A SOLID defence from Old Boys Opotiki players stops a Rotoiti player in his tracks. D9041-107

CLEAR skies over all three days of the Muriwai Tournament kept crowds happy last week.

Ngai Tamahaua Hapu deputy chairman Tim Selwyn said the clear weather was an uncharacteristic, but welcome change.

“We had set Sunday as our rain day, but it was fine all three days, so we didn’t need it,” he said.

Mr Selwyn said another highlight for the event had been strong competition and performances from the women’s 7s games on the Friday.

“That went really well,” he said. “We got a lot of feedback from people who wanted to play, so that may be something of a feature for next year.”

Outside that, Mr Selwyn said the event had seen another successful year.

The senior basketball was played on day one, with 11 teams competing at the Opotiki College gym. Junior basketball and junior netball were played on day two with 16 teams competing.

Also on day two was the inaugural Women’s Rugby 7s, with four teams competing.
Finally, the first rounds in pool and darts were played at the Opotiki RSA, with 10 men’s teams, seven individuals for pool and 12 teams for darts.

Senior netball and senior rugby started and finished on day three with 15 and five teams respectively, as well as the final rounds for darts and pool.

Mr Selwyn advised results were still being finalised last night, and the full results from the tournament would be available for print in Thursday’s Opotiki News.