Wes­ley dom­i­nates code

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - TORIKA TOKALAU-CHAN­DRA

Ex­pect more stars like Sonny Bill Wil­liams to come out of Wes­ley In­ter­me­di­ate School in the fu­ture.

Tra­di­tion­ally a strong rugby league school, Wes­ley has pro­duced stars like dual-in­ter­na­tional Wil­liams, for­mer All Black and Kiwi Matthew Ridge, and NRL stars Steve Matai and An­thony Win­ter­stein.

Wil­liams helped Wes­ley win the Auck­land rugby and rugby league ti­tle dur­ing that time.

The school’s head of sports Si­mon Tafea says tal­ent scouts are con­stantly at their doorstep look­ing for the next best Auck­land, and pos­si­bly New Zealand, sports star.

‘‘Wes­ley is tra­di­tion­ally a strong league school and have won Auck­land ti­tles four times in the past five years,’’ he says.

‘‘Our coach [Trev Ball] is a past semi-pro­fes­sional league player, but this year we have had a core group of three adults sup­port­ing the coach­ing of key po­si­tions. Stu­dents have also re­ceived spe­cial­ist fit­ness coach­ing via The Wall fa­cil­ity in a ware­house close to the school.

‘‘The fit­ness level def­i­nitely came to the fore in the fi­nal where the boys won 28-8 against Glen Eden in the open weight grade of the Auck­land League Cham­pi­onship.’’

Tafea says de­spite their 130 stu­dent pop­u­la­tion, the decile 1 school is achiev­ing great re­sults on the sports fields Auck­land-wide.

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