Massey University RFC Newsletter 17 May 2000

Massey University RFC Newsletter 17 May 2000

Post by Webfull » Thu, 18 May 2000 04:00:00


Well it's the second biggest week in the year here at Massey at the moment
(First is the start of the Rugger Season isn't it??). The big Graduation
Week, what it is all about I suppose. Being capped after completing a number
of years at University, in front of your family and your peers. Dressing up
in suits, gowns, hoods and the trenches and finally getting  that piece of

It's also a great chance to catch up with former teammates, classmates and
friends, having some celebratory Tui's, and maybe making a guest appearance
in one of the teams playing heldover games at Massey.  Having been through
the process twice, with Bachelors and a Masters, it definitely is a great
occasion in one's life.

So on behalf of the Massey University Rugby Club, we offer our
congratulations to all the men and women who are being capped at these
graduation ceremonies who have worn the Colours of the University on the
rugby fields. Well done.

Manawatu Club Senior One Round Up

MARIST proved at a bleak, wet and windswept Rongotea on Saturday that the Te
Kawau forwards can be matched.

The Marist team was down to 14 men five minutes before halftime, after prop
Scan Dellabarca was ordered off, and still bettered the green and black pack
in the second half.

Marist came back from 24-3 down to lose 24-15 but can have no quibbles -
five penalties to three tries.

Te Kawau folk rated it their team's worst of the season and wondered what
might have been had Marist had eight forwards' for the second half.

For the first time Te Kawau failed to collect a four-try bonus point.

High School Old Boys popped up to clear third after running over Feilding in
the second half in wild conditions on the Showgrounds. Games were shifted
off the waterlogged Oval, which had a worrying pond of water lapping over
the southern tryline.

Kia Toa battled doggedly to tip up Varsity, only the students' second loss.

The Kia players bear-hugged each other after a win so unexpected following
their poor effort against Freyberg.

Kia Toa's win saw College Old Boys, competitive against everyone, tumble to
10th place after COB lost to Feilding Old Boys at Johnston Park.

Oroua kept in the hunt by taking maximum points from Freyberg in the early
match at the Showgrounds played before the weather got vicious.

It was Freyberg's biggest losing margin of the season and headed only last
year by an 83-0 loss to Marist and 74-0 to Linton Army,

Competition Tables
Click here for the full Senior One Points Table
Click here for the full Senior Two Points Table
Click here for the full Senior Three Points Table
Click here for the full Senior Four Points Table
Click here for the full Colts Premier Points Table
Click here for the full Women's Points Table

Kia Toa put in its best match of the season but made hard work of it by

Running with the wind behind it instead of kicking. But led by big prop Save
Fonohema, its forwards cancelled out the students and the Kia effort lifted
when it realised it, could not only hold Varsity but win.

In a closely-fought but stop-start affair, Varsity could only kick two
penalties after playing with the gale. Varsity had pinned Kia Toa in its
half for most of the first spell but the few student forays into the Kia Toa
22 came to nothing.

There was solid midfield tackling but neither backline could penetrate, the
passing out wide wasn't good, not helped by slow ball delivery allowing the
defences up. When No.8 Saia Mafi scored the game's only try midway through
the second half after a fine passing rush, the students were gone.

One successful Kia Toa penalty shot was ruled out for a man in front and
another hit the posts but no one was following up.

by Peter Lampp, Evening Standard, 15 May 2000, pg 15

Some other VARSITY results from the weekend
RAMS 25 - FOB 15 - FOB's first loss
Colts 46 - Feilding Yellows 0 - Great Result in the wet an wild weather
Baa Baa's 24 - Ashhurst/Pohangina 0 - Baa Baa's doing the business
K's 27 - Bush (Pahiatua) 3 - Starting to fire up
Maidens 47 - Teachers 10 - Go the Maidens

Click for Full Team Results

In association with TUI BREWERIES, MURFC and WebFulla you get the chance to
How you ask? Simple
Click on the link
Think of a caption for the picture and email it in.

Winner from Caption No.3 was Blair 'Webo' Robinson, with
"Boof Nesdale at fulltime after Varsity A vs Oroua"
For the 'unwashed' - Boof Nesdale, former Oroua stalwart is a coach of the
Varsity A's and this was his reaction after the A's absorbing 41 all draw
with the 'mountain men'.
TUI prize pack going to Blair.

A new component of the Club's website that I would like to introduce to all
of you is the Clubs Forum Page. Unfortunately, it's not quite what some of
you are expecting (although that could be an idea...).

The idea behind the MURFC Forum is to allow for visitors to the Website to
leave their mark, comments, whatever. As well as that it is designed so that
everyone can read someone's 'obvious one eyed comments' and to reply with
your own 'one-eyed comments'.

It's totally uncensored and anything goes.