Teams come to Central to “play the best”

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YVONNE O’HARA

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We tossed up between going to Bondi for their 10s competition or coming to Clyde, and Clyde won.The Clyde-Earnscleugh Rugby Football Club’s 10s tournament has gone “national”, with two teams coming from Auckland and Fairlie saying they want to “play the best”.

Club president Phil Attfield said the club was hosting its annual tournament on February 17 at Clyde, and eight teams had confirmed their participation.

“We have us, Alexandra, Wakatipu, Maniototo, Cromwell and Clutha Valley, as well as Fairlie’s [Mackenzie Rams] and an Auckland-based team,” Mr Attfield said.

“Both Fairlie and Auckland [teams coming] were a pleasant surprise,’ Mr Attfield said.

Mackenzie Rugby Club coach Hamish Johnson said about 20 players were coming and looking forward to playing in the competition.

He said they wanted to “play the best, so we chose Clyde”.

“We have had a bit of an association with Clyde-Earnscleugh player George Williams and might use him as a tackle bag,” he said.

“We tossed up between going to Bondi for their 10s competition or coming to Clyde, and Clyde won.

“We played in the Bondi competition last February and we chose Clyde, as we were looking for more of a challenge.”

He said they would try to acclimatise to Central Otago’s heat.

They intend to bring their mascot.

“It is a sheep with pretty good horns and will take on the other mascots.”

He said they had no idea how they would go, as they had yet to do a video analysis of the Clyde-Earnscleugh players.

“It will be a great day regardless and there will be young fellas up to grizzly old veterans.”

Auckland’s Pakuranga Primates said they intended to use the competition as a pre-season warm up.

Club senior player Mark Dickison, who used to play for Arrowtown, was organising the trip and had been down to discuss the arrangements with Clyde coach Cory Crosbie.

“We are coming down to win,” Mr Dickison said.

“We will be bringing down a fit group.”

It will also be a chance for him to see family.

“My little brother Tom plays for Clyde.

“He is a bit younger than me and it will be a good chance for us to have a run on the same paddock.”

He said they also intended to bring the Primate mascot, a monkey, for support.

Wakatipu won the competition last year.