Still playing together and proving hard to beat
Six Matamata men have had success in Christchurch despite a deeply challenging year.
Their Waihora rugby team has won the Leeston Rugby Football Cup for the past three seasons and has never lost a game in the process. The players have been in the same team for several years, playing together in Matamata College’s First XV.
They won against Prebbleton, 40-15, in the Ellesmere Rugby Union Colts Final on August 6.
Comag founder Bruce Magan, who sponsored and supported them in the college team, flew to Christchurch with other parents to watch the finals.
The group was severely affected by the February 22 earthquake that shook their city and the others that followed. They have pitched in to help with the clean up by shovelling liquefaction and helping those in need as well as keeping up with their university studies and rugby.
Mr Magan said he was proud of their achievements.
The first group of volunteers, who will be known as Friends of the Tower, joined together recently at the Firth Tower Museum to gain an understanding of some of the activities they will be involved in. Friends of the Tower is an initiative created by the Tower Reserve Committee. Friends will help with hosting visitors, light gardening and serving Devonshire Teas. Reserve committee chairman Colin Kemplen said: ‘‘This is a wonderful opportunity for those interested in the history of Matamata or who simply welcome the opportunity to work with others and meet new people. All you will need is a little enthusiasm and most importantly the enjoyment of helping our visitors.’’ Tea at the Tower will start in October. If you would like to be a Friend of the Tower contact Jackie at the Firth Tower Museum.