Papakura Rippa Rugby Tournament
21 June 2018
It will take more than a cloudy day and plummeting temperatures to stop the children of Papakura enjoying themselves on the sports fields.
Such was the case on Wednesday June 21 when CLM Community Sport ran, in conjunction with the Counties Manukau Rugby Union and Papakura Rugby Club, its second annual Rippa Rugby event at Papakura’s Massey Park and nearby Mansell Park.
Nearly 200 Year 5-6 students from nine local primary schools made the short walk to the grounds for at least three games of Rippa rugby for each team. Referees were supplied by Rosehill College and Papakura High School and help also in the form of a lead teacher from Kelvin Road School.
“The community came together big-time, six organisations working together,” says CLM Community Sport Coaching and Talent Identification Manager Jason McIntosh-Kerr.
“Ultimately we are looking to activate the community, so the best way is to work with organisations that specialise in the various codes, in this case Counties Manukau rugby.”
McIntosh-Kerr and his team are looking at ways to further engage the youth of the region in physical activity.
“We have to come up with creative ways of using our knowledge and relationships to hold big-ticket and sustainable items in the community,” he adds.
Last season saw a controlled pilot Rippa event in which just six teams took part.
“Once we opened the doors to everyone, the entries came racing in.”
McIntosh-Kerr says the feedback was almost universally positive, boding well for a repeat of the event in 2019 and onwards.
For the record, the final went to extra time, with Kauri Flats Campus edging Conifer Grove School 16-12.