~ 1987 ~ 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)
Mr J.M.Syron
Main ground:
Victoria Square, Westport
Cardinal and Blue


Sat 30 May 2:30 pm A Representative West Coast 14 - 00
Sun 14 Jun 2:30 pm H Div3 - NPC Nelson Bays 10 - 17
Sat 27 Jun 2:30 pm H Div3 - NPC West Coast 07 - 07
Sat 11 Jul 2:30 pm A Div3 - NPC North Otago 07 - 21
Mon 13 Jul 2:30 pm A Representative South Canterbury 46 - 04
Sat 25 Jul 2:30 pm H Div3 - NPC Thames Valley 10 - 25
Sat 15 Aug 2:30 pm A Seddon Shield Marlborough 57 - 03
Thu 27 Aug 2:30 pm A Div3 - NPC Poverty Bay 27 - 16
Sat 29 Aug 2:30 pm A Div3 - NPC East Coast 40 - 22
Wed 02 Sep 2:30 pm H Div3 - NPC Horowhenua Kapiti 04 - 18


The 1987 season saw the economic and demographic factors biting hard in Buller.

Michael Bonisch, John McArthur and Michael Coghlan all went overseas, Malcolm Campbell went to Canterbury. Robert Elley had been forced out through injury and Mark Caldwell and Piet Groot played only one game each while Glenn Elley played only the first three games before he, too, was forced out through injury.

Not surprisingly, the defensive screen found it hard to cope and Buller conceded some large scores including a record 57 points to Marlborough in a Seddon Shield encounter.

No overseas team or National team visited Buller this season and no Buller players were selected for higher honours.

Matches played were:

v West Coast at Greymouth Lost 14-0
v Nelson-Bays at Westport Lost 10-17
v West Coast at Westport Drew 7-7
v North Otago at Oamaru Won 21-7
v South Canterbury at Timaru Lost 4-46
v Thames Valley at Westport Lost 10-25
v Marlborough at Blenheim Lost 3-57 {Seddon Shield}
v Poverty Bay at Gisborne Lost 16-27
v East Coast at Tolaga Bay Lost 22-40
v Horowhenua at Westport Lost 4-17

Scorers were:

v West Coast: No scorers
v Nelson-Bays: David Baird (try, 2 penalties)
v West Coast: Kerry Daily (try), David Baird (penalty)
v North Otago: Kerry Daily (try), Grant James (try), Edward Symonds (try, conversion, penalty), Thomas Stuart (try)
v South Canterbury: Grant James (try)
v Thames Valley: Thomas Stuart (try), David Baird (2 penalties)
v Marlborough: David Baird (try)
v Poverty Bay: Grant James (try), Kerry Daily (try), David Baird (conversion, 2 penalties)
v East Coast : David Baird (6 penalties, try)
v Horowhenua: Edward Symonds (try)