Schoolkids score balls

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Mata­mata Pri­mary’s fu­ture All Blacks have 15 brand- new rugby balls to prac­tise with, thanks to the Waikato Mu­seum.

The mu­seum ran a com­pe­ti­tion in Waikato schools to divvy up the spoils from the re­cent Red, Yel­low and (All) Black rugby exhibition.

The only re­quire­ment was that schools write in and say how much they needed the gear, said act­ing direc­tor Andy Lowe.

Stu­dents Dion O’Leary, Shel­ton Sankey and Mia Mollekin each sent a let­ter in and on Mon­day found out they had scored the balls for their school.

‘‘I was re­ally happy and proud of my­self and I knew that we would have more peo­ple playing rugby,’’ said Shel­ton. Both Shel­ton and Dion are on the school rugby team and said they had needed more balls for train­ing and prac­tis­ing their skills.

The balls would be shared with the en­tire school and Dion said it would be good for some of the lit­tle kids to build up their con­fi­dence with kick­ing.

The exhibition was launched in Septem­ber to cel­e­brate the Rugby World Cup and closed in Fe­bru­ary.

Kick off: Mata­mata Pri­mary stu­dents Dion O’Leary, Shel­ton Sankey and Mia Mollekin scored 15 rugby balls for their school by writ­ing to Waikato Mu­seum.

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