Worst Magpies Import Poll



  • Ok, so thought I should figure out how to do a poll one of these days and the continued selection of Koro Baker in the Magpies this year gave me the perfect opportunity.

    Marvin Karawana: Ex leaguie who shopped himself around the provinces, no one picked him up, not even the Taniwha as @taniwharugby will frequently remind us. But the powers that be at the Magpies ignored the wise men in the rest of the country and picked him up. He wasn't the Wainui SBW he was touted to be.

    Kurt Baker: 7s superstar who played with grit and guile and a short fuse. However by the time he arrived at the Magpies all he had left was the short fuse. Looked ponderous in comparison to the young on the up backs who surrounded him.

    Luke Rooney: His CV is impressive, he played for the Aussies in league, even bigger than that though he played Origin the greatest game on earth, no scratch that, the greatest game in the universe. Played two very crap games of rugby for us before getting injured.

    Mike Coman: Now, some will quibble with his inclusion in here, and I've likely sent @Chris-B into a fit of rage (who am I kidding, that's 90% of the reason he's in here), but he was all hype over substance. Always got talked up by the media but really was nothing more than a poor man's Michael Johnson. If he was playing today he wouldn't get near the Magpies squad, hell he'd probably be reduced to watching Hugh Renton from the stands in Nelson.

    Ben May: Now, I don't dislike May as much as, say @higgins, and I think he was a decent journeyman prop with a lot experience. But, he was clearly only a Magpie because of the Canes, and what makes it worse was that the Canes would trumpet him as a Magpies player in the Canes, when he was really a Canes player who the Magpies were obliged to play.

    Ben Franks: A top prop, so what's he doing on the list? I don't think the dude could find Napier on a map. Another Canes plant in the Magpies. Looked disgusted to have won the Ranfurly Shield and couldn't even be arsed walking over for the team photo.

    Ok, so there's the options, apologies if I've missed any standouts - was sticking to recent players and my memory.



  • @Nepia You seem to have missed Johan Schoonbee from the list. How can I make a considered selection if he is not one of the candidates?



  • @Higgins said in Worst Magpies Import Poll:

    @Nepia You seem to have missed Johan Schoonbee from the list. How can I make a considered selection if he is not one of the candidates?

    As I said in my final sentence I was going by memory, completely forgot about him, if you want to vote for him over May in the thread then I'll count the vote. 🙂



  • @Nepia This is going to take some serious thought as I could vote for at least four of those listed (five if Schoonbee is allowed) and not be disappointed. Perhaps you might want to consider allowing at least three votes or renaming the poll the Least Worst Magpies Import and having just the one vote with those not winning that particular category winning the title as the equally ranked worst imports?



  • I will ponder this over the weekend. I don't want to make a rash decision like the magpies selectors obviously did with all of these players



  • I'm still pondering those unlucky to miss selection for the poll. I know 2006 (or was it 2007) was a long time ago so I have mostly forgotten what he did but would Ben Batger qualify as one of those unlucky candidates?



  • Been a few, but for me Marvin Karawana, and Peter Bohlase the prop from Canterbury. They were both bloody embarrassing.



  • @Billsy111 said in Worst Magpies Import Poll:

    Peter Bohlase

    Oh yes, I had managed to completely erase those moments from my memory but he was certainly one of those on the highly commended list and can count himself very unlucky to miss out on inclusion in the final poll. Think he might be coaching up in the States at the moment.



  • There was the other lock from Christ's college I remember playing him at school then he was later a magpie. Maybe saffa name to. Six foot 10 or so. Believe he was a flop but can't remember to what degree



  • What about Waratahs lock Nick Palmer?



  • Cardiff Vaega and his younger brother.



  • @Stargazer The names keep rolling in!



  • Lote Raikabula was another 7s star who flopped at 15s for the Magpies now I come to think of it.



  • Well, I stuffed this poll up - maybe the mods can tell me how to edit it? Or we can make this the nominations thread and in a couple of days I'll put a new poll up?



  • @Nepia If it becomes a nomination thread can I have the pleasure of nominating Ged Robinson?



  • To me, Mike Coman does not belong in this thread as I actually rated him.



  • @Stargazer said in Worst Magpies Import Poll:

    To me, Mike Coman does not belong in this thread as I actually rated him.

    It's my poll and I've eloquently justified his inclusion.

    I'm tempted to add Lamborn now. 😉



  • I can't even remember Luke Rooney.



  • Only watching the Premiership Final with half an eye, as it isn't even remotely as interesting as last night's final, but watching Zarn Sullivan play, I'm considering starting a best exports thread.



  • @Stargazer said in Worst Magpies Import Poll:

    I can't even remember Luke Rooney.

    He played one game when he was really bad (looked like a league player who didn't really know how to play) then got injured in his second game I think.





  • @Nepia You bastards poach Coman, May and Franks from Tasman and have the absolute sauce to then start a thread rubbishing them.

    I want the Mighty Kahn included in the poll as well!

    Hawkes Bay - the only Mitre 10 Cup team to have an opera named for them....Il Gazza Ladra - The Thieving Magpies!!! 🙂



  • @Chris-B Coman disliked Tasman so much he would rather play for Canterbury and Hawkes Bay instead.

    He is quoted as saying he knows where his moral compass is and isn't willing to get paid in paper bags and doesn't need a new boat. That probably explains why he went elsewhere.



  • @Magpie_in_aus Agent Mike is as rich as fuck already. Headed north to scupper you guys. 🙂

    Now back in Tasman running the family construction company!



  • @Chris-B yeah heard him on the Nelson old boys podcast I mean what a lad podcast with Jimmy marshall



  • I don't like those negative threads.



  • @Nepia said in Worst Magpies Import Poll:

    Marvin Karawana: Ex leaguie who shopped himself around the provinces, no one picked him up, not even the Taniwha as @taniwharugby will frequently remind us. But the powers that be at the Magpies ignored the wise men in the rest of the country and picked him up. He wasn't the Wainui SBW he was touted to be.

    I will not have you insulting a Wainui player, actually he wasn’t even that great a prem player ended up being moved to 6 later in his club career...anyway my vote is Dan Kirkpatrick what a flop that guy was



  • What a strange way to mark your team's Championship win - starting a thread/poll focusing on bad imports (largely) from the past. Then again, the Hawke's Bay supporters on here proved a long time ago that they march to the beat of a very odd drum.



  • @cgrant said in Worst Magpies Import Poll:

    I don't like those negative threads.

    It's not mandatory for you to read the thread.

    @Smudge said in Worst Magpies Import Poll:

    What a strange way to mark your team's Championship win - starting a thread/poll focusing on bad imports (largely) from the past. Then again, the Hawke's Bay supporters on here proved a long time ago that they march to the beat of a very odd drum.

    We can multitask, I'm on a 3 day celebration and this cathartic.

    @mikey07 said in Worst Magpies Import Poll:

    @Nepia said in Worst Magpies Import Poll:

    Marvin Karawana: Ex leaguie who shopped himself around the provinces, no one picked him up, not even the Taniwha as @taniwharugby will frequently remind us. But the powers that be at the Magpies ignored the wise men in the rest of the country and picked him up. He wasn't the Wainui SBW he was touted to be.

    I will not have you insulting a Wainui player, actually he wasn’t even that great a prem player ended up being moved to 6 later in his club career...anyway my vote is Dan Kirkpatrick what a flop that guy was

    Kirkpatrick doesn't meet all the selection criteria.



  • @Chris-B said in Worst Magpies Import Poll:

    @Nepia You bastards poach Coman, May and Franks from Tasman and have the absolute sauce to then start a thread rubbishing them.

    **I want the Mighty Kahn included in the poll as well!
    **
    Hawkes Bay - the only Mitre 10 Cup team to have an opera named for them....Il Gazza Ladra - The Thieving Magpies!!! 🙂

    The MIghty Kahn would make our best import poll (I wonder if thats allowed by the thread police) - he was so happy to be repatriated back to the North Island.


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