Porirua wins first ki­lik­iti ti­tle

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

There was plenty of singing and danc­ing amid the in­ter- school ri­valry as the in­au­gu­ral Sec­ondary Schools Ki­lik­iti Com­pe­ti­tion took place at As­cot Park last week.

The tra­di­tional game, also known as Samoan cricket, is played with a very hard rub­ber ball and wooden bats, its rules are as much about cul­ture as they are sport, with laugh­ter and feast­ing an in­te­gral part of the oc­ca­sion.

Rules are var­ied and team num­bers are un­lim­ited – Aotea had more than 20 on the field at the Fe­bru­ary 28 con­test – and males and fe­males play to­gether, though only men can bowl to men.

When a wicket fell, a mem­ber of the field­ing team would start off a round of fol­low-the-leader danc­ing, clap­ping and move­ment.

At As­cot Park there were plenty of big hits and big scores. Porirua and Aotea col­leges won their matches over Bishop Viard and Mana, re­spec­tively, with Porirua win­ning a close con­test in the final.

Or­gan­iser Dave Macken­zie said it is hoped next year schools from Welling­ton and the Hutt Val­ley can be in­volved, as ki­lik­iti is pop­u­lar right across the re­gion. It is a fun, sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment that pro­motes young peo­ple be­ing ac­tive, he said.

‘‘This was a chance for us to bring it to the schools, whanau and the com­mu­nity – the in­ter­est is def­i­nitely there. You can tell the stu­dents are right into it. They feel com­fort­able hav­ing a go.’’

Langi’s Is­land Styles, Me­ri­ani Shop, El­jays IT Ltd, Pa­cific Health Ser­vices Porirua and Porirua City Coun­cil were sup­port­ive in putting the event to­gether, Mr Macken­zie said.

Howzat! Deja Wi­neera from Mana Col­lege cel­e­brates as Aotea Col­lege’s Sa­iafi Skel­ton is bowled dur­ing their ki­lik­iti match at As­cot Park.

Ex­pert bowler: Bishop Viard’s Gabby Godinet did plenty of the bowl­ing for the girls as they lost their ki­lik­iti match to Porirua Col­lege last week.

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