Friendly competition for central schools

The Winton Giants were the winners of the Year 5/6 competition.

Over 400 students from schools in Central Southland descended upon Stadium Southland last week for a day of sporting competition.

Dipton School principal Richie Crean organised the Central Primary Schools Tournament with Central Sports coordinator Brenda Mee and said there were about 420 Year 5 to 8 students participating in the event from schools including Winton, St Thomas', Limehills, Dipton, Lochiel, Hedgehope, Hillside, Waianiwa and Wallacetown.

"It went really well... it was a great turnout, we were sort of at capacity. Every team plays every sport: basketball, netball, indoor football and volleyball," he said.

The winning teams were the ones with most points and best differential. However, the main focus of the day wasn't about winning, Mr Crean said.

"The big focus is on trying something new and having lots of fun... there's a good chance to mix and mingle with kids from other schools. That's a big part of it."

This was the fourth year the tournament had been held at Stadium Southland, and high school students from Central Southland College and Southland Boys' High School assisted with umpiring the games.

The Winton Giants won the Year 5/6 competition and the Limehills Blues team won the Year 7/8 competition.

However, these two teams weren't the only winners on the day as stadium staff approached Mr Crean to tell him how well mannered every student was during their day.

"Feedback from schools is really positive, and the stadium staff was positive on the way they conducted themselves."

The trophies were sponsored by The Local, and prizes were supplied by Winton Night n Day.

Mr Crean said the tournament would continue to be an annual event.


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