Year by Year ~ 1953 ~

We hope you enjoy this look back as we look forward to many more years of recording the history of Ngati Porou East Coast Rugby Union. We acknowledge all the information from the NZ “Rugby Almanack” Series from the season’s 1934 through to 2019 and appreciate their hard and dedicated work in providing this detailed history. – Web Admin – Information Sourced from the NZ Rugby Almanack 1954

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(Founded, 1921; Affiliated, 1922)
Headquarters: Ruatoria
Selector: Mr. G.S (“Don”) Colbert

Called upon at short notice to  play its Ranfurly shield fixture when Wellington took the trophy from Waikato, East Coast had little time to prepare for the engagement. In the challenge,however, the side was well served forward, and it did seem a pity that the amount of ball collected by the pack was wasted by five-eighths standing flat-footed and not prepared to give a speedy threequarter line opportunities. The Coast pack certainly was energetic, tending occasionally to be rather boisterous in their play, to the exclusion of finer points. Most noticeable of the scrummagers were the captain and lock, McGrannachan – veteran by long playing service, and a fine leader; Shelton, hooker; Paea, a particularly robust breakaway; Peachey, back-ranker; and Dewes, a good front-row prop. The backs generally were not up to the standard of the forwards, and inexperience was evident.

The Union’s only other engagements were two matches with Poverty Bay, each side winning at home.

Thirty-two players were called upon (eighteen played once only), thirteen for the first time. Schofield had last appeared in 1949, Logan in 1950, and Mitchell, Te Rure, Peachey and Walker, each in 1951. Four of the side received an All Black Trial – Paea, Shelton, Tangira and Henare.

1953 Results - click date for match reports

Sat 12 Sep 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 16 - 08
Sat 15 Aug 14:30 Ranfurly Shield Wellington v NPEC 42 - 00
Tue 02 Jun 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 25 - 09

Players 1953

      Position PL
0181 Placeholder Leo Francis Blane First Five 2
0185 Ivan Henry Hooper Flanker 2
0202 Placeholder William ‘Billy' Lanigan Centre 2
0208 Placeholder Quentin Ian ‘Max' Schofield First Five, Fullback 1
0211 Frederick H.L. Shelton Hooker 2
0212 Tiaki Atarea ‘Terry' Te Rure Centre 1 (1)
0218 Placeholder Bruce Farnie Logan Flanker 1
0219 Placeholder Andrew Morehu Pahuru Prop 2
0221 Walter Materite Peachey Prop 2
0224 Karere ‘Babbie’ 'Babs' Henare Loose Forward, Lock 2
0225 P.A. Mitchell First Five 2
0235 James Wi Hekopa Walker Flanker 1 (1)
0240 William Tangira Prop 2
0242 Placeholder Edward Carrington Winger 1
0244 Placeholder Koro M. Dewes Hooker, Prop 3
0245 Placeholder Boy Mahue First Five 1
0247 Placeholder Albert Smith Forward 1
0250 Placeholder Hemara ‘Bo' Kururangi First Five, Winger 3
0253 Placeholder Charles Joseph McGrannachan Lock 2
0254 Placeholder William Renata Harrison Centre 1
0255 Placeholder Darling Moana Forward, Fullback 1
0256 Placeholder H.M. 'John' Paea Flanker, Lock 3
0257 Placeholder B.T. Pohatu Forward 1
0258 Placeholder Tuta Wanui Taare Scrumhalf 2
0259 Placeholder A. Waitoa Forward 1 (1)
0260 Placeholder Peter H.R. Chrisp Winger 1
0261 Placeholder William Gillman Tichborne Fullback 1
0262 Placeholder Makarini 'Mack' Fox First Five, Scrumhalf 1
0263 Placeholder R.Te Hukarere Maurirere Scrumhalf 1
0264 Placeholder Thomas Tamati Lock 1
0265 Placeholder Reweti Te R. Green Winger 1
0266 Placeholder Thomas Edge Centre 1 (1)