Knock me over with a feather, common sense prevails!

Bullrush was a rite of passage at school when I was growing up…sure you got pounded when you first played then you learned techniques, and when you teamed up with others you could smash over the bigger guys.

Yeah and people get hurt…so what…that’s life, it has risks.

Bullrush will not be banned from a Christchurch school despite two students breaking bones during games this week.

A Year 9 pupil broke his wrist and another boy suffered a leg injury during one lunchtime game of bullrush at Christchurch Boys’ High School on Tuesday.

Another Year 9 student broke his collarbone during a game on Wednesday.

Principal Nic Hill said it was sad for the boys who had been injured but the school saw about 12 broken limbs every year from students playing sport or games.

There was no malice involved in the incidents and the school was not considering banning bullrush, he said.

“Look, injuries happen with sport. We have about a dozen breaks a year and that’s playing sport, playing at lunchtime, PE lessons. I don’t want to get into ‘Is it a good thing, banning bullrush’ or anything like that.

That’s just what kids do.

Yes it is. Good sensible stuff from the school. Watch the left wing on Twitter mount an attack though.

“Everyone was willing participants, but sadly, some boys got hurt. It’s a real pain for those boys, going into summer with an injury.”

Mr Hill said he was standing alongside teachers watching the games on the field this week when the injuries occurred.

The broken bones were discovered after school hours and no ambulances attended the school grounds, he said.

“I was out there, I was really enjoying the way the kids were interacting, actually. Obviously, I didn’t enjoy anyone getting hurt.

“There were lots of different games going on on the front field. It wasn’t one bullrush game of 1300 boys. That happens here every day, there are lots of games of touch or scrag or league or bullrush. It’s a great time of the year when kids are out on the fields.”

When I was at school at the start one person would get through and the 50 or so kids playing would charge across the rugby field…it was awesome.

Only wowsers and limp dicks would want to see it banned.


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