Good turnout for jubilee

Matakanui Combined Rugby Football Club patron and former player Jim Morgan, of Omakau, and one of...
Matakanui Combined Rugby Football Club patron and former player Jim Morgan, of Omakau, and one of the club's youngest players, James Paterson (7). Photo by Sarah Marquet.
It started 125 years ago with a free-for-all between 40 men and children in a paddock near Thompson Creek.

The Matakanui Combined Rugby Football Club now has teams playing in grades from rippa rugby to premiere.

The club's 125th anniversary, celebrated during the weekend in Omakau, showed its evolution with some of the teams, all in red and green, represented in matches against traditional rival Alexandra.

Though the home side went down 14-10 against Alexandra in the feature match, club secretary Janette Armstrong said it was "magic" to see so many people turn out to celebrate.

The organising committee was thrilled 265 people had signed up for the jubilee dinner with guest speaker Phil Gifford.

"We had hoped for 200 and would have been rapt with 220 ... it's a good spread across the eras, too."

First called the Matakanui Football Club, then the Valley Football Club, then the Becks Football Club, then the Matakanui-Valley Rugby Club, the group was named the Matakanui Combined Rugby Football Club in 1991.

Club committee member Ross Naylor and life member Richard Morgan compiled a history of the club, including photographs and memories of past and present players; and produced the 125th anniversary book, which was on sale during the weekend.



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