There were six schools, 18 teams, 150 plus kid’s aged seven to 11, all playing for three new trophies, at the annual Ōtaki interschool touch rugby completion, hosted at Manakau School
Split into three divisions, they played round robin games in the morning. Quarter finals followed with the top four A pool teams and the next four teams from combined B and C pools, before the semi-finals and finals.
Touch rugby is a fast game with six players on the field at a time, attempting to score tries, with no tackles, opposition players tag the player with the ball — five tags or a dropped ball and the ball goes to the opposition. Young as these players are, their skills, speed and ability are exciting to watch.
Finals time is always tense time everyone wants their team to win the trophy. But at the end of the day only three teams can win and this year Waitohu A won the cup final, Manakau A the plate final and Waitohu C the bowl final.
Schools competing were, Manakau, Waitohu, Ōtaki, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O te Rito, Te Kura-a-iwi o Wakatupuranga Rua Mano (WRM) and Te Horo.