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1939 Season

(Founded, 1890; Affiliated, 1893)
Selectors: Messrs. A.A.Adams, T.Mclntosh (later replaced by J.Steel), and S.Moore

For the second season in succession, this Union appears well down the list, losing four of the tive matches played. lt is difficult to account for the continued lack of prominence, except that the process of team-building commenced the previous season had to be continued, and that twelve new players were tried out. From the 1938 pack, A.D.Gibb returned to Marlborough, A.Glen moved to Nelson, whilst A.Howes and M.Olsen did not appear again. The position of the backs revealed that after the tirst match R. L.Roberts transferred to Canterbury, and W.Mann went over to the League Code.

Only lnnes from the South Westland Sub-Union was included in the early matches. but the Sub-Union’s subsequentstrength was evident in the Sub-Union contests for the Dittman Shield and return matches, and when the side for Christchurch was announced six South Westlanders were included. Five of these were new to Rep. football and they with one exception were retained for the Final match, when Buller was hard put to it to retain the Seddon Shield.

Still, South Westland appears neglected in the matter of players for the Representative XV. Of the Representatives generally, Lindbom was a much improved fullback; Albert Vaughan (who had first appeared in 1938) played either at five-eighth or wing, while his brother, Arthur, became a regular winger; the main fullback of 1938, Lynch,changed from that position and came into the side both as centre and wing; M. Davidson, three times halfback in 1938, now appeared twice at five-eighth; Williams and Marshall had also been members of the 1938 rearguard; Cooper commenced brightly, but later disappointed and was relegated to the reserves; Collins had last appeared during 1937, while Vincent a brother of the West Coast former Representative, W.H.Vincent, showed capability in his efforts.

Still one of New Zealand’s leading forwards, R.R.King ably led the side, and with his brother Alex. King, Hammond, Thiele, Scandrett and Kirkwood, played some good Rugby. New Reps. who did well in their first season were Blair and Croudis. Sherriff, who hooked in the Christchurch match, is a brother of the Southland “rake.” Those who acted as reserves without securing a match were C.McGinley (Greymouth Celtic), J.Nolan (Wataroa United), and the 1937 Representative forward, D.Thorpe (Hari Hari).

R.R.King, Cooper, Albert Vaughan and Innes played for the South lsland Minor Union, King later appearing in the South Island XV. at Wellington. Innes also received nomination for the Trials, but was not required.

1939 Squad
A.Lindbom (Cobden)
A.J.Cooper (Hokitika Kiwi)
Albert Vaughan (Cobden)
Arthur Vaughan (Cobden)
J.Lynch (Cmeymouth Celtic)
W.Mann (Greymouth Star)
C.Jordan (Hokitika Kiwi)
J.Keating (Hari Hari)
M.Davidson (Hokitika Kiwi)
E.Collins (Cobden)
R.L.Roberts (Hokitika Kiwi)
J.Weir (Wataroa United)
L.Williams (Cobden)
H.Tainui (Hokitika Excelsior)
R.Marshall (Greymouth Star)
R.Vincent (Wataroa United)
W.Croudis (Greymouth Celtic)
W.Blair (Greymouth United)
R.R.King (Hokitika Excelsior)
J.W.Hammond (Greymouth Star)
C.Thiele (Hari Hari)
R.Kirkwood (Cobden)
I.Agnew (Hokitika Kiwi)
A.Scandrett (Greymoutli Celtic)
R.R.M.Innes (Hari Hari)
M.Connolly (Greymouth Star)
Alex King (Cobden)
R.Birehfield (Cobden)
J.Gardner (Wataroa United)
A.Sherritt (Greymouth Star)


Played 5; Drew 1; Lost 4. Points: For 30; Against 61

June 5 v CANTERBURY, at Rugby Park, Greymouth Drew 6 to 6
A. Lindbom, 2 penalty goals
Referee: The Rev. Dr. G. Harrison (West Coast)

July 1 v BULLER, at Westport. Lost 6 to 8
A.J.Cooper, try;
A.Lindbom, penalty goal

July 15 v BULLER, at Rugby Park, Greymouth Lost 3 to l2
R.Marshall, try
Referee: Mr.N.Eggleton (West Coast)

September 9 v CANTERBURY, at Christchurch Lost 6 to 24
A. Lindbom, 2 penalty goals

September 16, v. BULLER (Seddon Shield), at Westport. Lost 9 to 11
W.Blair and R.Vincent, tries;
A.Lindbom, penalty goal