|One - 25th August
||31 - 15
|Two - 1st September
|Three - 8th September
||3 - 42
|Four - 15th September
||31 - 13
|Five - 22nd September
||23 - 24
|Six - 29th September
||52 - 33
|Seven - 6th October
||56 - 29
|Eight - 13th October
||24 - 14
|Semi Final - 20 October
||42 - 22
Poverty Bay Heartland Championship Team 2012
Forwards - Henry Yortt, Conan Houkamau*, Russell Burns, Cambell Chrisp, Hikanui Curtis, Simon Versteeg, Jone Lesi, Murray Hewson, Jason Tuapawa, Josese Bolabasaga, Sione Ngatu, Efoti Moimoi, Willis Tamatea, Andrew Gardner, Tevita Maka, Josh Hart.
Backs - Richard Brown, Scott Leighton (Captain), Brad Turei, Moss Doran, Nick Wilson, Paula Tikomainaivalu, Sione Tupa, Caleb West, Pamona Samupo, Kelvin Smith, Mangu Kemp, David Philander.
Unavailable - Josh McAtamney, Juston Allen.
Coach: Grainger Heikell Doctor: Patrick McHugh
Asst Coach: Trevor Crosby Physio: Mike Evan
Manager: Brendon Hart Masseur: Michael Richards
Asst Manager: Jamie Hutana
Congratulations to award winners: Best Forward: Sione Ngatu, Best Back: Paula Tikomainaivalu, Promising Player: Moss Doran, Best & Fairest: Kelvin Smith, Peter Brown Memorial: Scott Leighton, Player of the Year (Paul Sceats Memorial Cup): Murray Hewson.
Poverty Bay Heartland Season Ends (20 Oct. 2012)
The season is over for our Heartland team as they went down to Buller 42 - 22 on Saturday in Westport.
The PB boys were always going to fight an uphill battle after ending the first half 31 - 3 to Buller. In the first 40 minutes the team did not fire at all, making too many unforced errors with ballhandling mistakes and crucial missed tackles. On the other hand Buller attacked strongly, their backs made numerous breaks over the advantage line and were fortunate to convert these into points by very good support play.
In the second half, PB's Kelvin Smith made the best start possible making an incisive run from 1st 5/8 and getting the ball out wide for debutant Beaudein Waaka to score his first try for the Bay. Poverty Bay made a good push against Buller over the next 30 minutes. Replacement loose forward and debutant, Ben Payne had a storming game in defence and was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time to score 2 tries out wide. Beaudein Waaka took over the kicking duties and slotted both conversions from the sideline.
But it was too little too late and with Buller scoring another try, a drop goal and penalty in the second half, the game and hosting of the Lochore Cup final was signed and sealed.
In the other Lochore Cup semi-final, South Canterbury convincingly beat Mid-Canterbury 48 - 20 in Timaru.
In the Meads Cup semi-finals, East Coast beat North Otago 26 - 15 and Wanganui had a narrow win against Wairarapa Bush 23 - 20.
So next weekend, Saturday 1.35pm, East Coast host Wanganui for the Meads Cup Final at Whakarua Park in Ruatoria. On Sunday, Buller host South Canterbury in Westport for the Lochore Cup Final, kick-off is 2.35pm
Livestream of Semi Finals this weekend (19 Oct. 2012)
This Saturday, 20 October there will be a live radio feed occurring of the semi-final game on Turanga FM on frequencies 91.7FM, 95.7FM or 98.1FM. You can alternatively livestream the game via internet on the Turanga FM website www.turangafm.co.nz. This will cross-over to Coast FM radio for the live broadcast of the game in Westport at 2.25pm this Saturday.
The weather forecast for Saturday, 20 October in Westport:
High 14°C, Overnight 8°C, Rain developing, some heavy. Northerly turns westerly.
Poverty Bay Heartland Update (13 Oct. 2012)
What a great Heartland game on the weekend. Although the Poverty Bay team went down 24-14 to East Coast it was a game filled with excitement and high tension for the whole 80 minutes.
Poverty Bay were the first point scorers with 2 penalty kicks to Scott Leighton to lead 6-Nil after 15 minutes. East Coast then struck back later in the half with 2 tries, the first scored by a rampaging Fisiihoi and the second by Pomare Samupo to take the lead at halftime 12 - 6.
In the second half another early penalty kick to Scott Leighton clawed the score back to 12 - 9. A forward dominating effort by the Poverty Bay pack camped East Coast in their own half for a good 15 mins before Nick Wilson was denied a try over the line by some good defensive work by Whaimotu Craft-Chemis. Fortunately an incision by Moss Duran close to the pack saw him score near the corner. Unconverted by Leighton, Poverty Bay hit the lead 14 - 12.
For the next 20 mins it was a see-saw battle with a number of incisive attacks by both teams. With 6 mins remaining on the clock the score looked to change again with a penalty kick attempt by East Coast's John Semple, but his attempt just sliced the upright and the score remained. 3 mins left in the game and East Coast let loose with a number of back plays that allowed an overlap to replacement winger, Mike King to score. The try was converted 19 -14 to East Coast.
1 min left in the game, Poverty Bay tried to re-gather the ball with a short kick-off made. East Coast gathered and Centre, TK Moeke made a break through the middle again passing the ball wide to Mike King who bobbles the catch but holds on to score in the corner. With full-time on the clock and the conversion unsuccessful the game is ruled over by referee, Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri, 24 - 14 to East Coast.
Poverty Bay now sit in 8th place and face Buller in Westport for the semi-final of the Lochore Cup next Saturday. The other Lochore Cup semi-final game is South Canterbury vs Mid-Canterbury in Timaru. East Coast win the Skip Paenga Trophy and top the table for the Meads Cup earning a home semi-final against North Otago this Saturday.
Poverty Bay Heartland Weekend Results (6 Oct. 2012)
Heartland played Thames Valley at Paeroa Domain in Paeroa. It was a convincing win to Poverty Bay 56-29 with 8 tries being scored, all converted successfully. Tryscorers were Kelvin Smith (2), Paula Tikomainaivalu (2), Moss Duran, Adam Ross (2), Josese Bolabasaga with conversions to Scott Leighton (6) and Brad Turei (2).
Poverty Bay Heartland Weekend Results (29 Sept 2012)
Heartland played South Canterbury at Rugby Park and were hoping to use the Home ground and crowd to their advantage. Unfortunately, Poverty Bay suffered a loss to the Southerners 52-33. Poverty Bay's next home game will be Saturday, 13 October vs East Coast. Go to the A & P Show on the 13th and get into Rugby Park for free! Come and show your support!
Poverty Bay Weekend Results (22 Sept 2012)
The Heartland team just went down to North Otago 24-23 in Oamaru last Saturday. They are now placed 7th on the Table with 3 games remaining before play-offs. Poverty Bay outscored North Otago 3 tries to 2 with new halfback signing, Adam Ross bagging 2 tries and No.8 Andrew Gardiner scoring 1. Scott Leighton kicked 1 conversion and 2 penalties. This weekend is a home game vs South Canterbury at MoreFM Rugby Park. Kick-off is 2.30pm.
Poverty Bay Weekend Results (15 Sept 2012)
Heartland vs West Coast (Rugby Park) win 31 -13. Click here for a Gisborne Herald summary of the Heartland game. Congratulations to Sione Ngatu who played his 100th game and becomes Poverty Bay's 7th Centurion. Congratulations to players, coaches, managers and supporters who make this such a great game and contribute to the successful outcomes.
Poverty Bay vs Wanganui (8 Sept 2012)
Defending Meads Cup champions Wanganui had too much pace, power and intensity for Poverty Bay in their Heartland Championship match at Wanganui on Saturday.
The atrocious weather conditions meant it was not a day for open running rugby, but Murray Hewson (lock) and Sione Ngatu (flanker) worked hard.
Poverty Bay had some good phases in the first half, but it was at the wrong end of the field.
Wanganui came out firing from the kick off, and the Bay struggled to hang onto the ball and fell off some tackles which let in some easy tries. Half time score was 35 - 3. Fulltime score was 42 - 3.
There are no easy beats in this competition, the Bay will need to pick themselves up and be ready to take on West Coast at More FM Rugby Park this weekend.
This will be 100 games for Sione Ngatu. If anyone deserves to get a great result on a day like that, it’s Sione.
Poverty Bay Heartland Team Beaten By Bush At Home (3 Sept 2012)
Poverty Bay Heartland Team were beaten 48 - 21 by Wairarapa Bush on Saturday at MoreFM Rugby Park.
Poverty Bay scored 3 tries to Moss Doran, David Philander and Jason Tuapawa all converted by captain, Scott Leighton. Wairarapa Bush played very well and used their strong defensive line to upset the Bay's attack. This caused Poverty Bay to turnover ball at crucial times that created opportunities against the run of play for the Bush side. 3 tries were scored in this manner during the game and may have well been opportunities for the Bay if moves were executed more accurately. Wairarapa Bush's halfback, Inia Katia was lively and bagged 2 tries while first five Glen Walters also had an excellent game with the boot, he converted all 6 tries plus 2 penalty kicks.
Halftime score was 27 - 7 to Wairarapa. A strong game by the Bay's centre, Paula Tikomainaivalu earned him Player of the Day. Lock Murray Hewson celebrated his 50th Cap, while Jason Tuapawa and Campbell Chrisp earned their 10th Cap Framed Blazer Pockets.
Poverty Bay vs East Coast Queens Birthday Weekend Game (5 June 2012)
Poverty Bay take out the John Heikell Queen's Birthday PB vs EC Annual Fixture
The annual fixture between Poverty Bay and East Coast was played at Whakarua Park in Ruatoria on Saturday, 2 June 2012.
Poverty Bay had a good start to the season with a 42-27 win after trailing to East Coast at the halftime break. To read more from the Gisborne Herald round-up of the game, click here for further information.
NZ Army Pre-Season Home Game (30 July 2012)
Poverty Bay Heartland Rep team will be contesting a pre-season match against NZ Army on Sunday, 19 August 2012.
NZ Army head coach, Tim Kareko, is very keen to play a warm-up match against a Heartland Provincial Union to assist their build-up for the NZ Defenses National Rugby Tournament. This will be their first game of the season following a trial tournament from where he will make his selection.
Conversely, Poverty Bay Heartland Team Head Coach, Grainger Heikell is also looking forward to a hard, competitive match before the Heartland Rugby competitive season kicks-off a week later. Grainger says, "This is a great opportunity to test our team and show our wares in front of a home crowd. The match will also provide an opportunity to rally community support for the squad. The players respond well when a big home crowd is behind them and this would be a perfect build-up for the start of the season."
The NZ Army game is the first of five home games for Poverty Bay before play-offs are decided in the Heartland Competition. The last of the home games will be a doozey against East Coast on 13 October.
Poverty Bay Heartland Team - Pre-Season Game Vs NZ Army (27 Aug 2012)
Poverty Bay had a solid win and performance against NZ Army posting a score of 42 - 27. On a cloudy but dry sunday afternoon, with a modest crowd watching, they were entertained with some good running rugby. There were times though when the play became a bit too unstructured, when both teams tried to show too much flair and promote the running game too often without setting a good platform to commit defensive players. Overall Grainger Heikell was happy with his teams performance. Pamona Samupo was named player of the match and bagged a couple of tries to boot. It was great to host the NZ Army team and they too enjoyed the challenge of playing a Heartland Team.
First Game/First Win For The Poverty Bay Heartland Team (27 Aug 2012)
Poverty Bay have beaten Horowhenua Kapiti 31-15 in Levin on Saturday. The win included 4 tries earning 5 pts to give Poverty Bay the joint lead alongside North Otago on the points table. Click here to view the Heartland PointsTable. The first half was riddled with penalties and ill-discipline by Poverty Bay, leading at halftime the score was close at 14-12. But after a talk about the error ridden half and discipline a fine last 40 minutes were put in by Poverty Bay. The Final score 31-15.
Try scorers were No. 8 Andrew Gardiner, hooker Henry Yortt who had a strong debut for Poverty Bay, Paula Tikomainaivalu who has been impressive at centre the last 3 games; and Kelvin Smith who was dangerous with ball in hand throughout the game.
Coach, Grainger Heikell said there is plenty to work on and the team understands this. The challenge is to confront Wairarapa Bush this Saturday in Poverty Bay's first competition home game of the season, especially after being well-beaten by them 2 weeks ago. Of special mention is this Saturday's game will be Murray Hewson's 50th match for Poverty Bay. Kick-off is 2.30pm on Saturday at Rugby Park.