Teams compete in Touch games
facilities dotted around the perimeter.
Four grades were competed for. The Open Men’s was won by Palmerston North’s top Touch side Unit Elite which has three New Zealand players. One, Jahlon Katene-Governor, was named NZ’s most valuable player in the August World Under-21 tournament in Malaysia.
Dannevirke’s Stevo’s Wha¯ nau won the Mixed Open Grade winning the Anthony Gray Memorial Shield. Anthony died shortly after refereeing a touch tournament in which Jarred Stephenson played some years ago and he wanted to honour his uncle by playing.
In the 12-13 years tournament Dannevirke Tigers showed skill and speed, going down to Monrad Intermediate in the final.
The 10-11 years tournament was an all-Palmerston North affair. In the final Outcast Kahu beat Outcast Huia.
Dannevirke Tigers Club now runs the tournament as a fundraiser, having taken over from Sport Manawatu¯ and Rangitane which created it three years ago.
Unit Elite, the top Palmerston North team won the Open Men’s Grade.
Dannevirke Tigers Juniors were runners up in the 12-13 years grade.
A Martin Beveridge team — The Outcasts rests between halves.