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Duncan Macdonald scores two tries for Wrights Bush to give his team their first win over Drummond for 14 years on 1976.
The year is 1976 and it was Wrights Bush that beat Drummond for the first time since 1962, making it fourteen long years. It was also the end of the first round and Riverton were ahead,
by two points in front of Waiau Star. Wrights Bush won 25-3.
Wrights Bush tactics was to keep the ball in the forwards and it was this that starved the Drummond backline of any ball. Barry Howden, Wright's Bush winger interecepted a bad pass from on his own line and ran 100 metres to score the try. John Ellis combined well with his half back Colin Rutledge, and together they kept the Drummond backs on defence most of the day.
The other Wrights Bush winger, Duncan Macdonald has shown great improvement and had his best game of the season.
Wayne Feaver and Hec Mitchell were outstanding in the forwards for the Bush team and led from the front.
The tight trio for Drummond of Euan Edgerton, John Kincaid and Ken Russell worked hard all day and Terry O'Meara was outstanding on defence especially with the loose trio of Bush at him all day. These players would probably have been the only ones that felt pleased with their efforts.
Wrights Bush: D. Macdonald (2) (1Con), Gavan MacPherson, John Hall, Barry Howden (1), John Ellis (1DG),
Drummond Terry O'Meara (1PG)
Bernie Forde, referee for Limehills/Nightcaps game sends of Paul Cosgrove and Dave Saunders in 1976....
Limehills lost to Nightcaps 26-9 which although the score sounded convincing it was six forwards for Limehills against 8 forwards for Nightcaps. Limehills playing with only 13 players were never going to win.
Bernie Forde, the referee ordered off Paul Cosgrove and Southland representative Dave Saunders early on in the game.
Geoff Valli, full back for Nightcaps scored 18 of their points with his boot and also added fire to the back line when he entered it.
Robbie Turner, Ken McIntosh, and Colin Dawson were dominant in the Nightcaps forwards and Daryl Pinn the winger and also a Western representative had one of his best games for the season.
Although spending most of their game on defence, Ross Mangles and Murray Johns were outstanding for Limehills.
Nightcaps: Daryl Pinn, M. Valli (1) Geoff Valli, (5PG) (1DG)
Limehills Ross Mangles (3PG)
Kerry Boyle leads his team Winton Star to a 10-0 win over Otautau in 1976....
Winton Star leading Otautau 7-0 at half time managed to beat Otautau 10-0. It was good to see this combined club hitting their hobbles and start well.
Otautau were lacking drive and when their backs did get the ball you saw some good pace.
Although Winton Star wilted in the second half, Terry Doherty, Paul McIlwrick, Jim Lambie, Donald Middleton and Bruce Cambell all played well. Captain, Kerry Boyle led by example.
Winton Star: Jim Lambie (1), Terry Doherty (1PG) (1DG)
Reference: Wrights Bush Breaks Drought The Southland Times 7 June 1976