Tawa young­ster shows class

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By AN­DREA O’NEIL AND KRIS DANDO

Tawa 13-year-old Ry­ley Bridges showed out­stand­ing form at the Taek­wondo Union national cham­pi­onships at Te Rau­paraha Arena last week­end.

The ris­ing blue belt had to bat­tle through two hard fights to earn her gold medal.

Club in­struc­tor Mike Mur­ray was de­lighted with Tawa’s per­for­mance – Tawa’s 34 fight­ers won 10 golds, nine sil­vers and seven bronzes.

‘‘We’ve done well for our­selves. We had some very good fights. Some of the di­vi­sions were quite big,’’ Mur­ray said.

Fight­ers from as far afield as Christchurch, Ashurst and Patea bat­tled it out both week­end days in front of loud and proud spec­ta­tors.

Ti­tahi Bay Taek­wondo Club’s 15 fight­ers shared four golds, nine sil­vers and a bronze.

‘‘It was a hard slog. They did very well. I’m stoked,’’ club in­struc­tor Paleti Mur­phy said.

He said the tour­na­ment was hard work for many of his fight­ers, who of­ten had two or three fights to reach a fi­nal.

Mur­phy sin­gled out two fight­ers for spe­cial men­tion.

Vo­ray­outh Ngaolu­an­graj, 15, was named one of six North Is­land fight­ers of the week­end af­ter im­press­ing many in­struc­tors and ex­am­in­ers.

Ju­nior black belt An­naliese McMa­honHerewini, 12, is new to the club, but Mur­phy said her tal­ent would likely land her in the Ocea­nia team next year.

Pare­mata-Plim­mer­ton will face Tawa in the Ed Chaney Cup Se­nior 1 rugby fi­nal on Satur­day at Ngati­toa Do­main, 2.30pm. Top qual­i­fiers Pare­mataPlim­mer­ton beat Hutt Old Boys 17-15 at Ngati­toa Do­main in one semi-fi­nal, and third- placed Tawa up­staged sec­ond- placed Wainuiomata 22-18 at Wil­liam Jones Park.

Tawa’s Cen­tral League football sta­tus was con­firmed af­ter Welling­ton United were rel­e­gated fol­low­ing their 4-3 de­feat by Up­per Hutt. Tawa looked in deep trou­ble three weeks ago, with just a soli­tary point all sea­son, but have se­cured seven points in their last three matches.

Tawa fought out a 1-1 draw with Lower Hutt at Red­wood Park on Satur­day. Mike Ra­maek­ers scored for the home side.

Western Sub­urbs still have a math­e­mat­i­cal chance of win­ning the league, fol­low­ing their thrilling 4-3 win over Pe­tone on Satur­day. They are six points adrift of Mi­ra­mar with two games left, and have an in­fe­rior goal dif­fer­ence.

In pre­mier Kapi Mana net­ball play, Norths 1 proved their top dog sta­tus by beat­ing sec­ond-placed Rockz 1 37-21. In other games, Kahu­rangi 1 over­came Kahu­rangi 2 46- 37 and Plim­mer­ton Tuohy edged out Aotea Red 27-26.

Photo: AN­DREA O’NEIL

Leg work: Tawa green belt Adrian Al­cance, in red, 18, beat Tertius Jacobs, 23, of Ti­tahi Bay, 19-17 in an un­der-63kg taek­wondo bout at Te Rau­paraha Arena.

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