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Marist St Pats

Marist St Pat's has built a proud tradition since it was established out of the merger of Marist and St Pats Old Boys in 1971. Since then, Marist St Pats has won Wellington club rugby's most coveted prize, the Jubilee Cup, 14 times. These 14 titles (most recently in 2012) are the most of any club over that time.?

Success it not limited to the top team, as MSP has built a proud winning tradition through their teams throughout the grades. In 2012 eight of their ten teams made the semi-finals and finals of the second round, with three teams winning their grades.

MSP was officially created late in 1970 and by the end of the decade had grown to have one of the best senior teams in the country. Its 42-game winning streak made it one of the great sides in Wellington club rugby history, then and now.

They won their first Jubilee Cup in 1978 and again in 1979 - winning all 20 games in 1979 and completing the Swindale Shield/Jubilee Cup double.

Under the captaincy of Kevin Horan and won a further seven after that in the next two decades, including winning the last final played on Athletic Park in 1999 against Kilbirnie rivals Poneke.

The 1994 Jubilee Cup win was a particularly significant victory for coach Horan, marking the first time in the comparatively short history of MSP that one man had both captained and coached a Cup winning team. The 1994 and 1995 title-winning captain Iain Potter then became the second MSP man to achieve this feat when he coached the 1997 Jubilee Cup winning team.

2008 was a memorable season for MSP as they became the first club to simultaneously hold the Bill Brien Challenge Cup, Swindale Shield, the Andy Leslie Trophy and Jubilee Cup.

MSP were then crowned back-to-back Jubilee Cup champions 2009.? After sharing the title with Northern United in a drawn final in 2008, MSP won it outright in 2009 when centre Chris Slade kicked seven penalties as part of their 21-16 win.

Their most recent Jubilee Cup success came in 2012 when they beat local rivals Oriental Rongotai in a classic club rugby match. Played in torrid wintery conditions the entire match was a good old fashioned arm-wrestle. MSP kept their composure and capitalised to win the match and take home the silverware.

All Blacks
Loose forward Victor Vito is MSP’s seventh All Black - Victor was part of New Zealand's? 2011 World Cup-winning team. Other All Blacks from MSP include Joe Karam, Grant Batty, John Fleming, Brian McGrattan and Tu Wyllie, plus Maori All Blacks such as former captain Paul Quinn.

Recent Representatives
Jeff Toomaga-Allen, MSP's Sportsman of the Year in 2011, is an emerging front row force for the Hurricanes, alongside teammate Victor Vito. Jeff’s front row mate, prop Solomona Sakalia, has joined the Chiefs franchise in 2013. Hooker and club centurion Ged Robinson is the current vice-captain Melbourne Rebels Investec Super Rugby player. The club also boasts a number of Wellington Lions players.

MSP’s home ground is at Evans Bay Park, situated with their gymnasium. The clubrooms sit in Hataitai above the netball courts with panoramic views to the Cook Strait.

MSP has some of Wellington's best training facilities at its gym and training grounds next to St Pat's College at Evans Bay Park. In 2007 a new state-of-the-art synthetic surface was installed in the gym, to go along with the sports education and weights rooms. From 2013 the club will also have use of an artificial turf, which is being developed with St Patricks College next to the gym.

Keeping in touch online
MSP prides itself on its comprehensive coverage of the club online for their many out of town and overseas supporters. They maintain a detailed website and very active social media presence. In 2012 they were the first club to provide online video highlights of every Premier game, including the Jubilee Cup Final. This coverage will continue in 2013



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