Chil­dren win chal­lenge

Ev­ery week the South Waikato News delves into its archives to see what was mak­ing the news 10, 25 and 50 years ago. This week we found sto­ries on tro­phies for Surf, Waikato rugby shows its dom­i­nance and news­pa­per rep­re­sen­ta­tives visit Kin­leith.

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10 years ago Tro­phies stay at Surf July 31, 2002 SURF Club ju­nior boys and girls 9th and 10th grade teams had a very suc­cess­ful school hol­i­day re­tain­ing the Wai­heke Is­land Waipa­pakauri Chal­lenge tro­phies.

The six- day tour to Waipa­pakauri and Wai­heke Is­land takes place each al­ter­nate sea­son and has run for the last 10 years.

Two teams of 42 boys and girls and 18 par­ents from SURF stayed at Waipa­pakauri Marae.

The day be­fore the tour­na­ment was a tour to Cape Reinga, with the high­light of the trip the to­bog­gan­ing. Down the sand dunes on 90-mile beach and back along the beach to Waipa­pakauri. The day of the chal­lenge saw both teams play ex­cel­lent games to win back the Waipa­pakauri Chal­lenge Tro­phy.

Af­ter prize­giv­ing and a farewell func­tion, the team then trav­elled to Wai­heke Is­land the next day to de­fend the Wai­heke Is­land Chal­lenge Tro­phy. 25 years ago Fer­di­nand crum­ples on horns of Mooloo July 2, 1987 For­mer Toko­roa sports­man Ian Fos­ter pro­vided the in­di­vid­ual high­light with a bril­liant try as the Waikato rep­re­sen­ta­tive rugby team gained ever-in­creas­ing dom­i­nance to de­feat Taranaki 31-nil in its first ma­jor test of the sea­son yes­ter­day at Rugby Park, Hamil­ton.

This was the first test in the first division again af­ter lo­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion in it had been rudely in­ter­rupted for a year, and it is clear that Mooloo can make it at the top level.

First five Fos­ter scored the sec­ond of Waikato’s six tries af­ter 27 min­utes.

Re­ceiv­ing a char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally ac­cu­rate pass from half­back Kevin Putt, out­side the Taranaki 22, he sold a dummy whose qual­ity was en­hanced by be­ing slightly un­der­stated.

Fos­ter then took off inside the de­fence, show­ing the high pass over a short dis­tance which is one of his big­gest as­sets.

Though the de­fence reached him, he made the line in a tackle to put Waikato 8-nil up. 50 years ago News­pa­per men Kin­leith Fe­bru­ary 22, 1962 News­pa­per rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the North and South Is­lands vis­ited Kin­leith on Satur­day as part of the hal­fyearly con­fer­ence of the New Zealand Coun­try News­pa­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

Af­ter a busi­ness ses­sion at the main venue, Pu­taruru, in the morn­ing, mem­bers ad­journed to Toko­roa.

Fol­low­ing a lun­cheon at the Toko­roa Ho­tel, as guests of New Zealand For­est Prod­ucts Lim­ited, the del­e­gates went to Kin­leith, where they in­spected the pulp and pa­per mill and the No 3 pa­per ma­chine which is un­der erec­tion.

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TRO­PHY HAUL: Kara Rob­son, Surf 10th grade cap­tain, with the Wai­heke Is­land Chal­lenge Tro­phy, and Jor­don Monk, Surf 9th grade cap­tain, with the Waipa­pakauri Chal­lenge Tro­phy.

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