NELSON, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 22: Rugby,Div 1 Final Nelson v Wanderers on July 22, 2017 Trafalgar Park in Nelson, New Zealand. (Photo by: Evan Barnes Shuttersport Limited)

Evergreen Grieve wins again

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When Shane Grieve first played senior club rugby for Nelson he was fresh out of school and excited about testing himself with local legends of the game, 16 years on he is one of those legends.

The evergreen open side flanker came out of retirement to play another season for Galbraith Group Nelson this year. He turned out to be one of the club’s top performers, alongside his fellow loose forwards Ethan Blackadder and Willis Scott.

The trio were pivotal to a strong start for Nelson as they beat Wanderers to claim the Car Company division one championship at Trafalgar Park on Saturday.

For Shane, he says it was his favourite club title.

“I’ve been there for a couple, but can’t remember the first, to be honest, I think it was around 2005. But this was the one I really wanted, to win it with these boys has been really special. We’ve had a tough year with injuries and what not, so it’s been really special.”

Nelson co-coach Chris Pugh says having Shane involved this year has been a big plus for the club.

“He’s a great guy to have in the team and he was part of that loose forward trio that really dominated the start of that game on Saturday, so he’s still got it.”

Shane has been a member of the Nelson Rugby Club for most of his life.

“I started playing for Nelson when I was six and played right up until I went to Nelson College, then straight after school I was back. I’m definitely a Nelson club man. I couldn’t play for any other team.”

On whether he’ll extend his post-retirement career for another season, he says he’s unsure.

“The boys have been asking me and honestly, I couldn’t tell you. I really don’t know. I guess I’ll wait and see how I feel next year and take it from there.”

Shane wasn’t the only club legend on the field on Saturday.

Murray Roeske also came on as a substitute, after playing most of the year for the division two team.

Chris says Murray also had a big impact on the team.

“On and off the pitch, he’s a great bloke to have around.”