Prize­giv­ing for rugby at store

Whanganui Midweek - - NEWS -

It was prize­giv­ing at Mitre 10 Mega last week when store owner Hay­den Gib­son pre­sented three $250 store credit vouch­ers won in the Mitre 10 Heart­land Com­pe­ti­tion, Half-Time Pass Chal­lenge.

The prizes came from half­time con­tests held dur­ing the first two home games of the sea­son, in which age-grade teams took part in the pass chal­lenge.

On Au­gust 25 it was the U8/U9 years, where teams had to pass the ball the length of the field and back with­out drop­ping it. The first team to com­plete with all mem­bers in the “in­goal” area won the game. Pi­rates took the hon­our.

On Septem­ber 15 the U10 years took to the field at half­time and Marist was de­clared win­ner.

A third voucher was pre­sented to Tawhero School for mak­ing ban­ners.

“Tawhero School won the ban­ner com­pe­ti­tion when Wan­ganui had the semi-fi­nal ver­sus Thames Val­ley. They made a num­ber of ban­ners,” says Tawhero School prin­ci­pal Chris Dibben. Chris was at Cooks Gar­dens early to dis­play them in the Whiskas stand.

“We are a spon­sor of the Wan­ganui Rugby Union, and na­tion­ally, of the Heart­land Cham­pi­onship,” says Hay­den. “For us it’s about giv­ing back to young sports peo­ple so we do the half-time pro­gramme and try and get kids out there. Also this year, in con­junc­tion with the Rugby Union, we do­nated a rugby ball to ev­ery ju­nior player in Wan­ganui, ev­ery­one from in­ter­me­di­ate years down.”

That was about 1800 rugby balls.

PIC­TURE / PAUL BROOKS

Out­side Mitre 10 Mega Wan­ganui are (from left, back)) Ene Fa’atau and Si­mon Dibben, Wan­ganui Rugby devel­op­ment of­fi­cers; Paula Fore, Mitre 10 Mega mar­ket­ing, pro­mo­tions and events co-or­di­na­tor; Jerome McRea, ref­eree ed­u­ca­tor; Hay­den Gib­son, store owner; Kylee Camp­bell, Marist ju­nior co-or­di­na­tor; Dave Ped­ley, Pi­rates club cap­tain. In front are Gib­son Uru­amo (left), Justin Fal­coner and Te Arahi Wil­liams from Tawhero School.

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