Big turn out for bullrush tournament

Last updated 17:35 17/11/2012

RISING UP: The forbidden game bullrush returned today.

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Around a thousand people turned up to play the forbidden game of bullrush today at North Harbour stadium.

Organised by Sam Ward from Tika Training, those wanting to play the game came up against sports personalities to take the title of TIKA Bullrush Champion.

Ward said the world became a worse place when Georgie Pie disappeared and primary school teachers enforced a bullrush ban back in the early 1990s.

"It was a dark day when we could no longer play bullrush. Some of us reverted to playing in secrecy, but it kind of died out," he said.

Ward and friends Ben du Chateau, former North Harbour Rugby player Robbie Colhoun, and Ben Sturmfels, revived the Kiwi tradition to support men's health charity Movember.

Movember national manager Robert Dunne said the event was a great fit with the charity - and he is looking forward to taking part in the under-85kg category.

"Bullrush is almost some mystical game people have distant memories of and others never got to experience. For one day only there'll be no headmasters telling us we can't play," he said.

The outer oval at North Harbour Stadium was booked for four hours and participants were encouraged to dress up.

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