Tawa tops in ki-o-rahi

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

Tawa Col­lege has won a re­gional kio-rahi tour­na­ment or­gan­ised by Col­lege Sport Welling­ton.

Ki-o-rahi is the mod­ern term for an­cient Maori games played on a cir­cu­lar field with a large cen­tral tar­get.

This was the sec­ond year the re­gional tour­na­ment has been or­gan­ised at Taita Col­lege.

Tawa de­feated the host school 22-16 in the fi­nal.

Thir­teen schools took part, in­clud­ing Mana Col­lege, who made it to the semi­fi­nals be­fore los­ing to Tawa.

Whaea Jojo or­gan­ised the Tawa team last year when the first tour­na­ment was held.

This year’s team in­cluded year 12 students who played ki-o-rahi in PE class and oth­ers in­ter­ested in the tra­di­tional sport.

PE teacher Mon­ica Roberts worked along­side men­tors in year 12 PE classes pre­par­ing the team for the tour­na­ment and teach­ing new­com­ers rules and strate­gies.

Tawa’s Raysharn Ed­monds-Lama – re­cently se­lected for the New Zealand un­der-18 flag team – was named MVP of the tour­na­ment.

Peni Van Den Elzen won the sports­man­ship award and was the ‘‘eyes’’ of the team at the cen­tre of the field di­rect­ing de­fence. Te Rina Higgens was tremen­dous in her ef­forts to re­tain pos­ses­sion of the ki and was named in the tour­na­ment team.

Sweet vic­tory: Tawa Col­lege’s ki-o-rahi team out­played 12 other schools

in the tra­di­tional Maori sport at a tour­na­ment at Taita Col­lege

re­cently.

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