Future looks bright for club

TE ANAU Rugby Club is on the way to reaching one of its goals in division one of this year’s club rugby competition.
Club president Roger Foote said at the start of the year the goal was to make the play-offs.
Due to a few retirements ahead of last season, the club was in a rebuilding phase last year.
However, they had been continuously improving and were now sitting fifth on the points table after a last place finish last year, which was a big turnaround for the team, he said.
‘‘When we started off we sat down and looked at our goals and [wanted to] make the top four this year,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re sort of knocking right on the door of it… Hopefully we can build on that [next] year and go all the way.’’
Although they were still in the building stage, there
were a lot of positives for the club, he said.
‘‘We’ve got some really exciting young talent there really. The future looks really good.’’
Te Anau also had an under-18 team for the first time in many years this year, which was good for the future of the club, he said.
‘‘It gives those young guys a pathway into the senior team.’’
Two young players who were already making their mark in the senior team were prop Kane Prentice and halfback Issac Wairau, who both played Southland U19 rugby, Foote said.
Manager Dale Wairau said the club had healthy numbers in junior grades and a good number of Southland representatives last year. Senior players were also giving back to the club by helping junior coaches.
He said senior management had a three-year plan and were achieving their goals so far.
‘‘Our culture off the field is positive, we value families and… we have introduced a different pattern of rugby. With a good number of younger players adapting to this new style of play the future looks exciting.’’
Í Te Anau will travel to Waikaka this Saturday. Kick-off is at3pm.

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