flaxmere and the Hastings schools on the western side of the railway line.

This area was traditionally the strength of Hastings prior to the division but with the advent of alternative entertainment and sports it has become more difficult to invoke interest and to maintain perseverance, but there have been some fine teams fielded.

In 1990 at the Hastings tournament the Hastings West team played in their playing strip colours of blue, a reminder of Taupo and its sky blue colours, and a reflection of the major intermediate school, Heretaunga. 

The first coaches of that year were Dave Taylor, Paul Unwin, Solly Purcell and Mel Gudgeon.

All these men have played a significant part in Ross Shield over many years.

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HASTINGS EAST

LASER ELECTRICAL (Napier) HASTINGS EAST ROSS SHIELD

STATISTICS
Played:      5
Won:          5
Lost:          0
Points For:   170
Poiints Against:   5

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RESULTS
vs Napler   Won 10-0
vs Centrat HB   Won 36-0 
vs Hast West   Won 41-0
vs Wairoa   Won 20-5
vs Dannevirke   Won 63-0

HB PRIMARY SCHOOLS REPS
– Jordan Tompson-Dunn [Thompson-Dunn]
– Art Thompson
– Rob Slabbekoom
– Latrell Ah Kiong
– Henry Williams
– Marcus Moat  (Player of Tournament)
– Dallas Ashman

WATTIE’S HB ROSS SHIELD TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS – 2014

Back Row: – Wian Botha, Cortez Te Pou, Xavier Herbert, DaIIas Ashman, Luke Baker, Henry Williams, Hagar Keepa 

Middte Row: – Kurtis Arlidge, Ford Panirau (Coach), Caesar Albert, Sam Lee, Marcus Moat, Matthew Halford Rob Slabbekoom, Kupa Isherwood Clive AIderton (Coach). Josh AIderton

Front Row: – Ian Horsefield ( Manager), Jacob Dorward, Sam Horsefield, Latrell Ah Kiong, Vice Captain), Jordan Thompson-Dunn, (Captain),

Front Row Continued: – Ben Gibbs, Tama Dunn, Art Thompson, Andrew Hui (Coach)

Winners Of The Bill Matheson Trophy

Photographer – Rob Wortledge

HASTINGS ROSS SHIELD WINNERS, 1937

Back row (l to r.) ):M. EIsworth, B. Luke, R. WaIker, H. Iones, D. Drummond, P. Tomlins, B. Hill, E. Onekawa. Middle row: B. Baird, K. Taylor, Mr M. H. Beuth (Selector and Coach), R. CowIey(Capt. ), F. Jamieson, H. MacDonald, I. Gosnell. Front row: J. O’Connor, R. Davis. Absent: H. Lewis, T. Panere.

Schools of Hastings East
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Hastings Central*
Hastings Christian
Hastings Intermediate
Haumoana*
Havelock North Intermediate
Havelock North Primary*
Hereworth
Lucknow
Mangateretere
Mayfair*
Parkvale*
Poukawa
Raureka*
Riverslea*
St Joseph’s
St Matthew’s
Te Mata*
TKK o Takitimu
Waimarama*
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History

The district as Hastings East only came into being in 1990 and was honoured by retaining the traditional colours of Hastings, the amber and black hoops of the Sub Union. Note the shoulder colour has to be black, like Hawkes Bay, not like the Taranaki jersey that has an amber shoulder.

The district encompasses part of Hastings city, Havelock North and all schools east of State Highway 2 through to the coast

The first coaches of the East team in 1990 were Alex Mathewson and Peter Johnstone. A team that has been very successful and has consistently featured in the winners circle since its inception.

Tall Poppies of Hastings

This list is not exhaustive. It may omit people or include wrong information

Taine Randell             All Black, (Captain), Otago, Highlanders, NZ Maori,
Roger Randle             All Black, Hurricanes, HB, Chiefs, Waikato, NZ Maori, NZ 7’s
Bruce Robertson        All Black, Counties, Auckland Coach
Bill Davis                    All Black, HB, NZ Softball
Jackie Blake               All Black, HB
Colin Le Quesne        HB, HB Selector, Ross Shield for 4 years
Hayden Wong            NZ Universities
Campbell Johnstone  All Black, HB, Canterbury, Crusaders
Tone Kopelani            Canterbury, Crusaders
Jamie Francis             HB, Manawatu, NZ Universities
Alex Mathewson         HB, Northland, NZ Juniors, Coach
Neil Sorenson             Wellington, NZ Juniors
Danny Lee                  All Black, HB, Counties, Otago, Highlanders,
Josh Kronfeld             All Black, Otago, Highlanders
Michael Taaffe            HB Selector, Coach Administrator, Life Member
Bill Mathewson           Life Member, Administration
Jim O’Connor             Coach, Mayor, HB, Manager of HB Ranfurly Shield Team,
Wally Luxton               Coach, HB Selector,
Solly Purcell                Coach, Administrator
Ward Maere                HB, Southland
Paul Cook                   HB, NZ Maori, NZ League
Gordon Falcon            HB, NZ Maoris, NZ League
Ron Giorgi                   Mayor
Jack Davis                   NZ Boxing Champion
Ray Wattie                   Manager Wattie’s Canneries
Richard Hunt               HB, HB Chairman
Charlie Beetham         Manawatu, NZ Defence Forces
Neil McAra                  West Coast, South Island
Roger Spencer           HB both rugby and cricket
Carl Izatt                     Manawatu, NZ 7’s
Tawhai Ioasa              HB, Wellington, NZ 7’s
Justin Matheson         Otago, Highlanders, HB
Paul Unwin                 Coach, Central Districts
Richard Lawrence      HB Cricket
Paul Winitana             NZ Basketball, Hawks
Maurice Taylor            Coach, HB Selector
Brad Patton                HB Cricket, Central Districts
Donovan Nepia          HB, Wanganui, NZ Sevens
Joe Ward                   Otago, North Harbour, Highlanders, Hurricanes
Joe Snee                    HB
James de Terte          HB Cricket, Central Districts
Chris Eaton                HB, Hurricanes,
Karl Lowe                   HB, Hurricanes, NZ Juniors, NZ Maori
James Rosenberg      HB, Sevens
Ngahuri Thompson    HB Women
Albert Mathewson      All Black, Wellington,Hurricanes, Blues, Force
Star Timu                   NZ Sec Schools, NZ Under 20, HB Sevens
Pauro Collier              HB
Israel Dagg                HB, Highlander, NZ Sevens,
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Carl Anderson           NZ Sec Schools, NZ Under 20, HB Sevens
Ihia [Ihaia] West        HB, Hurricanes, Blues, NZ Maori,
                                  NZ Juniors, Barbarians
Davis Tavita              HB
Jacob Smith              HB Cricket
Billy Ropiha               HB
Mason Emmerson     HB
Jonah Lowe               HB
Hugh Renton             HB, Hurricanes Squad

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Ross Shield Tournament Rules 2015

I    THE RULES
A.   All rules of the tournament must be approved by the HBRU.                      
B.   Recommendations for rule changes must be put as a notice of motion at a tournament managers’ meeting and then voted on at the next tournament managers’ meeting to come into effect the following tournament.

II    THE TOURNAMENT
A.   The tournament is open to Primary School representative teams from the   following districts: Wairoa, Napier, Hastings East, Hastings West, Central Hawke’s Bay and Dannevirke.
B.   The Hawke’s Bay Primary Schools’ Rugby Executive shall determine the boundaries and schools of each district; and the eligibility of players; and their decision be final.
C.   Each district may select players from bona fide pupils of schools in their district as listed in Appendix B.
D.   The HBRU may admit any other district.
E.   The tournament shall be held annually during the state school holidays at the end of Term 3.
F.   The tournament shall be held at such centres as the HBRU shall decide.   
G.   Appeals relating to the tournament rules shall be made to the HBPSR whose decision shall be final.
H.   The host district shall provide an ambulance or equivalent first aid support to be on site on all playing days of the tournament.

III   TEAMS
A.   A player is eligible to play for a district provided the player is a bona fide pupil of a school and has been enrolled at a school in the district for the school term prior to the commencement of the first tournament game.
B.   Applications for exemptions to Rule III.A may be considered by the HBPSR management committee four clear weeks prior to the first tournament game.
Exemptions will only be considered if:
1. a player moves into a district from outside the districts listed under Rule II.A.
2. a player moves between districts because the family has had a bona fide shift of residence.
C.   Each district shall select no more than 22 players.
D.   Each district shall send to the tournament secretary 14 days prior to the tournament information which shall include:
       1.    Name of each player.
       2.   Jersey numbers of each player
       3.   Names of host if not billeted.
       4.   Home address and phone numbers of players.
       5.   Name of manager. 
       6.   Name of assistant manager/s.
E.   At the weigh-in provide the following:
       1. Verification of age of player by principal of school the player attends or birth certificate. (Player will not be eligible to be weighed if this verification is not provided).
       2. Verification by school principal of school player attends of class level of player. (Player will not be eligible to be weighed if this verification is not provided).
Amendment to Rule III, E, 2
If the Principal is unable or unwilling to verify the class level then the player may be deemed to be verified if the class level of the player can be established to the satisfaction of two of the office bearers of the Hawke’s Bay Primary Schools’ Rugby.
       3.   Verification by school principal/s of the pertinent date/s of enrolment in a school/s in the district. ( Player will not be eligible to be   weighed if this verification is not provided).
Amendment to Rule III, E, 3
If the Principal/s is unable  or unwilling to verify the pertinent date/s of enrolment in a school/s then the player may be deemed to be verified if the date/s of enrolment in a school/s of the player can be established to the satisfaction of two of the office bearers of the Hawke’s Bay Primary Schools’ Rugby
       4.   A doctor’s certificate for each player will be part of the eligibility criteria and must be presented at the time of the weigh-in.
F.    Each district shall play in the colours of its district.
G.    The players in each team shall:
       1.   Have not passed Year 8
       2.   Be under 14 years of age on the first playing day of the tournament
       3.   Be cleared by the weight steward.
H.    In the event of two players being lost to a team, a meeting of managers and the Union Delegate may sanction a replacement who must fulfil all requirements of the tournament.
I.    All players, team officials, tournament organisers, volunteers and associated assistants are required to be registered with New Zealand Rugby Football Union.

IV.   TRAVEL, ACCOMMODATION AND VENUES
A.    The host district shall make all arrangements for the billeting of visiting teams.
B.    The host district shall make all arrangements re: weigh-in, grounds, scoreboard, referees and touch judges.
C.    The host district shall make a draw for the tournament.
D.    The host district shall decide the times of the games.
E.    The host district shall advise all team managers of the draw a week prior to the tournament.
F.    Each visiting team shall provide for each game a regulation size 4 match ball. The host district shall supply a regulation size 4 match ball for each
game.
G.    The HBRU shall arrange and pay a grant towards the travel expenses of the teams and the team managers.
H.    A team will play no more than two games on any one day.
I.    All teams travel on the same day.
J.    The first series of games will be played on the day following travel.

V.    WEIGH IN
a.    The host district shall appoint a weight stward who shall:
      1.  Carry out the arrival weigh-in by:
      a)  Setting the scales at 56 kilograms.
      b)  Weighing each player once on arrival.
      c)  Excluding any player from the tournament who tips the scales. [such a player may not be replaced unless conditions as outlined in rule III. H (Loss of players to a team)]

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d)   Weighing teams as near as possible to the same time.
e)   Ensuring that only the team manager, the Union delegate and himself are present at the weigh-in.
f)   Ensuring that the host district does not weigh in first or last.
2.   Carry out the weigh in of replacement players by:
a)   Setting the scales at 56 kilograms.
b)   Weighing replacement players once on arrival.
c)   Ensuring that only the team manager, the Union delegate and himself are present at the weigh-in.
d)   Excluding any player from the tournament who tips the scales. [Such a player may not be replaced unless conditions as outlined in Rule III.H (Loss of players to a team)]

VI. COMPETITION
A.   In every game two 25 minute spells shall be played with not more than 5 minute intervals.
B.   Size match 4 footballs are to be used.
C.   Points shall be allocated: 2 for a win, 1 for a draw.
D.   If a tie in competition points should occur the winning teams shall be bracketed as holders of the Shield.
E.   The winning team(s) shall be presented with the Shield immediately after the last series of games.
F.   The Shield shall be engraved at the expense of the HBRU.
G.   No coaching from the sideline is allowed during the tournament by the manager, assistant manager or those connected directly with the team.
H.   A maximum of 2 nominated support staff be allowed on to the playing area to supply hydration and/or attend to injuries.
I.   A judicial committee comprising the tournament President, Secretary and HBRU Delegate be set up by the host district to deal with any disciplinary
matters referred to it.
J.   Any district has the right of appeal to the HBPSR whose decision shall be final.
K.   The Manager, Assistant Manager, Coaches, Reserves and those directly connected with the team shall remain in one area designated by the host
district while the playing of the game is in progress.
L.   The substitution rule for domestic age grades Under 19 shall apply at tournament, i.e. up to 7 substitutes may be made for any reason. Players can
only be substituted once but players who have been substituted will still be eligible to replace an injured player. Substitutions can be effected only  when the team that is substituting has possession of the ball and the ball is dead.
M.   That the times of the last day’s games be made flexible at the discretion of the organising committee to ensure interest is maintained to the final game.

VII. TROPHIES
A.   The trophies recognised for the tournament and their criteria are:
1.   The Ross Shield: presented to the teams gaining the most competition points.
2.   The Ron Pierce Trophy: presented for behaviour and sportsmanship on and off the field. (It is recommended that the referees and two Members of the Organising Committee make the selection based on a daily points system.)
3.   Taupo Rugby Sub-Union Shield: awarded to the “outstanding” player of the tournament. To be decided by the Hawke’s Bay Ross Shield Selector.
4.   Winners’ Medallions: every player in the winning squad/s and up to 4 of the management team/s are awarded the official medallion. The medallions are to have the ribbons of the host district attached.
5.   Life Members’ Salver: awarded to the rural district/s gaining the most competition points from all tournament matches.

VIII.MANAGERS’ MEETING
A.   The Chairman of the Hawke’s Bay Primary School’s Rugby will preside over the meeting.
B.   The minutes of the meeting will be forwarded to each district.
C.   For the purposes of voting each district mentioned and each district subsequently admitted by the HBRU will be entitled to one vote only. There being no casting vote – the status quo shall prevail.
D .  The meeting shall appoint the Selector of the Hawke’s Bay Primary Schools’ representative team for the ensuing season. Nominations should be in the hands of the Chairman of the Organising Committee prior to the commencement of the Tournament.
E.   Each delegate shall be prepared to state if his district is prepared to run the next tournament.

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The Players – 2015 Ross Shield Tournament

Wairoa
Green & White

1   Stone Smith                    Wairoa College
2   Paora Barber                  Nuhaka
3   Tylah Taumata                Nuhaka
4   Braydon Tanirau             Wairoa College
5   Hugh Taylor                    Wairoa College
6   Te Mana Po Meihana     Nuhaka
7   Kaihau Pasikala             Wairoa College
8   Paora Edwards              Wairoa College
9   Archie Harding               St Joseph’s
10  Te Mahia Keil                Wairoa College
11  Cameron Spence          St Joseph’s
12  Von Huata                     Wairoa College
13  Hani CeJay Waiwai       Wairoa College
14  Holden Jane                  Wairoa College
15  Sam Edwards                Wairoa College
16  Amber-Jane McKenzie  Nuhaka
17  Leroy Tipoke                 Wairoa College
18  Kalaney Ruwhiu            Wairoa College
19  Rakai McCafferty           Wairoa College
20  Taane Manuel                Wairoa College
21  Te Kauhu Barber            Nuhaka
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Management Team:
Sid Ropotini
Lenny Ferris
Jodi Ropotini
Amanda Ferris

Co Captain: Paora Barber
Co Captain: Kaihau Pasikala

Liaison Officer: Ben Mackey

Napier
Black & White

1   Rakai Henare                      Napier Int
2.  Kunta Tawhai                      Te Ara Hou
3   Titan Cook                          Taradale Int
4   Dashan Peihopa-Edwards  Tamatea Int
5   Tommy Fergusson              Taradale Int
6   Kere Penitito                       St Patricks
7   Chaz Heke                          Taradale Int
8.  Jamie Ross                         Tamatea Int
9   Phillip King-Panapa             Tamatea Int
10  Carlos Kemp                       Puketapu
11  Kahurangi Beamsley-Allan  Maraenui
12  Tama Chapman                 Tamatea Int
13  Jayden Stok                       Tamatea Int
14  Dante Kururangi                Tamatea Int
15  Tipene Maxwell                 Tamatea Int
16  Cameron Dawson              Napier Int
17  Kingshouse Tupuola          Porritt
18  Eli Rore                              Napier Int
19  John Teddy                        Tamatea Int
20  Bradley Campbell              Taradale Int
21  Treyah Kingi-Taukamo       Tamatea Int
22  Anthony Faumui                 Napier Int

Management Team:
Clint Chamberlain
Matt Wyatt
Darren Batt
Paul Teddy
Renee Sharplin
Pete Martin

Captain:  Chaz Heke
Vice Captain:  Tipene Maxwell

Liaison Officer:  Hughe Ede

Hastings East
Amber & Black

1    Corban Te Whaiti                  Hastings lnt
2    A-One Lolofie                        Hastings Int
3    Dewald Botha                        Havelock Nth Int
4    Daemon Brough                    Hereworth
5    Daniel Minogue                     Hastings Int
6    Crighton Murphy                   Hastings Int
7    Mark Vennell                         Havelock Nth Int
8    Wesley Akeripa                     Hereworth
9    Caleb Horsefield                    Hastings Int
10   Cooper Flanders                   Hastings Int
11   Mefi Tupou                            Hastings Int
12   Cleveland Cassidy-Waapu   Hastings Int
13   Adam Bibby                          Hastings Int
14   Manaia Lambert                   Hastings Int
15   Art Thompson                      Hastings Int
16   Josh Tomlinson                    Hereworth
17   Ethan Miller                          Hastings Int
18   Jack Hutton                          Havelock Nth Int
19   Samuel Halford                    Hastings Int
20   Finn Calder                          Hereworth
21   Troydyn Bird                        Hastings Int
22   Ryan Ashman                      Hastings Int

Management Team:

Andrew Hui
Ford Panirau
Glen Varcoe
Ian Horsefield

Captain: Daemon Brough
Vice Captain:  Cooper Flanders

Liaison Officer:   Ray Mettrick

The Next Generation

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The Players – 2015 Ross Shield Tournament

Hastings West
Blue & White

1   Macabe King                    Maraekakaho
2   Manahi Goulton                Peterhead
3   Mitchell Curran                 Pukehamoamoa
4   Kaleb Pirie                        Kereru
5   Jade Anderson                 Flaxmere Primary
6   Jarvyais Mangu                Peterhead
7   T-Vahny Tuliau                 Peterhead
8   Arama Kite                       Heretaunga Int
9   George Charteris             Lindisfarne
10  Kershaw Waerea            Peterhead
11  Zac Brooker                    Twyford
12  Deijah Tuliau                   Peterhead
13  Eldius Alainuuese (Oli)   Flaxmere Primary
14  Donovan Godinet            Peterhead
15  Elijah Mataira                  Peterhead
16  Francis Utalia                  Flaxmere Primary
17  Fraser Turima-Heperi      Peterhead
18  Vikta Tevita                      Mahora
19  Hoani Walker                   Peterhead
20  Montell Bishop                 TKK Heretaunga
21  Takitaki Kepu                   Kimi Ora
22  Harmony Kautai               Flaxmere Primary

Management Team:
Haisley Robson
Reva Joseph
Anthony Easson
Sheriden Kite
Andy White

Captain:  Elijah Mataira

Liaison Officer:  Evan Robson

Cenfral HB
Red, White & Black

1     Jock Kilmister                   Waipukurau
2     Rhys Baker                       Ongaonga
3     Josh Cudby                      Pukehou
4     Ben White                         Sherwood
5     Will Laver                          Argyll East
6     Sterling Strong                  Pukehou
7     Callum Shanks                  St Joseph’s
8     Harry Stephenson             Pukehou
9     Ben Jeffries                       Flemington
10    Pryce Chamberlain          St Joseph’s
11    Jakob Kittow                     Pukehou
12    Bradley Boys-Smith         Ongaonga
13    Bailey Carter                    Argyll East
14    Savahn Kotua                  Takapau
15    Oliver Wichman               Pukehou
16    Will Henderson                Takapau           
17    William Rickey                 Waipukurau
18    Cameron Kennedy          Waipukurau
19    Guy von Dadelszen         Takapau
20    Fergus Lourie                  Takapau
21    Tauri Maniapoto-Cheer    Pukehou
22    Carlos Ellmers                 The Terrace

Management Team:
Exham Wichman
Aiden Cudby
John Kilmister
James Laver

Captain:  Callum Shanks
Vice Captain:  Harry Stephenson

Liaison Officer:    Sally McKenzie

Dannevirke
Gold & Black

1   Joshua Rautahi           Ruahine
2   Hayden Bell                 Weber
3   Zane Madden              St Joseph’s
4   Lachlan Christian        Ruahine
5   James Smyth              Norsewood
6   Orin Baker                   Huia Range
7   Cody Borlase               Ruahine
8   Tawera Rautahi           Dannevirke South
9   James Steele              Huia Range
10  Hoera Stephenson     TKK Tamaki Nui A Rua
11  Shea Hewitt                Dannevirke South
12  Dougal Kerr                Weber
13  Tama Nikora               Huia Range
14  Jacob Teller                Dannevirke South
15  Mauger Paewai          Huia Range
16  Duncan Hall               Weber
17  Henry Boyden            Huia Range
18  Siah Paki-Burkin        Huia Range
19  Reuben Davis            Dannevirke South
20  Tristin Peeti-Webber  St Joseph’s
21  Giles Lewis                 Weber
22  Isaac Carberry            Dannevirke South

Management  Team:
Janine Withey
Karl Withey
Nathan Davis
Dave Kerr

Captain:  Lachlan Christian
Vice Captain:  Tristin Peeti-Webber

Liaison Officer:  Peter Johnstone

The Next Generation

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Daily Programme

Monday 28 September

1.30pm Arrive at Lindisfarne College – Pakowhai Road, Hastings
            Weigh-in Stewards –
            Eden  Sewell (Police)
            Mark Gifkins
            Hughe Ede
Times –
2.00pm      Wairoa
2.25pm      Hastings West
2.50pm      Hastings East
3.15pm      Dannevirke
3.40pm      Central HB
4.05pm      Napier
            Allocation of Billets -Wiremu Pearson – Lindisfarne College Noble Room
5.00pm ‘Shakedown” Managers’ Meeting
            Chairman: Malcolm Dixon – Lindisfarne College Noble Room

Tuesday 29 September
10.00am  Assemble at Farmer’s Carpark – Eastbourne Street – Clock Tower
            March through town to Civic Stage
10.30am  Official Welcome
            * Mayor of Hastings – Mr Lawrence Yule
            * President of HBRU – Mr Blair Furlong
            Introduction of teams
            Return of Trophies
            Presentation of rugby balls to
            Team Captains
12.55pm  Celebrity kickoff
            * Gareth Evans – Highlander & Hawke’s Bay
1.00pm  Commencement of Tournament
4.30pm  H&H1012 Café & Bar – Karamu Road – Mayfair Shops
            Managers/Supporters assemble for match analysis/post mortem

Wednesday 30 September
1.00pm  Round 2 games commence
4.30pm  H&H1012 Café & Bar – Karamu Road – Mayfair Shops
            Managers/Supporters assemble for after match discussion

Thursday 1 October
9.00am  Pak ‘n Save & Heinz-Wattie’s sponsored  “Breakfast With the Future Stars”
            – Lindisfarne College Dining Hall
            Guest Speaker – Norm Hewitt
10.30am  Distribution of Lapel Badges – Liaison Officers
1.00pm    Round 3 matches commence
            – Trophy Day
5.00pm  Breaker’s Café – Heretaunga Street East
            Thursday Night City Market – Food & Entertainment

Friday 2 October
9.30am  Managers’ Meeting – Noble Room
            Light luncheon
1.00pm  Round 4 matches commence
4.30pm  H&H1012 Café & Bar – Karamu Road – Mayfair Shops
            Managers/Supporters assemble for after match discussion

Saturday 3 October
11.00am    Round 5 matches commence
2.00pm     Closing Ceremony
           Closing Addresses
           * Chairman of the Ross Shield Committee – Mr Malcolm Dixon
           * Chairman HB Primary Schools’ Rugby – Mr  Mark Gifkins
           * Presentation of Life Members’Salver – Hastings Life Member – Mr Michael Taaffe
           * Presentation of Ron Pierce Trophy – Pak ’n Save Owner – Mr Brendon Smith
           * Presentation of Ross Shield -Continuous Improvement
             Leader of Heinz Wattie’s – Mr Phil Hunt
           * Presentation of Winners Medallions – HBPSR Patron – Mr Bill Blake
           * Presentation of Taupo Trophy – HBRU Life Member – Mr Ian McRae
           * Presentation of Jarrod Cunningham Trust Scholarship – Mr  Milton Cunningham
           * Announcement of Hawke’s Bay Representative Team
             Selector – Mr Hughe Ede
           * Presentation of Magpie Badges & Tassels – HBPSR Rep Managers – Messrs Russell Hewitt & Billy Te Hiko
           * Announcement of North & South Representative Teams
             Selector – Mr Hughe Ede

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Tuesday 29 September

1.00pm         Central HB v Hastings West          Referee: Carl Jowsey
2.00pm         Wairoa v Dannevirke                     Referee: Jarrod Graham
3.15pm         Napier v Hastings East                  Referee: Wiremu Pearson

Wednesday  30 September

1.00pm         Central HB v Hastings East           Referee: Dave Goodall
2.00pm         Napier v Wairoa                             Referee: Carl Jowsey
3.15pm         Hastings West v Dannevirke          Referee: Ian Reisima

Thursday 1 October

1.00pm         Napier v Dannevirke                     Referee: B Clements
2.00pm         Wairoa v Central HB                     Referee: Dave Goodall
3.15pm         Hastings East v Hastings West     Referee: Wiremu Pearson

Friday 2 October

1.00pm         Wairoa v Hastings West                Referee: Jordan Cameron
2.00pm         Napier v Central HB                      Referee: Brent Clements
3.15pm         Dannevirke v Hastings East          Referee: Carl Jowsey

Saturday 2 [3] October 

11.00am       Hastings East v Wairoa                 Referee: Jordan Cameron
12.00noon     Central HB v Dannevirke             Referee: Charles Simons
1.15pm        Hastings West v Napier                 Referee: Dave Goodall

Times will be arranged to suit the draw 

Shield Points Table

                      1      2      3       4       5       TOTAL

Wairoa
Napier
Hastings East
Hastings West
Central HB
Dannevirke

Win: 2 points    Draw: 1 point

Results

Ross Shield Winners:
Ron Pierce Trophy:
Taupo Trophy:

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How a Rule is Made

The comprehensive set of rules on the previous pages have been developed, altered and debated over for a considerable period before they have become law.

Each year the managers of all teams meet during the Tournament to discuss the aspects of the week, ways to improve, appoint the Selector for the following year, raise concerns and perhaps amend the rules. 

The Managers should be aware of the following points in regard to Ross Shield Rules.

1.  The Ross Shield Tournament rules are not, and never have been, made by  the Managers’ Meeting.
2.  The Managers’ Meeting recommend rule changes to the Hawke’s Bay Primary Schools’ Rugby.
3.  The Hawke’s Bay Primary Schools’ Rugby can change the Ross Shield rules without reference to the Managers’ Meeting. (It would be a most unwise move by the HBPSR Executive, but they could!!).
4.  The Hawke’s Bay Primary Schools’ Rugby Executive then deliberates and the recommended change is either adopted (as is, or, with modifications), or is not adopted.
5.  Recommendations for rule changes that affect the games and playing conditions have in the past had no difficulty in being accepted by the HBPSR but changes that cost money have always had a very rocky road. (example: The HBRU refused to allow the selection of a HB Rep Team for many years, initially the team was selected but did not play any games!!)

Change of Rules Procedure
Step 1:  The representative of a district advises the Managers’ Meeting that they have a ”Notice of Motion” for the next Managers’ Meeting. The Notice of Motion does not need a seconder and discussion is at the discretion of the Chairman, but no decision is made.

Step 2:  At the Managers’ Meeting the following year the Notice of Motion is automatically on the Agenda. The Motion requires a mover and seconder and then may be discussed. It is voted on and if passed becomes a recommendation for a rule change to the Hawke’s Bay Primary Schools’ Rugby Executive. 

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Step 3:  The Primary Schools’ Rugby Executive is advised of the recommendation and either approves or not. If approval is given then the rule takes effect for the next tournament.

Example:
1997     Napier gives notice (A Notice of Motion) that it intends moving ”That Rule Vl B be amended by deleting … size 4 match ball … and inserting … size 4 1/2 match ball”.
1998     At the Managers’ Meeting the Notice of Motion is brought forward and Napier then formally moves, Dannevirke seconds the motion. The motion is carried four votes to one with one abstention. The recommendation is forward to HBPSR for ratification.
1999     Districts are advised of the rule change. The tournament ball is a 4 1/2 (and will stay that until a change is recommended and accepted). 

Comment
The reason for the procedure is to protect the Tournament from being changed without due consideration of each participating district. If the rules are easily changed then it is quite possible that extraordinary things could take place such as raising the weight limit in the middle of the tournament. Although some rules are not as important as the weight, age and class limits it is vital that all rules are given the same treatment.

And this Year …
No new rules are in force for this tournament.

2015 Notices of Motion
Two notices of motion were placed on the agenda for 2015 for consideration and discussion.

Rule II The Tournament A
Amend the rule to read “The tournament is open to Primary School representative teams from the following districts: Wairoa, Napier East, Napier West, Hastings East, Hastings West, Central Hawke’s Bay, Dannevirke, Poverty Bay and Taupo”.
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Getting There . . .

Transport is in a continuous state of evolution.  Although day to day changes are small, to compare photos taken only ten years apart is to realise how much alteration does take place.

To go back 50 or 60 years is a revelation.

To get the players to the tournament in the past required the use of the New Zealand Railways, and this was when we had a regular daily service to all parts of the province. It may not always have been on schedule, but it was there, and the boys did arrive. Only the Taupo boys travelled by service coach over the notorious Napier-Taupo road to then catch the express to whatever destination the tournament was being hosted by.

Those of us who are old enough will remember the snorting steaming locomotive belching smoke everywhere, the lines of the red carriages for the passengers, the baggage trolleys loaded with suitcases all labelled, the guard’s van where the luggage went, and the hustle and bustle of so many people farewelling and proudly seeing their youngster off to the tournament.

The main stations were alive with the boys wearing their school uniform of shorts and long grey socks; with about 10 shillings ($1 in today’s money) in your  pocket (if you were lucky); getting kissed by your mother and having to wipe the lipstick off before the team mates saw it; being told to behave and remember your manners; and shyly waited for the rest of the team to arrive and then be checked off by the coach before boarding the train for the great adventure.

Later on the railcars replaced the steam locomotives until they were withdrawn from service and then began the journeys made by buses. All the transport was arranged by the organising committee and timetables were made so that the weigh-in process could be actioned smoothly. Now travel arrangements are made by each team and the mini-buses appear to be the norm.

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The Word is Out

To describe our game of rugby and to inform others the commentator or television comments person needs only a small vocabulary and a huge amount of emotionalism in their voice.

We all understand what picture is being conveyed and we have our own vision and interpretation.

An occasion or exciting action can be described in 1 word…
Wow!              Try!                 McCaw!          Turnover!              Great!
Goal!              Tackle!            Pride!              Heave!                  Smith!
Offside!           Ruck!             Offload!           TMO!                     Penalty!

Sometimes it takes 2 words…
Great hands!       It’s over!             Tapped down!        Blindside break!        In touch!
Sin Bin!               Found touch!      Big hit!                   Try time!
Yellow card!        Israel Dagg!        Inside pass!           Oh, Ref!

Or even 3 words…
What a try!
Sidestepping with skill!
Through the gap!
A spirited haka!
At his shoulder!
He’s a tank!
What a wonderful defence!
Savea is over!
Not rolling away!
Under the posts!
Great lineout take!
A strong tackle!

But with 4 words rugby is summed up easily and neatly…
Hawke’s Bay Primary Rugby
Hawke’s Bay Ross Shield
Come on the Bay!

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2015… A Year of Promise…

I live in hope!

This year, 2015, New Zealand rugby again embarks on a journey that will lift the oval ball game to heights never before seen in this country of ours.

I have a hope… that the men and women who govern our sport take the monies earned by the outstanding deeds of fine young men in this never-to-be-forgotten contest during the latter part of 2015 and use it for the betterment of our sons and daughters, and their sons and daughters after them.

I have a hope… that young boys and girls of all races and creeds in our blessed nation join hands together in rugby, so that the playing fields of our towns and cities will be the breeding grounds of future national teams.

I have a hope… that the older players will relinquish their own faltering rugby careers, for they have had their time, and now it’s the turn of our children, and they cry out for experienced players and coaches to guide them on their way. These older players could be the saviours.

And I hope… that those children be given facilities on which they can play and practice every day, those facilities to be built with the World Cup windfall received by the NZRFU, which is in itself matched dollar for dollar by the  government and local councils so that children the length and breadth of the country can hone their skills without fear of injury, illness and cancellation.

I have a hope… that our provincial teams continue to be a given meaningful competition and that our local teams enjoy and are buoyed by legions of cheering and flag waving supporters as our All Blacks are.

We must be free of conflict with other codes. We are too small as a nation to have divided loyalty and I hope that players, fans and administrators of rugby embrace the players, fans and administrators of all rival codes.

I have a hope… that success in 2015 is not to be an isolated event.

We must commit time, energy, knowledge and money to the ongoing success of rugby. We must do what we can for the game at the junior and local level before addressing the higher levels. I have a hope that people could become more involved, whether it be to coach a junior side, donate some gear, buy a sausage at a sizzle fund raiser, or even to positively support the players along the sideline.

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Own Every  Moment        

Every magic moment on the field has a significance. The memorable moments were captured by Bill Kearns in 2010 will live in the memory of those involved. Let’s share those times…

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DANNEVIRKE

History

In the south of Hawke’s Bay the schools of the Dannevirke district have regularly supplied strong, capable and skilled players to the tournament.

A colder, wetter climate has never diminished the players’ enthusiasm and they have relished the opportunity to test their ability against their city counterparts and have valued their many wins.

In the past the area has gone under various names — South, Southern, Southern Hawke’s Bay and latterly, just Dannevirke. At one stage the jersey had hoops but I’m not sure what the colours were as the photographs were black and white, as you would expect in 1930’s.

Dannevirke, as a township, has fully embraced the Ross Shield and the shops and many houses are decorated with ribbons, mementoes, banners and welcoming signs. The main State Highway gets traffic diverted to allow a march past, complete with pipe bands and often a celebrity player. Past Ross Shield players join in with the parade proudly wearing their caps following behind the police escort.

DANNEVIRKE
5 Outright Wins

Schools of Dannevirke

Dannevirke South
Huia Range
Kumeroa-Hopeland
Norsewood
Papatawa
Pongaroa
Ruahine
St Joseph’s
KKM O Tamaki Nui Rua
Totara College
Weber
Woodville

Tall Poppies of Dannevirke

This list is not exhaustive. It may omit people or include wrong information.

Trevor White          HB,  Junior rugby (Administrator CHB)
John Timu              All Black, Otago, NZ Maori, NZ League, Bulldogs
Blair Furlong          All Black, HB, Central Districts cricket, CD Administrator
Alex Kirkpatrick      All Black, HB
Pat Walshe             Life Member, Committee Chairman
Peter Boyden         Referee (NPC)
Tom Ingram            HB, All Black trialist
Peter Bowden        Otago, Highlanders
Kit Halford              HB, Coach, HB Colt’s Selector
Simon Halford        HB, Manawatu, North Harbour, London Irish, Central Vikings
Greg Halford          HB, NZ Secondary Schools, NZ Colts, Canterbury,
                               Eastern Province, Central Vikings
Bill Kerr                  Coach, Colt’s Selector
Simon Kerr             NZ Universities, Otago
Wayne McDonagh  Coach
Ralph Walker          Coach
Dave Watson          HB, Coach
Michael Johnson    HB, Under 19, NZ Divisional
Craig Boyden         Chairman

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SCANPOWER
DANNEVIRKE ROSS SHIELD TEAM 2014

2014 Tournament

vs Hastings West   lost  65-0
vs Central   lost  39-7
vs Hastings East   lost  63-0
vs Napier  58-0
Wairoa  Lost  57-5

Best Forward
Daniel Bell

Best Back
Kaya Bartlett

Most Improved
Henry Boyden

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Back Row: Connor McIntyre, Henry Boyden, Jed Gollan, Marcus Ingram, Primo McLaren, Mauger Paewai, Brayden Wallace, Sam Shaw, Jayden Tumanako,

Middle Row: Trudy McIntyre  (Manager), Nigel Castles (Coach), Jayden Veale, Caleb Johnson, Josh Eggleton, Hoera Stephenson, Issac Stephenson, Daniel Bell, Tim Read (Coach), AJ McIntyre (Manager),

Front Row:  Anaru Hauraki, Kaya Bartlett, Tomas Senior (Captain), Lachlan Christian (Vice Captain), Teancum Riwai, Jershon Carberry.

It’s A Fact

“Saturday August 30 1941

The Ross Shield winners received a civic welcome by his Worship the Mayor of Dannevirke when they returned home. The boys wearing their representative caps, and proudly having in their possession the coveted trophy, were given an ovation by their parents and others interested in the sport on alighting from the train.

The mayor warmly congratulated the manager, Mr J B Johnson and the boys on their wonderful success. The manager replied by stating that the exemplary behaviour of the boys was equalled by the thrill of winning.

Mr Ross, the donor of the shield, is a patient in hospital in Napier, and after the win the boys visited the hospital with the shield, a gesture which was greatly appreciated by the donor.” quote  from ”The Evening News”

Southern Hawke’s Bay Primary Schools’ Rep. Team

Winners Ross Shield

Arcadia Studios

Standing – G. Cuff  H. [Astrater]  B. Furneaux  F. Monteith  L. Anderson  G. Parker
Sitting – R.Miller  J.Bassett  I.Driscoll  J. Merrylees (Capt.)  H. Merrylees  D. Mullholland  F. Rossiter
Front – J. McVay  (Ross Shield)  C. Goodman

The successful Southern Hawke’s Bay team of 1926

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NAPIER

History

The records of the Ross Shield indicate that the early Napier schools were the most successful in winning the shield when it was a challenge competition played for by individual schools. The only other school to offer strong challenges was Woodville District School. What a journey it must have been in those very early days of the 20th century. Travel would have taken nearly all day on the steam train.

The early Napier schools have changed their format, name or have been closed. Marist Brothers is now St Patrick’s and both Napier Main School and District School have both closed. Fortunately we have two photographs of these two schools with the winning teams. It also appears that Napier Main and Napier District Schools were one and the same as some of the same players are in both photos.

J R Ross indicated in 1899 that he would award a ball to the winning team in a challenge competition and later he indicated that he would replace this with a shield. However, it took some time to eventuate.

Frank Long, a HBRU historian summarises the minutes and the correspondence of that time and writes –

”The Ross Shield, promised to the HBRU in 7902, did not arrive in the province until September 1903. The shield was presented to Marist Brothers School in Napier as they were the area champions for that year and for 1902 and the school had those two dates 1902-03 engraved on the shield, despite the fact that the shield was not in Hawke’s Bay in 1902.

In 1904, the Hawke’s Bay Public Schools Sports Association, which governed sports activities for all schools in Napier at the time, decided that Marist Brothers were not eligible for primary schoolboy rugby. The HBRU decided that Marist Brothers were eligible and an impasse developed. Consequently, Marist Brothers handed back the shield to HBRU and there were no matches for the shield in 1904 and 1905.

That means the first time the shield was at stake in any competition was in 1906 when Marist Brothers were challenged for the shield by Dannevirke School, and Marist Brothers retained it.

Essentially then, this is the first date for a Ross Shield contest as before that time, the shield had been an object of presentation rather than competition. ”

I.S.0. NAPIER ROSS SHIELD TEAM

TOURNAMENT STATISTICS
Played:       5
Won:           3
Lost:           1
Drew:          1
Points For:  109
Against:      27

NORTH SELECTION REPS
– Corbyn Betts
– Wiiliam Carter
– Hunter Donghi
– Benjamin Gardiner
– Anthony Johnson
– Jack Sheridan
– George Sicklemore
– Austin Soanai

TOURNAMENT

vs Hast East  Lost 0-10
vs Dannevirke  Won 58-0
vs Wairoa  Won 19-7
vs Central  Drew 10-10
vs Hast West  Won 22-0

HAWKE’S BAY ROSS SHIELD REPS:
– Reece Akuhata
– Trae Edwards
– Chaz Heke
– Hunter Nuku
– Caleb Turner

WATTIE’S HB ROSS SHIELD TOURNAMENT RUNNERS UP – 2014

Back Row: – Darren Batt (Asst Coach), Blake Harting, Benjamin Gardiner, Jack Sheridan, Warner Deams, Austin Soanai, Chaz Hake, Reece Akuhata, Renee Sharplin (Manager)

Middle Row: – Kerry Lewis (Head Coach), Hunter Nuku, Leo Watson, Trae Edwards, Corbyn Betts, Marquis Ewart, Kobe Brewer, Daniel Lynch, Hunter Donghi, Scott Klem (Asst Manager)

Front Row: – Jody Duncan (Co-Coach), Tipene Maxwell, Credence Harrison, Caleb Turner (Co-Captain), William Carter (Captain), Anthony Johnson (Co-Captain),

Front Row Continued: – Connell Petersen, George Sicklemore, Clint Chamberlain (Co-Coach)

Retained the Steve Cottrell Cup

Photographer . Rob Wortledge                   copynght c 2014 Apex Photograph

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The District

Napier, the capital of Hawke’s Bay, is the home of rugby in this proud province. McLean Park, with its greatly improved facilities for players and spectators alike, and with the promise of even more upgrading, is going to hopefully voice its roar of approval for NPC First Division rugby, as it has for the Ranfurly Shield games, and when it does the performance of our elite players seems to rise accordingly.

The Napier district has the greatest number of schools to select their team from and brings with it the opportunity of the rural and the urban communities joining together.

Schools of Napier

Arthur Miller*
Bledisloe*
Clive*
Eskdale
Greenmeadows*
HB Adventist
Henry Hill*
Maraenui
Marewa*
Meeanee
Napier Central*
Napier Intermediate
Nelson Park*
Onekawa*
Pakowhai
Patoka
Porritt*
Port Ahuriri*
Puketapu
Putorino
Reignier*
Richmond*
St Patrick’s
Tamatea Intermediate
Tamatea Primary*
Taradale Intermediate
Taradale Primary*
Te Ara Hou
Te Awa*
Te Pohue
Tutira
Westshore*
William Colenso College
* indicates contributing schools

NAPIER
21 Outright Wins
6 1/2 Share
1 1/3 Share

Tall Poppies of Napier

This list is not exhaustive. It may omit people or include wrong information.

Greg Cooper                    All Black, HB, Otago, Auckland, Blues,    Commentator, Coach Highlanders Highlanders,
Matt Cooper                    All Black, Chiefs, HB, Waikato, Georgia, TV Commentator
Robbie Stuart                  All Black, HB
Gary Wise                       Referee, NPC, Super 12, IRB 7’s Tournaments
Paddy Donovan               HB, NZ Boxing Champion
Eddy Watts                      HB, HB Chairman
Gary Kivell                       HB
Dave Kivell                      HB
Phillip Pratt                      HB
John Davidson                 Coach, Administrator, HB Selector, Delegate
Dave Johnson                  Coach, HB Selector, Delegate, Life Member
Roger Aranui                   HB, Coach, Administrator
Chris England                  HB, Auckland, Blues
Andre Bell                        HB, Otago, Coach
Daniel Waenga                NZ Under 21, HB, Bay of Plenty
Colin Bourke                    HB, Bay of Plenty, Highlanders, Chiefs, NZ Maori,
Daniel Quate                    HB, Southland, Highlanders, NZ Under 21
Paul Carney                     HB
Ian Bishop                        HB
Doug Curtis                      HB
Ross McLeod                   HB, Manawatu
Gemma Woods                HB Women
Chris Tremain                  HB
Simon Tremain                HB, Otago, Wellington, NZ Under 21, All Black  Trial, Eastern Province     
Mark Tremain                  HB
Hapi Ngaranoa                NZ Kick Boxing Champion K1
Karl McDonald                 NZ Under 21, Otago
Callum Bruce                   NZ Maori, Waikato, Chiefs, Otago, Highlanders
Colin Bourke                    HB, Bay of Plenty, Highlanders, Chiefs, NZ Maori]
Karne Hesketh                Otago, Highlanders
Daniel Waenga                NZ Sec Schools, HB
Shae Tamati                    HB NZ Under 20
Daniel Kirkpatrick            NZ Under 20, Wellington, Hurricanes, Blues
Zac Guildford                   All Black, NZ Under 20, HB, Hurricanes, Crusaders, Sevens
Trent Boswell-Wakefield  HB, NZ Under 20, Sevens
Marise Te Hiko                 HB Women
Ashton Tuck                     Sevens, NZ Under 16, Lifesaver
Scott McNicol                   Hurricanes
Brad Weber                      HB, Otago, Waikato, Chiefs, All Black, NZ Maori

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A Lost Treasure . . . Regained

Whilst clearing out the back rooms and cupboards of the old McKenzie Grandstand at McLean Park prior to it being demolished our local historian, Frank Long, discovered this real treasure. It is with grateful thanks to him for making it available to us.

It appears to be the formal photograph of the original team of winners of the “Schools Challenge Shield” presented by J R Ross.

This is the Ross Shield and the photograph probably was taken in 1903 judging by the year chalked upon the ball.

The inscription on the display board reads:

HBRU
Schools Challenge Shield
Presented by
J R Ross
For Competition Among the Hawkes Bay Public Schools 1902 – 03

There are no names inscribed on the cardboard mount but the incredible formal setting of a proud local garden and yard and the seriousness of all the participants marks this out as a most important occasion. The coaches, teachers and officials have all dressed in their formal ‘best’ and the team is particularly well attired in their playing gear. Seriousness and staunchness were key characteristics and it is etched upon their faces.

This team is representing the Marist Brothers of Napier.

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North v South Game . . .

A new innovation in 2013 was to arrange a North (Wairoa, Napier, Hastings West) v South (Hastings East, Central HB, Dannevirke) match to serve as a ’curtain- raiser’ to one of the Hawke’s Bay Representative matches. This also offered the selected players another recognition and reward for their skills and endeavours.

It should be noted that way back in the past when the tournament was held over three days ’paper’ teams were selected and seldom played.

In 2014 the following teams were chosen

North        

Wairoa          Paora Barber, Kaylem Wesche, Vonn Huata, Clay Wesche
Napier          Ben Gardiner, William Carter, Hunter Donghi, Austin Soanai, George Sicklemore, Corban Betts, Anthony Johnson, Jack Sheridan
Hastings West   Manahi Goulter, Tui Paikea, Elija Mataira, Andrew Hayward, Shaedyn Katene, Joshua Wihongi, Taranaki Hokianga, Arama Kite

South

Hastings East   Sam Horsefield, Ben Gibbs, Kurtis Arlidge, Caesar Albert, Tama Dunn, Luke Baker, Wian Botha, Cotez Te Pou, Kupa Isherwood
Central HB      Tom Laurie, Logan Ross, James Chard, Lachlan Welch, Tyson Northover, Raniere Nathan, Che Whakataka 
Dannevirke      Anaru Hauraki, Jayden Tumanaka, Jayden Veale, Tom Senior

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2014 HB Primary Schools’ Rep Team 

The team was selected, coached and managed by Hughe Ede (Manager), Russell Hewitt and Billy Te Hiko and unfortunately they were only able to arrange two matches for the players to extend their skills.

Following the Wairoa tournament 21 players were selected with Zinzan Ropitini appointed as captain and a skilled group of players were quickly developed into a promising side. The evidence of the up-skilling and preparation of these players for the tournament by their respective district coaches was readily apparent and thus allowed the players to meld their talents into a cohesive team.

The first game of the programme was against traditional rivals Poverty Bay at Gisborne and after a slow start began to get their combinations and had a handy lead at half-time. However, after the orange break Poverty Bay changed their team format with several older and heavier players joining the team as they are wont to do, and their tactics were driving and powering through by their forwards. Good defence, strong commitment and basic skills saw our team run out victors by 23 – 19. Tries were scored by Marcus Moat, Reece Akuhata (2) with Latrell Ah Kiong kicking two penalties and a conversion.

The second match was the curtain-raiser to the Magpies v Northland semi-final match of the NPC on McLean Park. The opposition was the HB Under 13 Openweight team, a team of bigger players and in some cases even of secondary school enrolment.

Despite two early intercept tries by the Under 13’s our team earned plenty of possession and converted their dominance with three tries to lead at half-time by 17 – 12. Fitness played a part in the second half, top efforts by Mitchell McLeod and Rob Slabbekoorn and an all round concentrated effort saw a well merited win by 29 – 22. This was a wonderful showcase for Ross Shield rugby in front of a larger audience.

Tries were scored by Te Manu Fleming, Marcus Moat, Art Thompson and Reece Akuhata (2) with Jordan Thompson-Dunn kicking 2 conversions.

Thanks to all parents for their great support and help in the short campaign and also to the management team and in particular to Russell and Billy for stepping in to be coaches at short notice.

HAWKE’S BAY RUGBY UNION 

STATISTICS
Played:       2
Won:           2
Lost:           0
Points for:  52
Against:     41

RESULTS
vs Poverty Bay  Won 23-19
vs HB U13’s  Won 29-22   

ROSS SHIELD PRIMARY SCHOOLS – UNDEFEATED 2014

Back Row: –   Henry Williams, Dallas Ashman, Mason Ewart, Hughe Ede (Manager), Jordan Thompson-Dunn, Jack Te Amo, Caleb Turner

Middle Row: – Russell Hewitt (Coach), Jacob Paku, Edward-James Olsen, Reece Akahata, Angus Kilmister, Chaz Heke, Marcus Moat, Billy Te Hiko (Coach)

Front Row. –  Mitchell McLeod, Hunter Nuku, Rob Slabberkoorn, Latrell Ah Kiong (Vice Capt), Zinzan Ropitini (Captain), Trae Edwards, Te Manu Fleming, Chief Whakaue, Art Thompson

lnsert: –  Reva  Joseph (Medic)

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The Team

Jacob Paku                       Wairoa College       Wairoa
Zinzan Ropitini                  Wairoa College       Wairoa
Jack Te Amo                     Wairoa College       Wairoa
Edward-James Olsen       Wairoa College       Wairoa
Chaz Heke                       Taradlae Int             Napier
Hunter Nuku                     Taradale Int             Napier
Caleb Turner                    Patoka                     Napier
Reece Akuhata                Taradale Int              Napier
Trae Edwards                  Tamatea Int              Napier
Marcus Moat                    Havelock Nth Int      Hastings East
Jordan Thompson-Dunn  Hastings Int              Hastings East
Rob Slabbekorn               Hereworth                Hastings East
Art Thompson                  Hastings Int              Hastings East
Dallas Ashman                Hastings int              Hastings East
Latrell Ah Kiong               Hastings Int              Hastings East
Henry Williams                Havelock Nth Int       Hastings East
Te Manu Fleming             Flaxmere Primary    Hastings West
Chief Whakaue                Peterhead                Hastings West
Mitchell McLeod              Twyford                     Hastings West
Mason Ewart                   Waipukurau              Central HB
Angus Kilmister               Waipukurau              Central HB

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Pick Your HB Team

BACKS                                           

FULLBACK
Points to consider
Kicking, check use of both feet
Catching, especially the high ball
Defence tackling
Attack Skills
Positional Play
Team play, courage and self-control  
List and rank your possibles for the FULLBACK position

RIGHT WING
Points to consider
Pace, can beat a man on outside
Ball handling skills
Defence tackling
Positional play, keeps in the game
Kick, especially left foot
Team play, courage and self-control 
List and rank your possibles for the  RIGHT WING position                              

CENTRE
Points to consider
Pace, can beat a man either side
Sets up play for wingers
Defence tackling
Positional Play
Kicking, especially short kicks  
Team play, courage and self-control
List and rank your possibles for the CENTRE position

FIRST FIVE
Points to consider
Tactical appreciation  
Kicking, check use of both feet
Catching
Passing, left and right
Defence, especially in cover
Team play, courage and self-control 
List and rank your possibles for the FIRST FIVE position

BENCH
Points to consider
Half-back and other position skills
Tactical appreciation, alertness
Passing speed, left and right
Defence skills
Communication with pack and backs
Team play, courage and self-control
List and rank your possibles for the BENCH position

CAPTAIN
Has the respect of other players                                                                                                                
Makes good tactical decisions  
Leads by example
Positive with comments to team

LEFT WING
Points to consider
Pace, can beat a man on outside                                                                                                               
Ball handling skills
Defence tackling                                                                                                                                           
Positional play, keeps in the game
Kick, especially right foot
Team play, courage and self-control
List and rank your possibles for the LEFT WING position

SECOND FIVE
Points to consider 
Defence, key player must tackle well 
Kicking, short kicks & clearing kicks
Attack, able to tackle
Attack, able to break the defence line
Positional Play
Team play, courage and self-control
List and rank your possibles for the SECOND FIVE position

HALF BACK
Points to consider                                       
Tactical appreciation, alertness
Passing speed, left and right
Scrum feeding skills
Defence, cover along the line
Communication, with pack and backs
Team play, courage and self-control
List and rank your possibles for the HALF BACK position         

BENCH 
Points to consider                                       
Mid-field and other position skills
Ball handling skills
Kicking, short kicks & clearing kicks
Attack Skills
Defence skills
Team play, courage and self-control
List and rank your possibles  for the BENCH position                        

ACTUAL HAWKE’S BAY TEAM

FORWARDS

LOOSE HEAD
Points to consider         
Scrum technique & strength
Lineout support play
Driving support play
Ball handling skills and tackling skills
Determination and perserverance
Team play, courage and self-control
List and rank your possibles for the LOOSE HEAD position

TIGHT HEAD
Points to consider
List and rank your possibles for the TIGHT HEAD position                                                     

Scrum technique & strength
Lineout support play
Driving support play
Ball handling skills and tackling skills
Determination and perserverance
Team play, courage and self-control  

LOCK 
Points to consider
Lineout jumping skills, front or middle
Kick-off receiving skills
Driving support play
Ball handling & tackling skills
Determinatin [Determination] and vigour
Team play, courage and self-control
List and rank your possibles for the LOCK position                        

FLANKER BLIND
Points to consider                             
Tackling ability, esp. near own line
Speed to breakdowns
Lineout skills, jumping & supporting
Blindside attack skills
Positional play, running the lines
Team play, courage and self-control
List and rank your possibles for the FLANKER BLIND position                        

BENCH
Points to consider
Hooker and prop skills
Lineout technique and skills
Ball handling skills
Tackling skills
Perserverance and vigour
Team play, courage and self-control
List and rank your possibles for the BENCH position

HOOKER
Points to consider
Scrum technique & striking ability
Lineout throwing in
Front of lineout skills
Ball handling & tackling skills
Determination and vigour
Team play, courage and self-control   
List and rank your possibles for the HOOKER position

LOCK 
Points to consider                                                                 
Lineout jumping skills, front or middle
Kick-off receiving skills
Driving support play
Ball handling & tackling skills
Determination and vigour
Team play, courage and self-control
List and rank your possibles for the LOCK position

FLANKER OPEN
Points to consider
Speed to breakdowns
Tackling skills
Position play, running the lines
Ball handling skills
Quickness to exploit opportunities
Team play, courage and self-control
List and rank your possibles for the FLANKER OPEN position

NUMBER EIGHT
Points to consider
Taking the ball up
Tackling skills
Lineout skills, jumping and supporting
Positional Play, running the lines
Reading the game
Team play, courage and self-control 
List and rank your possibles for the NUMBER EIGHT position

BENCH 
Points to consider
Lock and Loose Foward skills
Lineout skills, jumping and supporting
Tackling skills
Positional play, running the lines
Ball handling skills
Team play, courage and self-control
List and rank your possibles for the BENCH position

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Concussion . . .

There is great concern about the players’ health and safety whilst playing rugby and one of the current worries is related to concussion and its effects of future health. We believe it is timely to pen a few notes for reference and education for coaches and players to ensure the total wellbeing of all players.

Concussion Signs and Symptoms

Does the player show any of these signs?

– Appears to be dazed or stunned.
– Is confused.
– Forgets team moves.
– Is unsure of game, score or opponent.
– Moves clumsily.
– Answers questions slowly.
– Loses consciousness (even temporarily).
– Shows behaviour or personality change.
– Forgets events prior to impact.
– Forgets events after impact.

If yes, ask the questions below.

Are any of these symptoms reported by the player?

– Headache or nausea.
– Balance problems or dizziness.
– Double or fuzzy vision.
– Pupils appear different in size.
– Sensitivity to light or noise.
– Feeling sluggish, groggy or dizzy.
– Ringing in the ears.
– Concentration or memory problems.

If a player reports any of these symptoms they should not return to play.

If concussion is suspected…

Check for signs and symptoms.

Orientation

Ask the player the following questions: 

– Which ground are we at?
– Which team are we playing today?
– Who are you marking?
– Which half is it?
– Which team did we play last week?
– Did we win last week?

Anterograde Amnesia
(forgets events after impact or collison)

Choose any three of the following words, ask the player to repeat these now and to remember them for later.

girl, dog, green, blue, house, cat, fish, boy, tree, chair, red.

Retrograde Amnesia
(forgets events prior to impact or collison)

Ask the player the following questions:

– Which side scored most recently?
– What do you remember just prior to the impact or collision?
– Do you remember the impact or collison?

Concentration

Ask the player to do the following:

Repeat the days of the week backwards (starting today).
Repeat these numbers backwards:
6-3 (3-6 is correct), 4-1-9 (9-1-4 is correct)

Word list memory

Ask the player to repeat the three words you chose earlier.

An incorrect response should be considered abnormal. Player must stand down for a minimum of three weeks AND should not return to play or training until symptom free AND medical clearance.

Consult a doctor following

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Concussion advice…

The first 24-48 hours

Signs to watch for:

Problems could arise over the first 24 hours. You must go to a hospital at once if you:

–  Have a headache that gets worse.
–  Are very drowsy or can’t be woken up.
–  Can’t recognise people or places.
–  Pass out or have a blackout.
–  Vomit more than three times.
–  Behave unusually or seem confused.
–  Are very irritable.
–  Have seizures (arms and legs jerk uncontrollably).
–  Have weak arms and legs, are unsteady on your feet.
–  Slur speech.

The person looking after you needs to get you straight to hospital or phone for an ambulance (111) if they notice any of the above signs. Remember it is better to be safe.

Returning to play:
You must stand down from play for a minimum of three weeks AND you should not return to play or training until you are symptom free AND have medical clearance. This way you’ll return 100% and ready for play.

Sleeping:
It is important not to go off to sleep in the first four hours. After that a normal night’s sleep is needed, at the normal times. Sleep must be normal sleep, with turning, rolling and shifting, and no loud snoring. If the sleep seems strange in any way, then they should be roused till they can say a word or two, then let go back to sleep. The next morning they must be able to wake up, like they usually do. If they cannot be woken normally, then medical support should be sought. If there is any worry about the severity of a blow, it is safest on the first night if you gently rouse the sleeper, every two hours during the night, to answer yes or no to simple questions.

Drinking:
Do not drink alcohol or take sleeping pills for at least 24 hours.

Driving:
Do not drive for at least 24 hours. You can drive again when you stop feeling giddy and you feel well enough. Talk to your doctor.

Pain relief:
It is safe to paracetamol such as panadol or pamol for the headache. Don’t take tablets containing aspirin or disprin for the next four days. This type of medicine can make you bleed more from cuts or bruises (internal or external).

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WAIROA

The History

Our northernmost Sub-Union has always given the Ross Shield their strong support, their players, and some of the best hosted tournaments. The riverside community has been well supported by players coming from the distant rural areas and townships of Mahia, Waikaremoana, Mohaka, Raupunga, Opoutama, Tuai, Frasertown, Turiroa and Nuhaka. The boys have always been rugged and strong with natural skills. Often their success is not realised until towards the end of the tournament as they overcome their shyness and become aware of their ability.

Recently the Sub-Union has been split with some of the senior clubs opting to play in the Poverty Bay competition whilst others have remained within the Wairoa and Hawke’s Bay organisation. Even the local secondary school, Wairoa College, has had difficulty in recent seasons to get regular fixtures against other Hawke’s Bay secondary schools due to a reluctance to travel by the southern schools.

It is my belief that it is really the Ross Shield tournament that holds Wairoa to its historical alliance and this has been regularly expressed as ”We don’t want to lose the Ross Shield opportunities” and the commonly heard statement ”It gives our whole district a focus.”

When Cyclone Bola devastated the East Coast in 1989 Wairoa turned to the Ross Shield and used the tournament to unite a town split by the loss of the bridge. The colour of the tracksuits and gear gave a splash of colour to a sombre occasion.

WAIROA
8 Outright Wins
1/2 Share
1/2 Share

Schools of Wairoa
Frasertown
Kotemaori
Mohaka
Nuhaka
Ohuka
Putere
Ruakituri
St Joseph’s
Te Mahia
Tiaho*
TKKM  Waikaremoana
TKKM Wairoa
Wairoa College
Wairoa Primary*
* indicates contributing schools

Tall Poppies of Wairoa

This list is not exhaustive. It may omit people or include wrong information.

Matt Te Pou               NZ Maori Coach
The Blake Family
Bill Blake                   Life Member, Patron
Bill Morunga              Coach, Administrator
Greg Somerville        All Black, Canterbury, Crusaders
Mike Parkinson         All Black, NZ Maori, Poverty Bay, East Coast
The Mitchell Family
The Te Amo Family
Hilton Collier             Coach, Administrator
Rangi Paku               Coach, Administrator
Wayne Thompson     Coach, Administrator
Aayden Clarke          HB
Wayne Ormond         Bay of Plenty, NZ Maori
Daniel Somerville      Rugby Development Officer
Nick Chapman          Chairman Organising Committee

From the Grassroots of Wairoa  

A past star of Wairoa and product of Hawke’s Bay – Greg  Somerville

Ex Wairoa Ross Shield
Ex Hawke’s Bay Ross Shield
Ex Napier Boys’High School
Ex Canterbury
Ex Crusaders
Ex All Blacks

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APFCO Wairoa Ross Shield 2014

Winners: Ron Pierce Memorial Cup – Most Outstanding Team

Hawke’s Bay Ross Shield Team
Zinzan Ropitini (Captain)
Jack Te Amo
Edward-James Olsen
Jacob Paku

Ross Shield North Team
Von Huata
Clay Wesche
Kaylem Wesche
Paora Barber

Wairoa vs
Dannevirke   57-5 Win
Hastings West   17-5 Win
Napier   7-19 Loss
Hastings East   5-20 Loss
Central HB   5-15 Loss

Back Row: Karen Burger (Finance Manager), Elijah Grant, Clan Wesche, Kane Hedley, Kaylem Wesche, Matt Smith (Manager), TeWharekura Ropitini, Tony-Paul Te Aho-Wesche, Jacob Paku, .lodi Ropitini (Nutritionist).

Middle Row: Sid Ropitini (Coach), Matrics Paul, Ben Waimoana, Hugh Taylor, Paris Robinson, Hani-CJ Waiwai, Von Huata (Player ol the Day x1 – Ruataniwha Rock), Tevita Pasikala (Assistant Coach).

Front Row: Paora Barber, Kaihau Pasikala (Player of theDay x1), Jack Te Amo (Player of the Day x 1), Zinzan Ropitini (Captain )(Player of the Tournament) Player ol the Day x2), Edward-James Olsen (Vice-Captain), Atawhai Hadfield, Lennox Rodgers.

Jenny Forbes Photographer

The Wairoa Family

Ross Shield rugby has been very much a family affair in the Wairoa sub-union since the first side was selected and began competing in 1935. It brought almost immediate success.

Wairoa won their first tournament in 1936.

Strong supporting families to Wairoa have been the Te Aho, Mitchell, Blake, Gemmell, Bremner, Morunga, Ormond, Wesche, Paku, Te Amo, Ropitini and Lambert families and they have contributed many players over the years over several generations.

Tournaments hosted in Wairoa are always relaxed, friendly and successful. Who could ever forget the 1994 tournament when the town nearly closed on the final day as mums, dads, relations, shopkeepers, clerks, builders, labourers, and farmers came to Lambton Square when Wairoa drew with Hastings East to share the Shield. Several deep around the field and the end result was a fitting finale to a wonderful tournament.

What passion; what tension; what a game.

And last year there was another fine tournament which was so well organised and arranged and the evidence of a whole town getting together was enjoyed by those who attended. The local council considerably upgraded the park’s facilities just for the Ross Shield, and the local businesses opened their hearts and wallets again just for the Ross Shield.

This is a community which values the Ross Shield and takes it into their whanau and their hearts.

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Last Year’s Tournament

A wonderful tournament, superbly organised by an active committee well supported by the local council and the community was staged in Wairoa in 2014. The efforts made by all resulted in rugby played to a very high standard and once again amply demonstrated that our rural districts know how to celebrate this tournament.

The efforts made to upgrade Lambton Square in so many ways showed that Wairoa places huge value on junior rugby and the opportunities it can offer their youth. Many more families have now become aware of the qualities that Ross Shield offers.

In Wairoa the only way to present the Ross Shield Tournament is to turn it into a huge local affair that involves all the community from the District Council, the business community, whanau and families and to all ex-Ross Shield players. In Wairoa the Ross Shield thrives and in 2014 we were exceptionally lucky to have a 90% new committee and willing to take on the standards set in the past. Full of vitality and ideas and practical application they were able to shape the Tournament fit for the most ardent parochial rugby supporters in the Hawke’s Bay region!

Initially the task is always daunting when you look back over the last five years and consider where the game has developed and gone and how our population base has diminished leaving some strong rugby but a huge challenge for coaches and players considering the populations of the neighbouring Hawke’s Bay districts. So be it!

Calling in the District Council and the Wairoa Young Achievers Trust to give our rugby ground, The Lambton Square, the mana it deserved was never a challenge 

that couldn’t be achieved. The committee engaged the WDC and its business wings with some huge input that brought the Tournament venue up to its former glory and prepared the platform for a mighty tournament.

All the town could see the development and with our innovative committee set about preparing the public relations and gathering the peoples in behind such an organisation needed to bring to Wairoa rugby and entertainment and a service only Wairoa district can present like that. This was indeed recognised by Sports HB awarding the Tournament Organising Committee Best Sports Administrators for the Year!!

Stemming from the successes the Tournament Organising Committee has been able to fund a trailer to support the travelling Ross Shield and Wakely Shield teams as well as purchasing a new marquee for future teams to call home base at tournaments.

The Tournament Organising Committee always acknowledges the support and camaraderie of the Wairoa District Council and the Wairoa community in supporting the tournament to make it the success as it was for us.

Nick Chapman
Chairman, Organising Committee

2014 Winners

Heinz-Wattie’s Ross Shield
Hastings East

Ron Pierce Trophy
Wairoa

Taupo Trophy
Marcus Moat – Hastings East

Life members’ Salver
Central HB

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Ballkids

The rugby players of the future.

They run the sidelines, they chase the balls, they suffer the abuse of the players if a ball isn’t available, they ensure that the kicking tee is there for the goal kickers, they shiver and freeze in the cold, they struggle in the mud, and often lay down panting in the heat, and all the time they absorb the love of the game, the atmosphere, the touch of the ball and the envy of the other kids at the big games. 

Watch them they  talk to each other and all the time they nervously handle and kick the ball whilst waiting to spring into action and present the ball for the next play. Occasionally they have lapses but be tolerant of them they  volunteer their services because they love the game.

This year the ball kids are representatives of some of the schools of Hastings –
Tuesday – Peterhead/Flaxmere Primary
Wednesday – Clive
Thursday – Twyford
Friday – Mayfair
Saturday – Parkvale

Thanks kids, we are most appreciative of your services and are grateful for your willingness, presentation and concentration.

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Our Relationship

Heinz Wattie’s involvement in Ross Shield is as natural as the products they sell.

A local boy, Jim Wattie -later Sir James -, founded the firm in Hastings and it has continued to flourish and greatly assist the growth of Hawke’s Bay. Sir James had a great feeling for people and the follow- on from this was that he was concerned about the welfare and happiness of his employees.

When he was in charge of the Canneries there was no morning tea in the cloistered atmosphere of his office, instead he used to go into the cafeteria with his staff and sit at a different table every day so as he got to know everyone on a personal basis.

He knew what it meant for a parent to feel proud of their child’s achievements. The love of people and sport rubbed off on his son, Ray. From an early age he showed a lot of ability at rugby so it came as no surprise (but a big joy for both Sir James and Lady Wattie) when he made the Hastings Ross Shield team in 1942. Ray went on to achieve more honours in rugby, but of more importance a link was formed in the Wattie-Ross Shield partnership.

One morning over breakfast in the dining room in Auckland hotel, during a rugby test weekend, an approach was made to see if Wattie’s might sponsor Hastings schoolboy rugby. Enthusiasm was shown, the sponsorship was sealed, but there was to be no publicity. Ray Wattie wanted the rugby administrators coaching and organising instead of having to sell raffles.

When Ross Shield required a sponsor it was to Wattie’s we naturally went and of course they gave generously.

The tradition of helping local organisations and understanding peoples’ problems have continued through the selective way in which senior staff have been appointed. They have continued Sir James’ and Ray’s legacy of goodwill and good works.

When Jim Wattie decided to can his first tin of peas in the kitchen of his home nobody could possibly envisage the impact it would have. Like many sporting, cultural, charitable and business groups Ross Shield is pleased that he did, and that he did it here in Hawke’s Bay.

An historical occasion and a handshake seals the support … Ray Wattie presents a youthful Bill Mathewson with the first sponsorship.

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The first factory of Watties

The Hastings East team was presented with the shield by a representative of major sponsor, Wattie’s.

Where it all Began

The Heinz Wattie’s food production company has been a major component of Hawke’s Bay for eighty- one years.

From its founding in 1934, on its present King Street location, the company has continued to expand to become today’s world-wide supplier.

In the first ten years it grew rapidly from processing fruit pulp for another company to processing its own Wattie’s brand of fruit and vegetable lines from the company’s orchards and gardens.

During the second decade it produced its own cans, opened a plant in Gisborne, which diversified its production to include fish processing, while its fruit and vegetable lines continued to expand in Hastings.

The third decade saw Wattie’s introduce baby foods and its own tuna fishing fleet and though a massive fire, in February 1962, destroyed the Hastings factory, it was in production again within two days.

In the fourth decade Wattie’s flourished by buying other companies and opened a branch in Melbourne. Meanwhile it consolidated its can-making division in Napier. Fruit and vegetable processing was set up in Christchurch and started producing dehydrated vegetables. It also entered the canned soft drink market. The founder, Sir James Wattie, died on June 8, 1974 aged 72.

Growth continued in the fifth decade with more acquisitions and opening of offices in Japan and the making of chips in Feilding.

By 1985, Wattie’s sixth decade saw further expansion with the development of pet food and the splitting of the company into five groups after they were taken over by Goodman Fielder in 1987. In 1992 Heinz, a huge American company, took over Wattie’s and further expansion began.

The seventh decade saw it buy the old Tomoana Freezing Works as another processing site and in 1996 began further food processing. Major reorganisation took place with new plant and machinery and new products were being made – peanut butter, mayonnaise, sauces, gourmet soups and salad dressings.

In 2000 Japan was closed and all the processing was transferred to Hastings; Australian processing was also brought home and soups, baked beans and spaghetti is now being made here. New kitchens have now been built and a modern National Distribution Centre is now in operation on the Tomoana site. Today, Heinz Wattie’s is in its 81st year. It is processing 130,000 tonnes of products at its King Street plant with more than 670 permanent staff and up to 800 seasonal workers and 43,000 tonnes at its Tomoana site with 400 permanent staff and up to 150 temporary workers.

We are delighted to be a small part of this successful company and are grateful for their continued support.

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Once Were Ross Shield Boys

Hawke’s Bay born and bred. A 1996 view of our All Blacks at Nelson Park, Hastings sharing the shield and displaying their caps.

From left Taine Randell, Norm Hewitt and Josh Kronfeld

Taine Randell
He is the epitome of a player who has all the admirable qualities of New Zealand manhood. His dad took him as a five year old to the weigh-ins at Flaxmere then through the grades till Ross Shield in 1986. He attended lrongate School, Flaxmere Intermediate and then onto Lindisfarne College.

A captain of the All Blacks from a young age and a superb loose forward.

Norm Hewitt
He sat on the bench waiting for Sean Fitzpatrick to retire and surely his total of tests would have been so much greater if he wasn’t the competition.

A hooker of strong personality, a determined competitive spirit and a most valuable supporter to the community. Selected for Central HB Ross Shield in 1981 after attending Mangaorapa and Porangahau Schools and then went on to Te Aute College. A huge commitment to Hawke’s Bay which he captained.

A ballroom dancer of some fame.

Josh Kronfeld
He became the standout flanker for the All Blacks and changed the concept of loose forward play. His All Black jersey was not the first black jersey he wore – the  first was the Raureka School jersey, he played for the Celtic Club in Hastings, then Hastings Intermediate, made the 1984 Hastings Ross Shield  team, then went onto Hastings Boys’ High.

He never played for Hawke’s Bay as he went to Otago to further his education. Another ballroom dancer of fame.

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Thanks to . . .

Billeters
One of the rewarding aspects of any tournament is mixing and socialising with your competitors as well as the opportunity of living with another group of people and being away from home.

This develops tolerance, politeness and consideration, as well as experiencing how other people live, and many a boy in the past has formed a close friendship with his ‘family’ which has lasted many a year.

We appreciate the willing support offered by our billeting families and we know of the considerable effort and cost put into the care and welfare of the boys by these families and we dedicate our thanks to you this year for that support.

Without your selfless assistance the tournament would never be successful, and we trust that you will enjoy your ’adopted’ child. We know that you will share with them their joys, their wins, their successes and commiserate with the losses, the low feelings and as their confidence develops and the shyness disappears you will find their true character appearing. Enjoy their company and add something to their growth and personality development.

Sponsors & Advertisers
To mount a tournament of this magnitude considerable support is required and again we have been most fortunate in being strongly encouraged and assisted financially by our sponsors and advertisers.

Willingly they agreed to support and advertise and show their interest in this tournament and we would like to take this opportunity of requesting you, our patrons and participants, to support them in a similar fashion.

Mutually we gain.

You will notice that they are all virtually local – the  national chains do not support the local endeavours – it  is important that we support our locals.

Scoreboard
Spare a thought for the guy who mans the scoreboard. He spends the entire game confined to a small area concentrating on play and keeping track of the scores.

The only time we see signs of his work is with the changing of numbers after each scoring movement.

Results Board
We have a professionally produced ”Points and Results Board” developed this year and we are grateful for the generous donation of this by our local signwriters ”Doug Potts Signs”

Folders
The folders which were presented to all players, officials and billeters at the weigh-in were kindly subsidised by Warehouse Stationery and Sport Hawke’s Bay and created by members of the organising committee.

Brochures and maps were supplied by the local ”Information Site” – a place where you will be guaranteed knowledge of what this district has to offer.

Referees
A game of rugby needs 2 sides of 15 players but without the adjudicating official what sort of mayhem, bedlam or anarchy would ensue? The man in the middle is a vital ingredient and with his skills, his knowledge of the rules, his enthusiasm and commitment and his whistle the game can be played as it should be played.

The referee is often blamed for the loss or the shortcomings of the players, those on the sidelines see more than him and often loudly tell him so, but he is the one who is appointed to see fair play and has perfected his skills, spent considerable time learning and discussing his craft, and is always there in rain or shine, on time, and well equipped for all emergencies.

He deserves our thanks and gratitude. This tournament depends on the referees and linesmen who have made themselves available and we are grateful for their assistance.

We trust that they also enjoy the matches they referee.

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Notes/Autographs

Inside back cover

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Original digital file

HantzEM857_RossShield.pdf

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Date published

2015

Format of the original

Magazine

Accession number

857/1165/36366

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