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1985 Status:
First Division
Founded 1886 – Affiliated 1893 – Amalgamated 1971
Main ground:
Memorial Park , Masterton
Turquoise jersey with scarlet collar bands and cuffs, red shorts, green socks with red bands

Wairarapa Bush had its best season since entering the First Division, with 11 wins from 16 games and fourth place in the championship. This was a marked improvement on the, 1984 results and the indications are that Wairarapa Bush will be very difficult to beat in 1986.

Losses from the 1984 season were David White, Steve Thompson and Philip Rutene but Wairarapa Bush gained the services of Fijian centre Peni Rauleni, and the former Taranaki five-eighth Stuart Cruden played towards the end of the season.

The highlights of the season were wins over Canterbury and Wellington, and a sterling effort against Auckland; but there were some low points, notably the losses to Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Manawatu.

Mark Benton was one of the best of the backs. playing well both at fullback and first five-eighth. He had a fine season with the boot. scoring over 100 points. Greg Karaitiana and Mike Foster, who occupied the wing positions in every game, went on scoring sprees with Kariatiana setting try scoring records for the union. The midfield players Rauleni, Charlie Kaka and young Martin Berry all reached a high standard while Kevin Carter put over seven dropped goals and played steadily at first five-eighth. Bernie Lett was sound at halfback but gave way to former captain George Anderson in the later games.

The pack was a very competent one that held its own against the more fancied unions. Loose forwards Paul Hawkins. who captained the side. Brett Harvey. Joe Wyeth and Carlos Baker were dynamic around the field and there was some hard grafting in the tight from Brent Anderson. Brian Higginson, Gary Patrick and Chris Kapene. Brent Aitkenhead. who played two games in 1984. and was much improved as was hooker Glen Fraser.

Harvey played for Emerging Players and Foster and Berry represented New Zealand Colts.

Played 16, Won 11, Lost 5
Points: For 332, Against 207
April 21 v. Wellington XV at Memorial Park, Masterton  
Won 13-12
G.I.Karaitiana Try
M.Benton  3 Penalty goals
Referee: Mr J.Francis (Wairarapa-Bush)
June 3 v. Horowhenua at Memorial Park, Masterton  
Won 47-0
M.T.Foster (2), G.I.Karaitiana (2), C.D.Baker, D.G.Fraser, P.R.Rauleni, B.J.Lett, P.H.Hawkins tries
M.Benton  4 Conversions, 1 penalty goal
Referee: Mr R.Smith (Wairarapa-Bush)
July 3 v. NZ Emerging Players at Memorial Park, Masterton  
Lost 11-20
P.H.Hawkins, C.D.Baker tries
M.Benton 1 penalty goal
Referee: Mr G.F.Smith (Hawkes Bay)
July 24 v. Canterbury* at Memorial Park, Masterton  
Won 13-9
J.G.Wyeth try
M.Benton, M.J.Berry penalty goal, K.W.Carter Drop Goal
Referee: Mr R.Hill (North Harbour)
August 3 v. Bay of Plenty at Opotiki
Lost 6-21
G.I.Karaitiana try
M.Benton conversion
Referee: Mr R.A.W.Soppet (Counties)
August 7 v. Counties* at Papakua
Won 10-4
M.T.Foster try
K.W.Carter (2) drop goals
Referee: Mr J.A.E.Taylor (Waikato)
August 13 v. Auckland* at Memorial Park, Masterton   
Lost 6-16
M.Benton 2 penalty goals
Referee: Mr K.O.Beckett (Nelson Bays)
August 17 v. Southland* at Memorial Park, Masterton
Won 21-4
P.R.Rauleni, M.J.Berry, J.G.Wyeth
M.Benton (3) Conversions, 1 penalty goal
Referee: Mr I.C.Reilly (Wellington)
August 27 v. Hawkes Bay at Memorial Park, Masterton 
Won 53-6
G.I.Karaitiana (4), G.Anderson (2), C.R.Kapene, M.T.Foster tries
M.Benton (6) Conversions, K.W.Carter (3) drop goals
Referee: Mr J.R.Smith (Wairarapa-Bush)
August 31 v. Wanganui at Wanganui
Won 19-7
M.J.Berry, B.A.Harvey tries
M.Benton conversion,penalty goal; M.J.Berry (2) penalty goals
Referee: Mr  E.J.Rhodes (Wanganui)
September 4 v. Waikato* at Memorial Park, Masterton
Lost 15-16
P.H.Hawkins try
M.Benton conversion, (2) penalty goals; K.W.Carter drop goal
Referee: Mr G.J.Anderson (Canterbury)
September 10 v. Nelson Bays at Motueka
Won 57-0
P.R.Rauleni (3), G.I.Karaitiana, M.T.Foster, A.J.Morris,S.N.Cruden,B.Anderson,P.H.Hawkins,B.I.Aitkenhead,J.G.Wyeth tries
M.Benton (5) conversions , penalty goal
Referee: Mr J.A.S.Orbell (Nelson Bays)
September 14 v. Manawatu* at Palmerston North
Lost 10-45
B.A.Harvey, G.I.Karaitiana tries
M.Benton conversion
Referee: Mr W.J.Bringans (Wellington)
September 21 v. North Auckland* at Memorial Park, Masterton
Won 12-10
M.Benton try
M.Benton conversion, (2) penalty goals
Referee: Mr D.L.Hunt (Counties)
September 28 v. Otago* at Dunedin
Won 19-18
P.H.Hawkins, C.D.Baker, C.R.Kapene tries
M.Benton (2) conversions, penalty goal
Referee: Mr K.O.Beckett (Nelson Bays)
October 5 v. Wellington* at Wellington
Won 20-19
G.I.Karaitiana (2), M.J.Berry, M.T.Foster tries
M.Benton (2) conversions
Referee: Mr M.W.Thompson (Auckland)
* National first  division fixture
Wairarapa Bush REPRESENTATIVES 1985 {Total Games + Career}
Player Club 1985 Career
B.I.Aitkenhead Carterton 14 16
G.W.Anderson Eketahuna 5 60
B.L.Anderson Masterton 14 27
C.D.Baker Martinborough 10 55
M.F.C.Benton Featherston 16 40
M.J.Berry Greytown 13 13
V.L.Burgess Carterton 3 3
K.W.Carter Woodville 10 51
S.N.Cruden Masterton 3 3
M.T.Foster Featherston 16 28
D.G.Fraser Masterton 13 15
G.R.Gray Marist 4 12
B.A.Harvey Tirumea 15 42
P.H.Hawkins Martinborough 14 51
B.L.Higginson Carterton 13 27
C.H.Kaka Martinborough 8 51
C.R.Kapene Martinborough 14 72
G.J.Karaitiana Masterton 16 54
B.J.Lett Carterton 11 30
A.J.Morris Greytown 4 4
G.W.Patrick Gladstone 7 21
R.B.Playle Carterton 3 67
P.R.Rauleni Red Star 8 8
D.Rutene Masterton 2 16
B.Styles Gladstone 1 13
J.G.Wyeth Masterton 10 53