SO High School tours Australia
During the Easter school holidays, Balclutha-based South Otago High School travelled to Queensland as part of its threeyearly rugby tour.
The boys spent many hours and months fundraising for the trip by making cheese rolls, holding sausage sizzles, quiz evenings and cutting firewood.
It was also a great team building exercise for the 54 boys involved, South Otago High School teacher in charge of rugby, Jason Palmer, said.
‘‘The aim of the trip was for the boys to experience rugby culture in a different country as well as to expand their horizons beyond the Balclutha bridge.’’
Two teams travelled, the first XV and the second XV/under16, as well as parents and coaches.
The first game against St Edmunds College in Ipswich, ended in a first XV win 43-0, with the second XV encountering more of a battle, winning 17-12.
The second game was against Marist College near Ashgrove, Brisbane, where unfortunately, both teams were defeated in the tough Australian heat. However, it was a great experience, Palmer said.
‘‘These games were a good buildup to the upcoming season, where both teams hope to make the final. The first XV will be faced with some tough games, from John McGlashan this Saturday as well as Otago Boys High School on May 13.’’
He said the first XV had some promising up and coming young players, such as Luc Thomson, Jesse Hutton and Kace Shaw, who travelled to Australia at the end of last term to represent Otago at the Scots College Rugby Sevens Tournament.
They played three games against Australian teams, beating Canberra Grammar 24-5 in their first game, then lost their next two games, 26-21 to Scots College and 38-22 to The New South Wales Development team.
Palmer paid tribute to the South Otago community and local businesses for sponsorship that helped make the trip possible.
Advance Agriculture and Cleverleys won naming rights for the first and second XV jerseys, as well as SSG Contracting and LD Thompson Contracting for the polo shirts and sports bags.
The team was able to take some time out, at Dreamworld and Australia Zoo, and did a tour of Suncorp Stadium.