Brandon breeding sports stars
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.
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.