Characters abound on sevens field

By Horiana Henderson

Royal Oak Intermediate have returned to Anchor Aims Games keen to add to the vast collection of titles they’ve already won, and they’ve made an impressive start ahead of finals day tomorrow.
Out of the seven years of rugby sevens at AIMS Games, the Auckland-based school has won the tournament six times. Storm Raftstrand-Subritzky, 12, says they are back to defend their title.
“The expectation is to come back stronger and to win gold again,” says Raftstarnd-Subritzky.
Frankie Schamukel, school pastoral carer, says the rugby sevens team is a great way to get those kids at the school who are from low decile families and are at risk involved in the sport.
“It’s a great outlet for the girls,” says Schamukel.Meanwhile, Waiheke Intermediate have crossed waters to come to AIMS games this year. They have a boys team playing in the rugby sevens and they’ve even bought their water boy with them.
Tony Wood, team coach, has said the boys have loved getting off the island.
“It’s been a really cool experience for the boys getting off the island,” says Wood.
Another school who has travelled far to be here for Rugby sevens is Chisnallwood Intermediate of Christchurch.
Alesana Malei says that he is usually bigger than most of the players in Christchurch but at AIMS he has been “scared” by the size of the competitors he has met on the field.