Ju­nior ri­val rugby teams com­bine for tour­na­ment

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - REX­INE HAWES

A long stand­ing ju­nior rugby tour­na­ment has be­gun which com­bines two lo­cal ri­val clubs.

Years five and six boys from Mata­mata and Hin­uera Rugby clubs have joined to­gether to take on other sub unions.

Competing rugby sub unions in­clude Toko­roa, Mor­rinsville, Cam­bridge, Te Awa­mutu and Hamil­ton.

They will play for the ti­tle of the strong­est sub union.

One of the co-or­di­na­tors of the Mata­mata sub ju­nior rugby, Tony Brown, says the teams have shown in­cred­i­ble dom­i­nance so far and he has no doubt they will con­tinue to rep­re­sent the Mata­mata sub union well.

‘‘These teams are com­ing to­gether as a Mata­mata group. Meet­ing bet­ter­ing rugby.

‘‘They are go­ing to be very com­pet­i­tive, in the pre-sea­son games they have had so far, they’ve been dom­i­nant.

‘‘It’s pretty cool to watch these young ju­niors, there’s some fu­ture stars there,’’ says Brown.

Brown says the teams have new uni­forms, spon­sored by new friends and ex­tend­ing and their Hob­biton Movie Set and Farm Tours, which ‘‘the play­ers proudly wear like they’re All Blacks’’.

‘‘They (Hob­biton) have shown us fan­tas­tic sup­port.’’

Brown says the teams just played their third game last week­end, year six lost 15-10 to Cam­bridge, and year five’s won 7-5 against Cam­bridge.

This week­end both teams will play at Bed­ford Park on Satur­day.

Year six play at 10am and 12noon. Year five play at 11am and 1pm.

At Hin­uera on Sun­day, year six plays at 10am and 1.45pm. Year five play at 11am and 2.30pm.

Brown is hop­ing the Mata­mata com­mu­nity will get down to both fields over the week­end to cheer on the two teams and en­joy some ‘great games of rugby’.

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