Taita claim ki o rahi crown

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By TALIA CARLISLE

Taita Col­lege beat Aotea Col­lege 11-3 in the mixed fi­nal of the ki o rahi sec­ondary school re­gion­als at Els­don Park last Wed­nes­day.

The 20 par­tic­i­pat­ing schools were di­vided into boys’ grades and mixed grades.

Ki o rahi has been de­scribed as a Maori ver­sion of rugby union, with a bit of net­ball thrown in.

A boys’ grade was also in­tro­duced this year, and was won by Tawa Col­lege, who beat Taita 10-7.

The tour­na­ment was held at Els­don Park on Wed­nes­day, hosted by Mana Col­lege and Ora Toa Health Ser­vices.

Or­gan­iser Me­lanie Haerewa said she was de­lighted with the turnout.

A key part of the tour­na­ment was in­tro­duc­ing ki o rahi to new play­ers, she said.

She said she hoped the tour­na­ment would ex­pand next year to in­clude a girls’ grade.

Pri­mary school ki o rahi cham­pi­ons Ti­tahi Bay North School showed off their skills in an ex­hi­bi­tion game against Porirua School dur­ing lunchtime.

The top four mixed teams were Taita, Aotea, Nae­nae and Mana col­leges. Each will com­pete in the ki o rahi na­tion­als, to be hosted by Taita Col­lege in April 2014.

The 2014 re­gional com­pe­ti­tion will be hosted by Wainuiomata Col­lege.

Pho­tos: TALIA CARLISLE

Div­ing in: Taita’s Oceanna Pre­ston, left, Starr Masae, and Kas­san­dra Walker, right, chase Aotea’s Lesina Obeda.

Sneak­ing up: Taita’s Ryan PeneStevens holds on to the ball, fol­lowed by Aotea’s Skyla Philips.

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