Rugby high­light for Sara­cens young­sters

Northern Outlook - - SARACENS UNDER-10 RUGBY TEAM -

It will be the big­gest week­end of rugby that four­teen 10-year-old play­ers have ever ex­pe­ri­enced.

Mem­bers of the un­der-10 Sara­cens team will travel by bus from Ran­giora to Queen­stown on Septem­ber 29 for the Queen­stown Ju­nior Rugby Festival, an an­nual tour­na­ment in which ju­nior play­ers from many parts of the coun­try – and the world – meet in sports­man­ship, friend­ship and en­joy­ment of rugby.

For most of the Sara­cens play­ers, this will be their first sports trip away and, from it, they will cre­ate mem­o­ries that will last a life­time.

The team will play rugby through­out Satur­day for a place in Sun­day’s fi­nals be­fore par­tic­i­pat­ing in a prize giv­ing cer­e­mony.

The young­sters will be rep­re­sent­ing Sara­cens RFC which was formed in 2006 with the amal­ga­ma­tion of Ran­giora RFC and South­brook RFC, leav­ing Sara­cens the only rugby club in Ran­giora.

Since the in­au­gu­ral sea­son, 21 teams have rep­re­sented the club in al­most ev­ery grade and divi­sion of the North Can­ter­bury Rugby com­pe­ti­tion. Sara­cens com­pleted a highly suc­cess­ful 2017 sea­son, win­ning the Divi­sion 1, Divi­sion 2 and Un­der-16 grand fi­nals, pro­vid­ing great in­spi­ra­tion to the club’s young ju­nior teams, and in­spir­ing at­ti­tudes of suc­cess, sup­port, team­work and good sports­man­ship.

Sara­cens is proud of its un­der-10 team which is full of com­mit­ted, en­thu­si­as­tic play­ers who love rugby and play with pride in their club and re­gion.

Keen to train and ea­ger to com­pete, the team is com­mit­ted to do­ing its spon­sors and North Can­ter­bury proud by their play and at­ti­tude through­out the Queen­stown tour­na­ment.

The young team is grate­ful for the sup­port ac­corded it by the North Can­ter­bury com­mu­nity, ac­knowl­edg­ing and thank­ing its spon­sors and con­trib­u­tors whose gen­eros­ity has paid for travel, ac­com­mo­da­tion, food and the smart jacket they will wear with pride through­out the tour­na­ment.

The fundrais­ing ef­fort was kicked off with an en­ter­tain­ing quiz night at lo­cal bar and restau­rant The Five Stags, where en­ter­tain­ment and an auc­tion packed with good­ies pro­vided a fun and com­pet­i­tive night.

The club thanks its gold spon­sors Mus­sons Lo­gis­tics, Wall­board and In­su­la­tion Sup­plies, Plumb­ing World, Ea­sy­lawn, Mike Greer Homes North Can­ter­bury, Devon Con­struc­tion, and Mackay Elec­tri­cal.

It is grate­ful, too, to all the other spon­sors de­tailed be­neath play­ers’ pic­tures be­low.

The Sara­cens un­der-10 rugby team will com­pete in the Queen­stown Ju­nior Rugby Festival.

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