23 primary school touch teams battle it out for supremacy in Winton
The popularity of touch in Southland was apparent when 23 primary school teams from throughout the province battled it out for supremacy at the Southland Touch Championships in Winton yesterday.
Touch Southland regional manager Warren Bryant said it was the tournament's second year and its popularity continued to grow.
"This event is a way of continuing to promote the sport and grow its popularity. It's huge and we would like to see it get even bigger."
Touch was a non-contact sport and boys and girls could compete, he said.
"They all seem to enjoy it. This event really is a way of continuing to promote the sport in Southland."
Fifty teams played touch each week in Winton, 100 in Invercargill, 45 in Queenstown, 24 in Otautau and 40 in Gore.
"It just continues to grow and the standard is really high."
This weekend's championships would be followed by Southland touch trials in Invercargill next weekend.
Results: Year 5 and 6 Mixed: 1 Waihopai Untouchables, 2 Limehills Pocket Rockets, 3 Salford; Year 7 and 8 Mixed: 1 Limehills 1, 2 Winton Whirlwinds, 3 Winton Wizards; Year 5 and 6 Boys: 1 St Patricks, 2 Sacred Heart, 3 Otautau; Year 7 and 8 Boys: 1 Winton Wipeouts, 2 Otautau, 3 Verdon Boys.
The Southland Times