Tuesday, August 22, 2017
The Bay of Plenty Rugby Union and Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union are proud to announce that this Friday 25 August will see their teams compete for the Macrae-Shelford Bay Cup in the BNZ Battle of the Bays.
The Cup, fittingly honours two stalwarts of the game Ian Macrae and Frank Shelford, who have both represented the All Blacks and both provinces. It is fitting to name the inaugural Cup for the Battle of the Bays the Macrae-Shelford Bay Cup.
Second five-eight and centre Ian Macrae played seven matches for the Bay of Plenty in 1962 before heading to Hawke’s Bay to see out his rugby career playing a further 85 matches between 1963 to 1971.
Humble in his acceptance to have the Macrae-Shelford Bay Cup named in his honour Macrae commented, “I am very honoured, I got to know Frank pretty well when he was playing down in Hawke’s Bay. I respect him as a very good player and jointly to have our names on the Cup I think is quite fitting and I am very proud to be a part of that and I am very much looking forward to get the opportunity to present the Cup sometime in the near future.”
Bay of Plenty centurion, flanker Frank Shelford pulled on the Bay of Plenty jersey 121 times between 1977 to 1987, however wore the Hawke’s Bay black and white hoops in 1983 for 12 games before returning to the Bay of Plenty to finish his playing career.
Shelford currently residing in France commented acknowledging his delight, “I am very happy and honoured and wish the teams all the best.”
Bay of Plenty Rugby Union CEO Mike Rogers commented, “We are proud to be able to honour two former players who have contributed a great deal to both Bay of Plenty and Hawke’s Bay Rugby. It is fitting that we are able to finally put up a Cup for the sides to battle it out and claim who is the ‘real’ Bay. We are looking forward to the BNZ Battle of the Bays this Friday.”
Bay of Plenty
7 matches, 1962
85 matches, 1963-1971
45 matches, 1966-1970
Bay of Plenty
121 games, 1977-1987
12 matches, 1983
22 matches, 1981, 1983-1985
Information provided by Bay of Plenty Rugby Historian and Statistician Brent Drabble