Tag team shine at the Na­tion­als

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Porirua’s un­der-21 tag foot­ballers showed why they are the best in the coun­try with a con­vinc­ing ti­tle win at the na­tion­als.

Held in Orewa from Fe­bru­ary 21 to 23, the Tag Na­tion­als at­tracted more than 1000 play­ers from across the coun­try in eight grades.

The Welling­ton un­der-21 side, made up pre­dom­i­nantly of Porirua play­ers, beat East Auck­land 3-2 and Waitakere Green 2-1 on day one. They drew 4-4 with North Har­bour but topped their pool by de­feat­ing Waitakere White 7-5 on the sec­ond day, to earn a semi-fi­nal spot.

In post-pool play, Welling­ton moved up an­other gear, de­mol­ish­ing North Har­bour 12-4. In the fi­nal their de­fen­sive pat­terns and set-plays with ball in hand helped them over­power Waitakere Green 5-0.

Cap­tains Kalim Kelemete and Shel­don Akavi led the way, with head coach Michael Finau com­mend­ing the high level of skill, con­cen­tra­tion and in­ten­sity.

‘‘Lead­ing up to na­tion­als the boys trained hard, par­tic­i­pated in all the fundrais­ers and re­mained fo­cused from the time they ar­rived in Orewa up to the fi­nal whis­tle of the grand fi­nal.’’

The fu­ture looks bright too, with team mem­bers Ker­rod Foaese just 15 years old and and Jade Ng only 16.

In other re­sults, Welling­ton were run­ners-up in the un­der-17 grade, while the un­der-18s, 30s men and open mixed sides won their re­spec­tive shield com­pe­ti­tions. Finau says his squad’s success would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of fam­ily, friends and Pak ’n Save Porirua.

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