Sum­mer sevens ‘great fun’

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Four schools made the trip to North­ern South­land Col­lege last Thurs­day for their an­nual sum­mer 7-a-side sports tour­na­ment. Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils from St Peter’s Col­lege, Men­zies Col­lege, Fiord­land Col­lege and Wa­iau Area School took part in a range of sports on the day, in­clud­ing cricket, touch and ten­nis. North­ern South­land Col­lege sports co-or­di­na­tor Jayne Beer said the event had taken the last week to or­gan­ise as teach­ers were as­signed to sports and stu­dents chose what ac­tiv­ity they wanted to take part in. Games were held at both North­ern South­land Col­lege and Wa­iau Area School. For many of the stu­dents the sport they played was one they had never tried be­fore. ‘‘It’s all about par­tic­i­pa­tion and hav­ing fun,’’ Mrs Beer said. This was the sec­ond year North­ern South­land Col­lege had hosted the sum­mer event. Stu­dents se­lected one sport for the day and played a round robin com­pe­ti­tion be­tween schools. Some games did not have ref­er­ees but Mrs Beer said older stu­dents stepped up and took over the du­ties for the games. ‘‘It’s been great fun,’’ she said. St Peter’s stu­dent, Jack Mockford who was par­tic­i­pat­ing in cricket for the day said, it was a ‘‘re­ally great day, the teams are all play­ing nicely’’. Jack, who plays cricket for South­land coun­try, also tried his best at pass­ing on point­ers to new cricket play­ers. North­ern South­land Col­lege stu­dents Ella Stevens and Huri­ana Ponga, who were play­ing ten­nis for the day, both agreed that al­though they had lost their games they still had a great day. Wa­iau Area school hosted vol­ley­ball, ul­ti­mate fris­bee and some touch games. The tour­na­ment’s last sport, bowls, was played at the Lums­den bowl­ing green.

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