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TEAM WELLINGTON LAUNCHED

The 2003 Wellington Bartercard Cup side was proudly introduced to all the clubs, sponsors and supporters of Wellington Rugby League at a glitzy evening held down at the Lion Breweries Bar on the Taranaki Street Wharf , central Wellington in an evening tha
TEAM WELLINGTON LAUNCHED
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The 2003 Wellington Bartercard Cup side was proudly introduced to all the clubs, sponsors and supporters of Wellington Rugby League at a glitzy evening held down at the Lion Breweries Bar on the Taranaki Street Wharf , central Wellington in an evening that hasn't been seen for years in the district.
With numerous guests including club committee and chairpersons, mixing with sponsors and the new staff of the franchise, any thoughts that were held between the besieged District Board and the New Zealand Rugby League publicly mentioned in local papers ,were certainly put aside to wish the best of season for the new side to be coached again by Gerard Stokes and his staff.
You could feel for a change, a 'united' feeling within the district, in wanting this side to do well this season, and if the evening is anything to go by, the 150 or so gathered their drinking our favoured Lion Brown, will certainly hope that it does.
SEASON DEDICATED TO CHRIS FAIFUA
And what better way to start the season in honouring one of our locals games best players, Chris Faifua who passed away during the off season. Everyone felt for this young player who had such a promising career ahead of him, and was such an integral part of the Wellington and Wainui sides in recent seasons.

In a huge gesture by the Stokes led side, the number 8 jersey was 'retired' in honour of the bruising tough forward, and this season will be dedicated to the young man, who was represented by his wife , sister and family at the function.
Team Wellington 2003

BACK FOR MORE
Cameron Mitchell 12 Big Kapiti prop had a good season last year
Frank Rameka 14 North City stalwart, with Hall were the best 2nd rowers around
James Toala 6 Diminutive Paremata player, clever footwork
John Tuimaualuga 12 Big Paremata prop, huge workrate, strong player
Joe Nuku 6 Paremata back, injured during last season
Matt Sootaanga 2 Randwick club skipper, played end of season
Sioeli Helu 13 University player with good wingers skills
Taani Lavulavu 15 University prop, adding beef to front row stocks
Tenga Pickering 14 Clever St George half. Good kicker and got better during the season
Thomas Gemmell 14 Wainui loosie.The man with the 'go go Gadget legs'. Inspirational
Toby Hall 13 Upper Hutt second rower.Great tackler, good partner for Rameka
Tolly Auvaa 10 Big ex Wainui centre, very experienced.
CHRIS FAIFUA Still with us in spirit !
THE NEW BREED
Anton Wereta Kapiti Clever five eighth, Wellington Provincial player
Delaney Edmonds Wainui Back from the Manawatu. A Mark Graham type player
Fred Laumua Kapiti Good reward for an honest rep and club toiler
Greg Dean Kapiti Another Kapiti Bear rep player.
Jason Tanginau Randwick Veteran Randwick and Wellington front rower
John Tamanika University New second rower from Otahuhu
Kwain Auelua Te Aroha Ex Johnsonville rugby Number 8
Lancer Solofa Unknown sorry
Matt Rangihuna Te Aroha Graceful young second rower
Willie Collins rugby Petone Interesting winger choice
Willie Teleaga France Hard forward back from France
Mike Price Wainui Good backline general, home from Manawatu
Nigel Taumoli rugby Norths Unknown sorry
Ralph Leafe Randwick Wellington rep skipper, very experienced.

Gooooonnnne
TAYLOR PELENISE Agricultural outlook
TAMA RENATA Still clubbing it at Wainui, work committments
DARREN KAPENE Went back to rah rahs. (Who happen to be bottoms/winless in Swindale)
LUISI SIONE Back shearing sheep in Canterbury
SANTANA RATU He CAN GET BACK ! Playing club footy
JONNY LIMMER Picked up a contract in Brisbane
TAUTOKO RATU Also, HE CAN GET BACK ! Playing club footy

THE COACHING STAFF
Gerard in his long unprepared speech acknowledged the assistance of a number of Wellington coaches for this preparation for this season. That includes Ralph Moore, who has been with Wellington Bartercard franchises since the beginning, and himself is due some glory.
Also Mark Taurima the Wellington Provincial coach. And Randwick club coach, Darryl Marino.


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