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WEST COAST RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION – 1986

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1986 Season

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1986 Status:
Third Division
....Founded 1890..Affiliated 1893
President:
T.M.Manera
Chairman:
J.A.Sturgeon
Secretary:
M. Cooney
Selector:
R.E.Dew
.Main.ground:
.Rugby Park, Greymouth
Capacity:
.8,000
Colours:
.Red and white hoops. red shorts. red socks with white tops

West Coast won three championship games in 1986 to finish fifth equal in the Third Division. The season was not a memorable one but the team performed quite well at times, especially against Thames Valley. Lack of experience was one of the main problems while the best players were not always available.

Although the concept of a nation-wide Third Division championship is a good one, West Coast found the traveling involved something of a financial strain. The forwards were reasonably strong, being well led by Blair Hopkins after he took over the captaincy. Hopkins had good support from experienced prop Paul Davidson and from new representatives Robin Manera and Andrew Hay.

Wayne Gugich, who holds the record for most points scored for West Coast, was missing in 1986 and his ability to kick goals was keenly missed. However, Alastair Coleman showed promise and should develop into a good fullback. He improved on his l985 form. A newcomer, Tony O`Regan, appeared to have potential as a first five-eighth and David Lynch revealed sound defensive qualities.

No West Coast players were called on above provincial level in 1986.

1986 Squad

A.M.Coleman (Excelsior)
S.M.Barnes (Blaketown)
M.T.P.Cullen (Marist)
S.B.Wyness (St Mary‘s)
D.J.Read (Blaketown)
P.G.Neill (Cobden)
B.J.Mclnroe (Grey Valley)
D.F.Power (Excelsior)
G.M.Donnelly (Star-United)
B.J.Hopkins (Marist)
A.M.Price (Star-United)
R.T.Manera (South Westland)
l.lafeta (Cobden)
A.R.Hay (Excelsior)
W.A.Stanton (Blaketown)
B.Hopkins (Star-United)
B.H.Monk (Blaketown)
M.Springer (Blaketown)
D.B.Fisher (Excelsior)
R.G.Fenton (Marist)
L.L.Ross (St Mary‘s)
A.P. O’Regan (Marist)
M.W.J.Costello (Marist)
R.J.P.Tapp (South Westland)
P.G.Davidson (St Mary‘s)
D.J.Lynch (Blaketown)
C.D.Byrne (Grey Valley)
R.J.Bird (Star-United)
S.G.Anderson (South Westland)
l.A.Hughson (Blaketown)
D.J.King (Star-United)
S.J.Rainey (Star-United)
G.R.Pitman (Blaketown)
B.N.Maitland (Kiwi)
G.A.Fraser (St Mary‘s)
P.l.Tomlinson (St Mary’s)
M.Davidson (St Mary‘s)
D.W.Foster (South Westland)
R.J.Wright (Excelsior)
M.P.Mellsop (South Westland)
M.G.Davidson (St Mary‘s)

Played 13 , Won 3 , Lost 10 , Points for 130 , Points against 381
* National Championship Games

THIRD DIVISION
P
W
D
L
Pts
South Canterbury
7
7
28
East Coast
7
5
2
21
Horowhenua
7
4
3
18
Thames Valley
7
3
4
15
Poverty Bay
7
3
4
14
West Coast
7
3
4
14
Nelson Bays
7
2
5
10
North Otago
7
1
6
6

May 27 v Southland , Hokitika Lost 9 – 41
Cullen, try
Coleman, conversion and penalty goal
Referee : Mr.A.D.J.Glen (West Coast)

June 14 v Buller , Westport Lost 6 – 23
Wyness, try
Neill , conversion
Referee : Mr.R.A.Cooper (West Coast)

July 2 v New Zealand Colts , Greymouth Lost 13 – 61
O`Regan , try
Ross , penalty goal
O`Regan , drop goal (2)
Referee : Mr.G.J.Anderson (Canterbury)

* July 20 v North Otago , Hokitika Won 18 – 15
Cullen , try
Ross ,Conversion and penalty goal
Barnes , penalty goal (2)
O‘Regan , drop goal
Referee : Mr.B.J.Dempsey (Mid-Canterbury)

* August 2 v Nelson Bays , Nelson Lost 9 – 12
Wyness , try
Bird , conversion and penalty goal
O’Regan , drop goal
Referee : Mr.M.P.J.Barry (Marlborough)

August 7 v South Canterbury , Greymouth Lost 6 – 29
Bird , penalty goals (2)
Referee : Mr.T.R.Marshall (Canterbury)

August 24 v Hawkes Bay , Greymouth Lost 12 – 52
Cullen , try
Bird , conversion and penalty goal
O’Regan , drop goal
Referee : Mr.A.M.Smith (West Coast)

August 30 v Marlborough , Blenheim Lost 6 – 50
P.G.Davidson , try
Bird , conversion
Referee : Mr.E.F.Fox (Buller)

* September 2 v Horowhenua , Levin Lost 9 – 36
Wright , penalty goals (3)
Referee : Mr.R.D.Cheyne (Bay of Plenty)

* September 7 v Thames Valley , Greymouth Won 10 – 9
Fisher, B.J. Hopkins , tries
Bird , conversion
Referee : Mr.E.F.Fox (Buller)

September 17 v Wanganui , Hokitika Lost 6 – 32
Wright, penalty goals (2)
Referee : Mr.A.D.J.Glen (west Coast)

* September 20 v Poverty Bay , Gisborne Won 13 – 7
Donnelly , try
Bird , penalty goals (3)
Referee : Mr.R.Willson (East Coast)

* September 23 v East Coast , Tolaga Bay Lost 13 – 14
Byrne , try
Bird , penalty goals (3)
Referee : Mr.D.J.Hooper (Poverty Bay)

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