Team’s hard work is hard to beat
As far as records go, it doesn’t get much better then this for the Ponsonby-Kelston Under12s rugby team.
The nucleus of the squad has wrapped up another unbeaten season, stretching their winning streak to 134 games from as far back as 2007.
Ponsonby-Kelston were untroubled in their Auckland Under-12s competition final last month, defeating archrivals Manukau 36-0 at Orakei Domain.
Coach Chris Howling says it is hard work and commitment that has seen his side keep their formidable repu- tation going. ‘‘We couldn’t get into the touch rugby module so we decided to start training early in January.
‘‘The way they played in that final, they were capable of doing that to most teams,’’ he says.
The statistics sheet kept ticking over in 2014, with the team scoring more than 100 points on seven occasions.
In their 19 games this season, Sione Tapuosi was the top try-scorer with 44 to his name while Jurrell Maiava amassed an incredible 238 points.
The side were ruthless on both attack and defense, scoring a total of 1604 points and conceding just 58.
To little surprise, 15 members of the squad also went on to make representative teams.
Howling has a strong support base from assistant coaches Kimo Teariki, Murphy Maiava, Pa Vikena and manager Lynn Vai.
‘‘To the parents and supporters: without you our achievements wouldn’t have been possible,’’ Howling says.
Unbeatable: The nucleus of players in the Ponsonby-Kelston under-12s rugby team has a winning streak of 134 games.