Clint Brown - 'Villager'

With the Tech reunion coming up next weekend we profile another ex pupil from that great learning facility.

For the last 17 years Clint Brown has been an ever present on our TV screens bringing us the Sport’s news but he has resigned from this position and is moving on to greener pastures this week he was farewelled by TV 3 with a moving collage of shots of highlights from his time on the Telly.

Clint has a strong Petone Rugby connection and this week he is our feature ‘Memoir of a Villager’

I was 12 years old living in Hamilton when I first read about the Petone
Rugby Club who had just won the Champions of Champions tournament at the Rec.

My Dad had just got a job in Wellington and I said when we move there to
live we have to play for the Petone Rugby Club because they are the Best
club in the Country and I want to play for them, so we did.

I remember playing Saturday morning rugby for the Juniors with former
All Black Michael Clamp and our coach had a great motto - " Only kick
the ball inside your 22 otherwise run it !!!! . We never lost a game
that year and learnt the art of running rugby.

Later Don Judd from the Club became our Coach of the First XV at Hutt
Valley Memorial Technical College and they were some of the best years
of my life playing with my mates from Petone.

So for years my brother and I , ( Lester Brown ) loved playing for the
Super Saddle and spent many days at the Petone Rec watching the great
teams of the 70's and 80's under top coaches like Ian Upston dominate
Wellington Rugby, winning the Swindale Shield and Jubilee Cup.

It's always great bumping into former All Black captain Andy Leslie when
he's away on All Black tours and having a chat about the old days and I
still think the great thing about the 81 Springbok tour is the fact the
All Blacks won because our man Allan Hewson aka " Big Hewie" a Petone
man , kicked the winning goal.

So while I may back the Alan (Petone man )Pollock coached North Harbour team because I've now lived here since 1989 the longest I've lived anywhere , but Petone will always be " My Club " as I've still got plenty of mates from the club to this day and enjoy following Petone's progress on the web.

Cheers Go Pet One, the boys from the village, home of the super saddle
- Booyah:

We wish Clint all the best and look forward to seeing him at the Club in the near future