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I am loving reading the rugby stories in particular and would love to know about the days when they had the Central Western competition in the 1980's - I remember competition being really strong back then.
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Ohai-Nightcaps took a clear lead in the nine-team Central-Western competition after the weekend (26 April 1980). There were no major upsets but Drummond did come close to beating Wrights Bush at Drummond on Anzac Day going down 12-7. Despite the large crowd at Drummond urging on their team they could not peg back the 12 points that Wrights Bush put on early in the game. Drummond had every opportunity to win the game but ball handling errors and weather conditions foiled their attempt. Wrights Bush deserved their win despite running out of steam in the last few moments of the game. The inside combination of Bruce Winter and John Ellis was decisive and these two controlled tactics more effectively than their opposites. They were sure with their passes in the tricky wind conditions. Ellis played back to his forwards led brilliantly by Leicester Rutledge or alternatively kicked to show positional weakness in the opposition. Bush line-out forward Brian McDonald was the dominant ball winner for his team and the loose forwards were quick to the ball. The Drummond forwards gave a much improved showing and won enough ruck ball to stay in the game, but were at their best in the tight phases. Kevin Munro at second five-eight and Trevor Wilson at full back were the most successful for Drummond. Ellis scored all the point for Wrights Bush which put them ahead 12-0 at half time. Drummond came back strongly in the second half and could have score twice but were let down by sloppy play. Trevor Wilson scored a try and Paul Kincaid a penalty goal for Drummond.
Ohai Nightcaps made full use of Geoff Valli in their win over Riverton 20-7 at Nightcaps. Valli kicked four penalty goals and his covering and tactical play was of a very high standard. Tackling was great for both teams as they opened the throttle and started the throwing the ball around. Lively half-back Michael Adams, having his first game there and second five eight Kevin Cappie and lock David Bennett, all had good games for Ohai Nightcaps. Although some of the bigger forward lacked match fitness the combined pack as a whole held out a determined Riverton charge in the last quarter. Riverton forwards in the way of Mike Ward, a tall lock and Ernie Mason a mobile flanker stood out for their contributions. Five Eights, Gordon Lewis and Donald Frew were best of the backs. The most disappointing feature of the Riverton pack was the lack of speed to the loose ball. For Riverton, Alan Ronald a try and Norman Cleaver kicked a penalty goal.
Waiau Star came from behind to beat Otautau at Holt Park 10-6. The home team lacked the height and skills in the forwards to win enough possession for their racy backs. Waiau missed three to four chances to score in the first half and it was inevitable that they would eventually use the good ball from their heavier forwards to get points on the board. They were led ably by Ted Guttrey, having his first senior season and forwards Dave Norman and Kevin Egerton. Half-back Dave McGibbon and second five eight, Alistair Borthwick stood out in the backs, and tried to open up play. Waiau Star, Alistair Borthwick a try Perry Harris two penalty goals. Otautau Alan Dickson scored a try and coverted it.
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