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Year By Year , Our History ~ 2011 ~

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

2011

Season

2011 Status:
Heartland Championship
Founded 1894– (affiliated NZRU 1894)
Chairman:
P.R.Bonisch
Chief.Executive.Officer:
B.A.(Brian) Ahern
Co-Coach:
C.W.(Craig) Neill
Co-Coach:
C.M.(Craig) Scanlon
Main ground:
Victoria Square, Westport
Capacity:
5,000
Colours:
Cardinal and Blue

After four rounds undefeated Buller led the Heartland Championship, a remarkable achievement for the tiny union. Then followed three losses in succession, none by more than three points, and Buller dropped to the Lochore Cup playoffs and suffered a two-point loss to Poverty Bay in the home semi-final. In three of the four losses, including the semi-final, the opposition snatched victory only within the final four minutes of play. Not since 1949 has Buller scored a greater number of tries and a larger points differential.The ordering off of outstanding number eight Lee Nelmes, for a dangerous tackle, just 20 minutes into the Mid Canterbury game, and his subsequent suspension for two weeks, affected the team performance late in the season.

Defence was one of Buller’s strengths while on attack there was a dangerous midfield combination with Pene Nabainivalu and William Saukuru. As in the previous year Buller had a settled squad well led by Phil Rossiter, his fellow flanker being the evergreen Luke Brownlee who completed his 13th season without missing a game and set a new NPC record of 105 games in succession.

Former Buller loose forward Thomas Stuart had held the record with 104 games. Lee Nelmes’ efforts at the back of the scrum earned him selection in the Heartland team. Shane Grieve and Bevan Tetai were a strong locking pair while in the front row Logan Mundy, Scott McIlroy and match centurion Phil Beveridge completed a forward pack that was never bettered. Beveridge played for NZ Marist against the Heartland team in October.

Andrew Stephens and Origin player Phil Gibson were a tidy inside back combination, the former also representing NZ Heartland. Nabainivalu and Saukuru were a constant threat on attack and scored 11 tries between them. Nineteen-year-old Reuben Elley, Sam Marris and Tema Faifua were the wings with Matt Bonisch or Scott Neighbours at fullback.

Higher honours went to:

New Zealand Heartland: L.M.Nelmes, A.P.Stephens

2011 Match Record: Played 9 ; Won 5 ; Lost 4
Points : For 218 ; Against 163

2011 Fixtures & Results

06 Aug, 5:00 pm H Poverty Bay Heartland Championship 18 - 14
13 Aug, 5:00 pm A King Country Heartland Championship 20 - 34
20 Aug, 5:00 pm A Wairarapa Bush Heartland Championship 11 - 26
27 Aug, 5:00 pm H East Coast Heartland Championship 34 - 08
03 Sep, 5:00 pm A Thames Valley Heartland Championship 22 - 20
10 Sep, 5:00 pm H North Otago Heartland Championship 08 - 11
17 Sep, 5:00 pm A Mid Canterbury Heartland Championship 30 - 27
24 Sep, 5:00 pm H West Coast Heartland Championship/Rundle Cup 21 - 15
01 Oct, 5:00 pm H Poverty Bay Heartland Championship/Lochore Cup Semi Final 30 - 32

2011 Buller REPRESENTATIVES

  Name   Position PL
Andrew Duncan Scrumhalf 6
Andrew Stephens Scrumhalf 9
Placeholder Benjamin Coman Lock 5
Placeholder Bevan.P.Tetai Flanker, Lock 9
Blair McIlroy Flanker 2
Craig Adams Fullback, Winger 3
Glen Duncan Hooker, Prop 2
Placeholder John Noble Centre 1
Placeholder Lee Nelmes Flanker, No. 8 7
Placeholder Logan.J.Balsom Hooker 1
Logan Mundy Prop 9
Luke Brownlee Flanker 9
Matthew.P.Bonisch Fullback 4
Placeholder Michael.P.Mumm Centre 2
Penijamini Nabainivalu Centre 9
Philip.J.’Phil’Beveridge Hooker, Prop 8
Philip.J.Rossiter Flanker 8
Placeholder Phillip Gibson First Five 8
Placeholder Reuben.P.Elley Winger 8
Placeholder Sam Marris Winger 7
Placeholder Scott McIlroy Hooker, Prop 8
Scott Neighbours Winger 4
Placeholder Shane Grieve Flanker, Lock 9
Stephen Crackett Hooker, Prop 9
Stephen Lowe Lock 7
Placeholder Tema Faifua Winger 9
Placeholder Warwick Knox Hooker, Prop 6
Placeholder William Saukuru Centre, Fullback 9

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