Monday 26th November, 2012
ASHBURTON CELTIC RUGBY CLUB NEWS
After the AGM the following members are on the committee; President: Paul Summerfield, Vice-President: Kevin Donaldson, Club Captain: Gary Casey, JAB Club Captain: Darion Gray, Secretary: Stefan Brook, Treasurer: Greg Wall. Committee members; Alan Harvey, Richie McCrea, Kieron Gray, Phil Prendergast, Kevin Hurley, Mike Hanham, Rob Harnett, Mark O’Grady, Pete Restieaux, Tony Fielding, Paddy Strange, Mieke Brook and Warren McKenzie.
We would like to take this opportunity thank Paddy Strange as he has stepped down from Club Captain after numerous years on the job. In his time we have seen the JAB section of the club go from strength to strength and we now have the largest JAB section in the district. Thanks again Paddy and we know that you will always be a phone call away!
The club also had a great year with the seniors making the Watters Cup final and being narrowly beaten, this was also topped of at the Mid Canterbury Rugby Union awards evening with the senior team being given the CBS cup for Positive Play and Dan Dwyer being named Open Grade Captain of the year. Also the U16’s were JAB team of the year and coaches Mark O’Grady and Warren McKenzie named as JAB coaches of the year. The U8 team won their grade and the U14 1/2s won the Stirling Sports Fair Play award, and finally the U18’s making the combined competition semi-finals and also taking out the local competition. For a full list of awards see our website www.ashburtonceltic.co.nz.
Another player to make higher honors was Jason Feutz who made the New Zealand Marist XV which played the Heartland XV, and by all accounts had an outstanding 60 minutes. In the younger grade, Ricus Van Zeyl was selected for the South Island Marist U13 team and travelled to the North Island to play against North Island Marist U13’s.
This shows that there are higher honors to be made through all ages of the NZ Marist Rugby network and gives players something to try and achieve in their careers.
This year we have had 2 major projects that we have just completed, 1 being a revamp of the kitchen and its facilities and also the number 1 playing field. This has been a major job that couldn’t have been done without Warren McKenzie and Gary Casey. The field has been sprayed, turned over, top soiled, laser leveled and is all done now. We have also removed the East hedge and are in the process of re- planting something more manageable. None of these projects wouldn’t have been achieved without the help of the Ashburton Trust and our numerous other sponsors.
Also in the New Year on 17 February we have re-instated the Celtic Golf Tournament which is to be held at the Tinwald Golf course, if anyone is interested in playing or sponsoring contact Kieron Gray on 0274967144.
Remember to check our website, www.ashburtonceltic.co.nz for any updates or news. .
Any enquiries about the above, contact Stefan Brook on 307 1072.
Next committee meeting, Monday 10 December at 7:30pm.