Taita claim ki o rahi crown
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.
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.