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1955 Season

(Founded, 1890; Affiliated, 1893)
Selector: Mr.B.Watkin

A small programme provided West Coast with little opportunity to develop into a side fit to tackle the Ranfurly Shield , and when in addition there was a gap of over two month between the previous game and the Shield challenge, the isolation of the Coast is emphasized. West Coast played its Seddon Shield challenge on July 23, and its next fixture was the match at Christchurch on September 27. Another difficulty was that 34 players were called on for the five games, and 15 of them were making their first appearance in representative Rugby. The only old reps. to appear regularly were Gugich, Bird and A.Dawson in all games, Williams and Foster in four games, and Ross and Nelson in three. J. H. Lindbom, Walker and Mathieson reappeared after a year’s break, whilst Krakosky had last represented in 1951.

McEnaney was a member of the New Zealand Colts touring team. A. J. Lindbom, Williams, Bird, Foster and Egerton were members of the West Coast and Buller Combined XV which played the Australians at Greymouth. R.R.Eastgate, of the 1954 team, had moved to Auckland.

1955 Squad
K.J.Brown (Hokitika St.Mary’s O.B.)
J.H.Lindbom (Cobden)
A.A.McNabb (Hokitika Excelsior)
A.J.McEnaney (Blaketown)
F.W.Gugich (Hokitika Excelsior)
J.E.Gillan (Greymouth United)
C.W.Thorpe (Hokitika Excelsior)
A.J.Lindbom (Greymouth Star)
A.G.Dawson (Blaketown)
E.G.Walker (Hokitika Excelsior)
N.K.Williams (Greymouth United)
A.W.Negri (Blaketown)
L.E.Stratford (Greymouth Star)
J.R.Steel (Blaketown)
Gordon Richardson (Blaketown)
J.A.Dawson (Greymouth United)
G.S.Coleman (Hokitika Excelsior)
T.A.Bird (Blaketown)
T.I.Egerton (Cobden)
S.M.Richards (Greymouth Star)
R.N.Inkster {Blaketown)
K.C.Foster (Hokitika St.Mary’s O.B.)
G.W.Nelson (Greymouth Star)
Ralph Richardson (Greymouth Star)
G.M.Mooney (Greymouth M.B.O.B.)
G.A.Fyall (Greymouth Star)
Lawrence Burling (Hokitika St.Mary’s O.B.)
C.J.P.McPherson (Greymouth United)
G.T.Mathieison (Blaketown)
B.L.Ross (Hokitika Excelsior)
K.P.Henderson (Hokitika St.Mary’s O.B.)
A.J.Krakosky (Cobden)
L.B.De Goldi (Cobden)
G.O.Ferguson (Hokitika Excelsior)


Played 5; Lost, 5 ; Points: For 31 ; Against 75

June 6 v CANTERBURY at Rugby Park, Greymouth Lost 0 to 17
Referee: Mr.A.V.O’Brien (West Coast)

June 18 v BULLER at Cass Square, Hokitika Lost 3 to 15
J.H.Lindbom, penalty goal

Referee: Mr.J.B.Hugh (Buller)

July 2 v BULLER at Westport Lost 6 to 9
C.Thorpe, try
J.H.Lindbom, penalty goal

July 23 v NELSON (Seddon Shield) at Nelson Lost 11 to 14
N.K.Williams, try
K.J.Brown and A.G.Dawson penalty goals
K.J.Brown, conversion

September 27 v CANTERBURY (Ranfurly Shield) Christchurch Lost 11 to 20
F.W.Gugich and R.N.Inkster tries
A.A.McNabb, penalty goal and conversion


Colours : RED & BLUE Hoops
Selectors: Messrs. B. Watkin (West Coast) and Robt.Dickson (Buller)

Partners on many occasions, these two Unions met the visiting Australians in difficult conditions. There was no scoring after halftime, the local pack dominating the play.


August 27, v. AUSTRALIA, at Rugby Park, Greymouth Lost 3 to 13
T.A.Bird, try
Referee: Mr.E.W.T.Tindall (Wellington)

The side was:
D.Peter Mumm (Buller)
J.Ross Burrow (Buller)
J.R.McArthur (Buller)
A. J. Lindbom (West Coast)
N.K.Williams (West Coast)

Campbell Stewart(Buller)
Brinley Tyler (Buller)
T.A.Bird (West Coast)
K.C.Foster (West Coast)

J.E.Cockfield (Buller)
T.I.Egerton (West Coast)
G.Anderson (Buller)
J.B.Shaw (Buller)
J.H.Duncan (Buller)
W.J.Mumm (Buller)