Prizegiving for rugby at store
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.
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.