Manukau Courier : April 1st 2014
www.stuff.co.nz SPORT Go to manukaucourier. co.nz to see more photos of the tag championships MANUKAU COURIER, APRIL 1, 2014 23 Cornered: Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate’s Tyrian Holland, left, and Grace Puepuemai hunt down Sancta Maria’s Jaimee-Ann Dick. Gotcha, right: Aorere College’s Anthony Burgess gets tagged. Photo: PHOTOTEK Tag teams give it their all By ALAN APTED De La Salle and Aorere colleges have added two more Auckland secondary school titles to their collections. The De La Salle team of Ofa Ogden (captain), Kavai Finefeuaki, Joseph Faogali, James Leavasa, Fatu Lafaele, Gibson Papoalii, Henry Pei, Charles Iakopo, William Palea, Kalem Figota, Sean Tanuvasa, Pailate Papalii, Roberto Ipniu and Polonga Fetaoai added the senior boys’ tag title to their Auckland volleyball title. They beat St Paul’s College 4-3 in a tense final. They had beaten Kelston Boys’ High School 8-7 in an even tenser semifinal. Both teams were forced into a drop off after the scores were locked at 6-all at fulltime. ‘‘It was a great day and a good way to finish,’’ Ogden says. ‘‘It was the second time we have entered and we are a new team made up of both rugby and league players.’’ Aorere College’s junior girls team made up for the disappointment of their junior and senior boys’ teams failing to win back-to-back titles. Their team of Lauren Sa’u (captain), Fiva Makatoa, Patsy Chan, Pele Fakaongo, Tulapou Filipo, Lumepa Maiava, Mania Maniapoto, Champions: Aorere College, winners of the junior girls’ section of the Auckland secondary schools tag championships. Ada Mann, BelleAnn Pukeroa, Leeanne Rangi, Rosie Schuster, Lauryn Tavita, Tenaya Thwaites, Florence Vatuvei and Taylah Edmonds (coach) beat Southern Cross Campus 2-1 in their final. Aorere’s teacher in charge of sport Tania Marumaru says the school’s record in tag is the product of students giving back to the school. ‘‘We are extremely lucky to have senior students like New Zealand under-16 tag representatives Tyler Mohi, Aluji and Ezra Pange and Taylah Edmonds who give back to the school through coaching our junior sports teams,’’ Marumaru says. ‘‘It is a win-win situation. Our coaches grow from this experience, learning leadership and communication skills, and our junior sports teams benefit from their knowledge and expertise for the game.’’ Mohi and the Pange brothers coached the junior boys while Edmonds took on the junior girls. A team from Puutake, the Maori unit at James Cook High School, were the surprise package in the senior girls’ section of the championship. With South Auckland under-21 women’s representatives Cammy Ball, Kerehitina Matua and Terehia Matua and Counties Manukau open women’s representative Jocephy Daniels in the team, Puutake beat Edgewater College in the semifinal and made it all the way to the final where they were beaten 13-3 by Avondale College. Hammond Matua, a teacher at Puutake, was the coach. This year’s tag champion- ships were bigger than last year’s and were jointly organised by the Auckland Rugby League and New Zealand Tag Football. Both championships were Well done: Aorere College junior girls’ captain Lauren Sa’u receives the winner’s shield from Warriors under-20 player Kouma Samson. held at Auckland Domain, the juniors on March 18 and the seniors on March 20. Tagged: James Cook High School’s Tali’ilagi Laupepa is tagged. Break: James Cool High School’s Joseph Hay makes a break. Runners-up: CoachHammondMatua, centre, and his team from Puutake, James Cook High School’s Maori unit, were second in the senior girls’ section. This way: James Cook High School’s Huru Paul, 16, slings a pass against Kelston Boys’ High School.
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