~ 1985 ~ NPC

We hope you enjoy this look back as we look forward to many more years of recording the history of Buller Rugby Union.
We acknowledge all the information from the NZ “Rugby Almanack” Series since 1934 and appreciate their hard and dedicated work in providing this detailed history. – Web Admin

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Founded 1894 – (affiliated NZRU 1894)
Rodney Dawe
Barry Townrow
Mr M.J.Woollett
Main ground:
Victoria Square, Westport
Cardinal and Blue


Sun 26 May 2:30 pm A Representative West Coast 18 - 20
Mon 03 Jun 2:30 pm A Representative Nelson Bays 15 - 06
Sun 09 Jun 2:30 pm H Representative Canterbury 04 - 28
Thu 13 Jun 2:30 pm H Div2 - NPC King Country 15 - 41
Sat 22 Jun 2:30 pm H Div2 - NPC Taranaki 06 - 36
Sat 13 Jul 2:30 pm A Div2 - NPC Marlborough 34 - 09
Sat 10 Aug 2:30 pm A Div2 - NPC Mid Canterbury 12 - 06
Sat 24 Aug 2:30 pm A Seddon Shield Marlborough 29 - 03
Sat 31 Aug 2:30 pm H Representative Poverty Bay 09 - 06
Sat 07 Sep 2:30 pm H Div2 - NPC West Coast 17 - 06
Wed 11 Sep 2:30 pm A Div2 - NPC Hawkes Bay 27 - 12
Sat 14 Sep 2:30 pm A Div2 - NPC Whanganui 19 - 10
Wed 18 Sep 2:30 pm H Representative Northland 16 - 28
Sun 22 Sep 2:30 pm H Representative Canterbury B 07 - 20


Buller remained in Division II for 1985 but lack of size up front was to prove a problem in many of the National Championship matches.

Although the season was a relatively busy one with 14 Representative matches, there were no visits from National or International teams.

David Baird continued as almost a one man scoring band, posting 92 points for the season, easily passing the 200 point mark and nearing the 300 points for Buller.

John Gilbert was as reliable as ever at halfback while the loose forward trio of Robert and Glenn Elley along with relative newcomer Thomas Stuart were rarely if ever outplayed.

A pall was cast over the season when Buller prop, Wayne Neville, was killed in a mining accident in Reefton.

Games played were:

v West Coast at Greymouth Won 20-18
v Nelson-Bays at Motueka Lost 6-15
v Canterbury at Westport Lost 4-28
v King Country at Westport Lost 15-41
v Taranaki at Westport Lost 6-36
v Marlborough at Blenheim Lost 9-35
v Mid-Canterbury at Ashburton Lost 6-12
v Marlborough at Blenheim Lost 3-29 {Seddon Shield}
v Poverty Bay at Westport Won 9-0
v West Coast at Westport Won 17-6
v Hawkes Bay at Hastings Lost 12-27
v Wanganui at Wanganui Lost 10-19
v North Auckland at Westport Lost 16-28
v Canterbury XV at Westport Lost 7-20


v West Coast: Mark Macintosh (try), Murray Dickson (try), Kevin Poynter (try), Chris Baxter (try), David Baird (2 conversions)
v Nelson-Bays: David Baird (penalty, drop goal)
v Canterbury: Mark Macintosh (try)
v King Country: David Baird (5 penalties)
v Taranaki: David Baird (2 penalties)
v Marlborough: David Baird (3 penalties)
v Mid-Canterbury: David Baird (2 penalties)
v Marlborough: David Baird (penalty)
v Poverty Bay: David Baird (3 penalties)
v West Coast: Thomas Stuart (2 tries), Mark Macintosh (try), David Baird (conversion, penalty)
v Hawkes Bay: Penalty try, David Baird (conversion, 2 penalties)
v Wanganui: Tony O’Dea (try), David Baird (2 penalties)
v North Auckland: Mark Macintosh (try), David Baird (4 penalties)
v Canterbury XV: John Gilbert (try), David Baird (penalty)