Year by Year ~ 1961 ~

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 1962

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(Founded, 1921; Affiliated, 1922)
Headquarters: Ruatoria.

Selectors: Messrs. H.Potai, Wm.Rickard and David McClutchie.

East Coast gained only one success, a victory over Poverty Bay at their second meeting, but a draw in two other matches improved the record somewhat. Nevertheless, it was a disappointing season.

Generally the players were kept together very well, 14 appearing in at least five matches, but a total of 28 players were required for the eight matches. Of these, eleven were making their debut, 13 had represented the previous season, Hovell and Hiha in 1958 whilst Mackey had represented Poverty Bay in 1960, and Ashton, Bush in 1958.

The side was captained by Karere Henare, who played solidly as lock. Hiha was his partner, with Ngatai on one side, A.D.Reedy at No.8, and with the front-row comprising R.Henare, a newcomer, Murphy, as hooker, and Ashton, The back line was experienced and capable, but did not impress on attack, being too inclined to individualism. The best were Watson (centre), Hooper (second five-eighth), and T.M.Reedy (winger).

T.M.Reedy represented Tai Rawhiti in the Prince of Wales Cup match.

Players 1961

      Position PL
0224 Karere ‘Babbie’ 'Babs' Henare Loose Forward, Lock 8
0256 Placeholder H.M. 'John' Paea Flanker, Lock 1
0258 Placeholder Tuta Wanui Taare Scrumhalf 6
0272 Placeholder E.R.'Knox' Karaka Centre, Fullback 2
0276 Placeholder Thomas Shelford Prop 2
0277 Placeholder Busby Brown Scrumhalf 1
0282 Placeholder Bruce Allan Watson Centre 8
0298 Placeholder Rangituatini 'Tene’ Henare Prop 6
0301 Placeholder Turei Forest Dale Mackey First Five, Scrumhalf 6
0305 Placeholder Euan Trafford Hovell Loose Forward 3
0307 Placeholder Tamati Muturangi Reedy Fullback, Winger 8
0308 Placeholder David John Hooper First Five, Fullback 7
0318 Placeholder Ruruarau Heitia Hiha Lock 6
0326 Placeholder Alex D. Reedy Loose Forward 8
0327 Placeholder Walter C. Ackroyd Winger 6
0328 Placeholder T.W. Ngatai Flanker 6
0333 Placeholder Roger John Lougher Fullback 5
0334 Placeholder P.D. Ashton Prop 8
0335 Placeholder H.H. Fairlie First Five 2
0336 Placeholder John Lima Manuel Loose Forward, Lock 2
0337 Placeholder Terence E.R. Murphy Hooker 6 (1)
0338 Placeholder B.J. Te Puni Forward 1
0339 Placeholder R.T. Maxwell Forward 4 (1)
0340 Placeholder Rangi Henderson Hooker 4
0341 Placeholder Tuteira ‘Blackie' Pohatu Hooker 1
0342 Placeholder Nehe Collier Winger 2
0343 Placeholder Peter A. Karauria Utility Back 2
0344 Placeholder Poreno Houia Scrumhalf 1