Rugby returns to Field Days

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Gore residents will have the opportunity to watch a Super 15 game close to home at the Southern Field Days in Waimumu early next year.

The two-yearly Southern Field Days are being held from the February 14 to 16 next year.

Rugby match organiser Don Moore said the game would be played on Fred Booth Park after the successful pre-season game at the 2016 Southern Field Days.

“The game is the last pre-season game, the Farmlands Cup, between the Highlanders and the Crusaders,” Mr Moore said.

The game would be played on Thursday, February 15, with kickoff being at 6pm, he said.

Mr Moore said tickets would go on sale just one week before the game.

Southern Field Days chairman Logan Evans said tickets available for the first game sold out “within a matter of hours”.

“It was always the deal to have two rugby games on the Fred Booth Park. After the next match we will re-evaluate it all,” Mr Evans said.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to bring these games into the community,” he said.

“It’s a completely different concept having these two teams playing in a paddock.”

The tickets were limited in numbers, Mr Evans said.

“We would love to pack 10,000 people in but we just can’t, sadly.”

He said the rugby pitch was now being looked after by landowner Fred Booth and his son Mark, as well as Gore District Council parks officer John Ave.

Job done . . Gore District Council parks officer John Ave is preparing Fred Booth Park for February next year.

“John has taken over the management of the field. It’s his baby – he will make sure it’s in top shape.

“He said a ‘paddock’ just would not cut it and that he would sort it out.”

The mechanism for ticket sales was still to be decided, Mr Evans said.

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