Football Highlights

Over the years West Coast Rugby League has had some memorable highlights. All the major rugby league playing nations and some of the lessor ones have played here including Great Britain, Australia, France, Wales, Papua New Guinea, USA, and Russia.

West Coast’s finest 80 minutes was at Victoria Park on 29th July 1946 when England (Great Britain) was defeated by 17 pts to 8.

Wingham Park hosted the second Test between the Kiwis and Gt Britain on 31st July 1954. Greymouth thus has the title of the smallest area ever to host a rugby league test match. In 2006 the Kiwis played the NZ Residents team at Wingham Park.

On 5th February 2011 the Vodafone Warriors played the Newcastle Knights in a charity NRL game as a fund raiser for the Pike River Mine Disaster appeal. The official attendance of 5,500 is now the all time West Coast rugby league crowd record.

Junior grade tests and national age group tournaments have been hosted at Wingham Park over the years.

Provincial (District) representative football has always been a highlight with the top provinces often struggling against West Coast, particularly in the decades from WW11-1940s through to the 1980s. Because they were so hard to come by Canterbury,Wellington and especially Auckland were the scalps most valued.

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Paddy Byrne will be holding a meeting on Tuesday 4th June at 7.30pm at Wingham Park for all Schoolboy refs and interested persons.

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