Rippa of a day
School children from around Matamata took to the field at Bedford Park last week to compete in a Rippa rugby tournament.
Twenty-two teams the day.
The tournament was set up by the Waikato Rugby Union and Kiwisport officer Wayne Bootten said it was a good way to get younger kids interested in rugby.
‘‘Rippa rugby teaches a wide skill base – catching, passing, vision, communication, stepping and evasion – but it’s not too rough, there’s no tackling.’’
The kids pull tags off their opponents instead of tackling.
A minimum of five girls and five boys are required in each team and Mr Bootten said a lot of girls were showing real talent.
The top two teams from each age group will go on to compete in a Waikato tournament, and the top four Waikato teams will then play in the grand final.
Twelve teams from Waikato, King Country and Thames Valley will compete in the grand final.
Winners for years 5- 6 were Walton Primary and Hinuera School B, with Matamata Intermediate B and Matamata Intermediate A taking out the year 7-8 competition.
Little rippas: Competition was fierce at the Rippa rugby tournament held at Bedford Park last week.