RBDG take out Boxing Day touch

Monday December 29, 2014 Written by Published in Touch Rugby
Chris Kapi of touch team 007 sidesteps an opponent. The team were runners up in the Boxing Day tournament Chris Kapi of touch team 007 sidesteps an opponent. The team were runners up in the Boxing Day tournament

Rarotonga’s Best Dance Group (RBDG) once again proved to be the pick of the bunch, taking out Friday’s annual Boxing Day touch tournament.

Stacked with ex-national stars and spiced up by a number of outstanding young rising stars, the side danced their way around teams to take out the annual touch title.

Led by the likes of Geoff Halston and Conrad Piri, the team faced the equally talented and star-studded 007 crew in the tournament grand final.

RBDG were just too good and worked like a well-oiled machine to shut down 007’s brains trust and steppers to win the match 5-1.

In the consolation finals, the still-young Mongoose Golden Oldies played a tit-for-tat affair against the Unfit Clowns – who proved to be anything but – to win the match 5-4.

Organising committee member Daphne Browne says the great turnout of touch rugby players and supporters made the event another great success.

She says more teams wanted to be part of the tournament, but due to field space constraints, a 16-team tournament was run.

Apart from touch players who have already been turning out for training for next year’s Pacific Games, a number of newly-spotted talents were also named on the day to join the training squad preparing for the games to be held in Papua New Guinea next year.

The training squad for the Pacific Games will have another run this afternoon at the Takuvaine Field at 5pm and anyone, even those just keen for a run after a kaikai-filled festive season, is also welcome.

Training squad members are sure to stand out early in the year when the 2015 touch rugby season kicks off.

The season proper is expected to start on January 12 for teams in the open men, open women, social and serious mixed divisions.

Browne is encouraging sports clubs, youth groups and family teams to register for the season and get ready for another exciting year of touch rugby.

A pre-season hit out will be organised as the season inches closer, so watch this space.

Browne and the members of the touch rugby association would like to thank everyone involved in organising and running the tournament, to all the teams and supporters and a special meitaki maata to the event sponsors who provided goodies for prizes on the day.

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