Rugby Club to mark 100 years

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Marist Rugby Club centenary organisers Tim Ward (left) and Bill Dowling discuss the celebration events to be held at Queen's Birthday weekend.

IT was supposed to happen last year, but organisers of the Marist Rugby Club centenary hope the celebrations will be just as good this June.

The club was set to celebrate 100 years at Queen’s Birthday last year when Covid-19 put a stop to proceedings.

Centenary organiser Tim Ward said despite the club now being 101 years, this year’s event, scheduled for Queen’s Birthday weekend, was still a centenary celebration.

“We’re still celebrating 100 years of rugby at Marist Invercargill, even though we’re a year
older.”

Both Ward and co-organiser Bill Dowling could not estimate how many players had donned the green and black jersey throughout the club’s existence.

With about 500 players from juniors to the premier team involved in the club each year, they believed thousands of men, women and children would have played for the club.

Marist won the Galbraith Shield seven times throughout the club’s history, Dowling said.

Registrations were now open for this year’s event with players young and old invited to take part during the weekend.

They were hoping to involve as many people as possible in events which included information gathering on June 4, rugby games and an aftermatch function at the clubrooms with Paul Winders’ band The Crown Rangers on Saturday, then Mass, a women’s rugby game and a centenary dinner at the Ascot Park Hotel on Sunday.

But it won’t be just rugby which will be celebrated during the long weekend.

“While success on the rugby field was always the objective, I think it’s the fellowship and
camaraderie integrated into the club over the years which has always been consistent and we expect that will be reflected in the celebrations,’’ Ward said.

To register, go to www.maristinvercargill.co.nz or pick up a registration form from BDO offices, McKnight and Brown, Kelvin Hotel or the Marist clubrooms.

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