Heartland Championship Information
The 2013 Pink Batts Heartland Championship is the 8th season of the second tier of New Zealand domestic competition.
This years sees the continuation of the format successfully introduced two years ago which was done in order to accommodate the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
This season the same twelve teams will participate being: Buller, East Coast, Horowhenua Kapiti, King Country, Mid Canterbury, North Otago, Poverty Bay, South Canterbury, Thames Valley, Wairarapa Bush, Wanganui, and West Coast.
Each team plays eight of the other 11 teams in the first round over an eight week period.
At the conclusion of this first to fourth on the competition ladder play off for the Meads Cup, while fifth to eighth on the ladder will contest the Lochore Cup – in what is effectively a semi-final format, followed by the winning semifinalists meeting in the Meads Cup and Lochore Cup finals respectively.
Last season we toasted new champions in both finals, with East Coast winning the Meads Cup, while Buller lifted the Lochore Cup
Roll of honour
2006 Wairarapa Bush
2007 North Otago
2010 North Otago
2012 East Coast
2006 Poverty Bay
2007 Poverty Bay
2008 Poverty Bay
2009 North Otago
2010 Wairarapa Bush
2011 Poverty Bay