College first XV prepare for the ball
Marlborough Boys' College first XV rugby players have a second chance at glory when they get to don their best gear and head to the combined colleges' formal on Saturday.
It is the second formal to be to be organised this year after the original August 16 date was cancelled when a 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck Marlborough at 2.31pm, just hours before students were gearing up to walk the red carpet.
Many of the players' girlfriends had already been devastated when they found out the team would not be attending the original date because they had the game of their lives to play the following day.
Hooker Abe Rood admitted he was also a bit gutted he would miss out on the formal when the team made the decision not to go.
But the team's dedication was rewarded the following day when they made history by beating Nelson to become the first MBC side to win the Press Cup Crusaders Region Secondary Schools competition.
The quake meant the boys would be able to attend the formal after all when a new date was organised for Saturday.
Abe, year 13, said he was stoked he got the chance to play rugby and still go to the ball.
"It's my last year going to the formal and I'm going with my girlfriend," he said.
"I'm happy I got to do both."
Year 12 player Zac Harrison-Jones is looking forward to getting dressed up and going to his first school formal.
He and his girlfriend have co-ordinated their outfits so Zac's tie matches his girlfriend's dress.
"My girlfriend was really supportive of me with the rugby and she was happy when we made history with the Press Cup," he said.
"And now she's really happy she can go to the formal with me."
Deputy head boy and formal organising committee member Michael Ruffell said 429 tickets had been sold; 179 to the boys and 250 to the girls.
The committee was "freaking out" when they thought the first XV might not be able to go to Saturday's formal, either, he said.
"It was big, big dramas," he said.
"It was mainly the girls, because they want their boyfriends there.
"It's the biggest social event we have, and it's a combined colleges' one, so it really gets everyone excited."
- The Marlborough Express