Ton up for Sports’ Matty Towers Long-serving flanker heart and soul of team
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.”
Matthew Towers pictured scoring a try for Te Awamutu Sports against Southern United on a cold, miserable day in Tokoroa this season.