If you’d been a spectator at Dunalley Recreation Ground on Thursday morning, you would have seen some world class rugby union players in action, some pretty handsome looking fellas and our own Mrs Kenny (Grade 2/3 teacher and wife of principal) being lifted high in the air by two strapping blokes to take a spectacular mark – yes she did catch it, to the delight of the crowd who gave her a hearty cheer (despite some of them feeling rather envious it wasn’t them being manhandled).
The Melbourne Rebels very kindly took time out from their training schedule to give the children of Dunalley some rugby tips, including training drills, ‘packing a scrum’ and a short game of touch rugby. And they really were kind, taking time to chat to children, staff and parents both on the field and afterward at a casual reception at the Dunalley Waterfront Cafe (thanks Ben and Steph).
Thank you very much to the team for bringing a smile to the faces of many Dunalley residents – not to mention the generous gifts of rugby balls, sweets, stickers and best of all tickets to today’s pre-season match against the NWS Waratahs at North Hobart Oval. GO REBELS!
And many thanks to Rebecca White and Ian Field for making the Rebels visit happen.
From The Mercury, Friday 1st February…
IT was hard to know who enjoyed it better – the big, burly Melbourne Rebels rugby players or the kids of Dunalley.
In Hobart for a pre-season trial match against NSW Waratahs at North Hobart tomorrow, the Melbourne players insisted on going to Dunalley to put on a junior clinic for the kids of the fire-ravaged area.
It was a shock to Rebels rising star Cruze Ah-Nau to see the damage for himself.
“I knew it was bad. I didn’t know it was this bad,” the 22-year-old front-rower said.
“I’d heard there were 120 homes gone, and the school just across the road gone as well.
“We saw in the car on the drive down how massive it was. It started 50km up the road. Actually seeing it for ourselves was a big eye-opener.”
The main street of Dunalley was a hive of activity yesterday.
People were clearing up and cleaning up, and a small army was attending to the rapid construction of the temporary classrooms at the school.
A stone’s throw away on the Dunalley footy ground, the Rebels created a vibe that would be the envy of any AFL footy clinic.