Rugby league’s Mini Mod

Bush Telegraph - - News - By NAIOMA CHASE Tigers Rugby League or­gan­iser

On Sun­day April 8 Dan­nevirke Tigers hosted the Manawatu Rugby League Mini Mod com­pe­ti­tion as well as the MRL Youth games, and what an amaz­ing day we had.

The weather was per­fect and Corona­tion Park was once again cov­ered in black and orange with many games of rugby league.

Dan­nevirke Tigers have nine teams en­tered into the Manawatu Rugby League Com­pe­ti­tion for 2018. These con­sist of an Un­der 7s, three Un­der 9s, an Un­der 11s all in the Mini Mod pro­gramme and four youth teams, an Un­der 13s, Un­der 15s, Un­der 17s and for the first time a ko¯ tiro [girls] team.

We hosted Lin­ton Co­bras, Kia Ora War­riors, Fox­ton Rebels, Outkast Mana, Tu Toa and Manukura. There were over 25 teams par­tic­i­pat­ing in the day’s event and over a thou­sand peo­ple from as far as Fox­ton, Palmer­ston North, Master­ton to Waipawa and O¯ tane were there. Many for­mer Tigers were up at the fields sup­port­ing the kids and en­joy­ing watch­ing their grand­chil­dren wear­ing the black and orange.

Thank you to all the par­ents who were walk­ing around the field pro­mot­ing and en­cour­ag­ing good side­line be­hav­iour. This is part of the Be a Sport, Just Sup­port cam­paign, which we view as an im­por­tant part of the game and some­thing Manawatu Rugby League is re­ally pushing. We re­ceived pos­i­tive feed­back about the grounds and how the day was set up.

It was such a suc­cess­ful day and well re­ceived by all the clubs, who have ask for it to be an an­nual event and part of the MRL cal­en­dar.

We will con­tinue to work closely with MRL to cre­ate al­ter­na­tive path­ways for our kids. It is a well-or­gan­ised and run com­pe­ti­tion. We see our Un­der 13s 15s and 17s all in the Grand Fi­nal this com­ing Sun­day. Our Mini Mod teams had their fi­nal day on May 6 with a tour­na­ment where they com­peted for three age group cups.

At the end of the com­pe­ti­tion our Un­der 15s and Un­der 17s boys teams along with the Un­der 17s Ko¯ tiro team will be trav­el­ling to Ro­torua on Queen’s Birthday week­end to rep­re­sent the Tararua as Dan­nevirke Tigers at the Ran­gatahi Tour­na­ment, where boys and girls can be se­lected for fur­ther rep teams.

We are very lucky to have great sup­port from fam­i­lies here and even from Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay that has made this club suc­cess­ful in so many ways. We are very lucky to have great coaches, man­agers, match man­agers, train­ers, com­mit­tee mem­bers and club sup­port­ers will­ing to be a part of our Club. It is be­cause of all these in­di­vid­u­als we were named as one of three fi­nal­ists for Club of the Year at the NZRL An­nual Awards.

The next big event is in Novem­ber, where we will be run­ning the An­thony Gray and Faith Chase Touch Tour­na­ment at Corona­tion Park.

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