On February 28th, 2016, 13-year-old Jonty Carran went to sleep and never woke up. Countless tests followed his death in the search for why this healthy and athletic boy never woke from his sleep. This young lad was a talented sportsman, with rugby being one of his passions. In his memory the Jonty Carran Memorial Rugby 10’s Tournament is now run annually with teams from all over Southland converging on his hometown of Otautau to play in his honor.
This year's tournament was the sixth time it has been held and St Peter’s had both Year 7 & 8 Boys and Girls teams playing.
The Boys' team was a mix of Year 7 & 8’s and after a sluggish start to the day started to find some form, running in two pleasing wins to make it 2/4 for the day. Congratulations to Blake Sayer who was named SPC’s Most Valuable Player.
The Girls Team was also a mix of Yr 7 & 8’s, with the bulk of the team remaining after their regular rugby season. They started the day off with a draw but unfortunately lost Captain and play maker Maddie Chittock to an arm injury in this game. The girls carried on and played some good running rugby - coming away with 1 win, 1 draw and 2 losses. Congratulations to Maddison Young who was named SPC’s Most Valuable Player.
A big thank you to Coaches Jamie and Elliott for taking the teams on the day. Being November, rugby is far from the students minds especially with summer sports now taking priority. We really appreciate your time and efforts to get a team together with little preparation and practice time available. Thanks also to Catherine, Nadia and parents for your support of our kids on the day.