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WEST COAST RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION – 1996

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1996 Season

 

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1996 Status:
Third Division
....Founded 1890..Affiliated 1893
President:
B.Guerin
Chairman:
R.J.Thomas
Chief.Executive.Officer:
M.Connors
Selector:
M.J.O’Donovan
.Main.ground:
.Rugby Park, Greymouth
Capacity:
.8,000
Colours:
.Red and white hoops. red shorts. red socks with white tops

Although West Coast won only two championship matches in l996, one win was at the expense of semi-finalists Mid Canterbury and the performance of the Coast players on that occasion was full of merit. The team also did well in the Seddon Shield tournament to hold Nelson Bays to a two point margin.

West Coast had an industrious forward pack which showed good ball-retention skills. Loose forwards Mark De Goldi, Craig Clark, Tony Rasmussen and Nathan Mirfin covered a lot of ground, tackling well and supporting the backs in attacking movements. De Goldi in particular stood out for his storming play. Arthur Gillman ensured a steady supply of ball from the lineouts while Jason Hauraki and Carl Perkins toiled away vigorously. Former Canterbury halfback Allan Lindsay showed his experience and gave fine all-round performances to be the best of the Coast backs.

Phil Dickson impressed at second five-eighth and Shaun Fahey was a steady fullback who looked for attacking opportunities.Michael Foster made another valuable contribution to the points table and is now West Coast`s top scorer.

1996 Squad

J.D.Aitken (Kiwi)
G.C.S.Aitken (Kiwi)
D.C.Alexander (South Westland)
T.Charteris (Inangahua)
C.Clark (Blaketown)
C.De Goldi (Marist)
M.A.De Goldi (Marist)
R.Dickson (Cheviot – Canterbury)
S.Dixon (Kiwi)
S.R.Fahey (Canterbury)
M.A.Foster (South Westland)
A.J.Gillman (South Westland)
R.Harrison (Wests)
J.Hauraki (South Westland)
T.Hourston (Blaketown)
P.G.Kelly (Wests)
A.C.Lindsay (Shirley- Canterbury)
N.M.Linklater (South Westland)
H.F.Loe (Glenmark- Canterbury)
R.G.McLoughlin (Wests)
C.A.McMillan (Wests)
B.Manera (South Westland)
A.G.Mirfin (Inangahua)
N,L.Mirfin (lnangahua)
D.R.O’Donovan (Marist)
K.A.Perkins (Nth Canterbury)
T.Rasmussen (South Westland)
M.Skinner (Marist)
J.P.Tainui (Blaketown)
D.Tauwhare (Kiwi)
P.M.Watson (Marist)
G.J.C.Williams (Marist)
M.A.Williams (South Westland)

WEST COAST TEAM RECORD 1996

Played 11 , Won 3 , Lost 8 , Points for 173 , Points against 247
* National Championship

THIRD DIVISION
P
W
D
L
Pts
Marlborough
8
8
37
Wanganui
8
7
1
31
Buller
8
5
3
23
Mid Canterbury
8
4
4
21
Horowhenua
8
4
4
19
North Otago
8
3
5
18
Poverty Bay
8
3
5
16
West Coast
8
2
6
10
East Coast
8
8
3

May 18 v Buller , Westport Lost 23 – 34
Manera, Kelly , tries
Foster conversions (2) , penalty goal (2) , and drop goal
Referee : Mr.E.F.Fox (Buller)

June 1 v Nelson Bays (Seddon Shield) , Nelson Lost 9 – 11
Foster , penalty goals (3)
Referee : Mr.K.M.McKenzie (Marlborough)

June 3 v Buller (Seddon Shield) , Nelson Won 20 – 0
M.De Goldi, Charteris , tries
Foster , conversions (2) , penalty goals (2)
Referee : Mr.R.A.Burgess (Nelson Bays)

* August 17 v East Coast , Ruatoria Won 24 – 10
N. Mirfin, Loe , tries
Foster , conversion , penalty goals (4)
Referee : Mr.B.McDonald (Taranaki)

* August 24 v Marlborough , Greymouth Lost 12 – 44
Manera, Rasmussen , tries
Foster , conversion
Referee : Mr.A.P.Kelly (South Canterbury)

* August 31 v Poverty Bay , Gisborne Lost 13 – 43
C. De Goldi , try
Foster , conversion , and penalty goals (2)
Referee : Mr.M.Jujnovich (Northland)

* September 7 v Buller , Greymouth Lost 3 – 18
Tainui , penalty goal
Referee : Mr.S.A.Hannam (Wairarapa Bush)

* September 14 v North Otago , Greymouth 10 – 14
Manera , try
Fahey , conversion , and penalty goal
Referee : Mr.R.T.R.Ross (North Harbour)

* September 28 v Mid Canterbury , Ashburton 30 – 25
M.De Goldi (2), O’Donovan , tries
Foster , conversions (3) , and penalty goals (3)
Referee : Mr.K.M.McKenzie (Marlborough)

* October 5 v Wanganui , Hokitika 12 – 16
Foster , penalty goals (3) , and drop goal
Referee : Mr.A.R.Kelly (South Canterbury)

* October 12 v Horowhenua , Levin 17 – 32
M. De Goldi, Fahey , tries
Foster , conversions (2) , and penalty goal
Referee : Mr.M.Jujnovich (Northland)

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