SUNDAY 13th AUGUST 2017 LINFIELD PARK - KICKOFF 3pm WOMENâ€™S PREMIERSHIP - KICKOFF 1pm Linwood Keas v Papanui Tigers
CANTERBURY CUP - KICKOFF 11am Linwood Keas v Hornby Panthers
16s GRAND FINAL - KICKOFF 11am
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to the Canterbury Rugby League Grand Final day
TODAY’S GRAND FINAL MATCH OFFICIALS Men’s Premiership Referee – Jason Wilson Touch Judges – Gary Smallridge & Jordan Chand Reserve Touch Judge – Owen Harvey Match Managers - Andy Rowe & Darryl Hawker Water – Chloe Harvey
WOMEN’S OFFICIALS Referee – Owen Harvey Touch Judges – Chris Baker & Dai Roberts Reserve touch Judge – Jason Wilson Match Managers – Andy Rowe & Darryl Hawker Water – Chloe Harvey
Welcome to the Canterbury Rugby League Grand Final day for 2017. A warm welcome to all players, coaches, officials and supporters of all clubs that have participated in this year’s CRL competition. A very special welcome to the Pat Smith family who are here today to present the Pat Smith Trophy to the winning team and management of the premier’s game. Grand Final day represents the end of a long season which has required commitment and hard work from players, management, officials, volunteers and staff from all clubs that took part throughout the season. Unfortunately only two teams in each grade can make it all the way through to the Grand Final – so to both the Hornby Panthers and the Linwood Keas players and management, congratulations on making it through to this milestone for a second successive year. This is also the first year that we have held the Women’s Grand Final as the curtain raiser, which reflects the growing strength of the women’s game within our region. We would like to congratulate the Papanui Tigers and Linwood Keas for making it through to today’s final and wish both teams the best of luck. A big thank you also to today’s match officials, and to all officials who have officiated throughout the season. Like our players, coaches and managers, this weekend represents the end of another successful season, and without your support none of this would be possible.
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Finally, I would like to thank the Rugby League community for continuing to support their teams throughout the year and for turning out to support their teams today. I am sure we are going to see some very exciting and
entertaining rugby league being played today.
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WOMEN’S GRAND FINAL A key feature of grand final day at Linfield Park is the return of the Canterbury Rugby League women’s premiership grand final as a main curtain-raiser to the men’s premiership decider. Defending champions Papanui Tigers will take on Linwood Keas at 1pm in a rematch of the 2016 grand final, which the Tigers won 44-6. The resurgence and growth of the CRL women’s competition over the past two years has been a highlight for the code in Canterbury, and is reflective of the massive popularity the women’s game is enjoying – and the hard work many within the game have put in – throughout New Zealand and Australia. The dominant Tigers will field recent Kiwi Ferns debutants Bunty Kuruwaka-Crowe and Corrina Whiley, along with Stacey Poutu-Hildreth, who was selected in the Ferns’ wider squad ahead of November’s World Cup. Papanui mentor and trainer, Vicki Campbell, believes her side needs to ignore their favouritism and concentrate on their own game, which has seen the Tigers romp through season 2017 undefeated. “The thing we are reiterating is we know our game-plan, we what we’re good at and what we can produce,” former Kiwi Fern Campbell said. “We don’t want to change too much – there’s no point doing anything overly different to what we’ve always done.” The Keas unquestionably go into Sunday’s showdown as underdogs, having gone down to the Tigers 43-24 and 38-12 during the regular season, and 32-8 in the major semi-final. But the Kylie O’Loughlin-coached Keas will ensure the Tigers are made to work hard if they are to successfully defend their crown. “If you don’t have the belief then you probably shouldn’t be here,” O’Loughlin said. “It’s tough because we’re a team of players that have only had one or two seasons of rugby league, so we’re still in that learning phase. “To win would be awesome, but the progression we’ve made over the last couple of years has been a feat in itself.” Linwood’s bid for an upset will be driven by Sui Pauaraisa, who was also named in the Ferns’ wider squad, and veteran captain Turanga Ta’Ase.
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V This Sunday’s premiers grand final at Linfield Park will see another chapter of one of Canterbury Rugby League’s greatest club rivalries of the modern era unfold. Linwood Keas and Hornby Panthers go toe-to-toe in the decider for the second straight year – and the fifth time in the past 13 seasons. The Keas powered to a 29-10 victory over the Panthers in 2016 grand final at AMI Stadium – scoring five tries in the first 25 minutes to set up the convincing win – but fluctuating results between the heavyweights this year has made the rematch too close to call. Hornby thumped a weakened Linwood 38-12 in the opening round of 2017, but the defending champs turned the tables with a torrid 14-8 victory in Round 8. The Panthers then snared the first grand final spot with a high-quality 22-14 victory in the major semifinal at Murphy Park a fortnight ago.
35-year title drought with a record-shattering 66-10 rout of the Panthers in the 2005 decider. Hornby gained some revenge with a thrilling 32-28 win over Linwood in the 2006 grand final, though, and repeated the dose with a 27-20 success against the defending premier Keas in 2009. Only three times has a team beaten the same opponent in two straight grand finals: Papanui’s wins over Marist-Western Suburbs in 1972-73 and Eastern Suburbs in 1976-77, and Hornby’s twin victories over Halswell in 2012-13. Hornby is also aiming to avoid the same fate that befell Linwood (2007-08) and Halswell (2012-13), the only clubs to lose back-to-back grand finals since 1990. Meanwhile, the Keas have the opportunity to join the Panthers (1983-84, 1990-91, 1996-97, 2009-10 and 2012-13) and Hornets (1987-88 and 1999-2000) as the only teams to successfully defend their title in the past 36 seasons.
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Between them, Hornby and Linwood won the first four grand finals after a playoffs system was implemented to decide Canterbury Rugby League’s premier club in 1967. Hornby defeated Addington in the inaugural ’67 decider and Marist-Western Suburbs two years later, while Linwood downed Papanui in 1968 and Marist Western-Suburbs in 1970.
2017: Major Semi-final – Hornby 22-14 Linwood @ Murphy
But it would be another 35 years before the clubs first met in a grand final.
2016: Grand final – Linwood 29-10 Hornby @ AMI Stadium
While Hornby was a perennial contender – qualifying for 13 grand finals from 1982-2001 and winning eight – Linwood’s only appearances in the three decades after those early grand final successes were losses in 1974 and 1995. The crosstown rivals simultaneously emerged as premiership forces in the mid-2000s, however, and the Keas put the disappointment of two grand final losses in the previous three seasons and ended a
– LAST 10 MATCHES
Park 2017: Round 8 – Linwood 14-8 Hornby @ Linwood Park 2017: Round 1 – Hornby 38-12 Linwood @ Branston Park 2016: Major Semi-final – Linwood 18-12 Hornby @ Wainoni Park 2016: Round 13 – Hornby 28-16 Linwood @ Leslie Park 2016: Round 6 – Linwood 30-16 Hornby @ Linwood Park 2015: Round 12 – Hornby 44-24 Linwood @ Leslie Park 2015: Round 5 – Linwood 41-10 Hornby @ Linwood Park 2014: Round 14 – Linwood 16-14 Hornby @ Linwood Park
LINWOOD KEAS v HORNBY PANTHERS – GRAND FINAL MATCHES 2016: Linwood Keas 29 (W Yeow, D Hartley, M Sauni, Toi Sepuloni, M Nicholls-Cane tries; Hartley 4 goals; Hartley field goal) defeated Hornby Panthers 10 (T Tauvale, S Karena tries; J Baxendale goal) 2009: Hornby Panthers 27 (J Manning, M Paunga, T Aua-vaa, J Baxendale, C Smith tries; Baxendale 3 goals) defeated Linwood Keas 20 (J Aranga, T Tangiiti, A Todd, K Ferris tires; Tangiiti, Todd goals) 2006: Hornby Panthers 32 (R Hanson, S Wallace, J Baxendale, C Smith, C Thomas, M Deane tries; Baxendale 4 goals) defeated Linwood Keas 28 (N Horgan, K Warbrick, C Rastrick, T Tuli, C Hatcher; Warbrick 4 goals) 2005: Linwood Keas 66 (P McDonald 3, Chris Bamford 2, M Emslie, L Boyd, N Tuli, J soli, M Coe, Kyle Leka; Boyd 11 goals) defeated Hornby Panthers 10 (O Motoi, C Smith tries; J Baxendale goal)
Women’s Grand Final Half Time Entertainment 8 years Papanui Tigers v 8 years Linwood Keas Red 9 years Papanui Tigers Black v 9 years Linwood Keas Men’s Grand Final Half Time Entertainment 7 Years Hornby White v 7 Years Linwood Black 7 Years Hornby Black v 7 Years Linwood Green Under 18s Final Hornby v Halswell Monday 14th August @ Crosbie Park Kickoff at 6.45pm
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Grand Final Results
1913 - Sydenham 1914 - Sydenham 1915 - Sydenham 1916 - No Comp (War)1917 - Sydenham 1918 - Sydenham 1919 - Sydenham 1920 - Federal 1921 - Federal 1922 - Sydenham 1923 - Addington 1924 - Marist Old Boys 1925 - Marist Old Boys 1926 - Hornby 1927 - Hornby 1928 - Marist Old Boys 1929 - Addington 1930 - Hornby 1931 - Addington 1932 - Linwood 1933 - Hornby 1934 - Hornby 1935 - Addington 1936 - Hornby 1937 - Addington 1938 - Linwood 1939 - Addington 1940 - Sydenham 1941 - Sydenham 1942 - Horn-Rak-Ricc 1943 - Syd-Rakaia 1944 - Addington 1945 - Sydenham 1946 - Rakaia 1947 - Sydenham 1948 - Ch-Ch (Eastern) 1949 - Prebbleton 1950 - Sydenham 1951 - Linwood 1952 - Hornby 1953 - Sydenham 1954 - Sydenham 1955 - Sydenham 1956 - Sydenham 1957 - Papanui 1958 - Hornby 1959 - Papanui 1960 - Linw & Pap 1961 - Linwood 1962 - Hornby 1963 - Linwood 1964 - Hornby
1967 Hornby 1968 Linwood 1969 Hornby 1970 Linwood 1971 Papanui 1972 Papanui 1973 Papanui 1974 Papanui 1975 Eastern 1976 Papanui 1977 Papanui 1978 Papanui 1979 Eastern 1980 Eastern 1981 Eastern 1982 Addington 1983 Hornby 1984 Hornby 1985 Halswell 1986 Hornby 1987 Halswell 1988 Halswell 1989 Addington 1990 Hornby 1991 Hornby 1992 Papanui 1993 Halswell 1994 Papanui 1995 Halswell 1996 Hornby 1997 Hornby 1998 Papanui 1999 Halswell 2000 Halswell 2001 Hornby 2002 Riccarton 2003 Halswell 2004 Riccarton 2005 Linwood 2006 Hornby 2007 Kaiapoi 2008 Linwood 2009 Hornby 2010 Hornby 2011 Halswell 2012 Hornby 2013 Hornby 2014 Halswell 2015 Papanui 2016 Linwood
1965 - Hornby 1966 - Hornby 1967 - Hornby * 1968 - Linwood 1969 - Hornby 1970 - Linwood 1971 - Papanui 1972 - Papanui 1973 - Papanui 1974 - Papanui 1975 - Eastern Suburbs 1976 - Papanui 1977 - Papanui 1978 - Papanui 1979 - Eastern Suburbs 1980 - Eastern Suburbs 1981 - Eastern Suburbs 1982 - Addington 1983 - Hornby 1984 - Hornby 1985 - Halswell 1986 - Hornby 1987 - Halswell 1988 - Halswell 1989 - Addington 1990 - Hornby 1991 - Hornby 1992 - Papanui 1993 - Halswell 1994 - Papanui 1995 - Halswell 1997 - Hornby 1998 - Papanui 1999 - Halswell 2000 - Halswell 2001 - Hornby 2002 - Riccarton 2003 - Halswell 2004 - Riccarton 2005 - Linwood 2006 - Hornby 2007 - Kaiapoi 2008 - Linwood 2009 - Hornby 2010 - Hornby 2011 - Halswell 2012 - Hornby 2013 - Hornby 2014 - Halswell 2015 - Papanui 2016 - Linwood * Grand Final introduced
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The Pat Smith Trophy The Pat Smith Trophy has been Canterbury Rugby League’s ultimate prize for 50 years, awarded to the winning side in each year’s grand final since a playoffs system replaced the first-past-the-post format to decide the premiership in 1967. An excellent rugby union forward, Patrick Attwood Smith switched codes and was one of New Zealand’s most prominent rugby league players in the immediate post-World War II period. Smith turned out for Addington and Hornby before playing an integral role in the formation of the Prebbleton club in 1947, steering it to a historic premiership win two years later. The hooker/prop boasts the unique honour of having captained New Zealand in all 10 of his international appearances and 38 matches overall from 1947-49, leading the Kiwis to Test wins over Great Britain, France and Australia. Smith’s contribution to rugby league continued after his retirement as a player. He was a founder of the Marist club and president from 1960-66, coached Papanui and Marist, was a selector for Canterbury and South Island, and served as CRL president in 1967. Pat Smith, who passed away in 1981, was inducted as a New Zealand Legends of League in 2009, while his enormous local legacy lives on with the winning captain hoisting the trophy bearing his name after the Canterbury Rugby League grand final every year.
CRL MEN’S PREMIERS GRAND FINAL HORNBY PANTHERS v LINWOOD KEAS: THREE KEY MATCH-UPS Dene Grace (Panthers) v Erwin Sauni (Keas): Grace was brilliant at fullback when these sides squared off in the major semi, producing two searing breaks to lay on the first two tries and set the Panthers on course for victory. Below his best in that game, Erwin Sauni’s attributes need little introduction; a centre in last year’s grand final win, he is a dynamic game-breaker in the Keas’ No.1 jumper. Sean Spooner (Panthers) v Toi Sepuloni (Keas): Five-eighth Sepuloni has assumed the chief playmaking duties since Daniel Hartley’s late-season injury, but his deft skills, wily instincts and physical presence have ensured the Keas have barely missed a beat without their linchpin. Spooner also brings vast experience to the No.6 jumper and was a try-scorer in the Panthers’ major semi win a fortnight ago; there is plenty riding on this individual battle. Peni Mo’Ale and Neil Stewart (Panthers) v Jiordan Fidow-Kele and Alex Todd (Keas): Laying a front-row platform will be crucial in the decider, and the barnstorming Fidow-Kele was arguably the best player on the field in the Keas’ preliminary final win over the Tigers, while prop partner Todd has been one of the competition’s most consistent performers over a number of years. The Panthers need a big game from their bookends, but Mo’Ale and Stewart were outstanding in the major semi and never take a backward step.
FINALS TEAM SHEET LINWOOD KEAS
1 Erwin Sauni 2 Ben McIvor 16 Will Yeow 4 Phil Wahnig 5 Danny Latu 6 Toi Sepuloni 20 Paul Sauni (Co-Captain) 8 Alex Todd 9 Alani Kakoi 10 Jiordan Fidow-Kele 11 David Jakob 21 Joseph Purcell-Mika 13 Mike Nicholls-Cane 14 Agaese Fiso (Co-Captain) 7 Eddie Enosa 22 Iuma Mulitalo 16 Chris Nijssen 19 Graeme Patu-Vaega’au Head Coach Andrew Auimatagi Assistant Coach Damian Horgan Manager Jasmine Tuli Head Trainer Nathan Horgan Ass. Trainer/Masseur Siona Tuiloma Ass. Trainer Daniel Hartley Physio Emma Hewat Ball boy 1 Uriah Tuli Ball boy 2 Jayden Horgan
1 Dene Grace (Co-Captain) 2 Charlie Charlie 3 Craig Smith 4 Tauvale Tauvale 5 Chris Eric 6 Sean Spooner 7 Corey Lawrie (Co-Captain) 8 Nick Stewart 9 Tyrone Arona 10 Peni Mo’ale 11 Will Tafua 12 Sam Wallace 13 Jesse Rogers 14 Johnny Limmer 15 Gene Spooner 16 Caleb Tohovaka 17 Damien Papuni Head Coach Jed Lawrie Assistant Coach Jeff Peters Manager Phil Allen Trainer/Strapper Lee Paru Trainer Mathew Marsh Trainer Neil Kerapa Strapper Willy Simon Strapper Russell Jones Ball boy 1 Tavita Tatu Ball boy 2 Zack McNevin
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Keila Pouri-Lane Cushla Nukunuku Elizabeth Pera Amanda Sopoaga-Clarke Malia Ah Sam Cassie Siataga Taryn Caley Turanga Ta’ase Lena Tuiloma Epenesa Ki Mareta Pelenato Angela Petero Sui Pauaraisa
Reserves 17 Daisy Lavea-Timo 12 Jamecia Karu 16 Anastasia Cameron 10 Anastasia Taunoa
Reserves 21 Easter Savelio 16 Christine Lelei-Fenika 18 Soala Sa 22 Paulina Muaimalae
Manager Miriam Reihana Assistant Manager Donna Lavea Coach Taurean Whiley Assist Coach Kieran Hughs Trainer Mana Poko Assist Trainer Rhys Poko Assist Trainer Elekana Tupai
Head Coach Kylie O’Loughlin Asst Coach Siona Tuiloma Manager Jasmine Tuli Asst Manager Taua Vanilau Trainer Paul Sauni Trainer Brad Clarke
Teneka Wanao & Tiara Whiley
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