Golden Oldies festival starts at The Swamp

Tuesday May 02, 2017 Written by Published in Rugby Union
The Avatiu Nikao Mongoose during the offi cial opening of the Golden Oldies Rugby Mini Festival 2017 yesterday. 17050121 The Avatiu Nikao Mongoose during the offi cial opening of the Golden Oldies Rugby Mini Festival 2017 yesterday. 17050121

The Golden Oldies Rugby Mini Festival 2017 kicked off yesterday with much fanfare at The Swamp in Avatiu.

 

The biennial sporting event started with an official opening ceremony at Punanga Nui Market followed by a march by the participating teams to the Avatiu Sports Club.

The festival which is based on ‘Fun, Friendship and Fraternity’, features nine teams from Australia, New Zealand, Rarotonga, Mangaia and Aitutaki.

The international teams include Bears & Old Goats, Bundaberg (Australia), Glenfield Grizzlies (New Zealand), Coffs Harbour Gropers (Australia) and Stokes Valley Gangsters (New Zealand).

Aitutaki Happy Feet (Aitutaki), Avatiu Nikao Mongoose (Rarotonga), Sons of Legends (Rarotonga), Mangaia Wild Boars (Mangaia) and Papa Panthers (Rarotonga) are the local teams in the festival.

According to the organisers, winning on the pitch is irrelevant as the festival is all about creating a fun and memorable experience.

The opening round of matches was held after lunch yesterday. The teams will have a rest day today, with competition resuming tomorrow.

Robert Skews and Stephen Doherty, who have managed previous festivals, are the festival directors.

The event ends with an awards night on Thursday.

 

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