Good Sorts get a treat
Huia had the Crusaders to dinner and Motueka-Golden Bay reporter Helen Murdoch went along for a look:
Owen Franks, Luke Romano, Corey Flynn, Jordan Taufua and Joe Moody were mobbed by young fans when they arrived at the Huia Ruby Clubrooms as part of the Crusaders Good Sorts contest.
The draw saw clubs in four regions around the South Island offered the chance to nominate a local good sort who has worked tirelessly for the rugby cause who would have dinner cooked at their home by three Crusaders players.
"We felt our club was full of good Samaritans, so thought why not make it a club event," said club secretary Dion Irons from behind the fillet of fish barbecue, of Huia's decision to nominate all its members in the draw.
"The idea was the Crusaders were going to do the cooking but they seemed to have pulled a swifty," said neighbouring skillet-wielding chairman Alan McKenzie.
But the kids and the families did not mind who was doing the cooking.
Their focus was the Crusaders players who joked and talked and signed shirts and balls and flags and even got into a game of touch with about 40 youngsters.
"It's a great night out for everyone and we are having a bit of a reunion this year so this is a good warm-up," Alan said.
The sentiment was echoed by parents among the 100-strong crowd.
"It's brilliant," Jo Griffith said. "There's not too many people, everyone is cruising around. It's great for the club and the kids."