Wyndham first to win Jeff Lamb trophy

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Jeff Lamb was up for grabs when Wyndham travelled to Waikaka on Saturday.

One of Lamb’s former teammates, Bruce Robertson, said Lamb had been revered by many as a legend of club rugby in the ’70s and ’80s.

“Most of my rugby I played alongside Jeff.

“He use to deal a bit of punishment on the field, but he could also take as much as he gave,” Mr Robertson said.

Lamb’s playing career stretched a long way for both the clubs.

Across both clubs he played more than 300 matches – 146 for Waikaka and 158 for Wyndham.

Lamb also represented Eastern Southland 56 times and Southland Country seven times and was capped 15 times by Southland.

“Not many players would have played that many games.

“There are only a couple of players I can think of who would have achieved that in my lifetime.”

When playing for Wyndham Lamb was primarily a lock forward, while at Waikaka he played in the backs, Robertson said.

“In his time he just about played every position in senior rugby.

“He was a great bloke and a legend.”

Lamb died in the middle of last year after a long fight with illness.

Robertson’s daughter, Wyndham co-coach Casey Robertson, said Lamb epitomised the club man.

“From a club perspective, Jeff was one of the toughest players in his era and probably would be in the modern era as well,” she said.

Lamb had been equally helpful off the field as an administrator for the club.

The trophy was presented to the Wyndham side by Lamb’s wife, Ngaire, and son Greg after the team won the match 30-19.

The match was both teams’ first in the Southlandwide division 1 rugby competition this year.

The trophy was a good motivator for the Wyndham side early in the season, Ms Robertson said.

“We started off fairly well, before we got complacent and let them back in it a bit.”

In another big match, Wyndham will play Edendale for the Battle of the Bridge tomorrow in its first home match.

The first round of the division 1 competition would be tough but a couple of tough pre-season matches had readied the Wyndham side, she said.

The Battle of the Bridge kicks off at 3pm in Wyndham.