Strong, enthusiastic and passionate

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Rocking the getup . . . Clutha Rugby Club’s Premiers team members (from left) Kurt Turnbull, Robin Fesilafai and Max Pennell gear up in their fresh new uniforms for their 2022 season.
PHOTO: EVELYN THORN

The Clutha Rugby Club is waiting at the starting line and eager to kick off their 2022 season with a bang and return to challenge their rivals throughout the district.

Club president Darren Huddleston said he was excited and ready for the season, despite the Omicron outbreak acting as a spanner in the works, pushing the start of the season back and reducing the length of this year’s rugby season.

‘‘Our local rivalries are a great part of ourrugby, and the boys are excited to get back on the field for the new season, ’’ Huddleston said.

Established in 1876, the Clutha Rugby Club defines itself as strong, enthusiastic and passionate about all things rugby.

The experience that the club possesses is astaple in New Zealand sport, and they continue to excel through every season.

They have had many successes, including becoming Otago Country champions for five consecutive years from 2015 to 2019.

The club is working towards its 150th celebrations in 2026.

The club has a premier team and several junior teams inits Junior Club.

It has had asolidB team and a colts team in the past, but due to a lack of numbers it does not have them this year.

Huddleston has high hopes that they will start up again soon.

The club has affiliations with both the Clutha Squash Club and theClutha Netball Club.

The club is currently looking towards renovation, which is an amazing opportunity for it.

‘‘We currently have a couple projects on the go, which is very exciting for the club.

‘‘We are in the process of upgrading our facilities, particularly new lighting on the back fieldswhich will be completed soon.

‘‘In the long termwe are looking at revamping our toilets and kitchen area in the club, and we’re also looking to begin some external work on the building as well,’’ Huddleston said.

The club’s most well-known fundraiser that stands out from other clubsis its annual calf scheme, whereby it grazes calves on 35 properties throughout the district to sell and puts the money towards the club and teams.

The teams have their own unique individual fundraising for their seasons as well.

The Clutha Rugby Club is extremely thankful for its sponsors, businesses, farms and families who continue to show endlesssupport for the teams and club as a whole.

The club encourages supporters and newbies to come along to games to experience quality local rugby from all ages.

Watch out for preseason games and updates onthe various Facebook pages, including Southern Region Rugby, Clutha Rugby Football Club and Clutha Junior Rugby. Go Clutha!!!

› Our local rivalries are a great part of our rugby, and the boys are excited to get back on the field for the new season. ›

Inquiries

For inquiries, contact:

Darren Huddleston

(Club President) 021 191›4815

Simon Grant

(Premiers Coach) 021 177›2881

Mark Sheppard

(Junior teams Manager) 027 473›0856