Springlands seniors turn out to cheer on Makos
A squad of about 20 senior citizens from Blenheim are gearing up for an afternoon on the sidelines at Lansdowne Park this weekend.
Residents at Springlands Lifestyle Village will cheer on the Tasman Makos as they hope to continue their run of good form when they face Northland on Sunday.
The Makos, who are second in the ITM Cup standings, are playing their third match in seven days after a hard-fought 13-10 win against Southland on Wednesday night.
But it will be the team from Springlands that steal the pre-game show with a special announcement welcoming them to Lansdowne Park.
Resident Rayma Moorman said it will be nice to feel important again.
Her partner Arthur Evans has been watching all the Makos' games on television and said the team was in exceptional form.
Mr Evans has been following the Ranfurly Shield games since 1958 and said the Tasman Makos were unlucky not to bring the ‘Log o' Wood' home when they played Taranaki earlier this month.
He has never been to a Makos' game and was looking forward to watching them win.
Ms Moorman hasn't been to Lansdowne Park either but was more looking forward to the nibbles and drinks.
"I'm just going along for an enjoyable day out," she said.
Fellow Springlands resident Garry Turner also watches the games on television.
Mr Turner and his wife, Dinah, hadn't been to a live game since Marlborough and Nelson combined to form the Makos, he said.
Mrs Turner said she was looking forward to the atmosphere of a live rugby match.
"Actually being there and being able to cheer them on will be something different," she said.
Springlands Lifestyle Village activities co-ordinator Jill Rogers said days out for residents were very important.
"It brings them all together so they get to know each other," she said. "But it makes them feel like they are still part of the community as well as having their own community at Springlands."
The Marlborough Express