Community feel at Collegiate

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ONE of the first things you will notice about Collegiate as a club is when you play for them you’re not just part of a team, you are part of a family.
‘‘Just ask any team that has played us and they will tell you the best meal and hospitality is guaranteed,’’ Collegiate manager Carla Lawrence said.
That was due to the amazing volunteers who were the backbone of the club, she said.
‘‘Not only is Collegiate home to the seniors, it also supports a senior C team and has a thriving school kids’ group who are the future of the club.’’
The Collegiate senior team started the season with two experienced coaches on board — Joe Koroiadi and Vinnie Lawrence. At the start of the season lots of new blood joined the team and were keen to make their mark on the field. However, commitments outside of rugby and injury took its toll early on and the team had struggled with numbers, she said.
The seniors hadn’t had a win yet, though it was not through lack of trying.
‘‘They are a hard hitting team that always gives their all, leaving their opponents knowing that at final whistle they may have won the game but Collegiate have won the battle.’’
The team had benefitted from having massage therapist Zane Harris join the team, assisting on game day and during the week, she said.
‘‘With patience and determination a win is only agame away for Collegiate seniors.’’
New players were always welcome. Seniors train Tuesdays
and Thursdays from 7pm at the Lindisfarne St grounds.
Í Collegiate will play Waiau Star, at Collegiate, on Saturday at 3pm.

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