Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


World's best Tag Football players bring ‘A’ game to Auckland

6 December 2012

Media Release: General Release

Best Tag Football players worldwide bring their ‘A’ game to Auckland today

Up to 2000 players will battle it out at the 3-day ITFF World Cup of Tag Football 2012 North Harbour Stadium starting today.

It’s the first major event international event to promote the sport of Tag Football hosted by the International Tag Football Federation (ITFF) in association with New Zealand Tag Football Incorporated (NZTFI) and Oz Tag Australia.

Tag football giants OzTag Australia go up against arch rivals New Zealand Tag Football Inc (NZTFI) who have battled it out annually. Not surprisingly Australia has come out tops but NZTFI have gained ground over the years with their junior grades taking out the Trans-Tasman Intersecondary Schools competition this year in April.

But there are no easy rides. Tough competition comes from New Zealand Maori, Australia Indigenous, Malta and Lebanon with a large number of Australian based players.

The Pacific nations are no slouches either having mostly New Zealand based players. And although some such as Fiji and Tokelau are relatively new to the sport, the Pacific nations have taken it up in numbers and could potentially bring an upset if they bring their ‘A’game.

Last night more than 800 people were soaked in last night’s heavy downpours watching the opening ceremony. Representatives from the 15 nations withstood heavy downpours dressed in their country colours for the 1-hour opening ceremony on the grounds outside the stadium.

“We’re Tag players” said ITFF Chair Bill Harrigan jokingly before declaring the event open.

Officials and visitors were called into the arena by local Maori and a children’s Kapa Haka group.

The New Zealand Maori contingent led the countries in followed by New Zealand and then the other countries including Australia, Australia Indigenous, New Zealand, New Zealand Maori, Great Britain, Ireland, Lebanon, Malta, Japan, Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, But the biggest hit of the night were the buff bods from Samoan Dance Troupe Deelicious who stole the show and mixed some ‘hot’ moves in the Slap Dance.

Games started today at 8:45am and run through daily until 8pm.

Dates to diary:

Day 1 – Thursday 6 December 2012 – Official start of games

Day 2 – Friday 7 December 2012 – Games continue

Day 3 Saturday 8 December 2012 – Finals Day

www.internationaltagfootball.com

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

TV3 Video: NZ Praised For Sportsmanship After Cricket World Cup Final Loss

New Zealand may have been outplayed in the Cricket World Cup final by Australia, but received praise worldwide for their graciousness in defeat. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Werewolf: Finding Love In Hell

Will it really be 25 years in May since David Lynch’s Wild at Heart won big at Cannes, nabbing no less than the Palme d’Or? Amazing but true, and yet the film that was briefly Lynch’s most feted, now seems to be his most forgotten. More>>

ALSO:

Cricket: Dramatic Win Puts Black Caps In Finals

In Parliament: When Parliament resumed at 2pm the House passed a motion on a voice vote admiring the performance of the New Zealand cricket team in last night’s World Cup semi-final and wishing them well for the final on the weekend. More>>

ALSO:

Moon Shot/Kills Switch: The X Factor Judges Removed

MediaWorks has today decided that Natalia Kills and Willie Moon are no longer suitable to judge The X Factor and have removed them from the show. MediaWorks CEO, Mark Weldon, said that last night on The X Factor both Kills and Moon made comments that were completely unacceptable. More>>

ALSO:

Tessa Nichol: Up Up & Away In The Wairarapa

It’s an overcast morning in the Wairarapa but the mood on the ground in Carterton’s Carrington Park is anything but grey. More than 20 hot air balloons are getting ready to take off into the cloudy sky to mark the start of this year’s Wairarapa Balloon Festival. More>>

Golden Shears: Scotsman Wins Golden Shears Open Final

A Scottish shearer who settled in New Zealand to farm in Taranaki has become the first shearer from overseas to win the Golden Shears Open Shearing Championship. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news