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Pass it: Southern premier halfback
James Kenny passes the ball in the
Topp Cup rugby game in Alexandra last
year. Southern, representing South and
West Otago, won the premier clash and
will be hoping to make it three in a row
when the teams meet again in the
annual contest in Lawrence on June 1.
Photo: NASTASSJA TAIRUA
Team ready for premier clash
The Southern region premier rugby team to play Central region for the Topp Cup in
Lawrence on Saturday, June 1, is: Blair Young (Heriot), Stu Young (Lawrence), Craig
Stanaway (Heriot), Dylan McKenzie (Heriot), Simon Scott (Toko), Seaoga Levale
(Clutha), Mark Homer (Lawrence), Dave Kenny (Lawrence), Kerrod Baldwin (Clutha),
Shaun Tauti (Heriot), Mala Saimoni (Clutha), Josh Beer (Toko), Jye Cormack (Heriot),
Josh Botting (Clutha Valley), Aaron Kimura (Heriot), Bill Maiono (Heriot), Dave Laban
(Clutha), Blake Korteweg (Clutha),Gavin Stark (SOHS), Reece Harrold (Clutha), Tony
Ralulu (Toko) and Quentin Smith (Lawrence). Coaches: Willis Paterson, Kelvin Wyber
and Roger Cotton.
What: Topp Cup rugby clashes
between Southern and Central
When: June 1
Where: Simpson Park, Lawrence
Games: Under-13, 14, 16 kickoff off
Under-18 and development games
Evening function: Starts at 7pm.
Southern aim for three-peat in centenary year
The Southern Region rugby team
will be hoping to make it a three-
peat in this year's Topp Cup.
The team, which is made up of
South and West Otago rugby
players, drew with the Central
Region 18-all in the feature premier
clash in Alexandra last year.
The year before Southern won 34-5
in Balclutha in one of its biggest
wins in 10 years.
This year's game will be held at
Simpson Park in Lawrence on June
Coach Willis Paterson said with the
Topp Cup it was hard to tell how
well teams will do.
''I'm happy with the team. It's solid
up front and has some good pace
''A good mix of youth and
It was also hard to tell how good the
Central team would be, he said.
''It depended whether all the
Central teams send their best
players or not.''
This year will also mark the
centenary of the Topp Cup and an
evening function is to be held.
Rippa tournament bigger and more fun than ever
RIP INTO IT
What: Clutha District's rippa
When and where: Tuesday, May
28, Balclutha A & P Showgrounds
For who: About 800 students
from years 3 to 8
Big aim: Top teams progress to
the Otago-wide finals
Last year, 600 children.
This year, 800.
I didn't think it was
possible but the Clutha
tournament for years 3 to 8 pupils
in Balclutha is going to be the
biggest ever on May 28.
With such a massive tournament,
many organisations have to
combine to make this happen.
South Otago High School and
Toko High will provide referees.
The southern junior rugby
committee will also help with
referees and run the draw
The beauty of tournaments like
these is manyfold. Two main
reasons are seeing smiles on faces
and skill development. For me,
seeing children happy is very
important. Surveys show they
play sport to have fun, be with
their friends and be healthy.
I bang on a lot about this but for
good reason. Sport loses playing
numbers as children get older. To
keep them in sport we have to
deliver what they want. Don't get
me wrong, playing to win and
developing that determination
has to be good. Learning how to
win and lose are all good life
If having fun is a key factor, then
coaching becomes very
important. Players need the
fundamental skills to be able to
play the game.
And with over 80 teams entered in
our rippa rugby tournament next
week, my point is there are 80
coaches with the opportunity to
make a difference in 800 young
peoples' lives. Now all we is need
a fine day.
Tiny Carruthers is the sports
co-ordinator for the Clutha
District. He can be contacted
on: 418 3046 or
We can thank some
sloppy spelling by a
jeweller for the name
--- and now the 100-year
celebration of the Topp
The Topp Cup, first
played for in 1913 and
now annually con-
tested by age-grade and
senior rugby teams
from the southern and
central Otago regions,
will again be at stake
in Lawrence on
Saturday, June 1.
The cup, which was
originally played for as
a challenge cup
between the sub-
unions of the Otago
Rugby Football Union,
means so much to both
though its name is
wrong. The cup was
donated by Andrew
Jopp of Moutere Sta-
tion and the trophy
name, Topp, came
about because of a
spelling mistake by an
No-one obviously wor-
ried about changing it
and 100 years later it is
still the most prized
trophy in rugby in this
part of the world, and
that will be no different
on a special cel-
ebration day on June 1.
A function to celebrate
the cup will be held
after the games that
night where the best
and central teams from
the past 100 years will
be announced. There
will also be a commem-
orative jersey auction.
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