Sumner will celebrate their first home game of the season by charging into St Leonards square in dramatic style.
The team will warm up near Van Asch Deaf Education Centre before running to their home ground, making an entrance at St Leonards just in time for kick-off against University.
“The first home game is always a special one for the community and the club. We’re hoping to get a big crowd down there especially if it’s good weather,” said Sumner captain Lawrence Babe.
They will hope to get their first win of the season at St Leonard’s after being dealt a difficult trio of fixture to start the year. Sumner began the season with three away losses to Christchurch (14-20), Sydenham (15-39) and Lincoln University (9-29).
Saturday’s home match against University won’t be any easier. The visitors have won their last two matches and defeated Sumner 38-28 in preseason.
Sumner’s last match against Lincoln University was set to be played on Saturday. However, both teams agreed to move the game to Wednesday, allowing both teams an extended Easter break.
Played in miserable conditions Sumner took an early 3-0 before the defending Hawkins Trophy champions showed their class.
It wasn’t all rest over the long weekend for the team.
“We had a training at Taylors Mistake. We ran up to Godley Head and did some intervals on the zig zag there to keep the fitness levels ticking over,” said Babe.