All set for Battle of the Bridge
School pride and serious bragging rights are at stake for Porirua’s secondary schools when the inaugural interschool sports event, The Battle Of the Bridge, begins on November 6.
The schools on one side of Porirua’s Mungavin Bridge – Samuel Marsden Whitby, Aotea College and Porirua College – will put up a combined girls’ team and a combined boys’ team to play two matches of rugby league against combined teams from Tawa, Bishop Viard and Mana colleges, which are located on the other side of the Bridge.
The prize for the winning schools is the right to fly their flags on Mungavin Bridge for two weeks.
‘‘ The aim is to encourage participation in healthy activity and celebrate achievement through sport and friendly rivalry between the secondary schools in the region,’’ said Porirua City Council sports development officer Faalogo Talosaga Vaai.
‘‘The Battle of the Bridge is starting small this year with one sport: rugby league.
‘‘However, the sports co-ordinators from each of the participating schools have plans to extend what we hope will become an annual event, to include a wide range of sports.’’
Flagmakers, New Zealand’s largest flag printer and manufacturer, is the sponsor.