Mementos sought for celebration of club

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JOHN.COSGROVE@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

What is hiding in your closet or garage?

Clutha Valley Rugby Football Club centennial organising committee secretary Nicola Law is seeking any club memorabilia that may be stored in the recesses of people’s garages or spare rooms, to help with commemorative displays at the celebrations at Easter weekend.

‘‘We are asking former players or families, fans or residents to have a look in all those nooks and crannies to see if there are any photos or banners, jerseys or cups, newspaper clippings or programmes that can help us create a visual display about the history of the club at the centennial,’’ Mrs Law said.

Already organisers had discovered one interesting feature of the club’s history, while creating a history booklet.

‘‘Simon McAtamney is creating a history booklet and he has spent many, many hours researching and putting it all together,’’ she said.

‘‘One interesting fact he discovered was that the club actually did have a representative player — Neil McKenzie was affiliated to the Clutha Valley club and debuted on the wing for Otago in 1949, playing four games.

‘‘This is great as we initially thought the club hadn’t had any Otago reps in its squads.’’

Mrs Law said the organising committee was busy sorting everything for centennial weekend.

‘‘With 180 registrations for the weekend so far we are near the capacity of the hall, which is great.

‘‘But if people want to be there for the Saturday evening they need to register soon.’’

Events will include the club seniors playing Clinton for the Brian Steel Shield starting at 2.30pm on the Saturday.

Steel played for Clutha Valley and Clinton in the 1960s and ’ 70s, before taking on managerial roles at Valley.

From 12.30pm there will be Rippa rugby games, and an under-13 game will start at 1pm.

Those with memorabilia to share could contact Mrs Law on 027 381-2538.