Thu, Mar 21, 2024 8:00 AM

Quins looking back to move forward


William Woodworth

Thirty years on from the birth of Harlequins rugby in Marlborough, the Blenheim club is looking to the next thirty with a new look logo.

Harlequins RFC amalgamated from three historic local clubs, Opawa, Redwoodtown and Old Boys, in 1994.

However, an Opawa reunion event jumpstarted a wish for a revamp and a reconnection to the past.

“Last year’s Opawa reunion brought a lot of the club’s history back to the forefront, and as it grew it really resonated with us, we haven’t been tapping in to acknowledging that combined history of Harlequins that got us to where we are today”, says club president Greg Marfell.

“So, to celebrate both our 30-year anniversary and the long and storied history before the amalgamation, we wanted to bring a touch of every club into the new badge, jersey and kits our seniors and juniors will run out to secure those important, historic links.”

With the new reveal taking place in the Lansdowne Park Hub on the 23rd of March before the season kicks off in April, Greg says that the funds raised will go directly back to new club equipment, along with the demolition of the old Harlequins clubrooms.

“The strong backbone that made Opawa, Redwoodtown and Old Boys, and then combined to make Harlequins so successful in the late 90’s and 2000’s, is still a huge part of the community here in Marlborough.”

And with a night looking forward to a new era of Harlequins rugby in Blenheim, the club is reaching back into the past to be stronger for the future.

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