win great way to mark getting 100-games blazers

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It was a case of better late than never on Saturday, as two Wyndham rugby players received blazers for having played 100 senior games.

Kirk Given and Phillip Norman received their blazers after beating Edendale.

Norman said the 24-19 win was a great way to mark the occasion.

He and Given actually hit the milestone during last season’s title-winning run.

“Always good to get a win, especially [to] beat Edendale. There is a good rivalry there,” Norman said.

At present he was fighting a knee injury but was able to make an appearance on the wing in the second half, Norman said.

In his brief cameo he scored a try to top the celebrations.

The biggest highlight of playing for Wyndham was winning the division 1 trophy last season.

“It was about our fourth or fifth attempt, so it was great to get that,” he said.

Norman achieved the 100 matches for Wyndham after an extensive rugby career.

Along with playing premier rugby for Woodlands and the Eastern Northern Barbarians, he had played rugby in Holland and the United Kingdom.

Given also received his 100-game jacket on Saturday.

While he had received honours for it at the time he was happy to get the blazer, Given said.

“I am just happy I have been able to play that many games,” he said.

Before turning out for Wyndham, Given played for Waikaia after finishing his studies in Dunedin.

He then played for a couple of seasons with Pioneer before first appearing for Wyndham.