WEST COAST RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION – 1936
And to John Torrence (Blaketown RFC for loan of 1937 Almanack)
WEST COAST COLOURS: RED AND WHITE HOOPS
(Founded, 1890; Affiliated, 1893)
Selectors: Messrs.T.Mclntosh, D.R.Dowell and T.P.Ryan
Looking at the record as a whole, West Coast experienced another poor season, their losses including a Seddon Shield defeat at the hands of Marlborough, and a, Plunket Shield “licking” by Otago. On the other hand, the Coast could take pride in its two good wins over Canterbury in the Home and Away fixtures. Six matches were played, and their record was an improvement on the single win in the previous season’s six matches. West Coast lost a number of old representatives, including G.T.Nolan (fullback), and J.A.Hooper (five-eighth), both of whom returned to Canterbury, and W.Vincent, ex-Canterbury and West Coast half, who joined the League Code. ln addition, F.Freitas retired after many years of faithful service, and C.Schroder (wing), W.Hughes and J.Beban (five-eighths), and B.Kelly, H.Thiele, L.Hughes and N.Uniacke (forwards) did not play for the Union during the season.
The selectors called on 26 players altogether, new reps. being P.Pascoe (Blaketown), and R.Kirkwood (Cobden), in six games each, R.Roberts (Hokitika Kiwis), five games, and in the sixth as a replacement, J.Agnew (Hokitika Pirates), L.Pedrotti (Blaketown), J.Anderson (Hokitika Pirates) and R.Birchfleld, in three matches each, Anderson in addition coming on once as a replacement, whilst J.Noonan (Greymouth Star), five-eighth, and W.Barry played twice. Old Players who re-appeared were: E.Pfahlert (Hokitika Pirates), M.Davidson (Hokitika Excelsior), A.Scandrett (Blaketown) and J.Walker (Hokitika Kiwi), in six games each; R.R.King (Hokitika Excelsior), M.Olsen (Blaketown), and W.Mann (Greymouth Stars), in five games each; G.D.M. Gilbert (Greymouth United), S.Hendry (Wataroa United), E.Collins (Cobden) and J.O.Cox (Wataroa United), in three matches each; whilst R.Kear (Greymouth United), forward, two games, and J.West (Hokitika Kiwi), five-eighths, one game, were others who played.
Mann and Pfahlert were fast and in good form, and Gilbert played some good football at centre. Roberts was very promising. But, it was to their forwards that the Coast owed their wins. On a heavy ground at Greymouth the tenacity and speed of their forwards gave them an advantage over the heavier Canterbury pack, but in the return match, under good weather conditions, it was still the pack with its great loose play and fine backing-up that gave the Coast victory. A.Scandrett was a first class forward, and R.R.King (captain of the side) was in his best form. P.Pascoe, R.Birchfield and M.Olsen (hooker) were the best of a good pack. Following the Christchurch match the team went into camp at Kaikoura for a week, and on September 16th they played a practice game with a Kaikoura XV winning 28-9.
R.R.King (Pictured) played in both Test Matches for New Zealand, and also tor the South Island. W.Mann also represented the South Island.
The Fifteen which defeated Canterbury at Christchurch was:
During the game J.Anderson and E.Collins replaced M.Olsen and S.Hendry respectively. With the substitution of R.R.King for Birchfield this was also the team in the Seddon Shield match.
Played 6 ; Won 2 ; Drew 1 ; Lost 3 ; For 29 ; Against 77
June 23 v Canterbury at Rugby Park Greymouth Won 15 to 13
R.Kear and E.Pfahlert, tries
P.Pascoe, 3 penalty goals
Referee: Mr.N.Eggleton (West Coast)
June 27 v Buller at Rugby Park, Greymouth Lost 3 to 16
P.Pascoe, penalty goal
July 11 v Buller at Westport Drew 3 to 3
September 12 v Canterbury at Christchurch Won 8 to 0
J.Cox and M.Davidson, tries
September 19 v Marlborough (Seddon Shield) at Blenheim Lost 0 to 14
September 26 v. Otago (Ranfurly Shield) at Dunedin Lost 0 to 30