Join up for club’s historic sports’ challenge revival
Sports enthusiasts are being invited to relive a piece of history by taking part in a bit of friendly rivalry.
The Waiheke Sports Club, at Ostend’s junction of Wharf Rd and the Causeway, is reviving a 42-year-old challenge.
Called the Sports Club North and South Day, it will be on Sunday, September 17.
Residents from Surfdale to Palm Beach are being invited to form teams to compete against others to be formed in Onetangi.
The family friendly competition is open to people of any age and any sporting affiliation.
Waiheke Sports Club committee member Scott Niwa is urging residents to dust of their boots and trainers and bring a mouthguard for a fun filled afternoon with their children.
‘‘Starting in 1975, with netball and following a year later with rugby league, it divided the rock,’’ Niwa said.
‘‘Trophies kindly donated and presented by Waiheke’s wellknown Burns, Salmon and Chapman families still exist and are possibly the oldest sports silverware on the island.
‘‘In the past 42 years there have been a dozen game results engraved on the trophies.
‘‘Our aim for the Waiheke Sports Club is to again revive the friendly rivalry and create history by adding more results to the 42-year-old trophy.’’
The North boundaries are Donald Bruce Rd, Wilma Rd, Titoki Rd, and Palm Rd to the beach. The South is the Onetangi end.
‘‘It’s a little confusing as it’s an east/west orientation but the old boys were replicating the old North and South Island challenge of the same era,’’ Niwa said.
The challenge starts at 1pm after the club’s netball and rugby league prize giving. People are invited to form teams according to their sporting affiliations.
Already, there will be netball, league and tug o’ war competitions for different age groups, all with the aim of racking up points for the North or South team.
The points will accumulate to give an overall winner for the day. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 021 242 9111.
‘‘Our aim for the Waiheke Sports Club is to again revive the friendly rivalry and create history by adding more results to the 42-year-old trophy.’’ - Scott Niwa