Fair Play for Eden Christian Academy



After a tough season, Eden Christian Academy Rugby League team has come away with their heads held high, as they were recently awarded the Fair Play trophy by Auckland Rugby League

With the consistent growth of the school, this year was the first time they had been able to form a team, an effort that teacher, Pieter Jansen van Rensburg, is incredibly proud of. “We were only able to establish an U15, 9 aside team and from that, we only had one student who had actually played a proper game of rugby. I am extremely proud of my boys to have been presented with this award.” Pieter says that at the beginning of the season, they were unsure of what to expect from the other teams, with their first game seeing the boys lose 65 – 5. “Being an open weight, I didn’t think that the other boys would be too big, but I was wrong! We played against one team who had a player that weighed 123kg! Our youngest player was 11 years old so you can just imagine the size difference, not once did they complain or give up.” Despite the setbacks, the team consistently improved, with their last game against Mt Albert Grammar being a tight score of 35 – 28. “Not once did they give up, argue with the referee or begin a fight, despite being so frustrated with their scores. Now that in itself is a huge accomplishment and just shows the character of these students.” Pieter is excited for next season, and is currently in discussions with Tuakau College to form a combined team. “I know that they are in a similar situation and have boys who are begging to make up a team, but the numbers just aren’t there. I have also watched them play, and wow, they are very talented.” Pieter would like to thank the community and parents for their continued support of the Eden Christian Academy’s team throughout the season.

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