Stephen Kearney Cup launch
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.