STAN MEADS CUP TO KICK OFF THIS WEEKEND, 16 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
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.
Defending 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.
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 !
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.