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Year by Year , Our History ~ 2014 ~

We hope you enjoy this look back as we look forward to many more years of recording the history of Thames Valley Rugby Union.We acknowledge all the information from the NZ “Rugby Almanack” Series from the season’s 1934 through to 2016 and appreciate their hard and dedicated work in providing this detailed history. Web Admin

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2014 Status:
Heartland Championship
Founded 1922
E.F.(Errol) Kingsbury
N.H.T. (Neil) Olesen
Edmond Leahy
H.P.(Hayden) Roe
Assistant Coach:
F.E.(Frank) Bunce
Main ground:
Paeroa Domain
Gold and Red

For the second year in a row, Thames Valley made a great start to their Heartland campaign with three wins and a draw in their opening four matches. This bettered their 2013 record of three starting wins. But the second half of the campaign again was an anti-climax with four defeats, albeit with three bonus points for close losses. The SwampFoxes finished ninth, missing out on eighth spot, and a Lochore Cup semi-final, to Wanganui Wllh the same 17 competition points, but with an inferior points differential of just five.

The strength of the side was undoubtedly their defence. At the end of the round robin they had conceded the second lowest total of points (135), but the problem was the 139 points scored was also the second lowest. Lance Easton was safe and reliable at fullback, while on the right wing l9-year-old Joshua Turner had an impressive debut season, being the top try-scorer. The well-travelled Watisoni Lotawa, who had played for North Otago, Southland and Auckland, was an interesting inclusion in the squad and made four appearances. The steady midfield was shared by Reuben Leask, who had last played in 2012, debutant Matthew Hema, and the experienced Joe Murray. First five-eighth David Harrison extended his points-scoring record for the union to 639, and was well served by Richard judd who shone at halfback. Forty two year old Aaron McDonald, who missed out last year, played his 100th match for the union against Poverty Bay.

In the forwards number eight Siaosi “George” Lelenoa was another to have a good debut season. The lively Blake Hill again showed his versatility playing more at blindside flanker than hooker. The locking partnership of Brett Ranga and Kent McFarlane toiled away in the tight. Glen Townsend appeared briefly in the middle stages of the championship. Loosehead prop Kieran Rarnage was a standout, having a very consistent season, while on the other side of the scrum Fijian international Graham Dewes, who had last represented Thames Valley in 2006, came in on loan for the second half of the season. Two young hookers, each in their debut seasons, had a good battle for the position with 19-year-old Nick Iudd edging 22-year old Hayden Wisnewski. Experienced prop Barton Thompson only appeared in the two early first-class matches.

Forty-one players were used with l2 playing only the two first-class pre-Heartland matches. Of the 29 who appeared in the Heartland Championship, 14 were debutants. Michael Tuiloma had previously played for South Canterbury.

Higher honours went to:

New Zealand Heartland: B.T.R. Hill

2014 Thames Valley Swampfoxes
2014 Match Record: Played 10 ; Won 4 ; Drew 1 ; Lost 5
Points : For 158 ; Against 215
1. June 16 vs Cook Islands, at Paeroa
Won 19 – 12
Thames Valley Scorers : –Turner , Try–
Hamilton (1) Conversion, (3) Penalty Goals ; Turner (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: Mr.J.Dustow (Thames Valley)
2. July 2 vs Counties Manukau,(Ranfurly Shield) at Pukekohe
Lost 00 – 68
Thames Valley Scorers : —–
Referee: Mr.K.R.McBride
Heartland Championship 2014
3. August 23 vs Horowhenua-Kapiti, at Levin
Drew 19 – 19
Thames Valley Scorers : Turner, N.Judd, Lotawa, tries
 D.Harrison (2) Conversions
Referee: Mr.A.Aso (Japan)
4. August 30 vs King Country, at Te Aroha
Won 15 – 10
Thames Valley Scorers : —–
D.Harrison (5) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr.D.G.Morrison
5. September 6 vs Mid Canterbury, at Paeroa
Won 20 – 15
Thames Valley Scorers : Wisnewski, Lelenoa, Turner tries
D.Harrison (1) Conversion, (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: Mr.A.W.Payne
6. September 13 vs East Coast, at Ruatoria
Won 21 – 08
Thames Valley Scorers : Lelenoa, R.Judd, tries
D.Harrison (1) Conversion, (3) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr.A.W.B.Mabey
7. September 20 vs North Otago, at Paeroa
Lost 15 – 19
Thames Valley Scorers : Laurich, B.Hill, tries
Turner (1) Conversion ; D.Harrison (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: Mr.A.W.Payne
8. September 27 vs Wairarapa Bush, at Masterton
Lost 18– 20
Thames Valley Scorers : Leask, B.Hill, Ranga,  tries
D.Harrison (1)  Penalty Goal
Referee: Mr.L.D.Scanlon
9. October 4 vs Poverty Bay, at Paeroa
Lost 09 – 17
Thames Valley Scorers : —–
D.Harrison (3)  Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr.C.J.Stone
10. October 11 vs West Coast, at Greymouth
Lost 22 – 27
Thames Valley Scorers : Murray, Easton, Laurich, tries
D.Harrison (2) Conversions, (1) Penalty Goal
 Referee: Mr.L.D.Scanlon
Thames Valley REPRESENTATIVES {2014 + Total Games}
Name Club 2014 Total for Union
Te Ra Arthur Waihi 1 16
Caleb Brown Hauraki North 6 26
Chance Bunce Hauraki North 1 1
Johnathon Corliss Thames 1 1
Graham Dawes Karaka (2) 5 14
Lance Easton Hauraki North 7 45
Beau Hamilton Mercury Bay 1 1
David Harrison Hauraki North 9 94
Marcus Hayward Northcote (3) 2 2
Matthew Heme Te Aroha C.O.B. 8 8
Blake Hill Ngatea 8 25
Shaun Hill Hauraki North 1 1
Adrian Holmes Waihi Athletic 4 12
Nick Judd Thames 6 6
Richard Judd (1) Te Awamutu Sports (4) 8 23
Peni Kamakorewa Paeroa West 6 6
Pepa Koloamatangi Suburbs (5) 8 8
Jason Laurich Hauraki North 10 20
Joshua Law Ngatea 1 19
Reuben Leask * Te Aroha C.O.B. 9 15
Siaosi Lelenoa Thames 8 8
Watisoni Lotawa Thames 4 4
Aaron McDonald Thames 9 101
Kent McFarlane Waihou 9 19
Eden McLean Mercury Bay 2 2
Joe Murray Waihou 9 48
Jeff Peek Waihou 1 1
Kieran Ramage Mercury Bay 9 25
Brett Ranga (Capt.) Waihi Athletic 9 25
Haerengarangi Renata Coromandel 9 9
Pedro Scardapane Mercury Bay 6 6
Mike Smith Te Aroha C.O.B 1 12
Savenaca Tabakanalagi Paeroa West 2 2
William Tamanalevu Thames 5 5
Manaia Taotala Te Aroha C.O.B 1 17
Fine’eva Taumalolo Manukau Rovers (5) 2 2
Barton Thompson Thames 2 46
Glen Townsend Waihou 3 54
Michael Tuiloma Weymouth (2) 2 2
Joshua Turner Te Aroha C.O B. 8 8
Hayden Wisnewski Waihou 8 8
1 Player of Origin ; 2 Counties Manukau RU ; 3 North Harbour RU ;4 Waikato RU ; 5 Auckland RU

*R.J. Leask captained against Cook Islands