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PEGASUS POST Latest Canterbury news at starnews.co.nz<br />

Thursday <strong>April</strong> 8 <strong>2021</strong> 7<br />

New Brighton rugby’s team of the century named<br />

CLUB FAVOURITE Billy<br />

Harmon scored for the<br />

Highlanders before they upset<br />

the Crusaders on Good Friday,<br />

then Linwood claimed the main<br />

game of New Brighton’s centenary<br />

celebrations at Rawhiti Domain.<br />

Yet those ‘setbacks’ didn’t<br />

detract from a long weekend of<br />

memories and milestones for the<br />

rugby club.<br />

The programme ended on a<br />

high note when New Brighton’s<br />

team of the century was unveiled<br />

at a gala function at Addington<br />

Raceway on Sunday.<br />

Harmon, the only active Super<br />

Rugby player in the starting<br />

XV, was a logical choice for the<br />

openside flank in a loose trio<br />

also comprising Jeff Wilkins and<br />

former Canterbury captain, No 8<br />

and goal kicker Ian Penrose.<br />

The club’s four All Blacks also<br />

featured, with prop Kerry tanner<br />

and lock Isaac Ross starting in the<br />

pack.<br />

Ryan Crotty, New Brighton’s<br />

most recent All Black, was named<br />

at second five-eighth alongside<br />

former Crusaders teammate Keiron<br />

Fonotia.<br />

The club’s first All Black, the<br />

late loose forward Hugh Burry,<br />

was included on the bench.<br />

Crotty and Ross were unable to<br />

attend the function due to overseas<br />

commitments while the club<br />

had no luck tracking down Tanner,<br />

an All Black from 1974-1976.<br />

Samoan international Fonotia<br />

was able to attend and be presented<br />

with a specially embroidered<br />

cheese cutter cap.<br />

FAVOURITE:<br />

New Brighton<br />

team of the<br />

century member<br />

and Highlanders<br />

flanker Billy<br />

Harmon scored<br />

against his former<br />

Super Rugby<br />

Aotearoa club on<br />

Good Friday.<br />

Centenary committee chairman<br />

Wayne Turner said 15 players or<br />

family representatives were able<br />

to attend.<br />

New Brighton stalwart Ceddy<br />

Smith, who died in 2019, was<br />

named head coach.<br />

New Brighton team of the<br />

century (club representation):<br />

Fullback – Dave Borthwick<br />

(1974-1983)<br />

Wings – Ross Gibson (1974-<br />

1985), Alisi Tupuailei (1999-2018)<br />

Centre – Kieron Fonotia (2007-<br />

TEAM OF THE CENTURY:<br />

Players or family members<br />

received commemorative<br />

cheese cutter caps after<br />

being named in New<br />

Brighton’s team of the<br />

century at a function on<br />

Sunday.<br />

2015)<br />

Second five-eighth – Ryan<br />

Crotty (2009-2012)<br />

First five-eighth – Wayne<br />

Burleigh (1976-1988)<br />

Halfback – Tyson Keats (2002-<br />

2016)<br />

No 8 – Ian Penrose (1962-1972)<br />

Flankers – Billy Harmon (2014<br />

-), Jeff Wilkins (1967-1978)<br />

Locks – Isaac Ross (2004-2011),<br />

Eric Leask (1962-1974)<br />

Props – Kerry Tanner (1966-<br />

1978), Paul Bell (1975-1993)<br />

Hooker: Gary Bacon (1967-<br />

1969)<br />

Reserves: Marcel Cummings-<br />

Toone (2003-2018), Ben May<br />

(2003-2005), Ian Boyce (1984-<br />

1988), Hugh Burry (1957-1960<br />

and 1962), Graeme Ellis (1976-<br />

1982), Phil Burleigh (2005-2018),<br />

Steve Blackler (1981-1989).<br />

Head coach: Ceddy Smith<br />

Assistant coach: Craig Philpott<br />

Diana Isaac Retirement Village invites you to our<br />

If you have any pre-loved books you are not planning<br />

on reading again, we are taking donations to sell.<br />

Money raised from book sales will go to our current charity,<br />

Melanoma New Zealand. There will also be an opportunity to tour<br />

our village centre and showhomes. We look forward to seeing you there.<br />

Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 <strong>April</strong>, 10am - 3pm<br />

Diana Isaac Retirement Village<br />

1 Lady Isaac Way, Mairehau<br />

If you have any books you would like to donate<br />

please call Adrienne or Chris on 385 3518.

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