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Hutt Old Boys Marist: Premier

May 2012: Hutt Old Boys Marist cemented its status as one of Wellington club rugby's leading clubs when it won its first Jubilee Cup in 2007. They defeated Marist St.Pat's 18-10 in that year's final at Westpac Stadium after finishing third at the end of the round-robin and were backing up an ultra-consistent couple of seasons of Premier rugby.

With a well-balanced side and a core group of loyal and talented players, they had been on fire almost continuously since the start of 2006, winning a string of incredibly close matches to finish second to Norths in that year's Swindale Shield, before a Jubilee Cup semi-final showdown against Poneke at Kilbirnie Park in which they lost narrowly 15-13.

At the start of 2008 the club left off from where they ended in 2007, winning their first five games and leading the Swindale Shield until losing to MSP 7-12 in a re-run of the previous year's final, before eventually finishing mid-table in both 2008 competitions. A pair of solid sixth placings followed in each of the Swindale Shield and Jubilee Cup in 2009, while they finished safely inside the top eight in both the 2010 and 2011 Swindale Shields.

After starting this season by defending the Spillane Cup New Zealand Marist tournament in New Plymouth, the Eagles won six of their first seven games to be leading the Swindale Shield after as many rounds.

With their Premiers doing well, their lower teams are always competitive. As an example, in 2011 their second XV won 9 from 11 matches and won the first round Harper Lock Shield by a whopping eight points to the second placed finished Rimutaka. Their third XV finished fifth in the first round Senior 2 National Mutual Cup and were right in the mix throughout before Wainuiomata eventually stormed through the pack to take that title.

This success in the grades below Premier is a progression from the club fielding strong age grade sides in recent seasons. In 2010 their U19 side was the strongest in Wellington, winning the first round James Gilbert Memorial Trophy, playing through unbeaten and averaging 40 points per game, and then beating Petone 32-8 in the final of the second round Eric Connolly Cup.

HOBM regained their premier status in 2003 in place of the Wellington Axemen and soon made their mark, leading the 2004 Swindale Shield for seven of the first eight rounds, before slipping to finish fourth equal behind Petone. They faded in that year's Jubilee Cup and ended the 2005 season as beaten Hardham Cup semi-finalists, ahead of a stellar revival in 2006.

Following their 2007 Jubilee Cup winning season, several HOBM players have achieved higher honours. 2007 Wellington Club player of the Year Jonathan Bentley subsequently moved to Japan and then England and key back Michael Pehi to Tasman and then to Ireland. They boast two current Super Rugby players in lock and 2004 IRB U19 Player of the Year Jeremy Thrush, ?while and All Black and New Zealand Maori star Hosea Gear is now a Highlander. Veteran loose forward/lock Polonga Pedro played for the Vodafone Wellington Lions in 2009. Former loose forward Ash Parker played for Canterbury. Wing Leka Tupuola has played for the New Zealand Sevens team, while captain and halfback Nick Risdon has played for both Buller and Wairarapa-Bush, fullback Kahu Tamatea for Poverty Bay and the New Zealand Heartland XV. Second five-eighth Ope Paleasuema was a member of the NZ Secondary Schools in 2011.

Now in their 20th season following the 1993 amalgamation of 1991 Jubilee Cup champions Hutt Old Boys and Hutt Valley Marist, the combined club celebrated its 100th anniversary last season. The club has well-established links with a number of Hutt Valley colleges, including nearby St. Bernard's College currently competing in the Premier Wellington First XV competition.

They also have an excellent at

Results from games played:
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2005-04-02 Swindale Shield 1 HOBM: Premier 25 Norths: Premier 38
2005-04-09 Swindale Shield 2 HOBM: Premier 17 J'ville: Premier 18
2005-04-16 Swindale Shield 3 HOBM: Premier 13 Avalon: Premier 27
2005-04-23 Swindale Shield 4 HOBM: Premier 23 Tawa: Premier 26
2005-04-30 Swindale Shield 5 HOBM: Premier 7 Wests: Premier 19
2005-05-07 Swindale Shield 6 HOBM: Premier 29 OBU: Premier 21
2005-05-14 Swindale Shield 7 HOBM: Premier 17 Marist St Pats: Premier 25
2005-05-21 Swindale Shield 8 HOBM: Premier 23 Petone: Premier 25
2005-05-28 Swindale Shield 9 HOBM: Premier 3 Upper Hutt: Premier 32
2005-06-04 Swindale Shield 10 HOBM: Premier 6 Poneke: Premier 26
2005-06-11 Swindale Shield 11 HOBM: Premier 31 Ories: Premier 17
2006-04-01 Swindale Shield 1 HOBM: Premier 28 Poneke: Premier 18
2006-04-08 Swindale Shield 2 HOBM: Premier 32 Upper Hutt: Premier 29
2006-04-15 Swindale Shield 3 HOBM: Premier 24 Petone: Premier 13
2006-04-22 Swindale Shield 4 HOBM: Premier 29 Marist St Pats: Premier 28
2006-04-29 Swindale Shield 5 HOBM: Premier 24 OBU: Premier 17
2006-05-06 Swindale Shield 6 HOBM: Premier 29 Wests: Premier 15
2006-05-13 Swindale Shield 7 HOBM: Premier 22 Tawa: Premier 20
2006-05-20 Swindale Shield 8 HOBM: Premier 8 Avalon: Premier 34
2006-05-27 Swindale Shield 9 HOBM: Premier 64 J'ville: Premier 10
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