New Brighton Rugby Football Club will be celebrating it’s 100 year Centenary Celebration on Easter Weekend 2021 (2-4 April).
We have confirmed the following schedule of events over the three days, and we invite you to join us over the weekend.
We look forward to seeing you!
Friday 2 April 2021
|1pm||Golden Oldies game v Whakawerawera (Rotorua)|
|2.30pm||Colts Premier v Linwood|
|6pm||Official welcome for Whakawerawera|
|6:30pm||Food provided for all attendees|
|7pm||Crusaders vs Highlanders on SKY|
|9pm||Music (own playlist from members)|
We are delighted to advise that Whakarewarewa will be bringing a group of around 60 down for the weekend.
Saturday 3 April 2021
|From 9am||Junior matches|
|1pm||Premier Reserve v Linwood|
|2.45pm||Premier v Linwood (Centenary Game)|
|Post-game||Meet and Greet and LIVE band|
|6pm||Auction of 25 Centenary jerseys worn by Premiers|
|7pm||Food provided for all attendees|
|8pm||Live band (KRAKKAJACK)|
Sunday 4 April 2021
Centenary Evening at Addington Raceway (Christian Cullen Lounge)
|6:30pm||Guests seated and welcome speech|
|8:00pm||Guest Speaker and Centenary team naming|
OUR GUEST SPEAKER
We are pleased to announce the Eric Murray as our Guest Speaker.
Eric Murray is a two-time Olympic Champion having won gold in the coxless pair with crewmate Hamish Bond at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The pair teamed up in 2009 and formed what would become the most successful combination in rowing history. Bond and Murray were unbeaten internationally from 2009 until they parted ways in 2016. The duo also holds the world record time in the event (6:08.50), set at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Murray, the older and bigger of the pair, was born in Hastings in 1982, but grew up in the Bombay Hills, south of Auckland, attending Pukekohe High School.
He initially favoured rugby and only gained an introduction to rowing as a means of training for his preferred code. By 2003 his rowing talent had been noticed and he made the national squad. The following year he was in the New Zealand coxless four for the Athens Olympic Games, alongside Carl Meyer, Donald Leach and Mahe Drysdale. The quartet came 5th overall.
He also competed as part of the coxless four in Beijing 2008 where they finished seventh overall.
Murray retired in 2017 and lives in Cambridge with his wife Jackie and son Zac.