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WEST COAST RFU – 2000

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2000 Season

 

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2000 Status:
Third Division
....Founded 1890..Affiliated 1893
President:
R.J.Thomas
Chairman:
W.A.Leach
Chief.Executive.Officer:
M.Connors
Selector:
R.H.Reuben
.Main.ground:
.Rugby Park, Greymouth
Capacity:
.8,000
Colours:
.Red and white hoops. red shorts. red socks with white tops

After finishing at the top of the third division following round-robin play in 1999, West Coast plunged badly in 2000 to finish at the tail end. The only successes were the retention of the Rundle Cup in the early-season game against Buller and a win over South Canterbury.

The loss of several players who had headed overseas and the return to Canterbury of the experienced Hamish and Stu Loe contributed to the sharp reversal of fortune. Once more the Coast relied heavily on club players from Christchurch, with nine being in the regular squad. Michael Foster was again the captain and he now equals Ken Beams’ record of appearances for the union. However, he received very limited opportunities to further extend his union points scoring record. Aaron Kemp was a capable halfback and former Nelson Bays representative Colin Lott was used as a utility, covering several positions.

Other backs to appear regularly were Steve Heemi, Luke Tamakaha, Regan Pearce and Jolan McLean. Experienced front rowers John Aitken and Jonson Hauraki received good support from locks Arthur Gillman, who had last appeared in 1996, and Brad Tauwhare – the only player to start every game. Flanker Regan Dixon and number eight Jamie Connors were the only loose forwards to appear regularly. Connors was selected for the New Zealand Divisional trial.

2000 Squad

G.C.S.Aitken (Kiwi)
J.D.Aitken (Kiwi)
C.J.Clark (Blaketown)
R.C.Coleman (Kiwi)
J.B.Connors (Marist-Albion – Canterbury RFC)
P.J.Cumming (Sydenham – Canterbury RFC)
K.Curtis (Kiwi)
R.C.Dixon (Burnside – Canterbury RFC)
C.N.Evans (Kokatahi)
M.A.Foster (Marist – Westland)
A.J.Gillman (Marist – Westland)
J.S.Harrison (South Westland)
P.Harrison (Marist – Westland)
J.A.Hauraki (Marist – Westland)
S.H.Heemi (New Brighton – Canterbury RFC)
M.A.Hunter (Blaketown)
D.G.Hurst (South Westland)
A.J.Jones (Marist – Westland)
A.J.Kemp (Marist-Albion – Canterbury RFC)
R.J.Lamb (New Brighton – Canterbury RFC)
G.H.Lang (Kiwi)
H.F.Loe (Glenmark – Canterbury RFC)
C.J.Lott (Marist-Westland)
G.R.McCaughey (Kiwi)
J.N.McLean (Blaketown)
N.P.McMullan (New Brighton – Canterbury RFC)
G.B.McPhail (Blaketown)
R.Martin (South Westland)
T.Nishiura (Burnside – Canterbury RFC)
A.J.Oliver (Blaketown)
K.G.Parker (Kiwi)
R.W.Pearce (Marist-Westland)
J.B.Ryan (Sydenham – Canterbury RFC)
K.J.Shaw (Stoke – Nelson Bays RFC)
N.P.Simon (Kirwee – Canterbury RFC)
M.J.Skinner (Marist-Westland)
L.S.Tamakaha (Christchurch HSOB – Canterbury RFC)
T.Tasola (Burnside – Canterbury RFC)
H.R. Taukiri (Marist-Albion – Canterbury RFC)
B.G.Tauwhare (Kiwi)
D.J.Tauwhare (Kiwi)
D.A.Thorn (Kiwi)

WEST COAST TEAM RECORD 2000

Played 12 , Won 2 , Lost 10 ,Points for 152 , Points against 529
* National Championship

THIRD DIVISION
P
W
D
L
Pts
North Otago
8
6
1
1
30
East Coast
8
6
1
1
30
Wairarapa Bush
8
6
2
27
Poverty Bay
8
5
3
27
South Canterbury
8
3
5
17
Horowhenua-Kapiti
8
1
1
6
13
Buller
8
2
1
5
8
West Coast
8
1
7
5

May 28 v Nelson Bays , Murchison Lost 7 – 81
Thorn , try
Lott , conversion
Referee: Mr.J.Hippolite (Nelson Bays)

June 3 v Buller , Westport Won 17 – 5
Evans, B.Tauwhare , try
Lott , conversion (2) , penalty goal
Referee: Mr.J.Hippolite (Nelson Bays)

June 25 v Nelson Bays (Seddon Shield) , Nelson Lost 5 – 40
J.Harrison , try
Referee: Mr.K.McKenzie ( Marlborough)

July 4 v Waikato (Ranfurly Shield) , Greymouth Lost 3 – 99
Foster , penalty goal
Referee: Mr.P.W.B.Boyden (Hawkes Bay)

* August 19 v Poverty Bay ,Greymouth Lost 6 – 51
Foster ,penalty goals (2)
Referee: Mr.C.J.R.Morgan (Auckland)

* August 26 v South Canterbury , Greymouth Won 20 – 15
Hauraki , try
Foster , penalty goals (4) , drop goal
Referee: Mr.K.H.Rowe (Canterbury)

* September 2 v Poverty Bay , Gisborne Lost 13 – 60
Tasola , try
Foster , conversion , penalty goals (2)
Referee: Mr.B.J.Lawrence (Bay of Plenty)

* September 9 v Wairarapa Bush , Masterton Lost 6 – 43
Dixon , penalty goals (2)
Referee: Mr.A.W.Treloar (King Country)

* September 16 v Horowhenua-Kapiti , Levin Lost 15 – 28
Tamakaha, McLean , tries
Dixon , conversion , penalty goal
Referee: Mr.S.F.Herbert (Wellington)

* September 23 v North Otago , Greymouth Lost 23 – 52
McLean, Cumming , try
Foster , conversions (2) , penalty goals (3)
Referee: Mr.K.H.Rowe (Canterbury)

* September 30 v East Coast , Ruatoria Lost 27 – 32
Kemp, Heemi, Tasola
Foster , conversions (3) , penalty goals (2)
Referee: Mr.P.W.B.Boyden (Hawkes Bay)

* October 7 v Buller , Greymouth Lost 10 – 23
Kemp , try
Foster ,conversion , penalty goal
Referee: Mr.G.K.Wahlstrom (Auckland)


2000 – Tim Bateman Representing the West Coast Under 13’s

Team Record

v Buller WON , 110 – 7

v Buller WON , 50 – 0

v Nth Canterbury , WON 48 – 0

v Ellesmere , WON , 33 – 24

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WEST COAST RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION – 1991

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1991 Season

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1991 Status:
Third Division
....Founded 1890..Affiliated 1893
President:
L.G.Hopkins
Chairman:
J.B.McCarthy
Secretary:
L.K.Thomas (Mrs)
Selector:
R.Dixon
.Main.ground:
.Rugby Park, Greymouth
Capacity:
.8,000
Colours:
.Red and white hoops. red shorts. red socks with white tops


WEST COAST RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION 1991
Back:
Mark Costello (V.Capt) , John Pfeifer , Brent Aitken , Mike Cameron , Barry Holden , Max Bremner , Ian Richardson , John Walton.

Middle: Tony Cardigan , Mark Cullen , Russel Byrne , Nigel Webster , Stephen Keenan , Bruce Pearson , Shaun Fabey , Cliff Hook.
Front: William Jones (Masseur) , Russel Johns (Manager) , Tony Shea , Peter Hutchinson , Winston Monk (Capt) , Blair Hopkins , Denis King , John Costello , Ross Dixon (Coach)
Absent: Neville Monk , Murray Springer , Colin Van Der Geest , Wayne O’Reilly

The 1991 season was another poor one for West Coast with losses in all nine games. Only four tries were scored for the whole season and in spite of some impressive goal kicking by Peter Hutchison the team’s points total was a mere 73. There was a good performance against Mid-Canterbury and a narrow loss to Buller but otherwise the results were depressing.

Backs who showed some flair were wing Shaun Fahey, Hutchison in midfield and halfback Mark Costello, the team‘s most valuable player who developed into a good running halfback and a resolute defender. The pick of the forwards was flanker Mike Cameron, who chased hard in every game. Captain Winston Monk, John Walton and John Pfeifer were hard-working tight forwards, Coach Ross Dixon ended a three-year stint with West Coast during which time he constantly lost players who left the district and he also suffered from a spate of retirements.

Losses from 1990 included key players such as Geoff Ross, John Tainui, Nathan and Andrew Mirfin, Wayne O‘Reil1y and Stephen Keenan and, with a small number of players to choose from, the union could not cover these losses.

1991 Squad

B.Aitken (Blaketown)
T.Blacktopp (Blaketown)
M.C.Bremner (Marist)
R.J.Byrne (Grey Valley)
A.J.Cadigan (St Mary`s)
M.J.Cameron (Marist)
J.W.O.Costello (Marist)
M.W.J.Costello (Marist)
M.T.P.Cullen (Marist)
S.R.Drylie (Hokitika)
S.P.Fahey (Marist)
D.W.Foster (South Westland)
B.D.Holden (Grey Valley)
C.A.Hook (Marist)
B.Hopkins (Star-United)
P.W.Hutchison (St Mary’s)
S.J.Keenan (St Mary`s)
B.N.Maitland (Hokitika)
N.L.Mirfin (Grey Valley)
N.G.Monk (Hokitika)
W.H.Monk (Blaketown)
W.T.O’Reilly (St Mary`s)
B.G.Pearson (St Mary`s)
J.V.Pfeifer (Blaketown)
I.Richardson (Blaketown)
S.J.Robinson (South Westland)
B.R.Saunders (Blaketown)
A.B.Shea (Marist)
M.Springer (Blaketown)
C.A.van der Geest (Blaketown)
J.W.Walton (Blaketown)
N.l.Webster (Blaketown)

WEST COAST TEAM RECORD 1991

Played 9 , Lost 9 , Points For 73 , Points against 345
* National Championship

THIRD DIVISION
P
W
D
L
Pts
South Canterbury
7
7
28
Mid-Canterbury
7
5
1
1
22
Nelson Bays
7
4
1
2
19
Horowhenua
7
4
3
16
Buller
7
4
3
16
East Coast
7
2
5
9
North Otago
7
1
6
5
West Coast
7
7
1

April 25 v Canterbury , Greymouth Lost 0 – 86
Referee : Mr.G.F. Fauth (West Coast)

* May 4 v Nelson Bays , Greymouth Lost 3 – 34
Hutchison , penalty goal
Referee : Mr.D.J.Bishop (Southland)

* June 3 v Buller , Westport Lost 12 – 13
N. Monk , try
Hutchison , conversion ,and penalty goals (2)
Referee : Mr.A.D.Greenslade (Mid-Canterbury)

* June 13 v East Coast , Greymouth Lost 18 – 27
Hutchison , penalty goals (6)
Referee ; Mr.M.E.Taylor (Marlborough)

July 27 v Marlborough (Seddon Shield) , Blenheim Lost 3 – 49
Hutchison , penalty goal
Referee: Mr.K.O.Beckett (Nelson Bays)

* August 21 v North Otago , Oamaru Lost 12 – 32
Fahey , try
Hutchison , conversion , and penalty goals (2)
Referee : Mr.K.W.Booth (Otago)

* August 24 v South Canterbury , Timaru Lost 9 – 44
Hutchison , penalty goals (3)
Referee ; Mr.H.R.Catherwood (Canterbury)

* August 31 v Mid-Canterbury , Greymouth Lost 0 – 8
Referee: Mr.N.L.Wilkinson (South Canterbury)

* September 8 v Horowhenua , Hokitika Lost 16 – 52
Holden, Fahey , tries
Hutchison , conversion ,and penalty goals (2)
Referee : Mr.K.W.Booth (Otago)

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WEST COAST RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION – 1987

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1987 Season

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1987 Status:
Third Division
....Founded 1890..Affiliated 1893
President:
S.J.Leggoe
Chairman:
J.B.McCarthy
Secretary:
M. Cooney
Selectors:
R.E.Dew (convener), R.G.Johns, G.S.Coleman
.Main.ground:
.Rugby Park, Greymouth
Capacity:
.8,000
Colours:
.Red and white hoops. red shorts. red socks with white tops

The main feature of the 1987 West Coast team was its inconsistency. lt played very well at times, notably against Marlborough and Nelson Bays, but looked poor in the Thames Valley match and was overwhelmed by Canterbury.

West Coast lacked size in the forwards and suffered in the line outs and scrums. Lack of pace in the loose forwards proved another handicap. Too often the ball was lost forward instead of being laid back for the support. Alistair Coleman was a competent fullback and Denis King and Mark Davidson were hard-running wings. A back injury forced the retirement of well-performed second five-eighth Stu Wyness whose solid play in midfield was missed.

The backbone of the backline was 20 year-old Tony O‘Regan, a highly promising first five-eighth. On occasions he overdid the kicking instead of feeding the outside backs but he set a new record for his union with nine dropped goals for the season. Mark Costello served the team well at halfback but needs to develop a longer pass. Taewa became one of the youngest players to appear in first-class rugby in New Zealand when he played in the last game of the season. Jem Pupich and Andy Hay were the most consistent forwards with Ian Hughson close.

behind them. Lock Darryl Byrne toiled away in the tight and flanker Tony Stanton looked promising. Captain Blair Hopkins announced his retirement at the end of the season. He has given fine service to West Coast and will be missed.

Like all small unions, West Coast suffers from the drift to the big cities. lt has too many clubs for the population and there are too many players at senior level who are not up to standard. lt is hard to find an answer to these problems however. No West Coast players were called on above provincial level in 1987.

1987 Squad

M.S.Bruhn (Blaketown)
C.D.Byrne (Grey Valley)
A.M.Coleman (Excelsior)
M.W.J.Costello (Marist)
M.T.P.Cullen (Marist)
M.Davidson (St Mary’s)
P.G.Davidson (St Mary’s)
D.B.Fisher (Excelsior)
B.D.M.Fleming (Excelsior)
D.W.Foster (South Westland)
A.R.Hay (Excelsior)
B.Hopkins (Star United)
l.A.Hughson (Blaketown)
D.J.King (Star United)
B.J.Mclnroe (Grey Valley)
T.M.Manera (South Westland)
D.W.Meates (Marist)
M.P.Mellsop (South Westland)
A.P.O’Regan (Marist)
A.M.Price (Star United)
J.E.Pupich (Grey Valley)
L.Rae (St Mary`s)
A.M.Robinson (Kiwi)
G.J.Ross (St Mary’s)
W.D.Smith (Excelsior)
T.J.Stanton (Blaketown)
W.Taewa (Star United)
R.J.P.Tapp (South Westland)
C.J.Thornley (South Westland)
D.Winslow (Star United)
S.B.Wyness (St Mary‘s)

WEST COAST TEAM RECORD 1987

Played 10 , Won 2 , Drew 2 , Lost 6 , Points for 108 , Points against 205
* National Championship

THIRD DIVISION
P
W
D
L
Pts
Poverty Bay
7
7
28
Horowhenua
7
5
2
20
Thames Valley
7
4
3
18
Nelson Bays
7
4
1
2
18
East Coast
7
4
3
16
West Coast
7
1
2
4
9
Buller
7
1
1
5
6
North Otago
7
7
2

* May 10 v Nelson Bays , Greymouth Drew 15 – 15
Wyness , try
Coleman , conversion and penalty goal
O‘Regan , drop goal (2)
Referee: Mr.A.D.Greenslade (Mid-Canterbury)

May 30 v Buller , Greymouth Won 14 – 0
Coleman, Byrne , tries
Ross , penalty goal
O’Regan , drop goal
Referee: Mr.T.N.Archer (Buller)

June 17 v Canterbury v Greymouth Lost 0 – 68
Referee : Mr.A.M.Smith (West Coast)

* June 27 v Buller , Westport Drew 7 – 7
Coleman , try
O‘Regan , drop goal
Referee :Mr.M.E.Taylor (Marlborough)

July 25 v Marlborough (Seddon Shield) , Blenheim Lost 10 – 17
Pupich , try
O‘Regan , penalty goal and drop goal
Referee : Mr.K.O.Beckett (Nelson Bays)

* August 24 v North Otago , Oamaru Won 16 – 9
Coleman, Costello , tries
O‘Regan , conversion , penalty goal ,and drop goal
Referee : Mr.T.M.Gresson (South Canterbury)

* August 30 v Horowhenua , Hokitika Lost 15 – 23
Fisher , try
O‘Regan , conversion , penalty goal , and 2 Drop Goals
Referee : Mr.D.J.Bishop (Southland)

* September 9 v East Coast , Harihari Lost 10 – 15
Stanton, Fisher , tries
Coleman , Penalty goals
Referee :Mr.J.A.S.Orbell (Nelson Bays)

* September 13 v Poverty Bay , Greymouth Lost 12 – 21
Coleman (2) penalty goals
O‘Regan , penalty goal and drop goal
Referee : Mr.C.R.Moreton (Southland)

* September 15 v Thames Valley , Paeroa Lost 9 – 30
Pupich , try
Coleman , conversion , penalty goal
Referee : Mr.R.G.Smith (East Coast)

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WEST COAST RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION – 1974

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1974 Season

WEST COAST COLOURS: RED AND WHITE HOOPS
(Founded, 1890; Affiliated, 1893)
Selector: Mr.D.R.Pittaway

Winning only two of its 11 matches, West Coast suffered several heavy defeats. Despite this the side put up strong opposition on occasions, but finally succumbed to persistent attacks as in the encounter with the New Zealand Juniors whom Coast held till midway through the second spell. Some fine defensive work was done, but there were also gaps in the defence on many occasions. The great number of injuries there being 19 replacements during the 11 games, five of them in one match not only disrupted the game concerned but meant that players were not available for subsequent matches.

Skates and Crowhen were two who thus lost most of the season but Beams, still the outstanding back on attack as well as defence, and the highly promising five-eighth Cook were also plagued by injuries. Nelson, a competent all-round fullback and Bromley, the hard-working half-back, played in most games among the backs, with Thomson, a keen and determined strong winger, standing out for all-round play. Connors too was a strong big centre, but the fact that no fewer than five different first five-eighths were required, and three different centers and second five-eighths did not help in achieving back combination.

The forwards were generally out-weighed, with the result that often the loose forwards were committed to the tight. Bryce captained the side in the absence of Beams, and was a hard-working prop and leader of the pack. Wynyard was the leading line-out exponent, and worked well with fellow lock Mahuika. Henham was always a competent No.8, a good attacker and solid defender. Liddell was a fast loose forward who also did well in the tight, with Sullivan and johns the side-rankers in most matches. Sinclair played some good games as well. Mitchell was an experienced hooker, with Monk (a new player) being successful in the later matches. Dixon, another newcomer, was a promising prop forward.

In all 33 players were called on, of whom seven were in their first season, P.A. and T.P.Teen, Duncan, Wynyard and Connors having represented previously in 1972, Tacon and Johnson in 1971, and the remaining 19 having appeared in 1973. Of the 1973 representatives, N. F. Jack was overseas. Cook was the only player called on by the National Selectors, being a member of the New Zealand Colts side.

1974 Squad

R.A.Bradley (Blaketown)
R.F.Nelson (Blaketown)
C.R.Skates (Greymouth Star-United)
P.A.Teen (Hokitika St.Mary’s)
B.R.Arnold (Harihari)
M.J.Malone (Cobden)
K.W.Thomson (Blaketown)
K.G.Murtha (Greymouth Marist)
D.C.Beardsley (Greymouth Star•United)
Michael Connors (Greymouth Marist)
K.J.J.Beams (Greymouth Marist)
T.P.Teen (Hokitika St.Mary’s)
G.J.Cook (Greymouth Star-United)
R.M.Alexander (Greymouth Marist)
R.I.Gaiger (Hokitika)
T.W.Bromley (Blaketown)
G.A.McBride (Harihari)
B.N.Duncan (Harihari)
B.W.Johnson (Hokitika)
R.G.Johns (Greymouth Star•United)
R.J.Hibbs (Harihari)
M.M.Sinclair (Blaketown)
George Wynyard (Greymouth Marist)
J.D.Sullivan (Harihari)
D.G.Bryce (Blaketown)
T.H.Crowhen (Greymouth Star-United)
J.R.Tacon (Hokitika St.Mary’s)
K.J.Mahuika (Hokitika)
R.J.Mitchell (Harihari)
D.H.Henham (Blaketown)
W.T.Liddell (Blaketown)
B.H.Monk (Greymouth Marist)
R.F.Dixon (Greymouth Star-United)

MATCH RECORD

Played 11 ; Won 2 ; Lost 9 ; Points: For 88 ; Against 304

June 1 v NELSON-BAYS at Cass Square, Hokitika Won 19 to 14
C.R.Skates (2), K.J.J.Beams and R.J.Hibbs, tries
R.J.Hibbs, penalty goal
Referee: Mr.M.Hargreaves (Nelson-Bays)

June 16 v A SOUTHLAND XV (Sub-Unions Selection) at Rugby Park, Greymouth Lost 3 to 17
R.J.Hibbs, penalty goal
Referee: Mr.J.J.Walton (West Coast)

June 29 v NEW ZEALAND JUNIORS at Rugby Park, Greymouth Lost 9 to 29
R.F.Nelson, 3 penalty goals
Referee: Mr.J.Walker (Otago)

July 7 v CANTERBURY at Christchurch Lost 3 to 80
R.F.Nelson, penalty goal

July 9 v MID-CANTERBURY at Ashburton Lost 3 to 7
R.F.Nelson, penalty goal

July 14 v BULLER (Rundle Cup) at Rugby Park, Greymouth Won 14 to 6
P.A.Teen, T.W.Bromley and D.G.Bryce, tries
R.F.Nelson, conversion
Referee: Mr.I.Diprose (Buller)

July 27 v MARLBOROUGH (Seddon Shield and Ranfurly Shield) at Blenheim Lost 0 to 18

August 11 v A CANTERBURY XV (Sub-Unions Selection) at Rugby Park, Greymouth Lost 6 to 21
R.F.Nelson, 2 penalty goals
Referee: Mr.B.Williams (West Coast)

August 17 v BULLER at Westport Lost 15 to 18
G.J.Cook and K.J.J.Beams, tries
R.F.Nelson, penalty goal and 2 conversions

August 27 v POVERTY BAY at Rugby Park, Greymouth Lost 12 to 44
B.R.Amold, try
R.F.Nelson and R.J.Hibbs, penalty goals
R.F.Nelson, conversion
Referee: Mr.J.J.Walton (West Coast)

September 15 v CANTERBURY at Rugby Park, Greymouth Lost 4 to 50
K.J.Mahuika, try
Referee: Mr.B.Williams (West Coast)

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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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WEST COAST RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION – 1968

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1968 Season

WEST COAST COLOURS: RED AND WHITE HOOPS
(Founded, 1890; Affiliated, 189)
Selector: Mr.P.T.Hurren

Having regard to the problems of team-building that faced the Selector, particularly in the forward division where the majority of those who represented in 1967 were no longer available, West Coast achieved a satisfactory record with half the matches won; Buller was beaten twice, and Nelson and Golden Bay-Motueka once each. Tactics of necessity centered round the inside back combination of Johnson (captain and half-•back), Beams and O’Donnell (five-eighths), each of whom appeared on every occasion and who had been so combined the previous season.

Beams was in good form and played impressively at first five-eighth, whilst O’Donnell revealed the promise he had shown in 1967. The return of King after a year’s absence provided the side with a very safe full-back and profitable goal kick ; he first represented in 1959. Gray had another good season and is a player of above average ability. Two newcomers to show promise were wing-three-quarter Rudd and centre Thomson.

The loss of K.J.Dixon, transferred to Bay of Plenty, J.P.McGill to Waikato and J.A.L.Wright to Nelson, together with the non-availability of others of the previous season’s pack, meant almost a complete rebuilding except for the front row, where the evergreen Ross, prop, who has now played 83 matches for West Coast since he first represented in 1954, and the capable hooker Trowbridge were again on hand. They were joined in the front row by a newcomer, Bryce. The locks were Baty, returned after a year’s absence, Hunt (firstly) and then Forsyth, of the previous season, and a new player, Inkster. Another newcomer, Shearer, and Monk were the regular side-rankers, and another new representative, Neighbours, played at the back of the scrum in the early games. Veale also re-appeared after a year’s absence, as did McLean. Altogether 14 of the 31 players called on were in their first season.

1968 Squad

A.G.King (Greymouth Star)
Michael A.Gray (Hokitika Kiwi)
Kenneth McNee (Hokitika Excelsior)
W.F.Templeton (Hokitika Excelsior)
J.B.C.Rudd (Hokitika Excelsior)
J.A.Davies (Greymouth Star)
P.J.Nolan (Greymouth Marists)
T.E.McLean (Hokitika Excelsior)
T.P.Teen (Hokitika St.Mary’s)
K.W.Thomson (Hokitika Excelsior)
F.P.O’Donnell (Greymouth Star)
K.J.J.Beams {Greymouth Marists)
B.W.Johnson (Hokitika Excelsior)
D.J.Davidson (Hokitika St.Mary’s)
J.G.Shearer (Harihari)
W.W.Hunt (Hokitika St.Mary’s)
D.J.Neighbours (Greymouth Star)
Warren Inkster (Greymouth United)
G.H.Monk (Hokitika Excelsior)
D.G.Bryce (Blaketown)
L.J.Trowbridge (Blaketown)
B.L.Ross (Hokitika Excelsior)
Mathew J.Syron (Hokitika Excelsior)
V.K.Baty (Hokitika Excelsior)
Robert Forsyth (Blaketown)
J.R.Tacon (Greymouth United)
P.W.Veale (Hokitika St.Mary’s)
R.F.Millar (Hokitika Kiwi)
B.R.Hearsey (Blaketown)
E.S.Jones (Hokitika Kiwi)
D.H.Henham (Blaketown)

MATCH RECORD

Played 8 ; Won 4 ; Lost 4 ; Points: For 110 ; Against 123

April 25 v CANTERBURY at Rugby Park, Greymouth Lost 16 to 21
K.J.J.Beams and W.F.Templeton, tries
A.G.King, 2 penalty goals and 2 conversions
Referee: Mr.J.J.Walton (West Coast)

May 11 v BULLER at Westport Won 22 to 19
W.F.Templeton (2), A.G.King and Michael A.Gray, tries
A.G.King 2 penalty goals and 2 conversions

May 25 v JAPAN at Rugby Park, Greymouth Lost 5 to 18
J.G.Shearer, try
A.G.King, conversion
Referee : Mr.J. J. Walton (West Coast)

June 15 v NELSON at Nelson Won 17 to 14
A.G.King, J.B.C.Rudd, D.J.Neighbours and J.A.Davies, tries
A.G.King, penalty goal and conversion

June 29 v GOLDEN BAY-MOTUEKA at Motueka Won 21 to 6
K.W.Thomson, B.W.Johnson, Michael A.Gray and J.B.C.Rudd, tries
A.G.King, penalty goal and 3 conversions

July 20 v BULLER at Cass Square, Hokitika Won 12 to 6
K.J.J.Beams and F.P.O’Donnell, tries
A.G.King 2 penalty goals
Referee: Mr.D.E.Absolum (Buller)

August 3 v MARLBOROUGH (Seddon Shield) at Blenheim Lost 8 to 14
K.W.Thomson, try
A.G.King, penalty goal and conversion

September 14 v A CANTERBURY XV at Christchurch Lost 9 to 25
K.J.J.Beams, try
P.J.Nolan, 2 penalty goals

 

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WEST COAST RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION – 1967

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1967 Season

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

Achieving five victories in an eleven match programme was somewhat better than the record of the past two years. The new Selector also found difficulties in team-building and no fewer than 35 players were called on. Big losses were the transfer during the season of valuable forwards, lock Dixon (who had captain the side on occasions), and side-ranker, the experienced Wright.

McAra’s decision to retire from representative Rugby was also another loss, especially as he had been showing outstanding Club form centre. The lack of good lock-forwards was most noticeable, the absence of such men as the Baty brothers and T.E.Rogers (now in Bay of Plenty) left a gap. Several of the fourteen newcomers revealed promise, especially the young full-back, Ladner who could have a very bright future. O’Donnell could develop into a good second five-eighth, and McGill showed possibilities and a side-ranker or No.8 forward.

Of the older players, Johnson captained the side when he was available, and worked hard behind the scrum. Beams was a reliable first Five-eighth. The scrum usually comprised McGill at No.8, Everett and Wright on the sides, Dixon and Sturgeon at lock, Trowbridge the hooker and Heaven, the weighty 17-stone forward, who had represented Counties in 1964 and Ross as props. Steele had last represented in 1964, McMillan in 1965 and Mirfin in 1963. T. T. McDonald, a 1966 representative, had transferred to Buller. McGill was the only “Coaster” to receive a New Zealand trial, playing both at Christchurch and New Plymouth.

1967 Squad

A.D.Henderson (Hokitika Kiwi)
D.G.Mirfin (Cobden)
G.C.Ladner (Blaketown)
Kenneth McNee (Hokitika Excelsior)
Michael A.Gray (Hokitika Kiwi)
R.F.Pfahlert (Hokitika St.Mary’s)
J.A.Davies (Greymouth Star)
L.B.Halsall (Hokitika Excelsior)
T.N.McAra (Greymouth Marists)
M.J.Fitzgerald (Greymouth Marists)
F.P.O’Donnell (Greymouth Star)
K.J.J.Beams (Greymouth Marists)
T.P.Teen (Hokitika St.Mary’s)
B.W.Johnson (Hokitika Excelsior)
D.J.Davidson (Hokitika St.Mary’s)
J.P.McGill (Harihari)
M.G.Sturgeon (Greymouth United)
V.G.Goodall (Blaketown)
M.S.McRae (Harihari)
K.J.Dixon (Hokitika Excelsior)
L.J.Trowbridge (Blaketown)
B.L.Ross (Hokitika Excelsior)
N.R.McMillan (Greymouth Marists)
l.G.Friend (Harihari)
J.A.L.Wright (Hokitika Excelsior)
Robert Forsyth (Blaketown)
C.M.Heaven (Harihari)
E.J.Steele (Hokitika Excelsior)
L.J.Everett (Greymouth United)
G.W.Adamson (Harihari)
P.G.Burrows (Cobden)
D.H.Minchin (Greymouth Star)
G.H.Monk (Hokitika Excelsior)
W.W.Hunt (Hokitika St.Mary’s)
M.J.Syron (Hokitika Excelsior)

MATCH RECORD

Played 11 ; Won 5 ; Lost 6 ; Points: For 132 ; Against 191

April 25 v CANTERBURY at Rugby Park, Greymouth Lost 6 to 30
J.P.McGill, try
A.D.Henderson, penalty goal
Referee: Mr.J.C.Reynish (West Coast)

May 27 v BULLER at Cass Square, Hokitika Lost 5 to 11
L.J.Trowbridge, try
A.D.Henderson, conversion
Referee: Mr.F.Hawes (Buller)

June 5 v GOLDEN BAY-MOTUEKA at Rugby Park, Greymouth Won 15 to 8
V.G.Goodall, K.J.J.Beams and F.P.O’Donnell, tries
A.D.Henderson, 3 conversions
Referee: Mr.J.Logan (West Coast)

June 21 v NEW SOUTH WALES COUNTRY at Rugby Park, Greymouth Won 21 to 13
F.P.O’Donnell, L.B.Halsall and B.W.Johnson, tries
D.G.Mirfin, 2 penalty goals and 3 conversions
Referee: Mr.J.J.Walton (West Coast)

July 1 v NELSON at Rugby Park, Greymouth Won 14 to 11
Michael A.Gray and J.A.Davies, tries
D.G.Mirfin, 2 penalty goals and conversion
Referee: Mr.W.Brennan (West Coast)

July 22 v BULLER at Westport Won 14 to 12
L.J.Trowbridge, try
G.C.Ladner, 3 penalty goals and conversion

August 12 v NORTH OTAGO at Oamaru Won 16 to 15
K.J.J.Beams and L.J.Trowbridge, tries
D.G.Mirfin and G.C.Ladner, penalty goals
D.G.Mirfin, 2 conversions.

August 16 v SOUTHLAND at Invercargill Lost 9 to 12
F.P.O’Donnell, try
G.C.Ladner, 2 penalty goals

August 19 v AN OTAGO XV at Dunedin Lost 16 to 47
M.J.Fitzgerald and J.A.L.Wright, tries
G.C.Ladner, 2 penalty goals and 2 conversions

August 26 v MARLBOROUGH (Seddon Shield) Rugby Park, Greymouth Lost 0 to 8
Referee: Mr.R.D.Macey (Nelson)

September 9 v A CANTERBURY XV at Christchurch Lost 16 to 24
F.P.O’Donnell (2) and K.J.J.Beams, tries
G.C.Ladner, penalty goal and 2 conversions

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WEST COAST RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION – 1966

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1966 Season

WEST COAST COLOURS: RED AND WHITE HOOPS
(Founded, 1890; Affiliated, 1893)
Selector: Mr.R.R.King

In a limited programme , West Coast defeated Buller twice, but had no other success. The inability of a number of players to appear more often, due largely to injuries, resulted in 30 players being called on for the live matches, meaning that it was well nigh impossible to achieve any real combination. A light pack could not cope with the Canterbury and Marlborough forward strength, and as a result the backs had few chances.

Wright captained the team, and with MacRae, the other early side-ranker, showed up in the loose. Maughan was played at No.8, and Olson, as hooker. Dixon, 1964 Manawatu representative, was a welcome addition to the team, both as a prop and as an all-round forward. The Baty’s were the usual locks, Rogers being available only on two occasions. Forsyth was a 1964 representative, McDonald, a 1964 Horowhenua prop, and Ross, who played once, had last represented the Coast in 1962. Johnson, a neat half-back, and Gray who was in good form on the wing, were the only members of the team to appear in all live matches. Beams was a sound five-eighth, twice partnered by Conradson, McAra being seldom available. Davies also filled an inside back position quite ably.

Only five of the 29 players were new to representative Rugby, Halsall having represented Buller the previous season. Gray, McAra, Conradson, Beams, Dixon, MacRae, Rogers, Caldwell, McDonald, and a new side-ranker, Everett, all played in matches for the Buller-West Coast combination.

1966 Squad

A.G.King (Greymouth Star)
A.D.Henderson (Hokitika Kiwi)
B.J.Conradson (Greymouth Marists)
Michael A.Gray (Hokitika Kiwi)
Kenneth McNee (Hokitika Excelsior)
T.E.McLean (Greymouth Star)
L.B.Halsall (Hokitika Excelsior)
K.J.J.Beams (Greymouth Marists)
J.A.Davies (Greymouth Star)
T.N.McAra (Greymouth Marists)
B.W.Johnson (Hokitika Excelsior)
P.W.Veale (Harihari)
J.A.L.Wright (Hokitika Excelsior)
R.W.Baty (Hokitika Kiwi)
V.K.Baty (Hokitika Excelsior)
M.S.MacRae (Harihari)
B.E.Caldwell (Greymouth Marists)
J.W.Olson (Hokitika Excelsior)
K.J.Dixon (Hokitika Excelsior)
J.B.Maughan (Greymouth Marists)
T.E.Rogers (Hokitika Kiwi)
T.T.McDonald (Harihari)
L.J.Everett (Greymouth United)
Robert Forsyth (Blaketown)
M.G.Sturgeon (Greymouth United)
D.H.Minchin (Greymouth Star)
L.J.Trowbridge (Blaketown)
K.J.Heveldt (Hokitika St.Mary’s)
B.L.Ross (Hokitika Excelsior)

MATCH RECORD

Played 5 ; Won 2 ; Lost 3 ; Points: For 45 ; Against 96

April 25 v CANTERBURY at Rugby Park, Greymouth Lost 0 to 41
Referee: Mr.J.C.Reynish (West Coast)

May 28 v BULLER at Westport Won 8 to 6
Michael A.Gray, try
J.W.Olson, penalty goal and conversion

June 11 v BULLER at Rugby Park, Greymouth Won 17 to 15
Kenneth McNee, M.S.MacRae and J.A.L.Wright, tries
B.J.Conradson, 2 penalty goals and conversion
Referee: Mr.P.Reynolds (Buller)

August 13 v GOLDEN BAY-MOTUEKA at Motueka Lost 9 to 11
Robert Forsyth, try
T.N.McAra, dropped goal
M.G.Sturgeon, penalty goal

September 3 v MARLBOROUGH (Seddon Shield) at Blenheim Lost 11 to 23
J.A.Davies, try
B.J.Conradson dropped goal
A.D.Henderson, penalty goal and conversion


WEST COAST – BULLER

COLOURS: CARDINAL AND BLUE HOOPS
Selectors: Messrs. Robt.R.Dickson (Buller) and R.R.King (West Coast)

Once again the Westland Province’s two Unions were paired to meet opposition. Three matches were played, the first against the northern section of the Seddon Shield Districts, the second against British Isles, and the third against A Canterbury XV as a curtain-raiser to the Lions – Canterbury fixture. All the matches were lost

The 1966 WEST COAST – BULLER Squad

R.T.Dawe (Buller)
Brian Stack (Buller)
M.G.Head (Buller)
Michael A.Gray (West Coast)
W.N.Forsyth (Buller)
B.J.Conradson West Coast)
K.J.J.Beams (West Coast)
T.N.McAra (West Coast)

Mason Geddes (Buller)
J.W.Halsall (Buller)
T.A.Craddock (Buller) (Capt.)
O.H.Nahr (Buller)
T.E.Rogers (West Coast)
L.J.Everett West Coast)
K.J.Dixon (West Coast)

B.P.Roche (Buller)
T.T.McDonald (West Coast)
B.E.Caldwell (West Coast)

J.B.Shaw (Buller)
M.S.MacRae (West Coast)
C.R.F.Carlyon (Buller)
J.W.Olson (West Coast)

MATCH RECORD

Played 3 ; Lost 3 ; Points: For 20 ; Against 67

June 15 v MARLBOROUGH, NELSON & GOLDEN BAY-MOTUEKA at Motueka Lost 9 to 34
Michael A.Gray, J.W.Halsall and L.J.Everett, tries

July 20 v BRITISH ISLES at Victoria Square, Westport Lost 6 to 25
Michael A.Gray, try
K.J.Dixon, penalty goal
Referee: Mr.L.C.Walker (South Canterbury)

July 23 v A CANTERBURY XV at Christchurch Lost 5 to 8
R.T.Dawe, try
K.J.Dixon, conversion

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WEST COAST RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION – 1963

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1963 Season

WEST COAST COLOURS: RED AND WHITE HOOPS
(Founded, 1890; Affiliated, 1893)
Selectors: Messrs.L.W.Champion and L.F.Pegley

Able to hold its own with its neighbours in the Seddon Shield area, West Coast revealed its limitations when opposed to stronger sides such as Canterbury and New Zealand Maoris. A lack of weight in the pack meant less ball to the backs against such opposition, and bustling loose tactics whilst upsetting to a degree do not win matches. The fast and lively pack was made up of McHugh, the captain, and McPherson as experienced and hard-working props, with Richardson again the hooker; Rogers, a hard toiler, and a lock who occasionally played on the side, and who was named as a reserve for the South Island team; new representatives in Williams (6ft. 5in.lock) and Quintal (a side-ranker) ; MacRae, brother of the All Black (a promising No. 8); Vieceli and Wright, keen loose forwards, and Lindbom again a useful lock or prop.

The backs found it difficult to achieve combination, and in any case their role was largely a defensive one, King proved a reliable full-back, Ryall was a sound inside back and Bellis tried hard. Keehan, and a young new representative, Johnson, shared the halfback’s duties; a young 20-year old, Gray, shaped promisingly at centre, and another 20-year old Bruce.J.Brown was a speedy winger, who was later displaced by Barry.J.Brown. The previous season’s winger, Brian.J.Brown, had been transferred to Wellington.

Fourteen of the 30 players were new representatives, Gooch having last appeared in 1961 and James in 1960.

1963 Squad

A.G.Kini (Greymouth Star)
D.G.Mirfin (Cobden)
Bruce J.Brown (Blaketown)
M.A.Gray (Hokitika Kiwi)
Kenneth McNee (Blaketown)
W.A.R.James (St.Mary’s Old Boys)
Barry J.Brown (Greymouth Marist)
W.T.Ryall (Greymouth Marist)
M.W.Gooch (Hokitika Excelsior)
B.J.Conradson (Greymouth Marist)
M.G.Bellis (Blaketown)
B.G.Aitken (Hokitika Excelsior)
C.J.Mahuika (Hokitika Kiwi)
G.R.Keehan (Greymouth Marist)
B.W.Johnson (Hokitika Excelsior)
C.H.Quintal (Greymouth Star)
T.E.Rogers (Hokitika Kiwi)
K.J.Williams (Fox Glacier/Cobden)
P.G.Finch (Cobden)
B.J.Viecelli (Cobden)
S.E.McHugh (Hokitika Kiwi)
C.J.P.McPherson (Greymouth United)
Ralph Richardson (Greymouth Star)
J.A.L.Wright (Hokitika Excelsior)
M.S.MacRae (Cobden)
A.J.Lindbom (Cobden)
E.J.Steele (Hokitika Excelsior)
N.G.Bishop (Greymouth United)
J.F.Thompson (Blaketown)
N.R.McMillan (Greymouth Marist)

MATCH RECORD

Played 9 ; Won 4 ; Lost 5 ; Points: For 95 ; Against 169

June 3 v CANTERBURY at Rugby Park, Greymouth Lost 3 to 25
Kenneth McNee, try
Referee: Mr.J.J.Walton (West Coast)

June 29 v BULLER at Cass Square, Hokitika Won 8 to 6
M.G.Bellis, try
A.G.King, penalty goal and conversion
Referee: Mr.E.Lennon (Buller)

July 13 v BULLER at Westport Won 14 to 9
Kenneth McNee (2) and M.G.Bellis, tries
A.G.King, penalty goal and conversion

August 3 v NEW ZEALAND MAORI TEAM at Rugby Park, Greymouth Lost 8 to 53
M.A.Gray, try
A.G.King , penalty goal and conversion
Referee: Mr.K.C.Gawn (North Otago)

August 10 v NORTH OTAGO at Rugby Park, Greymouth Won 27 to 14
M.A.Gray (2), W.T.Ryall (2), G.R.Keehan (penalty) and B. J. Viecelli, tries
A.G.King, penalty goal 3 conversions
Referee: Mr.R.G.Condliffe (West Coast)

August 24 v BULLER (Seddon Shield) at Westport Lost 6 to 9
A.G.King, dropped goal and penalty goal

August 31 v GOLDEN BAY-MOTUEKA at Rugby Park, Greymouth Won 14 to 3
D.G.Mirfin, Kenneth McNee and B.J.Viecelli, tries
C.J.P.McPherson, penalty goal and conversion
Referee: Mr.J.C.Reynish (West Coast)

September 21 v CANTERBURY at Christchurch Lost 9 to 30
Kenneth McNee and M.S.MacRae, tries
B.G.Aitken , penalty goal

September 28 v MID-CANTERBURY at Rugby Park, Greymouth Lost 6 to 20
B.G.Aitken, try
A.G.King, penalty goal
Referee: Mr.J.J.Walton (West Coast)

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WEST COAST RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION – 1961

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1961 Season

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

West Coast had a good season, being successful in all games except the two with Canterbury and that with Wellington, and as the successes included the winning of the Seddon Shield from Marlborough, the Union could feel well pleased. The team was much as the previous season, the forwards playing with vim and fire and the backs possessing ability, but also having weaknesses. Actually four of the regular backs were new, and of these, MacRae had some fine games at second five-eighth. Keehan was a capable half-back, with Ryall and Thomas defending well. McAra, a lively attacker, was prone to make too great a use of his boot and his outsides suffered as the result.

Hibbs impressed at centre, and Eathorne was eager for chances that seldom came; both were useful points-getters, registering 78 of Coast’s 138 between them; neither had appeared in 1960, but were representatives in 1959. Morton again captained the side and proved a tireless No.8. Vieceli and Ross were eager breakaways, Rogers in particular, but also Lindbom were sound locks, Richardson a first-class hooker, and Bergman and McPherson reliable and experienced props. Altogether of the 27 who represented, ten were in their first year. Of the remainder of the side, Inkster had previously represented in 1958.

During the season Chadwick removed to King Country. Rogers appeared in the South Island Trials.

1961 Squad

E.E.Thomas (Greymouth United)
L.R.H.Bunt (Greymouth Marist)
J.M.Eathorne (Greymouth Marist)
J.H.Wood (Cobden)
W.T.Ryall (Greymouth Marist)
C.A.Hibbs (Greymouth Star)
R.A.Dalton (Blaketown)
I.R.MacRae (Greymouth Marist)
T.N.McAra (Greymouth Marist)
M.W.Gooch (Hokitika Excelsior)
G.R.Keehan (Greymouth Marist)
S.J.Kermode (Hokitika Excelsior)
A.J.Goodall (Blaketown)
S.N.Morton (Hokitika Excelsior)
J.E.G.Chadwick (Hokitika Kiwi)
A.J.Lindbom (Cobden)
T.E.Rogers (Hokitika Kiwi)
B.J.Vieceli (Blaketown)
C.J.P.McPherson (Greymouth United)
Ralph Richardson (Greymouth Star)
D.W.Bergman (St. Mary’s Old Boys)
B.L.Ross (Hokitika Excelsior)
R.N.Inkster (Blaketown)
J.B.Maughan (Greymouth Marist)
W.F.Bell (Blaketown)
J.A.L.Wright (Hokitika Excelsior)
C.J.Nightingale (Hokitika Excelsior)

MATCH RECORD

Played 10 ; Won 6 ; Drew 1 ; Lost 3 ; Points: For 138 ; Against 86

June 5 v CANTERBURY at Rugby Park, Greymouth Lost 9 to 14
C.A.Hibbs, try and penalty goal
T.N.McAra, dropped goal
Referee: Mr.J.Corkill (West Coast)

June 17 v BULLER at Cass Square, Hokitika Won 16 to 8
C.A.Hibbs, B.J.Vieceli and B.L.Ross, tries
C.A.Hibbs, penalty goal and 2 conversions
Referee: Mr.J.D.Last (Buller)

July 15 v BULLER at Westport Won 8 to 5
Ralph Richardson, try
C.A.Hibbs, penalty goal and conversion

August 26 v CANTERBURY at Christchurch Lost 8 to 14
J.M.Eathorne, try
T.N.McAra, dropped goal
C.A.Hibbs, conversion

August 30 v A WELLINGTON XV at Cass Square, Hokitika Lost 5 to 11
G.R.Keehan, try
C.A.Hibbs, conversion
Referee: Mr.J.Corkill (West Coast)

September 2 v GOLDEN BAY-MOTUEKA at Rugby Park, Greymouth Won 33 to 3
T.N.McAra, B.L.Ross, C.J.P.McPherson, J.M.Eathorne, I.R.MacRae and R.A.Dalton, tries
A.J.Goodall, dropped goal; J.M.Eathorne, 2 penalty goals and 3 conversions
Referee: Mr.J.J.Walton (West Coast)

September 9 v MARLBOROUGH (Seddon Shield) at Blenheim Won 14 to 6
W.T.Ryall and T.N.McAra, tries
J.M.Eathorne, 2 penalty goals and conversion

September 16 v WAIRARAPA at Masterton Won 17 to 3
J.M.Eathorne, C.A.Hibbs and S.N.Morton, tries
J.M.Eathorne, 2 penalty goals and conversion

September 20 v BUSH at Eketahuna Drew 14 to 14
J.H.Wood and M.W.Gooch, tries
J.M.Eathorne, 2 penalty goals and conversion

September 23 v HOROWHENUA at Levin Won 14 to 8
J.M.Eathorne, D.W.Bergman and C.A.Hibbs, tries
T.N.McAra, dropped goal; J.M.Eathorne, conversion.

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