Reaching 100 years was a proud and honourable milestone for our club and we made sure that we celebrated it with a bang. The 17-19th of May 2019 saw all generations of our Kereone family reunited for a weekend of reminiscing, laughter, and all round good time.
The registrations opened at 3pm and carried on into the night as we welcomed people back into the clubrooms that they once called home. As people caught up and chatted away the night led on to our couch chat, hosted by Scotty Stevenson. What a line up to see Anna Harrison (Silver fern), Bryan Williams (Rugby Great) and our very own Brian Clarke (Kereone legend) together on the couch discussing sports, tours, and all round banter.
The day began with our junior rugby stars followed by a past vs present netball game. Next up we saw the golden oldies game played in great spirits as old team mates, siblings and even fathers and sons played together on the field. A special moment to see 5 Clarke men on the field once again in the green and white, with Brian taking the first kick off then supporting his son and grandsons from the sideline. This was a fun and memorable part of our celebrations.
The next game saw our senior team take on Te Awamutu Marist in a great display of rugby, with Kereone taking the win and pleasing the crowd. With a few presentations of 50 game blazers to senior players we then took the celebrations into the night. We had a delicious centennial dinner followed by speeches from our President (Nigel Leeson), Mayor (Jan Barnes), MRU (Grant Hooker), WRU (Duanne Monkley), NZRU (Max Spence). We also had a special presentation to long time sponsors Graham and Lynne Silvester from Silvester Electrical Ltd for over 30 years sponsorship. Our Patron Brian Clarke did the honors of cutting our 100 year birthday cake and lastly we had the auction of our special edition 100 year jerseys. With some great music the night then faded into the morning as we partied the night away.
As the celebrations wound to a close we got together for morning tea and had a plaque dedication by our patron Brian Clarke to commemorate such a big occasion. When entering the clubrooms you can see our 100 year plaque on the wall next to the Clubrooms opening plague from 1976.