People in their masses flocked to Fishbone Park in Otangarei last Saturday, to celebrate the 24th Edition of the David Tamaki Memorial. David Tamaki tragically lost 25 years ago was a promising Rugby League player for the Kensington Knights who grew up in Whangaruru, worked on the rubbish trucks and was a member of the Black Power.
In honour of David, the four groups, City Knights, Whangaruru, The Dusties and the Black Power came together in a celebration of Rugby League and Whanau to play for the David Tamaki Memorial – where brotherhood and Whanau are the order of the day.
The Black Power, as holders from 2012, were this year’s host and played City Knights in the opening match. In a fast moving physical game with end to end action, the Knights were too strong, winning 36 – 14. In the other “semi” Whangaruru were too strong for the Dusties winning 36 – 12.
The final was a spirited affair between Whangaruru and the Knights, with the Knights winning 28 – 14. The game was a tight affair but the Knights had too much current League experience and were well led around the park by Hiriwini Edmonds, Willie Waa and Te Tuhi Tipene.
Final score – City Knights 28 v Whangaruru 14