Bullrush makes a comeback

Last updated 12:36 13/11/2012
Bullrush
MARYKE PENMAN
BULLRUSH REVIVAL: TIKA director Sam Ward has planned a tournament to bring back the banned school yard game of Bullrush.

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There is nothing like a little Bullrush to get the blood flowing and memories of the school yard rushing back.

This year the Tika National Bullrush Competition is taking place on Saturday at North Harbour Stadium and Movember is getting behind the event.

Event Organiser and Mo Bro Sam Ward is a huge fan of the game that was banned in so many schools in the 80's and 90's.

"I know at least for me, Bullrush was the one thing that I went to school for - and it deserves to have its time in the limelight again," Sam says.

This year's competition will feature three games of pool play in which teams (some featuring New Zealand sporting legends) compete for a place in the semi finals. All competitors are to be bare foot and costume wearing is highly encouraged.

There's also a traditional lolly scramble, spot prizes and meat raffles.

Movember Country Manager for New Zealand, Robert Dunne is delighted to be supporting the competition which includes a number of Mo Bros competing for the inaugural title including ZM Drive Host Jay Reeve, MaiFM and ex Warrior Wairangi Koopu.

"Bullrush is that one game that every kiwi male has experienced at least once in their school life," says Dunne.

The battle commences at 1pm with the first round of the Tika Bullrush tournament tearing up the North Harbour Outer Oval.  

It started as a mere pipe dream on a paddock, and has turned into one of the most talked about events on the Movember calendar!  For more information, head to www.tikabullrush.com.

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