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WEST COAST RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION – 1985

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1985 Season

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1985 Status:
Second Division
....Founded 1890..Affiliated 1893
President:
M.B.McDonald
Chairman:
J.A.Sturgeon
Secretary:
M. Cooney
Selector:
K.J.J.Beams
.Main.ground:
.Rugby Park, Greymouth
Capacity:
.8,000
Colours:
.Red and white hoops. red shorts. red socks with white tops

West Coast had a dismal season, losing all its games and being demoted to the Third Division for 1986.

New selector Ken Beams called on 16 new players and used 33 players altogether, which made the chance of building any sort of a combination very remote. The Coast’s best effort was against King Country, when it went close to winning, scoring 15 points to its opponent’s six in the second half The Seddon Shield match against Marlborough also saw a fair effort from West Coast, but otherwise there was nothing to enthuse about.

Some individuals tried hard against disheartening odds and they deserved credit for their attitude. Among these, Troy Forsyth stood out as a tireless worker while rugged prop Paul Davidson, who played every game, was another to render sterling service. There two were well supported by prop Wayne Stanton, one of the most promising of the newcomers.

Wayne Gugich took his points total to 285 to break his own record and had a reasonable season under the circumstances. Lance Rae, a newcomer to first-class rugby, looked to have potential with his strong running and determined tackling and Stu Wyness was a sound defender. Mark Cullen was another solid tackler and a smart runner with the ball.

No West Coast players were called on above provincial level in 1985.

1985 Squad

W.F.Gugich (St Mary’s)
D.J.Read (Blaketown)
R.G.Fenton (Marist)
L.Rae (St Mary’s)
S.B.Wyness (St Mary`s)
S.V.Douglas (Kiwi)
M.W.J.Costello (Marist)
E.R.Thomson (South Westland)
N.A.Schroder (St Mary‘s)
M.A.Winter (South Westland)
l.A.Hughson (Blaketown)
J.D.Sullivan (South Westland)
W.A.Stanton (Blaketown)
G.Parker (Kiwi)
P.G.Davidson (St Mary’s)
D.J.McDougall (Excelsior)
M.T.P.Cullen (Marist)
M.G.Mahuika (Excelsior)
D.J.King (Star-United)
G.M.Donnelly (Star-United)
S.M.Barns (Blaketown)
J.W.Walton (Blaketown)
S.C.P.Boon (Excelsior)
P.G.McLoughlin (St Mary’s)
D.F.Power (Excelsior)
T.J.Gardyne (Kiwi)
T.R.Forsyth (Blaketown)
R.J.Bird (Star-United)
A.M.Coleman (Excelsior)
B.J.Hopkins (Marist)
D.J.Lynch (Blaketown)
D.W.Foster (South Westland)
P.G.Neill (Cobden)

WEST COAST TEAM RECORD 1985
Played 12 , Lost 12 , Points for 113 , Points against 413
* National championship

SECOND DIVISION
P
W
D
L
Pts
Taranaki
7
7
14
Hawkes Bay
7
5
2
10
Marlborough
7
5
2
10
King Country
7
4
3
8
Mid-Canterbury
7
3
4
6
Wanganui
7
3
4
6
Buller
7
1
6
2
West Coast
7
7

May 19 v Nelson Bays , Hokitika Lost 6 – 7
Gugich (2) penalty goals
Referee: Mr.R.Stewart (West Coast)

May 26 v Buller ,Greymouth Lost 18 – 20
Stanton (2) tries
Gugich (2) penalties ,(2) conversions
Referee: Mr.D.K.Straker (Buller)

June v Canterbury , Greymouth Lost 9 – 48
Gugich (2) penalties and drop goal
Referee: Mr.R.A.Cooper (West Coast)

* June 15 v King Country , Hokitika Lost 18 – 22
Gugich, try , conversion and (4) penalty goals
Referee: Mr.D.C.Griffin (Buller)

* June 19 v Taranaki , Greymouth Lost 4 – 65
Sullivan, try
Referee: Mr.T.F.Doocey (Canterbury)

* August 10 v Marlborough , Blenheim Lost 16 – 29
Cullen, Rae , tries
Bird, conversion , penalty goal
Wyness, drop goal
Referee: Mr.K.O.Beckett (Nelson-Bays)

* August 28 v Wanganui , Wanganui Lost 6 – 22
Bird , penalty goal
Boon, drop goal
Referee: Mr.P.J.Harris (Manawatu)

* August v Hawkes Bay , Hastings Lost 3 – 68
Bird, penalty goal
Referee: Mr.B.D.McGonaIgIe (North Auckland)

* September 7 v Buller , Westport Lost 6 – 17
Gugich (2) penalties
Referee: Mr.L.McLaughIin (Otago)

* September 21 v Mid-Canterbury , Ashburton Lost 4 – 30
Fenton , try
Referee: Mr.R.C.Francis (Wairarapa Bush)

* September 28 v Marlborough , Greymouth Lost 10 – 26
Walton, try
Bird, penalty goal
Gugich, penalty goal
Referee: Mr.B.J.Dempsey (Mid-Canterbury)

October 5 v Otago , Greymouth Lost 13 – 61
Gugich, try
Gugich (2) penalty goals
Foster, drop goal
Referee: Mr.A.D.Glen (Mid-Canterbury)

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