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Local 125th Jubilee Registrations Urged

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Former representative rugby player Colin Skates models one of the replica West Coast rugby jerseys from the 1900s that will be auctioned at the rugby union’s 125th celebrations that will kick-off on Friday, August 28. Skates, one of the few locals who have registered for the anniversary, played against the 1971 British Isles side for West Coast-Buller team, and was also in the winning Seddon Shield side for West Coast in the early 1970s. He played 40 odd games for West Coast. : Picture – Viv Logie

Organisers of the West Coast Rugby Union’s 125th jubilee in August are trying to spark more local registrations.

Jubilee committee chairman John Torrance said yesterday that while a “good number” of registrations had been received so far, locals were dragging the chain.

“At our last meeting we had 85 people registered, with the majority of them being from out of the district,” Torrance said.

As with a lot of other events, West Coasters seemed to leave registering until the last minute.

“We want West Coasters who are keen to come to the reunion to register now and they must do it before the end of July, when registrations close. ” He knew there was a lot of interest in local communities for the event, and had to send more registration forms to Ross, Whataroa and Hari Hari  ” which is a good sign “Torrance said the jubilee was not just for former West Coast rugby representatives. ” Anyone from a club player, coach to a loyal supporter can join in the celebrations.”ribbon2

Replica rugby jerseys will be auctioned at the celebratory dinner on the Saturday night, and everyone attending will have the chance to bid for one. Torrance said he expected former players to bid on the jersey sporting their old playing number.

The jerseys will be numbered one to 15 and were designed from of the the union’s oldest archive team photographs and feature thinner stripes, old fashioned laces and strong cross-stitching across the chest and shoulders.

Registration forms can be completed on-line at www.westcoast125.co.nz or forms are available from a number of West Coast locations, including, the Ikamatua store, Alf Harrisons Menswear or Hannan and Seddon (both in Greymouth), Eats on Revell, Hokitika, Manera’s Store, Ross, Pukeko Tearooms, Hari Hari, White Heron Store, Whataroa, Glacier Motors, Franz Josef and Fox Store at Fox Glacier.

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