Tri­umph comes to ki o rahi team

South Waikato News - - SPORT / TE PAPA HA¯ KINAKINA -

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.’’

Photo: PETRICE TAR­RANT

Rel­ish­ing the win: Win­ners of the Nga Taonga Takaro ki o rahi tour­na­ment are ec­static with their win.

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