Sideline Champs: Report a junior sports game and WIN

Mums, dads and other fans reported a mix of behaviour, good and bad, on the sidelines of grassroots sports around New Zealand last week.

One Canterbury girls' hockey coach reportedly called a player an "idiot" for a mistake on the field.

And in Wairoa in Hawkes Bay, a children's rugby coach was overheard singling out players: "Smash him, he's a target".

The sideline supporter who filed the report said it was "just sad" for the 7- to 9-year-olds trying to enjoy their rugby, with "kids coming off with ruck marks all over their backs in their first games of tackle, never wanting to take the field again".

Supporters filed their reports to the new interactive Rate my Game site - and the reports were mostly a celebration of heartland sport.

Justine Bowden won a L'Oreal Youthcode Luminosity Packs valued at $95, for her match report when Selwyn played Rangiora in girls' hockey. "The team played together well, took responsibility, found space, linked passed and finished off. Great spectator support." Sam Swain won a L'Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic Pack for his rugby reports from the U6 and U16 rugby matches in Marlborough.

Write your own match report on kids' sports games this week and be in to win a L'Oreal health and beauty pack.

- Herald on Sunday

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