Upcoming Preseason Matches

With the season for most teams starting on the 4th July preseason matches are now around the corner.

Premier: vs Harbour June 20 (Logan Park 1pm), vs Zingari June 27th Montecillo 2.30pm
Premier 2: vs University B June 27th Uni Oval 4 1pm
Premier Colts: vs Harbour June 20th (Logan Park 11am), vs Taieri June 27th PJ Park 12 noon
Junior Colts: vs Kaikorai 4th July Bathgate Park 1pm
Seniors: vs West Taieri 20th June Outram 2pm, 27th June 1st Comp Match v Zingari 1pm Montecillo

Southern $100 Club Raffle – Draw 2 (13th June)

1st 1 $50 Dave Clements
2nd 2 $50 Roy Daniels
3rd 18 $50 Rex & Rick Moss
4th 66 $100 Murray Pridham

Good to be back at the Club yesterday for the first time this Season prior to watching the Highlanders win.

Congratulations to the above winners of the second draw held at the Club Rooms yesterday.

Just a reminder to those yet to pay our Bank Account Number is ANZ 06 0901 0042080 00

Next week is the third draw at the Club, and the final draw is the 28th commencing 2pm.

Cheers Roy

Southern $100 Club Raffle – Draw 1 (6th June)

No. 86 $50 Alan Nicholls
No. 20 $50 Dennis McBride
No. 15 $50 Murray Hamilton
No. 60 $100 Tom Tamati

The first draw in this years raffle was drawn last night with the above winners,.

This year we have had a very good response with all tickets sold during the Lock Down, the Club is very appreciative to you all for having supported us again during this difficult time.

We thank those that have already paid for their tickets and list our Bank account Number
ANZ 06 0901 0042080 00 for those that are still to pay.

From next Saturday June 13th the Club Rooms will be open from 4.30pm for social activities. with the draws taking place at 5.30pm both on Sat 13th and the 20th June, with the Final Draw on Sunday 28th June from 2pm.

Thanks again for your support and we look forward to seeing you in the Club Rooms as the Rugby Club Season gets back to normal.

Cheers Roy

Southern All Black Lindsay Townsend dies

1955 All Black Lindsay Townsend passed away on June 2nd in Whangarei aged 86 years. His memorial service was to held on the 11th June.
A halfback, he showed a lot of promise and became an All Black at just 21 years of age against the touring Australian side, but he only played 2 tests and was considered unlucky not to get another opportunity.
He played for the Southern senior side for 5 years. He debuted for Otago in 1953 as a 19 year old.
He is survived by wife Zena, daughters Kelly and Fleur, and son Scott.

The following All Black player profile is from the NZ Rugby Museum, Lindsay Knight:

In the mid 1950s Lindsay Townsend was seen as New Zealand’s great hope at halfback and at the age of 21 was given two of the three tests against the touring Wallabies in 1955.

But he and Canterbury’s John Hotop, as an inside back pairing, had an especially unhappy day in the third test loss at Eden Park and neither was required for the All Blacks again.

Townsend, who was the son of L G Townsend, an Otago and Southland representative of the 1920s, came into the Otago side as a 19-year old in 1953 and played 35 matches for that province up until the end of the 1957 season. The highlight of his Otago career was to be in the side which lifted the Ranfurly Shield from Wellington in 1957.

He showed such promise in his debut season that in 1954, aged only 20, he was chosen for the South Island and went from there to play for the Rest of New Zealand against the 1953-54 All Blacks in a special match and for a New Zealand XV against New Zealand Maori.

In 1955, after playing again in the interisland match and in two New Zealand XV games, Townsend was given his two caps against the Wallabies.

But two disappointing matches saw him slip down the rankings in 1956, even though he was given a trial and came on for his third appearance for the South Island as a second spell replacement at fullback.

In 1958 Townsend moved to North Auckland and played in 46 matches for his new union until his farewell season in 1963. The only national recognition Townsend received in these years, though, was a couple of preliminary trials in 1958-59.

But, ironically, he was probably a better all round halfback then than when he had been in his All Black days. He was critically acclaimed for his performances in his seasons with North Auckland, which included appearances against international tourists such as the Wallabies in 1958, the Lions in 1959 and France in 1961. Two of these games, against the Wallabies and France, were won by North Auckland.

In 1976-79 Townsend was the North Auckland representative team’s selector-coach. He was in charge of the side which took the shield from Manawatu in 1978 and for defences in the following year.

Considering his origins in southern New Zealand this may have been a bitter-sweet experience for Townsend. For in 1978, while he was the coach, the North Auckland union caused a huge controversy by declining challenges from Otago and Southland.