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Some results from rugby in 1966 resulted in the following; Drummond and Limehills in the Central competition, Wyndham and Pioneer in the Eastern competition, Tokanui and Southern Pirates and Woodlands and Seaward Downs in the Southern competition.
Drummond and Limehills were the two leaders in the Central competition so it was with great interest who was going to be the victor. Drummond did not get as much play with the ball from set play but made up for it in the loose where their loose forwards of Bill Clark and Brian Laughton kept the Limehills halfback, Trevor Langford on the back foot. Drummond first five eight had to play hard to keep good ball up to his backline and also with his precise line kicking made it easier for his forwards as he kept the ball well ahead of them.
Front row prop C. Galt and winger B King were the key players for Limehills. W. Clark, L. Malcolm and G. Affleck scored a try each for Drummond and G. Spencer kicked two penalty goals for Limehills..
Tokanui beat Southern Pirates 25-11 at Tokanui and the home team received plenty of great ball from their forwards who passed on the ball to their backs who scored all of the seven tries. Gerald Dermody, P. Little, and R. Jack were the best of the Tokanui forward pack, and for Southern Pirates, D. Hough and R. Spain - halfback were best for them.
The home team Woodlands beat Seaward Downs 11-3 with the game played at pace. It was only because Woodlands looked like the fitter team that they ran out the winners. R. George scored first for Woodlands and went over in the corner after his loose forwards won good ball. Brian O'Meara scored from a set move. Seaward Downs scored 6 minutes into the second half when when L. Smith kicked a penalty goal. The game was a match between two even teams and it took to the 65 minutes for Woodland's J. Crengle went over in the corner and O'Meara converted.
Wyndham beat its rival Pioneer 11-3 which means that Wyndham will be unbeaten in the first round of the Wallis Shield.
Albion beat Waikaka 25-6 at Gore with Waikaka only scoring in the first 20 minutes of the game. Once Albion warmed up their forwards dominated the game and fed some great ball to their backs. The Waikaka had the lesser weight and were brave in holding them in the first half, but Albion wore them down gradually and could not compete in the second 40minutes. H Miller was everywhere for the Waikaka forwards and B. Morrison and A. Waddel worked hard in the tight. L. Tweedie was the key in the back line.
Waikaka's full back, A. Miller scored their only points with two penalty goals. Graeme Townsend, second five eight for Albion scored 16 points with two good tries and five conversions. J. Copland and D. Smith were the best of the loosies and R. Howes was noticeable in the tight.
Riversdale led 9-0 at half time and ended up winning the game 29-6 against Mossburn at Riversdale. L. D Holland's kicking was the tactic that won the game, his cross kicking was precise and through this scored one try, and P. Bridges and J. Williams scored two each. Holland kicked four penalty goals and one conversion which game him a respectable 17 points.
For Mossburn D. Fraser scored a try and K. Lapham kicked a penalty goal.
Waiau Star took a clear lead in the Western competition when it beat second on the ladder Nightcaps by a close 11-9.
L. Brown scored all the points for Waiau Star from a converted try and two penalty goals. P. Ward scored a try for Nightcaps, T. Egan kicked a drop goal and J. Sheehan kicked a penalty goal. The score at half time was 6-3 to Waiau Star with them dominating the forward play in an open game and linking well with their backs. Nightcaps got a reeve up at half time and came out a different team and were awarded a penalty and there was debate within the team whether to take the tap and try for a converted try or kick the penalty out in front. They took the latter option and although the kick was successful it was enough for them to win the game.
Geoff Erskine got through plenty of work for Waiau Star and first five eight R. Knowler and winger, R. Hampton were the best backs. M. McKay and P. Ward are young players to look out for and hunted for the ball all day, which when they got played as well as any back. Terry Egan was the only back to really fire and he seemed to be wasted at full-back.
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