Summer sevens ‘great fun’
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.