Taihape Winter Tournament 2014

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Last Friday we ended the school week with the Taihape and Ruapehu Primary Schools Winter Tournament. This year the event was bigger than ever with 11 schools competing in Rugby, Football and Netball. There were students participating from Year Four through to Year Eight, in two divisions for each code, Year Four to Six and Year Seven and Eight. All in all the memorial park would have had approximately 400 young students enjoying the sports on offer throughout the day.

With all the rain we had throughout the week, everyone came prepared to get a little wet but the day was fabulous making the games much more enjoyable for all involved. It was great to see so many supporters out and about, the fields and courts were lined with spectators.

A huge thank you must go out to all the umpires, coaches, managers, and helpers that helped made this day a great success. A special mention to Jude who ran the netball on the day, every year this lady is asked to help out and every year she steps up without hesitation. To all the Taihape Area School senior students who umpired throughout the day, you guys did an amazing job.

This year, the results spread evenly throughout the schools involved, there was no one school that dominated the divisions. Results below;

Year Four to Six Netball = 1st TAS Gold;  2nd Raetihi;  3rd Moawhango

Year Seven and Eight Netball = 1st Magic Saints;  2nd TAS;  3rd Ohakune Skyscrapers

Year Four to Six Football = 1st Mangaweka A Team;  2nd Green Saints; 3rd Waiouru White

Year Seven and Eight Football = 1st White Saints;  2nd Ohakune Detonators;  3rd TAS

Year Four to Six Rugby = 1st Ohakune Dynamite;  2nd Raetihi;  3rd TAS

Year Seven and Eight Rugby = 1st Raetihi;  2nd Ohakune Eruptions;  3rd TAS

Winter Tournament Overall

Winner 2014 – Taihape Area School 20; Runner up – Saint Joseph Primary School 18; 3rd – Country Schools Combined 17

Sportsmanship and Fair Play Award 2014 – Waiouru Primary School

Well done to all schools involved on making Winter Tournament 2014 a success. At the end of the day there were plenty of tired but happy faces.

(Loni Martin, Taihape Area School)

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Are Toutouwai The Next All Whites?

Toutouwai are very lucky to be part of the Sport Whanganui Fundamental Skills Coaching Sessions.  These sessions target students in the Year Four and Five age group to improve their Fundamental Movement Skills across a range of sports.  This term the focus is around soccer.  Steve and Norman, from Sport Whanganui, work with Toutouwai around soccer every Friday.  Here are a few photos of our kids getting into the swing of things.