MAYSON Ruha-Harris looks to bust through his Apanui tacklers’ grip with his Opotiki Primary team-mates Rychiss Poihipi and Tevita Kuluka in support. Photos Troy Baker D8810-135

OPOTIKI students were among hundreds of primary and intermediate aged children to take part in the annual Eastern Bay of Plenty Primary School Sevens event last week.

Held at multiple venues in Whakatane last Wednesday, the annual sevens competition had almost 600 students take part representing most primary and full-primary schools in the region.

The Opotiki region was represented in netball and rugby with teams from Opotiki Primary, St Joseph’s Opotiki and also Waimana.

Opotiki Primary entered rugby and netball teams with their year 7 and 8 netballers winning the championship title beating Te Kura o Te Paroa in the final and St Joseph’s Opotiki placed third.

In the year-5 and 6 grade Opotiki Primary placed second behind Te Kura o Te Paroa and Kawerau’s Putauaki came third.

In the sevens rugby, the year-7 and 8 Tarawera team won the championship title, runners-up were Te Kura o Te Paroa and third were Edgecumbe Primary.

Opotiki Primary’s year-5 and 6 sevens team were runners-up behind Kawerau Putauaki and Apanui came third.

In the youngest age grade, year-3 and 4, Opotiki Primary came third behind winners Apanui and runners-up Kawerau Putauaki.

This year a girls’ sevens rugby grade was run for the first time with Waimana taking the title, Tarawera High, runners-up and Whakatane Intermediate, third.