Teen par­ents take tro­phy

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By JIM CHIPP

Af­ter a tense fi­nal minute, Tawa’s He Huaraki Tamariki School won the North Is­land teen par­ents net­ball tour­na­ment on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

There was a ten­ta­tive end-to-end open­ing se­quence be­fore He Huaraki Ta­ma­raki piled on nine unan­swered points in the first half to take a com­mand­ing lead over Palmer­ston North into the break.

The sec­ond half be­longed to the vis­i­tors, with He Huaraki scor­ing only spo­rad­i­cally.

Palmer­ston North had closed the gap to just two points with 60 sec­onds to go.

It seemed in­evitable they would catch up.

How­ever, the lo­cals com­posed them­selves for one more minute.

Both teams scored again, but it was He Huaraki who got there in the end, 19-17.

He Huaraki coach Liana Burns had been a stu­dent and net­ball player at the school un­til last year.

Now a Te Wananga ter­tiary stu­dent, she has con­tin­ued to coach the team.

That fi­nal minute had been very tense.

‘‘I was sweat­ing just stand­ing there,’’ she said. The win was a team ef­fort. ‘‘I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the girls stick­ing at it with all the pride they have from them­selves, and their ba­bies and the school,’’ she said. It was He Huaraki’s first win. They placed sec­ond in 2011 and in 2012 came fourth in Palmer­ston North.

Tues­day was Burns’ daugh­ter’s birth­day.

Her play­ers de­liv­ered a per­fect present, she said.

‘‘I was just so proud of the girls.’’


On tar­get: He Huaraki Tamariki goal shoot Isayah O’Neill, the team’s player of the day.

To en­ter, go to ath­let­ic­shub.co.nz or email jo. ath­let­ic­swelling­ton@ xtra.co.nz.

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