• Patrick McBride

Tony (Butch) Coll - you will be missed.

Kiwis league legend and West Coast icon Tony Coll has passed away.

Butch Coll

PHOTO: McBride Vision files

Words are hard to find at times like this and I'm struggling to push the keys on the computer. Local, national and international legend Butch Coll has called it a day.

A friend to many, I truly feel for those around him and their family during this time of loss.

The Rugby League star of the 70's and early 80's was out on his bike, riding with his best mate and former mayor Tony Kokshoorn today, when he suffered a medical event.

Kiwi number 503 played 65 games for the country including three world cups and captained the 1977 world cup team. He was inducted as a NZ Legends of League in 2007 and during an interview said the highlight of his playing days was the day he got selected in 1972.

Coll loved the outdoors, he was a keen tramper and owned the local sports shop for many years, which still carries the family name. He was also a community man and served on the local council from 2011-2019.

Although games were not usually televised back then, we managed to come across this footage during a world cup match of Butch.

RIP mate.