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Several Rāhui Rugby Club veterans showed up at the Domain on Saturday (June 8) to watch their old teams.

The glorious weather provided an ideal atmosphere for the club’s annual Old Timers Day.

Among the veterans were Colin Bird, 88, Barry Mansell and Jock Richmond, both 87,  Napier McFedries, 85, and relative youngster Mike Winterburn, 81.

Some of the Rāhui old timers who came to watch their old club beat Shannon at the Domain on Saturday, June 8, were, from left, Barry Mansell, Colin Bird, Napier McFedries and Mike Winterburn.

Amaria Rikihana-Marshall, 8, beats Foxton defenders in one of the many junior games at the Domain on Saturday morning.

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The group sat together in the stand and watched an afternoon of entertaining rugby. To their delight, the club’s two senior teams continued their winning way by convincingly beating the visiting Shannon teams.

The premiers won 58-26, with captain Morehu Connor-Phillips scoring four tries and taking his premier points tally past 150. Leon Ellison and Alizay received blazers for playing 50 premier games for the club.

In the senior reserves game, Rāhui demolished Shannon by 102-17. Mish Buick featured with three tries and eight conversions.

After the matches, Rāhui presented Shannon with a taonga named Tai Ki Uta. The carving was made by Ōtaki master carver and Rāhui stalwart Bill Doyle for Shannon’s 125th Jubilee.

Earlier in the day, Rāhui junior teams played against youngsters from Foxton and  Shannon, and Levin-based clubs Athletic and Wanderers.




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Rāhui veterans turn up for Old Timers Day


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