Touch club, Playin Up, hoping to reclaim title at Whakatāne touch tournament
By Te Karere
An Auckland-based touch club, Playin Up, is aiming to reclaim some of their titles at one of New Zealand’s largest club tournaments, the annual Whakatāne Touch Tournament.
Playin Up has grown from strength to strength since their establishment in 2010, went out to their last training to find out the secret to their success.
Player Takoha Ropati elaborates by saying, “Ko tenei to matou whakangungu whakamutunga mo Whakatāne. Te tumanako a muri atu o tenei kua ahua whakatā te wairua.”
The club began with humble beginnings in 2010 and now they have two open men’s and one open women’s teams.
Playin up organiser Peter McIntyre elaborates, “Our women have never won that Whakatāne title so we'd love to do the double like some of the clubs have in the past, that’s our biggest goal.”
There are also around 30 NZ representative players within this club and McIntyre says expanding the club is definitely in the cards, “My granddaughter is into the game so I’d like to see a young girls team coming through.”
The club has competed in the Whakatāne Tournament 5 times and they have been supreme champions 4 times.
Tomorrow afternoon is the first round of heats, on Saturday is the finals.