Te Puke Tigers mark great league sea­son

Te Puke Times - - SPORT -

The Te Puke Tigers Rugby League Club gath­ered to cel­e­brate a great sea­son re­cently. More than 50 young league play­ers took to the field this year in four age grades as the sport con­tin­ues to grow in the Coast­line Dis­trict. On the field the Tigers un­der 11s made the semi­fi­nal, and were just beaten by even­tual win­ners the Pa­pamoa Bull­dogs. In the third and fourth-place play­off, the Tigers beat Pu­tauaki Stags 34-6. Seven of the Un­der 11s team have been se­lected to rep­re­sent Coast­line at the Ma¯ori Na­tion­als next month in Taranaki. The Tiger Un­der 7s went un­de­feated this sea­son, with only one try scored against them in 14 games. The Un­der 7s also trav­elled toAuck­land to play a cur­tain raiser be­fore aNew Zealand War­riors­match. “It was an awe­some ex­pe­ri­ence for our boys, run­ning out on to Mount Smart sta­dium, see­ing their names come up on the big screen,” says club chair­man David Taf­fard. David says hewants to thank all the play­ers for their skills, pas­sion, ded­i­ca­tion, team­work and sports­man­ship as well as the coaches, train­ers and man­agers for guid­ing and en­cour­ag­ing. He also thanks par­ents, fam­ily mem­bers and friends for go­ing to games and show­ing great sup­port and the club’s com­mit­tee and spon­sors. Awards went to: Un­der 6s: Most Im­proved (MI) Ko­hen Newdick, Player of the Year (PoY) Te Ururoa Stevens and Hit­man (Hm) award for best tack­ler, Liam Smith. Un­der 7s: MI Diaz Ron­aki, PoY Arana Rayner and Api Pat­u­awa andHmKi­hirini Ron­aki. Un­der 9s: MI Soul Mather, PoY and Hm, Kade War­ren. Un­der 11s: MI Jeremy Cameron and Dal­las Leau­pepe, PoY Rhys Pu­ata and BraeHau­raki andHmRhys Pu­ata. Coach of the year: Ki­hirini Ron­aki. The Tiger of the Year award went to the Cameron fam­ily. Five sea­son Tiger awards went to Rhys Pu­ata, Mikaere Kokiri-Ford and Trey Hem­ming­way.

Rhys Pu­ata re­ceived the Te Puke Tigers Un­der 11 Player of the Year, Tigers Hit Man and Five Sea­son Tiger awards.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.