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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: CANTERBURY V AUSTRALIA 1965

Flashback Friday this week revisits Canterbury’s sole match against Australia, when the provincial side took on the star-studded 1965 tourists in Christchurch. Previous Australian sides to tour New Zealand had visited Christchurch on three occasions, playing Tests in 1919 and 1953, and squaring off against a National Coaching School line-up in 1961, but had never…

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: ADDINGTON’S LAST CHAMPIONSHIP

This week’s Flashback Friday marks 30 years since the proud Addington Magpies’ last Canterbury Rugby League championship triumph. Canterbury’s oldest club, Addington was established in 1913 and had won five titles – including a famous grand final win in 1982 under the coaching of Frank Endacott – coming into the 1989 season. Their ’89 campaign…

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: HORNBY-HEAVY FRONT-ROW POWERS KIWIS TO TEST TRIUMPH

As New Zealand prepares for its massive Representative Round Test against Mate Ma’a Tonga in Auckland, Flashback Friday recalls one of the Kiwis’ greatest – and a heavily Hornby-influenced – mid-season victories. The Kiwis approached the 1987 season in a state of flux. Graham Lowe’s influential reign as national coach, which included two groundbreaking victories…

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: KNIGHTS SMASH RECORDS IN MAIDEN GRAND FINAL WIN

As Riccarton Knights prepare to mark their 2019 Club Day with a Massetti Cup showdown with three-time defending premiers Linwood Keas, Flashback Friday recalls the record-shattering 2002 grand final showdown between the clubs. Originally a premier club in 1931, Riccarton was an intermittent participant in Canterbury Rugby League’s top grade. During the first 34 seasons…

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: EAST V WEST 2011

Ahead of  the East v West representative fixture tomorrow afternoon at Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub, Flashback Friday revisits the last time the match was played prior to its return to the Canterbury Rugby League schedule in 2017. East recovered from a 14-point halftime deficit to run out 26-18 winners in the 2011 clash, keeping…

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: HORNBY AND HALSWELL DUEL IN FOUR STRAIGHT GRAND FINALS

Ahead of Halwell Hornets’ home assignment against Hornby Panthers on Saturday, Flashback Friday revisits the period that created one of Canterbury Rugby League’s great club rivalries. Halswell gained premier status in 1979 and reached its first grand final in its sixth season. The 1984 grand final would be the first of four consecutive deciders Halswell…

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: MEL COOKE’S BRILLIANT TEST DEBUT

With Hornby Panthers marking their Club Day tomorrow, this week’s Flashback Friday goes back 60 years to the Test debut of the player recognised by most as the Hornby’s – and indeed Canterbury’s – greatest rugby league product, the mercurial loose forward Melville Lance Cooke. A teenage debutant for Canterbury at halfback in 1953, Mel…

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: WEST COAST MARK JUBILEE WITH CANTERBURY UPSET

In honour of this weekend’s Thacker Shield clash between Canterbury Rugby League premiers Linwood Keas and the West Coast Chargers at Wingham Park, Flashback Friday marks 30 years since a memorable encounter between archrivals Canterbury and West Coast at the same venue. West Coast Rugby League celebrated its 75th jubilee in 1989, and the representative…

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: WARRIORS AND CANTERBURY PLAY TO PACKED SHOW GROUNDS

Ahead of tomorrow’s historic Ngā Puna Wai opener, our first Flashback Friday of 2019 relives a landmark Christchurch encounter between the Canterbury provincial team and the fledgling Auckland Warriors. The Warriors InTrust Super Premiership team’s clash with the Rockcote Cantebury Bulls sees the club come full circle as it heads into its 25th season –…

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Flashback Friday: Canterbury’s First Grand Final

As the Massetti Cup top-four cool their heels this weekend and prepare for an assault on the Pat Smith Trophy, Flashback Friday relives the inaugural Canterbury Rugby League men’s premiership grand final. With Linwood at the forefront of lobbying, the CRL agreed to introduce a four-team finals series for the first time in 1967, culminating…

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