If you were driving past the Wooing Tree recently, on a cold, foggy day, you may have wondered what the long line of children rugged up appearing out of the mist and wandering through the vines were doing.
The mystery is solved. The Cromwell College U15 Rugby Team is in fundraising mode, in preparation for competing in the Rural Livestock, South Island U15 Tournament in Oamaru.
The tournament will run from 30th August until 1st September.
The team is made up of the Cromwell Club U14 and the Colts players.
The majority of the team are playing in the Otago-wide U14 Cup, a competition that includes the top boys’ schools in Dunedin, and currently they are sitting at the top of the pool – a fantastic achievement.
Co-manager of the team, Karen Gallagher says, “We are very fortunate to have the backing of a strong Cromwell Club and committee throughout the season and we thank them for their support.”
Like any tournament and trip away, it comes at an expense to the players and whanau.
The boys are definitely not scared of hard work and have been making the most of fundraising opportunities in our community.
“We are very fortunate to have the backing of a strong Cromwell Club and committee throughout the season and we thank them for their support.”
Fundraising not only supports the team and whanau but also contributes to team culture and a sense of gratitude amongst the players.
The boys are seeking sponsorship, but part of the deal is that they give back to the sponsor by doing jobs that support them.
Karen says, “Respect, hard work and ‘doing their bit’ in the community is definitely a culture that coaches Callum Dimond and Paul Piebenga instill in their team and have done so for a number of years.”
This culture and ethos has been displayed on and off the field, with some impressive results and accolades from their opposition for their manners, respect and leaving facilities in immaculate condition.
With under two months to go, there is still plenty of work for the boys to do. This has not phased the boys at all, as being with the team and working together towards a common goal is all part of going away on the tournament.
The Cromwell College U15 team would like to thank the following people and businesses for their support to date:
- Cromwell community for purchasing raffles
- Cromwell Rugby Club
- Southern Lakes ITM
- Trevor Leyser
- Barrett Homes
- Kirk Stuart Bricklaying
- Gareth & Karen King
If you would like to support the Cromwell College U15 team, please contact Karen Gallagher: firstname.lastname@example.org