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Yes I remember this year very well as the Albion team beat Waikaka in a very exciting thriller to the end of the 1984 season winning 16-15. Although the game was close Albion was always the superior team and based their game around a united forward pack which was that dominant that Waikaka was even losing their own put ins. Besides this though Waikaka stuck to the task and could have taken the lead 5 minuties from full time. Despite the one sided weight difference in the two scrums Waikaka managed to get enough second phase ball and lineouts to keep themselves in the game.
The game turned into a battle between the ever competent Albion team and the sheer guts and determination of the Waikaka Team. Waikaka also showed how lethal it could be when their backs got their hands on the ball. Michael Cox (Albion) landed the first penalty and landed another after 26 min before Dickison replied for Waikaka. Dickison made a 80M dash up field which resulted in the penalty. Albion then went on attack and worked a simple move on the blind side 15M out where Albion's Craig Pullar (Fullback) came in to give Jimmy Cormack the room to move and he then beat off two tackles to score the try and give his team a 10-3 lead at half-time.
Soon after halftime Waikaka scored the most unusual try when a penalty goal attempt by Dickison fell just short and bobbled and bounced off the post over the line where winger Bill McKenzie raced in and fall on it - Dickison then converted to bring the score within one point.
Albion did not rest and came straight back with a grand forward drive which led to an overlap for its backs and Cox was only stopped from going over in the corner by a tremendous tackle by Dickison.
The pressure continued to mount on Waikaka and after 50 min Pullar delivered Cox a cut out pass.
From then on Waikaka was feeding of scraps and Albion kept the game in close with half-back Les Roberts paying an astute game. He kept the ball in front of the pack and only fed it out when the Waikaka defence was stretched. Outside him Kevin Gentle was a confident link with Cox and Cormack and Pullar were always dangerous.
Waikaka did not lie down and every now and then their backs would show class and would swoop on a breakdown and kick the ball ahead to give itself in a good position to kick penalty goals.
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