Brooklyn Battle Annual Touch Tournament

Brooklyn Battle Annual Touch Tournament


Road to Youth Nationals 👀

Yesterday WTA had three teams competing at the annual Brooklyn Battle Tournament in Whanganui.

✅ U16 Boys
✅ U16 Girls
✅ U18 Boys

It was an awesome day of touch, where each team played exceptionally well and developed throughout the tournament. Congratulations to the U18 Boys for winning the men’s development grade in a drop off - exciting stuff 🥇.

Thank you to all the managers, coaches, parent helpers and unofficial Uber drivers for continuing to support our youth players. Without your help, days like today wouldn’t happen. 💛🖤

Finally, a massive thanks to organisers of Brooklyn Battle Annual Touch Tournament. Amazing mahi by the organisers and it was great to be part of the 10th year. We will be back.

Next 🆙- HK Hitout 30 Jan 👀

📷 Wendy & Trina
We will be in for a treat this year with having one of the local businesses with their Kai Shak up and running during the Battle.
While we focus on raising awareness for the BrooklynLove Foundation ... we also approve 1 or 2 other small groups or business and who are willing to embrace our kaupapa.
Mary's Kai Shak specialize in Pasifika flavours and they are so yummy... more to follow soon.
She will be parked in the usual spot so keep an eye out for them.
The canteen will be open too for refreshments, tea, coffee and light snacks.
Brooklyn Battle #9
Good times jamming with the Wairere Touch whanau - even better to do it alongside the big bro and support the Brooklyn Battle. An annual touch tournament to remember and honour a brave young boy BROOKLYN HATI-BENNETT who lost his battle to Rhabdomyosarcoma Cancer over 7 years ago, and also to raise awareness of a foundation created in his name "Brooklyns Love Foundation"

This Foundation has been established to support other families who walk the cancer journey alongside their children.

Many sacrifices were made to ensure Brooklyn received all the love and attention he required to help him cope with the treatment. The trauma that the initial diagnosis creates is sometimes unbearable.

BrooklynsLove Foundation hopes to alleviate some of the burden families experience as they take this cancer journey.

"Ka nui te aroha"
Always in our hearts and never forgotten


Brooklyn Battle Annual Touch Tournament
Tena koutou katoa,
Don't forget ... the whanau will be running a kai tent for all who can and want to support the kaupapa further. We will keep things affordable for you and hopefully have a few of the favourites and a good choice for all.
Will also run a raffle, sell steam puds and small loafs of rewana (made from the bug). Please look out for us on top next to the canteen. Good luck and have a tumeke day. 🥰🥰🥰
na mihi
Bennett whanau
Hi my name is Daniel Sutherland. I would love to play in the Brooklyn Battle Tournament. i'd be keen to play in the open Mixed grade or Men's grade. Is there any teams out there i could play for? any help be greatly appreciated.
Do we have a date for the next Tourney yet?
Thanks so much to the Brooklyn Battle team for an awesome tournament today. I had such an amazing time playing in the Men's social grade. The referees did such a fantastic job. Brooklyn Battle team you guys have done such an amazing job with this tournament today. Keep up the great work team.
Tena koutou katoa,
Kai on Sale at the Tourney tomorrow.. all proceeds to the BrooklynLove Foundation.
Schnitzel Burgers (fried bread kind) with aunty Chere's yummy relish.
Mussel fritter sandwiches
Sausage sizzle - onions and cheese
Possibly Waffles too - thats if I find the waffle maker 🧐🤣
Sadly no Paua this year :(
There will be the water station available but if you prefer cold bottled water we will have that too.
Thanks to those who have helped sponsor some of our kai.
We will be up on the hill so you cant miss us, so please come and support.
Na mihi,
Te whanau o Brooklyn ❤️
Hi My name is Daniel Sutherland. Im really keen to play for in this year's tournament. Im looking for a team. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Brooklyn Battle is an annual touch tournament run in Whanganui to honour and remember the life of the strong and courageous young boy Brooklyn Hati-Bennett


Kia hiwa rā! Kia hiwa rā!



Kia ora koutou e te whānau

We hope that you and all your whānau are all safe and well at this time. COVID-19 has certainly been difficult and challenging for everyone across the motu. The BrooklynsLove Foundation Trustees have reviewed the current COVID-19 information available and have made a decision regarding our event.
As you will be aware, we have been monitoring the latest COVID-19 situation closely. We are in contact with health professionals regularly to stay abreast of matters.

The BrooklynsLove Foundation Trustees have reviewed the current COVID-19 information available and have made the very difficult decision that the planned Brooklyn Battle will be cancelled for 2022.

We know that this will be very disappointing for many teams, officials, volunteers and whānau and we share in that disappointment. The decision was not taken lightly and has been made, first and foremost, with the safety of everyone in mind.
The Trustees have made this decision in light of our values, manaakitanga, whanaungatanga, hauora, tū tāngata and the following factors:

- Our ability to ensure everyone’s safety from COVID-19 at and around the event.
- Our concern for Tamariki under 12 who are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at this time and therefore at high risk of contracting the virus.
- The Battle will contribute to increased travel of our touch whānau throughout Aotearoa and the potential for COVID-19 to spread back to many of our touch communities as a result.
- The knowledge that, although all adult attendees at the Battle will be required to be vaccinated, that there is still a risk, albeit reduced, for COVID to be transmitted.
- The large inequities and disparity in vaccination rates for Māori and Pasifika whānau compared with general population vaccination percentages - click here for Vaccination Statistics in Aotearoa
- A high percentage of participants at the Battle are Māori or Pasifika

This will be the first time in 10 years since the event started in 2010, that we will not have a Brooklyn Battle. This event has grown to become part of many of our lives and a highlight on our touch calendar, an opportunity to come together, catch up with friends and whānau, make new friends, share culture, increase awareness, compete on the field and celebrate a sport and kaupapa that gives us all so much in return.

To all our Battle whānau who are essential workers and health professionals, we would like to thank you all for the mahi you continue to do to protect and help us all while putting your own lives and whānau at risk.

Finally, whānau, please continue to stay safe over the next couple of months, look after each other, be kind and make decisions that will help keep you and your whānau safe during this time.

Many of you will have questions and we are happy to answer any and all questions that you have. Please contact us through our Brooklyn Battle page should you have any questions.

Kia kaha, kia manawanui, kia haumaru ōu koutou noho.

Trustees for BrooklynsLove Foundation

Beads of Courage® 03/02/2021

Beads of Courage®

Brooklyn Battle 2021 - 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Thank you to everyone who came to support our special event! It is always such an amazing day seeing everyone out there supporting the cause, even better when things go smoothly! Let me know your thoughts on the paperless system...always looking at ways we can improve your experience!

We could not produce such an awesome day without the help of all of our sponsors and the extra helping hands on the day!

We made a total of $7537 for the Brooklyns Love Foundation that helps other families as they battle thru their childs cancer journey.
$5317 - Fees
$320 - Kai sales
$1900 - Raffle sales

Winners of the highly sort after Brooklyn Bead bracelets:
Womens - The Sunsets
MVP: Riana Tamati
Mixed Orange - G'Laxin
Mixed Red - B12
MVP Male: Jahlon Govenor
MVP Female: Leiana Marshall-Barton
Mens Green - Young Guns
MVP: Caleb
Mens Open - Raukawa Ki Runga
MVP: Tiakina Manga

The bracelets signify the beads of courage that Brooklyn would receive after each of his treatments. These bracelets cannot be bought. The only way to get your hands on these Brooklyn Bracelets, is to win your grade! This is what makes our tournament so special. Carrying on Brooklyn's Legacy!

More info on the beads can be found on this link attached

Thanks again for all your support, we cant wait to see you all for BB#11 in 2022

Beads of Courage® Custom tagline


Our whānau journey....

Photos from Brooklyn Battle Annual Touch Tournament's post 23/01/2021

Mens Finals at 4.15


Mixed Orange Winners G'Laxin
Second Remix OGs

Mixed red Finals


Womens Final


Mens Green Semis


Next lot of semis!!!

Very close next best qualifier but RKR will go thru to the semis!


First semis up at 2pm


Attention womens teams!!!!

If there is a clash with the teams that make the mixed and womens finals, the womens final will be at 4.15pm with the mens finals

We always try to cater to all of our teams and encourage players to play both mixed and genders IF they can. So... if there is a clash of the womens and mixed teams in the Final please let HQ know asap and we will make that change


Master Draw Format.xlsx 21/01/2021

Master Draw Format.xlsx

Our score sheets are LIVE!!!!

Click on this link to keep up to date with scores and placings tomorrow!!!

There will be no draw up at HQ - Everything will be done HERE:

Click on the tabs at the bottom to see your respective grade!

Master Draw Format.xlsx


Revised draw is now online.
The only changes are to the Mens GREEN grade. All the rest will remain the same


Just had a team pull out from mens Green. I'll re do the draw in the morning and get it out asap. Sorry for the disruption!

Photos from Brooklyn Battle Annual Touch Tournament's post 19/01/2021

Interview with Manahi on Awa FM done and dusted! Roll on Saturday!


Last two days to get your entry in for Brooklyn Battle!

Closing entries 5pm MONDAY

Also need your payment in. No payment. No play!
Check below post for account details.


Dont forget to get your koha entry fee in BEFORE MONDAY!!!!
So far 9/32 teams have paid.

You wont be put in the draw without payment.
We have been stung before, being lenient and then teams not paying up.

Entry fee is usually $200 but because this is our 10 year anniversary we are accepting a koha for the entry fee.

Funds can be transferred into the following account:
Brooklyn Battle

Please use your team name as the reference


32 teams currently registered for BB 21

13 Mens
10 Mixed
9 Womens

Attached is the referee allocation...
If you are in Green, you asked to have a referee allocated to your team. You will need to contact the corresponding referee to organize a koha for their services, I will send out an email with the contact details after registration closes on Monday

We have 3 AWESOME referees still needing to be allocated to a team...
SO if you havent registered yet because you are waiting on a better register quickly so you can snap one of them up!!!

Brooklyn Battle - Referee Registration 11/01/2021

Brooklyn Battle - Referee Registration

REFEREES!!!!!! Teams are always looking for a referee!!!!

Please fill in an EOI so we can assign you to a team that can provide you a koha for your services!

Brooklyn Battle - Referee Registration

Brooklyn Battle - Home 11/01/2021

Brooklyn Battle - Home

Last week to register for Brooklyn Battle!!!!
Cut off 18/01/2021
28 Teams registered to date:
11 Mens
10 Mixed
7 Womens
Referees can register your EOI on the website as well - I will assign you to a team who can then sort out a koha for you 🙂

Brooklyn Battle - Home

Brooklyn Battle - Home 09/11/2020

Brooklyn Battle - Home

Registrations for 2021 are now OPEN!!!
2021 will be our 10 year Anniversary! Whoop Whoop!!!

If you wish to referee at the tournament there is also a registration form for you to fill out so we can assign you to a team!

Happy Registering!!!!

Brooklyn Battle - Home


#WATCH "You should never feel like a criminal when you're dealing with the wellness of your child.”

He māpuna te mokopuna - tēnā koe Ahurewa!


Hōmai ōu kupu kia ruruku!


Unite against COVID-19

Whakarongo mai, tautoko mai!
For more information and updates, visit


A huge thank you to everyone that came and supported the 9th Brooklyn Battle whether it be playing, coaching, managing, on the sideline supporting, purchasing the yummy food, prepping and cooking the delicious food, donating goods, refereeing, mc-ing, setting up, packing down, picking up rubbish, or coordinating one thing or another. None of it goes unnoticed and we are continually overwhelmed by your support year after year!

Thank you to our amazing sponsors:
Fleet Australasia
Waste Management
Touch Whanganui
Pak n Save
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tūpoho
Te Kura o Kokohuia
Te Puni Kōkiri
Mitre 10 Mega
Monaghan’s Barbershop
Jax Hair Salon
Ethel Muir & Rionn Harford
CJ Wall
Whanganui Cancer Society
Native Soundz
DJ Wattie
Doreen Bennett (Rongoā Māori)
Kalyn Ponga
Nehe Milner-Skudder

Congratulations to the winners of our sought after Brooklyn Bead Bracelets:
Mens: Wairere
Womens: DA
Mixed: Mai Awa
We hope you can look to these beads as a reminder of Bmans battle and use them for strength and courage during your own tough times and remember that life is good!

Another congrats to our MVPs:
Mens: Shannon
Womens: Maggie Leota
Mixed: Kahu Aki & Bernard Matthews

We made a whopping $7670 through entry fees, raffles, kai sales and donations, to go to the BrooklynsLove Foundation, helping families as their children battle through their cancer journey

None of this would be possible without EVERYONES support! So thank you from all of us at The BrooklynsLove Foundation!
We hope to see you all again next year for our 10 year anniversary!

Brooklyn Battle #9 2020 21/01/2020


Photos from Nehe Milner-Skudder's post 19/01/2020

Awesome to see you two playing together Nehe MilnerSkudder and thank you for all that you do for BrooklynsLove Foundation.


Mens winners: Wairere

Photos from Brooklyn Battle Annual Touch Tournament's post 18/01/2020

Photos from Brooklyn Battle Annual Touch Tournament's post

Photos from Brooklyn Battle Annual Touch Tournament's post 18/01/2020

Womens and mixed finals
Womens Winners: DA
Mixed Winners: Mai Awa


Update on final pool placing for womens pool A sorry my bad...
Didnt change the teams in the final though (phew)

Photos from Brooklyn Battle Annual Touch Tournament's post 18/01/2020

Womens final DA vs Outkast 5pm field 6

Photos from Brooklyn Battle Annual Touch Tournament's post 18/01/2020

Mixed final HK21X vs Mai Awa 5pm field 5


Last round robin games

Photos from Brooklyn Battle Annual Touch Tournament's post 18/01/2020

Photos from Brooklyn Battle Annual Touch Tournament's post

Photos from Brooklyn Battle Annual Touch Tournament's post 18/01/2020

Photos from Brooklyn Battle Annual Touch Tournament's post

Photos from Brooklyn Battle Annual Touch Tournament's post 18/01/2020

Sorry team...wind is blowing our s**z all over the show.
Updated team sheets attached



Please see the final copy. Unfortunately the mens team that took the last spot had to withdraw so there is still a BYE round in POOL A of the mens grade.

Please also note the change in fields as a cricket tournament is on at Springvale and will be taking fields 9 &10.

See you all tomorrow :)




Any teams looking for a referee?
Still have a couple up for grabs for a koha
Let me know so I can put you in touch with them :)


Last mens spot has been taken.
Will update the website with a new draw and field map TOMORROW! Hopefully thatll be the last you hear from me.

Still have a couple teams looking for referees.
Please get in touch with me asap if you wanna ref. Koha and lunch provided!

Brooklyn Battle - Draw 15/01/2020

Brooklyn Battle - Draw

Manawatu Wahine have taken the last womens spot.
We have one spot left for a mens team.
Promise I will stop posting soon...

New draw up on the website to reflect the inclusion of the 2 new teams

Brooklyn Battle - Draw


Dawgsouljahz are in!!!
One spot left in the mens and womens grades..
Who wants it??


Draw is now available on our website...

Still NEEDING one more women's team and will happily accept 2 more men's teams to avoid the BYE rounds

Get in touch with me asap if you'd like to fill these spots.


*** URGENT ***

Looking for one more womens team this weekend! Anyone keen to chuck a team together?
For an awesome cause! Supporting families with kids battling cancer.
Its always a really great day!


And I'm sure if we don't have your size, orders could possible be made cash up front? Come ask at the Pop-Up shop this Saturday 18th Jan!

Brooklyn Battle - NewTab1 13/01/2020

Brooklyn Battle - NewTab1

Last day to register your team and get your money in!!!

Brooklyn Battle - NewTab1

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