Still play­ing to­gether and prov­ing hard to beat

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

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