Monday, October 23, 2017

‘Kids’ have a ‘Rippa’ time

David Lee April 22, 2015
HAVING A BALL… From left, Kaiah Boyden, 4, Laurenson Silaga, 5 and Brianna Boyden, 6, had a ball at the Shepparton Bulls Rugby Union Club Rippa Rugby day at the weekend. Photo: David Lee.

HAVING A BALL… From left, Kaiah Boyden, 4, Laurenson Silaga, 5 and Brianna Boyden, 6, had a ball at the Shepparton Bulls Rugby Union Club Rippa Rugby day at the weekend. Photo: David Lee.

IT doesn’t have the same level of contact as rugby but is a fun, safe alternative for ‘kids’ and the success of the inaugural ‘Rippa Rugby’ game over the weekend will see the program continue for the rest of the Shepparton Bulls Rugby Union Club’s season while playing at home.
More than 15 children aged between 4 and 10 took to the club grounds, Vibert Reserve, Archer Street in Shepparton to take part in training and to learn ball handling skills before taking to the field for a game.
Junior Coordinator, Sonny Tahuriorangi said, “Rippa Rugby is a form of rugby that kids can play without physically tackling each other. It’s a non-contact, easy to play version of rugby.
“It sees young kids wear a waistband with two flags attached and the opposition must remove one of these for it to count as a ‘stoppage.’ Six rips in a row awards a turnover of the ball to the opposing team.
“It is a great opportunity for the little ones to get to know the sport of rugby and have fun. It’s a game that the whole family can enjoy and get into and at the same time learn a bit more about rugby.
“We are calling the Rippa Rugby team the Shepp Calves and the club is excited to offer this free of charge to all kids who want to play – boys and girls – every kid is welcome.”
The next Rippa Rugby game will be held on Saturday, May 2. For further information, contact Emma Boydon on 0417 578 531 or Sonny Tahuriorangi on 0415 596 653 or find ‘Shepparton Rugby Union Club’ on Facebook.