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Pink Batts Heartland Championship 2014 draw released

heatland4aThe confirmed 2014 draw for the Pink Batts Heartland Championship has been released by New Zealand Rugby today.

King Country and Wairarapa Bush get the season underway at Taupo’s Owen Delaney Park in Week 1 on 23 August 2014.

The first round also sees Lochore Cup Finalists Buller hosting last year’s Meads Cup runners up, North Otago;

Horowhenua Kapiti host Thames Valley at Levin’s Community Trust Domain; and first-time Meads Cup champions Mid Canterbury host West Coast.

Poverty Bay and East Coast kick off their 2014 campaigns with a local derby fixture at Gisborne’s Rugby Park, and Lochore Cup champions South Canterbury host Wanganui at Timaru’s Alpine Energy Stadium.

The 8-week competition will see the Lochore Cup and Meads Cup semifinals played on 18 October, with the Meads Cup Final to be played on Saturday 25 October, and the Lochore Cup Final on Sunday 26 October.

Thames Valley will see some pre-season action with a Ranfurly Shield challenge against Counties Manukau on 2 July.

Mid Canterbury are scheduled to get the next challenge against the Counties Manukau Steelers on 9 July.

Both matches will be played at ECOLight Stadium in Pukekohe.

Click here to Download  the 2014 Pink Batts Heartland Championship draw.

WEST COAST 2014 Representative Fixtures click here

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New Zealand Heartland XV team to play NZ Marist named

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allblacks.com    07.Nov.2013

New Zealand Heartland XV Head Coach Kurt McQuilkin (King Country) and assistant coach Gerard Scott (South Canterbury) have made just two changes to their starting XV selected to play their final match against New Zealand Marist in Timaru on Saturday.

The team to play New Zealand Marist on Saturday is:

1 Ralph Darling (North Otago)
2 Troy Tauwhare (West Coast)
3 Matt Fetu (South Canterbury)
4 Eric Duff (North Otago)
5 Nic Cranston (Wanganui)
6 Riiki Waitoa (East Coast)
7 Peter Rowe, captain (Wanganui)
8 Jon Dampney (Mid Canterbury)
9 William McKenzie (Mid Canterbury)
10 Tim Priest (West Coast)
11 Whaimotu Craft-Chemis (East Coast)
12 Fa’aitu Tuamoheloa (South Canterbury)
13 TK Moeke (East Coast)
14 Dwayne Burrows (Mid Canterbury)
15 Michael Tambour (Horowhenua-Kapiti)

Reserves
16 Nathan Tubb (South Canterbury)
17 Shaun McDonough (Wanganui)
18 Lasa Ulukuta (Wanganui)
19 Alan Monk (West Coast)
20 Andrew Stephens (Buller)
21 Glen Walters (Wairarapa Bush)
22 Cameron Hayton (Waiararapa Bush)

The entire backline have retained their starting spots. In the pack, Troy Tauwhare (West Coast) swaps places with South Canterbury’s Nathan Tubb to take the No 2 jersey with Tubb to start off the bench.

Lock Lachie McFadzean (Wairarapa Bush) makes way North Otago’s Eric Duff who is the only other change to the starting line-up.

The Heartland XV ran in a 60 – 34 win on Tuesday over the combined Defence Force services that had taken out wins against Northland XV and NZ Police in recent weeks. Read that match review here.

A delighted Kurt McQuilkin said he was satisfied with the way the team performed in Methven this week.

“I’m pretty happy with the way they went and the way they set targets. Marist will be different and tougher, they will have a pool of talent from ITM Cup Unions and top club sides so I’m expecting them to come out firing.

“Our guys will need to step up defensively, and I’m looking for them to be more aggressive in line speed and attack.

“The boys have had a taste of Heartland XV rugby and they’re enjoying the opportunity to fly the flag for their Heartland Unions,” he said.

New Zealand Heartland XV v New Zealand Marist, Saturday 9 November, kick-off at 2:30pm.

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NZ Heartland XV team to play NZ Defence team named

New Zealand Heartland XV team to play New Zealand Defence team named New Zealand Heartland XV Head Coach Kurt McQuilkin (King Country) and assistant coach Gerard Scott (South Canterbury) have named the team to play New Zealand Defence in Methven tomorrow.

The team is:nzheartland

1 Ralph Darling
2 Nathan Tubb
3 Matt Fetu
4 Lachie McFadzean
5 Nick Cranston
6 Riki Waitoa
7 Peter Rowe, captain
8 Jon Dampney
9 William McKenzie
10 Tim Priest
11 Whaimotu Craft-Chemis
12 Fa’aitu Tuamoheloa
13 Tau Moeke
14 Dwayne Burrows
15 Michael Tambour
North Otago
South Canterbury
South Canterbury
Wairarapa Bush
Wanganui
East Coast
Wanganui
Mid Canterbury
Mid Canterbury
West Coast
East Coast
South Canterbury
East Coast
Mid Canterbury
Horowhenua-Kapiti
Reserves
16 Troy Tauwhare

17 Shaun McDonough
18 Lasa Ulukuta
19 Alan Monk
20 Andrew Stephens
21 Glen Walters
22 Lemi Masoe

West Coast

Wanganui
Wanganui
West Coast
Buller
Wairarapa Bush
North Otago

McQuilkin said that the squad’s preparation for their two-match programme had gone well since the squad assembled on Friday.

“The boys are fired up and ready to get stuck in. It’s been a pretty intense Heartland Championship this year, so this opportunity to play for the Heartland XV is a great way for the boys to step up and represent their unions in this national team.”

Kick-off for tomorrow afternoon’s match is at 2:30pm.

New Zealand Heartland XV 2013 programme

Tuesday 5 November NZ Heartland XV v NZ Defence Force, Methven, kick-off 2.30pm

Saturday 9 November NZ Heartland XV v NZ Marist, Timaru, kick-off 2.30pm

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Hallelujah, Priest and patience pay off

Source: http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/

WAYNE MARTIN 19/08/2013

A last-minute dropped goal has indelibly etched Tim Priest’s name into West Coast rugby folklore after he kicked them to a shock 14-12 Seddon Shield win over Nelson Bays on Saturday.

With time almost up and Car Company Nelson Bays holding tenuously to a 12-11 lead, the diminutive No 10 calmly slotted the match-winning kick from about 30 metres to send his team-mates into predictable raptures on a rain-soaked Trafalgar Park.

The final whistle followed just moments later and the real celebrations began as stunned Nelson Bays players disbelievingly acknowledged their fate.

For Christchurch club player and former Canterbury B representative Priest, it brought the match to a fitting conclusion after West Coast had controlled so many crucial areas of the game.

“What a beauty,” beamed Priest in acknowledgement of his match-winning kick shortly after the final whistle.

“We knew if we got down [in Nelson Bays’ territory] and had a bit of patience, we’d either get a penalty or something like that. That second half we had a bit of a breeze behind us so it was just a matter of trying to stay down there. It came [down] to the last minute but we got there.”

After a competitive 33-21 loss to Mid Canterbury the previous week, Priest said the players had taken plenty of belief into Saturday’s challenge.

“We had a good game against Mid-Canterbury last week and we took some pride from that and we knew we could have it up front.

“So it was a matter of not playing anything in our half, getting down there and letting our forwards do the work. You know, we exposed them in a couple of places and we’ll keep working on that. We’ll take this shield home and we’ll thrive off that.”

A big and physical West Coast forward pack edged Nelson Bays in key areas, notably in the lineouts where Nelson Bays constantly struggled to secure their own ball.

By contrast, it was from a clean lineout win by impressive lock Josh Manning in the 19th minute that West Coast sparked the game’s only try, big Blaketown centre Phil Thompson busting through Nelson Bays’ defence to help give his brother and fullback Rob Thompson a clear run into the corner.

The remaining points came from kicks as Nelson Bays’ centre Marty Banks landed three first- half penalties to give the home team a 9-8 lead at the break. Phil Thompson landed a crucial 51m penalty directly after the restart to restore West Coast’s lead at 11-9 before David Havili replied from close range to again put Nelson Bays back in front at 12-11. But Priest’s match-winning field goal was the only other scoring as West Coast celebrated a special win.

While Priest ultimately struck the decisive blow, arguably West Coast’s most influential figure was their flanker and former Nelson Bays player Rowan O’Gorman who was constantly involved in the action. He got excellent support from his No 8, Suamalie Tuiletufuga, and prop Hiroshi Tea as West Coast’s most damaging runners, while Phil Thompson impressed among the backs.

West Coast co-coach Sean Cuttance expressed some obvious emotions after his team’s deserved win.

“The boys are ectstatic . . . they’ve been working hard and they thoroughly deserve it,” Cuttance said.

“[Nelson Bays] really struggled with their lineout . . . our lineout was amazing. We’ve been working hard on our lineout D[efence] and also our own ball, of course.

“Everyone’s put a massive effort in and it’s going to be good to take that shield home.”

However, despite strong performances by big ball-carrying No 8 Sililo Savea, lock Jarrod Aberhart and hooker Dan Perrin, Nelson Bays coach Mike Fraser was forced to concede West Coast’s overall dominance.

“I think they had the upper hand up front, didn’t they, really,” Fraser said.

“We weren’t able to get ball and I suppose the conditions were wet enough just to slow us down out wide too. No, we got fairly beaten today.

“We couldn’t get that go-forward up front. We struggled in the set phase, we struggled at the breakdown as well and we didn’t get enough quality ball to threaten them.

“They had a pretty good forward pack out there . . . but no excuses, we weren’t good enough on the day.”

– © Fairfax NZ News

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WEST COAST RFU – 2006

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2006 Season

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2006 Status:
Heartland Championship
....Founded 1890..Affiliated 1893
President:
E,G.Wilson
Chairman:
P.Millar
Chief.Executive.Officer:
M.Connors
Coach:
R.Maitland
Assistant Coach:
R.Brockbank
.Main.ground:
.Rugby Park, Greymouth
Capacity:
.8,000
Colours:
.Red and white hoops. red shorts. red socks with white tops

Under new coaches Robbie Maitland and Ross Brockbank West Coast showed much improvement and proved competitive in more games than results indicate. Eventual champions Wairarapa Bush were fully tested before victory was gained over Mid Canterbury. Had last minute kicks been successful against East Coast (conversion) and Buller (penalty) the results would have been more fruitful. The inability to turn possession into points and to sustain second half pressure was to be the team’s undoing on more than one occasion.

With only three home games and four long trips to the North Island West Coast spent more hours travelling than any union and though they retained their character till the end the players were very travel weary by the final game. Hadleigh Smith and Neil Linklater shared the number eight position with the one selected to start also being the captain. Both were fine players. Ofa Misa and Alan Monk (open-side) were a pair of effective flankers. The tight five more than held their own – former King Country and Marlborough rep Tony Kerr partnering 37-year-old Lomiga Va’aelua at lock while Dougal Hurst and Joe Nabou were prominent in the front row.

At first five-eighth Corey Simpson impressed with his long touch-finders and running game while his goalkicking was usually accurate. He also directed the backline well. Daniel Keno was consistently sound at second five. John Fungavaka was at centre with Lasa Ulukuta and Titiume Fungavaka on the wings. Maleli Tora showed much promise as an attacking player, whether on the wing or at fullback. James Ferguson continues to improve, an energetic halfback. Luke Dixon (fullback) and Daniel Tauwhare (utility) were older backs who provided much experience.

2006 Squad

C.J.Clark (Blaketown)
C.S.Crichton (Marist-Albion – Canterbury RFU)
L.R.Dixon (Marist)
J.R.B.Ferguson (Christchurch – Canterbury RFU)
S.H.Fungavaka (Kiwi)
T.Fungavaka (Kiwi)
M.Hende (South Westland)
D.G.Hurst (South Westland)
D.T.Keno (Blaketown)
T.J.Kerr (Wests)
E.Langi (Blaketown)
N.M.Linklater (South Westland)
M.J.Meehan (Marist)
M.Misa (Marist)
O.Misa (Marist)
A.B.Monk (Sydenham – Canterbury RFU)
M.H.Monk (Blaketown)
M.A.Murdoch (HSOB – Canterbury RFU)
J.Nabou (Univ – Canterbury RFU)
M.N’Gaue (Kiwi)
E.P.O‘Gara (Wests)
T.G.Scadden (Kiwi)
T.P.Sexton (Wests)
C.N.Simpson (Christchurch – Canterbury RFU)
H.G.M.Smith (Blaketown)
D.J.Tauwhare (HSOB – Canterbury RFU)
M.Tora (Blaketown)
L.Ulukuta (Marist)
L.Va’aelua (Blaketown)
R.M.Wilson (South Westland)

WEST COAST TEAM RECORD 2006

Played 8 , Won 1 , Lost 7 , Points For 136 , Points against 286

AA REWARDS HEARTLAND RUGBY – POOL A
.
P
W
D
L
Pts
Wairarapa Bush
5
5
22
North Otago
5
4
1
20
Mid-Canterbury
5
2
3
10
Buller
5
2
3
9
East Coast
5
1
4
6
West Coast
5
1
4
6
AA REWARDS HEARTLAND RUGBY – LOCHORE CUP
.
P
W
D
L
Pts
Poverty Bay
8
5
3
24
Thames Valley
8
4
4
21
King Country
8
3
2
3
20
Buller
8
3
5
14
East Coast
8
1
7
6
West Coast
8
1
7
6

August 19 v North Otago v Oamaru Lost 3 – 67
Simpson , penalty goal
Referee: K.R.McBride

August 26 v Wairarapa Bush , Masterton Lost 18 – 31
Va’aelua , Keno , tries
Simpson , conversion , penalty goals (2)
Referee: S.W.McDermott

September 2 v Mid Canterbury , Greymouth Won 24 – 9
A.Monk, Linklater , tries
Simpson , conversion , penalty goals (4)
Referee: V.G.Munro

September 9 v East Coast , Ruatoria Lost 20 – 22
Ulukuta , try
Simpson , penalty goals (5)
Referee: G.L.Williamson

September 16 v Buller Greymouth Lost 16 – 17
Keno , try
Simpson , conversion , penalty goals (2) , drop goal
Referee: K.R.McBride

September 23 Thames Valley (Lochore Cup) , Thames Lost 16 – 51
Crichton , try
Simpson , conversion , penalty goals (3)
Referee: T.A.Pullar

September 30 v King Country (Lochore Cup) , Greymouth Lost 22-32
Ferguson , Tora , tries
Simpson , penalty goals (4)
Referee: S.W McDermott

October 7 v Poverty Bay (Lochore Cup) Gisborne Lost 17 – 57
O.Misa , M.Misa , tries
Simpson , conversions (2) , penalty goal
Referee: B.A.Murray

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WEST COAST RFU – 2005

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2005 Season

 

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2005 Status:
Third Division
....Founded 1890..Affiliated 1893
President:
E,G.Wilson
Chairman:
W.A.Leach
Chief.Executive.Officer:
M.Connors
Coach:
A.D.Lawry
Assistant Coach:
P.B.Mac
.Main.ground:
.Rugby Park, Greymouth
Capacity:
.8,000
Colours:
.Red and white hoops. red shorts. red socks with white tops

Despite losing every game and finishing at the bottom of the third division ladder West Coast were not outclassed by every team. Had the goal kicker been more accurate the game against Mid Canterbury should have been won. With eight minutes remaining West Coast were leading 10-9 thanks to two tries by inspiring number eight and captain Hadleigh Smith. Only late in the game did Mid Canterbury finally manage to cross the Coast try line. Coast also produced a good effort against Wairarapa Bush and in the Final game forced Thames Valley to dig deep for their narrow victory.

Recent representative five-eighth Anthony Lawry coached the team with Peter Mac and the regular team contained several experienced players. In addition to Hadleigh Smith the forwards included Peter Nicholls and former Buller and Canterbury representative Dougal Hurst. The backline included experienced players Luke Dixon, lowane Seru and Luke O’Donnell.

A promising newcomer was halfback James Ferguson while other new players to gain regular positions were fullback Gareth Caldwell, wing Craig McBeath, substitute halfback Jon Harrison, flanker Mitchell Simcock, lock Lomiga Va’ailua and hooker Jared Ward. Simcock was the team’s most consistent performer.

2005 Squad

L.Bill (Kiwi)
G.Caldwell (Blaketown)
D.Carroll (Darfield – Canterbury RFU)
N.Davy (Blaketown)
L.Dixon (Marist)
M.Egden (Woodend – Canterbury RFU)
H.Elder (Marist)
J.Ferguson (Marist)
R.Fualau (Woodend – Canterbury RFU)
J.Harrison (Marist)
M.Heade (South Westland)
D.Hurst (South Westland)
A.Lawry (Woodend – Canterbury RFU)
C.McBeath (South Westland)
R.McEnaneny (Marist)
T.McKinlay (South Westland)
M.Meehan (Marist)
J.Nasalo (Marist)
P.T.Nicholls (Blaketown)
L.W.O’Donnell (Marist)
B.Philpott South (Westland)
N.Russ (Marist)
I.Seru (Blaketown)
M.Simcock (Belfast – Canterbury RFU)
H.Smith (Blaketown)
H.Tangiora (Marist)
R.Thompson (Blaketown)
K.B.Thomson (Marist)
M.Tora (Blaketown)
L.Ulukuta (Marist)
L.Va’ailua (Waitakere – Auckland RFU)
J.Ward (New Brighton – Canterbury RFU)
R.Wilson (South Westland)

WEST COAST TEAM RECORD 2005

Played 7, Lost 7 ,Points for 79 ,Points against 237

THIRD DIVISION
P
W
D
L
Pts
Wairarapa Bush
7
6
1
31
Horowhenua-Kapiti
7
6
1
28
King Country
7
5
2
25
Buller
7
5
2
22
Mid-Canterbury
7
2
5
11
Thames Valley
7
2
5
10
South Canterbury
7
2
5
10
West Coast
7
7

August 20 v South Canterbury , Timaru Lost 8 – 34
Ulukuta , try
O’Donnell , penalty goal
Referee : M.M.Stanish

August 27 v Mid Canterbury , Greymouth Lost 10 – 14
Smith (2) , tries
Referee: V.G.Munro

September 3 v Buller , Westport Lost 12 – 24
Va’ailua, Seru , tries
O’Donnell , conversion
Referee : K.H.Rowe

September 10 v Horowhenua-Kapiti , Greymouth Lost 14 – 37
Simcock , try
McBeath , penalty goals (3)
Referee : G.L.Williamson

September 17 v King Country , Taumarunui Lost 5 – 64
Va’ailua , try
Referee : B.J.Lawrence

September 24 v Wairarapa Bush , Greymouth Lost 12 – 39
Va’ailua, Ferguson , tries
McBeath , conversion
Referee : J.M.White

October 1 v Thames Valley , Thames Lost 18 – 25
Bill, Nasalo , tries
McBeath , conversion , penalty goals (2)
Referee : D.R.Luckin

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WEST COAST RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION – 1996

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1996 Season

 

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1996 Status:
Third Division
....Founded 1890..Affiliated 1893
President:
B.Guerin
Chairman:
R.J.Thomas
Chief.Executive.Officer:
M.Connors
Selector:
M.J.O’Donovan
.Main.ground:
.Rugby Park, Greymouth
Capacity:
.8,000
Colours:
.Red and white hoops. red shorts. red socks with white tops

Although West Coast won only two championship matches in l996, one win was at the expense of semi-finalists Mid Canterbury and the performance of the Coast players on that occasion was full of merit. The team also did well in the Seddon Shield tournament to hold Nelson Bays to a two point margin.

West Coast had an industrious forward pack which showed good ball-retention skills. Loose forwards Mark De Goldi, Craig Clark, Tony Rasmussen and Nathan Mirfin covered a lot of ground, tackling well and supporting the backs in attacking movements. De Goldi in particular stood out for his storming play. Arthur Gillman ensured a steady supply of ball from the lineouts while Jason Hauraki and Carl Perkins toiled away vigorously. Former Canterbury halfback Allan Lindsay showed his experience and gave fine all-round performances to be the best of the Coast backs.

Phil Dickson impressed at second five-eighth and Shaun Fahey was a steady fullback who looked for attacking opportunities.Michael Foster made another valuable contribution to the points table and is now West Coast`s top scorer.

1996 Squad

J.D.Aitken (Kiwi)
G.C.S.Aitken (Kiwi)
D.C.Alexander (South Westland)
T.Charteris (Inangahua)
C.Clark (Blaketown)
C.De Goldi (Marist)
M.A.De Goldi (Marist)
R.Dickson (Cheviot – Canterbury)
S.Dixon (Kiwi)
S.R.Fahey (Canterbury)
M.A.Foster (South Westland)
A.J.Gillman (South Westland)
R.Harrison (Wests)
J.Hauraki (South Westland)
T.Hourston (Blaketown)
P.G.Kelly (Wests)
A.C.Lindsay (Shirley- Canterbury)
N.M.Linklater (South Westland)
H.F.Loe (Glenmark- Canterbury)
R.G.McLoughlin (Wests)
C.A.McMillan (Wests)
B.Manera (South Westland)
A.G.Mirfin (Inangahua)
N,L.Mirfin (lnangahua)
D.R.O’Donovan (Marist)
K.A.Perkins (Nth Canterbury)
T.Rasmussen (South Westland)
M.Skinner (Marist)
J.P.Tainui (Blaketown)
D.Tauwhare (Kiwi)
P.M.Watson (Marist)
G.J.C.Williams (Marist)
M.A.Williams (South Westland)

WEST COAST TEAM RECORD 1996

Played 11 , Won 3 , Lost 8 , Points for 173 , Points against 247
* National Championship

THIRD DIVISION
P
W
D
L
Pts
Marlborough
8
8
37
Wanganui
8
7
1
31
Buller
8
5
3
23
Mid Canterbury
8
4
4
21
Horowhenua
8
4
4
19
North Otago
8
3
5
18
Poverty Bay
8
3
5
16
West Coast
8
2
6
10
East Coast
8
8
3

May 18 v Buller , Westport Lost 23 – 34
Manera, Kelly , tries
Foster conversions (2) , penalty goal (2) , and drop goal
Referee : Mr.E.F.Fox (Buller)

June 1 v Nelson Bays (Seddon Shield) , Nelson Lost 9 – 11
Foster , penalty goals (3)
Referee : Mr.K.M.McKenzie (Marlborough)

June 3 v Buller (Seddon Shield) , Nelson Won 20 – 0
M.De Goldi, Charteris , tries
Foster , conversions (2) , penalty goals (2)
Referee : Mr.R.A.Burgess (Nelson Bays)

* August 17 v East Coast , Ruatoria Won 24 – 10
N. Mirfin, Loe , tries
Foster , conversion , penalty goals (4)
Referee : Mr.B.McDonald (Taranaki)

* August 24 v Marlborough , Greymouth Lost 12 – 44
Manera, Rasmussen , tries
Foster , conversion
Referee : Mr.A.P.Kelly (South Canterbury)

* August 31 v Poverty Bay , Gisborne Lost 13 – 43
C. De Goldi , try
Foster , conversion , and penalty goals (2)
Referee : Mr.M.Jujnovich (Northland)

* September 7 v Buller , Greymouth Lost 3 – 18
Tainui , penalty goal
Referee : Mr.S.A.Hannam (Wairarapa Bush)

* September 14 v North Otago , Greymouth 10 – 14
Manera , try
Fahey , conversion , and penalty goal
Referee : Mr.R.T.R.Ross (North Harbour)

* September 28 v Mid Canterbury , Ashburton 30 – 25
M.De Goldi (2), O’Donovan , tries
Foster , conversions (3) , and penalty goals (3)
Referee : Mr.K.M.McKenzie (Marlborough)

* October 5 v Wanganui , Hokitika 12 – 16
Foster , penalty goals (3) , and drop goal
Referee : Mr.A.R.Kelly (South Canterbury)

* October 12 v Horowhenua , Levin 17 – 32
M. De Goldi, Fahey , tries
Foster , conversions (2) , and penalty goal
Referee : Mr.M.Jujnovich (Northland)

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WEST COAST RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION – 1983

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1983 Season

WEST COAST COLOURS: RED AND WHITE HOOPS
(Founded, 1890; Affiliated, 1893)
Selector: Mr A.G.Dawson

The 1983 season proved to be one of the heaviest experienced by West Coast, with twelve representative games, beginning as early as March 3 when East Coast travelled to the South lsland. The highlight, of course, was the fixture against the Lions.

The record of only three wins and nine losses was disappointing, but the most unhappy result was the Seddon Shield challenge against neighbouring Buller. The Coasters in the first half missed some scoring opportunities by very narrow margins and were unfortunate not to put more points on the board, but after the turn-around, Buller, with the sun and wind behind them, coupled with the unerring boot of full-back David Baird, was the only team in it and fully deserved the victory.

Sole selector Arthur Dawson called upon 30 players, with five taking the field for all the twelve games Gavin Cook, Tony Price, Blair Hopkins, Paul Davidson and John Walton. The forwards showed a lack of pace among the three ‘loosies’, but performed creditably against mostly heavier and taller opponents, and the backs occasionally produced brilliant tries, but not often enough. The return of former Junior All Black and Colt Gavin Cook to the first five-eighth position, after being unavailable the previous season, put some solidity in the backs, and the performances of` ‘Tanker‘ Davidson and John Walton as props in all twelve games speaks for their toughness.

Fullback Wayne Gugich proved to be rather inconsistent, with mixed mediocre and brilliant performances, but he still topped the scoring with 68 points. Leading tryscorer was wing Denis King. Most probably a record for the West Coast team was the selection of three brothers to take the field against Mid Canterbury at Ashburton – P.G., B.G., and G.T.Davidson, members of a well-known rugby family, in the southern town of Hokitika.

The season ended late with an October 3 game against First Division side Manawatu, and the score of 30 – 13 to the North Islanders was not a true indication of the run of play, as the Coast team put up a really good performance.

1983 Squad

W.F.Gugich (St Mary`s)
M.A.Maclntosh (Marist)
D.J.King (Star-United)
M.P.Coll (Marist)
C.J.Power (Star-United)
T.D.Kenny (Star-United)
C.A.Stewart (Blaketown)
K.T.Ford (Marist)
K.R.Bryenton (Marist)
G.J.Cook (Star-United)
T.R.Forsyth (Blaketown)
B.Hopkins (Star-United)
W.T.O`Reilly (Kiwi)
A.H.Bruhn (Blaketown)
T.M.Price (Star-United)
P.G.Davidson (St Mary`s)
J.W.Walton (Blaketown)
G.A.J.Paterson (Star-United)
B.H.Monk (Blaketown)
D.J.Lynch (Blaketown)
J.G.McGurk Cobden
P.R.Broughton (Star-United)
L.R.Golding (Kiwi)
S.J.Keenan (St Mary`s)
G.T.Davidson (St Mary`s)
P.W.Neilson (Blaketown)
G.C.Crawford (Star-United)
D.l.Marshall (Marist)

MATCH RECORDS

Played 12 , Won 3 , Lost 9 , Points For : 163 , Points against 232
* National Championship game

SECOND DIVISION (South Island)
P
W
D
L
Pts
Mid-Canterbury
7
6
1
12
Southland
7
6
1
12
Marlborough
7
5
2
10
South Canterbury
7
4
3
8
Buller
7
3
4
6
Nelson Bays
7
3
4
6
West Coast
7
1
6
2
North Otago
7
7

March 3 v East Coast , Greymouth Won 36 – 9
T.D.Kenny(2), K.T.Ford, W.T.O`Reilly, G.J.Cook, L.R.Goulding, tries
W.F.Gugich (3) conversions , (2) dropped goals
Referee: Mr.R.Stewart (West Coast)

* May 22 v Nelson-Bays , Greymouth Lost 6 – 14
W.F.Gugich, penalty goal , G.J.Cook drop goal
Referee: Mr.A.R.Bateman (Canterbury)

May 28 v Buller , Greymouth Won 18 – 10
D.J.King (2) tries
K.R.Bryenton(2) conversions , (2) penalty goals
Referee: E.F.Fox (Buller)

June 8 v British Isles , Greymouth Lost 16 – 52
K.T.Ford, try
W.F.Gugich (4) penalty goals
Referee: Mr.T.M.Gresson (South Canterbury)

June 21 v Canterbury , Greymouth Lost 9 – 23
D.J.King, try
W.F.Gugich conversion , penalty
Referee: G.A.King (West Coast)

* July 6 v Southland , Greymouth Lost 12 – 14
K.T.Ford , try
W.F.Gugich , conversion , (2)penalty goals
Referee: Mr.K.R.Riley (Nelson-Bays)

* August 6 v North Otago , Greymouth Won 29 – 6
M.P.Coll (2), D.J.King, B.Hopkins, T.M.Price , Tries
W.F.Gugich (3) penalty goals
Referee: Mr.A.R.Bateman (Canterbury)

* August 20 v South Canterbury , Hokitika Lost 0 – 9
Referee: Mr.T.D.Clark (Mid-Canterbury)

* August 26 v Buller (Seddon Shield), Westport Lost 9 – 21
W.F.Gugich , penalty goal , drop goal
G.J.Cook , drop goal
Referee: Mr.K.O.Beckett (Nelson-Bays)

* September 13 v Marlborough , Greymouth Lost 9 – 15
G.J.Cook, try
K.R.Bryenton, conversion , penalty goal
Referee: Mr.J.G.MacDonald (North Otago)

* September 17 v Mid-Canterbury , Ashburton Lost 6 – 29
W.F.Gugich, penalty goal
K.R.Bryenton, drop goal
Referee: Mr.R.C.Morgan (Marlborough)

October 3 v Manawatu , Greymouth Lost 13 – 30
W.F.Gugich, try
W.F.Gugich, penalty goals (3)
Referee: Mr.R.A.Cooper (West Coast)

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WEST COAST RFU – 1976

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1976 Season

WEST COAST COLOURS: RED AND WHITE HOOPS
(Founded, 1890; Affiliated, 1893)
Selector: Mr.B.Vieceli
(resigned at the end of July on transfer to Christchurch); replaced by Mr. J. A. L. Wright

After failing to win any of the previous four championship games, the best it could manage being a draw with Mid-Canterbury, West Coast concluded with a smashing win over Nelson-Bays with Seddon Shield also at stake. The team certainly rose to the big occasion and set the seal of success on an otherwise disappointing season.

The big difficulty such Unions as West Coast face is to find forwards tall and heavy enough to meet opponents on equal terms. The Coast forwards tried hard and put everything they had into the game, but so often were out weighted and dwarfed. Front-row forward Dixon captained the side and set a good example in the tight and loose. The hooker was Monk, a young strong forward and expert striker, with new representative Henderson taking over when he was injured. The determined Steffan was the other prop.

Line-out expert Annat was lock in the earlier matches, but the experienced Wynyard and big forward Sinclair locked in the later games. Emphasis was on mobility in the whole pack as a counter to lack of weight and side-rankers, the 22 year-old Sullivan, a speedy tireless loose forward, Rainey, the experienced johns and No.8 Henham formed a group of fast-moving eager forwards.

A bright prospect was the 20 year-old new representative halfback Ogilvie, but injury curtailed his availability and the side was fortunate in having such a knowledgeable and experienced replacement on hand as Johnson – a reliable and tenacious half-back. Gerard Davidson, a new young player of promise, filled the first five-eighth berth, with Beams or Cook outside him. Handicapped by injuries Beams was still a valuable member of the side, whilst the versatile Cook remains a player of possibilities: a class player who could go far in a strong backline – he is still only 22 years old. The 20 year-old Bruce Davidson was a lively centre – a strong runner and deadly tackler.

West Coast were very served on the wings, the pacy pair Teen and Skates appearing in all the eight matches. Given more opportunities both are strong scorers. Nelson met the requirements of the full-back position adequately, also appearing at five-eighth with Beams at full-back. Nelson’s boot brought 40 points to his side, his 13 points in the Seddon Shield match proving decisive.

Altogether 26 players represented West Coast this season, seven of whom were in their first season. No players from this Union were selected for National teams.

1976 Squad

R.F.Nelson (Blaketown)
C.R.Skates (Greymouth Star-United)
P.A.Teen (Hokitika St.Mary’s White)
B.G.Davidson (Hokitika St.Mary’s White)
G.J.Cook (Greymouth Star-United)
K.J.J.Beams (Hokitika St.Mary’s White)
M.G.Davidson (Hokitika St.Mary’s White)
A.R,(“Tony”) Williams (Harihari)
M.K.Ogilvie (Hokitika. St.Mary’s White)
B.W.Johnson (Hokitika Excelsior)
D.H.Henham (Blaketown)
J.D.Sullivan (Harihari)
J.A.Fitzgerald (Harihari)
Peter Annat (Hokitika St.Mary’s White)
P.J.Rainey (Cobden)
R.F.Dixon (Greymouth Star-United)
B.H.Monk (Greymouth Marist)
D.G.Bryce (Blaketown)
R.G.Johns (Greymouth Star-United)
J.A.Steffan (Hokitika St.Mary’s White)
Monty Wynyard (Hokitika St.Mary’s White)
M.M.Sinclair (Blaketown)
J.S.Wallace (Hokitika St.Mary’s White)
M.P.Henderson (Greymouth Star United)
Guy Romano (Blaketown)
A.H.Bruhn (Blaketown)

MATCH RECORD

* National 2nd Division match
Played 8 ; Won 2 ; Drew 2 ; Lost 4 ; Points; For 115 ; Against 95

May 17 v EAST COAST at Rugby Park, Greymouth Won 36 to 0
C.R.Skates (3), G.J.Cook (2), K.J.J.Beams and B.G.Davidson, tries
R.F.Nelson, 4 conversions
Referee: Mr.J.Walton (West Coast)

June 12 v NEW ZEALAND JUNIORS at Rugby Park, Greymouth Lost 8 to 20
G.J.Cook and P.A.Teen, tries
Referee: Mr.B.W.Duffy (Taranaki)

* July 24 v MID-CANTERBURY at Cass Square, Hokitika Drew 9 to 9
G.J.Cook, try
R.F.Nelson, penalty goal and conversion
Referee: Mr.P.R.Harpur (King Country)

* July 31 v BULLER at Rugby Park, Greymouth Lost 6 to 16
R.F.Nelson, 2 penalty goals
Referee: Mr.G.Way (Thames Valley)

* August 14 v SOUTH CANTERBURY at Timaru Lost 9 to 15
C.R.Skates, try
R.F.Nelson, penalty goal and conversion

* August 17 v NORTH OTAGO at Oamaru Lost 7 to16
B.G.Davidson, try
R.F.Nelson, penalty goal

* September 4 v NELSON-BAYS (Seddon Shield) at Nelson Won 28 to 7
G.J.Cook (2) and J.A.Steffan, tries
R.F.Nelson and G.J.Cook, dropped goals
R.F.Nelson, 2 penalty goals and 2 conversions

September 15 v NEW ZEALAND SERVICES at Rugby Park, Greymouth Drew 12 to 12
B.G.Davidson, try
G.J.Cook, 2 penalty goals and conversion
Referee: Mr.S.McKnight (West Coast)

SECOND DIVISION (Sth Island)
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
South Canterbury
5
4
1
103
39
8
Buller
5
3
2
64
40
6
Nelson-Bays
5
3
2
72
77
6
Mid-Canterbury
5
2
1
2
50
55
5
West Coast
5
1
1
3
59
63
3
North Otago
5
1
4
41
115
2
In the South Island promotion/relegation match
Southland defeated South Canterbury 24 to 11.

MATCH ABANDONED!

Canterbury were scheduled to meet West Coast on June 20 at Greymouth, but bad weather blocked the Canterbury team at Porter’s Pass. They returned to Christchurch, intending to fly to Hokitika, but plane trouble delayed them until it was too late and the match was abandoned. The irony of the situation was that West Coast was enjoying bright sunshine!

RADIO NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 1976

In its initial year the newly organized inter-union competition created increasing interest as the season progressed. Bay of Plenty finished top of the first division, closely followed by Manawatu, the Ranfurly Shield holders, who however lost to Bay of Plenty in the contest between the two Unions.

Taranaki were unbeaten in the North Island second division, closely followed by Wanganui, and automatically replace North Auckland in the first division for next season. South Canterbury won the South Island section, but were defeated by the bottom South Island union, Southland, in a promotion-relegation play-off and remain in the second division.

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WEST COAST RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION – 1971

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1971 Season

WEST COAST COLOURS: RED AND WHITE HOOPS
(Founded, 1890; Affiliated, 1893)
Selector: Mr.T.A.Bird

Relying mainly on experienced players, West Coast defeated its neighbour, Buller, twice, and after beating Nelson-Bays at Greymouth later ran the Bays very close in the Seddon Shield challenge. Canterbury XV.’s were also met twice, the other opponent being Mid-Canterbury, at Ashburton.

The back division was the main strength, where a varied attack made best use of any opportunity. McQuillan, a good all-round half-back, linked up well with the leading back, Beams. The latter again demonstrated his quality at first five-eighth, as well as captaining the team. Outside Beams was the former Buller player, Stewart, who was in grand form. Jack, a new representative centre, made such an impression early in the season that he was called ,to the South Island trial, but it did seem he was not quite up to ,that status yet; unfortunately a severe ankle injury meant he was lost , to the side after three matches.

Halsall, who had last represented in 1967, was three times on the wing, and then took inside back positions. New winger Skates showed promise in the early part of , the season, received injury, and was replaced by P. J. Nolan. The new full-back, Nelson, played soundly, and appeared in all games. Experienced forwards who formed the mainstay of the pack were the props, Bryce and McMillan, MacRae (lock), Henham (No.8 and flanker), who had last represented in 1969, and Tacon (hooker).

Of the remainder of the vanguard, Forsyth had last played in 1969, whilst those new players who appeared more than once were Ford, George Wynyard, Monty Wynyard, R. J. Mitchell and Scott. Actually there were nine new representatives in the thirty who wore the Red & White jersey. Johnson was a 1969 representative, and Teen was from the 1968 team.

Beams, Bryce, Forsyth, Halsall, McQuillan, Skates, Stewart and Tacon were in the West Coast & Buller combination which played British Isles at Greymouth.

1971 Squad

R.F.Nelson (Blaketown)
L.B.Halsall (Greymouth Star-United)
C.R.Skates (Greymouth Star-United)
P.J.Nolan (Greymouth Marists)
Wylie Taylor (Cobden)
B.R.Amold (Harihari)
T.P.Teen (Hokitika St.Mary’s)
N.F.Jack (Greymouth Star-United)
M.R.Mitchell (Harihari)
B.N.Stewart (Greymouth Marists)
K.J.J.Beams (Greymouth Marists)
M.J.McQuillan (Greymouth Marists)
B.W.Johnson (Hokitika Excelsior)
D.H.Henham (Blaketown)
R.J.Hibbs (Greymouth Star-United)
Robert Forsyth (Blaketown)
R.J.Harris (Greymouth Star-United)
B.P.Ford (Harihari)
N.R.McMillan (Greymouth Marists)
R.J.Mitchell (Harihari)
D.G.Bryce (Blaketown)
D.L.McKenzie (Greymouth Marists)
M.S.MacRae (Harihari)
Geo. Wynyard (Greymouth Marists)
J.R.Tacon (Greymouth Marists)
Monty Wynyard (Hokitika St.Mary’s)
W.J.Scott (Hokitika St.Mary’s)
M.J.Bedingfield (Cobden)
K.D.Nolan (Greymouth Marists)
M.W.Ellis (Hokitika St.Mary’s)

MATCH RECORD

Played 7 ; Won 3 ; Lost 4 ; Points: For 93 ; Against 160

April 25 v CANTERBURY at Rugby Park, Greymouth Lost 5 to 32
N.R.McMillan, try
R.F.Nelson, conversion
Referee: Mr.J.C.Reynish (West Coast)

May 15 v BULLER at Cass Square, Hokitika Won 25 to 20
L.B.Halsall (2), B.N.Stewart and K.J.J.Beams, tries
R.F.Nelson, 3 penalty goals and 2 conversions
Referee: Mr.C.Alford (Buller)

June 5 v NELSON-BAYS at Rugby Park, Greymouth Won 15 to 14
C.R.Skates, K.J.J.Beams and N.F.Jack, tries
B.N.Stewart, 2 penalty goals
Referee: Mr. Barry Williams (West Coast)

August 8 v BULLER at Ngakawau Won 21 to 16
K.J.J.Beams and D.H.Henham, tries
P.J.Nolan (3) and R.F.Nelson (2), penalty goals

August 21 v NELSON-BAYS (Seddon Shield) at Nelson Lost 11 to 15
D.G.Bryce, try
R.F.Nelson and P.J.Nolan penalty goals
R.F.Nelson, conversion

September 7 v CANTERBURY at Christchurch Lost 0 to 35

September 25 v MID-CANTERBURY at Ashburton Lost 16 to 28
K.D.Nolan, K.J.J.Beams and T.P.Teen, tries
P.J.Nolan, penalty goal and 2 conversions


WEST COAST-BULLER

COLOURS: RED AND WHITE HOOPS.
Selectors: Messrs.T.Lewis (Buller) and T.A.Bird (West Coast)

The two Westland Unions placed eight players from West Coast ,and seven from Buller on the field to do battle with the British Isles , side, and very much outweighed saw very little of the ball from the set plays, whilst for a long while had to strive to keep the match from becoming a rout.

British Isles commenced in a manner which led to the belief that this Lions side was in a for a record total. The first try came after two minutes, and from then until half-time scoring was frequent, with thirty-one points being gained in thirty-two minutes; that was the interval tally. On the resumption, West Coast & Buller attacked in good style and held back the Lions to a further eight points, which was made up of two tries, one converted; one of the tries was by D. J. Duckham, his sixth of the match. In response, the home side collected six points with a penalty goal and a try, and altogether made a convincing recovery.

Particulars of the fixture are:

MATCH RECORD

June 16 v BRITISH ISLES at Rugby Park, Greymouth Lost 6 to 39
B.N.Stewart, try
G.W.Hart, penalty goal
Referee: Mr.R.J.Oswald (Bay of Plenty)

The side was:
G.W.Hart (Buller)
R.M.Alexander (Buller)
L.B.Halsall (West Coast)
C.R.Skates (West Coast)
B.N.Stewart (West Coast)
K.J.J.Beams (West Coast)
M.J.McQuillan (West Coast)

J.W.Halsall (Capt.) (Buller)
D.M.Stevenson (Buller)
Robt.Forsyth (West Coast)
D.J.Evans (Buller)
C.A.Fussell (Buller)
B.R.Hearsey (Buller)
J.R.Tacon (West Coast)
D.G.Bryce (West Coast)

After selection, N.F.Jack (West Coast) broke an ankle in a Club game, and could not play; his place was taken by L.B.Halsall

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