Old school days relived
Fans of the iconic schoolyard game bullrush are invited to partake in a world record attempt next month.
The Tika Bullrush Pro-Am Tournament is to be staged for the second time at North Harbour Stadium on November 9.
Last year's event raised hundreds of dollars towards men's health charity Movember and attracted close to a thousand competitors and spectators.
Nostalgic punters jumped at the opportunity to revive the Kiwi pastime after it was banned by school principals about 20 years ago after reports of injuries.
Efforts to reinstate the game at schools in West Auckland, Christchurch and Palmerston North over the past year have been met with much debate.
The game involves a tackler standing in the middle of a field who attempts to take down runners aiming to reach the other side.
Each tackled player then becomes a tackler until the last remaining runner is crowned the winner.
At least 344 competitors are needed to break the Guiness World Record.
Organiser Sam Ward was blown away by the response to the inaugural event.
"It was a dark day when bullrush was forbidden, and judging by the success of last year it wasn't just my mates and I that missed it."
Registrations are open for age and weight divisions, including a women's and an over-35s section.
A pitch invasion challenge will be held as the curtainraiser to the grand final where contestants will have to evade 12 security guards.
Competitors will be called on to the pitch over the stadium loudspeaker and winners will receive prizes courtesy of AirNZ Grabaseat.
Tournament referees will include junior world shot put champion Jacko Gill, New Zealand light heavyweight boxing titleholder Robert Berridge and former Black Cap cricketer Andre Adams.
Money raised through donations and a raffle will go towards Movember.
Registration is $5 for under 15-year-olds, $10 for adults or $25 for a family pass.
Go to tikabullrush.com to register or call 215 8369.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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