Intermediate kids get stuck in at winter tournament


Broadgreen Intermediate received an A+ for sporting achievement in last week’s Winter Tournament, winning five of the 17 titles contested by 1240 athletes from 14 schools across Nelson, Marlborough, Golden Bay and Buller.

The annual tournament was held in Nelson on Thursday and Friday, with basketball, netball, rippa rugby, table tennis, hockey and volleyball at Saxton Field, rugby at Greenmeadows and Broadgreen Intermediate and soccer at Neale Park. Broadgreen won the girls basketball, A and C netball, mixed rippa rugby and rugby, while Nelson Prep won the boys’ volleyball.

“It’s one of the biggest intermediate tournaments in the country,” one of the organisers, Broadgreen’s Paul Johnstone, says.

“It’s always held in Nelson and the three intermediate schools take turns to run it.

“One of the big advantage about having it here is that we can have a lot of the sports at one place. That means it’s far more social and the kids can interact and go and support their friends in the  other teams”

Paul says the tournament ran smoothly and they were lucky to finish all the sports just before the weather deteriorated on Friday afternoon.