Heart­land at camp

Hauraki Herald - - RURAL -

The Thames Val­ley Heart­land rugby team has a train­ing camp in Paeroa on Satur­day.

The camp is part of the build up to the open­ing game of the Mitre 10 Cham­pi­onship which be­gins on Au­gust 26 with an away game against Ngati Porou East Coast at Whakarua Park, Ru­a­to­ria.

Af­ter a cou­ple of warm-up games against Taranaki and Auck­land rep teams, the squad will freshen up this week in prepa­ra­tion for the up­com­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Fol­low­ing a very suc­cess­ful team launch at the Thames Rugby Club on Wed­nes­day night, where the team play­ers and man­age­ment were in­tro­duced to spon­sors and sup­port­ers, me­dia and the pub­lic, coach Matthew Bartleet will take the op­por­tu­nity to work on ready­ing his charges for the weeks ahead.

The de­vel­op­ment team con­tin­ues its pre­sea­son cam­paign with a trip to Owen De­laney Park in Taupo to play the King Coun­try de­vel­op­ment team.

These teams will meet in com­pe­ti­tion on Septem­ber 23, so it will be a good chance for both sides to mea­sure up for that game. Kick off at Taupo is 2.30pm.

Age grade rep rugby also starts this week­end with the Un­der 18s play­ing the Waikato Sec­ondary Schools at Cen­ten­nial Park, Paeroa at 12.30pm.

The Thames Val­ley Un­der 16s play the Corinthi­ans Un­der 16s at the Hin­uera Rugby Club at 12.30pm and the Un­der 14s play Mata­mata Col­lege at Te Aroha Col­lege at 12.30pm.

The Roller Mills and the Un­der 45kg teams have both com­menced train­ings and they will be tak­ing the field in the next week or two.

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