Schoolkids score balls
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.