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 1961
(Founded, 1921; Affiliated, 1922)
COLOURS: SKY BLUE
Selectors: Messrs. C.Calder, T.Rangihuna and David McClutchie.
After having been successful in the previous five encounters with Poverty Bay over a space of three seasons, East Coast was forced to admit defeat from its neighbour’s side in the Queen’s Birthday fixture, though the tables were turned in the second meeting.
Calling on 28 players, six of them newcomers, to do duty in it small programme of five matches, was certainly not conclusive to achieving combination, and, in fact, ten players made only a solitary appearance each. Of those who did play in most of the matches, K.E.R.Karaka captained the side; Ackroyd, Poverty Bay representative two seasons earlier, was a useful winger; Hooper a dependable inside back; T.M.Reedy, not so prominent as as year earlier; Kururangi lively five-eighth; Rickard, the No.8 forward: K.Henare, and 1958 representative, Walker, an experienced pair at lock. A new representative in Ngatai was on one side; R.Henare and Peachy in the front-row; Kaika as hooker; and Shelford as utility man.
A serious loss was the transfer of J.J.Moeke to Bay of Plenty, And Watson was on hand once only. J.L.Karaka had moved to Counties. Waitoa and Ronald Ngata had last played in 1955.
T.M.Reedy toured with the New Zealand Maori team to Tonga and Western Samoa, whilst Paea played in the Maori Trial.
|0221||Walter Materite Peachey||Prop||5|
|0224||Karere ‘Babbie’ 'Babs' Henare||Loose Forward, Lock||5 (1)|
|0250||Hemara ‘Bo' Kururangi||First Five, Winger||5|
|0256||H.M. 'John' Paea||Flanker, Lock||1|
|0258||Tuta Wanui Taare||Scrumhalf||3 (1)|
|0265||Reweti Te R. Green||Winger||1|
|0272||E.R.'Knox' Karaka||Centre, Fullback||5|
|0282||Bruce Allan Watson||Centre||1|
|0287||George Kiwa Walker||Lock, Prop||4|
|0291||Ronald Ngata||First Five, Scrumhalf||2|
|0298||Rangituatini 'Tene’ Henare||Prop||5|
|0307||Tamati Muturangi Reedy||Fullback, Winger||3|
|0308||David John Hooper||First Five, Fullback||5|
|0314||Peter Turei Karaka||First Five||1|
|0320||Victor Claude Rickard||Loose Forward||4|
|0324||George Pomana Hauraki||Centre||3 (1)|
|0325||Waiheke P.M. Kaika||Hooker||5|
|0326||Alex D. Reedy||Loose Forward||3|
|0327||Walter C. Ackroyd||Winger||4|
|0330||M.T. ‘Tiger' Whakataka||Forward||2 (1)|
|0331||Martyn Prince Rickard||Scrumhalf||1 (1)|
|0332||Peter Potini Sadlier||Scrumhalf||1|
|0333||Roger John Lougher||Fullback||1|