Pink socks make point on bullying

Yes - they are pink socks.

And, no, someone did not put them through the wash with something red.

Otago Boys' High School elected to play in pink socks during its interschool tournament against Christchurch Boys' High School in Dunedin yesterday.

Otago Boys' High School winger Michael Manson dives on the ball to score a try against...
Otago Boys' High School winger Michael Manson dives on the ball to score a try against Christchurch Boys High School during the annual interschool match at Littlebourne yesterday afternoon. Photos: Peter McIntosh
School director of sport Craig Cumming said the school wanted ''to continue the momentum of Pink Shirt Day and keep highlighting that bullying is not OK''.

Pink Shirt Day, held annually around the globe, began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying.

''We are working very hard to make our boys aware of it. We have to set the standard within our own school and that is what [yesterday] is all about.''

Otago Boys' won the interschool 5-3. It had wins in the basketball (82-59), football (3-1), golf (3.5-0.5), under-15 rugby (27-10) and in the first XV game. Christchurch Boys' won the hockey (2-0), the second XV game (27-21) and the squash (3-2).

The first XV match was a cracker. Otago Boys' emerged victorious 37-27, but at one point the home team trailed 27-13.

The Otago Boys' players in their pink socks.
The Otago Boys' players in their pink socks.
Otago Boys' fixed up its defensive structures and ''when we got the ball we managed to score some really good tries,'' coach Regan Turoa said.

''Big raps for the forwards. They dominated the scrum. We got a tighthead from the first scrum of the game.''

Loosehead prop Marika Parker played a large role in that. He was a dominant force, while lock Levi Turoa snaffled a lot of ball. Loose forward Oliver Haig also stood out in the pack for his work rate.

Out wide Max Brown scored two excellent tries and first five-eighth Tevita Asi took control of the game in the second spell.

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