Play­ers re­unite for an­niver­sary

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The Horowhenua Ka¯ piti Rugby Foot­ball Union 125th Year An­niver­sary has fea­tured an an­niver­sary din­ner, an old timers’ day and a re­union lun­cheon.

The din­ner, in the Levin Memo­rial Hall, catered by Ruth Pretty Cater­ing, fea­tured in­ter­views by Be­van (Al­fie) San­son (Horowhenua Ka¯ piti rep­re­sen­ta­tive #939) with cur­rent All Black and Black Fern, Dane Coles and Sel­ica Wini­ata.

“We’re very thank­ful to Dane and Sel­ica for tak­ing time out of their busy sched­ules to be at this event,” Horowhenua Ka¯ piti Rugby Union chief ex­ec­u­tive Corey Ken­nett ( rep­re­sen­ta­tive #897) said.

“Both Dane and Sel­ica have strong links to clubs in Horowhenua Ka¯ piti, Dane be­ing a Para­pa­raumu RFC ju­nior and Sel­ica an Ath­letic RFC ju­nior.”

A spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion was also made to Horowhenua Ka¯ piti Heart­land team man­ager Nathan Pic­chi (rep­re­sen­ta­tive #1057), who re­ceived his blazer af­ter three years as the Heart­land man­ager.

The old timers’ day recog­nised all for­mer play­ers, coaches, ref­er­ees, vol­un­teers and ad­min­is­tra­tors who have been a part of Horowhenua Ka¯ piti rugby.

“The Old Timers’ Day was a great chance for us to say thank you to a large num­ber of our rugby com­mu­nity who have con­trib­uted to rugby in Horowhenua Ka¯ piti,” Ken­nett said.

“From play­ers right through to vol­un­teers who have been the heart of ‘Nua rugby, this was our op­por­tu­nity to ac­knowl­edge ev­ery­one.”

The main at­trac­tion for the Old Timers’ Day was see­ing the Horowhenua Ka¯ piti Heart­land team grind out a win against neigh­bours Wairarapa Bush 37-21.

The fi­nale of the week­end was the re­union of the Horowhenua Ka¯ piti 1993 na­tional third di­vi­sion cham­pi­onship win­ning side.

The re­union, 25 years on from their win, had play­ers and team man­age­ment travel from over­seas to at­tend.

A good chunk of the ’93 squad were able to get along to one, if not all, of the events of the week­end, which in­cluded a Sun­day lunch at Fat­boyz Bar in Levin, which is also an HKRFU spon­sor.

To this day, the 1993 side are the only team from Horowhenua Ka¯ piti to win a cham­pi­onship in first-class rugby.

The din­ner was held on Fri­day, Old Timers Day on Satur­day, and lun­cheon on Sun­day over the week­end of Septem­ber 21-23. Horowhenua Kapiti rugby re­sults from Satur­day Heart­land: Horowhenua Kapiti: 36 (A. Lah­mert 2, W. Paia’aua, S. Cameron, T. Fer­ma­nis tries; J. So’oialo 4 con, pen) v King Coun­try: 30. HT: 17-6.

U18: Horowhenua Kapiti: 26 v Wan­ganui: 29

U14: Horowhenua Kapiti: 27 v Wairarapa Bush: 27

PHOTO / DAVE LINTOTT

Mem­bers of the Horowhenua Ka¯ piti 1993 di­vi­sion three win­ning team.

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