Cel­e­brat­ing fan­tas­tic spirit

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

some tired and sore po­lice­men whose ‘‘minds may have been will­ing, but their best days were be­hind them’’. He was es­pe­cially grate­ful to the lo­cal spon­sors and Welling­ton Rugby Union ref­er­ees who gave their time.

The Derek Wootton Me­mo­rial Trust has do­nated $8500 in grants to young peo­ple since 2010 and aims to raise $20,000 an­nu­ally within this po­lice dis­trict.

There is a gala din­ner and auc­tion at Pataka on May 29 to fundraise fur­ther, with All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, car­toon­ist Tom Scott and Black Sox leg­end Mark Soren­son con­firmed. Tick­ets cost $100 and in­clude a three­course din­ner, com­pli­men­tary drinks, live mu­sic and live and silent auc­tions.

Go to dashtick­ets.co.nz or call 0800 327 484 to get tick­ets. Or­gan­is­ers of the in­au­gu­ral Derek Wootton Me­mo­rial Tro­phy have de­clared the event a suc­cess, played with the ‘‘fan­tas­tic spirit’’ it was in­tended.

Named af­ter the po­lice sergeant who was killed in the line of duty in 2008, the one- day tour­na­ment last Wed­nes­day at­tracted teams from the five Porirua basin col­leges, the al­ter­na­tive school and Porirua Po­lice. Aotea de­feated Mana in a closely-con­test final.

Co- or­gan­iser Dean Sil­vester said while the weather was not the best, the su­perb con­di­tion of Porirua Park meant there was still plenty of open rugby.

‘‘They’re out­stand­ing fa­cil­i­ties and while we had rain, the fan­tas­tic spirit of ev­ery­one who took part was awe­some. It ex­ceeded our ex­pec­ta­tions and the feed­back we’ve had says peo­ple are keen for it to hap­pen again next year.’’

While some col­leges were not able to pro­vide their top play­ers due to other fix­tures, there was plenty of skil­ful sev­ens play on show. Mr Sil­vester said they may re­think the tim­ing of the event in 2013.

Mr Sil­vester said there were

Sev­ens style: Porirua Col­lege’s John Ed­wards scored a su­perb solo try as his side de­feated Tawa Col­lege in the play­off for third at Porirua Park.

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