National Tag Tournament a success

By Wikitōria Day

The finals of the National Tag Football Tournament were held in Auckland. 72 teams took part in the event including a team from North Harbour who, for the third time, took first place in the 30's section.

The great thing about this competition and increasingly popular sport according to organisers is seeing the increasing number of Māori players.

Competition organiser Claude Iusitini says, “Māori bring a lot of flare and passion and pride and they are very competitive and they certainly give New Zealand a run for their money. A lot of their players end up progressing to the New Zealand national team.

There was one team in particular who once again reached top placing in the 30's division. They beat a team full of previous rugby players, Auckland White. 

According to the Captain Khamal Ganley, “we had a scratchy start to the tournament, but we got better every game. We played a team full of super stars in the final and it feels real good to win again.”

Auckland was strong, however, North Harbour kept coming back to score tries. They were eventually named champions, with a final score of 8-4.

Some of these players are now looking ahead to next month's Oceania Championships.