Kuranui College has retained the Bailey Family Trophy following last Friday’s annual sports exchange with Tararua College.
The trophy has seen some fierce challenges over the last four years. Last year Kuranui retained the trophy despite a draw, but this year the South Wairarapa college defeated the visitors in five of the seven codes contested.
The annual exchange has long been a traditional sporting fixture on the college calendar. It’s believed to have been started originally by former Kuranui Principal Grey Tuck, and after a break of a few years, a new trophy was donated to the event.
Almost 200 students took part in the various sporting codes, which also included boys football and basketball this year. Kuranui Principal Geoff Shepherd was impressed with the even contest between the teams. “Apart from the rugby and football, the scores were pretty close. The boys football team really ran away with their result and puts them in top contention at next month’s National Secondary Schools tournament,” said Shepherd.
“The day was very successful from a participation point of view and fortunately the weather gods played their part.
“Apart from a rugby pre-season game, we don’t normally get to face the Tararua teams. It’s a good opportunity to bring the two ends of the valley together competitively and to have some fun.”
Results – Kuranui won: 1st XV Rugby (36-19), Boys 1st XI Hockey (3-2), Girls 1st XI Hockey (4-1), Girls 1st XI Football (8-0) and the Boys 1st XI Football (13-0). Tararua won: Netball (14-19) and the Senior Boys Basketball (61-79).