With teams from seven of the schools in the wider Ōtaki region and 250 players, the annual Interschool Rippa Rugby Tournament was a great success.
Organised by the Horowhenua/Kapiti Rugby Union, teams competed in year grades with the top team from each school playing in the A Grade and the remaining teams in the Social or B grade.
“It was a great day with over 250 kids participating,” HKRU’s Ryan Shelford said. “All the rugby was played in good spirits. We were helped by the referees from Ōtaki College, who all wore green hi viz vests on the field.”
They also worked hard on sideline behaviour, something NZ Rugby is pushing hard among supporters.
Year 3–4 A Team: Manakau, Social Grade: Ōtaki School.
Year 5–6 A Team: Waitohu, Social Grade Waitohu 2
Year 7–8 A Te Kura Kuapapa Maori o te Rito
Waitohu’s Year 5-6 A team won the premier challenge 13-4 against Te Horo.
Waitohu’s team had earlier won the region’s final for the National “World Cup” Rippa Rugby Tournament held in Wellington September 13-15, where they represented Namibia. They completed the tournament with three wins, one draw and three losses.
Although not making it into the play-offs, Letisha Royal-Meyer-Strawbridge won the overall “best national anthem singing” competition and their captain, Fletcher Carpenter won the overall best haka.