Pupils get stuck in to fundrais­ing for GC trip

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Mata­mata Col­lege first XV rugby play­ers have been busy earn­ing cash to fund a tour to Aus­tralia later this year.

The team have taken a hands- on ap­proach to fundrais­ing – chop­ping fire­wood and pick­ing up hay over the sum­mer break.

Coach Daryl Ben­ni­son said the boys were look­ing for more jobs to do and would ap­pre­ci­ate any sup­port from the com­mu­nity.

‘‘Any farm­ers with maize stacks that need cov­er­ing, any more fire­wood . . . any jobs peo­ple need do­ing really.’’

The team also plan to ar­range a gala day, a quiz night and a hangi, and par­ents will spend five days run­ning an op shop.

Twenty-five play­ers will com­pete in the Gold Coast Rugby Car­ni­val in July, in­clud- ing a num­ber of devel­op­ment play­ers.

Each player on the team – named the Mata­mata Col­lege Rugby Tour Squad – needs to raise about $2000.

‘‘It’s some­thing for the boys to­wards,’’ Mr Ben­ni­son said.

‘‘I think it’s cer­tainly some­thing that they’ll re­mem­ber: Go­ing over with a team, and fundrais­ing is a big part of it as well – work­ing their way to­wards the trip.’’

It has been three years since a Mata­mata Col­lege team last played across the ditch and Mr Ben­ni­son said they were hop­ing to go on tours more of­ten.

‘‘A few years ago we had a team fundraise to play in Christchurch but then the earth­quake hap­pened and they couldn’t go.’’



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