Junior Sevens — Bigger and even Better

Tana Faumuina. races away to score in the U8 Rahui vs Feilding game. (Click for full size)
Tana Faumuina. races away to score in the U8 Rahui vs Feilding game. (Click for full size)

The Rahui Junior seven’s rugby tournament was one of the biggest sporting events in Otaki in recent times, with over 550 players and at least 1,500 family members and supporters at the Otaki Domain for an exciting day’s rugby.

“It was a good day, the weather was good especially after the long range forecast was for rain!” Rahui junior organiser, Makaore Beavan Wilson said. “There’s a lot of talent from the lower North Island clubs, possibly some future All Blacks!”

This is the third year Rahui has organised the junior sevens tournament and it is still growing. This year there were 56 teams across the grades from under sevens to the under 13s. Clubs represented came from as far as Wanganui and Dannevirke, Manawatu clubs, Wellington and Wainuiomata complemented the local clubs from Horowhenua-Kapiti.

the Rahui player with the ball is Heremaia Cooper, to his right is Dayton Hakaraia.This was an U11s match Rahui vs Poneke, which Poneke just won. (Click for full size)
the Rahui player with the ball is Heremaia Cooper, to his right is Dayton Hakaraia.This was an U11s match Rahui vs Poneke, which Poneke just won. (Click for full size)

Porirua North’s club took out the three older grades – beating Freyberg 8-6 in the under10 final, Poneke 7-2 under 11’s and a close 4-3 win over Ratana in the under 13 grade.   In the under six grade Kaitoa beat Feilding 7-5, Dannevirke won over Waikanae 3-1 in the under eight, and Paraparaumu took the trophy in the under nine’s 2-1 over Feilding.

The winning teams received a trophy and each player a medal and certificate.

Margaret Andrews