Mahina marks 150 games

Te Anau Rugby Club senior player Fine Mahina (left) with Seniors coach Barry Taylor after his presentation for playing his 150th game for the club last Saturday.

TE ANAU Rugby Club senior player Fine Mahina celebrated playing his 150th game against Waikaka-Riversdale Vikings at Te Anau Rugby Club Day last Saturday.

Te Anau Rugby Club president Nathan Botting said Mahina first played for Te Anau Seniors in 2003, “at the age of nobody knows

“Over the years he has played every position in the forwards but as the years have gone on he has moved further out to the backs. I feel sorry for his opposite number with having to
try tackling him when on one of his punishing runs down the sideline.

“Fine has always got a smile on his face and is always willing to give it a go. He has a great attitude and he will play anywhere on the rugby field.’’

Te Anau Seniors coach Barry Taylor said: “Over the years he has talked about retirement at the end of the season. Only to be the first one to ask the next year ‘when does pre-season training start?’.’’

The club celebrated in style and there were lots of “Fine Machine” stories told.

“Now you can retire after this season,” Botting said.