Bullrush champion

16:00, Nov 22 2012
BULLRUSH VICTOR: Sefa Tuiasau is hailed the first Tika Bullrush Champion.

The forbidden schoolyard game of bullrush has made a solid return after hundreds showed up for an open tournament at North Harbour Stadium.

The Tika Bullrush Pro-Am was held to support men's health charity Movember on a specially painted pitch on Saturday.

Event organiser Sam Ward says it was a chance to resurrect a game that Kiwis have such fond memories of.

"I remember running hell for leather at 20 other guys all wanting to tackle you. It was the most fun you could have at school."

Bullrush, a popular lunchtime game, was banned by most school principals in the late 1990s after reports of student injuries.

"It seems wrong to deny kids of this generation the chance to play the game that became such a Kiwi institution," Mr Ward says.


"Yes, it's a bit of rough and tumble but that's all part of the fun and you learn from it."

Many showed their support for the game as spectators or contestants in the age and weight categories.

Winner of the open men's category water polo player Sefa Tuiasau has been labelled an "absolute legend" by Mr Ward.

Mr Tuiasau claimed the trophy after managing to elude about 40 other contestants in the preliminary rounds.

The Halftime Streaker Challenge saw spectators line the field to witness speedo-clad men attempt to outrun security guards in a mock rugby game scenario.

Richard ‘Rigger' James was crowned the victor when he ran the length of the field without being tackled.

The only female contestant, Louise Anderton, made some impressive tackles and survived until late in the final rounds.

The tournament is hoped to become an annual event, Mr Ward says.

Plans to go bigger and better next year are under way.

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North Harbour News