Holy Family triumph in league final
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.
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.