Updated May 2012: A superb all-round team effort and some breathtaking tries paved the way for the Oriental-Rongotai Premiers winning their first standalone Jubilee Cup title in 2011.
Ories ran in five tries to blitz two-time defending champions Northern United 40-18 in the final. In an exhilarating 20 minutes of play either side of halftime, Ories came from 13-6 behind to score four electric tries and take the game away from Norths. With barely 10 minutes up on the scoreboard clock in the second half, Ories had scored their third and fourth tries and it was effectively game over.
Ories were appearing in their first final since the Jubilee Cup playoff series was introduced in 1993 and won the Jubilee Cup outright for the first time ever. Wellington Senior champions in 1910, with the great halfback Fred Roberts as their leader, they next won back-to-back titles in 1943 and 1944. But these were as part of a combined Poneke-Oriental team in a hybrid side that wore each club's playing strip on alternate weeks.
Ories had a fantastic run through the round-robin, winning all seven games and claiming the Andy Leslie Trophy as regular season champions. They then showed great determination in protecting an 18-15 lead in last week's semi-final win over Hutt Old Boys Marist. One statistic against them is that the last team to arrive at the Jubilee Cup final unbeaten was Norths in 2005 and they lost 20-21 to Petone.
The Miramar-based side were also strong contenders throughout the first round Swindale Shield in 2011, eventually winning eight games and finishing third (second equal on points with MSP) behind runaway 2010 champions Norths. This built upon a resurgent 2008 and 2009 that saw Ories comfortably finish inside the top eight in the first round and sixth in the Jubilee Cup in 2008 and then fourth and fifth in 2009.
Previously, it had been a lean few seasons for Ories since they last appeared in the Jubilee Cup playoffs in 2002. That year they went down to eventual champions Marist St. pat's 18-14 in the semi-finals. It was also the season they had an up and coming midfielder called Ma'a Nonu and a rising No. 8 named Roy Kinikinilau, who between them ran in 22 tries during the year.
The first half of 2003 was also fruitful for Ories, leading the Swindale Shield until the eighth round, before finishing second behind first time champions Northern United. But three consecutive eleventh placed Swindale finishes and then a tenth in 2007 followed, ahead of a revival during the 2007 Hardham Cup that saw them win six from seven in the round robin before being upset by Wainuiomata in the final.
As well as Nonu and Kinikinilau - both products of Rongotai College - an assortment of exciting players, have made the Polo Ground home in recent times. These include New Zealand Sevens players Justin Wilson, Tafai Ioasa and Lote Raikabula, as well as All Blacks openside Kupu Vanisi and Tongan test lock Milton Ngauamo.
A new breed has risen in such players as the Reddish brothers, Mark and Dan, and front rowers Donal McNamara and Motu Matu'u, the Proctor brothers, James and Matt and wing/fullback Ambrose Curtis.? Lock Mark Reddish and hooker Matu'u are both Hurricanes in 2012.
Another 2012 Hurricane and local Rongotai College Old Boy Julian Savea was the IRB World Junior Player of the Year in 2010 ?following his outstanding tournament for New Zealand at the IRB U20 World Cup. In May 2012 he was selected in a 35-strong All Blacks training camp. His younger brother Ardie was captain of the New Zealand Secondary Schools team in 2011 and in 2012 made his debut for the New Zealand Sevens side.
At the same time Matt Proctor and Ambrose Curtis were selected in the NZ U20 side to contest the 2012 U20 World Cup in South Africa in June.
Ories have a rich history. In 1888 The Oriental club became the fourth club in Wellington, joining Wellington (Established 1870), Poneke (1883) and Petone (1885). Oriental won its first club championship in 1910 ahead of a series of amalgamations over the years involving Rongotai College FC, Seatoun-Rongotai Old Boys, Miramar FC, Eastern Suburbs RFC, Rongotai College Old Boys and Oriental - all giving birth to the present Oriental-Rongotai FC in 1969.
Their motto is "Once an Orie always an Orie", with the club currently fielding teams in Premier, Senior One, Senior Three, U85 kgs, U21, Reserve and Presidents grades. They also have a strong alliance with the two community based schools in the Eastern Suburbs, Rongotai nd Scots College.
Ories have an excellent website: www.ories.org.nz
a you tube channel - OriesTV - and Facebook page
|Date||Competition||/\ Round||Team 1||Score 1||Team 2||Score 2|
|2007-06-16||Hardham Cup Premier 2||1||Ories: Premier||17||Avalon: Premier||12|
|2013-04-01||Swindale Shield||1||Ories: Premier||50||Rimutaka: Premier 2||7|
|2011-06-11||Jubilee Cup Premier||1||Ories: Premier||38||Upper Hutt: Premier||7|
|2012-04-07||Swindale Shield||1||Ories: Premier||39||Wests: Premier||21|
|2006-04-01||Swindale Shield||1||Ories: Premier||10||Tawa: Premier||8|
|2011-03-26||Swindale Shield||1||Ories: Premier||63||Avalon: Premier||6|
|2006-06-17||Hardham Cup Premier 2||1||Ories: Premier||21||Upper Hutt: Premier||20|
|2009-06-13||Jubilee Cup Premier||1||Ories: Premier||13||Marist St Pats: Premier||30|
|2013-06-08||Jubilee Cup Premier||1||Ories: Premier||21||Petone: Premier||16|
|2005-04-02||Swindale Shield||1||Ories: Premier||29||OBU: Premier||9|
|2009-03-28||Swindale Shield||1||Ories: Premier||26||Wainui: Premier||8|
|2008-06-14||Jubilee Cup Premier||1||Ories: Premier||12||Marist St Pats: Premier||41|
|2015-03-21||Swindale Shield||1||Ories: Premier||19||Petone: Premier||32|
|2008-03-29||Swindale Shield||1||Ories: Premier||12||Wainui: Premier||17|
|2014-03-29||Swindale Shield||1||Ories: Premier||13||Wainui: Premier||13|
|2014-06-07||Jubilee Cup Premier||1||Ories: Premier||45||Tawa: Premier||15|
|2015-06-06||Jubilee Cup Premier||1||Ories: Premier||34||Marist St Pats: Premier||6|
|2017-03-18||Swindale Shield||1||Ories: Premier||30||Pare-Plim: Premier||13|
|2012-06-16||Jubilee Cup Premier||1||Ories: Premier||11||Wainui: Premier||6|
|2017-06-10||Jubilee Cup Premier||1||Ories: Premier||15||HOBM: Premier||24|