Get revved up about the Ran­furly Shield

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - ABBY BROWN

Mata­mata has pulled off a coup and will be host­ing Waikato to de­fend the Ran­furly Shield.

UMS is hop­ing for a big crowd to at­tend the July 30 game at Bed­ford Park to watch Waikato take on King Country at 2.35pm, with cur­tain rais­ers, food and bev­er­age stalls, half time and full time en­ter­tain­ment.

King Country have al­ready con­firmed sev­eral sup­porter buses will be mak­ing the trip north so the Waikato team needs your sup­port.

United Mata­mata Sports presi- dent Aaron Hill, whose club is host­ing the game, hoped busi­nesses would take the op­por­tu­nity to sup­port this unique rugby game and show­case the town.

The club would have the Ran­furly Shield in town the week be­fore the game so if busi­nesses thought out­side the box and or­gan­ised a way to pro­mote the game with their busi­ness then the shield could be vis­it­ing them.

The club will be host­ing the Mata­mata Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion BA5 meet­ing on July 20 at Bed­ford Park.

There are cor­po­rate hospi­tal­ity sites avail­able at the game, con- tact mal­colm@pan­el­works.co.nz.

The Corinthian Rugby Club are plan­ning a pre-game func­tion for their mem­bers in the UMS clu­b­rooms which in­cludes food, beer and a ticket into the grand stand.

Ge­orge Simp­kin has or­gan­ised a UMS old timers tick­ets which in­cludes a meal at the Mata­mata Club and a ticket to the game.

The shield would also visit lo­cal schools.

Tick­ets for the game would be avail­able from the iSITE from July 11. Adults are $15, grand­stand $25, kids aged be­tween 5 and 16 are $5 and under fives are free.

‘‘I got very ex­cited when I heard a Ran­furly Shield game was com­ing to Mata­mata,’’ Ja­cob Hen­der­son said.

That was why he has or­gan­ised a lun­cheon at his pub, The Re­doubt, be­fore the game.

Ran­furly rugby fans can get revved up be­fore the game by hear­ing ‘‘Waikato leg­end’’ Dwayne Monk­ley speak at the pub and then head down for kick off.

The Re­doubt owner Ja­cob Hen­der­son is very ex­cited about the first Ran­furly Shield game to be played in Mata­mata on July 30.

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