Rain not a de­ter­rent

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By CHE BAKER

A tor­ren­tial down­pour could not de­ter hun­dreds of Cen­tral Otago pri­mary school pupils tak­ing to the net­ball court and rugby field on Satur­day for the Alexan­dra Pri­mary School 7-a-side Tour­na­ment. A to­tal of 83 net­ball teams and 70 rugby teams from across Cen­tral Otago par­tic­i­pated in the event. Alexan­dra Pri­mary School teacher Deb­bie Steel said the tour­na­ment, with a large crowd in at­ten­dance, was a great op­por­tu­nity for dif­fer­ent net­ball com­pe­ti­tions based in Alexan­dra, Wanaka and Queen­stown, to come to­gether and test their me­tal and the com­pe­ti­tion had be­come an im­por­tant an­nual event in the net­ball cal­en­dar. There were three sec­tions in the net­ball with The Ter­race School navy team win­ning the year 3 and 4 sec­tion, Re­mark­ables Pri­mary’s Gibb­ston team won the Year 5 and 6 sec­tion and Alex Kaka from Alexan­dra Pri­mary won the year 7 and 8 sec­tion. The rugby sec­tions win­ners were Un­der-7: Up­per Clutha Rams. Un­der-8: Man­iototo. Un­der-9: Alex Black. Un­der10: Up­per Clutha Gold. Un­der11: Ar­row Basin. Un­der-12: Waka Basin and Open Grade: Man­iototo.

Photo: CHE BAKER

Side step: Cen­tral Otago un­der 38kg rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jasper Klein makes a break dur­ing a rugby match against Mos­man Bar­racu­das Ju­nior Rugby Club play­ers, from Aus­tralia, in Cromwell last week. Cen­tral Otago dom­i­nated the match tak­ing the game 64-nil. An un­der 48kg match was also played with Cen­tral Otago win­ning 44-5. Team man­ager Gra­ham John­son said the teams were un­sure what to ex­pect be­fore the match but Cen­tral Otago used the home ad­van­tage to take the con­vinc­ing wins. Cen­tral Otago teams con­sisted of play­ers from Cromwell, Queen­stown, Wanaka, Alexan­dra, Ran­furly and Roxburgh. The Mos­man club is based on the out­skirts of Syd­ney and has 34 teams from U6 to U12. For­mer Wal­laby Ge­orge Gre­gan is the head coach of the vis­it­ing club and also vis­ited along with his 12-year-old son, who was one of the play­ers. It is one of the largest ju­nior rugby clubs in Aus­tralia.

Team vic­tory: Alexan­dra Pri­mary School 7-a-side Net­ball Tour­na­ment year 3 and 4 win­ners The Ter­race School navy team con­sist­ing of, from left, front, Jas­mine Her­bert, Mad­die Harex, Bri­ana Gray, Vic­to­ria Daniel, back, Lucy McLellan, Neve Spooner, coach Sher­ilee Ran­dle, Jessie Mof­fitt, Tyla David­son, Paige Weir.

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