A century of heritage on the field

by Andy Bryenton

This year marks the centennial of New Zealand’s national game in Northland, with rugby clubs all across the region celebrating a legacy of sporting comradeship, excellence and community involvement.

A special game will be played in Dargaville to commemorate this milestone, with a specially selected centenary team facing an invitational side from the NZ Vikings Rugby Football Club.

“2020 is going to be a big year for the Northland Rugby Union as we celebrate 100 years of provincial rugby here in Northland,” says organising subcommittee chair Phil Halse.

“We are a very proud union and this celebration will enable us to relive great moments and to lament some less so, and to rekindle great friendships. Please spread the word as we would like as many of you as possible to attend, it has taken us 100 years to get here!”

The special match will be held on Friday, March 6 from 6.30pm to 8pm at Dargaville’s Pioneer Rugby Park. It’s a free event for the public to enjoy, memorialising the first official game played with the oval ball in our part of New Zealand, way back in 1920.

After the match, a special function will be held at the Dargaville Sports Club to commemorate the many players who have taken to the field during those 10 long decades, and the supporters and sponsors who have made rugby a part of Kaipara and Northland life.