Tokoroa touch stars back in game
Emotions ran high for two of Tokoroa’s high school teams when they learned of their place in the national touch tournament.
The hard work was all worth it for Tokoroa High and Forest View mixed touch teams that scored a place at the New Zealand Secondary School’s National Championships.
In a head-to-head battle at the zone competition in Rotorua, the two teams played for the prestigious spot.
Tokoroa High came out on top but Forest View was selected as the wild card.
Iwi Bennion, team manager of Forest View, said some of the senior players got emotional when they heard the news.
‘‘ When they found out, they broke down because that was their goal, this is what they have worked hard for,’’ she said.
Bennion said she is proud of both teams and their representation of Tokoroa.
It has been four years since a team from the school has gone through.
Although the team has worked hard, more training is expected as well as fundraising.
Beau Tahau, teacher in charge at Tokoroa High, said the two teams showed good sportsmanship.
‘‘The camaraderie was good,’’ he said.
He said the teams were pleased for each other’s success in representing the region.
‘‘It was knowing that two Tokoroa teams made it through,’’ he said.
The last time a team from Tokoroa High went through to the nationals was in 2007 with their boys team.
The talented Tokoroa High’s mixed side has also been recognised internationally.
The squad is one of three in New Zealand selected to play in the all-schools touch tournament in Queensland.
‘‘ It’s cool because we’re representing the South Waikato,’’ Tahau said.
The October tournament will be a costly trip at $1500 per student.
Fundraisers will be held by the 16- man team for both competitions.
The team will compete against schools from Queensland and other countries.