Ton up for Sports’ Matty Tow­ers Long-serv­ing flanker heart and soul of team

Te Awamutu Courier - - News - BY COLIN THORSEN

Matthew Tow­ers has re­ceived many ac­co­lades since play­ing his 100th game for Te Awa­mutu Sports pre­mier rugby team.

One club mem­ber who knows the value of Tow­ers bet­ter than most is this year’s Se­nior A team coach Way­lon Tan­go­hau who played well over 200 games for TA Sports.

“Matty puts his body on the line ev­ery Satur­day and is an over­all top club man,” he said.

“As a No. 7 Matty is one of the small­est go­ing around in Waikato pre­mier grade, but what he lacks in size he makes up for it with his speed and sup­port play.

“He is quick for a seven, al­ways one of the first to rucks and he took on a se­nior role in our team this sea­son, help­ing out skip­per Si­mon Kay.”

Tan­go­hau said Tow­ers leads by ex­am­ple both on and off the field. “He is very com­mit­ted, al­ways one of the first to train­ings and al­ways punc­tual, al­ways giv­ing 100 per cent.”

Tow­ers said he was proud of him­self as it’s a big com­mit­ment to reach the 100-game mile­stone.

“I never thought I would get to play many games at pre­mier grade level, let alone 100.

“I feel very hon­oured to join the elite group who have brought up a ton of ap­pear­ances for TA Sports.”

The 26 year old had his band of loyal sup­port­ers on the side­line when he reached the mile­stone in the semi-fi­nal against Hin­uera, won 44-15 by TA Sports. His par­ents Stephen and Ngaire, broth­ers Clark and Myles, sis­ter Paige and grand­par­ents Keith and Gail were all in at­ten­dance at Al­bert Park.

“They are all there ev­ery week­end which I ap­pre­ci­ate very much,” said Tow­ers.

It has taken Tow­ers seven years to reach the mile­stone af­ter mak­ing his de­but for Te Awa­mutu Sports Se­nior A as a 19 year old against Melville at Al­bert Park.

“I got about 10 min­utes off the bench that day. We won the game,” he re­calls.

The player he rates as the best No. 7 he has played against is Waikato leg­end and for­mer All Black Marty Ho­lah.

“Marty would have to be the hard­est man to clear out in a ruck that I’ve come up against in club footy.”

Tow­ers had a sea­son off play­ing for Wait­omo in 2016, im­press­ing suf­fi­ciently to make the King Coun­try team for the Heart­lands NPC. He got to play four games against North Otago (2), Thames Val­ley and Wan­ganui.

“I en­joyed the chal­lenge of play­ing at that level but was de­lighted that TA Sports wel­comed me back with open arms in 2017.”

Tow­ers will long be re­mem­bered for scor­ing a mag­nif­i­cent try for TA Sports af­ter be­ing in­jected into the game off the bench against Hamil­ton Marist at Al­bert Park four years ago.

The livewire flanker han­dled twice in an at­tack sparked from deep in­side his 22 in which sev­eral play­ers han­dled en­route to him scor­ing in the scoreboard cor­ner. The durable Tow­ers has been for­tu­nate to have got through most play­ing days with­out hav­ing a ma­jor in­jury.

“I’m pretty lucky in that re­spect, but do have to say it takes a lot longer to re­cover from Satur­day games than it use to.”

The club’s lat­est cen­tu­rion is con­fi­dent that TA Sports prems are tread­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

“We have the peo­ple in the right po­si­tions in the club to di­rect us and get the out­come we as a club want to get, on and off the field,” he said. “We have a re­ally young team. I’m one of the older ones at 26 so that tells you some­thing. We just need to stick to­gether and the re­sults will come our way.

“I had the plea­sure of play­ing along­side my lit­tle brother Clark this year, which I must say was a bit of a goal of mine. I have one brother, Myles, left who is still play­ing as a flanker for the Te Awa­mutu Col­lege first 15, so the plan is to hang on play­ing prems un­til he makes his way through.”

Photo / Justin Miezen­beek

Matthew Tow­ers pic­tured scor­ing a try for Te Awa­mutu Sports against South­ern United on a cold, mis­er­able day in Toko­roa this sea­son.

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