Song and sport match up on the day

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Aotea Col­lege and its alumni came out square dur­ing their an­nual spor­tac­u­lar, while Te Manawa res­onated to the school’s singing tal­ent last Wed­nes­day.

Prin­ci­pal Kate Gains­ford said the Aotea Spor­tac­u­lar, which in­vited past students to en­gage with present ones in sports and arts, was a won­der­ful day.

‘‘It was just fan­tas­tic, a truly community event. We are so grate­ful for the sup­port. There is a real ap­petite for this sort of en­gage­ment. The alumni are gen­uinely in­ter­ested in the students and they con­trib­ute so much to our school.’’

For the record, the bas­ket­ball was won by the col­lege side, 54-48, net­ting the Sete­fano Makaio Memo­rial Chal­lenge Cup. The school’s net­ball side beat the alumni in a tight match, 32-28.

It was on the field that the ‘‘old boys’’ came away vic­to­ri­ous, 3-0 in the football, while a last-minute try saw them emerge 24-22 win­ners in rugby – pos­si­bly aided by the col­lege lads play­ing their for­wards in the backs and vice versa.

Aotea Col­lege’s bar­ber­shop, cho­rus and bands wowed a full house with song. The event was held to raise money to get the singers to the na­tion­als in Auck­land this month.

Ms Gains­ford said there were plans to tie in mu­sic with sports again next year.

Photo: KRIS DANDO Photo: JOHN HUS­TON

Rugby heaven: It might have been muddy but the sun was out for the Aotea Col­lege Spor­tac­u­lar rugby match. Elkan Seaga was among the First XV play­ers try­ing to knock over the alumni side. Mu­si­cal rookie: Fin­lay Robert­son from The

Rook­ies quar­tet gives it her all dur­ing the mu­si­cal show­case.

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