Rippas’ streak continues


You little rippas!

After winning the Year 5/6 Otago rippa rugby title eight years in a row, Arrowtown School faced having that amazing sequence ripped asunder last week.

In the semi-finals at Dunedin’s Logan Park, Arrowtown trailed Queenstown’s Shotover Primary two tries to one as full-time closed in.

But just as the hooter sounded, Harry Martin scored the equaliser.

Then in golden-point extra time, Willi Stanley conjured up the winning try.

The team then easily won their final against Balclutha’s Rosebank School, seven tries to two.

For their troubles, Arrowtown now travel again to Wellington to represent Otago in the Year 5/6 nationals on August 25.

Arrowtown School sports co-ordinator Paul Winders, who’s coached the Year 5/6 sides throughout their winning streak – initially, as assistant coach – quips that he was ready to write his resignation letter during their nerve-wracking semi.

He says the mixed team – out of seven players on the field, at least three have to be girls – showed a lot of ticker.

“They don’t give up.”

Like all their predecessors, he says they’re very motivated – “if I’m tied up with something, they just get out and train themselves”.

“The fear of being the first team from Arrowtown to not win is a big motivator for them.”

Arrowtown School, meanwhile, also won the Otago Year 3/4 competition, beating Shotover Primary in the final.

Queenstown’s Remarkables Primary, however, beat Arrowtown 7-5 to take the Year 7/8 title.

They earlier beat Queenstown Primary 7-6 in another tight semi-final.