Friday, June 16, 2017
Today the top twelve teams from across the Bay of Plenty competed in the Baywide Rippa Rugby World Cup, at Brood Park, in front of special guests from the Maori All Blacks and Black Ferns.
The year three and four final featured Western Bay of Plenty's qualifier Te Matai School and Western Bay of Plenty qualifier Green Park Primary School. Te Matai took out the final in a tight 6-3 win.
Te Matai coach Koha Gourlay reflects on being a part of the Baywide Rippa Rugby tournament; "The kids were really excited, they had been working their way up to final all day! They kept their composure all day so I’m really proud of them. They gave it a 100 percent in every game, saved their energy right till the final game and gave it everything they had left. ”
The year five and six final featured Eastern Bay of Plenty's qualifier Kawerau South and Western Bay of Plenty's qualifier Maungatapu. Maungatapu Primary finishing off the day with a 7-5 win.
Maungatapu coach Fabian Herewini comments on his team’s result; "I’m proud as of the team, the kids listened and gave it their all for this tournament. We’ll just carry on doing what we’re doing having fun and let the kids be kids, but as the tournament in September gets closer, we will start knuckling down and get right into training.”
Maungatapu Primary Year five and six team will now represent Bay of Plenty at the Air New Zealand Rippa Rugby Championship in Wellington from September 18th – 19th. Last year Baywide winners Kawerau South proudly represented Bay of Plenty finishing in third place at the National Rippa Rugby tournament.
Brett Johnson, Bay of Plenty Junior Rugby Development Officer at Bay of Plenty Rugby, reflected on the day, “What a buzz today has been, with the Black Ferns and Maori All Blacks coming down this morning to cheer on the kids, it was the perfect start to an awesome day out here, a combination of great weather, an awesome attitude from players, parents, supporters and coaches and great referees. It is great seeing the kids out there enjoying themselves.”
Johnson finishes, “This tournament wouldn’t be possible without the assistance from Sport Bay of Plenty, and the many number of primary schools across the region who have been involved in not just today but the three qualifying tournaments. Also, a massive thank you to all the extra support staff and my colleagues who helped make today a success.”
Year 3 and 4:
Championship Final: Te Matai 6 v Green Park 3
Plate Final: Omanu 8 v Apanui 6
Bowl Final: Arataki 6 v St Marys 5
Year 5 and 6:
Championship Final: Maungatapu 7 v Kawerau South 5
Plate Final: Papamoa 7 v Te Koutu 4
Bowl Final: St Joseph’s 8 v Te Paroa 7