OSCAR HOLIDAY FUN WITH HOSEA

Published July 16, 2021 12:29PM

Manaia Mato-Akena (above, in the first picture in the gallery) shows Ngati Porou East Coast coach and former All Black Hosea Gear her halfback skills at the YMCA’s Oscar (Out of School Care and Recreation) winter holiday programme at the former Riverside Bowling Club yesterday.

The two-week programme features all sorts of events for nippers (five-to-seven-year-olds), juniors (eight to 10) and seniors (11to 13) — team building activities, movies at the Odeon Multiplex, darts, a Master Chef competition, trampolining, rugby, arts and crafts and gymnastics, and ends next week with a ‘Party Day’ on Thursday and Pyjama Jammy Day on Friday.

FUTURE BLACK FERN?: Manaia Mato-Akena with Ngati Porou East Coast coach and former All Black Hosea Gear at the YMCA’s Oscar (Out of School Care and Recreation) winter holiday programme at the former Riverside Bowling Club yesterday. All pictures by Paul Rickard

POPULAR: Ngati Porou East Coast coach and former All Black Hosea Gear at the YMCA’s Oscar (Out of School Care and Recreation) winter holiday programme at the former Riverside Bowling Club yesterday.

HEADS UP: Rauru Bristowe has his own style when it comes to carrying the ball.

CANT TOUCH THIS: Katie J Munroe tries to avoid Maz Truuts (right) but cannot get away from Dayshan Delamere (left) in a game of touch at the YMCA’s Oscar programme.

IN TOP GEAR: Lyukas Padihla puts the afterburners on under the watchful eye of former All Black winger Commonwealth Games sevens gold medallist Hosea Gear, who played 14 tests between 2008 and 2012, scoring six tries.