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Richdale Reaches Century
Sumner wing Ben Richdale (pictured right) never dreamed his 100th match for the club would be in Metro club rugby’s top flight.
The slightly-built winger achieved the milestone on home turf against High School Old Boys yesterday, but said after the game he had hoped for a better result than the 66-13 loss.
Despite the outcome, Richdale said playing 100 games for Sumner meant “everything”.
“It’s an awesome club, an awesome community and I’m proud to be a Sumner man,” he said.
“I’ve played my junior footy here since I was five, and the only two teams I’ve played for in my life are Sumner and Christchurch Boys’, so it was quite nice playing my 100th against HSOB.”
When Richdale rejoined the club after school, the seniors were struggling near the bottom of division two.
He said playing in division one at that time was far from his thoughts.
“A few good players turned up and year after year we started climbing the ladder. Then, after a couple of unbeaten seasons, we were up into the big time.
“We were ready for the step up and I think the club showed that last year.”
After an impressive 2010, the side has struggled this year, with just one win.
“We had a good year last year and this year we’ve lost a lot of older players. It’s a rebuilding year, with probably half the team under the age of 21,” Richdale said.
“It’s a young team so hopefully after a year or two we’ll be back up there.”
The coaching input of his neighbour, former All Blacks flanker Scott Robertson, was among the reasons for Sumner improved fortunes, he said. “It’s really good having Razor on board. He brings a lot to the club.”
Richdale has little time to savour his achievement, or to add to his 100 caps, as he heads to London on his OE in two weeks.
However, he is determined to don Sumner colours in the future.
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