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