Young netballers enjoy tourney
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 .