Sunday, 24 May 2015

Rotorua's Rich Sporting Past

Sports a regular pastime of Rotorua folk.

The following are newspaper reports of what our local sporting people were up to...

 All articles are copied from Papers Past

This one from the Bay of Plenty Times, 17 August 1920

Rotorua's 7 rugby players on the Bay of Plenty team were
Reke Rogers, Woods, Keepa, Royal, Walker, Scott and Jones. It seems first names were not required back then.

If any of our readers can identify these men, please add your comments to the blog below.

The Bay of Plenty Rugby Union was established in 1911. It has a very proud rugby tradition and heritage. Over the years it has produced many New Zealand representatives in the All Blacks, NZ Maori, NZ 7’s, NZ Women’s Rugby 15’s & 7’s; as well as representative Coaches and support staff at Provincial and International level.
From : Bay of Plenty Rugby Union



The Rotorua Amateur Athletics Club 1931- later includes Cycling and in 1947 the Harriers joined in. In 1981 the name was amended to "Rotorua Athletic Club Inc. and in 1991  renamed "Lake City Athletic Club Inc." which it remains today.

A full history of the club can be read on their website Lake City Athletic Club Inc.


                                       Here in this article it talks about the Fancy Dress Ball in honour of the Annual Rotorua Basketball Association Tournament. 

"The Rotorua Basketball Association was formed in the early 1920’s by Mr Edward Guy and his wife Edna Guy. Edward Guy was a prominent member of the community and was editor of the local Rotorua Post newspapers. Closely associated with him was Mrs Jean Lodge MBE who was for many years Secretary, player and our delegate to the New Zealand Basketball Association as it was then known"   From : Netball Rotorua Centre.