Latest News

Mataatua Trojans gridiron football team looking for new recruits

Mataatua Trojans gridiron football team looking for new recruits

(By Amy Childs, Waiariki Journalism School)

A Rotorua American Football team is seeking more players to take to the first indoor gladiator competition at Trusts Stadium Arena in Auckland on November 10.

The Mataatua Trojans will to go head to head against five other American Football teams from New Zealand in 30 minute games for the $1000 prize at the annual Steeldome Gladi8tors Tournament.

They currently have 15 players in the team but coach Paul Morris, said he is hoping to get close to a group of 30 for the competition.

I am looking for all types of players,” he said. “All you need is enthusiasm and some taringa.”

Mr Morris said the hardest part of American Football is the technique and the general understanding of the game.

“I enjoy it because of the strategy, it’s kind of like chess but aggressive,” he said.

Mr Morris said his team represents Maoridom and on occasions they will have a karakia together.

“It’s very whanau orientated. Games are usually three hours long so we like to have a BBQ at half time together with our families,” he said.

Mr Morris said his team has been training for this tournament for about three months and they are very eager and excited about going.

Talent scouts from America and Hawaii often come over to New Zealand and also contact Mr Morris looking for potential players to sign to their teams.

  • Contact Paul Morris if you’re keen - 027 774 0735

Latest Tweets

  • DigitalMaoriMaori News: Pu Konohi Art Auction http://t.co/ryDg0tt4aB #maori #indigenous about 3 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriMaori News: Amazing opportunity for Rangatahi wanting to work with Vodafone http://t.co/rfLsrQrq3Y #maori #indigenous about 4 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriRT @kiwinerd: @DigitalMaori i think that article overuses the trope of indigenous nations dying out. about 6 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriMaori News: Mauri Hauora Walk Talk 6 by Olly Ohlson http://t.co/im8LZW3dOr #maori #indigenous about 8 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriRT @patsalwhk: @DigitalMaori you rock @InternetPartyNZ feeling star struck x http://t.co/3lCqHyVlcy about 10 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriMaori News: The M?ori Party dismisses Act Party claims of race-based privilege http://t.co/rH4AVMKeLh #maori #indigenous about 11 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriRT @TovaOBrien: This woman is a woman I've admired from a distance for most of my adult life - Laila Harre on Annette Sykes http://t.co/PAl… about 20 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriRT @Sub_Strata: @DigitalMaori looks like @InternetMana landslide victory in the Most Fun Campaign category about 22 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriQ&A How do you tax the rich? @KimDotcom Build knowledge here, value youth, increase jobs. Transactional tax. Inheritance tax #ManaInternet about 22 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriQ&A. Status of te reo? #AnnetteSykes love respect promote but not support Mataawai. Not involving Govt absolves them their right to protect about 22 hours ago
  • DigitalMaori@redheaded2 ahh thats right. I almost forgot you mahi for the Maori Party. Aroha mai. We busy making change, not protecting crumbs. about 22 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriHaka tautoko for Annette Sykes #Ngati Pikiao #ManaInternet http://t.co/YotR3hgWy3 about 22 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriAunty Bea bringing everyone to their feet with 'Simply the Best'. Then sits on @KimDotcoms knee! #ManaInternet http://t.co/gPaXiNo6P0 about 23 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriFree Palestine! #AnnetteSykes #ManaInternet about 23 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriHaha 60 day 1 night stand. Krakup #ManaInternet about 23 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriTake the RENA off the reef. Repeal the Seabed & Foreshore Act. Give jobs for all. No more lies,secrets John Key #AnnetteSykes #ManaInternet about 23 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriWe need to examine these treaty settlements. There is no trickle down to the hapu #AnnetteSykes #ManaInternet about 23 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriWe have young men leaving home at 4am work all day home at 8pm. No wonder we have many deaths in the forest #AnnetteSykes #ManaInternet about 23 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriHomes in Rotorua. Tachikawa. Fordblock. Solidarity. Bringing our home issues to many ears minds & hearts #AnnetteSykes #ManaInternet about 23 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriHow many shops are closed in Rotorua? Over a hundred - this is not a rockstar economy #AnnetteSykes #ManaInternet about 23 hours ago