Pleasant Point score trip to Wellington for fourth year running

Pleasant Point's Flynn O'Keefe, 11, (arms up) and Ben Fifield, 11.celebrating their win at the South Canterbury Primary ...
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Pleasant Point's Flynn O'Keefe, 11, (arms up) and Ben Fifield, 11.celebrating their win at the South Canterbury Primary School's rippa rugby tournament. Point are back off to Wellington for the national tournament after winning the Hanan Cup tournament.

Wellington is becoming a popular destination for the Pleasant Point rippa rugby team.

The 10-strong team of, Oliver Caird, Ben Fifield, Henry Steele, Flynn O'Keefe, Ben Blakemore, Lydia Giles, Amelia Geary, Sophie Nelson, Bailey Smith and Kiloran Cairns, claimed the Hanan Cup primary schools rippa tournament held in Ashburton, earning a trip to the national event in September.

Point were far too strong for their opposition, Bluestone School, St Joseph's Oamaru, Pembroke, Mt Somers and Methven, winning all five games in impressive fashion.

Pleasant Point's Ben Blakemore, 10, helped the team win the Hanan Cup in Ashburton and earn another trip to Wellington.
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Pleasant Point's Ben Blakemore, 10, helped the team win the Hanan Cup in Ashburton and earn another trip to Wellington.

Fellow South Canterbury representatives, Bluestone finished runnersup, while Methven finished third.

Pleasant Point co-coach Mick Geary said it was a "great achievement".

"They played really well. It was a superb allround team effort by everyone involved."

Pleasant Point's Flynn O'Keefe, 11, tries to rip Bluestone's AJ Foster, 11. Point won the Hanan Cup in Ashburton and are ...
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Pleasant Point's Flynn O'Keefe, 11, tries to rip Bluestone's AJ Foster, 11. Point won the Hanan Cup in Ashburton and are off to Wellington, while Bluestone narrowly finished second.

He said they were becoming quite familiar with the Wellington surrounds.

"It's our fourth year now, so that's a great achievement. Me and Jamie Linton have taken the side over those four years and are pleased that we have a few things which still work."

During their five games at Ashburton, the Point Highlanders notched up a staggering 46 tries, while Bluestone scored 38.

Geary said they always tried to score as many tries as possible.

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"It could comeback to a countback to decide the title, so we try to score as often as possible."

He said the sport has really taken off at Pleasant Point Primary.

"The older kids often come and help when they can and teach the ones in the team what they learned from Wellington and the local tournaments and it's awesome to have them help."

He said the side trained twice-a-week in the leadup and a special bonding between everyone in the team saw them excel.

"We make them pass to the person closest to them, not their mate or just boy to boy and girl to girl etc."

He said Wellington would be a great experience for the side featuring five girls and five boys, three of who attended the tournament last year.

While it was a fabulous team effort, one player really stood out.

"Lydia Giles has been superb, it's her third year in the tournament. She's by far scored our most tries."

 

 

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