Manukau Courier : November 9th 2010
20 MANUKAU COURIER, NOVEMBER 9, 2010 SPORT Champions overcome adversity Achieved: Charlene Tamati, left, and Ominae Ligaliga, right, with six of the eight members of the champion Manurewa Intermediate School's volleyball team, winners of the Auckland champion of champions title. By ALAN APTED Triumph in the face of adversity best describes the Manurewa Inter- mediate School's victory at the Auckland champion of champions volleyball at Trusts Stadium in Waitakere last Wednesday. The eight-player team not only had to cover the nerves of carrying their school flag in a regionwide championship for the first time, they also had to deal with the death of Ram Achary, a teacher at the school for nine years, the enforced absence of their coach Charlene Tamati and the fact that most other teams had 10-player squads. Mr Achary, a hard materials teacher, died suddenly on the Sunday before the tournament. His funeral was held on the day of the competition which forced Tamati, who'd been coaching the team since June, to make a choice. It was an easy decision to attend her workmate's funeral but it meant the English teacher of seven years missed her coming of age as a coach. Tamati had played plenty of netball and softball and is familiar with what coaching a netball or a softball team requires. But she was a rookie when it came to volleyball and literally had to coach by numbers. I used volleyball coaching cards as a guide,'' she says. We concen- trated on the basics. We started off with digging (receiving) and setting and progressed from there.'' Tamati was shocked and thrilled when the team returned from the tournament with the championship trophy. I didn't expect them to win. I thought we were good enough to get to third or fourth but not win it.'' Tamati says the team and the school owe Ominae Ligaliga a huge thank you for stepping into her shoes and looking after the boys at the championship. Ligaliga is the father of team cap- tain Joseph Ligaliga and was a reg- ular at practices. Manurewa Intermediate got to the champion of champions compe- tition by winning the Counties Manukau title over Te Mataurangi School of Clevedon. In the champion of champions they lost only one game, to Taka- puna Intermediate School. They beat Sylvia Park School (Otahuhu) and Glenavon School (Blockhouse Bay) in pool play and Kedgely Intermediate School (Mangere) in the semifinal. The final against Otara's Fer- guson Intermediate School was a nailbiter that went to extra time after the scores were locked at 36-all after the regulation 25 minutes. Manurewa eventually took out the title when they got the mandatory two-point lead needed for victory. The Manurewa Intermediate School volleyball team is: Fa'atafa Milupola, Sitaleki Poha- hau, Tino Ufi, Jade Dennis, Mual- malae Tuumaialu, Joseph Ligaliga, Manuel Kliva and Falakiko Takitaki. Get moving with a walk in the park or zumba How's that? Basketball star Dillon Boucher judges the shooting competition at the Counties Manukau Sport primary school basketball competition. Counties Manukau Active is introducing new sports activi- ties this month -- walking groups and zumba classes. The activities are aimed at beginner level. Opportunities also include development workshops to learn new skills in softball, basketball, touch, netball and modified sport competitions, including five-a-side football/ soccer and four-a-side volley- ball in Manurewa, Mangere, Otara, Papakura, Pukekohe and Waiuku. People will also be able to take part in walking groups and fitness sessions in parks in Manurewa and Mangere. Those keen to try zumba will find classes in Manu- rewa, Otara and Pukekohe while Bollywood classes will be happening in Manurewa, Mangere and Papatoetoe. For details about those and many other sport and rec- reation opportunities in your community, contact the Counties Manukau Active physical activity leader in your area. The recent Counties Manu- kau Sport primary school basketball competition at Otara Leisure Centre ended with a thrilling finale. Bairds Mainfreight Pri- mary School Warriors won the boys' section and the Yen- darra School Dribblers the girls' division and both went on to face their tallest op- ponents yet. The New Zealand Breakers basketball team took time out of training to play an exhi- bition match against the win- ning teams. They also played against the other teams that com- peted in the league. Players such as Dillon Boucher and rising star Thomas Abercrombie shared smiles and playing time with the children. Pakuranga Athletic Club holds a carnival and reunion on Thursday to celebrate its new track. Celebrations will begin on the track at 12.30pm with fun events and races for all ages and abilities. See www.pakrun.org.nz. Several clubs have com- pleted the ClubSmart pro- gramme. Congratulations to One- hunga Mangere AFC, One- hunga Mangere United Sports and Mangere Hawks Netball, who have put in place stronger processes around governance, com- munication, coaching, etc, to enable better capability and long-term sustainability. Each month the FMS team at Counties Manukau Sport highlights an important fun- damental movement skill and offers ideas on how you can help your child learn the skill. Hopping involves taking off and landing on the same foot. It's an important skill to mas- ter for safe body management because it increases strength and balance. Hopping is used in a num- ber sports such as basketball (lay-up), dance, football and netball. To help your child in their learning try the following fun activities: Hopping races -- hop to get the mail, hop to your room, hop on the spot (try using both feet) Hopscotch -- draw hop- scotch patterns on the con- crete with chalk. See www.cmsport.co.nz for more news on what's happening in your community.
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