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Get sporty on the weekend

Touch, rugby, football and cricket – let’s hope we get those forecasted fine breaks!

The annual Pasifika Choice Family Touch Tournament is on at Hutt Park, Seaview from 9.00am through 4.00pm on Saturday, supported by Pacific Health Service – Hutt Valley. This fun, family health and wellness touch tournament is held every year on the first weekend of November, focusing on healthy and active lifestyles for all. Get the family together and come enjoy a fun day out, with six-a-side teams that must include one player under 12, one over 40, and two females on the field at all times. This event is proud to be water only, fizz and alcohol free, and smoke free. Registrations are $30 a team, with more information on the Facebook event page.

Wellington’s favourite hooker, Dane Coles is back in black. You can show your support for him and an All Blacks team full of rookies as they take on Japan at the early kickoff time of 6.45pm Saturday at bars all over town. In Hataitai, for instance, the Waitoa Social Club on Waitoa Road is partnering with across-the-street neighbour Bambuchi who will supply pizzas to complement the beer selection, with seating bookings accepted.

If your football code involves a round ball, head down to Westpac Stadium on Saturday night, as Wellington Phoenix host Western Sydney Wanderers FC in Round 3 of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season. This game could provide some milestones for Mark Rudan’s side, with Andrew Durante making his 250th appearance for the Phoenix, and Roy Krishna hoping to score his 34th goal to get the title of Wellington Phoenix’s Top Scorer. Kickoff is 7:35pm, with tickets from just $5.50, and Cash the Gate is back with the chance for a big win if the game gets over 10,000 spectators at the home match.

It’s the NZ Cricket Museum Open Day on Sunday, from 10.00am to 4.00pm at 2 Rugby Street, Mt Cook. The open day will give the cricket community their first chance to see the bat they helped buy: Martin Crowe’s record-setting 17th test century bat. As well as the famous bat, there will also be a sneak preview of the famous Test match book sale (including 50 per cent off all secondhand Wisdens), discounts on other merchandise, and giveaways. At 11.00am, the Wellington Firebirds and Northern Districts cricket sides face off in a Ford Trophy one-day match on the Basin Reserve. Get along to see history and take home some of your own, with free entry to the cricket and the Museum.