Song and sport match up on the day

BY KRIS DANDO
Last updated 14:45 04/09/2012
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Kris Dando

RUGBY HEAVEN: It might have been muddy but the sun was out for the Aotea College Sportacular rugby match. Elkan Seaga was among the First XV players trying to knock over the alumni side.

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Aotea College and its alumni came out square during their annual sportacular, while Te Manawa resonated to the school's singing talent last Wednesday.

Principal Kate Gainsford said the Aotea Sportacular, which invited past students to engage with present ones in sports and arts, was a wonderful day.

"It was just fantastic, a truly community event. We are so grateful for the support. There is a real appetite for this sort of engagement. The alumni are genuinely interested in the students and they contribute so much to our school."

For the record, the basketball was won by the college side, 54-48, netting the Setefano Makaio Memorial Challenge Cup. The school's netball side beat the alumni in a tight match, 32-28.

It was on the field that the "old boys" came away victorious, 3-0 in the football, while a last-minute try saw them emerge 24-22 winners in rugby - possibly aided by the college lads playing their forwards in the backs and vice versa.

Aotea College's barbershop, chorus and bands wowed a full house with song. The event was held to raise money to get the singers to the nationals in Auckland this month.

Ms Gainsford said there were plans to tie in music with sports again next year.

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