1977 winners to gather 40 years after triumph

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Mackenzie Rugby Club’s 1977 winning senior reserve team has something special to celebrate.
It will be 40 years since they played and won together, when they meet for a reunion on May 13.
They were the first senior reserve team to win in the club’s then 24-year history.
Four members from the team have since died and organisers are still struggling to find two: Graeme McLeod and Rod Templeton, reunion co-ordinator Tony Hand said.
Mr Hand was a prop in the team and has been working alongside former team members to bring them together for Mackenzie Rugby Club day on Saturday next week.
“What makes this so special is we were the first team to win an open grade for the Mackenzie Rugby Club. That’s what this is all about,” Mr Hand said.
“We had a reunion at 10 years and at 30 years.
“The odd one is up north and a couple are in Australia. There has been a good response and plenty of phone calls.”
The triumphant 1977 team came from last in 1976 to beat 11 other teams and win the Glover Cup, the Conroy Cup and the Mt Cook Cup.
The team won 14 matches and lost three, scoring 302 points and conceding 85.
Mr Hand said the triumph was a combination of team work and determination.
“We always struggled as a team leading up to that year.
“In 1977 it was a great mix of how we all jelled.”
Club spokesman Len King said he was hoping for a good turnout of past players, coaches and committee personnel to help the 1977 senior reserve team relive their achievement.
“Those who are interested roll up and enjoy the day. It will be good fun,” Mr King said.
Mr Hand can be contacted on 615-7653 if anyone has information pertaining to the whereabouts of Mr McLeod and Mr Templeton.