Top coach held in high re­gard

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By SAM DUFF

Past and present hockey play­ers from around Porirua gath­ered at the Els­don turf re­cently to hon­our a much-loved coach.

Rangikura School hockey coach On­dine Soutar said she was hum­bled that many of her cur­rent and for­mer stu­dents con­tin­ued to sup­port an an­nual tour­na­ment held in her hon­our.

‘‘It is a lovely end-of-sea­son celebration for the kids. We have a re­ally sup­port­ive hockey com­mu­nity,’’ she said.

‘‘ Hockey gives the kids so many op­por­tu­ni­ties and they are re­ally good at it.’’

Sev­eral friendly matches were played be­tween cur­rent Rangikura teams be­fore the top play­ers chal­lenged a group of for­mer stu­dents for the On­dine Soutar Shield.

Ex­pe­ri­ence helped the for­mer play­ers beat the stu­dents 5-3.

Ms Soutar, a Rangikura teacher, or­gan­ises the school hockey pro­gramme and coaches the Wellington un­der- 13A rep team.

Rangikura player Mamele Kupa said Ms Soutar put all her time and ef­fort into her stu­dents, whom she treated like fam­ily.

One player’s mother, Amanda Par­sons, said the tour­na­ment was recog­nised all Ms Soutar had done for her stu­dents.

‘‘Words can’t ex­press ev­ery­thing she has done for the Rangikura kids,’’ she said.

‘‘She has high ex­pec­ta­tions of the kids and re­ally pushes them when they need it.

‘‘It’s like a big fam­ily and she’s the driv­ing force be­hind it.’’

The re­laxed event was sup­ported by lo­cal busi­nesses Pre­ston’s Mas­ter Butch­ers, Count­down and Pak ’nSave.

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