Coast lose gritty u18 clash

by Ben O’Brien-Leaf - Gisborne Herald It was gritty. The Thames Valley under-18 rugby team beat their Ngati Porou East Coast opposites 19-12 yesterday, but left Whakarua Park in Ruatoria knowing they’d been in a fight. “We pinched lineout ball from them — as they did to us — and while we lost

Coast earn respect

In rugby, respect is hard-earned. Ngati Porou East Coast earned more of it with a gutsy effort against Mid-Canterbury at Enterprise Cars Whakarua Park on Saturday. The Sky Blues lost 22-15 to the Hammers, but only Mid-Canterbury captain No.8 Jon Dampney said aloud what many might have thought: “A win isn’t far

HE TOHU WHAKAMAUMAHARATANGA KI A TA BRIAN LOCHORE.

HE TOHU WHAKAMAUMAHARATANGA KI A TA BRIAN LOCHORE. NPECRU Remembers Rugby Legend "SIR BRIAN LOCHORE ; OBE-KNZM-ONZ" SIR BRIAN LOCHORE IS PICTURED HERE ATTENDING THE VETERANS REUNION AT WHAKARUA PARK IN 2009 WHICH COINCIDED WITH A HEARTLAND MATCH BETWEEN NPEC AND WAIRARAPA BUSH. THERE WILL BE A SERVICE FOR SIR BRIAN THIS THURSDAY

‘Exciting’ Coast team eye season opener

Heartland Championship-wide, by now everyone knows why they’re fizzing. But former All Black Zac Guildford is not playing in Ngati Porou East Coast’s first pre-season game. Rather, the Coast is set to play the Anthony Studer-coached Eastern Bay of Plenty from 2pm at Rugby Park in Whakatane tomorrow. First-year coach Studer — who

Uawa prevail

. . in the final that has everything. Everything that makes a game great was there. Defending champions Uawa came from eight points down at halftime to beat Tihirau Victory Club 24-23 in the East Coast club rugby final at Uawa Domain, Tolaga Bay, on Saturday. Nearly 1500 fans — perhaps 400 of

Coast finalists are found

Uawa to defend title against former champs TVC Semifinals are nerve-racking affairs . . . or blowouts. Uawa, the defending champions of East Coast club rugby, favoured the latter at home on Saturday. They beat Hicks Bay 51-3 in a 1 v 4 semifinal at Tolaga Bay. Uawa’s victory means they will host