|Our awesome players - Runners up at the Auckland Rippa Champs|
16 April 2016, May Road Park, Mt Roskill
Held at the May Road War Memorial Park in Mt Roskill, they both had won enough games to make it to the final against the same school, Holy Cross Papatoetoe.
Holy Cross are the defending Auckland and New Zealand mixed champions so our team knew that they would be tough opponents. Having beaten them in the pool round game 4-3, the team were going to face a hard-fought battle in the final.
Both teams played so well, however it was all over when Holy Cross crossed over the try line in the dying minutes of the game to win 3-2. Meanwhile, playing at the same time, our girls team were playing a close match, but also went down by 1 point, 2-1. There were a few tears which showed how much they had really tried to win but it wasn't meant to be and we will learn and grow from this. What we should celebrate the most, is how much they had improved in their skill level, their attitude and their knowledge of the game.
So to end the day on a high and happy note, we were given 30 free tickets to attend the Auckland Blues Super Rugby match against the Sharks last night. This is always the best part of the day for our kids.
|Enjoying the Auckland Blues game at Eden Park|
They got their faces painted, received a free Blues flag, a 'try' banner and entered the 'Super Bang Bang 'Dab' dance competition to try and win $10,000. The night was a wonderful occasion that they'll always remember.
Thanks to our coaching and management team, Mazel & Te Awhina Vaevae, Tasesa Folau and Zac Moran and also our families, for the time spent over the past few weeks in preparing and supporting our kids at the rippa tournaments. We need you again because we will be back next year to have another go at the Auckland title.