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Special Olympics Papakura kick 7-a-side Football off with a bang!

Last Sunday saw our Papakura Club host New Zealand’s inaugural 7-a-side Football tournament as part of our move to align with the international format.  Not at all deterred by the weather, 84 athletes representing clubs from North Harbour to Waikato, took to the pitch. And what a tournament it was! 
Family members, friends and volunteers on the side-line were treated to three very hotly contested divisions, with one grade - Division 2 - throwing up a challenge for the event organisers, in the end only able to be differentiated by a very close 1 goal countback. 
The athletes ably adapted their playing formations to account for the two additional players on the field, though definitely didn’t seem to do any less running! 
Many thanks to the 4 excellent refs from Clevedon Football Club and to Drury Football Club for once again allowing us to host the event on their home turf. 
7-a-side is most definitely here to stay and there is much anticipation for the next tournament!
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