On the 29th of October 4 teams from Tokoroa Intermediate School went down to the sports ground to play the traditional Maori game Ki-o-Rahi at the annual Nga Taonga Takaro tournament.
The day started out with a performance from most schools competing Tainui, Amisfield, North School, Strathmore Bishop Edward Gaines David Henry and ourselves.
We performed the school haka lead by Jahkay and myself and I may be biased but I think we had the best performance there. After that we were underway with the tournament, we brought two year 7 teams and two year 8 teams competing, my team found most games easy unless it was against our own school.
All teams played about 5 games in the intermediate section 3 of our teams moved on to the semi-finals and 1 Amisfield team.
Year 7 Room 10’s team ( and Shauna) beat Amisfield and last years Room 10 team with the help from Curacao, Judas and Carson beat the other Year 7 team.
So it was old ( Year 7) vs new (Year 8) in the finals and it was intense especially as the year 7 team had beaten us in pool play earlier.
The ball was moving so fast I could barely keep up with it and I was only watching from the tupu.
When the final whistle blew we knew that the year 8’s had won.
We performed our haka again this time lead solo by me and we then collected our trophy and went back to the gazebo to get ready to go home.
For the 3rd year in a Row Tokoroa Intermediate has won the Intermediate age division, Out of 4 teams playing, we had 3 placings 1st, 2nd, 3rd= We were very greatful to Hamish Allen for setting up his gazebo and giving the year 8’s tips to beat the year 7’s.
Kristyn Rayner ( Room 10 2012)