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IC11 Gala Dinner - a night unique in Australian footy
Authored by: svalovec on Wednesday, September 07 2011 @ 12:57 am ACST

 I believe it is called the Sipi Tau.

If i were Tongan I reckon I would get irritated by it being called a Haka all the time. Just sayin'

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IC11 Gala Dinner - a night unique in Australian footy
Authored by: Michael Christiansen on Wednesday, September 07 2011 @ 09:09 am ACST

alas, I did a quick google and it returned me the names of the Samoan Haka (Siva Tau) and only references to the 'Tongan Haka'.......I thought the Tongan one was something similar, but, didn't have time to revisit it.

So, certainly, apologies for that, the Sipi Tau it is.

It's good to get the cultural compass aligned correctly!!!

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IC11 Gala Dinner - a night unique in Australian footy
Authored by: Brett Northey on Wednesday, September 07 2011 @ 10:33 am ACST

Article has been corrected.

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IC11 Gala Dinner - a night unique in Australian footy
Authored by: Brett Northey on Wednesday, September 07 2011 @ 10:39 pm ACST

Sipi Tau and the PNG challenge:

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IC11 Gala Dinner - a night unique in Australian footy
Authored by: Brett Northey on Wednesday, September 07 2011 @ 10:43 pm ACST

On the topic of Tonga:

 

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IC11 Gala Dinner - a night unique in Australian footy
Authored by: Michael Christiansen on Monday, September 12 2011 @ 08:20 am ACST

Hi Josh, the French 'entertainment' is something we're not totally sure what to call it, a 'worm' or 'catepillar' crowd surfing type of thing.  They sit in a single file all facing one direction - and start swayingfront to back with arms up, and people 'surf' from the front of the 'column' to the back carried along. 

You can see a couple of umpires and Brett Kirk in the photos in this story (IC11 Women's and Men's Div 2 celebrations)http://www.worldfootynews.com/article.php/20110905170754195

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