Touch contest draws 18 teams

Wednesday December 27, 2017 Written by Published in Touch Rugby
Action between 007 and Prime Foods in the Bluesky Boxing Day Touch Tournament at Avatiu Field yesterday. 17122606 Action between 007 and Prime Foods in the Bluesky Boxing Day Touch Tournament at Avatiu Field yesterday. 17122606

Eighteen teams competed in the annual Bluesky Boxing Day Touch Tournament held at the Avatiu Field yesterday.

 

The competition, which started after 9am, featured seasonal clubs as well as teams made up of family members.

Top clubs such as 007 and Bulletz were among the teams that competed in the day-long event.

The tournament, which has been running for over 20 years, also saw Touch New Zealand icon Peter Walters participating in the FBI team.

FBI team also had the services of Finance minister Mark Brown.

Walters is the most capped international in the sport, with more than 100 caps.

Regarded as “Mr Touch”, Walters started his involvement with the game back in 1980.

Meanwhile, 2015 champions Bulletz looked in a deadly form in the early stages of the competition yesterday.

Prime Foods, led by national Sevens coach Vase Samania and with the likes of speedster Samu Alafua in their line-up of players, also looked sharp alongside 007, led by Puna Hiro.

Celebration on the Rock Church which had the services of some Fijian players, also made a good start to their campaign.

The Boxing Day Touch Tournament is popular with families who want to have a fun activity to burn off some of the extra weight from their Christmas kaikai.

The tournament was underway when CINews went to press yesterday.       - RK

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