Matamata win the Gwynne Shield?
formed to play in Roller Mills Tournament, hosted this year by St Peters School in Cambridge.
‘‘This is huge for any boy who wants to go anywhere with his rugby,’’ she said.
The Matamata team have been training since March and have won all their pre-season games.
‘‘Winning their pre season games is really good, but you have to look at every game individually,’’ she said.
Team coaches Ade, Tony Brown, a former Gwynne Shield player, and assistant coach Josh Arson have been keeping the boys focused.
And she said the community has really got behind them, with sponsors Hobbiton, Matamata Vets and Comag coming on board to help pay for their equipment.
‘‘We couldn’t do this without them.
‘‘The boys have also done their own fundraising too.
‘‘That’s really good cause they are getting out into the community and it lets the community know the Gwynne Shield is still out there.
‘‘They are pretty pumped. Everyone has been doing their part.
‘‘They all manned the barbecue at the Warehouse. It has been great to see their camaraderie.
‘‘They are a team on and off the field.’’
The Matamata Gwynne Shield team