New Zealand Consulate-General Hong Kong
250 children take part in Te Aka Aorere Mini-Rugby Tournament and celebrate Rugby World Cup 2011
To celebrate the start of the once-every-four-year Rugby World Cup, the Te Aka Aorere Mini-Rugby Tournament was held at King’s Park Sports Ground last Saturday (10 September). The event was hosted by the New Zealand Consulate-General (NZCG), with the support of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) and the Hong Kong Mini Rugby Football Union (HKMRFU).
Some 250 local children participated, representing the twenty participating nations in Rugby World Cup 2011, and competing for the titles. After intense competition, Scotland, for the first time had ever won the RWC – a mini version, by beating France in the final. Ireland won the “Team with the Best Olympic Values” judged by Hong Kong national team player Anthony Haynes. Winners were:
Winning Team: Scotland
First Runners-up: France
Second Runners-up: Australia
Third Runners-Up: Ireland
The Team with the Best Olympic Values: Ireland
Most Valuable Player: Calvin (Namibia)
Most Improved Team Award: Australia
Good Sportsmanship Award: Beatrice: (Scotland)
Sweet As” Award for Best Try: George (Japan)
“Just like the opening matches of RWC2011 in New Zealand it was hot on and off the field and a lot of fun," said New Zealand Consul-General Adele Bryant. “I congratulate the winners for their great effort. The commitment and spirit shown by all players and their wonderful coaches, referees and parents confirms that rugby's future in Hong Kong is bright. I would like to thank the guests, our sponsors, the officials and all our fans, who joined us today for this occasion.”
In attendance, HKRFU President Brian Stevenson enthused, “This has been a fantastic initiative from the NZCG, and together with the passionate support of the HKMRFU, we have seen a great mini-rugby tournament, and a fitting tribute to what we all hope will be an exciting RWC. The HKRFU has been working closely with the Mini Union to nurture the development of mini-rugby players, and this has been a special opportunity for them to play in the same match format that they will be using in the World Cup. Perhaps one day some of these youngsters will proudly represent Hong Kong in the RWC themselves!”
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