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Second record attempt flopped
Hamilton Press, Hamilton Waikato  by Caitlin Moorby
22 Mar 2017
General News - page 7 - 209 words - ID 744945631 - Photo: No - Type: News Item - Size: 108.00cm2

It was Hamilton's second attempt to steal the rugby passing Guinness World Record from the Welsh.

Graeme Dingle Foundation event organisers were filled with confidence, as close to 300 students and community members filed onto the Fairfield College turf on Wednesday.

The record to beat - 279 passes, set in Wales in August, 2010.

The foundation had pulled the numbers, but did they have the skills to succeed?

Participants were given three chances to try and break the record for the highest number of consecutive rugby passes.

Each person got one pass and five seconds to pass the ball to the next person five metres away. But in each attempt the ball was dropped.

During the first attempt at Willoughby Park, next to FMG Waikato Stadium, in November, the exercise was completed without a ball being dropped, Graeme Dingle Foundation regional manager Vikki Blundell said.

However, only 178 people turned up for the challenge.

"This time we thought we would go to a school to get that solid number base but the ball was dropped."

Although disappointed, Blundell remains positive.

Whether the foundation has another crack at the record is yet to be decided.

"It's important to have challenging goals and to give things a go."

Vikki Blundell

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