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Stan Ruley (holding singlet) Chris Smeele (white singlet) Kevin Murray, Dennis Higginson (obscured) Seamus O'Toole, Kim Healy, Liam Gavigan (beard). Front - Grant Gilbert, Gary Shand. At Saints Basketball Club reunion held Timaru on July 20-22

STAFF REPORTER

Experience won out over youth at a game held as part of a Saints Basketball Club reunion over the weekend.

A golden oldies team comprising past pupils of Roncalli College and three former Saints players/Roncalli coaches beat the school’s team 53-51 in the college gym on Sunday morning.

For reunion organiser Kevin Murray, the victory was extra sweet, as the team won the past versus present pupils trophy donated by the Murray siblings – Kathryn, Kevin and Noel – in the late 1990s.

About 40 people took part in reunion activities, including a Friday night meet and greet, a Saturday lunch for women players, golf, a Saturday night buffet meal, sharing photographs and clippings, speeches and remembering members who had died, and finishing with Sunday lunch.

Mr Murray said the weekend went well, providing the opportunity for small groups with special connections to catch up under the Saints umbrella.

“Everyone said it was brilliant. They were just so happy to see each other and had little sympathy for those who missed out.”