Fun fire hose in the sun on Himatangi beach

Fireman's Football is being played on a beautiful summer day at Himatangi Beach.

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Fireman’s Football is being played on a beautiful summer day at Himatangi Beach.

Locals and vacationers flocked to Himatangi Beach on Sunday for the annual firefighter football event.

With temperatures well into the mid-1920s, onlookers sought shade and attendees the welcome relief of water straight from a fire hose.

The annual event has been around for over 20 years and has drawn a crowd of around 150 people.

Himatangi Volunteer Fire Brigade fire chief Wayne Dear said it was a fundraiser for the brigade and a day out in the community.

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Members of The Famous Five team advance towards goal during a firefighters football game in Himatangi Beach.

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Members of The Famous Five team advance towards goal during a firefighters football game in Himatangi Beach.

He said it was very popular with kids, and although it wasn’t a frequently played game, it was easy to understand as it only had a few rules.

It was played in teams of four, with two at the end of the pipes and two further to help maneuver the pipes.

Players would then try to move the ball with the water from the hose and pass it through other teams’ goal for a point, much like regular football.

There were two other important rules, no shots in the face with water from the pipes and no tampering with the pipes of other teams.

The firefighters' football at Himatangi Beach draws a crowd of around 150 people.

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The firefighters’ football at Himatangi Beach draws a crowd of around 150 people.

It was a gold coin to play and there was a sizzle of sausage with drinks, lollipops, hot fries and burgers.

Dear said the money raised would be used to help the volunteer brigade, they were planning to expand the fire hall kitchen soon, so the money raised would likely go to that.

Zoe Adams, 12, said it was her first time playing Fireman’s Football, but had watched in previous years.

She said it was nice to get wet and cool off on such a hot day.

The famous five, Zoe, Hunter, Chloe, Jamie and Tayla, winners of the 2022 Himatangi Beach firefighters football.

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The famous five, Zoe, Hunter, Chloe, Jamie and Tayla, winners of the 2022 Himatangi Beach firefighters football.

Adams also had tactical advice for the players, teamwork was key.

“The person behind has to keep pace with the person in front,” she said.

12-year-old Chloe Jameson said it was all about having fun and the pipes were very powerful.

Jameson and Adams both played in The Famous Five, the team that won the children’s competition.

There were also competitions for fire and emergency teams and adult teams.


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