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Why are the Steamers so Bad?
Fan in the Stand
Written by the Unhappy Fan in the Stand   
Friday, 26 September 2014

wooden-spoonSo how did it come to this? Sitting there last night in the stand with not many others, an icy wind chilling us and a game locked at 27-27 after the Steamers had let in yet another setpiece try from half-way. There was little tension amongst the spectators, we were waiting for the inevitable try or penalty to Northland that would seal our defeat. It came of course and we hurried away into the night, the only benefit of our current run of form being the complete lack of queues in the car park.

It reminded me of another game against Northland 10 years ago at Okara Park. We were in the middle of our golden 2004 season, Northland were in the middle of their 3 season, 27 game losing streak. We played poorly, Northland deserved to win but we clinched the victory late in the game. I remember the Northland fans that day, with zero expectation and turning up because they were true Northland Rugby fans. That is where we are now, the hardy fans who turned up last night are doing it out of a sense of duty but with no expectation of success.

So it looks like the wooden spoon (or should we say Spoon o'Wood) is ours for the taking. We would need to beat both Otago and Waikato in our final two games and that isn't looking likely.

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A Sad Day
Newsflash
Written by Admin   
Monday, 22 September 2014

We lost our first Ranfurly Shield Challenge in 9 years, we lost the Battle of the Bays. Huge respect to all of the Steamers fans who made the trip to Napier.

 
Mauled by the Makos - here we go again…
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Written by The Terror of the Terraces   
Monday, 25 August 2014

terror_webIf a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

If a rampant Tasman midfielder breezes through a hole big enough to fit a busload of Hori BOP impersonators, does it really count as a missed tackle?

A decent Mafia contingent pondered these imponderables amid a quality first-up home crowd of the season, on a glorious Mount Maunganui afternoon on the sidelines at New ealand's worst rugby stadium.

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Bay lose 23-34 to Southland
Newsflash
Written by Admin   
Saturday, 16 August 2014

The new season always brings new hope and there was a genuine feeling of expectation for the Bay's first game in Southland on Friday night. On the 10th anniversary of the Bay's Ranfurly Shield win and Hori BOP hitching all the way down to Invercargill, the omens looked good - it could be our night.

It turned into a messy game where neither team looked particularly well drilled but Southland had more moments of quality and won easily in the end. The Bay went OK in the first half and scored the first try of the ITM Cup season when Bardoul barged over from close range. Southland fought back and a late try and penalty put them into Half-time with a 21-10 lead.

Although the Bay had the wind advantage in the second half, they seemed devoid of a plan of how to use it and the final Southland try killed off the game - the try to Fisiihoi was a consolation.

 
Ranfurly Shield 10 Years On
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Written by KP   
Friday, 15 August 2014
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Steamers 2014
 : ITM Cup
Position: 7
15 Aug: Southland L 23-34
24 Aug: Tasman L 27-56
31 Aug: Taranaki L 3-41
3 Sep: Manawatu L 27-29
7 Sep: North Harbour W 21-14
13 Sep: Auckland L 12-27
20 Sep: Hawke's Bay (RS) L 17-36
25 Sep: Northland L 27-30
4 Oct: Otago Baypark
9 Oct: Waikato Away
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