Rugby fix­ture saved by coun­cil ac­tion


A late ground change and quick work by Porirua City Coun­cil saved an an­nual rugby fix­ture from be­ing moved out of Ti­tahi Bay.

Onepoto Do­main wasn’t avail­able for the re­cent 51st an­nual match be­tween the un­der-12 grade Norths-Onepoto Hawks and their Lyt­tel­ton coun­ter­parts be­cause it was closed for win­ter main­te­nance.

The teams were wor­ried the Septem­ber 17 fix­ture would have to be shifted out of the sub­urb.

In­stead, Ti­tahi Bay In­ter­me­di­ate of­fered its field and Porirua City Coun­cil turned it into a match-ready rugby ground so the game could take place, much to the de­light of Norths-Onepoto as­sis­tant coach Carl Jones.

‘‘When we found out Onepoto was closed, I was a bit con­cerned we’d have to break with tra­di­tion and move it out of Ti­tahi Bay,’’ he said.

‘‘I can’t thank the coun­cil and the school enough.’’

Coun­cil chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Tam­sin Evans said As­cot Park was ini­tially of­fered to the teams.

How­ever the coun­cil re­alised how im­por­tant it was to have the tra­di­tional game staged in Ti­tahi Bay.

‘‘We brought Ti­tahi Bay In­ter­me­di­ate field up to scratch by mark­ing lines, fill­ing in some holes with top soil and mow­ing it be­fore the week­end, all at no cost,’’ she said.

The school also sup­plied pads for the goal posts and opened up the school toi­lets.

Jones said the an­nual matches are played over two week­ends, one in Lyt­tel­ton and the sec­ond in Ti­tahi Bay.

The weather in Porirua was dis­mal for the sec­ond fix­ture, but the kids loved the ex­pe­ri­ence any­way, he said.

For the record, the Hawks won both games and re­tained the shield the two sides play for.

Mem­bers of the Norths-Onepoto and Lyt­tel­ton un­der-12 teams.

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