Triumph comes to ki o rahi team
They came, they played and they conquered.
Tokoroa High School’s year 9 and 10 ki o rahi team beat the reigning champions in the Nga Taonga Takaro one-day tournament played in Tokoroa.
Captain Adria Tautari said about 12 Waikato teams were vying for the trophy which has been won by Ngaruawahia’s Rakaumangamanga for the past three years.
She said her 17-strong team played extremely well as a unit, particularly when push came to shove in the final.
Player Anahera Hunapo said the win came as a surprise.
‘‘When the whistle went [for full time] we were all down because we thought we lost until we heard our names being called out.’’
Meanwhile player Curacao Kaea said she was a little more hopeful at fulltime.
‘‘We needed to think positive because we were playing the top team.’’
Whatever tactics they employed, it worked, coach Shane Tito said.
‘‘I always said you can’t just rely on your talent but I think everything just fell into place in the end. They seemed to be cruising . . . then in the final they took it seriously.’’
Relishing the win: Winners of the Nga Taonga Takaro ki o rahi tournament are ecstatic with their win.