Rest-home residents knit slippers for Georgians

01:00, Sep 14 2011
TIGHT KNIT: Metlifecare residents and knitters, Janet Murphy and Gwenda Turfrey, who displays her knitting tattoo.

A group of elderly Palmerston North women will support Georgia during the Rugby World Cup by knitting woollen slippers for all the side's players.

Four Metlifecare residents, Verna Thomson, Gwenda Turfrey, Anne Cheer and Janet Murphy, have been furiously knitting 45 pairs of black and white slippers for the Georgians, who will play Romania at Arena Manawatu on September 28.

Metlifecare social co-ordinator Raewyn Clayden said the women were backing Georgia because they were playing two games in Palmerston North.

The idea was for the players to give the slippers to their wives and girlfriends, she said.

"We are really hoping we're going to be able to deliver these to them or maybe one can come and take them," she said.

Georgian facts, flags and signs have been pinned up around the rest home, which has helped the residents get into supporting the team.


"We were going to try to learn the anthem but wow, they've got a hard anthem – they're very robust," she said.

The four women are all passionate knitters, but only Ms Thomson is a rugby fan, having spent many evenings watching live games.

Her whole family loved rugby, and she was an avid supporter of the tournament.

Georgia had a good shot at beating Romania, and would give Argentina a run for their money, Ms Thomson said.

Ms Turfrey was passionate about the knitting. She even has a knitting tattoo, which she got on her 80th birthday after a dare, imprinted on her shoulder to display her passion.

Manawatu Standard