Holy Fam­ily tri­umph in league fi­nal

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Holy Fam­ily School beat St Pius X in a thriller as the Drive Safe Play Safe rugby league tour­na­ment came to a close on July 7.

De­spite a few weeks that were rained off, the six-team competition was a suc­cess, said Welling­ton Rugby League’s com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment man­ager Alex Smits. They will look to next year’s tour­na­ment with con­fi­dence, he said.

The noise from the side­lines at Holy Fam­ily School cre­ated a true grand fi­nal at­mos­phere as par­ents, brothers, sis­ters, friends and whanau cheered in en­cour­age­ment for both fi­nal­ists. The match, played in win­try con­di­tions, went to the wire, the hosts run­ning out win­ners 20-16.

The fi­nal was played in a great spirit, both teams tack­ling fear- lessly and run­ning with grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

‘‘It was re­ally in­spir­ing how all the schools have em­braced the competition. The qual­ity of the games def­i­nitely im­proved over the six-week competition, giv­ing credit to the com­mit­ment the teams have shown to­ward train­ing and work­ing as a team,’’ Smits said.

Linda Chinna from St Pius X says their team came a long way in a short time.

‘‘ The boys were re­ally thank­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to form a team and re­ally en­joyed this sea­son of rugby league.’’

Along with the two fi­nal­ists, other schools that com­peted were Rangikura, Tairangi, Can­nons Creek and Corinna. Rangikura nar­rowly de­feated Tairangi for third place.

Smits said Can­nons Creek School, which had en­dured some heavy de­feats, had beaten Corinna in their fi­nal match.

Photo: ALEX SMITS.

Win­ning feel­ing: Cham­pi­ons Holy Fam­ily School with coach and teacher Kata­rina Simp­kins (a for­mer NZ rugby league rep­re­sen­ta­tive) with the tro­phy af­ter tak­ing out the Drive Safe Play Safe fi­nal.

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