Sumner look to turn form at home

BATTLE: Sumner will play University in their home opener at St Leonard's on Saturday. Sumner will be looking for redemption after going down to them in preseason last month. PHOTO: Rozelle May

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.

After three tough weeks on the road Sumner play their first home game of the season at St Leonards Square on Saturday against University. The team will warm up at Van Asch Deaf Education Centre before making the short run to their home ground ahead of kick-off. Sumner will look to turn the tides after going down to University 28-38 in preseason PHOTO: Rozelle May