Long-serving Otago fan Tom Galway, who turned 100 on Monday, received a limited edition Otago jersey and a signed All Blacks jersey, delivered by Otago players (from left) Trent Renata, Liam Coltman and Hayden Parker. Photo by Phil Janssen
Tom Galway did not want to stop wearing his limited edition
Otago rugby jersey.
The avid rugby fan, who turned 100 on Monday, was ''very
excited'' when Trent Renata, Liam Coltman and Hayden Parker
paid him a visit and presented him with a limited edition
Otago jersey from last year's shield game and a signed All
Blacks jersey donated by the team which played against
England in June.
''It was very exciting. We were having our happy hour on
Thursday and in walked these Otago chaps. I didn't know they
were coming. I had no idea anything was planned. It was a
nice surprise,'' he said.
Mr Galway, who used to play halfback, has always supported
club, provincial and national rugby.
''It is a sport I enjoy. I never played anything else. It was
always just rugby. If there is any rugby on I will watch
it,'' he said.
As part of Mr Galway's 100th birthday celebrations, 51
relatives from all around the world attended a function on
Saturday night - the same night the All Blacks played
''I was worried about missing the match. I recorded it and
watched it on Sunday but I already knew the score. It was
marvellous. They won so easily and it was a big score,'' he
Mr Galway also enjoyed watching Otago take on
''They didn't settle down as well as they should have. But
you can't win them all. To get a win you have to get a
loss,'' he said.
Taieri winning this year's premier rugby final against
University was the result Mr Galway was after.
''I went along and watched that final. I didn't expect that
we could win. They thrashed University and they played very
well. I have always been a big supporter of Taieri,'' he
Mr Galway acknowledged he could get a ''bit rowdy'' while
watching rugby games - ''particularly when the players do
something wrong or you see something you think the referee
The recipe to living to 100, according to Mr Galway, was to
have a good laugh, a bit of humour, a beer a day and plenty
''It's all beer to me. If it's a beer then I'll have it,'' he
Mr Galway still plays bowls, travels overseas, uses his iPad
and drives a car.
- by Samantha McPherson