This team reigned supreme in 1912. Its record for the season was nothing less than enviable:
Matches played: 10; Won: 9; Drawn: 1; Points for: 94; Points against: 9.
The very obvious thing is they did not lose a match the entire season and with points against at less than 10% of points for, they must have been seen as a real challenge by their opponents!
If memory serves me at all, I think a try in those days was three points with two points for a conversion so other teams could have breached the line once or as many as three times. But, at 94 points, when you apply the scoring of the day Gordonton achieved a great deal more than it may at first appear.
Gordonton does indeed have a glorious past. But, whatever happened to the club? Little is known to us of the Gordonton Rugby Club – we have no jubilee or centennial booklets as we do for so many other clubs around the country.
In a mammoth project underway in the Heritage section indexing the Waikato Times for 1950-59, we have so far captured two sets of results from 1950 including Gordonton club by name: ‘Hamilton Old Boys, also unbeaten so far, disposed of Gordonton on the latter’s grounds’ The results schedule shows: ‘Hamilton Old Boys 22 – Gordonton 0’ (Waikato Times 5/6/1950) then later in the season: ‘Gordonton defaults to Old Boys’ (Waikato Times 7/8/1950).
The chaps in this photo are:
Back Row: Geo Welch (President), J. Roach, H Farrelly, W McLeod, P Flynn (Referee), R Miller, W Clarkin, W Welch, A Peacocke (Secretary).
Second Row: L Farrelly, Roto, W Hall, J Hall (Captain), A Cook, H Morris, G McIntyre.
Front Row: A Salmon, Huia Peacocke (Mascot), J Ryan, W McIntyre.
This is another photograph posing questions about our past. What happened to the club? Where did all the people go for so many years?The flax industry died; farms became mechanised; roading improved; transport improved and smaller communities like Gordonton lost out to these elements – what a loss to the country.
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