Waimo’s, Water and Wallabies
History of Waimate Rugby Football Club
|Waimate Sub-Union||1908||Royal blue & white hoops||Manchester Park|
|Waimate (Borders)||1876||Dark blue, sky blue sash||Manchester’s Paddock||1907|
|1890||Navy, sky hoops|
|Non Pariel||1890||Black, white sash||Manchester’s Paddock||1900|
|Zealandia||1897||Blue & black hoops||Manchester’s Paddock||1914|
|Morven||1898||Black & white hoops||Morven Domain||1901|
|Hiwiroa||1908||Royal blue||Victoria Park||1922|
|Taniwha||1908||All black||Victoria Park||1914|
|Waihao Downs||1920||Red & black hoops||Waihao Downs||1930|
|Wairongomai||1920||Red & white hoops||Waihaorunga||1930|
|Willowbridge||1920||Green & black hoops||Willowbridge Hall Pdk||1930|
|Glenavy||1922||Red gold & black hoops||Glenavy Domain||1936|
|Hui Mai||1922||Black & white hoops||Morven Domain||1953|
|Southern||1922||Royal blue||Manchester Park||1953|
|Northern||1922||Blue & back hoops||Manchester Park||1936|
|Marist Old Boy’s||1921||Dark green||Manchester Park||1935|
|Pirates||1934||All black skull & crossbones||Arno Domain||1937|
|Waimate Old Boy’s||1935||All white||Manchester Park||1953|
This is an attempt to record some of the history of the Waimate Rugby Football Club. Inevitably some names and events will be omitted, but we hope to have done our best with the information that we have.
Tony Stevenson and Julianna Sullivan
Our beloved game of rugby has been played in the Waimate District since the 1870’s and it was in 1963 that the Waimate Rugby Football Club became an afilliated club, taking over from the sub unions.
There have been many changes and improvements to our favoured sport in the Waimate District, but the human content of our club today have been the same principles as those of the old clubs that have gone before us, providing sport and recreations for the districts youth and entertainment and fellowship for those who only wish to watch.
Comparing players of different eras can be a frustsrating and inaccurate business, but it is inevitable that rugby fans will always compare outstanding players. It is one of the joys of sport that people inevitably like to compare the great players of one era against those of another. By doing so, they are remembering players long gone and showing their respect by focussing on the contributions they made to the evolution of the game.
This 50th Jubilee has not come about by the efforts of the present club personnel alone, it is a mark in time representing the efforts of many folk that have either passed away or are no longer active in sport in this district. We carry their torch.
This publication Waimo’s, Water and Wallabies, is a tribute to those people.
Their joy, their despair, their story and their club.
President Waimate Rugby Football Club
Message From Chairman
On behalf of the 50th Jubilee organising committee, I wish to congratulate Tony and Julianna for the excellent scrapbook they have produced. It has taken many hours of dedicated research to come up with this publication, which has helped create interest in the Jubilee and will form a platform upon which future records can be kept. I am sure all those who have been involved with rugby in Waimate will find this book very interesting and it will bring back many memories.
Chairman Waimate Rugby Football Club 50th Jubilee Committee