The Owaka Rugby Club is where all ages come together to share their passion for the game.
The club is now in its 130th year and its culture is incredible.
Club president Chris Chittock said he knew how fortunate the club was.
‘‘We’re very lucky in our club to have a strong contingent of Samoan players and members of our club, which keep our premier team on the field.
Our club culture here is fantastic and we’ve got an abundance of support locally, from sideline supporters to sponsors. The club definitely wouldn’t be as great as it is today without the people behind the scenes, so we’re very appreciative of them.’’
The premier and junior teams make up the club, alongside families, friends of players and supporters.
The aim was to keep progressing the club each year and keep evolving the amazing culture of Owaka both on and off the field, Chittock said.
The premiers have an average player age of around 30 years old but that does not stop the boys from going hard at every game.
For over 30 years, the club has held its famous post-match roast dinner, and it has become known for it.
The Owaka Rugby Club is incredibly diverse and its dedicated committee goes above and beyond for the club.
Each year, it hosts a club day, where all of the club’s players, supporters and families come together to make a special day throughout the community.
Players both young and old schedule game days at various times to support each other and cheer Owaka on as a club.
The club has a barbecue to keep everyone fed, and the teams bond really well through watching each other and supporting each other with a united front.
‘‘Between the young chaps and the more experienced players, the players overall create a heartwarming bond, and it always improves our rugby community even further every year,’’ Chittock said.
The club is always celebrating its players, members and life members, who have continued to give their support to the club for many years.
The club wishes to thank its sponsors, including major sponsors Warren and Steph Burgess at Beresford Simmental Stud and every business, person and family who has given endless support to the club.
It is always inviting new members into the club and if people are interested they are welcome to contact Chris Chittock on 027 318-2388 or check out the Owaka RFC Facebook page for updates.