Rangikura net­ballers de­velop spe­cial bond

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

You couldn’t miss the Rangikura girls ar­riv­ing at the court each day.

The school’s netball team per­formed with dis­tinc­tion at the re­cent Aims Games in Tau­ranga, win­ning eight of their 11 games to fin­ish 18th of 96 teams.

On each of the five days, the girls would march on to the court singing a chant.

It cer­tainly turned heads, coach Ine Faleafaga said.

Rangikura were given the team spirit award as a re­sult.

The Rangikura team are Porirua Ju­nior A cham­pi­ons and con­firmed their sta­tus in the five pool matches in Tau­ranga, go­ing through un­beaten.

They found the go­ing tougher in the sec­ond round, how­ever.

The team said they en­joyed play­ing un­der pres­sure and matched up well against some of the big­ger and faster teams.

The ex­pe­ri­ence of trav­el­ling and play­ing in a tour­na­ment brought them closer to­gether.

‘‘ We re­ally en­cour­aged each other and we had a spe­cial bond,’’ Paris Va said.

Bran­don In­ter­me­di­ate’s girls sevens team, mean­while, won bronze at the Aims Games.

They lost out to even­tual win­ners Wes­ley In­ter­me­di­ate 17-14 at the semi­fi­nal stage.

Bran­don’s Anas­ta­sia Sir­ila was se­lected for the Aims sevens tour­na­ment team.

Cap­tain Lise Lafaele had noth­ing but praise for her team.

‘‘We re­ally want to thank Mr Gib­son, Nikki, Tracy and Jonny, all our par­ents and ev­ery­one who helped with our teams fundrais­ing for mak­ing it pos­si­ble to travel and com­pete,’’ she said.

The week- long Aims Games in­volved 17 sports and about 7500 in­ter­me­di­ate pupils from all around New Zealand took part.

Netball champs: Porirua’s best in­ter­me­di­ate-aged netball team, from Rangikura School. Top row, from left, Malia So’oialo, Mikayla Anaru, Ine Faleafaga, coach, Ro­dah-Rose Rameka, Har­mony Ioane, Paige Enua. Mid­dle row, from left, Phoenix O’Gor­man, Jessie Soudachanh. Front row, from left, Te­sara-Rose Faleafaga, Paris Va and Sha­nia Gray.

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