Marlborough Mid-Week : July 30th 2014
12 MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK, JULY 30, 2014 FEATURE/SPORT Continuing our series of chats with Marlborough identities Coffee chat Noeleen Thomson Marlborough RSA Women’s Section president How long have you been with the Marlborough RSA Women’s Section and how did you get involved? I’ve been involved for six years now. A friend invited me along to a meeting. Tell us a bit about the organisation and how it was formed. It was formed March 1, 1945. It was started as a social meeting for the enjoyment of members, and grew to helping people in the community and especially helping others in emergencies. It also conducts or assists in public appeals. What do the members get up to? We have speakers, go on trips, and in April at our meeting that month we pin poppies and have some entertainment while doing this. We have a mid-winter luncheon and a Christmas luncheon. TheAGMis on August 13 at the Clubs of Marlborough from 2pm. Who would you like to see come along to that? We would love to see some new members and they don’t have to be wives or partners of servicemen, but they need to be a Clubs of Marlborough or RSA member. Do you have a particular connection to someone who served in war? Not really. My husband was in the air force and served in the Sinai on peacekeeping duties. How long have you lived in Marlborough and what is your favourite thing about the province? I’ve been here 21 years. I love the weather, great people and many sights to visit. Any hobbies or sports you enjoy in your spare time? I don’t have much spare time, but I do go to the pool now and again. What’s your go-to home- Can a sea of scarlet bedevil the coasters? You don’t get much time to hold your breath during a rugby season. This analogy will ring true for players in the Marlborough Red Devils team who take on West Coast on Sunday in Greymouth for the coveted Seddon shield. Our best Marlborough club players, fresh from smashing into each other for four months, are now teammates as they unite to slip on the famous scarlet jersey. The Devils have talent to burn right across the park, with game breakers such as Wille Umu, Jake Cresswell and Brandyn Laursen in their back division while they also possess some good tight forwards in the shape of Reyne Volavola and Fetu Ieremia. To add to this young talent there is a rumour around the traps the experienced duo of Franco Smith and Jeremy Manning might be available for the first few Devils games of the season. If these two do make the paddock for the team, this would be a massive fillip for the team – both are good people who can help galvanise a team in terms of its culture and also performance. The Devils are coached by Bull Stewart and Ono Levu, and managed by Wal KK COMMENT Kieran Keane Cairns; all three of these lads know what it feels like to wear the jersey with pride and will instil that in their 2014 charges. While I’m talking about rep footy, the Tasman Makos extended squad, or ‘‘emerging players’’ as we are known, take on Canterbury today in a pre-season game in Glenmark. They then stay on tour, heading south to grapple with Otago in another pre-season match in Dunedin on Saturday. This pre-season tour is a great chance for our coaches to get a first-hand look at our Makos who have not been playing Super Rugby, ply their trade against opposition at the next level. All our emerging Makos are chasing the remaining half-a-dozen or so positions which are up for grabs in the Makos 30-man ITM Cup squad due to be named on Monday. Because of other commitments I missed getting down to the Marlborough Boys’ Col- Power: Marlborough Boys’ College First XV centre Cody Weir is tackled by a Roncalli College defender during their match up on Saturday. Photo: SCOTT HAMMOND/ FAIRFAX NZ lege front field on the weekend to watch the MBC First XV against Roncalli College. However, I did have some scouts there as I still hold a massive interest in the MBC sides’ progress. By all reports it was rusty but gutsy performance from MBC who managed to take the game by three points, and at the end of the day a win is a win. The 2014 MBC team has taken so many body blows this season in terms of injuries and bad luck, but they keep fighting and refuse to let go of their goal of a Press Cup semifinal appearance. If you can, get down to the MBC front field at noon on Saturday and support the lads as they take on St Bede’s in a vital game which could determine the fate of MBC’s playoff hopes. Even though Bede’s are sitting third on the table I won’t be surprised if this plucky MBC side rises to the occasion again and sends the lads from down south home without a win. cooked meal when you need to cook in a rush? Fish, mashed potato with an onion chopped into them and peas. What books are you currently reading and what would be your favourite book or author? Matters of the Heart by Danielle Steel. Any words of wisdom for the readers? The motto of the RSA is ‘‘People helping people’’ and that’s what we try to promote.
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