Wairakei Primary School, touch rugby was a big success in terms of participation. The school entered 9 teams in the Great Lake Touch school competition, with a total of 114 children playing across all year levels.
Most of the Year 1-2 players
There were 4 Year 1-2 teams. The Wairakei Lightning and the Wairakei Turbos team were the youngest teams, with most children in these teams never having played touch before. For these teams 2020 was all about participation, fun and learning how to play the game.
The Year 1-2 Wairakei Magic and Wairakei Wasps teams had many children that played last year, so went into the season knowing they’d be a bit more competitive than their first year. The Wairakei Wasps were undefeated heading into the last 2 games of the season and the Wairakei Magic had only lost one game.
The Year 3-4 teams had some experienced players return from the year before, along with a mix of players new to touch. These teams were the Wairakei Thunder, Wairakei Heat and the Wairakei Titans. The Wairakei Thunder were undefeated heading into the last 2 games of the season and the Wairakei Heat had only lost one game.
The Year 5-6 competition is the hardest because many children who play in it have played touch since Years 1-2. Not many of our Year 5-6 children have been playing for that long, but still played their hearts out, were competitive, and had fun along the way. Due to the limited number of Year 5-6 girls who registered to play, the school could only enter one mixed team to play in the competition, the Wairakei Storm. Just so no one missed out, competition organisers allowed Wairakei Primary School to enter another team made up of boys, called the Wairakei Warriors. Most of the Year 5-6 players are in the team photos below.
The Wairakei Storm
The Wairakei Warriors
On behalf of Wairakei Primary School, I’d like to send out a huge thank you to all the parents and caregivers that volunteered their time to coach or manage a team. I know it wasn’t easy, with most volunteers having little knowledge about touch rugby. Without you there would be no touch teams and children wouldn’t have had the opportunity to play touch, have fun, learn new skills, strengthen friendships, or make new ones. Thank you for volunteering and allowing all these children the opportunity to have all of these experiences.