Hurunui under-16 team mates Matt Getz, left, and Adam Ford celebrate their team’s convincing win against Oxford to secure the North Canterbury title.
At the end of the 2016 club rugby season two Kaikoura-based players had their workload increased.
Matt Getz and Adam Ford, both 16, have been playing for the Hurunui under-16s in the North Canterbury competition as there was no team in Kaikoura for them to play in.
Deciding it was worth the extra effort to continue the sport they love, they committed to travelling to Culverden rather than have nowhere to play.
For fullback/centre Adam this was his first season with Hurunui, while flanker/number 8 Matt was enjoying his second season at the club after playing with the under-18 team last season.
They are now celebrating the team’s very convincing 53-0 win over Oxford in the league final, played last weekend, with two of Hurunui’s tries scored by Adam.
This was not the only convincing win of the season – in fact in the second half of the year Hurunui only had one try scored against them.
While Matt and Adam were excused from much of the weekly training, being too far to travel to Culverden, the pair have fitted in well and have made themselves known as valuable members of the team during weekend fixtures.
So much so that they were picked for the North Canterbury rep team, and from there they have both been selected for the Canterbury Country rep team.
This means they will have to drop playing in the North Canterbury team for now, but it is a fantastic opportunity which will give them playing experience against other regional rep teams including Marlborough, Nelson and Otago.
Their next big tournament will be playing for Canterbury Country at the South Island under-16 tournament in Christchurch during the school holidays
While it has been a huge commitment from both the boys and their families, who take them to the games each weekend, they say they would not have had the chance to be seen by the selectors had they not made the effort.