Sev­ens heaven for boys

Te Puke Times - - FRONT PAGE - By STU­ART WHI­TAKER news@tepuke­times.co.nz

Last Fri­day was an AIMS Games red-let­ter day for Te Puke In­ter­me­di­ate School.

The school’s boys’ and girls’ sev­ens teams both reached their fi­nals, the boys win­ning and the girls fin­ish­ing sec­ond.

Wyn­d­ham Pat­u­awa was the star of the day for the boys, scor­ing three tries in both the tight semi­fi­nal win against Matauri Bay School and the win 19-12 over Tau­ranga In­ter­me­di­ate.

Te Puke started the game with a try from the kick off, adding a sec­ond mo­ments later for a 12-0 lead, be­fore Tau­ranga hit back with two tries and a con­ver­sion to put the teams level at half­time.

Pat­u­awa scored again mid­way through the sec­ond half and Maloni Bale looked to be on his way to seal­ing the win after Te Puke had shown a lot of pa­tience in their own half to keep pos­ses­sion. How­ever, the ball was knocked on as he was tack­led just short of the line.

A scrum win to Tau­ranga would have given them one last chance to equalise, but Te Puke got one against the head and Bole kicked the ball dead to end the game. The win was a re­verse of the re­sult when the two sides met in pool play the day be­fore the fi­nal.

Coach Steve Miln has now taken Te Puke to two wins and a fourth in the last three AIMS Games. He didn’t see the fi­nal win as re­venge.

“At the end of the day they are a fan­tas­tic team too. Sev­ens is pretty ruth­less, it comes down to mo­ments and we prob­a­bly created one more than they did [in the fi­nal] but it could have gone ei­ther way.”

He thought Bole was go­ing to score and close out the game.

“But we knocked on and gave them one more chance. Our scrum hasn’t been that good for the whole tour­na­ment, but we fi­nally grabbed one.”

With five days of play lead­ing up to the fi­nal, Miln said is a huge week for the play­ers.

“To be hon­est I don’t know how they do it.” He said it isn’t just about play­ing rugby.

“We talk about be­ing good men and good school boys — there’s more em­pha­sis on in­tegrity and be­ing hum­ble and they are a good group of boys. They just kept get­ting up and it’s taken a lot to get to that — it doesn’t hap­pen overnight.” Pat­u­awa was a spe­cial player. “You need a cou­ple in ev­ery team, but then the other guys stepped up for them to be spe­cial. I’ve had three groups in a row now that are about 55kg soak­ing wet, but they find a way. All I do is go down there and show them some skills then its about play­ing some footy and hav­ing some fun.”

He said the sup­port for the team has also been fan­tas­tic from the school, man­agers and par­ents.

After go­ing through pool play with one loss, to Pa­p­a­toe­toe’s Holy Cross, Te Puke’s girls came up against their con­querors in the semi­fi­nal where they squared the ledger and won a place in the fi­nal against Auck­land’s Royal Oak In­ter­me­di­ate School.

Te Puke scored first and led 7-0 at the break, but two tries early in the sec­ond half proved de­ci­sive with Royal Oak win­ning 12-7.

Te Puke In­ter­me­di­ate’s Ti­nus Nel won gold in the fly­ers boys’ gym­nas­tic com­pe­ti­tion and Ibe­liz Adling­ton, a year 7 stu­dent from Pon­gakawa School won gym­nas­tics sil­ver in the women’s artis­tic flyer event. Te Kura Kau­papa Ma¯ori O Te Matai’s Nikau Wi­hapi- Priest won two golf bronze medals.

‘We talk about be­ing good men and good school boys — there’s more em­pha­sis on in­tegrity and be­ing hum­ble.’

STU­ART WHI­TAKER catches some of the AIMS Games ac­tion from last week fea­tur­ing our lo­cal school stu­dents.

BE­LOW: Wyn­d­ham Pat­u­awa pushes away a de­fender on his way to scor­ing his third and his team’s de­ci­sive try in Te Puke In­ter­me­di­ate School’s win over Tau­ranga In­ter­me­di­ate in the AIMS Games boys’ sev­ens fi­nal.

PHO­TOS / STU­ART WHI­TAKER

LEFT: Te Puke In­ter­me­di­ate School’s AIMS Games boys’ sev­ens win­ning team.

ABOVE: Rangiuru School’s Tris­tan Long com­petes in the boys’ sin­gles ta­ble ten­nis.

BE­LOW: Ky­ron Bi­dois of Rangiuru School.

RIGHT: Lila Nev­er­man of Pon­gakawa School. BE­LOW: Pon­gakawa School girls’ Fut­sal team goal­keeper Anika Au­bertin dives for the ball as No 9 Jolisa White­head looks on.

KRUZ Ua-Marsh of Te Puke In­ter­me­di­ate School bas­ket­ball team heads up-court.

TOP CEN­TRE: Keane An­der­son (be­hind) of Te Puke In­ter­me­di­ate watches Bai­ley Carmichael’s progress.

ABOVE: Aca­cia Birch in ac­tion for Te Ranga School.

LEFT: CJ Grant of Te Puke In­ter­me­di­ate School in close con­tact.

ABOVE: Te Ranga School’s Danika Wil­son leads the charge.

CEN­TRE LEFT: Te Rangi Rae of Te Puke In­ter­me­di­ate.

RIGHT: Brooke Bar­clay of Pon­gakawa School makes a break be­tween two Glen Eden de­fend­ers.

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