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The "Haka" And A Unique High School Footbal Team.  
User currently offlineArtieFufkin From United States of America, joined May 2006, 704 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2995 times:

First a little background:

They are the reigning 5A Div 1 Champions in the State of Texas. (The largest schools in the State) Many of the teams starters are Tongan kids. Naturally big and naturally strong. They have many former players in the college ranks.
Most of the line is in the high 200+ weight range. One player is 6'7 348 lbs.
They are currently ranked 3rd in the State.

But the most unusual thing is the pre and post game "Haka". A traditional Polynesian war dance, also performed by the New Zealand "All Blacks" rugby team.

Enjoy.

http://www.texasfootball.com/mediamg...hp?sid=2049&s=1131405250-944709624

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User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4304 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2965 times:

The Haka is well known in some outside countries. In Argentina we have known about it for a long time through the rugby matches between Argentina and New Zealand, as well as against other Oceania nations.

In football (soccer) too, New Zealand teams visit on a regular basis to play and they do it, as well as in basketball.



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User currently offlineArtieFufkin From United States of America, joined May 2006, 704 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2951 times:

Very true. It's just so unusual here in the US to see this performed in conjunction with one of our major sports. I can see why it's done. It builds a "esprit de corps" and kinda of intimidating to the other team..LOL

User currently offlineGman94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2941 times:

Can't wait I'm off to watch England vs The All Blacks on Sunday, the Haka is truely one of the greatest sights in world sports.




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User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2939 times:

BYU's football team perfomed it prior to the kickoff at its first game this year at the University of Arizona in Tucson, don't know if they do it for every game.

User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2934 times:

Opinions are varied as to how you should react to the Haka. Do not do what Aussie forward Willie Mason (try to read his lips) did before the Tri Nations game a couple of weeks ago. He missed the second game through the injury he sustained.




"We are the warrior race-Tough men in the toughest sport." Brian Noble, Head Coach, Great Britain Rugby League.
User currently offlineKalakaua From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1516 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2916 times:

My high school's football team back home in Hawaii did it at every game...

[Edited 2006-11-01 20:31:48]


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User currently offlineHALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1354 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2895 times:

The University of Hawaii Warriors football team performs the HAKA at all of their football games. They did this at their season opening game at Alabama, much to the chagrin of the Crimson Tide fans. It didn't help though as they lost the game by 8 points. They also perfomed it at Fresno State a few weeks ago, with better results, a 68-30 victory for Hawaii.


Quoting Kalakaua (Reply 6):
My high school's football team back home in Hawaii did it at every game...

Kalakaua, what high school did you go to?

Aloha,
HALFA



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User currently offlineArtieFufkin From United States of America, joined May 2006, 704 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2888 times:

this is sort of an odd question but I've read the scientist have identified Samoans as the largest humans on earth. I've been to Hawaii, Tahiti. I would rank size in this order. Speaking in generalities of course.

Samoan
Tongan (I've read are decended from Samoan and Fijian ancestry)
Hawaiian
Tahitian.

Would you agree with that?


User currently offlineWrenchBender From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1779 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2851 times:

I like the second half of this one,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJEidTOI5iA
nothing like to south sea countries offering and taking up the challenge

WrenchBender



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User currently offlineChrista From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2838 times:

Quoting Gman94 (Reply 3):
Can't wait I'm off to watch England vs The All Blacks on Sunday, the Haka is truely one of the greatest sights in world sports.

England are going to get destroyed by New Zealand on Sunday. I'm off to see Wales vs NZ on November 25th.

Have to agree that the Haka is pretty immense!

Regards,
Chris


User currently offlineKalakaua From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1516 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2837 times:

Quoting HALFA (Reply 7):
Kalakaua, what high school did you go to?

Aloha,
HALFA

You wouldn't believe me if I told you. It's the Home of the Governors.  Wink



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User currently offlineKalakaua From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1516 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2832 times:

Quoting ArtieFufkin (Reply 8):
this is sort of an odd question but I've read the scientist have identified Samoans as the largest humans on earth. I've been to Hawaii, Tahiti. I would rank size in this order. Speaking in generalities of course.

Samoan
Tongan (I've read are decended from Samoan and Fijian ancestry)
Hawaiian
Tahitian.

Would you agree with that?

Yup. A large percent of my high school's football team was (still is) comprised of Polynesians.

Kahuku tied for producing most NFL players. Most, if not all, are of Samoan descent.
http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/ar...e/2006/Sep/27/br/br2673904815.html

[Edited 2006-11-02 02:17:22]


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User currently offlineQANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2822 times:

Isn't it a bit inappropriate for these guys to do the haka, seeing as none of them are maori and it has nothing to do with New Zealand?

QFF


User currently offlineChrista From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2817 times:

Quoting QANTASFOREVER (Reply 13):
Isn't it a bit inappropriate for these guys to do the haka, seeing as none of them are maori and it has nothing to do with New Zealand?

QFF

My brother and his Rugby Union team do a version of the "Haka". I think it shows respect more than anything to be honest!

Regards,
Chris


User currently offlineHALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1354 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2812 times:

Quoting Kalakaua (Reply 11):
You wouldn't believe me if I told you. It's the Home of the Governors.

No shame!!  Smile Nothing wrong with Farrington. I have many friends at HA that went there. I went to Kailua.

Quoting QANTASFOREVER (Reply 13):
Isn't it a bit inappropriate for these guys to do the haka, seeing as none of them are maori and it has nothing to do with New Zealand?

While the Haka is rooted in Maori culture, it was also used by other Polynesian cultures as well, as an act of intimidation, and motivation. As the OP stated, many of the players on this team from Texas are Tongan, thus Polynesian, and so I would say, no, it is not inappropriate.
Kiwi's may disagree however.

Aloha,
HALFA



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User currently offlineArtieFufkin From United States of America, joined May 2006, 704 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2795 times:

The Tongan version is the Sipi Tau. But hell, they're kids, they're Polynesian, and most importantly they mean no harm.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQm_7SDCxfE

[Edited 2006-11-02 03:29:25]

User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2777 times:

Hmmm I like this one


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