Bow­ers Cup win af­ter six years at­tempt­ing

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

A South Waikato club that helped grow some of the best rugby play­ers New Zealand has ever seen seen has taken out the the Bow­ers Cup.

The Tri­tons Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Rugby Club won the Bow­ers Cup Tour­na­ment re­cently af­ter six years of vy­ing for the ti­tle.

Kevin Mealamu, Richard Kahui, Shaun Mait­land, Quade Cooper, and Is­sac Boss, are just some of the big names who have come out of the club in the past.

The tour­na­ment is made up play­ers who have been cho­sen to play rugby at a rep­re­sen­ta­tive level who are un­der 45 kilo­grams from through­out the South Waikato. Most are in­ter­me­di­ate age.

Coach Latisha Kelly said she couldn’t be more proud.

‘‘It is a mas­sive achieve­ment, it’s huge be­cause the high­est we ever placed be­fore was sixth,’’ she said.

Kelly said the tour­na­ment fea­tured 10 games played over five Sun­days.

‘‘We lost our first game to Te Awa­mutu, who we even­tu­ally played in the fi­nal, seven nil so our goal was to just get in the top four,’’ she said.

‘‘The games are 40 min­utes each way and in the fi­nal it was 15 all so they had to play an ex­tra 10 min­utes each way.

‘‘They scored just be­fore the end of the sec­ond half and then we scored and con­verted so we won by two points.’’

‘‘It was a great game and even [Te Awa­mutu] said who­ever won de­served to. It could have gone ei­ther way, they were pretty much evenly matched.’’

She put the team’s win down to hard work and said many of them could make it all the way.

‘‘We did six weeks trail­ing twice a week and they were re­ally com­mit­ted , ‘‘she said.

‘‘It was def­i­nitely a team win, they were all out­stand­ing, but there is a core group of about eight that I think will go far.

‘‘That is the whole point of Tri­tons though, to give them an op­por­tu­nity to be seen.’’

Kelly said ev­ery­one was still ‘‘on a high’’ from the win.

‘‘Con­sid­er­ing they were from around six dif­fer­ent schools they worked re­ally well to­gether and there was no self­ish­ness.

‘‘I would just like to say con­grat­u­la­tions. It was such a hard fought tour­na­ment but they per­sisted and did re­ally well.’’

Lotu Misa and Stacy Tay­lor also coached the team and it was man­aged by Kathy Mctaggart.

LUKE KIRKEBY/ FAIR­FAX NZ

The Tri­tons Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Rugby Club wins the Bow­ers Cup Tour­na­ment for the first time af­ter six years of try­ing.

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