We went to the park today to play ripper rugby against our centre on Flaxmere Ave. We arrived first, set up the whaariki and the goals and then sat down to have our kai and wait for the opposition to arrive.We saw them running towards us across the field and invited them to sit down and have something to eat with us while our tassels were sorted out. Red for Walton Way “Go Walton Way” and blue for Flaxmere Ave. Then up we all got and into a semi-professional line-up and did some warm up exercises. You can’t play sport without warming up first or you might injure yourself. Jumping jacks, stretching, running on the spot, bending to our toes and squatting. Leigh was ready for asleep, but Teawa wouldn’t let her. Then we decided to be kind and let the opposition team kick the game off. Campbell lined up his shot, dropped the ball and kicked with all his might, the ball sailed through the air a meter before being scooped up in the arms of the super-fast speedy feet Teawa. She put her head down and barrelled past her team mates clutching the ball tight, she weaved through the opposition towards the cones where she scored the first try for Walton way. The crowd went wild.
“roar roar roar” “yeah yeah yeah” “go go go”
Our kick off and Teawa lifted her foot dropped the ball and booted. The ball didn’t move. Had to try again, she once again lifted her leg dropped the ball and booted it with all her might, it sailed over the pitch a meter and a half before it was scopped up by the opposition. Loma I think. He ran towards our goal but was tackled by Walton Way (Teawa) and lost his tassel. A good sport he was, he handed the ball over and off on a runit wernt in the arms of Walton Way again…. Touch down.
“roar, roar, roar, yeah yeah yaeh go go go”
The crowd was in a fit with excitement. Maybe Walton way might hold onto the potty trophy this year after all.
A few spits of rain started but the game must go on…….
Maarearea kicked off and the ball was once again scooped up and taken for a dash across the pitch. Followed by another kick from Flaxmere ave, where Teawa picked up the ball and passed it to her team mate Huiao, who ran as fast as his legs would carry him, with Leigh cheering and yelling and jogging beside him to the cones where he did a circle dance and plopped the ball down on the ground for the last try of the day.
The rain was starting to become a steady patter….
The adults made a decision to postpone the game until the weather was better, so everything was packed up and both Walton Way and Flaxmere Ave returned to Morgan Educare Centre 2 where the half time fruit was brought out and our hungry players got stuck in and filled up their pukus.
Then out came some foot spas to relax in. We tried to encourage Loma to have a foot spa first, but he didn’t want to, so quick as lightning Suzanne and Maarearea jumped on the seats for the first soak. The soak was then followed up with a gentle foot massage before it was someone else’s turn. Layla was asked if she wanted one so on the seat the first brave Flamere Aveirite sat. She soaked her feet and had a massage alongside Kathy. Then Loma who had been watching the whole time decided he wanted a turn. So down he sat and put his feet into a bowl of warm soapy water to soak. While soaking six of the children from Flaxmere Ave along with Amber climbed into the van for the trip back to Educare. Loma was heard to be saying to Carol “not yet, I’m not finished” as he relaxed back and let the soothing lap of the water wash over his feet. The perfect way to end a busy morning.
Its school holiday time again and we were once again quiet in the over twos. We had twelve children in total so we decided to do something we have not done for a while. Visit the competition at our centre on Flaxmere Ave and check out what their ripper rugby skills were like. The long trek began from Walton Way down Berwick street and over the grass behined the shops and through the gum trees. Our four youngest had a ride in the pushchair while everyone else plodded along in the morning sunshine. I dont think any ripper rugby skills were seen while visiting Flaxmere Ave, but they did share their lunch kai with us. We ended up having a picnic outside before starting .....the long walk.... home. Once we got back we had another snack as lunch had also been prepared for us at our centre before heading off out to play again.
A few of the children were excited to see Carol G and Sheryl and told me they gave them a big hug. Next time Flaxmere Ave might have to make ....the long walk.... over to us.
Ka Kite Leigh.
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