The sounds of laugher and good cheer could be heard a considerable distance from the Bay Oval on Wednesday (11 March 2020) - as 19 Western Bay of Plenty Primary Schools took part in the eighth annual Genera Rainbow Cup.
The Rainbow Cup, where many of the teams dress up in different colours reflecting the rainbow, is the culmination of the GoGirl Cricket program delivered by Bay of Plenty Cricket in Bay Schools, during term four and term one of the school year.
The GoGirl program is aimed at Year 4 - 6 girls, to draw the youngsters to the game by way of a standalone girl’s introduction program.
Twenty eight teams made the annual tournament a very bright event, with the majority of the participants dressed up in their most colourful costumes. There was universal approval from players and the numerous supporters on hand, making sure the event was a great day out, in a cricket festival based upon participation.
Bay of Plenty Cricket Women’s Cricket Officer Rebecca Yee said “The Rainbow Cup is a big event on our calendar and we appreciate all the support from schools in continuing to make it such a success”. “It was fantastic to see all the girls out there on the Bay Oval having such a great time”.
The Matua Bee’s and Pyes Pa School took out the coveted ‘Best Dressed’ prize with very colourful outfits. “It was great to see Brookfield School win the ‘Spirit of Cricket’ award at their first Rainbow Cup, a reward for some great sportswomenship on the day” said Rebecca.
Three ‘Future Spirit’ prizes were given out to Stella Muir (Greenpark) Grace Miles (Matua) Hollie Ormsby (Te Puna), who were showed the potential to make representative teams when they are older.
Other winners at the Western Bay of Plenty Cricket Festival, were Pongokawa School who won the most improved prize, Tauranga Primary were selected as the best at practice school, while Pahoia School, TePuna School, Golden Sands School Purple were adjudged to have the best vocal support on the day.
Genera Western Bay of Plenty Rainbow Cup @ Bay Oval, 11 March 2020
Best Dressed Matua School & Pyes Pa School
Most Improved Pongokawa School
Best at Practice Tauranga Primary School
Best Support Pahoia School, Te Puna School, Golden Sands School Purple
Spirit of Cricket Award BrookfieldSchool
Future Spirit Prizes – Stella Muir (Greenpark) Grace Miles (Matua) Hollie Ormsby (Te Puna)
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