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Sat 09 Jul 2:30 pm A Rundle Cup West Coast 06 - 09
Sat 16 Jul 2:30 pm H Seddon Shield Marlborough 18 - 06
Sat 23 Jul 2:30 pm H Seddon Shield Golden Bay-Motueka 40 - 03
Sat 13 Aug 2:30 pm H Rundle Cup West Coast 27 - 00
Sat 20 Aug 2:30 pm H Seddon Shield Nelson 13 - 03
Sat 10 Sep 2:30 pm A Ranfurly Shield Canterbury 13 - 00
Sat 17 Sep 2:30 pm H Seddon Shield West Coast 03 - 09
Sat 24 Sep 2:30 pm H Representative Match Wellington B 19 - 19

Again eight representative games were played, five being won and one drawn. Successes included Seddon Shield wins against Marlborough, Golden Bay-Motueka and Nelson, and it was rather disappointing that the trophy was lost to West Coast after two previous meetings with the Red & Whites had been won. Earlier, Buller had journeyed to Christchurch for a Ranfurly Shield challenge; it was Buller’s second challenge for the premier Shield, the other being away back in 1907.

The fixtures in all were:-

v. West Coast At Greymouth Won 9 to 6
v. Marlborough At Westport Won 18 to 6 {Seddon Shield}
v. Golden Bay-Motueka At Westport Won 40 to 3 {Seddon Shield}
v. West Coast At Westport Won 27 to 0
v. Nelson At Westport Won 13 to 3 {Seddon Shield}
v. Canterbury At Christchurch Lost 0 to 13 {Ranfurly Shield}
v. West Coast At Westport Lost 3 to 9 {Seddon Shield}
v. Wellington “B” At Westport Drew 19 to 19

The composition of the side which played in the Ranfurly Shield fixture is worth recording, for not only was the challenge the first played by Buller in the South Island, but also that this was the initial season of the playing of the new scrummage formation, which was to mean the end of the wing-forward as such. Experiment was made of the 3-2-3 and 3-4-1 formations, the latter soon being adopted as the most suitable to New Zealand conditions.

This then was the Buller XV, against Canterbury:

  • Anthony Graham (Granity Rover)
  • J.Hill (Granity Rover)
  • E.C.Holder (Westport Old Boys)
  • Charles Jones (Westport White Star)
  • D.Simpson-Loder (Waimangama United)
  • W.Higgins (Mokihinui)
  • A.Reid (Millerton Rangers)
  • L.Doherty (Westport White Star)
  • G.V.Goodall (Capt.) (Granity Rover)
  • W.J.McNeight (Granity Rover)
  • R.Gilsenan (Westport White Star)
  • G.Jack (Waim. United)
  • S.Lowther (Waim. United)
  • G.A.Orman (Millerton Rangers)
  • J.Stewart (Waim. United)

The selection of E.C.Holder (Westport Old Boys) for New Zealand gave Buller its sixth All Black; he was chosen after appearing in the Inter-Island match. Usually played at centre-threequarter for his Union, “Eddie” Holder was chosen as a winger, appearing five times in Australia, once at centre-threequarter, the other four matches finding him on the wing.

W.J.McNeight (Granity Rover) this season made his second appearance in the Inter-Island match, being a replacement during the game. at Christchurch.

Inangahua Sub-Union became attached to Buller Union during this year on transfer from West Coast Union. The Sub-Union was active until 1935, when the organisation returned to its former Union; it had been founded in 1907 at Reefton.