Tag team shine at the Nationals
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.