Interschool Soccer

Waitohu’s 3 team is heading up field to try and pot the goal, during extended golden goal time in the final round-robin game for the day.
Waitohu’s 3 team is heading up field to try and pot the goal, during extended golden goal time in the final round-robin game for the day.

This is a busy term for interschool sports, with the weekly netball games, interschool cross country and soccer tournaments.

The Te Horo School hosted soccer tournament which saw 20 teams and 180 to 200 kids from year’s four to six from six , coming from the schools between Te Horo and Manakau, playing in their year groups in three pools.

The rain from the weekend had gone, but the wind off the snow covered Tararua’s made its presence felt, not that the kids seemed to notice!

Waitohu eventually won 1–0 The champions, Waitohu 1 after winning the grand final of the interschool soccer tournament 3–1 over Te Horo’s 1 team. Coach, Oz Pidduck stands with his team
Waitohu eventually won 1–0 The champions, Waitohu 1 after winning the grand final of the interschool soccer tournament 3–1 over Te Horo’s 1 team. Coach, Oz Pidduck stands with his team

Each pool was made up of teams from each of the schools, playing a round-robin tournament, with the top teams going to the finals. There were some intense games throughout the day and none more so than the C pool game. Waitohu 4 against Otaki, with a scoreless draw at fulltime leading into two minutes extra time. This was followed by golden goal which took over 12 minutes by which time teams were playing with just four players and no goalies — having tried various strategies of removing players at two minute intervals until they took off the goalies!

The A pool final was again between Waitohu and Te Horo A teams with Waitohu winning the trophy for another year with a score of 3–1. Otaki finished in third placing against Manakau in fourth with the two kura playing for fifth and sixth places; Te Kura-a-iwi o Whakatupuranga Rua Mano finishing in fifth place over Te Kura Kaupapa O Te Rito.

The Plate final was between Te Horo 3 and Te Rito 1. This was another game that went into extended golden goal time before Te Horo managed to land the much needed goal to claim their trophy.