Tough lessons for KBJ net­ballers

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Hori Waaka is await­ing a strong start and a com­plete game from his team.

The KBJ 1 net­ball coach cut a frus­trated fig­ure when his side went down 63-46 to a slick Welling­ton East Girls’ Col­lege out­fit last Thurs­day night in the re­gional Su­per League di­vi­sion 2 com­pe­ti­tion.

The first quar­ter was the killer. The KBJ women were slow out of the blocks and soon trailed by 10.

The rest of the match was even, but the dam­age had been done, Waaka said.

‘‘ We didn’t adapt quickly enough and could not get those 10 goals back. You have to credit them though, they didn’t stop fight­ing and they have a lot of pride in them­selves and this club.’’

A mix of vet­er­ans and young talent com­ing through at KBJ is be­ing tested by a rig­or­ous sched­ule. There is train­ing, Su­per League on Thurs­day and Kapi Mana pre­mier 1 on Satur­days.

‘‘A lot of these guys have work, school and fam­i­lies, so it is a big ask, but they’re up for it,’’ Waaka said. ‘‘ They love play­ing to­gether and rep­re­sent­ing Porirua at that re­gional level.’’

KBJ have a 2-loss, 1-win record in Su­per League, but Waaka is con­fi­dent they can turn things around as they chase pro­mo­tion to di­vi­sion 1.

‘‘It comes down to con­sis­tency and the girls be­liev­ing they can do it. I know they can – Su­per League is a big jump from Kapi Mana, but they have the com­mit- ment and abil­ity,’’ Waaka said.

On Satur­day, KBJ showed their class in the Kapi Mana league, dis­patch­ing Aotea Col­lege’s top side 67-17 in the new pre­mier 1 cham­pi­onship round. In other re­sults, Norths 1 beat Norths 2 55-33, Tawa Red beat Kahu­rangi by de­fault and Te Tai Timu over­came Rockz 1 58-41.

In Ju­bilee Cup rugby on Satur­day, Tawa ar­rested a re­cent slide by beat­ing Pe­tone 19-12 at Pe­tone Rec.

Tawa, the de­fend­ing Ju­bilee Cup cham­pi­ons, used their big­ger for­wards to great ef­fect, with broth­ers Taniela and Joke­tani Koroi, lock Pati Gaualofa and No 8 T J Fer­ma­nis hav­ing big games.

In the Hard­ham Cup, there was heart­break at Ngati­toa Do­main as John­sonville downed Pare­mataPlim­mer­ton at the death. The home side led 14-0 at the break, and 19-15 late on, be­fore a rare er­ror cost them dear and John­sonville scored in the cor­ner.

Ryan McLean was again a stand­out for Pare­mataPlim­mer­ton, with two tries.

North­ern United, mean­while, are be­gin­ning to as­sert their dom­i­nance in the grade. They showed their class with a com­pre­hen­sive 60-0 win over the Marist St Pat’s sec­ond team. Eight play­ers scored Norths’ 10 tries and the win places them third in the Hard­ham Cup ta­ble.

In the women’s com­pe­ti­tion Vaine Marsters scored eight tries in Norths’ 107-0 romp over Tawa.

In Fri­day night pre­mier rugby league ac­tion un­der lights at Porirua Park, both Porirua sides lost. Porirua Vik­ings were soundly beaten 44-22 by Te Aroha and have dropped to fifth in the ta­ble.

In the cur­tain raiser, Univer­sity beat St Ge­orge Drag­ons 44-16.

Western Sub­urbs lost fur­ther ground to the lead­ers in foot­ball’s Cen­tral League af­ter they drew 2-2 with Lower Hutt at En­deav­our Park on Satur­day.

El­liot Col­lier and Mo­hammed Awad were on the score­sheet for Wests, who are sixth in the ta­ble.

Tawa, mean­while, were thumped 5-1 by Pe­tone.

Photo: PETER MCDON­ALD

Tough bat­tle: Shan­ice Akavi in ac­tion for KBJ in their Su­per League match against Welling­ton East Girls’ Col­lege.

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