Tough time for Ponsonby Ponies
One win from six games doesn’t make for pretty reading.
Ponsonby Ponies coach David Solomona knows that better than anyone.
The step up to the Sharman Cup rugby league competition this year has been a tough one for the side from Victoria Park.
Twelve players are on the injury list and a further four are unavailable.
Having half-a-dozen studying for university exams also takes away some of the focus.
But this side is not about making excuses, it’s about trying to finish the job.
‘‘Things are clicking now,’’ Solomona says. ‘‘ The last two games we lost in the last 15 to 20 minutes.’’
That included the 32-22 loss to the Pakuranga Jaguars last Saturday.
Ponsonby were in control at Victoria Park up until the last 20 minutes when the Jaguars took over momentum.
The loss leaves Ponsonby anchored at the bottom of the table.
‘‘Either there’s not enough gas in the tank or once the other team start scoring we almost throw the towel in,’’ Solomona says.
‘‘It’s almost like we’re saying: ‘We’re only here for 60 minutes’.’’
But Solomona says he’s still proud of his team’s efforts and feels a win is not far away.
They’re targeting their next match against the Papatoetoe Panthers this Saturday.
‘‘If we play like we did last week, there’s no reason why we can’t collect the two points.’’
Solomona is even drawing inspiration from his former club out west.
‘‘Look at Waitemata now – they beat East Coast Bays last week,’’ he says.
Ponies’ Faagase Milford attempts to wrestle his way through.
Jaguars’ Moronae Fatupaito is stopped in his tracks by the Ponies tacklers.