Bran­don breed­ing sports stars

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - KRIS DANDO

Bran­don In­ter­me­di­ate has sports stars to burn.

To cap off a busy sports year for the school, Joyner Gaualofa was happy to show off the Bureta Faraimo tri-se­ries tro­phy, won by Bran­don over Windley and Corinna schools in rugby league. Tony Solomona (sprint­ing) and Tuli Asa (bas­ket­ball) have also ex­celled.

Win­ning the tri-se­ries tro­phy was as ex­cit­ing as it got, Joyner said. He scored the win­ning try in the 20th minute of a golden point ex­tra time thriller over Corinna two weeks ago to se­cure the ti­tle.

‘‘I was very happy and speech­less,’’ he said, of the feel­ing af­ter dot­ting down to win the ti­tle.

He said unity in the un­beaten team was strong and that they would work hard to de­fend the tro­phy next year.

‘‘We have great com­mu­ni­ca­tion and we’re good at both de­fend­ing and at­tack­ing.’’

Tony, mean­while, is a rugby player who had only just turned his hand to ath­let­ics. He said he pre­ferred the 100 me­tres, but it was in the 200m that he crossed the line first at an in­ter­me­di­ate schools com­pe­ti­tion last month.

He backed that up with a sec- ond place in the 100m. He said he was ner­vous on the start line, but proud of his achieve­ments.

Rugby will al­ways be his first love, but he said ath­let­ics was com­ing a close sec­ond.

Bas­ket­baller Tuli heads to Aus­tralia with the un­der-14 New Zealand team in Jan­uary. He has been a mem­ber of the Porirua un­der-13 boys team for three years. They came sixth out of 14 teams at the na­tion­als, and he was pleased to get a na­tional call-up.

Tuli, a shoot­ing or point guard, trains or plays four nights a week with his Porirua side, friends or the Hoop Club. As part of his train­ing in Porirua, he runs up Colo­nial Knob once a week.

He can’t wait to head to Aus­tralia to test him­self against some top bas­ket­ballers his age. ‘‘I’m really look­ing for­ward to hav­ing new ex­pe­ri­ences, be­cause I know it will help me im­prove my game,’’ he said.

A fundrais­ing event was held at school re­cently to con­trib­ute to­wards Tuli’s trip.

PHOTO: KRIS DANDO

From left, Bran­don School pupils Tuli Asa, Tony Solomona and Joyner Gaualofa were part of a solid month of sport­ing achieve­ment for the school, in bas­ket­ball, ath­let­ics and rugby league.

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