Congratulations to Ben O'Keeffe, who controlled last year's Jubilee Cup final between Wainuiomata and Hutt Old Boys Marist, has been promoted to the SANZAR referee squad for the upcoming Super Rugby season.
Former Old Boys University players Jimmy Gopperth and TJ Ioane are making moves overseas. First five-eighth Gopperth, who also played club rugby for Petone and was twice the English Premiership’s top scorer whilst playing for Newcastle, is moving from his current home at Leinster to London Wasps to join Northern United’s Alapati Leiua and Ioane is moving from his Otago base to Sale on a short-term contract. Ioane hopes to cement his place in Sale’s set-up and earn a longer term contract.
Points awarded in the Jubilee Cup final were: 3 to Steven Bradshaw (HOBM), 2 to Chase Tiatia (HOBM) and 1 to Shahn Eru (Wainuiomata). The final Billy Wallace Best & Fairest competition points table for 2014 is (note Hardham Cup players aren't awarded points in the second round):
22 points: Ben Tupuola (Wainuiomata)
19 points: Chase Tiatia (HOBM)
15 points: Isaac O'Connor (MSP)
14 points: Vaea Fifita (Wellington)
12 points: Isaia Petelo (MSP)
11 points: James Proctor (Ories), Greg Mullany (OBU)
10 points: Parataiso Silafai-Leaanaa (HOBM)
9 points: Mateaki Kafatolu (Petone), Sam Blair (Tawa), Josh Hrstich (Petone), Tolu Fahamokia (Tawa), Greg Lealofi (Wainuiomata), Shahn Eru (Wainuiomata),
8 points: Nick Grigg (Petone), Fa'atonu Fili (MSP), Pau Halafihi (Ories)
7 points: Galu Taufale (Poneke), Taniela Manu (Upper Hutt Rams), Paulo Aukuso (Ories), Ardie Savea (Ories), Josh Robertson-Weepu (Wainuiomata)
6 points: 10 players on 6 points.
|Marist St Pats||7||4||3||0||196||159||3||19|
|Upper Hutt Rams||7||3||4||0||148||198||4||16|
|Upper Hutt Rams||8||3||4||1||118||131||4||16|
|OBU Onslow Bunnies||8||0||7||1||86||178||5||5|
|OBU Onslow Spartans||8||0||6||2||43||208||2||2|