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NPC Final Referees

Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:25
Chris-pollock

O'Brien refereed four finals, the most by any referee.

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The first NPC Final was in 1992 with the great Dave Bishops to referee it. He did so twice and then was followed by his schoolmate Colin Hawke who was followed by Paddy O'Brien, making the Final almost a South Island preserve for referees.

This year Chris Pollock will be refereeing the Final, his second. The 40-year-old from Taranaki is a North Islander.

O'Brien refereed four finals, the most by any referee. Bishop, Hawke, Paul Honiss andBryce Lawrence have each refereed two Finals and on Saturday Pollock will join them.

NPC Final Referees

1992: Waikato vs Otago at Rugby Park, Hamilton. Referee: Dave Bishop
1993: Auckland vs Otago at Eden Park, Auckland. Referee: Dave Bishop
1994: North Harbour vs Auckland at Onewa Domain, Takapuna . Referee: Colin Hawke
1995: Auckland vs Otago at Eden Park, Auckland. Referee: Colin Hawke
1996: Auckland vs Counties Manukau at Eden Park , Auckland. Referee: Paddy O'Brien
1997: Canterbury vs Counties Manukau at Lancaster Park, Christchurch. Referee: Colin Hawke
1998: Otago vs Waikato at Carisbrook, Dunedin. Referee: Paddy O'Brien
1999: Auckland vs Wellington at Eden Park, Wellington. Referee: Kelvin Deaker
2000: Canterbury vs Wellington at Jade Stadium, Christchurch. Referee: Paul Honiss
2001: Canterbury vs Otago at Jade Stadium, Christchurch. Referee: Paul Honiss
2002: Waikato vs Auckland at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton. Referee: Paddy O'Brien
2003: Wellington vs Auckland at Westpac Stadium, Wellington. Referee: Lyndon Bray
2004: Wellington vs Auckland at Westpac Stadium, Wellington. Referee: Paddy O'Brien
2005: Auckland vs Otago at Eden Park Auckland. Referee: Steve Walsh
2006: Waikato vs Wellington at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton. Referee: Bryce Lawrence
2007: Auckland vs Wellington at Eden Park, Auckland. Referee: Chris Pollock
2008: Wellington vs Canterbury at Westpac Stadium, Wellington. Referee: Bryce Lawrence
2009: Canterbury vs Wellington at AMI Stadium, Christchurch. Referee: Vinny Munro
2010: Canterbury vs Waikato at AMI Stadium, Christchurch. Referee: Jonathan White
2011: Waikato vs Canterbury at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton. Referee: Garratt Williamson
2012: Canterbury vs Auckland at AMI Stadium, Christchurch. Referee: Glen Jackson
2013: Wellington vs Canterbury at Westpac Stadium, Wellington. Referee: Chris Pollock

NPC Final Results

The last five Finals have been North-South affairs, all won by Canterbury who are back there again this year.

1992: Waikato beat Otago, 40-5
1993: Auckland beat Otago 27-18
1994: Auckland beat North Harbour 22-16
1995: Auckland beat Otago 23-19
1996: Auckland beat Counties Manukau 46-15
1997: Canterbury beat Counties Manukau 44-13
1998: Otago beat Waikato 49-20
1999: Auckland beat Wellington 24-18
2000: Wellington beat Canterbury 34-29
2001: Canterbury beat Otago 30-19
2002: Auckland beat Waikato 40-28
2003: Auckland beat Wellington 41-29
2004: Canterbury beat Wellington, 40-27
2005: Auckland beat Otago 39-11
2006: Waikato beat Wellington, 37-31
2007: Auckland beat Wellington 23-14
2008: Canterbury beat Wellington 7-6
2009: Canterbury beat Wellington 28-20
2010: Canterbury vs Waikato, 33-13
2011: Canterbury vs Waikato, 12-3
2012: Canterbury vs Auckland, 31-18
 

NB From 2006 to 2009 it was called the Air New Zealand Cup. Since then it has been the ITM Cup.

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