Spor­tac­u­lar suc­cess

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Aotea Col­lege’s spor­tac­u­lar was ‘‘ab­so­lutely’’ a suc­cess and there are al­ready plans in the work for a sum­mer edi­tion, says or­gan­iser Paul Latham.

De­spite cold, win­try con­di­tions and fields that quickly churned up on June 29, the spirit amongst com­peti­tors was plain to see and all matches at­tracted high num­bers of spec­ta­tors.

For the record, Aotea Col­lege was vic­to­ri­ous in the net­ball (39-23), bas­ket­ball (78-75), rugby ( 26-24) but the First XI were soundly beaten 4-1.

‘‘The foot­ball boys came back and said ‘ we were taught a les­son’,’’ Latham says.

Along with many old boys and girls par­tic­i­pat­ing in all sports, Pero Cameron was a sur­prise guest at the bas­ket­ball match. The old­est com­peti­tor was Manu Christie (in the rugby) who left Aotea in 1985.

There was plenty of ban­ter on the field and at the af­ter-match func­tion.

‘‘We had a great at­mos­phere, a pos­i­tive vibe and ev­ery­one gave a good ac­count of them­selves out there. It was a day to re­mem­ber, a real op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to con­nect and there was cer­tainly enough to en­cour­age me that this sort of event works for our school com­mu­nity. We’ve started some­thing, it’s on a roll.’’

Latham says $ 30,000 was raised for resur­fac­ing courts and lights. Touch, vol­ley­ball and cricket are pos­si­ble if the sum­mer event goes ahead.

Photo cour­tesy Aotea Col­lege

Muddy work: Mem­bers of the Alumni XV pose for the oblig­a­tory af­ter-match (and be­fore shower) pho­to­graph – there were some weary bod­ies at this point, who gave it their all in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions.

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