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Balfour beat Te Anau in a closely fought game by 19-17 and this meant that they were leading the Northern rugby competition in 1983.
Shane Hitchcock scored the first try for Te Anau and then Ken Frew kicked a good penalty goal for Balfour.
It was thanks to a well timed drop goal by Mike Ryan for Te Anau that sent his team into the changing room 7-4 ahead.
Te Anau came back after half time fired up and it was Tony Waiwiri that ran 60 metres to score the first points with a fine solo try, and he then converted this.
Ken Frew then added some more points for Balfour with two successful penalty goals.
With 80 minutes showing up on the clock, Balfour were awarded a penalty right in front of the posts, and knowing it would not be enough to win the game, Balfour's David Orr received the ball from a tap kick and charged over the line for the try.
Balfour forwards, Greg Mulqueen, Ron King, and George Stewart all had good games. Terry McKenzie, second five eight and Tony Waller at full back both put in top performances.
Te Anau forwards, Gillie Adams, Ken McCulloch and Shane Hitchcock contributed and in the backs Mike Ryan directed play and was well supported by Colin Flynn and John Hamilton.
Full Back, Jamie Mackay sound at fullback for Riversdale against Mossburn in 1983....
Riversdale beat Mossburn 7-6 with Riversdale scoring all its points in the first half with Jamie Mackay scoring a good try and Struan McCrostie adding a penalty goal.
Jack Elder, Gavin Napier were two forwards that showed up for Riversdale and also full back Jamie Mackay.
In the second half both teams lifted their standard of play and for Mossburn; John Cornane was solid and a new player to the club, Tony Harraway showed that he will be a useful player.
Also Craig Fairburn (first five eight) and Kelven Deaker (second five eight) were consistent.
The referee was Bruce Morrison.
Malcolm McLeod works tirelessly against Lumsden in 1983.....
Lumsden were easy winners over their opposition, Country Pirates. Lumsden had the weight advantage and used it well. The likes of Jim Fortune, Ken Thompson and Paul Kahukura won their team a lot of ball which was offloaded well to the backline of Graham Muir and Colin Muir.
Country Pirate's Malcolm McLeod was a tireless worker and although they were soundly beaten he did not give up.
For Country Pirates David Soper scored a try and kicked a conversion and Graeme Hume kicked a penalty goal.
Reference: Collins, Jack. Balfour Leads Northern Rugby Compeition. The Southland Times May 1983
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