Toko­roa touch stars back in game

South Waikato News - - SPORT - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

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.

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