The Beach – it’s a ball

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

If you were at Mata­mata Col­lege last Fri­day evening, you would have been for­given for think­ing that you were at the beach.

With the mu­sic pump­ing and loads of peo­ple en­joy­ing the new beach vol­ley­ball courts, The Beach was of­fi­cially opened.

The cer­e­mony marked the com­ple­tion of one of the ma­jor sport­ing fa­cil­ity projects at Mata­mata Col­lege ini­ti­ated by the Mata­mata Col­lege Sports Club.

Prin­ci­pal Glenn Rowsell said there were a num­ber of peo­ple who needed to be thanked in­clud­ing vol­ley­ball coach Andrew Kil­ham and sports teacher Dar­ryn Jamieson.

‘‘This is fan­tas­tic not only for our school but for the whole com­mu­nity,’’ Mr Rowsell said.

Mata­mata Col­lege Sports Club chair­man Nigel Kit­tow said there were also a num­ber of Mata­mata busi­nesses which needed to be ac­knowl­edged for their con­tri­bu­tion to­wards see­ing the beach vol­ley­ball courts es­tab­lished, in­clud­ing Wil­son’s Sands and Dal­tons.

‘‘There are a lot of peo­ple and busi­nesses that de­serve credit. This is an im­pres­sive sport­ing fa­cil­ity which we hope mem­bers of the com­mu­nity will en­joy too,’’ Mr Kit­tow said.

For­mer Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent Kelsie Wills was there to cel­e­brate and she showed her skills in a friendly game where she part­nered with Mata­mata Col­lege se­nior vol­ley­baller Luke Smith.

Fun times ahead: New Zealand beach vol­ley­ball rep­re­sen­ta­tive and for­mer Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent Kelsie Wills spikes the vol­ley­ball over the net to a wait­ing block by sports teacher Dar­ryn Jamieson at the of­fi­cial open­ing of The Beach at Mata­mata Col­lege.

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