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Albion drew with Star 6-6 in the final of the first round of the Southland senior competition in Invercargill in 1982.
The Albion forwards led by Roger robinson, Tommy Pohatu and Mike Lawmans in the tight and Mike Voss in the loose, secured most of the possession in the first half. However, the Albion machine was once again plagued by indecisive play behind the scrums and mauls.
Albion just could not get the ball moving fast enough from one player to the next, and this gave Star time for their defence to get up and pressure them.
Star's team was weakened by a string of injuries and was fortunate to lead 6-3 at half time. Ron Whelan landed penalty goals in the 15th and 21st minutes. Barry Flynn for Star was ;penalised right in front of the posts and McDougall made sure it went over, if he could have done the same with three other relatively easy shots the score would have favoured Albion. Flynn was outstanding for Star, his physic and dominance with the ball saw him make some great bursts.
The locks Barry Duffin and Neville Willis grafted well and were the cause of several turnovers for Star.
It was only when Jimmy Cormack was given the job of kicking that he grabbed 100% with his successful kick - which made the draw - which they would have been thankful for.
Albion: Rex McDougall (1PG), Jimmy Cormack (1PG)
Star: Ron Whelan (2PG)
Bill McDonald scoring machine for Edendale against Waikiwi rugby in 1982.........
Edenale started off the way they had finished the week before when they beat Waikiwi 32 -10 in 1982. Eugene Skerrett opened the scoring with a penalty goal and then again three minutes later.
Edendale took a while to settle down due to the constant pressure of Waikiwi's loosies, Alan Cummings and Paul Westbury.
Edendale opened the throttle and rand in 6 tries with one of the three by Bill McDonald when his whole team handled the ball.
Edendale: Wayne Gibson (2) (2PG) (1Con), Bill McDonald (3), J. Bloxham (1),
Waikiwi: Alan Cummings (1), E. Skerrett (2PG)
Reference: The Southland Times. 31 May 1982.
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