May 18 1980
Canterbury Sub-Unions have third win.
The Canterbury RFU around 1980 regularly put a Sub-Unions team in the field, usually early in the season. In 1978 Canterbury Sub-Unions played Mid Canterbury, West Coast, Buller and Marlborough, winning all four matches. The following year the Sub-Unions’ opponents were Nelson Bays, Mid Canterbury, and Marlborough, losing to Mid Canterbury but winning the other two games.
The Sub-Unions spread their wings in 1981, making a five match tour of Queensland, winning three matches but losing two. Back home they lost to Mid Canterbury and Nelson Bays, but beat Marlborough.
As well as Canterbury Sub-Unions the Canterbury RFU also regularly fielded a “B” selection for first class matches, usually two matches a season.
Other major Unions also fielded “B”, Colts or Sub Unions teams. Canterbury perhaps did it a little more than most.
Scoring 18 May 1980:
Sub-Unions 27. D J Stewart and D Smolenski tries. A Roberts dropped goal. D Smolenski 4 pen and 2 con.
Queensland Country 3. W Banks pen.
After winning three matches the 1980 Canterbury Sub-Unions side came unstuck in the 4th, losing 0 – 30 to Mid Canterbury in Sheffield. But that was no disgrace, Mid Canterbury had a good side in 1980, winning the South Island Second Division title and also defeating New South Wales and the full Canterbury side.