Hose that?

The Hi­matangi Beach Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade hold their an­nual Fire­man’s Foot­ball fundrais­ing event this Satur­day


Heard of fooze-ball? How about hose-ball?

‘‘It’s soc­cer with a hose,’’ ex­plains the Hi­matangi Beach Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade’s Wayne Dear. ‘‘Ev­ery­one gets very, very wet, and it’s a whole heap of fun.’’

The aim is for teams of four us­ing fire hoses, to push a gi­ant ball through a goal. Usu­ally held at the be­gin­ning of the month, the fun fundraiser had to be shifted from Jan­uary 2.

‘‘it’s the first time in 20 years we’ve had to post­pone the event be­cause of the weather.’’

The wacky wa­ter-logged fam­ily ori­ented frolic, has proved pop­u­lar with hol­i­day mak­ers, and in past years has at­tracted as many as 25 teams of four.

For a gold coin do­na­tion each, Wayne says ev­ery­one will get two or three games.

‘‘There are sev­eral grades, and we start with the kids’ grade first. Ev­ery grade win­ner gets a prize.’’

The resched­uled event at Hi­matangi Park on the main road next to the camp ground, is timed to be com­pat­i­ble with the Hi­matangi Beach Big Dig.

Par­tic­i­pants can turn up for play at 10am, and still have time to reg­is­ter for More FM’s hands-only sandy trea­sure hunt in sup­port of the Palmer­ston North Surf Life­sav­ing Club, which gets un­der­way at 1pm.

For more de­tails about Fire­man’s Foot­ball, con­tact Wayne 027 232 4518. For de­tails on the Big Dig, check the More FM Manawatu web­page.

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