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Metro Season Launch
Around 200 people attended the Metro Club Season launch at the Christchurch Casino on April 10.
For five years now the management committee of Metro Rugby has hosted presidents, club captains and other officials from across Metro rugby on the morning of the first match of the Division 1 season.
The aim, according to chairman Murray Withers, is to not only thank the volunteers who contribute so much to Metro rugby, but also to kick-off the season in style.
“It’s a way of helping get people excited about the season ahead, as well as coming together to renew old friendships and to meet people you haven’t met before.”
This season’s launch saw members from virtually every Metro club attend, along with officials from the Canterbury Rugby Union and members of the media.
“This is also one way of making sure that the stakeholders in Metro rugby get together and have a good time,” Murray says.
What was interesting about the breakfast was the number of issues that were on the table. Those present not only discussed rugby issues (such as who will win the Rebel Sport Super 14 this season, along with who will win the Cup, Pennant and Trophy in Metro Division 1) but a host of other issues not at all related to rugby.
The Club Season Launch was particularly special for University stalwart Ivan Bolton (see right hand page) who was awarded an Ian Penrose Volunteer Award for his outstanding service to his club.
“Each season we like to recognise someone who has done something special in terms of club rugby,” Murray said at the presentation. “Ivan Bolton is the third such person to receive the award.”
On receiving the award, Ivan said that the award had come out of the blue. He said the enjoyment that he got from rugby had never left him and he was proud to have been involved in the sport. He said that while he lamented some of the changes that had taken place in the game, he had worked with many great people across the board.
Amongst those attending the launch were Canterbury Rugby Union Chief Executive Hamish Riach, the Manager of Amateur Rugby Tim Gilkison, President Ian Penrose, Chairman of the Board of Directors David Rhodes and former All Black captain Tane Norton
Murray Withers says that Metro will continue to launch each season in similar fashion in the years to come.
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