Young net­ballers en­joy tourney

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

Four young Toko­roa Net­ball rep­re­sen­ta­tive teams played in their first com­pe­ti­tion re­cently at the Ro­torua Event Cen­tre.

All play­ers and of­fi­cials ap­pre­ci­ated the tour­na­ment be­ing held in­doors.

The next rep­re­sen­ta­tive tour­na­ment that th­ese teams will play in will be the Eastern Waikato Tour­na­ment in Taupiri on July 15.

Toko­roa Net­ball Cen­tre had four um­pires control games at the Ro­torua Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tour­na­ment: Josef Brown (New Zealand level um­pire), Toni Pun­ton, Chloe Pun­ton and Jean Teao.

Um­pir­ing at a rep­re­sen­ta­tive tour­na­ment is the ul­ti­mate for all um­pires and it is great that Toko­roa has um­pires with the abil­ity to at­tend tour­na­ments.

The un­der- 15 de­vel­op­ment team is coached by Dawn Ash- worth and Piwi Nepe is man­ager.

This young team played five games. Their first game was against Bay of Plenty ( cho­sen from the wider Bay of Plenty catch­ment area from Kati Kati, Tau­ranga, Whakatane to Opotiki). The young Toko­roa net­ballers had a shaky start to the game, but were able to be more set­tled in the sec­ond half and lost 9-17. The team had other losses to Har­bour­side (13-19), Whakatane (16-18) and Ro­torua (7-14).

The un­der-15 team played a smart game against Taupo. The shoot­ers were able to reach 100 per cent ac­cu­racy. A fi­nal score to Toko­roa of 27- 10 was a great result for the play­ers and the man­age­ment group for the team.

Shoot­ers Cam­ryn Nicholas and Hven­lee- Blu Craig worked to­gether well and Shavaughan Uer­ata and Ree­gan Ford played in the cir­cle de­fence for the five games. Mid- courters Anisha Te­Hiko, Ella Liv­ingston, Tahlia Joyce and Tay­lor Vaka­tini im­proved as the day pro­gressed.

Five games for the day was a hard chal­lenge for all play­ers.

The Toko­roa Net­ball un­der-15 team is coached by Maria Te Kanawa and man­aged by Caro­line Morunga. This team has play­ers of very high skills and they were able meet their op­po­si­tion with a good com­bi­na­tion of de­fence and at­tack nar­rowly los­ing to the Bay of Plenty re­gional team 14-15. It was a great result against a team which has been se­lected from the eight cen­tres within the Bay of Plenty Re­gion.

Toko­roa un­der- 15’ s de­feated BOP Gold 17- 6, Otoro­hanga 25-14, and Taupo 17-16. The team coped with hav­ing only eight play­ers for the day. Team mem­bers for the day were: Makaia Riki-Te Kanawa, Dionne Tread­away, Kamich Daniels, Ta­iana Sheck, Chan­tae Jenk­ins, Faith Tai, Zsalia Ihaka and Mor­gan Hayes.

Coach of the Year 8 rep team is Ray­lene O’Brien and the man­ager is Tracey Mor­gan. Team mem­bers are: Paige Cuff, Cher­ish Simeon, Shaneya Ihaka, Mere­ana An­der­son, Dallas Te Hiko, Ta­tum Atera, Alora-Dhyne Craig, Ngaire Lach­maiya, Kowhai Te Kanawa and Adria Tau­tari.

The Year 8 team had a very suc­cess­ful first day at a rep­re­sen­ta­tive tour­na­ment. They de­feated Opotiki 14-6 and drew against Otoro­hanaga 6 all. They lost their games against the very es­tab­lished Hamilton ( 13- 15) and Taupo (8-13). The player of the day for the Year 6 team was Cher­ish Simeon for her great de­fence work.

For the first time Toko­roa had a Year 6 rep­re­sen­ta­tive team. This team is coached by Christina Ogle and man­aged by Nikki Cooper.

Each team mem­ber played with de­ter­mi­na­tion and pride and was very ner­vous. They lost to Taupo, Ro­torua, Eastern Waikato and Kaw­erau. Gra­ciana Glassie and Naomi Tare- Jones cer­tainly showed their skills that they have learnt so far and their prom­ise for the fu­ture. Other team mem­bers who en­joyed their first day of play­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive net­ball were Rik­i­hana Tau­tari, Shauna Glassie-Ryan, Pre­cious Le­tonga , Te­naia Daniel, Jerry Gates , Ruitoto Hune , Dar­jhae Daw­son and Jarzel Reweti .

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