Tokoroa bring home trophy
Tokoroa High School First XV rugby team recently brought home the Tricolor trophy for the first time since 1989.
Its been 27 years since Tokoroa High School have had their name on the trophy which students were not aware they were playing for.
Coach Ricky Te Kanawa said the Tokoroa team played to their normal high standards but noticed the opposition team St John’s were playing differently.
‘‘To them it was a goal to obtain the trophy.’’
Te Kanawa said ‘‘The boys didn’t know they were playing for it, it wasn’t until after the game that their coach came up to us and handed it over.’’
Captain of the team Sione Levao said it was a good feeling winning the trophy.
‘‘It felt good winning – going out there with the lads and this [the trophy] was just the cherry on the top.’’
The team having only 16 players meant there was only one reserve as a lot of other team members were injured.
The trophy is very prestigious award that all division one secondary school teams play for in the Waikato.
The team that holds the trophy puts it up to be challenged in the hope that the opposition team does not win and take it away.
The next game the first XV will play is an away game against Hamilton Boys White.
Coaches and members of the successful Tokoroa High School First XV.