All set for Bat­tle of the Bridge

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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.

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