Gold Coast beck­on­ing

Teams ‘ex­cited to go’ says coach

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

Pu­taruru Col­lege’s First 15 rugby squad is off to com­pete at the Gold Coast Rugby Car­ni­val.

The tour­na­ment will be held on July 6-14 and in­cludes teams from New Zealand and Aus­tralia.

Coach James Amopiu said the Pu­taruru group has 25 play­ers and six adults who each have to raise $3000.

‘‘ We started fundrais­ing in Septem­ber 2012 with raf­fles and car washes. We have a golf tour­na­ment coming up and a spon­sors’ night,’’ Mr Amopiu said.

The team play­ers are aged from 15 to 17-years-old com­pet­ing in the Open 18 Di­vi­sion.

Mr Amopiu said his squad is ex­cited for the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘I think we will do well, we in­tend to play well. The ma­jor­ity of this team I have had for three years or more.

‘‘They are ex­cited to be go­ing over to the com­pe­ti­tion. They are ex­cited for the whole thing, to even go on a plane.

‘‘They are also really ex­cited to play. We hope we don’t have to play any New Zealand teams, we want to play Aus­tralia.’’

He also ad­mit­ted com­mu­nity sup­port has been amaz­ing.

‘‘We have been really grate­ful with the com­mu­nity sup­port by the farm­ers and busi­nesses,’’ he said.

The trip will also al­low the teams to ex­pe­ri­ence the Gold Coast’s at­trac­tions.

Pu­taruru Col­lege Sport­fit co­or­di­na­tor TC Rata: ‘‘It (the com­pe­ti­tion) is played right next to the beach . . . You have beach games on day four, in be­tween tour­na­ment games you go to Dream World, Wet and Wild.’’

The draw for the tour­na­ment will be sent out in April or May.

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