Interschool rugby match ends season

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School unit . . . Abbotsford School pupils (from left) Chase Gillespie, Levi Hewitt-Anderson, Aiden Kendall, Bentley Chapman, Finn Pulley (all 8), Charlie Macdonald (9), Covey Stevenson, Lennox Smaill, Lachie Shaw and Mason Bond (all 8), huddle after winning an interschool rugby competition against Fairfield School at Miller Park in Green Island last week. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

An annual interschool rugby competition builds school “culture and camaraderie”, a Dunedin deputy principal says.

Fairfield School deputy principal Dean Gordon said about 60 pupils from Fairfield School and Abbotsford School laced up their boots to represent their respective schools at Miller Park last week.

Teams of years 3 and 4 pupils played a curtain-raiser to a contest between teams of years 5 and 6 pupils.

Abbotsford School won both matches – the first 25-10 and the second 34-12.

Mr Gordon said the annual competition concluded the rugby season.

Most of the pupils at both schools played for Dunedin clubs, mostly Green Island Rugby Football Club.

Abbotsford School pupil Maz Te Kanawa (10), of Abbostsford, run with the ball at an interschool rugby competition in Green Island last week.

The annual tournament was an opportunity “to build the school culture”.

“It’s a chance to play as a school unit rather than a club . . . it’s all about enjoyment and school camaraderie.”

The competition was played on a day of heavy rain.

“We thought it would be easier to play it than cancel it – or we would have had disappointed kids.”

To combat the wet conditions, parents were encouraged to bring a towel.