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Year By Year , Our History ~ 2010 ~

We hope you enjoy this look back as we look forward to many more years of recording the history of Buller Rugby Union.
We acknowledge all the information from the NZ “Rugby Almanack” Series since 1934 and appreciate their hard and dedicated work in providing this detailed history. – Web Admin



2010 Status:
Heartland Championship
Founded 1894– (affiliated NZRU 1894)
B.A.(Brian) Ahern
C.W.(Craig) Neill
C.M.(Craig) Scanlon
Main ground:
Victoria Square, Westport
Cardinal and Blue

Buller were surprise finalists for the Lochore Cup but deservedly earned the right to host the final at Westport after an exciting win over Horowhenua Kapiti in the semi-final.

What the team lacked in individual skill was made for with commitment. It was remarkable that 11 of the players started in every game and a further two missed just one game.

The understanding between the players became its biggest asset. Beating arch-rivals West Coast to regain the Rundle Cup secured Buller a semi-final position.

In perfect playing conditions the Lochore Cup final at Victoria Square will for many years remain a historic event for Buller rugby. Wairarapa Bush took away the Cup but the event was a boost for local rugby.

Matthew Bonisch was enterprising at fullback and a good defender. Sam Marris and Joseph Bradley were two eager wings while at centre Penijamini Nabainivalu was alert to any gaps in the defence. The veteran Michael Mumm was solid in midfield. Inside Mumm was loan player Brad Mackenzie and Andrew Stephens was the halfback and goalkicker.

Bradley and Scott Neighbours were the Origin players used by the union.

Number eight Phil Rossiter was a fine leader and effective forward. Flanker Luke Brownlee played his one hundredth successive game for the union – a grand stalwart of Buller rugby.

Nelson player James Foster was at lock with Logan Mundy. The experienced Phil Beveridge was joined in the front row by Stephen Crackett and hooker Logan Balsom.

Higher honours went to:

New Zealand Heartland: A.P.Stephens

2010 Match Record: Played 10; Won 4 ; Lost 6
Points : For 155 ; Against 222

2010 Fixtures & Results

28 Aug, 5:00 pm H Wairarapa Bush Heartland Championship 16 - 23
04 Sep, 5:00 pm A North Otago Heartland Championship 44 - 20
11 Sep, 5:00 pm A East Coast Heartland Championship 07 - 18
18 Sep, 5:00 pm H Mid Canterbury Heartland Championship 12 - 32
25 Sep, 5:00 pm A Poverty Bay Heartland Championship 21 - 13
02 Oct, 5:00 pm A Horowhenua Kapiti Heartland Championship 11 - 23
09 Oct, 5:00 pm A King Country Heartland Championship 44 - 05
16 Oct, 5:00 pm H West Coast Heartland Championship/Rundle Cup 20 - 11
23 Oct, 5:00 pm A Horowhenua Kapiti Heartland Championship/Lochore Cup Semi Final 14 - 19
30 Oct, 5:00 pm H Wairarapa Bush Heartland Championship/Lochore Cup Final 09 - 15


  Name   Position PL
Andrew Duncan Scrumhalf 5
Andrew Stephens Scrumhalf 10
Blair McIlroy Flanker 9
Placeholder Brad.W.Mackenzie First Five 10
Craig Adams Fullback, Winger 6
Glen Duncan Hooker, Prop 3
Placeholder Graham.F.Kimber Lock 6
Placeholder James Foster Lock 10
Placeholder Joseph.P.Bradley Winger 8
Placeholder Lee Nelmes Flanker, No. 8 1
Placeholder Logan.J.Balsom Hooker 10
Logan Mundy Prop 10
Luke Brownlee Flanker 10
Matthew.P.Bonisch Fullback 9
Placeholder Michael.P.Mumm Centre 10
Penijamini Nabainivalu Centre 10
Philip.J.’Phil’Beveridge Hooker, Prop 10
Philip.J.Rossiter Flanker 10
Placeholder Ricki.M.A.Jacobs First Five 4
Placeholder Rory.J.T.Kennedy Flanker 6
Placeholder Sam Marris Winger 10
Placeholder Scott Beckingsale Winger, Scrumhalf 3
Scott Neighbours Winger 2
Simon Abel Flanker 1
Stephen Crackett Hooker, Prop 10
Stephen Lowe Lock 9

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