Golden Oldies’ 10-year re-match

Tuesday October 30, 2018 Written by Published in Rugby Union
The Avatiu Nikao Mongoose team of 2008 that played the Mangaia Wild Boars. They had a re-match on Friday last week in Oneroa. 18102933 The Avatiu Nikao Mongoose team of 2008 that played the Mangaia Wild Boars. They had a re-match on Friday last week in Oneroa. 18102933

The Avatiu Nikao Mongoose travelled to Mangaia to play the Wild Boars in a “re-match” on Friday last week.

 

The last time the two teams played each was back in 2008.

The match served as a strong friendship between the two teams as a lot of Mangaians end up playing in the Avatiu Eels team in Rarotonga when they come down here.

There has already been quite a few “great sports papas” from Mangaia that have played for the Eels. They are Papa Maara Vaiimene, Papa Tearapiri Teaurima and Tangata (Papa Ta) Vainerere.

“In those days, the outer islands didn’t really play golden oldies rugby and the Mongoose was really on a mission to spread the word of “Golden Oldies Rugby” which ties in to the true spirit of our slogan which is “fun, friendship and fraternity”,” said George George, the former president of the Mongoose team.

“It wasn't the case when we arrived in Mangaia so you can imagine one side (the Mongoose) playing to the true spirits of the game and the Mangaians playing as if it's a grand final game.

“It didn't get down to a good start but, eventually, the Mangaians finally realised and started to play likewise, in the true spirit of Golden Oldies Rugby.”

Last week’s tour of Mangaia led by Matoi Nia Heather was a return trip for the Mongoose and the side took few gifts for the hospital and the Red Cross on the island.

To the hospital, the team donated a washing machine, two wheel chairs, one walker, four crutches, six walking sticks and one box weetbix.

The Red Cross received four rails (toilet support for oldies), four bins (for management personnel), about 10 big bags/suitcases of second hand clothing for fundraising purposes and magazines for the oldies.

Mongoose also presented gifts to the Mangaia Wild Boar Golden Oldies which included rugby balls and other sporting gears.

“While it was an enjoyable re-union of another match against the Wild Boars, we are also saddened to remember those that have sadly passed away since that game 10 years ago,” George said.

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