Saturday, March 28, 2015

Y5 & 6 Rippa Rugby team are off to Eden Park!

Primary Eastern Zone Rippa Rugby Tournament, Dunkirk Rd, Panmure
Our Year 5 & 6 mixed rippa rugby team earned a place to play at Eden Park against the champions of the West, South and Central school zones, by winning all of their games at the Eastern Zone Challenge Series on Friday, 27th March.  Our girls team automatically qualify for the Auckland Inter-Zone tournament as they were the only team who entered the series in our zone.

The tournament at Eden Park will determine who will represent Auckland at the annual September NZ national tournament in Wellington.  The prospect of playing at the epic Eden Park where the NZ All Blacks won the World Cup in 2011, is exciting enough for the players and for some team members, it will be their first experience - the team is thrilled to be going!

They played 6 games against Howick School, Elm Park and Glendowie School, playing the final in a tough encounter against a coherent Glendowie team, just winning 5-3.  The highest male try scorers on the day were Flynlay Kake (7 tries) and Alfa Kepu-Saafi (7 tries) and our speedy female winger, Faioso Faletanoai (5 tries).  The girls were solid contenders, who were able to match male opponents with their skills and confidence, contributing overall to a strong team performance.

This is the 3rd year that Pt England will represent the Eastern Zone area, having either a mixed or girls team compete in the fiercely contested tournament.  This year will be no different.  What's also rewarding about their win, is that they are invited to stay and watch the Super Rugby Round 11 game between the Auckland Blues and the Western Force team on Saturday, 2nd May - a great initiative created by the ARU, Auckland Rugby Union.

Y5 & 6 Team (as in photo): Back standing left to right: Montel Brack, Emmanuel Taka, Jonathon Fifita, Lani Puri, Angelica Vahai, Aneelis Gataua. Sitting left to right: Lomio-Lee Gataua, Rosalina Paketama, Faioso Faletanoai.  Lying down left to right: Flynlay Kake and Alfa Kepu-Saafi

1 comment:

Lillyana said...

1.did you guys have fun
2.did you guys enjoy it
3.did you guys score a try
4.what place did you come in
5.did Pt England school win

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