Ōrākei Local Board hosts the Chatham Cup and Gallaher Shield

Last Updated : 06 Apr 2016
Sports trophies
From left, Orakei Local Board Chair Desley Simpson holds the Chatham Cup and Deputy Chair Kit Parkinson holds the Gallaher Shield.

The Ōrākei Local Board is proud to showcase two of New Zealand’s biggest sporting trophies. The Chatham Cup and the Gallaher Shield are currently on display at the local board office in Meadowbank.

In 2015, local club Eastern Suburbs AFC won the Chatham Cup, which is New Zealand Football’s premier trophy.

Based at Madills Farm in Kohimarama, the club is one of New Zealand’s largest with over 2000 registered players. They have won the cup on five occasions with the last victory in 1969.

Just around the corner is the Ōrākei Domain, the home of Grammar TEC Rugby. In July 2015, the club won Auckland Rugby’s premier club shield, the Gallaher Shield. Grammar TEC has held the shield on 14 occasions.

The Gallaher Shield was named after Dave Gallaher, a famous New Zealander who captained the legendary ‘originals’ All Blacks team in 1905-06. He later was killed at Passchendaele, Belgium during WWI while serving his country on another field.

Based on local input into the Ōrākei Local Board Plan, the Ōrākei Local Board has invested strongly in the upgrade of its sportsfields.

Both Eastern Suburbs AFC and Grammar TEC have acknowledged better playing conditions have contributed to their success.

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