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.
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.