Kapi-Mana News : February 28th 2012
73 KAPI-MANA NEWS, FEBRUARY 28, 2012 SPORTACULAR RUGBY LEAGUE COMMUNITY ROOTS CARNIVAL Activities and fun for 5-12 year olds and parents: + FREE breakfast + FREE Gift for every registered child 5-12 yrs + Skills and drills + Family activities and games + Meet Ruben Wiki or have your photo taken with the Rugby League World Cup Saturday 10th March CREEKFEST-Cannons Creek, Porirua Registration 9.30am10am Carnival 10-12pm 4407139AA LEAGUE Wellington Sweet victory: Wellington Rugby League's under-12 Orcas side took out the representative Futures Tournament in 2011. WRL celebrates 100 years Wellington Rugby League celebrates its centenary in 2012 and there is much to cheer about. The rise of rugby league locally in recent years was again highlighted in 2011. Wellington featured strongly at the NZRL Awards in October with Randwick's Akenehe Pereira and Wainuiomata's Matt Everitt taking out the Women's Player of the Year and Domestic Player of the Year respectively. Kylee Matenga was also recognised as Female Volunteer of the Year for her work at both WRL and the Wainuiomata Club. The highlight of the night was the Porirua Vikings Club being named NZRL Grassroots Club of the Year. WRL has also been recognised and praised for its ground-breaking development programme, Leadership Through League, which saw over 3000 college and primary school children introduced to rugby league. The programme, supported by Sport Wellington through KiwiSport, has been expanded in 2012 to include both Kapiti and Wairarapa regions. The employment of two new KiwiSport development officers means even more opportunities for kids to play rugby league. Phil Roache and Greg Selwyn are the two new development officers and apart from delivering the Leadership Through League programme they are responsible for training coaches across the region's clubs. Phil, who is based at Te Rauparaha Arena, is working closely with the schools and clubs to further develop the networking benefits for all. These relationships have been largely responsible for the huge growth in school- based rugby league over the last three years. In 2008 there were just four school teams playing rugby league and in 2011 there were over 70. Colleges alone provided 37 teams across three grades of competition, including a girls' grade. One of the reasons for the growing popularity of rugby league at the junior level is special rules for Mini League (ages 6-9) and Mod League (10-12). It is all about fun, participation and learning at these young ages. The other major cause for the growth is the friendly, family and community-based nature of the local clubs. WRL general manager Jason Hemson is full of praise for the work done by the clubs and points directly to the leadership of both the Porirua Vikings and the St George Dragons clubs as reasons for the growth. He says, ''We are very fortunate to have two wonderful ladies in the Vikings' Pania Houkamau-Ngaheu and St George's Stella Teariki who provide leadership and direction for their clubs and truly understand that rugby league is more than just a game''. The senior season kicks off on Friday at Porirua Park with a grand final rematch between the Vikings and Te Aroha, while juniors start in April. Centenary events will be held over Labour Weekend, October 19-21. For all information on clubs and registrations visit: wrl.org.nz.
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