Thursday September 28, 2017
League nines tourney for students comes to Wellington By Jamie Adams
The message was play hard but play for fun when the New Zealand University and Tertiary Students Rugby League Nines tournament was held at Wakefield Park, near Island Bay last Friday. Chairman and patron of NZ Rugby League Nines John Fiso said the tournament involved 15 teams representing tertiary institutions from New Zealand
as well as Pacific Island nations like Tonga. “This is the re-emergence of tertiary rugby league,” John said. “Generally it fits well with young people.” There was a women’s competition involving four teams and an 11-team men’s draw. “This is the first time we have had a women’s competition,” John said. The outcome saw both men’s and women’s nines teams se-
lected for competitions abroard. “We want to select a women’s rep team for tertiary students who will go to training camp in October alongside the men. “The men will go to the UK in February-March, then the women go to USA and Canada in August next year.” While rugby league nines has almost the same rules as the 13-a-side game, its concept is very similar to that of rugby sevens.
NZIS in action against Niu Era during their men’s pool game at the NZ University and Tertiary Students Rugby League Nines tournament at Wakefield Park. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
John said the tournament’s purpose was to encourage tertiary students to get involved based on the skills required, rather than the need for brute strength. “People tend to associate rugby league with tough men and we want to change that to a freeflowing game involving women. “It’s not about smashing up people. Yes, there is tackling, but it’s a different style.” He added it was not about inspiring players to try to get into
the NRL or taking the game too seriously. “It’s about playing with your mates and maybe go on a few tours. We want to give you a lifelong activity, not necessarial to make a career out of it - to enjoy it while you’re studying.” Wakefield Park was chosen as the venue as the New Zealand Institute of Sport, one of the teams involved in the tournament, held sports competitions there previously.
Tonga takes on NZIS in their women’s pool game. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
SPORTS TRUST SPONSORED BY MIRAMAR & KILBIRNIE
THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GRANTED $5,200 IN AUGUST 2017 TO EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS, KINDERGARTENS, SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND SPORTS CLUBS ETC.
DEAN GALT (ESST) WITH KAITLYN PEACHEY – NZ U15 SOFTBALL TRAVEL TO SYDNEY
DEAN GALT (ESST) WITH NATALIE OLSON – NZ FOOTBALL YOUTH CAMP MASTERTON
THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GRANTED TO THE FOLLOWING EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS • Maranui Water Polo Club, U16 Boys Travel • George Walker, Soccer Player NZ Youth Camp • Natalie Olson, Soccer Player NZ Youth Camp • Marist St Pats Junior RFC, New Rugby Jerseys • Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club, New Cricket Gear
THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GIVEN AWAY TO DATE $1,658,030
Cook Strait News 28-09-17