Join up for club’s his­toric sports’ chal­lenge re­vival

Waiheke Marketplace - - Front Page - DIANA WOR­THY

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 scot­tan­dleigh@ihug.co.nz 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

Three gen­er­a­tions: Back - Heather Wind­sor, Dave Whit­ing, Ka­t­rina Young, Yvonne Kelly, Kevin Lauck­lan. Front - Zaria Te Rore and Benji Niwa. SUP­PLIED

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