Meet the Chairman - Trevor Thomson

Trevor Thomson has been a rugby fan for many years,  although his playing days were terminated after a stint as a junior with the Manurewa third grade team. He made the difficult decision to give up playing rugby because he wanted to go into business for himself.

“I did not want to risk getting hurt,” recalls  Trevor. “I would not have had anyone who could have helped me if that had occurred.”

Instead, Trevor  joined the Papatoetoe Volunteer Fire Brigade and is now an Honorary Life Member and Chairman of  the Ex Firefighters Charitable Trust.

Trevor, along with Doreen his wife of 50 years, has owned various businesses including the Valencia in Papatoetoe, The Ramarama Country Inn and Counties Racing Club’s Function Centre.

Trev, as he is best known, and Doreen were invited to join the Counties Rugby Supporters Club in 1992 by the then chairman, Dave Rutter, which they duly did, attending their first National Rugby Supporters Clubs Conference at Avondale in 1993.

“We began to enjoy the environment,” recalls Trev, “but, in 1994, Dave told us he wanted to step down as president. Tony Row, who was secretary at the time, took over but after only one year, Tony decided to resign too.

“Reluctantly at first, I accepted nomination for chairmanship of the club for the 1996 year and here we are in 2013 and I am still here as chairman.

Doreen too, did not escape from a position on the committee and in recent years has taken over the role of treasurer while John Rosenberg has been secretary. Denise McMiken (treasurer) and Caroline Muir (secretary) have also held these positions.

Trevor’s first task as chairman was to find a permanent home for the club.
“We were holding our after-match functions at the then Pukekohe Hotel at the bottom of King Street and it was felt that this was an inadequate venue,” he says.
“It is history now but, with the amazing support of the CMRFU and the local business community, we were able to build our very own clubrooms at the Pukekohe Stadium (now Eco Lite Stadium).”

Looking back over 17 years as chairman of the Counties Manukau Rugby Supporters Club, Trev says there have been great times shared with some very good people.
“All the clubs have supported us over the years and we have been fortunate to have had a great bunch of people running the Supporters Club. They all work for the love of it and don’t get to see much of the games.

“However, all of us recognise that it is our job to look after our patrons on game days.”

The club also recognises the great contribution made by the players to the wellbeing of the game locally. To this end, all of CMRFU’s Centurions, those who have played 100 games or more for the union, are Honorary Members of the Counties Manukau Rugby Supporters Club.

Those who have been following the Steelers may have seen that Number 11, worn for the most part by New Zealand Sevens star winger, Sherwin Stowers, has on his back, “Counties Manukau Supporters Club.”
“You would hardly miss this jersey as Sherwin has been seen regularly streaking across the line for a try,” quips Trev.

“For those who would like to follow the Steelers this season and enjoy the on-field excitement and the after-match celebrations, they are invited to become members.
“We are now heading into ITM Cup mode and we are looking forward to a great season as Counties Manukau prepares for New Zealand’s Premier rugby competition.
It will be another huge year for the Steelers, I’m picking,” adds Trev.

As well, to keep everyone in touch, John will be writing regular newsletters and Doreen will be sending these out via the new website and email.

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