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STAN MEADS Cup kicks off this weekend ..


THAMESVALLEYThere is plenty of intensity building, as the seven teams in the 2014 Stan Meads Cup get ready to kick off their campaigns, on Saturday 16th August 2014.

Representative teams from the Te Awamutu, Hamilton, Piako and Eastern and Central Bay of Plenty, will be joined by Thames Valley and King Country B, to contest the fourth edition of the Stan Meads Cup

The Stan Meads Cup is named in honour of one of the most dedicated All Black forwards of the 1960’s.

A piece of genuine rugby history continues in the round robin series of the SMC, with the Peace Cup on the line in each preliminary game. In 1921 Mr Bill English donated the Peace Cup for competition between the Sub-Unions of the Auckland Province. In early decades, the Peace Cup ranked only in stature to the Ranfurly Shield in the region, and drew large crowds and parochial support throughout the Waikato, King Country, Thames Valley and the Bay of Plenty.

KINGCOUNTRYDefending Stan Meads Cup title holders Eastern Bay of Plenty, will sit on the sideline in the opening round after drawing the bye, because Western Bay of Plenty chose not to enter a team in the 2014 SMC competition. Last season the Eastern Bay side grabbed the SMC title, when they defeated 2011 and 2012 champions Te Awamutu in a stirring final, winning 24-8.

Current Peace Cup holder Te Awamutu, will put the prestigious time honoured rugby trophy on the line in their first game of the 2014 competition, against King Country B at Rugby Park in Te Kuiti. The Cup will be defended by the current holder in each preliminary round and crossover playoffs, to give the Stan Meads Cup an extra edge of competition.Stan Meads Cup 2014 Draw

Round One – Saturday 16 August

Section One: King Country B v Te Awamutu – Rugby Park, Te Kuiti (2.30pm) Hamilton v Thames Valley B – Melville RFC, Hamilton (2.30pm)

Section Two: Piako v Central Bay of Plenty – Campbell Park, Morrinsville; Eastern Bay of Plenty the bye.

Round Two – Saturday 23 August

Section One: King Country B v Hamilton – Owen Delaney Park, Taupo (12pm) Thames Valley B v Te Awamutu – Paeroa Domain (2pm)

Section Two: Eastern BOP v Piako – Princess Street Reserve, Opotiki (2.30pm) Central BOP the bye.

Round Three – Saturday 30 August

Section One: Thames Valley B v King Country B – Te Aroha (12.15pm) Te Awamutu v Hamilton (2.30pm)

Section Two: Central BOP v Eastern BOP – Rotoiti (2.30pm) Piako the bye.

Saturday 6 September – Crossover playoffs

Saturday 13 September – Stan Meads Cup and Plate Finals

Stan Meads Cup Champions 

2011 Te Awamutu 

2012 Te Awamutu 

2013 Eastern Bay of Plenty

Meanwhile also down in Thames !

Thames Valley Development Team 2014
THAMESVALLEYThe Thames Valley Development Team begins it’s 2014 campaign in the first round of the Stan Meads Cup this Saturday with an away game at Melville against the Hamilton Sub Union side. The Development Team has a new coach this year, namely Wayne Smith from Whitianga.

Wayne has coached the Mercury Bay Senior side for the last three or four years and coached Senior A club rugby in Auckland prior to coming to the Thames Valley area. Wayne brings a wealth of experience with him and is looking to work closely with Heartland coach, Hayden Roe, in order to get the most out of the Development Team throughout the representative season.

Last year the Thames Valley Development Team qualified for the Stan Meads Cup semi finals for the first time and Wayne will be hoping to do the same again this year, if not better.

A finalised squad has not been named yet,  as the Heartland Team still has some injuries to sort out but the team is likely to contain a good number of players that are on the fringe of the Heartland squad and ready to step up when needed while competing in the testing Stan Meads Cup competition.




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