Touch rugby muster draws talent

Wednesday January 14, 2015 Written by Published in Touch Rugby
Ex-national touch star Julz Westrupp proved she was ready for the new season taking to the field looking fit for her Lifters team and guiding some of the young talents that turned out for the first up run. They included Nadtaskia Puna (left) and the Bounty Hunters fast finisher and all-round sportswoman Teiti Tupuna (right). Ex-national touch star Julz Westrupp proved she was ready for the new season taking to the field looking fit for her Lifters team and guiding some of the young talents that turned out for the first up run. They included Nadtaskia Puna (left) and the Bounty Hunters fast finisher and all-round sportswoman Teiti Tupuna (right).

Dynamic mixed touch rugby matches are expected in today’s first pre-season mixed division matches to be played at the Nikao field.

Games start at 5pm and if Monday’s first open men and women’s division muster is anything to go by, touch fans are in for an action-packed treat.

It may have only been a pre-season muster for the open men and women on Monday, however the skills and fitness of some players and organisation of teams were impressive.

Most pleasing to see were the numbers of rising touch rugby stars being guided by the stalwarts of the game, spread across all teams.

In the women’s division, young all-round sportswoman Teiti Tupuna was a standout with her fast finishes for her team Bounty Hunters, with ex-national touch player Edith Nicholas guiding the younger and fellow rising touch players including Maeva Poaru, Janelle Nicholas, Kaelina Kermode-Rea and Ake Turaki.

The Bounty Hunters faced an equally talented Lifters side led by ex-national touch player Julz Westrupp who was in fine touch rugby mode and also playing mentor to her young charges including Nadtaskia Puna, Queenie Vaetoru and Ace Marsters.

The FBI women’s team also showed great talent with stalwart Taromi Urirau leading the charge supported by youngster Tiarn Brown, who has a great grasp of the game already.

The men’s matches were played with plenty of speed and intensity, with Danny Raina and Conrad Piri demonstrating great leadership in organising their young and talented players and playing their first up game with plenty of structure and strategy. Some great skills were displayed by young Genesis Piri, Tempest Halston and James Nand Jnr. 

Brothers and Andy and Chris Kapi played an integral role for the Germinators who also featured young up-and-comers, while the Manatoa team played with plenty of heart and passion.

With the cobwebs blown out, some of these players will no doubt hit the ground running for today’s mixed games with some fun expected with a number of social mixed teams in the mixed.

Today’s game’s start at 5pm with 10 teams confirmed to play however anyone or group of friends wanting to play some touch today can just grab your boots and rock up to the field for today’s mixed muster.  

Today’s draw –  5pm on field one-NES VS MFEM, on field two-ICI vs Mongoose, 5.40pm on field one-Tapeez vs TCI, on field two-Cafe Jireh vs Aroa Bay, 6.20pm on field one 007 vs Nukz Power. 

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