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Temuka Football Club Group photo, 1915.
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Regardless of results on the paddock, in the future I believe the rugby clubs will prevail. That is as long as people are prepared to stand for positions within the clubs where the important decisions are made. Failure would deny future generations the sportsmanship and comradeship of the club.  In spite of a difficult year for rugby the club players earned the respect of the rugby fraternity with their ability as footballers and their high degree of sportsmanship.

South Canterbury's All Blacks

North Otago Times, 2 September 1878, Page 2
Timaru. September 1. The football match yesterday, between Christchurch and Timaru was won by the latter by one goal and one try to nothing. The match took place in Mr Woollcombe's paddock. There were about 200 persons present. The weather was fine, but with a cold wind. There was splendid play, and a very tough contest.

In South Canterbury boys play rugby in school for the First or the Second Fifteen, and later club rugby and if they were good enough selected for the South Canterbury team (green and black striped jersey and socks, black shorts). In the modern professional rugby era, top players frequently transfer teams/clubs/provinces or can play their club rugby in Christchurch, but their provincial rugby for South Canterbury as an "on loan" player (limited in number).

Rugby, played between two teams of 15 members each, allows players to carry the rugby ball, pass, kick, run with the ball and grounding the ball to score as many points as possible, 4 points for a try, 2 points for a conversion and 3 points for a field goal. Block with the hands and arms, and tackle, and is characterized chiefly by continuous action, scrums, line outs, and positions.

The South Canterbury Rugby Football Union (SCRFU) was formed in 1888 when it broke away from the Canterbury Rugby Football Union. SCRFU is made up of eight clubs in 2006: Celtic, Geraldine (red and black hooped jersey with black shorts, black socks with a red top), Harlequins, Mackenzie, Old Boys, Pareora, Pleasant Point (maroon jersey, white shots, marroon socks with two thin white stripes on top cuff), Temuka, Waimate.  In the 1970s the clubs were Mackenzie (yellow jerseys), Geraldine, Temuka, Pleasant Point, Timaru Old Boys, Celtic, Star, Waimate and Zingari (yellow and red jerseys, socks yellow with a red top (I still have my socks!). Some clubs have been struggling with player numbers and bring in one or two players from Fiji. Zingari and Star merged, and was called Combined, the now Harlequins. Many a battle between the lightweights of school rugby was endured at Fraser Park by a shivering bunch of weedy school kids forced to watch Waitaki boys battle it out with the mighty TBHS 1st 15!

The first club rugby match in South Canterbury was between The Timaru and Temuka Clubs at Arowhenua on 15 October 1867. In 1875 the South Canterbury Football Club was formed.  A match between North and South Canterbury at Ashburton on 24 May 1875 resulted in a draw. The Waimate Football Club was formed on 24 May 1876.  Temuka played Christchurch in Crammer Square and lost on the 15 July 1876, the return match was in Timaru on the 22nd and Temuka also lost. Christchurch beat Timaru at Christchurch on 27th May 1878.  South Canterbury main rugby grounds was Fraser Park, now Alpine Energy Stadium, Church St., Timaru, a multi-use stadium ,currently used mostly for rugby union matches.  The stadium were the big games is able to hold 12,000 people. South Canterbury held the Ranfurly Shield in 1950 and 1974. The Temuka Rugby Football Club has exclusive use of the oval and rugby field at the Temuka Domain.

11 April 1899Many farming districts formed local football clubs and during the depression Southern (Albury) Fairlie and Aorangi (both from Fairlie), Sherwood Downs played under the apices of the Mackenzie Sub Rugby Union, affiliated to the South Canterbury Rugby Union and games and competitions were played under strict rules. Practices were in paddocks, games played in domains, transport supplied by supporters and changing rooms were in the trees and everyone contribute to petrol money. The games were a morale booster for the young men from the county districts and also for parents and residents to meet and enjoy the activity. Injures was a problem and broken legs were serious as medical assistance was hours away. Played Home and Away games. A hospital pass in rugby is when you pass the ball just as you are about to get crunched.

......... the shield is heading south boys.................. but not this year!

Timaru Herald, 12 June 1867, Page 3
To the Editor of the Timaru Herald. Sir, In Timaru there is a great deficiency of out door sports for young men. In the winter time there are no sports at all, and those of sedentary habits get no exercise. I would ask whether we could not have a meeting and get up a football club. In Christchurch and other towns there are good clubs, and plenty of members, and the present season is just the time for the game of football. I am, &c, Timaru.

Timaru Herald, 28 September 1867, Page 2 AROWHENUA.
The football club is in fair working order. Practice will take place to-morrow at two o'clock.

Timaru Herald, 12 July 1871, Page 2
The football club is about to commence its season, and all interested are invited by an advertisement in another column to meet this afternoon in Wilson's paddock.

Otago Witness, 4 April 1885, Page 21
The first game of the season was played at Timaru on Saturday afternoon by some of the younger members of the Timaru Football Club, sides being picked by C. Macintosh and J. M'Guinness. The game lasted an hour and a quarter, and resulted in a win for Macintosh's side by two touchdowns.

Timaru Herald, 15 July 1886, Page 2
The members of the Timaru Football Club are requested to roll up punctually on the grounds, Waimataitai, at two o'clock this afternoon to play their match, as another match will be played on the same grounds at 3.30 p m.

Otago Witness, 16 March 1888, Page 27
A meeting of delegates from football clubs in South Canterbury was held at the office of Messrs Hamersley and Wood, Timaru, to consider the advisability of forming a Rugby Football Union in the district. There were present : Messrs G. T. Wood and H. A. Goodall (representing the South Canterbury Club), J. L. Flint and J. W. Velvin (Temuka Club), J. A. Fitzgerald and Hiskins (Geraldine Club), L. E. Perceval and S. Wilson (Pirates Club, Timaru), G. Smith and H. Bennett (Winchester Club), J. D. Hamilton (Fairlie Creek Cub), and J. Christie (Waimate Club). Mr G. T. Wood was unanimously called to preside, and explained the .reasons which had induced him and others to call the meeting. He had sent out a circular 'to all clubs between Ashburton and Palmerston to got an expression of opinion as to the advisability of forming a union to include the North Otago and South Canterbury districts. The clubs represented at the meeting were all favourable to a union, but North Otago did Hot care to join in, so that the matter so far as the Northern clubs were concerned was more satisfactory. He fully believed that a union would have the effect of stimulating the interest taken in football in South Canterbury, and allow the most prominent players an opportunity to appear in interprovincial contests. Personally, he believed that North Otago will be greatly benefited, but the club in Oamaru did not seem to cherish the idea very warmly. Some clubs had written stating they would not join, and others had answered the circular indifferently. Mr Flint, Temuka, said his club was altogether opposed to having a union to embrace North Otago. He thought there were sufficient players and sufficient clubs to form a very respectable union. Seven clubs -were represented at the meeting, and there were others which would join when the union was formed. He moved—" That a Rugby Union be formed, to be called the South Canterbury Rugby Union ; the southern boundary of the district to be the Waitaki river, and the headquarters to be in Timaru." Mr Smith, Winchester, seconded the motion.
     The election of officers was then proceeded with, and resulted as follows ;— President, Mr E. T. Rhodes (Timaru) ; vice-presidents, Messrs J. 8. D'Emden (Waimate), F. H. Barker (Winchester), W. H. Moore (Gerald me), M. J. Godby (Timaru), and A. St. G. Hamersley (Timaru); hon. secretary and treasurer, Mr C. W. Macintosh (Timaru).
    It was agreed that the committee consist of delegates from each club. Every club numbering 30 members to be represented by one delegate, and over 30 two delegates, and the subscription be one guinea per delegate. Messrs Goodall, Wood, and Macintosh were appointed a committee to draw up rules and regulations for submission to a meeting of delegates on the 22nd inst.

Timaru Herald, 24 July 1888, Page 3
The Maori football team arrived from Christchurch by the express yesterday, a score of them altogether, exclusive of Mr Scott, the secretary. They were met at the station by Mr Goodall, the secretary, and other members of the Timaru Football Club, as representatives of the South Canterbury Rugby Union, and were conducted to the Grosvenor and Club Hotels, half the party to each. The following particulars of the South Canterbury football team which meets the Native team should prove interesting
BACKS. Maclean (Timaru) Slow but plucky tackles well and kicks with judgment best full back m South Canterbury,
Velvin (Temuka) Excellent drop kick with either foot tackles and runs well, but is inclined to be selfish.
Perry (Timaru) Best bock in the team good m attack first class defence has a thorough knowledge of the game.
Kallaugher (Waihi) Very fast outside three-quarter tackles well, and is a moat likely man to score.
Gray (Temuka) Strong and active first rate half back good punter and sure tackier dribbles, passes and runs splendidly slightly given to offside play.
Hart (Waihi) runs and passes well, but should pay more attention to punting into touch.
FORWARDS. Goodall (Timaru) A sterling heavy forward in the trial matches has proved himself to be first class in every way.
Matheson (Timaru) brilliant forward, and is fastest man in the team particularly good in loose play; dangerous in his opponents twenty five.
Macintosh (Waihi) Heavy strong forward; has been playing half-back this season, but in his proper place for to-day works very hard and collars well.
Carr (Waihi) Heavy powerful forward) good tackier; a hard worker in the scrums.
Stewart (Waihi)— Splendid forward takes the ball well in the line out dribbles and posses fairly well.
Studholme (Waimate) Heavy but very active forward; mastered the game at Christ's college; is at home among loose play.
Shallard (Waihi)— Young, but exceptionally good forward does his full share of the work and is a staunch player throughout.
Gooch (Timaru) Good fast forward shines m the line out; is specially useful in a dribbling rush; untiring in the open.
Hiskeni (Waihi) Honest, hardworking forward good in line out works hard in the scrum, and lasts out well.
This team is a fairly heavy one, averages about 12 stone. The local forwards average about 12st 71bs, and the natives a shade over 13 stone.

Timaru Herald Wednesday June 12 1889
The following will represent the Timaru Football Club to-morrow in the match against Temuka: Maclean, Jones, Perry, Macintosh, Stubbs, Lawrenson, Matheson, Chisholm, Gooch, Goodall, LeCren, Stokes, Pearse, Oxby and Kenny; emergency E. LeCren. The Temuka team is: - G. Velvina, D. Stewart, J. Austin, J. Finlay, W. McCallum, Carr, Dyson, A. Stewart, Hope, Lavery (2), Black, W. Hobbs, Fitzgerald, Gaffaney; emergencies, Smith and Thomson. The game will be played on the South Canterbury Athletic ground.

Timaru Herald Saturday 8 July 1899 Football
The return rematch, Timaru and Albury Clubs, will be played this afternoon.  TH Monday 10th. Albury 5 to nil. From a smart rush by the Albury forwards Rutherford touched down near the Timaru goal posts, and Simpson had no difficulty in placing a goal. McRobie acted very impartially as referee, and Messrs Mars and Dash as line umpires.

Ironsides and Sandietown resulted in a win for the former by 13 points to 3. For the winners J. Lawson, R. Lawson and Latimer scored, while for the losers Fealey made a try. On Thursday the Nga ti Huirapa (Maori team) met Waihi 2nd for the first time this season in the Victoria Park, Winchester, and the game resulted in an easy win for the natives by 21 points to 5 points. The weather was perfect, the ground in splendid condition, and there was a large attendence. Tries were gained for the Maoris by P. Piper, Campbell, Manning, W.H. Piper, Miahaka and TeAika, while Leonard kicked a splendid goal from a penalty. For the winners Piper (2), Miahaka, Tipa and Campbell played a splendid games, while for the losers, Scott (2), Donnithorne (2), R. Hart and R. Webster were most conspicuous. For Waihi II, W. South gained a try from a dribbling rush, and G. Austin placed a neat goal. Mr J. Lavery made a capital referee, and the game was played in a very friendly spirit.

Timaru Herald Monday 10 July 1899
The Fairlie and Geraldine 1st teams met at Geraldine, resulting in an easy win for Geraldine by 30 points to nil. O'Malley secured a try and the second was a walk over, Fish and Gimson scoring 2 tries each, and O'Malley and J. Henderson 1 each, from which goals were kicked by Kennedy, Gore and McKechnie. The Fairlie boys were entertained to dinner at the Crown Hotel in the evening. Mr W. Moore acted as referee.

Timaru Herald Tuesday 13 July 1899
Football. Match with the High School today. Union II. J. Sullivan, Lane, Quinlan, Kane, F. Hathaway, Pearce, O'Connor (3), E. Jones, R. Millin, J. Farrell, Kernick, Bertie, and M. Curtin.

At the Athletic Grounds today Senior Cup. Colonials v. Waihi. Match will start at 2.30 as to allow the Waihi players to return home by the express. Colonials Stevenson, Tasker (captain), Shirtcliffe, Samuels, Boys, Gilchrist, Mara, Bourn, F. Fox, Wright, Lindsay, Dash, Mara, Malsolmson, Gibbs. The small sum of sixpence (ladies free), will be charged for admittance to the ground, and anyone caught breaking through the fences or otherwise trespassing will be prosecuted.

Timaru Herald 16 Friday July 1899
Waihi v. Colonials. Scott got over easily for Waihi. Stewart Clarke was entrusted with a kick, but failed. Fox shot at goal and got over in splendid style. Tasker got possession but, was grassed just at the critical time. Next Gaw got away and lost a certain score by easing up to pass. Fast played forward, and Lindsay getting a mark, Fox had another shot at goal, but the kick was a long one and was of no avail. Second half. The only score in it was a try gradly got by Tasker, who had mainly Shirtcliffe foer passing so prettily. Fox failed to convert. The Colonials did not pass so freely as they generally do, and they lost the scrum every time, and more over, Shirtclifee and Gaw were very off colour. On the Waihi side Macdonald played a wonderfully cool game. Mr McRobbie was a good referee. and C. Hassall and H. Montgomery were capable flag waggers.

Thursday 27 July 1899 Football
South Canterbury v Canterbury
The following is the final selection of players to represent South Canterbury against Canterbury at Christchurch this afternoon.:
Full back, E. O'Maley (Geraldine)
three-quarters, F. Tasker and A. Shirtcliffe (Colonials), Purchase (Ashburton)
five-eight, Mendelson (Temuka)
half, Glendinning (Waimate)
wing-forwards Roddick (Temuka) and Presland (Waimate)
scrum-forwards, A. Niall, T. Wright and F. Fox (Colonials), Rattray (Waimate), Hepburn and Hobbs (Ashburton, Dunne (Geraldine). The men left by the express last night. South Canterbury beat Canterbury at Temuka last season.

Friday 28 July 1899
Canterbury beat South Canterbury by 26 points to 3 at Lancaster Park.

Timaru Football Club 1st Fifteen - Senior Cup Team, 1900. Names of the team as follows:
Mr W J Cotterill (President)
A Knubley (12st 3lbs)
B McKenna (12st 3lbs)
P Sealey (12st 7lbs)
F Benjamin (12st 4lb)
H Montgomery (11st 7lbs)
Mr W D Revell (Delegate)
H Amos (11st)
D Shaw (11st 6lb)
H Fraser (12st)
W Raymond (Captain) (11st 9lbs)
W Shaw (11st 7lbs)
F Malcolmson (10st 9lbs)
M Mahoney (10st 9lbs)
W H Boys (11st 4lbs)
W E Boys (11st)
C E Hassall (9st 12lbs)
Matches played 8; Won 5, Lost 3. Photographer: W. Ferrier, Timaru

South Canterbury Rugby Representative Team photo 1903.

Professional studio photo measuring 37cm x 27cm. Photographer imprint (embossed on both photo and backing board is "Bunting".)
All team members are named at foot as follows:
Back Row: B.R. MacDonald (Line Umpire), W.T. Grant, W. Scott, M. Geaney, H.H. Fraser, J. Burns, W.H. Moore, A. Budd, D. Grant (Honorary Member).
Middle Row: D. Horgan, P. Gaffaney, W.J. Lewis (Manager), J. O'Leary (Captain), M. Mara, H. Tennent, J. Joe.
Front Row: A. Opie, R.A. Rodgers, E. Horgan, L. Harris, J. Gaffaney, E. Husband.
On the floor in the front is a large fur skin which may either be rabbit, opossum or Wallaby.

Wanganui Herald, 11 June 1908, Page 6
Britishers 12. South Canterbury 6.
South Canterbury— Full-back, D. Scott; three-quarters: G. G. Priest, G. Bradley, J. O'Leary; five-eighths, G. Coles; half, A. Grant; forwards, A. Kerr, H. Rodgers, J. Roddick, H. Manning, W. Careton, W. Scott, H. Rudd, G. Fitzgerald, W. Hooper. Britain won the toss.

The Timaru Herald | June 3, 2006
Magpies hoping to shake losing streak at Fairlie
Mackenzie have a grand opportunity to get their Old Bank Shield club rugby season kick started tomorrow by beating Temuka. Mackenzie nearly did the unthinkable and beat Celtic last week, leading for much of the game before the green machine came home over the top. It was obviously a much improved performance and in that mood should be hard to beat. Temuka have history against them, they have not won at Strathconan Park since the semi final in 2002.

31 August 2006.
The South Canterbury RFU was fined NZ$25,000 by Bruce Squire, QC, sitting as a sub-committee of the NZRU Board, for fielding an ineligible player in this year's Ranfurly Shield challenge against Canterbury.

2 September 2006 South Canterbury sneak home with late try
South Canterbury 16 - Thames Valley 13
South Canterbury used their get out of jail free card when they sneaked home 16-13 against Thames Valley in a Heartland Championship rugby match in Timaru today. Thames Valley led 13-8 at halftime but were run down in the third quarter to trail 13-16 thanks to a Grant Johnston try for South Canterbury and a Kyle Reif penalty. In spite of laying siege to the South Canterbury line for most of the half, Thames Valley could not get across the line. They were unfortunate to miss three kickable penalty attempts and this allowed South Canterbury, down to 14 men for the last seven or eight minutes to get home. The Thames Valley forwards were dominant, they disrupted the South Canterbury scrum and ruled the lineouts grabbing five against the throw in the second 40 minutes. Gene Waller was their money man at lineout time. South Canterbury were fortunate to nail their only opportunity in the second half and then defended desperately. Score: South Canterbury 16 (Tuita Tauelangi, Grant Johnston tries, Kyle Reid 2 pen) Thames Valley 13 (Vesi Rauluni try, Danny Morrison 2 pen, con). Halftime: 13-8 Thames Valley.

Pleasant Point slay Magpies
The Timaru Herald | Monday, 9 April 2007 by S.P.
Pleasant Point put Temuka to the sword 39-3 in the senior rugby competition on the back of a five-try haul by flying winger T.F. at the Temuka Domain. F. rewrote the Pleasant Point records books when he dotted down on fulltime but was one off the South Canterbury record set by Mackenzie's S.K., who scored six against Maheno in 2003. Pleasant Point will however be happy to sit at the top of the table with Celtic, who also collected a four try bonus point on Thursday night. The visitors also collected the Bill Clarke Memorial Trophy while Temuka wore black armbands to remember, a stalwart of their club for many years, who passed away last week. Playing enterprising rugby in less than perfect conditions the Pleasant Point back line carved the Magpies up out wide and they made good use of the ball at every opportunity. Temuka's backs by comparison were pedestrian and suffered from several dropped passes, a couple of which led to tries. The Magpie forwards competed well in some torrid exchanges and only in the final quarter did Pleasant Point gain some dominance. It was however the 'Tony Fatai Show' with the speedster scoring in the third, 38th, 60th, 72nd and 82nd minutes to cap off a superb game. Fatai, in some cases just had to pin his ears back and go, but pulled one superb intercept from 60m out and with the referee slipping meant he was the only person in the Temuka half when he dotted down. Inside him second five-eighth E.R. put in a very polished performance while first five G.G. read the game well.  Pleasant Point's forwards all battled away with number 6 C.F. stealing some Temuka throws while openside flanker C.T. was a livewire. For Temuka it was really a game to forget. The forwards battled away with number seven J.G. prominent but the backs failed to conjure up anything although first five R.P. made one very good jinking run early on.

At Strathconan Park Mackenzie hosted Waimate in what turned out to be a very tight contest, with the visitors getting home 12-10. Both coaches turned to some youngsters, all of who performed well. The difference in the two sides was an outstanding game from Waimate captain T.O. and first five-eighth M.D., who controlled the game well. O. has returned to the province from Mid Canterbury with big raps and has proved his worth early. D. opened the scoring with a well taken try and K.R., on his senior debut, added the extras. Mackenzie came back with a good try to wing S.W. courtesy of his brother John, who then converted it. O. took the lead back for Waimate just before half time and with a B.W. penalty the only scoring action in the second half Waimate got their season away to a winning start.

Celtic - Pleasant Point clash should be a thriller
The Timaru Herald | Friday, 4 May 2007 by S.P.
The fifth round of the Ranger Shield senior rugby competition tomorrow could start to sort out semi-final aspirants. Celtic will be hoping to keep their unbeaten run intact when they travel to Pleasant Point. Theirs is the feature match of the round. The defending champions are yet to hit their straps but have been good enough to get home. The country side who had being sitting on top of the competition will be fired up after losing to Old Boys by a point last weekend. Pleasant Point will need to be at their best however to challenge a well drilled Celtic outfit. They are likely to test the metal of fill-in first five-eighth K.R., who made a good fist of moving in last weekend. Out wide Pleasant Point have two good finishers with T.F. and A.G. on the wings, while Celtic have K.U. U., at 125kg, is dangerous with ball in hand but his inside backs will need to give him more ball if he is to have an influence in the game. Waimate, having upset Geraldine last weekend, will be backing themselves to beat Temuka. The Magpies have to travel to Manchester Park, and Waimate have been tough at home this season. A feature of this game could be the loose forwards, with Waimate captain prominent. Waimate will, however, have to deal with the wily R.P., who has been a stand-out at first five eighth this season. His tactical kicking and ability to keep the ball in front of the forwards has paid dividends. The Geraldine - Old Boys encounter will also have plenty of passion and could be a nail biter. Old Boys got the monkey off their back when they tumbled Pleasant Point, so will have plenty of fire in their belly. Geraldine, however, are a tough side at home and their forwards will be keen to establish some domination. A feature of that game will be the tussle of two in-form numbers sevens, S.L. for Geraldine and I.T. for the Blues. If Old Boys are to get home they will look to in-form P.C. to vary the play at first five-eighth. Geraldine, like many sides, are struggling to field their top line-up but a loss could see them lose touch with the competition leaders. The battle of the wooden spoon will also be fascinating. Both Mackenzie and Harlequins have some young players mixed in with experience. Harlequins, however, showed they will not lie down after a good battle against Celtic and will be favoured to win at home. They welcomed back Tui T. last week and the South Canterbury representative `Player of the Year' certainly made his presence felt. Mackenzie have their own tall timber with lock S.R. in good form this season. They will also need halfback B. W. to be at his best to get home.  

Gentlemen never go out of style.

Photograph of a rugby team in Timaru in 1907. Which team?? George McWhinney is the dapper looking gentleman on the extreme right with his hand in his pocket.

South Canterbury union is steeped in rugby tradition!

Thomas Hertnon - The whistle blew for a 'penalty' kick
a bricklayer by trade

Poverty Bay Herald, 10 July 1911, Page 5
Timaru, last night. The funeral of Mr Thomas Hertnon, age 26, who was accidentally killed on July 6th, at football on Thursday, was attended by from 800 to 1000 people. The procession afoot was nearly half a mile long. There was a large number of vehicles, and one was loaded with wreaths. Footballers and members of rowing clubs, Hibernians, Builders' Union and Bricklayers' Union, with whom he, had been connected, turned out in strong force.

Ashburton Guardian, 11 July 1911, Page 3
The funeral of the late Mr Thomas Hertnon, the victim of a football fatality at Timaru, was attended by about 2500 people on Saturday. The parents of deceased have received large numbers of letters and telegrams of sympathy from all parts of the Dominion, including a telegram from the Acting Prime Minister, Sir James Carroll.

Grey River Argus, 7 July 1911, Page 6
Timaru, July 6 A football fatality occurred to-day Thomas Hertnon, a Celtic three-quarter, met his death through an accident. He was making a penalty kick, when an opponent charged and stopped the ball which rebounded and knocked Hertnon down, and the charger then fell over him. Hertnon died on his way to the hospital. The game was stopped on the news of this. Deceased was a single man, aged 25 years, and was well conducted and a popular young fellow.

Evening Post, 8 July 1911, Page 11
Timaru 7th July. At the inquest, on yesterday's football fatality, the evidence of eight onlookers and of the man who charged on Hertnon, taking the place kick, all agreed that it was a pure accident, but various accounts were given of what actually happened, some few saying that one or two players fell over deceased, and others denying or doubting this. It was also stated that the ball was wet and heavy, and Hertnon's kick was powerful, making a raw bruise on the chest of Carlton, from whom it rebounded, and struck Hertnon in the abdomen with great force. A medical eye-witness attributed death to shock. The coroner returned a verdict of accidental death.

Poverty Bay Herald, 13 July 1911, Page 6
The following version of the sad occurrence on the football grounds at Timaru is given by the referee, Mr A. Shirtcliff: The whistle blew for a 'penalty' kick for off-side play. Lynch was going to have a drop-kick at goal, but it was finally decided that Hertnon should take the kick. In taking the kick, he only went back about five yards from the opposing forwards, being really too close to get his kick in without being charged down. He kicked the ball, which struck the stomach of one of the Pirate's players, and then rebounded to Hertnon, and off Hertnon to myself, so that I had to sound "dead ball," Next moment I notice Hertnon on the ground, presumably winded, and after he recovered his breath he commenced to vomit rather seriously. After waiting the prescribed time (three minutes) to find if Hertnon was fit to go on again Dr. Dryden decided that he should go off the field. From then I knew nothing until, close to the finish of the game. Word came from the hospital that Hertnon had passed away, and the game in progress, and also the third-grade game on the No. 2 ground, were immediately stopped. I would like to add that it was really a fine game, so far as the spirit of the play was concerned there being no semblance of roughness.  

Press, 29 August 1932, Page 6 William Field Artillery 50249
A former well-known Timaru Rugby Union player, Mr W. P. Houlihan, died here recently, aged 47. Mr Houlihan was a prominent member of the Star Club, and when the Celtic Club started he was one of the foundation members. He, was captain of the junior fifteen for two years until a senior team was fielded, when he played in the five-eighths' line. Later, Mr Houlihan was employed in Wellington for some time, when he joined the Southern Club. He was interested also in cricket, having been a member of the Celtic senior eleven for some years. He was for some time well known In cricketing circles in Hawke's Bay. Mr Houlihan left Timaru with the "Fourth Reinforcements, and served on Gallipoli, where he lost an arm. Returning disabled, Mr Houlihan left for England, where he stayed for eighteen months, again returning to his home town, where he resided until the time of his death.

The Thomas Henry Burnett Memorial Rugby Shield and the Laddie Heath Shield - two prestigious pieces of silverware.

The Burnett Shield was played for between the champion clubs of the Waimate & MacKenzie competitions at seasons end, and always at Waimate. The Burnett Shield was enlarged (extra wooden base added) in 2002. 

22 May 2015 MacKenzie and Waimate played for the TH Burnett shield yesterday. There had been much confusion over the Burnett Shield, The Waimate Club had assumed that it was a Mackenzie connection - because of Burnett, but we assumed it was a Waimate connection, because the trophy was always played for (from 1925) at Waimate. On the shield it states that it was presented by James Burnett Esq. (brother). It wasn't until digital military records became available that we were able to find the real T.H. Burnett (HT Barnett). The shield originally was played for between the champion Waimate club side and their MacKenzie equivalent, until the Sub- Unions folded at the end of 1952.

Otago Daily Times 1 June 1915, Page 10
PRIVATE BURNETT. Great gloom has been cast over the Fairlie district at the news of the death of Private T. H. Burnett (Canterbury Infantry Battalion), who was killed in action at the Dardanelles. Private Burnett, during his many years' residence in Fairlie, endeared himself to practically the whole of the population by his unswerving straightforwardness and genial nature (says the Timaru Herald), and was the true type of one of Nature's very gallant gentlemen. He took a great interest in sport, being a keen golfer, as well as one of the finest footballers over seen in the Mackenzie County. The Fairlie correspondent of the Herald writes : We can account for the error in name as follows. When Mr Burnett passed the medical test the doctor spelt his name Barnett and Mr Burnett, although pressed to do so did not think the matter of sufficient importance to have the mistake rectified. We have always addressed his papers, etc., to 6-411, so that there can be no mistake that it really is T. H. Burnett who was killed.

Private Henry Thomas Barnett Serial No. 6/411
Also Known As Burnett
Date of Birth 8 May 1884 Dunedin, NZ
Religion Methodist. Marital Status Single
Occupation before Enlistment Carpenter
Next of Kin James Barnett (brother), Half Way Bay, Queenstown, NZ
[Henry Thomas Burnett known as Tom was the brother of James Burnett of Half Way Bay Station, Lake Wakatipu]
Height: 5 foot 8 inches, Weight: 154 pounds, Complexion: Dark, Eyes: Brown, Hair: Dark brown, Other: false upper teeth
Enlistment Date 15 August 1914, Fairlie, NZ age 30
Main Body, Canterbury Infantry Battalion 16 October 1914
Place of Embarkation Lyttelton, Transport HMNZT 11 Athenic for Suez, Egypt
Place of Death Gallipoli, Turkey 25 April 1915 killed in action
Lone Pine Memorial, Lone Pine Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey
Henry Barnett was the brother of John A. Barnett, of 6 Mackenzie St., North Dunedin, New Zealand.
Named Burnett by CWGC, and in Auckland Weekly News 1915


Weekly News 3 October 1945 W/O W.H. Heath of Waimate, presumed dead.

'Laddie' was William Henry Heath, killed WWII, was in the RNZAF in the Pacific theatre. This Shield was a Sub-Union Representative challenge trophy played for between MacKenzie, Waimate, Waitaki (Kurow) and Eastern Districts (Palmerston) 1946 - 1952. When the sub- unions folded in the early 1950s both trophies were played for between MacKenzie & Waimate. The Heath family were from Morven.
NZ415531 William Henry Heath
Warrant Officer Class 2
Royal New Zealand Air Force, 5 Squadron
S/o Joseph Thomas Heath and of Rebecca May Heath (nee Harper); husband of Paula Dagmar Heath, of New Plymouth, Taranaki. Bourail Memorial, Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery, New Caledonia. Panel 6.

Errol Martyn's For Your Tomorrow Vol. 3
HEATH, Warrant Officer William Henry.
NZ415531; b Waimate 22 Oct 18; Waimate DHS; senior porter - NZR, Oamaru. RNZAF Levin/ITW as Air Gunner u/t 5 Oct 41, emb for Canada 17 Nov 41, att RCAF 1 Dec 41 Bourail Memorial - Panel 6. Son of Joseph Thomas & Rebecca May Heath (née Harper), Waimate.

For Your Tomorrow
Vol. 2 Fri 13 Apr 1945 Patrol
5 Squadron, RNZAF (Segond Channel, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides; detached flight at Funafuti, Ellice Islands)
PB2B-1 Catalina NZ4031 - captained by Flt Lt A R Tuckett, RNZAF, and while taking off along a swell in Funafuti Lagoon at 0620 began to porpoise. On becoming airborne stalled from about 15 feet and fell heavily bow-first back into the lagoon, half submerging and finally sinking in 85 feet of water. The seven survivors were rescued by American and RNZAF crash boats.
1st WOpAG: NZ415531 Wt Off William Henry HEATH, RNZAF - Age 26. 1495hrs.
2nd WOpAG: NZ424231 Flt Sgt Clutha Charles EALAM, RNZAF - Age 21. 532hrs.
Heath was on his second South Pacific tour. 

Timaru Herald 01/04/2008
At Waimate the hosts scored the only try of the game through an intercept to second five eighth Simon Proudfoot for a 5-3 haltime lead. The Rams' George Williams was probably lucky to get out of Waimate alive after he landed a penalty in the last act of the game to steal Mackenzie a 6-5 win. For much of the game the sides cancelled each other out although Mackenzie had the territorial advantage. It was a reasonably open affair but both sides had the early season stutters. For Waimate, wing Bruce Andrews played well with Proudfoot, while number six Johnny McFadgen toiled way. For the Rams, lock Andrew Milne was prominent and along with Scott Rowlands gave their lineout an edge while veteran Star Vete, having returned to Mackenzie, was solid at centre with Garth Hand timing his runs into the backline well. The win gave Mackenzie the Burnett Memorial Shield, the oldest interclub trophy in South Canterbury rugby, as well as the Laddie Heath Trophy.

08/06/2009 Timaru Herald Mackenzie achieve first win
The Strathconan faithful may have thought it was business as usual after Waimate gained an early 7-0 lead but the courageous bunch from the high county dug deep. Having already conceded 447 points this season, the win could not have come at a better time. Their two standouts were centre Garth Hand and recently returned lock Andrew Scarlett, who bashed and crashed his way around to great effect. The win also gives Mackenzie two prestigious pieces of silverware, the James Burnett Shield, which is now the oldest trophy in the senior competition since the Skinner Cup was retired, and the Laddy Heath Shield.

Papers Past

Otago Witness 1 June 1893, Page 32
Johnstone, of the Merivale team, lost his passage by the train at Timaru on Tuesday of last week, through his attentions to the fair sex on the railway station platform, and his services were consequently lost to his club in their match with the Alhambra on the Queen's Birthday.

14 September 1895, Page 4
It was with plenty of wishes for good luck, for victory, and right hearty good cheers that the Canterbury Rugby Union's team left Christchurch railway station on the 5th September, for their southern tour. Little can be said of the dreary ride over the plains, but still the boys managed to keep fun of some sort going. At Timaru we were met by some of the officials of the South Canterbury Rugby Union, and after a good dinner at the Ship Hotel, and with everybody keeping an eye on Johnstone at this little seaport town, we were soon on our way again. Some of the new Canterbury men made enquiries why the manager was so careful about the wing forward getting aboard, and, of course, the old story was told again of how Johnstone "got left" some little time ago at Timaru station, and Merivale (who were on their way to Dunedin to play Alhambra) had to pick up an emergency.

Press, 30 April 1898, Page 3
Mr N. McRobie, the well-known New Zealand representative forward, who has resided in Christchurch for some little time, leaves the City of the Plains to take up his abode in Timaru this week. He will be a great loss to Christchurch football in refereeing circles, as he has carried the whistle in some of our most important senior games. However, our loss will be Timaru's gain, for in a chat I had with the genial McRobie he tells me that he intends to try and revive the game in South Canterbury, and if energy will do it, well, there will be plenty of that from him. It is well to mention that Mr McRobie's removal is a step higher in his profession, and all will, I am sure, wish him success.

Otago Witness 18 April 1906, Page 55
Timaru. April 15. 1906. Dear "Full Back,"— The Kaikorai, in travelling and playing a drawn game, evidently acted on the old advice of "old sports" "Do not beat a team when you visit them if you want a good time." A hard and enjoyable game on Friday was drawn by each scoring a try. Afternoon tea, nicely served by Timaru ladies, and a band in attendance, with the best of weather, together with a record gate of £30, made the occasion one, truly, "of  the best." On Sunday morning the Kaikorai team, with a large number of Star Football Club members (party of some 60), left in three large drags and a waggonette, and drove to '"Bluecliffs.'' They were most cordially received by Mr and Mrs R. H. Rhodes, and enjoyed a sumptuous luncheon. A few complimentary remarks were made, and the afternoon spent quietly "doing" the beautiful gardens and surrounding grounds. Afternoon tea was served on the lawn, and the party photographed. After expressions of thanks and goodwill the party left for Timaru. Mr R. H. Rhodes is the worthy patron of the Star Club, and a brother of Mr Rhodes, of Christchurch, of the New Zealand Rugby Union. On his recent trip to England he witnessed several matches of the New Zealand team viz., Surrey (of whistling fame), Richmond, Blackheath, England, Middlesex, and Oxford, and was present at the New Zealand dinner given to the "All Blacks" at the Trocadero. The Timaru Star is to be congratulated on possessing such a true sports patron. The Kaikorai have been royally treated on its visit, end have all returned to Dunedin with best recollections of their Easter holidays.

West Coast Times 27 July 1906, Page 2
On Thursday week (says the Timaru Herald) an amusing episode occurred during a friendly game of football at Fairlie between teams from Albury and Fairlie. Just on time a Fairlie man scored a try. The ball was carried out in the usual manner for a shot at goal, which went a long way from the posts. The referee, for some reason known only to himself, told the Fairlie captain that he must have the kick again. This time the additional, points were added, much to the amusement of both teams and spectators.

Auckland Star, 11 May 1908, Page 6
Saturday. In a senior football match played at Temuka on Thursday, E. Twomey, son of Mr J. M. Twomey, ex. M.L.C., had one of his legs broken.

Auckland Star, 22 May 1908, Page 4
Timaru, this day. An accident occurred to-night to a four horse team of Westropp Bros., engaged in bringing home a load of footballers from Temuka. A narrow trench, about 5ft. deep, had been cut half-way across the main street for an underground drain, and was imperfectly lighted. The driver steered between the lights, and drove over the trench. Three of the four horses slipped in, and getting them out proved very difficult, as the trench was so narrow that ropes could not be got round the animals. After two hours' work, two of the horses were got out alive, the third dying under the operation.  

Press, 24 July 1909, Page 5 MATCH AT GERALDINE.
The Geraldine Stock Agents and Farmers played a return match on the Geraldine Oval on Thursday afternoon. The ground was rather wet and slippery from recent rains. The game ended in a draw, each side scoring 3 points in the last half. Len Woods scored a try for the Agents, and Kennard, for the Farmers, potted a goal from a free kick. Messrs Creemer and Walton were line umpires, and Mr G. Glover acted as referee. A. McLean, who was playing for the Agents, sprained his left knee, and had to be carried off the field.

NZ Truth 9 April 1910, Page 3
Frank Glasgow, so they say down in, Timaru, is about to don the jersey again in the South Canterbury capital.

The game's the thing. Growing boys should be trained to play the game for fun. They should he trained to be "sports" in the highest sense of the word.

Free Lance, 12 October 1917, Page 19
Frank Evans or "Dutchy" Evans said "Thirty years ago a boy was practically born with a Rugby football in his hands: Rugby was really the only winter sport then indulged in."

Auckland Star, 13 June 1919, Page 6 FOOTBALL ACCIDENTS.
Timaru. Thursday. A serious accident befel a Temuka player named H. Fisher in a football match there to-day. Early in the first spell he was accidentally kicked in the abdomen. He continued to play through the match, but soon after the game collapsed. An operation disclosed perforation and other injuries, and his condition is very serious. Another player had a shoulder dislocated.

Press, 15 September 1919, Page 9
In the football match "Waimate v. North Otago, on Thursday week, George Hawke, aged 19, a Waimate forward, during the first fifteen minutes of the game was pitched on to his head and received an injury to his spine between the shoulders, causing partial paralysis. This gradually extended, and Hawke died last evening. An inquest will be held at Oamaru tomorrow.

NZ Truth 18 April 1929, Page 15
Men of The Plains Have Their Kicking Boots On (From "N.Z.; Truth's" Temuka Representative). Now that winter is approaching and the Rugby season is' at hand, footballers in South Canterbury are bestirring themselves. Annual meetings have been held, and the majority of clubs are m a nourishing condition. This applies to both the financial and numerical strength of the clubs. That fine forward, Ron. Stewart, was recently reported to have put his boots on the shelf. However, he turned out for his club (Old Boys) at Easter, and it is almost a foregone conclusion that he will again don the jersey this season. The rigors of last year's South African tour may have had some effect, but Stewart's form against Christchurch Old Boys at Easter indicated that he is still in good form. All Black Archie Strang, who is at present domiciled m Temuka, will assist the magpies this season. Archie has been elected skipper, and his experience will no doubt prove of great benefit to the country team. Temuka will also have the services of H. Priestly, ex- Hawkes Bay and South Canterbury rep., who is school teaching m that town. Priestly was unfortunate last year m sustaining, an injury which put him out of commission. However, he is how m good form to stand up to a hard season. Celtic, last year's runners-up, have been beaten m two friendly games by a team from H.M.S. Diomede; This fact should not depress the Celts, for their form was distinctly encouraging for the opening of the season. The greens should be a hard nut to crack. Old Boys, who have an almost permanent home for the Skinner Cup, must heeds reshuffle their pack somewhat if they would keep the trophy in their possession. The loss of; five of last year's forwards, in "Dooley" Coxhead, Halstead, Aitken, Berry and Dodd, will be almost a k.o. for the royal blues. Their rearguard has suffered a similar depreciation, chief among the absentees being Bob Scott (last season's S.C. rep. skipper), W. Scott and Bill Lawson, R. Scott, who has decided to give the game best, will be sadly missed— both by Old Boys and South Canterbury. J. Wilkes, from Blenheim, and R. King will be newcomers to the ranks of the Star Club. With the further assistance of a couple of .promoted juniors, the Stars should hold their own. Zingari will field a team almost identical with that of last 'season. D. Fairbrother and Co., assisted by a strain of new blood m the person of D. Cunnold, should make the sparks fly. There were rumors current recently that Waihi would have the hardest part to do to field a team. Their energetic president, "Jerry" South, would never say die, however. A tribute to his good work is the fact that the Winchester team was seen m action last week, when they licked a Hinds side by 15 points to 3. Saturday, April 27, will see the opening of the competitions, and interest is already running high. Old Boys and Temuka seem to be the popular selections.

Auckland Star, 12 May 1930, Page 10
SOUTH ISLAND TRIAL. SOUTH. CANTERBURY NOMINEES. TIMARU, this day. Following are nominations made by the South Canterbury Union for the South Island Possibles .v. Probables trial match to he played in Christchurch. on May 21:—Backs, Leo Connolly (Temuka), W. A. Strang (Temuka), W. B. Trotter (Old Boys); forwards, H. Coxhead (Old Boys), A. Giddings (Fairlie).

Mr. W. P. Houlihan

Press, 29 August 1932, Page 6
A former well-known Timaru Rugby Union player, Mr W. P. Houlihan, died here recently, aged 47. Mr Houlihan was a prominent member of the Star Club, and when the Celtic Club started he was one of the foundation members. He, was captain of the junior fifteen for two years until a senior team was fielded, when he played in the five-eighths' line. Later, Mr Houlihan was employed in Wellington for some time, when he joined the Southern Club. He was interested also in cricket, having been a member of the Celtic senior eleven for some years. He was for some time well known In cricketing circles in Hawke's Bay. Mr Houlihan left Timaru with the "Fourth Reinforcements, and served on Gallipoli, where he lost an arm. Returning disabled, Mr Houlihan left for England, where he stayed for eighteen months, again returning to his home town, where be resided until the time of his death.

6th June 1988, the centennial match was played between South Canterbury and Mid Canterbury. The game was won 24 to 10 by South Canterbury. Signed by the South Canterbury All Black Charlie Saxton who also became a well known Rugby administrator.

South Canterbury Provincial Union
Pleasant Point Rugby - archives
Celtic Football Club
Temuka Rugby History clubrooms
Rugby Union History
Encyclopedia of NZ Rugby


Brosnahan, Sean A century of green : 1906 - 2006 Timaru Celtic Rugby / compiled by Sean Brosnahan.
Imprint: [Timaru, N.Z.?]: [Helen Brosnahan], [2006?]  Pbk 196pgs
Notes: Appendices include ; Easter tournaments, clubrooms, club stalwarts, honours, senior records, club officials, major club trophy winners.

Broughton, T. G. (Terence Graham), True Grit : A Century of Pleasant Point Rugby  Pleasant Point Rugby Football Club Centennial Committee, 1989 (Timaru : Printlines) 96 p. : ill

Bowden, Rex Men in all weather : 100 years of South Canterbury Rugby Written and edited by Rex Bowden, Lindsay Nixon ; illustrations by Rowena Norton.  176 p  1988 [Printlines, Timaru, for SCRFU]

Clemens, Jack compiled by Timaru Old Boys' Rugby Football Club Golden Jubilee History 1919-1969, hardback, 102pp, illusts

Leather & Tussock / by John Button and Jeremy Sutherland.
Timaru : Mackenzie Rugby Club, 2003.  "A history of rugby football in the Mackenzie Country 1875-2003 including cricket (1870-2003) & squash (1978-2003)." ISBN : 0473093448  294 pages, paperback

Hosie, John C. The Centennial History of the Waimate Rugby Football Club 1884-1984. Publisher: Manaia 1984.; Softback. Stapled. 92p though unpaginated, illusts.

Kelman, Donald S. A Century of Rugby in Temuka. 102pp. 1975. Publisher: Temuka Rugby Football Club. 1st Edn 1975.; Temuka Rugby Football Club 1875 - 1975. 

Green and Black Through and Through, commemorating 125 years of South Canterbury rugby by Jeremy Sutherland , June 2013
Green and Black at the
South Canterbury Museum.

All Black and White : 125 year history of the Temuka Rugby Football Club
/ written and edited by Peter Comer, Lindsay Parke, Pat Mulvey. Temuka, N.Z.: Temuka Rugby Football Club Inc., 2001.  pbk

Star Rugby Football Club - Timaru : the first 100 years: 1888-1988. 
68p with illustrations. McNee, Bruce (et al) Star Football Club

100 years of rugby refereeing in South Canterbury : a history of the South Canterbury Rugby Referees Association 1901-2001 / edited by Neil Wilkinson] Personal Author : Wilkinson, Neil Corporate Author : South Canterbury Rugby Referees Association [Timaru, N.Z.]: [Neil Wilkinson], 2001. Booklet published for weekend centenary celebration on 2-4 June 2001.

A Century of Rugby in Temuka. A record of the Temuka Rugby Football Club over the years 1875-1975
by Donald S. Kelman. pg 102

Musings From The Dead Ball Line: On Timaru Boys High School 1St Xv Rugby, 1880-2008, Paperback. 50 pages. Publisher: Timaru Boys' High School

Eighty Years On: Timaru Boys' High School 1st Xv St Andrew's College 1st XV - R. Mervyn Taiaroa & Don Davison (1929-2011)

Williamson, Ella Campbell 1918- Up Reds!. The Story of Rugby Football in Geraldine,1878-1973 / Feb. 1975. Geraldine Rugby Football Club, 1975. 98 p. : ill. pbk

True Grit & Dogged Determination. The book, by Terry Broughton and Clive Callow, celebrates 125 years of Pleasant Point rugby. June 2014. 150 pages in colour, soft cover, containing an expanded "True Grit" Centennial History & "Dogged Determination" covering the last 25 years. 125 Years of Pleasant Point Rugby 1889-2014

Timaru Herald. 23rd April 2013 The 50th anniversary of the Waimate Rugby Club will also see the launch of a book by Tony Stevenson and Julianna Sullivan celebrating the club's history. Waimos, Water and Wallabies 80pages, 400 copies printed. The club actually started in 1876 but as part of a sub-union and only got its real identity 50 years ago. The middle of the book features the club's senior championship Skinner Cup wins, with photos of the teams from 1958, 1960, 1990, 1994 and 1995. The clubrooms were built with volunteer labour and they even made the concrete blocks, in the car park and Ted Fraser's. There were enough blocks left so Ted's garage matches the clubrooms."


A winter sport.

Wednesday 19th July 1978 - Timaru 3 p.m. Programme: 20c.
15 A. Kelly
14 I. Palmer
13 R. Heron
12 A. McLaren
11 R. Teahan
10 A. Goodard
9 K. Tarrant
8 G. Strachan
7 H. King
5 R. Sharpe
4 P. Grant
6 B. Thompson
3 P. Eddy
2 M. Hobbs
1 M. Lindsay
Reserves: 16 - B. Gallagher, 17 - M. Ryan, 18 - G. Scott, 19 - N. Glass, 20 - T. Sapwell, 21 - G. Cleverley
NZ Colts - T. Murphy (South Canterbury)
Referee: Mr T.K. Armstrong (Canterbury)

Turnbull, Simon. Rugby union: Laney proves central to the reflowering." Independent on Sunday [London, England] 16 Feb. 2003: page 5
Brendan Laney has always been a fighter. In his youth, growing up in Temuka, New Zealand, he spent four years as an amateur boxer. "It was a sport that was really popular in my home town at the time," Scotland's inside-centre recalled. "My dad was the policeman around town and he said, `Maybe you'd better go along and learn a bit of discipline'." The young Laney learned more than that. He won more bouts than he lost - seven to four - and acquired the fighting spirit that has served him so well in his short time in the land of his Glaswegian grandmother. "Overrated, overpaid, over here," was the headlined appraisal of his worth in one newspaper after his fast-tracked baptism for Scotland against the All Blacks in November 2001, just 10 days after his arrival as an Edinburgh player. ...
    Laney is certainly no fool. In 14 months he has risen to seventh place on Scotland's all-time points-scoring list. "Yeah, it's been good," Laney said, pondering his 14-month transformation from unwanted outsider to national hero. "It's been a pretty fast year and a bit. I didn't expect to come over and take the kicking duties, but I've really enjoyed doing it. I've had my chances to kick goals and I've managed to get a few over, which has been good. I'm delighted with the way things have gone, and hopefully I've got a few more years to bump my score up even more." And to bump down the critics. There were some who carped at Laney's 59 per cent kicking record in the autumn internationals. Not that they ruffled him. "It's water off a duck's back to me now," he said. "I've got a job to do and I get out there to do it. I don't go out there and make mistakes on purpose." Last week the same organ was extolling the virtues of the 29-year-old back-of-all-trades. And rightly so. Laney has emerged as perhaps the pivotal player for Scotland, who open their Six Nations campaign against Ireland at Murrayfield this after-noon. A full-back last season, he was hugely influential in the flowering of a successful Scotland team in the autumn, dictating operations from the No 12 position. He might not be the quickest of centres, but his swiftness of mind and advanced reading of the play kept the Scots on the front foot in the November victories against Romania, South Africa and Fiji.

Temuka RFC colours have always been black and white hence their name of The Magpies and the use of the Magpie on the Club crest. The Club was established in 1875 in the Temuka Domain where it has remained ever since. The facilities were rather spartan and a cold shower was not built until 1929. In 1965 new facilities were built and used until the 1980s when the clubrooms were flooded causing damage to both inside and outside. The club then had to raise the funds to renovate the buildings and the rugby pitch. Brendan Laney played with the Temuka Seniors from 1992-1994. He was a strong-running full-back for the Highlanders and was snapped up by the Scottish coach to play for the Scottish National team. He took advantage of his Scottish ancestry and was parachuted into the team by Ian McGeechan 10 days after his arrival in Edinburgh for the 2001 clash with New Zealand - sparking a massive outcry.   Has a record of 100 points in nine games, his best day coming when he scored 11 points in Scotland's win over South Africa in 2002. His final game was at Lansdowne Road in 2004 and he left Edinburgh, after 20 caps and 141 points, to see out his career in Japan. Women’s rugby has not been neglected either because in 1945 the Club formed a women’s rugby team. The Captain of this fifteen all female team was Joyce Connolly who led practices inside the Citizen’s Hall. There is no longer a local women’s team.

Oct. 6 2007. Well, the unbelievable has happened and the waters around New Zealand just got deeper with a nation's tears. France ousted favourite New Zealand 20-18 in Cardiff, Wales, and England upset Australia 12-10 in Marseille, France, on Saturday, as the Rugby World Cup underdogs had their day. "I think every man and his dog had written us off," England fullback Jason Robinson said. "... Maybe only 30 people in the world believed we would do it," he said, referring to England's World Cup squad. 

Otago Witness, 2 September 1897, Page 35
At a recent club social in Nelson one of the vice-presidents recited an alleged poem he had composed. The first verse ran :
I look upon the football field as typical of life,
Where all the players are engaged in keen and anxious strife;
Where knowledge, courage, and cool head are of both games the soul,
And oft, in each, a well-timed run obtains the wished-for goal. ...
Readers of these notes will, after sampling that, thank me for not quoting the other verses.

Colonist, 30 August 1897, Page 1 [but the other verses were found]
... To seize the opportunity, be able to convert,
Whilst, winning for your own, to do the other side no hurt,
is, both in life and football, the best thing to be done,
And, when they both are over, to know that you have won.

Whilst working for your own fifteen, or family down here, i
There's nothing so keeps up your pluck as doth the friendly cheer,
The knowledge, too, you're doing right and helping your own side
Will be of vast importance when you face the great divide."

So whether 'tis at football, or other kinds of sport,
Be sure you do your level best, and don't be napping caught.
And all through life be thorough, nail your colors to the mast,
Then no fears need assail you when the goal is past at last.

"If you've got a love of sport and training or you've got a love of farming or house building or whatever it happens to be the common sense thing is love what you do and you'll do it a whole lot better." Dean Riddle 13 July 2015

Otago Witness, 2 August 1884, Page 21
Then strip, lads, and to it, though sharp be the weather,
And if by mischance you should happen to fall,
There are worse things in life than a tumble on heather,
And life is itself but a game at football.

Home and Away Games

Otago Witness, 21 June 1905, Page 60
The writer of the humorous column, "Round About — A Bird's-eye View," in the Evening Post has the following verses:
Deeming that the Christchurch newspapers do not give football as much space and prominence as its importance demands, the Canterbury Rugby Union has decided to write to the editors on the point.

Which I ups and I says
That the editor gent
These degenerate days
Is a thing to lament.
He's a human disaster. Which language
Air strong, but I will not relent.

I picks up the Press
With a glad, eager air,
But I'm filled with distress,
Not to mention despair.
When I find that the latest stouch items
Is not to be found anywhere.

I scans it all over,
And reads the head-lines
From cover to cover,
But meet with no signs,
Of the football reports; and my feelings
No recognised language defines.

They write about wars
And political folks,
And news that just bores.
Why my language it smokes
When I meet with a cobbler, and mentions
My views on these editor blokes.

How can we progress
And be deemed to be great
If the newspaper press
Doth refuse to dilate
In an ample and capable manner
On Football — the Soul of the State?

"No space," they reply;
Which the same is untrue,
Not to call it a lie.
For I put it to you:
Who on earth wants the cables and locals?
I appeals to the Universe — Who?
The football report

And the news of this sport,
I do hereby declare,
Is essential to progress, and, therefore,
I says to the papers — Beware!

"Rugby not a one man sport and if you play as a team you win games."

Country rugby is the heart of New Zealand rugby. The mistake is to believe rugby is all about the All Blacks. Rugby is alive and well at its most important level, at grassroots level.

"PINE TREE" AMONG GRASSROOTS Timaru Herald Matthew Littlewood 29 April 2013.
Sir Colin Meads was the guest speaker at the Waimate Rugby Club's 50th jubilee celebrations believes an All Black could still come from one of the heartland provinces - but will "never play their rugby there". He said country clubs are still the heart of the community. "These clubs miss out on a lot now. An All Black could come from Te Kuiti, or Waimate, but they will never play their rugby there. The young ones get scholarships, put into the academy system, get a Super 15 contract, and move to the big cities. It's a different sort of strength these days, it's all gymnasium strength. Today's locks are four inches taller than I was, and they're bigger. We never had all those dietitians or fitness advisers. Aerobic fitness was just running. I don't have a problem that [All Blacks] captain Richie McCaw talks to referees. I talked to them more than he does. He just has to talk to six or seven of them. We never had touch-judges or any of those others to deal with. No-one retires any more, these days they just keep on playing. You can't blame the players for playing longer. It's a job. The changes in farming practices made it harder for "country club players". They have to get all their fitness in training and playing. You don't get your fitness from working on the farm as you once did. Machines do a lot of the work [on the farm] now. Every weekend, hundreds of young players are out there on the field playing rugby. It keeps them out of trouble, and teaches them hard work and commitment. 

Forwards, on the ball!

Tim & Ru 


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