Drummond club marks 100th


DRUMMOND Rugby Club will celebrate its centenary at Anzac Weekend.

A sub-committee was set up by the club under the chairmanship of Paul Cochran to organise the jubilee. Paul’s late father Cliff was chairman of the 75th jubilee in 1995.

Drummond Club officials are not totally sure when the club started, but it was certainly playing by 1920. know from old newspaper files that the game was going in Drummond before World War 1,

Drummond was one of the founding clubs of the Central Sub-Union in 1921, which also included Calcium (Isla Bank), Waianawa (Wrights Bush) and Heddon Bush.

In the late 1980s there were only five senior teams remaining in the Central Sub-Union and all of them were struggling to field teams, so Wrights Bush and Central Pirates formed the Eagles team, while Drummond, Winton and Limehills Star combined to create two Midlands teams.

After four seasons, the Midlands concept was disbanded and Drummond and Limehills Star combined to field a senior team in 1994; this successful partnership is still going strong in 2021.

Cochran expected a big muster of former players and officials at Anzac Weekend but late registrations were still open through club officials.

The first event on Friday evening would be an informal get-together at 6.30pm at the recently renovated Drummond clubrooms.

Club clothing memorabilia will be available to buy, along with the centennial book, which has been updated to the present day. Vince Boyle also compiled a book Three Score and More, a history of the first 60 years of the Drummond Rugby Club.

Tim Boyle would emcee the evening, and several former club members would speak with Tim on their decades throughout the night.

Saturday at the clubrooms would start at 9am with photos through the decades taken while junior rugby games are played.

Immediately before the barbecue lunch at noon, there would be a ceremony with the club’s oldest member Tommy Johnstone (103) cutting the centennial cake. After lunch (about 1pm) a Golden Oldies match featuring former Drummond and DLS players will be played. At 2pm the DLS senior team will play its division two match against Bush Pirates.

Following the after-match function, a centennial dinner will be held at the Invercargill Workingmen’s Club, with the guest speaker former All Black and television presenter Josh Kronfield.

During the course of the weekend an auction on centennial jerseys would be run.

Operating as a silent auction, bids can be made online. The grand finale of the auction would be held by two auctioneers at the dinner.

On Sunday, there will be an Anzac service at the War Memorial in Drummond, starting at 8.15am. Following this will be a barbecue lunch at the clubrooms before final farewells.