Uso’s triumph in grand final
Uso’s have won this year’s Porirua City Tag open men’s competition following a thrilling grand final shootout.
The five-month tournament, played weekly on Onepoto Park, came to a stunning conclusion with The Bears and Uso’s tied 6-all at the end of regulation time on February 16.
Uso’s were the first to score after they capitalised on a rare mistake by the opposition, leading to jubilation and relief among players and supporters.
‘‘Every time we scored, they replied,’’ Uso’s team member Tolu Tiumalu said.
This is the team’s second title in three years. They have been together some time, and can count Buxton Popali’i, Robbie Fruean, Alapati Leiua and Nigel Hunt among former players.
A number of the Porirua City Tag competitors were involved at last week’s nationals.
Tiumalu says as well as the social element, tag football is an excellent way to stay fit and keep balls skills intact during summer. ‘‘It was a tough year for us in terms of funding – we didn’t have any uniforms to start the competition – but we got it together at the right time. We’re brothers, through thick and thin.’’
Tag football is a hybrid of touch and rugby league, with tags ripped by opponents from a player’s hips to effect a tackle.
There are eight players per side and kicks are allowed at any time.