Rugby Soiree follows TV exposure

JOHN ALEXANDER
Last updated 08:56 16/05/2012
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Just chillin': Members of the MBC first XV rugby team, pictured in their No1 attire at the college last week. Back row, from left, Tom Looms, Malcolm Tairea, Jack Roberton, Abe Rood, Michel Tuipulotu, Josh Sutherland, Sekope Lopeti, Junior Filipo, Bevan Moody, Tailah Love, Chad Ternent, Kurt Schollum. Middle row, from left, Zac Harrison-Jones, Kurt Norton, Sean Murray, Michael Dillon, Jayden Paul, Mick Boon, Jarome Leonard, Adam Smith, Awatea Johnston, Jack Keown. Sitting, from left, Atu Moli, Braden Stewart, Kenneth Hill

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Thursday, May 24 shapes as one of the most important days on and off the field for the Marlborough Boys' College (MBC) first XV rugby team this season.

At 12.15pm on the college front field in Blenheim, MBC kick off a vital Press Cup clash against arch rivals Nelson College, a match being televised live on Sky Television's Rugby Channel.

Following the match is one of the major fundraisers of the year, a Rugby Soiree with a variety of activities to keep people entertained, coupled with a silent auction and raffles.

Guests at the function will be Sky TV commentators Keith Quinn, John McBeth and former All Black prop Mark (Bull) Allen. The setting will be casual at the MBC hall, guests sitting on couches discussing various rugby topics and interacting with the crowd.

MBC and Tasman Makos assistant coach and former All Black Leon MacDonald, plus injured Crusaders forwards Quentin MacDonald and Joe Wheeler, all former MBC first XV players, will also join the discussions.

One of the event organisers, Jo Chamberlain, said the evening was a major part of the fund-raising which she hopes will raise in excess of $20,000.

The Press Cup campaign is expensive, costing around $60,000.

Chamberlain said everyone on the committee was doing a great job and she thanked the community and the various local businesses that have got in behind them. The best way the general public can help, she said, was by buying a ticket to the May 24 function.

The soiree runs between 6pm-8.30pm and, as well as the guest speakers and auction, the MBC players will each formally introduce themselves and perform a haka.

Tickets cost $50 per head and the price includes hors d'oeuvres, plus there are drinks for sale.

Tickets can be purchased from the MBC main office or by phoning 021 373665 or 021 472282.

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- The Marlborough Express

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