Kids cheer­ing for Ire­land

Havelock North Village Press - - Omeliving -

For the chil­dren of Lucknow School in Have­lock North there is no doubt they wanted to see the Black Sticks tri­umph at the Hawke’s Bay Fes­ti­val of Hockey— but they have a pretty soft spot for the ladies in green.

As part of get­ting the com­mu­nity in­volved in the fes­ti­val a part­ner­ship scheme was formed be­tween the eight teams com­pet­ing for the Hawke’s Bay Cup and eight re­gional pri­mary schools.

Each school de­signed and cre­ated a ban­ner de­voted to the team that was as­signed to them by the fes­ti­val’s events co-or­di­na­tion team.

Lucknow drew Ire­land, and four en­thu­si­as­tic young artists at the school be­gan to draw up a plan for their ban­ner.

“The whole school got be­hind it and has got be­hind Ire­land,” prin­ci­pal Paul Grundy said.

And to every­one’s de­light, the Lucknow/ Ire­land ban­ner took out the com­pe­ti­tion’s first prize of a $350 voucher from Just Hockey, along with 20 en­try tick­ets for to­mor­row’s games and 20 for Sun­day when the fi­nals will be staged.

As the or­gan­is­ers had in­tended, there had been great rap­port be­tween the teams and their host schools, with sev­eral of the teams call­ing to see the young­sters and even tak­ing to the play­ing fields with them for a spot of hockey train­ing.

Canada teamed up with Te Mata School, Aus­tralia with Onekawa School, In­dia with Arthur Miller School, Korea with Taradale Pri­mary, China with Frimley School, Ja­pan with Park­vale School and the Kiwi Black Sticks with Nel­son Park School.

When mem­bers of the Ir­ish team called to see the young­sters at Lucknow, and to see their ban­ner art­work, there was plenty of ex­cite­ment, Mr Grundy said.

“It was re­ally great oc­ca­sion,” he said. It re­in­forced a surge in the sport of hockey at the school.

“It is be­com­ing more pop­u­lar— we have around 30 play­ers in­volved in hockey this year.”

And when Ire­land took on the Black Sticks at the Hawke’s Bay Sports Sta­dium they had many ex­cited young Lucknow sup­port­ers.

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