Girls soc­cer team off to Raro

South Waikato News - - What’s On - TA­MARA THORN

Twenty-two play­ers and five adults will be trav­el­ling to Raro­tonga for the First XI girls football tour next month.

The Toko­roa High School girl’s will be trav­el­ling to Raro­tonga as part of a tour for a week to play games against Cook Is­land teams.

The girls will play three games through­out the week with their fi­nal game be­ing against the Cook Is­land un­der 15 rep­re­sen­ta­tive team.

The football tour was born a year ago when 50 Toko­roa High School girls were taken to watch the un­der 20’s football world cup in Hamil­ton.

Coach Dean Tereu said it was good for them to ex­pe­ri­ence ‘‘Real football’’.

He said it made them ‘‘re­ally su­per keen about soc­cer’’ and is what made them fall in love with the game.

A year 10 team mem­ber Madi­son Tread­away-hale said she was look­ing for­ward to play­ing against girls who’d played soc­cer their whole lives.

Strict rules were put in place in­clud­ing high at­ten­dance and aca­demic per­for­mance which all of the girls met.

‘‘All of a sud­den there were 25 girls turn­ing up to soc­cer prac­tice.’’

The fundrais­ing started a year ago and fi­nan­cial tar­gets were met with the sup­port of the com­mu­nity and spon­sors.

Each player was asked to get a $200 spon­sor which Tereu said they achieved eas­ily.

The total amount raised was just over $30,000 and that would cover every­thing in­clud­ing a la­goon cruise, Is­land night, food and travel.

The team also got new train­ing gear and play­ing uni­forms that were fundraised for so they were pre­pared for their games.

Tereu said all the hard work had now been done and the girls were count­ing down the days be­cause they are so ex­cited.

Team cap­tain Ana­hera Hu­napo-moetu said she couldn’t wait.

‘‘I feel proud as a fe­male se­nior stu­dent to get this op­por­tu­nity as girls don’t get much recog­ni­tion as boys.’’

A full week has been or­gan­ised for the girls to make sure they see and ex­pe­ri­ence the Cook Is­lands as well as play football and meet new peo­ple.

Tereu said they were able ot do the trip be­cause of the girls’ fam­ily links through the Cook Is­lands.

He said a few cook is­land girls will be go­ing home for the first time which he said is re­ally cool. Fam­ily vi­o­lence Fam­ily vi­o­lence has risen con­sid­er­ably in the last week with 30 re­ports made to po­lice. Nor­mally we sit be­tween 14 and 20. Three of these were as­saults, four were breaches of pro­tec­tion or­der, and three have re­sulted in ar­rests. Van­dal­ism In re­cent weeks there has been a rise in mi­nor van­dal­ism around the town. This has in­cluded dam­age to let­ter boxes and gates Half of the in­ci­dents have hap­pened in the Bed Rd area so if you do see any­thing please call us. Bur­glar­ies We had five bur­glar­ies for the week which is rea­son­ably low for us. Two of the five we have known ju­ve­nile of­fend­ers for. Peo­ple in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties need to also make sure they lock up and se­cure their mo­tor­bikes as they are the main tar­get out there. Roads We had four ve­hi­cle col­li­sions over the week. The bad weather is meant to hang around for another week or so so re­mem­ber to drive to the con­di­tions and watch out for flood­ing as it can come up very quickly, es­pe­cially on ru­ral roads and around bridges. To re­port road dam­age such as pot holes phone *555.

Toko­roa High School girls First XI is headed to Raro­tonga will test their skills against Cook Is­land teams in Raro­tonga.

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