‘Real casual’ rugby returns to the top of the lake



There’s been no training, there’s not an official coach, and half the side are ring-ins, but the Lakeside Rugby Club’s still in it to win it this weekend in its first game in about seven years.

Club secretary Brylee Percy says the home side’s made up of about 15 players ‘‘associated with Glenorchy’’ — either residents or mates who’ve answered the call-up from locals, and is being bolstered by players from Gore’s Pioneer and Dunedin’s Harbour clubs.

They’ll go up against a Wakatipu side — still to be named — in GY on Saturday afternoon in the first of what’s hoped to become an annual event.

‘‘It’s kind of a throwback to when we used to have the triangular tournament, which was Arrowtown, Wakatipu and Glenorchy, so it’s just trying to get something happening again,’’ Percy says.

The idea came from people who have a holiday house in Glenorchy and spend a lot of time at the head of the lake, who also have associations with the Wakatipu, Pioneer and Harbour clubs.

They asked about the possibility of holding a game and have since helped pull the Lakeside team together.

Percy says the home team hasn’t had a single training session — ‘‘we’re just turning up and playing’’.

‘‘It’s real casual … it’s going to be a laugh from the sideline.’’

Even the coach is a bit of a mystery, she says.

‘‘Under general discussion it was Pete Reid — but I don’t know whether that was actually formal or not.’’

One thing is certain — first-aid will be on the sideline, just in case.

Kickoff at the Glenorchy Rec Ground is 2.45pm.