Shield’s first con­tenders

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Pu­taruru will take on Ngati Awa’s Te Rae o Kohi rugby team for the Steve Ahu Memo­rial Shield.

Or­gan­ised by Pu­taruru’s Jim Ngati and Mark Hotham with Ngati Awa rep­re­sen­ta­tives Wendy Swales and An­thony Reuben, this match is set to be elec­tri­fy­ing.

The late Steve Ahu was a for­mi­da­ble force for the Pu­taruru Ath­let­ics Rugby Club in the 1970s.

Play­ing loose­head prop, Ahu’s tal­ents were spot­ted by Wai- kato early on but for health rea­sons he was un­able to try for the team.

Mr Ngati who was friends with Ahu, said he was a well known fig­ure in Pu­taruru and Toko­roa rugby cir­cles, and his death six years ago was felt throughout Pu­taruru and in Ahu’s home in Whakatane.

The shield was pro­posed this year to com­mem­o­rate Ahu and his love of rugby.

The match will be played this Satur­day at the Pu­taruru Rugby Club at 1pm.

MEMO­RIAL TRO­PHY: The Steve Ahu Rugby Shield will be con­tested by Te Rae o Kohi and Pu­taruru this Satur­day.

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