Stephen Kear­ney Cup launch

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

The Stephen Kear­ney Cup had its launch at Pataka last week, with all the Porirua col­leges look­ing smart in their new, spon­sored uni­forms.

More than 90 guests were in at­ten­dance on Au­gust 29 as Up­per Hutt Col­lege handed back the tro­phy they have held the first three years of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Col­lege Sport Welling­ton chief ex­ec­u­tive John Hor­nal said it was a credit to Welling­ton Rugby League that it has grown the tour­na­ment from seven teams in 2008 to 31 boys’ col­lege teams this year, and eight girls’ teams.

‘‘Rugby league is the fastest-grow­ing se­condary school sport in Welling­ton; credit has to be given to Welling­ton Rugby League for their vi­sion and pro­fes­sion­al­ism to­wards the de­liv­ery of the com­pe­ti­tion.’’

This year sees a year 9 and 10 section as well. Both com­pe­ti­tions will be held over the next six weeks, with fi­nals day at Whakatiki St, Up­per Hutt, on Oc­to­ber 8. The SK Cup will be played on Wed­nes­days and Thurs­days, with the year 9 and 10 games on Satur­day.

All four Porirua col­leges have teams, as does Tawa. At the launch, the Drive Safe­spon­sored kit was un­veiled for the Porirua sides. Road Safety Porirua co-or­di­na­tor Mark Kairua was ex­cited that the mes­sages of lead­er­ship and re­spon­si­bil­ity would be there for all to see.

‘‘They are the next gen­er­a­tion of driv­ers and have the big­gest op­por­tu­nity to lead in our com­mu­nity.’’

In the first round, played last week, St Pat’s Sil­ver­stream de­feated Aotea 46-14, St Pat’s Town beat Tawa 40-10, Otaki Col­lege beat Porirua Col­lege 28-20, and Bishop Viard beat Mana 36-16.

Hot step­per: Holy Family’s Sam­son Van­der­made looks to bust a cou­ple of ‘‘tack­les’’ – the rip­ping off of tags – in the fi­nal against Windley School.

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