De­ter­mi­na­tion wins fi­nals spot

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By TE AHUA MAIT­LAND

In an out­stand­ing show of courage, the Toko­roa Intermediate boys’ touch team made the fi­nal of the Waikato In­ter­school Touch Tour­na­ment.

With scores even at 4-all, the game against Peach­grove Intermediate was sent into a drop-off where the op­po­si­tion crossed over the line for the win­ning try.

But de­spite the loss, coaches Hamish Al­lan and AJ Pur­nell were happy with the boys’ ef­forts.

‘‘The boys know that a big per­for­mance is al­ways re­quired when at­tend­ing Waikato tour­na­ments, which is the ba­sis of the mo­ti­va­tion,’’ Al­lan said.

‘‘Re­gard­less of who we faced, we went out there to play ‘our’ game.’’

The boys were able to learn a lot in a short time thanks to Pur­nell, the lo­cal ‘go to guy’ for touch, Al­lan said.

‘‘‘Our three year 8 boys led the way for our other nine year 7 boys, so to make the fi­nal shows true talent, de­ter­mi­na­tion and flair.’’

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