Team­work and tal­ent prevails

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

Toko­roa touch play­ers stormed out the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter a whole team was se­lected for the Bay of Plenty Touch Un­der 9s mixed elite.

The team made up of 7 and 8 year- olds com­peted for a spot on the team.

Teams for the Bay of Plenty are usu­ally made of play­ers from through­out the re­gion.

But it was the team­work and tal­ent that won it for them, ac­cord­ing to manager Ni­cole Pu­toko. ‘‘I think the rea­son they did was so well is be­cause ev­ery­one was based here they all bonded so well.’’

‘‘By the end they were just re­ally good friends.’’

Since their se­lec­tion suc­cess quickly fol­lowed for the 13 play­ers.

They went on to win their grade against seven other teams in the Un­der 9-Un­der 13 North­ern Ju­nior IPS Tour­na­ment.

The win was down to a vig­or­ous train­ing sched­ule of up to three times a week.

And it cer­tainly wasn’t any easy task.

‘‘ Be­cause it was school hol­i­days they missed out on a a lot and a lot of par­ents didn’t get to go away.’’

How­ever, it all paid off in the end, not just with a win, but an im­mense im­prove­ment as well.

Their score of 8-3 in the fi­nals proved it, she said.

‘‘Just from that score, you know they trained so hard to get to that level.’’

‘‘We’re just re­ally proud of the lit­tle team be­cause they’re from Toko­roa and there’s so much tal­ented kids in Toko­roa.’’

Olo Petero and Maia Pu­toko also won most valu­able play­ers in their grade.

Photo: WAYNE RY­DER

REP­RE­SENT­ING: The Toko­roa touch play­ers rep­re­sented their town as the Bay of Plenty Un­der 9Mixed Elite touch team.

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