Turbos Feilding Fun Day A Hit
on Monday, 13 July 2015. Posted in Turbos News
Feilding kids took their chance at impressing the Turbos coach as well as the team on Sunday at Victoria Park.
The annual Feilding Fun Day event was held on Sunday morning at Feilding's Victoria Park with rippa rugby games, a bouncy castle, barbecue and the chance for families to see the Turbos' ITM Cup Champions Trophy and meet the players.
Turbos brand manager Jason Cole said the annual event was all about the kids and letting everyone know the season was about to start.
"The big thing for the kids is the Turbos are huge for them. They're big guys, big personalities, all the kids know the Turbos. For us it's just getting the team out in front of them and showing the parents at the same time that we want to be out here with the kids having a good time.
"It's good for the players to interact with the community and interact with the fans one-on-one so they remember where they came from. It keeps them humble, which is good, and they have a good time too."
Head coach Jason O'Halloran said the event was a great chance for the players to engage with Feilding families.
"There's a big junior rugby section from Feilding so it's good to be able to come out here and rub shoulders with some of these kids and provide a bit of inspiration for them. It's always interesting to watch kids at this age because there's always two or three of them that really stand out... it's just good to see smiles on their faces and see our guys being able to run around with them."
Turbos player James Oliver said the day was the first team promo for the year.
"It's always good coming to Feilding because they get right in behind all this community rugby stuff. It's good to get down with the kids on a Sunday and it's quite enjoyable, actually. The kids love a bit of rippa and it's good to see a few Turbos jerseys here on the kids."
Sarah Magill brought her three boys, Liam, 12, Ben, 10, and Connor, 7, to the event.
"They play for Feilding Saturday morning rugby and they love rugby and the Turbos," she said.
"It's good in the school holidays. We came last year and the kids had a great time, so they were really excited to come."
Connor said playing rippa rugby was fun and the best part was when a Turbos player passed him the ball.
Tawera Tahi-Martin, 10, said it was awesome to have favourite player Kayne Hammington on his team for rippa rugby.
"It was fun. Scoring a try was the best part."
- Lisa Knight - Manawatu Standard