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The Mixed team placed 3rd behind Wellington (1st) and King Country (2nd) in the B Division of the Touch Nationals held in Whangerei.

The Senior Men with inconsistent performances (drawing 2-2 with eventual 2nd placed Bay of Plenty) on the 1st day missed making the Top 4 in the A Grade. They played very good Touch, beating both big centre teams of Auckland and Wellington, to finished 5th from the eleven teams. Todd Sheridan won the prestigious Pre Tournament Sprint Race.

The Te Tairawhiti Open Women Touch Squad were Silver medallists in the B Grade at the Nationals. They met the Northland team in the 1st round (3 -3 Draw), the 2nd round (5-5 Draw) They were undefeated in the tournament until the Final when they lost to Northland 4-2.


The Mixed Team. Back (from left): Anthony Bowden, Rangi Moeke, Amanda Nepia & Jan Snowden. Middle: Nikki Wanoa (Manager). Holden Reynolds, Diane Akurangi, Simone Makiri (Capt) & Ray Gate (Coach) Front: Suzie Bean, Adam Niwa, Tangi Whaitiri (Vice Capt), Damien Wanoa & Tracey Moeke.


The Senior Men. Back (from left): William Tuhou, Wi Pewhairangi Reedy, Sean Hughes, John Karaka, & James Nepia. Middle: Paiki Morete, Todd Sheridan, Pat Makiri, Anthony Pahina & Brian Leach (Capt) Front: Lorraine Houkamau (Manageress), Erena Nepe (Vice Capt), Haache Nepia, Ron Tamatea, Whare Terekia & Zac Te Maro (Player / Coach) Absent: Sonny Edwards & Leith Seymour (Asst Manageress)


The Open Women Team. Back (from left): Ronnie Martin (Manageress), Peni Niwa, Tony Windle (Vice Capt), Jaunita Gear, Karyn Jamieson, Tiria Te Kurupa, Moana Kowhai, (Masseur), Pene Keelan, Mona Smith and Anthony Philp (Coach) Seated: Learna Pipi, Aorangi Pahuru, Edwina Ashwell, Trudy Karaka (Cap) Tracey Babbington, Pauline Haapu and Heather Biddle.


The Open Men competed in the A Grade finishing 6th. They took great satisfaction from a 4-4 draw against the highly fancied Auckland team in their 1st game. Another highlight was giving Canterbury (the eventual winners) a real fright losing to them in the last few minutes of an exciting game. Wade Brunsdon and Gary Nepe were selected for the N Z Touch Squad.

The strength of Touch in Gisborne can be measured in relation to other centres by their performance at the Nationals held in Whangarei. Overall the Te Tairawhiti Representatives did very well with potential to improve. The aim is to have all teams competing in the A Grade of their respective Divisions in future tournaments.


The Open Men Team. Back (from left): Kim Bull, Gary Nepe (Coach), Henry Lament, Justine Waitai & Tipene Ria (Masseur) Middle: Junior Akurangi, Wade Brunsdon, Dave Apalu, & Rico Gear (Captain). Front: Daniel Moeke, Heremia Smith, Matthew Whaitiri, Jason Akurangi & Ash Williams (Manager)


The Makiri and Akurangi families with Simone Makiri (left), Jason Akurangi, Dian Akurangi, Pat Makiri & Junior Akurangi.


Trudy Karaka (left), Charmaine Pahuru, John Karaka and Aorangi Akurangi.


The Gear family of Rico (left), Riki, Juanita and Annie.