New game seeks play­ers

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

It is said walk­ing is as good a means of ex­er­cise as run­ning and a Can­nons Creek man is out to prove that adage cor­rect with a game he has in­vented.

Al­lan ‘‘Hinz’’ Davey is hop­ing his game, ‘‘hikoi pupuri’’ (walk­ing hold), will catch on and help raise Porirua’s fit­ness lev­els.

‘‘My idea was go get peo­ple off the couch,’’ he says.

Mr Davey, who ran touch rugby clubs in Porirua for 20 years un­til his knees gave out, came up with hikoi pupuri 10 years ago as a warmup ex­er­cise for touch play­ers. It is sim­i­lar to touch, ex­cept play­ers can­not run – they must walk.

There is no tack­ling in the five- a- side, in­door sport. Play­ers get their op­po­si­tion into an arm grip to gain pos­ses­sion of the ball, with con­tact only al­lowed be­tween the waist and shoul­ders.

The game is far from easy, how­ever, Mr Davey says.

‘‘ Friends of mine have tried it, they go away with a good work­out,’’ he says.

Only three sub­sti­tu­tions can be made per 40- minute game and the ball must be passed at least twice be­fore a tackle can be made.

‘‘A lot of ball skills come out. Some­times the ball shifts four or five times through our hands,’’ Mr Davey says.

Un­fit, over­weight, in­jured or older peo­ple are ideal play­ers for the game, but it is open to any­body, Mr Davey says.

‘‘ Men, women, kids can play it. It’s an en­joy­able way to lose weight and to get fit,’’ he says.

‘‘‘It’s for any­body and ev­ery­body.’’

Four teams cur­rently play all year round on Satur­days at Mana Col­lege’s net­ball court, but in­ter­ested play­ers do not have to be part of a team.

They can just show up and join in.

‘‘I’ve had a vi­sion for years that this game will take off.

‘‘It’s just been word of mouth,’’ he says. ‘‘Even­tu­ally, hope­fully, it will pay for it­self like touch does.’’

If you are in­ter­ested in play­ing hiko pupuri, call Al­lan Davey on 021 104 9156 or Whare Henry on 021 277 8606.

Heave: Coun­cil gar­dens’ staff Felise Ma­iava, Ta­mana Leali­ifano, Ioane Baulo and Setu Ta­ga­loa planted large mag­no­lias un­der the canopies last Wed­nes­day to re­place six van­dalised trees.

Game plan: Can­nons Creek man Al­lan Davey is hop­ing the game he in­vented, hikoi pupuri, will catch on and raise Porirua’s fit­ness lev­els.

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