1947 West Coast Kiwi's In Motion Touring England And France
Coasters well represented during a tour of England and France in 1947-1948
Video footage from my Grandfather's tour collection.
Below West Coast player profiles taken from 'The Kiwis 1997-48' book produced by E. M. Gibson.
West Coast the birthplace of mighty footballers. From his early years, Nuttall showed something above average. So much so that from his beginning, with Blackball Club School-boys, to his eminent position as 1947 Kiwi, this player had climbed from success to the full back role in his Club senior thirteen, to West Coast and South Island honours. Against England in 1946, when West Coast performed the feat of defeating Gus Risman's tourists, Nuttall came in for a special mention.
A lifetime with the Runanga club. Represented West Coast from 1943, and in 1944 and 1946 won his South Island spurs. As a scoring wing he has few peers, and his defence is something to wonder at. Physical fitness is something of a fetish with this keen winger, who from boy-hood aimed right at the top.
Three International brothers is the proud claim of the Mountford family. Cecil (now with Wigan, England), William and, not least Kenneth, who won his high place in this combination under the expert eye of Mr. S Dodds, in the Blackball Club. Ken completed his education to win a place in West Coast sides including the one that defeated England at Greymouth in 1946. Another extremely versatile forward whose services would prove valuable should injuries weaken the touring side. His generalship in the final trail at Auckland made his selection a certainty.
Another who pays tribute to the Marist Brothers for his early football tuition, McBride allied himself to the Old Boys Club through the junior sphere, and inevitably won his way to senior, Coast, South Island and New Zealand teams. He is considered one of the best second row men in the Dominion. Beautiful hands and capable anticipation are features of his play, coupled with surprising speed and a deadly tackle. McBride is expected to build his reputation into the history of league football in New Zealand.
Under the tuition of All Black Jim Burrows at Christchurch Boys High School, Gillman first grasped the science of handling football, the which study naturally led him into league ranks in 1941. Rapid rise to the top flight endorsed his choice, a South Island jersey being rewarded. A transfer to the West Coast to assist in the progress of Hokitika Club. He can successfully fill the wing three quarter but is at his best in the pack, where during a game his aim is to maintain scoring position but first and foremost, win the ball to his backs.
From a schoolboy career with Runanga Club, Newton worked through the grades to senior ranking and has actually made thirty eight appearances for West Coast. Some years ago he played both soccer one day and league the next. South Island and New Zealand honours proved easily within the reach of this great forward. Capable in the second row or even at loose forward, Newton is predicted to thrill the crowds of England with his dashing and rugged methods.
Commencing his league in schoolboy ranks with the Blackball Club, Aynsley climbed the long ladder through the grades to senior, which status he attained in 1941. Forging ahead, this hooker won South Island ranking in 1944, holding this important place until 1947, when the Kiwis selectors confidently elected him as the man to win scrums in England. A splendid physique will stand to Aynsley.