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Old 08-09-2005, 06:46 PM   #1
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The annual New Zealand NPC thread!

Well, the NPC commences this weekend, and I for one am looking for a Wellington victory this season, and for Kapiti-Horowhenua to finally move their arses beyond the third division! I take some consolation in the fact that at least Kapiti are the current holders of the Lochore Cup. It's not the Ranfurly Shield but it's enough to make a lowly third division team supporter feel good about his team.

For those who don't know, the NPC is the National Provincial Competition, annually contested between New Zealand's provincial rugby unions. For years - as long as I can remember - it has been played in three divisions, but this will be the last year. The format's being changed as of next year, and I can't say I'm happy about it, but I never like change.

By the way, a mention to www.virtualnpc.co.nz - stacks of fun. I'm Axver there, if anyone else here is playing.

First week fixtures:

Division One
Waikato vs Taranaki
Southland vs Canterbury
Northland vs Wellington
North Harbour vs Auckland
Otago vs Bay Of Plenty

Division Two
Wanganui vs Manawatu
Counties vs Poverty Bay
North Otago vs East Coast
Hawkes Bay vs Nelson Bays
Bye: Marlborough

Division Three commences next week.
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I will admit, the Air New Zealand National Provincial Championship is my favourite of all the Provincial Championships held on this sphere. Granted the glory days which I recall of 1994-5 are long gone, the NPC still goes strong, despite being pillaged and removed of players due the Austro-centric Super 12.

This however does increase our depth considerably, which can only be a good thing. I naturally suppourt Auckland, to the death. Waikato, my 2nd favourite team in Super 12, I absolutely detest in NPC... although I do find the cowbells very, very cool. I don't like how the Ranfurley Sheild and NPC are merged... regardless Auckland will win it back this year.

My nicname is Auckland>You in Virtual NPC. I'll add you Axver.
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How come you don't like the incorporation of the Ranfurly Shield in the NPC?

Er, you made a mistake with that nickname. It should be Auckland<You, and Auckland's certainly not going to be winning much this year! Just you watch for Wellington!

I tend to go for all the teams that come together to create the Hurricanes. In the first division, Wellington's my first team and Taranaki my second. I really don't feel any strong allegiance to anyone in the second division, surprisingly enough, though I'll give token support to Hawkes Bay, Manawatu, and Wanganui. In the third, it's Horowhenua-Kapiti first and Wairarapa-Bush second.
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Old 08-10-2005, 02:50 AM   #4
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Essentially the Ranfulry Sheild is completely irrelevent.

What was once the most prized trophy in New Zealand is now a the third string prize behind a Super 12 victory or NPC victory. It is impossible for it to be where it belongs as the Holy Grail of NZ sport merely because none of our best players can play in it due to our schedules being moved to fit the Super 12.
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Agreed there. It doesn't bother me if it's contested during the NPC as long as the All Blacks players are there. Heck, Ranfurly Shield aside, it bothers me the All Blacks won't be there any more in the NPC. What's a national contest without the nation's best players?
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My second favourite team is Counties-Manakau.

I remember going out to Pukukhoe back in the heady days when Jonah, Joeli and most of the Samoan team were in full swing.
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It will be a happy day when all three of North Harbour, Auckland, and Counties-Manukau are fighting for the Lochore Cup in the 3rd Division.

Wait, the competition's being raped and there'll no longer be a 3rd Division, will there?
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Auckland vs North Harbour today.
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Waikato stomped Taranaki in the opener yesterday, 30-6!
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Well, the You Got Hammered Award for this week looks like it goes to Poverty Bay, trounced 67-24 by Counties-Manukau (who interestingly have the only Super 12 player in the 2nd Division). Other results are trickling in:

Wellington 43 - 27 Northland
Canterbury 42 - 16 Southland
Manawatu 17 - 6 Wanganui
Hawkes Bay 42 - 25 Nelson Bays

I see Hawkes Bay finally got their elusive win over Nelson Bays.
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Well, Timothius will be happy to know Auckland won the game in which I'd be happiest if both sides lost.

Auckland 27 - 10 North Harbour
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Well, the You Got Hammered Award for this week looks like it goes to Poverty Bay
I take that back. The You Got Hammered Award has to go to lowly East Coast, demolished 69-13 by North Otago.
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Well, Timothius will be happy to know Auckland won the game in which I'd be happiest if both sides lost.

Auckland 27 - 10 North Harbour


I only just found out the result after being at another semi-important fixture last night.

This was more of a contest.
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I take that back. The You Got Hammered Award has to go to lowly East Coast, demolished 69-13 by North Otago.
I take it back. The You Got Hammered Award goes to Australia.
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I take it back. The You Got Hammered Award goes to Australia.


They should've been hammered by more.
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