Wairarapa News : February 8th 2012
www.wairarapanews.co.nz WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2012 Wairarapa's Home Loan Specialists phone 06 370 0070 Buying a HOME? need a LOAN? For a great deal, tailored to you, call WBS *Normal lending criteria apply. 75 Queen St Masterton • www.wbs.net.nz 4013006AK STING IN THEIR TAIL Warning on wasps 4 20 YEARS ON Milestone for JNL Mill 19-38 HAWKE CUP Wairarapa take on Hamilton 56 Follow that balloon: Hot air balloons were back in the Wairarapa sky at the weekend as part of the MG Car Club national convention. A feature of the event was the Poker Flight on Monday which saw the classic cars following the path of the balloons, collecting a playing card from each. The best poker hand was the winner. A line of MG cars are pictured above on the trail of a balloon on East Taratahi Rd, south of Masterton. See more on pages 2 and 39. Photo: PHIL BRAZIER Cars play hot poker Pre-season game attracts big audience Rugby fans as far afield as Hong Kong will be in the crowd during this weekend's Super Rugby pre- season game between the Hurricanes and the Crusaders at Mangatainoka. We've been absolutely stoked with the level of support for this year's game in terms of attracting rugby fans from all around the country and for the first time, this year, from overseas,'' says Tui Brewery commercial manager Nick Rogers who has championed all three sold out games at Mangatainoka in as many years. We've been sending tickets as far south as Christchurch, as far north as Auckland, a couple to Australia and two to Hong Kong.'' Of the 8023 punters that will be in attendance at Saturday's game, two fans will make the long journey from Hong Kong. Husband and wife Greg and Iris Beggs will make a special trip to the small township of Manga- tainoka after reading about the pre-season game online. The couple says they were attracted by the game's grass roots rugby reputation and having the opportunity to see some Rugby World Cup champions up close. We are fans of champion teams and champion players so we are coming along to see where they breed World Champions,'' says Greg Beggs, who will be visiting New Zealand for the first time. It will hopefully be a great day of back to roots rugby where we can be close to the play and really see all the effort and almost feel the pain.'' Greg, an Australian air traffic controller who has been living and working in Hong Kong for the past 15 years, says he takes in live rugby whenever he gets the chance. He admits his wife Iris, also an air traffic controller, knows and refs the game better than I do''. Iris and I love the game. We go to the Hong Kong Rugby 7's each year, each Asian 5 Nations games played here and for the last two years we've got to see the All Blacks take on the Wallabies here in HK,'' he says. The A5N games are played at the local football club in front of around 3000 people and you sit about 5m from the side line. These games are a fantastic afternoon out where you are up close to the action, eat meat pies, have a few beers and really enjoy the atmos- phere of the rugby community; this is our biggest hope for Mangatainoka.'' Despite not knowing much about either of the Crusaders or the Hurricanes franchises, Greg says this trip is all about experi- encing the magic of New Zealand with rugby a very nice cherry on top''. This Saturday's game, which kicks off at 3pm, is expected to go down in grass roots rugby folklore. It will be played on Neil 'Skin' Symonds' farm next to Tui Brew- ery, which has been transformed from a bare paddock into a ground befitting the quality of Super Rugby players. It will also see the local community rally together to host more than 8000 rugby fans. Tui has teamed up with key match day supporters to make the day possible including: PGG Wrightsons, Norwood Farm Machinery, Sharpes Stockfeeds, Hirequip, K+M Print, MoreFM, and Altum.
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