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Season

1992.Status:
Second Division
Founded 1886 – Affiliated 1893 – Amalgamated 1971
President:
K.P.McGillicuddy
Chairman:
V.Marfell
Secretary:
J.H.Shearer
Selector:
R.P.Dee
Main ground:
Memorial Park , Masterton
Capacity:
7,000
Colours:
Turquoise jersey with scarlet collar and cuffs, red shorts, green socks with red bands

The 1992 season was disappointing for Wairarapa Bush with only three wins from 13 games. By winning two championship matches the union just managed to stay in the second division for 1993. Heavy defeats were inflicted by first division teams Wellington and Hawke’s Bay and by England B and there was not much joy for coach Roger Dee following severe trouncings from South Canterbury, Bay of Plenty, Manawatu, Taranaki and Counties. The best effort was the winning of the Thames Valley game.

As is the case with most struggling teams, Wairarapa Bush did not fare well as a unit but there were some talented players in the side. Former All Black Marty Berry stood out in midfield and was the team’s most dangerous back. James Shirkey played some useful games on the wing and showed improvement as the season progressed. Mike Foster, who had last appeared in 1990, showed signs of his old form, While Greg Gray and Neil Foote were reliable five-eighths. Veteran halfback Bernard Lett again impressed with his clean service.

Of the forwards John Hutchins and Vernon Boyce were a hard-working pair of locks and there were three promising newcomers, Dean Bassett, Andrew Langley and Daren Guildford, in the loose forward department.

Higher honours went to:
New Zealand XV: Berry
New Zealand Divisional XV: Berry, Hutchins.

1992

1992 Match Record: Played 13 ; Won 3 ; Lost 10
Points : For 216 ; Against 514
(NC) = National Championship
1. April 26 vs Wellington, at Masterton
Lost 10 – 68
Wai-Bush Scorers : Richardson, Foster, tries ; Gray (1) Conversion
Referee: Mr J.Francis (Wairarapa Bush)
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2. May 5 vs Wanganui, at Masterton
Lost 12 -16
Wai-Bush Scorers : M.Berry, try
Pepperell (1) Conversion , (2) Penalties
Referee: Mr G.Dickson (Wairarapa Bush)
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3. May 27 vs Horowhenua , at Levin
Won 37 – 21
Wai-Bush Scorers : Shirkey (2), M.Berry, Foster, Richardson, Bowie, tries
Pepperell (5) Conversions , (2) Penalties
Referee: Mr B.H.Moore (Horowhenua)
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4. June 10 vs Hawke’s Bay, at Pahiatua
Lost 07 – 44
Wai-Bush Scorers : Shirkey, try ; Pepperell (1) Conversion
Referee: Mr S.A.Hannan (Wairarapa Bush)
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5. June 20 vs England ‘B’, at Masterton
Lost 06 – 40
Wai-Bush Scorers : Pepperell (1) Penalty , M.Berry (1) Penalty
Referee: Mr G.H.Lempriere (Manawatu)
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6. August 12 vs South Canterbury, at Timaru (NC)
Lost 10 – 55
Wai-Bush Scorers : Foster, try
Foote (1) Conversion , (1) Penalty
Referee: Mr P.J.O’Brien (North Otago)
7. August 15 vs Southland, at Invercargill (NC)
Lost 11 – 31
Wai-Bush Scorers : Shirkey, try
Foote (1) Penalty ; Gray (1) Drop Goal
Referee: Mr R.Hill (Wellington)
8. August 22 vs Bay of Plenty, at Masterton (NC)
Lost 03 – 33
Wai-Bush Scorers :
Foote (1) Penalty
Referee: Mr D.F.Wilson (North Auckland)
9. August 29 vs Manawatu, at Masterton (NC)
Lost 16 – 48
Wai-Bush Scorers : M.Berry, Hoggard, tries
Foote (2) Penalties
Referee: Mr S.Walsh (Wellington)
10. September 5 vs Thames Valley, at Masterton (NC)
Won 36 – 22
Wai-Bush Scorers : Hoggard, Huirama, Guildford, Boyle, Shirkey, tries
Foote (1) Conversion, ; M.Berry (3) Penalties
Referee: Mr S.P.Lunn (Hawke’s Bay)
11. September 12 vs Poverty Bay, at Masterton
Won 37 – 13
Wai-Bush Scorers : Langley (2), Reedy, M.Berry, Wharrie, tries
M.Berry (3) Conversions, (2) Penalties
Referee: Mr A.P.Kelly (Canterbury)
12. September 16 vs Taranaki, at New Plymouth (NC)
Lost 15 – 69
Wai-Bush Scorers : M.Berry, Boyce, tries
M.Berry (1) Conversion, (1) Penalty
Referee: Mr B.S.Rook (Wanganui)
13. September 19 vs Counties, at Pukekohe (NC)
Lost 15 – 54
Wai-Bush Scorers : Guildford, Reedy, tries
M.Berry (1) Conversion, (1) Penalty
Referee: Mr P.J.Honiss (Taranaki)
Wairarapa Bush REPRESENTATIVES 1992 + {Total Games for WBRFU}
D.A.Bassett Tararua 10
M.F.C.Benton Carterton 110
C.F.W.Berry Featherston 37
M.J.Berry Featherston 54
P.D.Berry Featherston 25
B.D.Bowie Puketoi 37
V.M.Boyce Martinborough 25
D.M.Boyle Marist 8
P.R.Bresaz Red Star 33
G.Cayless Marist 2
N.Foote Greytown 8
M.T.Foster Featherston 110
G.R.Gray Marist 45
D.W.Guildford Greytown 12
M.E.Hoggard Red Star 6
J.H.Huirama Greytown 24
.I.A.Hutchins Carterton 25
A.D.Langley Red Star 9
B.J.Lett Carterton 116
M.C.O’Connor Carterton 19
N.A.O’Neale Masterton 20
Q.G.O’Neale Masterton 6
L.D.Paku East Coast 1
C.N.Pepperell Red Star 43
M.B.Percy East Coast 4
J.Reedy Martinborough 4
G.C.Richardson Eketahuna 9
I.D.Sargent Featherston 2
J.H.Shirkey Martinborough 19
B.E.Styles Gladstone 96
J.D.Sutherland Marist 2
B.Torrence Masterton 1
A.G.Wharrie Featherston 6