Farmlands Cup travels south to Wanaka

Hidden away in Highlanders’ territory, the scenic town of Wanaka will host the fifth annual Farmlands Cup game on 24th January 2020, kcking off at 6.00pm.

Southern powerhouses the Crusaders and Pulse Energy Highlanders will be fronting up for an epic battle once again with the current Farmlands Cup holders, the Crusaders, who will be looking to launch their season after a third straight Super Rugby Championship win.

The Pulse Energy Highlanders will have the home field advantage and will be looking to steal back the merinohorned silverware from a seemingly unstoppable Crusaders team.

Crusaders CEO Colin Mansbridge is hopeful this year’s match will bring in crowds as hefty as the last.

“The Farmlands Cup is always really well supported in the regions and the 2020 edition will be no exception,” Colin says.

Known for its idyllic holiday homes, stunning views and a tree in the middle of a lake, Wanaka is one of the more picturesque locations to hold a Farmlands Cup match.

CEO of the Pulse Energy Highlanders, Roger Clark, is looking forward to the first opportunity for the Upper Clutha Rugby Club to host a Super Rugby game.

“We are expecting a crowd of around 7,000 which will hopefully make it a big day for Central Otago and our club,” Roger says.

The Farmlands Cup was initiated in 2016, dedicated to bringing top-class footy back to grassroots locations with previous matches being held in Darfield, Southbridge and twice in Waimumu.

After tasting defeat 43-38 at Southbridge earlier this year, the Highlanders will relish the chance to bring the Farmlands Cup back to the Southern regions and are likely to put in a star-studded line up for the last game of the pre-season calendar.

Highlanders Head Coach, Aaron Mauger, says the event is a great experience for players and supporters alike.

“The setting is always wonderful whether its Waimumu, Darfield or Southbridge and the opportunity to go to Wanaka in January next year is exciting,” Aaron says.

“A Highlanders versus Crusaders game at that time of the year in heartland South Island, it doesn’t get any better than that”.

A cup worth bragging over isn’t all the winning team will take home, with Farmlands Co-operative pledging $5,000 to a local charity close to the Crusaders’ or Highlanders’ hearts. With over $20,000 pledged in previous years, Farmlands CEO Peter Reidie embraces the opportunity to give back to a welldeserving community charity.

“The Farmlands Cup aligns with our purpose to re-invent the Farmlands Cooperative Spirit, putting our shareholders’ future success at the centre of everything we do,” Peter says.

“Since the kick-off of the first Farmlands Cup game, we have brought top level rugby back to more than 20,000 rural people. Giving back to these grassroots communities remains as important as the on-field action.”

Farmlands shareholders will be the first to the breakdown for tickets, with exclusive access going live on the 1st October 2019.

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