~ 1997 ~ 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 B.Stewart
Main ground:
Victoria Square, Westport
Cardinal and Blue


Sat 31 May 2:30 pm H Seddon Shield Marlborough 17 - 24
Mon 02 Jun 2:30 pm H Seddon Shield West Coast 23 - 35
Sun 17 Aug 2:30 pm A Representative West Coast 16 - 07
Sat 30 Aug 2:30 pm A Div3 - NPC East Coast 27 - 13
Sat 06 Sep 2:30 pm H Div3 - NPC West Coast 13 - 21
Sat 13 Sep 2:30 pm H Div3 - NPC Mid Canterbury 00 - 38
Sat 20 Sep 2:30 pm A Div3 - NPC Horowhenua Kapiti 28 - 29
Sat 27 Sep 2:30 pm A Div3 - NPC Marlborough 37 - 22
Sat 04 Oct 2:30 pm A Div3 - NPC North Otago 54 - 29
Sat 11 Oct 2:30 pm H Div3 - NPC Poverty Bay 12 - 33

THE 1997 SEASON: excerpt from Rugby Almanac 1998

Buller had an unfortunate season, winning only one of ten matches. The sole victory, at the expense of semi-finalists Horowhenua Kapiti, was a fine effort, however. Buller played with plenty of spirit throughout the season and kept trying to the end of every match.

Some players gave particularly fine service. Experienced fullback Craig Neill was steady and reliable, while Buller had two strong wings in Robert Cook and Tony Mason. Burly centre Nathan Peipi made some powerful bursts and his markers found him a handful. Tony Pratt’s goal-kicking was an asset and Jarod Southon was a tidy player. Halfback Chris Alexander threw out quick, accurate passes even under pressure.

Captain Thomas Stuart was a hard worker and a tower of strength, Gerard O’Connor showed considerable energy in the loose, Dion Kitchin and Mark Pincham were solid players and prop Philip Beveridge scrummed strongly and went well in open play.