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WEST COAST RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION – 1988

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1988 Season

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1988 Status:
Third Division
....Founded 1890..Affiliated 1893
President:
G.W.Nelson
Chairman:
J.B.McCarthy
Secretary:
L.K.Thomas (Mrs)
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 had a depressing season, registering only one win and finishing bottom equal in the third division. With the exception of the second Buller game, the defeats suffered were by wide margins and there was little for Coast supporters to enthuse about.

Coach Rob Dew had to call on 43 players for 11 games, far too many for a small union which does not have an unlimited supply of players up to first-class standard. Constant changes of personnel ruined any chance of building a good combination.

Tony O’Regan, who played so well in 1987, missed four games through injury and his absence had an adverse effect on the functioning of the backline. Although not as dynamic as in the previous season, O’Regan was the team’s best back. Other backs to stand out were David Foster, especially when playing at fullback, and Mark Costello, a capable halfback.

Darryl Byrne, who captained the side, was a hard-working lock who never gave up in spite of the odds and he had line support from Jem Pupich at number eight. Andrew Mirfin improved with each game and shows much promise.

No West Coast players were selected for higher honours in l988.

1988 Squad

S.M.Barnes (Blaketown)
T.P.Beirne (Marist)
C.D.Byrne (Grey Valley)
R.J.Byrne (Grey Valley)
A.J.Cadigan (St Mary`s)
M.J.Cameron (Marist)
R.H.P.Clarkson (St Mary`s)
A.M.Coleman (Excelsior)
M.W.J.Costello (Marist)
B.G.Davidson (St Mary`s)
M.Davidson (St Mary`s)
D.W.Foster (South Westland)
T.C.Foster (South Westland)
G.R.Frost (South Westland)
R.W.Giles (Excelsior)
B.D.Holden (Grey Valley)
G.D.Kearns (Kiwi)
D.J.King (Star United)
D.J.Lynch (Blaketown)
B.J.Mclnroe (Grey Valley)
B.N.Maitland (Kiwi)
R.T.Manera (South Westland)
A.G.Mirfin (Grey Valley)
B.W.Nolan (Marist)
A.P.O‘Regan (Marist)
G.Parker (Kiwi)
J.E.Pupich (Grey Valley)
L.Rae (St Mary`s)
S.J.Rainey (Star United)
l.Richardson (Blaketown)
B.J.Robinson (Excelsior)
L.L.Ross (St. Mary`s)
N.A.Schroder (St. Mary`s)
T.J.Stanton (Blaketown)
J.R.J.Tapp (South Westland)
C.J.Thornley (South Westland)
P.l.Tomlinson (St Mary`s)
J.W.Walton (Blaketown)
M.J.Western (Grey Valley)
W.Wilson (St. Mary’s)
D.Winslow (Marist)
R.J.Wright (St. Mary’s)
W.A.Yates (Grey Valley)

WEST COAST TEAM RECORD 1988

Played 11 , Won 1 , Lost 10 , Points For 57 , Points Against 452
* National Championship

THIRD DIVISION
P
W
D
L
Pts
Thames Valley
7
7
28
Wanganui
7
6
1
24
Nelson Bays
7
5
2
20
Horowhenua
7
3
4
13
Buller
7
3
4
12
East Coast
7
2
5
9
West Coast
7
1
6
5
North Otago
7
1
6
5

June 6 v Buller , Westport Lost 3 – 37
Ross , penalty goal;
Referee : Mr.A.M.Smith (West Coast)

June 19 v Canterbury , Greymouth Lost 0 – 52
Referee : Mr.A.D.J.Glen (West Coast)

* July 13 v Thames Valley , Hokitika Lost 0 – 60
Referee : Mr.E.H.Aubrey (North Otago)

* July 23 v Buller , Greymouth Lost 11 – 12
Costello, Frost , tries
O`Regan , conversion and penalty
Referee : Mr.C.J.Dainty (Wellington)

August 6 v Marlborough (Seddon Shield) , Blenheim , Lost 3 – 72
O’Regan , penalty goal
Referee : Mr.E.F.Fox (Buller)

August 9 v North Harbour , Greymouth Lost 9 – 41
M.Davidson , try
O‘Regan , conversion and penalty
Referee : Mr.A.M.Smith (West Coast)

* August 23 v North Otago , Greymouth 11 – 7
Pupich, D. Byrne , tries
Beirne , penalty goal
Referee : Mr.M.E.Taylor (Marlborough)

* September 3 v Nelson Bays , Motueka Lost 3 – 21
D. Foster , penalty goal
Referee : Mr.B.J. Dempsey (Mid-Canterbury)

* September 10 v Wanganui , Wanganui Lost 0 – 68
Referee : Mr.P.J.Burdett (King Country)

* September 14 v Horowhenua , Levin Lost 6 – 34
D. Byrne , try
D. Foster , conversion
Referee: Mr.T.Mitchell (Auckland)

* September v East Coast , Tolaga Bay lost 11 – 32
Mirfin, Barnes ,. tries
Coleman , penalty goal
Referee: Mr.J.E.Flight

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