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1951 Season

(Founded, 1890; Affiliated, 1893)
Selector: Mr. R. R. King

This Union finished with a good record, retaining the Seddon Shield by attractive football played by lively backs and sound forwards, and with excellent team work the whole being a credit to the Sole Selector. The one loss was away, when the side was without some key men.

The pack was an experienced one, the only new scrummager to become a regular being Hales, a front·row prop. Nelson led the side, himself playing a grand game at breakaway. Garforth and McLean were solid locks, Thompson replacing Garforth in two games. Herrick was most active on the side. Fisher enjoyed success as hooker, receiving fine support from a good prop in Eastgate. McCone again showed up in the No. 8 position.

Breeze developed into a lively second five-eighth, with the reliable and experienced Thomas inside of him. Gillan was the strong running winger he has been in past seasons. The opposite wing found others tried out there before A.J.Lindbom was selected, but when this young player later took a five-eighth post so successfully it would appear that Mr.King still requires a partner for Gillan. Young Lindbom was indeed an asset; he is one of a long line of West Coast representatives. Walker and Rex Stoop divided the centre position, with. Stoop being most in favour, whilst Walker was used in a utility manner. Robinson was the leading half-back, with Lynch playing well when called upon. J.H.Lindbom emerged from retirement to the last line of defence, displacing his nephew on the score of experience, and showed he has lost none of his quality.

Stuart was the former Buller forward ; Martin had played in the combined side at Ashburton against British Isles the previous season; Curtain had represented last in 1940. D.N.S.Walker, five-eighth in 1950, was in Buller. Six of the 27 players to take the field were newcomers.

Breeze and Gillan represented South Island and played in the Trials, Nelson also being an All Black trialist. A.J.Lindbom was a member of the South Island Colts XV.

1951 Squad

A. J. Lindbom (Cobden)
J. H. Lindbom (Cobden)
J. E. Gillan (Greymouth United)
Merle Stoop (Hokitika Kiwis)
I.C.Hay (Cobden)
J.K.Martin (Blaketown)
E.G.Walker (Hokitika Excelsior)
Rex M.Stoop (Hokitika Kiwis)
R.K.Breeze (Hokitika St.Mary’s O.B.)
M.W.G.Thomas (Blaketown)
J.E.Robinson (Hokitika Excelsior)
N.J.Lynch (Blaketown)
A. A.McCone (Cobden)
M.W.Herrick (Cobden)
G.W.Nelson (Greymouth Star)
J.B.Rose (Inangahua United)
A.J.Garforth (Greymouth Celtic)
R.R.Eastgate (Hokitika Kiwis)
K.R.C.Fisher (Blaketown)
J.G.Stuart (Junction)
W.P.Curtain (Greymouth United)
A.C.McLean (Hokitika Kiwis)
T.P.Roberts (Inangahua United)
T.W.Bryant (Hokitika St.Mary’s O.B.)
A.G.Hales (Cobden)
A.J.Krakosky (Cobden)
R.G.Thompson (Cobden)


Played 9 ; Won 7 ; Drew 1 ; Lost 1 ; Points: For 121 ; Against 86

June 4 v CANTERBURY at Rugby Park, Greymouth Won 18 to 14
J.E.Gillan, try and dropped goal
A.J.Lindbom, 4 penalty goals
Referee: The Rev. W.J.Brown (Canterbury)

June 23 v BULLER at Westport. Drew 8 to 8
E.G.Walker, try
A.J.Lindbem, penalty goal and conversion

July 7 v BULLER at Cass Square, Hokitika Won 11 to 6
G.W.Nelson and J.E.Gillan, tries
R.M.Stoop, penalty goal and conversion. Referee: Mr. Geo. Spence (West Coast).

July 21 v NELSON (Seddon Shield) at Rugby Park, Greymouth Won 9 to 3
E.G.Walker, try
R.M.Stoop, 2 penalty goals
Referee: Mr. A. L. Kelly (Golden Bay-Motueka)

August 4 v MARLBOROUGH (Seddon Shield) at Rugby Park, Greymouth Won 14 to 6
R.M.Stoop, G.W.Nelson and E.G.Walker, tries
J.H.Lindbom, penalty goal and conversion.
Referee: Mr.R.F.Marshall (Buller)

August 18 v GOLDEN BAY-MOTUEKA (Seddon Shield) at Rugby Park, Greymouth Won 8 to 3
A.A.McCone and N.J.Lynch, tries
J.H.Lindbom, conversion.
Referee: Mr.W.G.A.Sexton (Nelson)

September 1 v BULLER (Seddon Shield) at Rugby Park, Greymouth Won 18 to 3
A.A.McCone, R.K.Breeze and J.E.Gillan, tries
A.J.Lindbum, penalty goal and 3 conversions
Referee: Mr.B.H.Constable (Marlborough).

September 8 v CANTERBURY at Christchurch Lost 11 to 37
R.G.Thompson and N.J.Lynch, tries
J.H.Lindbom,penalty goal; A.J.Lindbom, conversion.

September 15 v NELSON at Nelson Won 24 to 6
A.J.Lindbom (3) and R.R.Eastgate, tries
A.J.Lindbom, 2 penalty goals and 3 conversions