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It was a red-letter day for the Arrowtown Premiers rugby side last Saturday.

After commuting to Frankton’s Events Centre for home games for the past three seasons, the White Horse Cup holders returned to a rejigged Jack Reid Park.

The players, including, from right, Connor Bissett, Joe Sluman, Liam Jenkins and Nemo Gent, also ran onto the field from new $2.35 million clubrooms which they’re sharing with Arrowtown community groups.

Twelve years in the making, the Arrowtown Community Centre was the brainchild of long-time Arrowtown Rugby Club president Simon Spark, with major support from community trusts, Queenstown architectural designer/centre trust chairman Murray Bennett and the local council, which is managing the venue.

Arrowtown beat Alexandra 29-8 on Saturday, and next defend the White Horse Cup against Wakatipu during the club’s 30th jubilee in two weeks’ time.