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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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