Waiuku College are gearing up as their first XV season starts next Saturday 5 May.
Coaches Gareth Manning, Matt Enoka, Brett Donald and fitness and conditioning coaches Rodney Jackson and Mike Shackleton have been working with the squad throughout the summer and are pleased with progress shown in the two pre-season games against Pukekohe High School and Alfriston College. The squad were grateful to play under lights at Waiuku Rugby Club and buoyed by the fantastic support at these two Friday night fixtures.
Team managers Selwyn Herewini and Ginny Cutler are working hard to ensure that the many young players, new to first XV rugby, are aware of what is expected of them.
The team is captained by James Sixsmith who showed his leadership on the field with two barnstorming performances in the recent games.
During the July holidays a first XV and development squad is travelling to Australia. The team will be competing in a 15 a-side carnival in the Gold Coast and then a ten a-side carnival on the Sunshine Coast. Overall a ten day trip with five days of rugby and a full itinerary of activities as well.
Players, coaches, managers and the fundraising committee (enthusiastically driven by Lisa Slattery, Razia Mohammed, Kylie Enoka, Anita Manning, Roma Shapleski and Kelly Martin) would like to say a huge thank you to the Waiuku community for their continued support. A great season lies ahead and everyone is welcome to join the ride.