Northern News : September 28th 2011
16 NORTHERN NEWS, SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 SPORT Meet Kura Tonga A team Champions: Kura Tonga team: back row Pikitia Wikaira, Vhayle Nikora, Jayde Riiwhi-Tupe, Hollee Werahiko, Tiani Sarich, Kim Symes, Dianne Wikaira; front row Shirley Mathews, Katarina Te Whata-Heremia, Illyana Hepi, Helena Werahiko. After going into extra time following a draw at fulltime, Kura Tonga gained a two point advantage over Taia- mai to win the A Reserve grade this year. A tightly contested game and some brilliant skills from both teams made for a great final. Taiamai's Pearl Hippolite fed well as she has done all season to her reliable shooters of Janie Tairua and Chelsea Rudolph. There was great competition for high balls between Chelsea Rudolph and Kura Tonga GK Illyana Hepi with Vhayle Nikora taking some great defensive intercepts from Taiamai's attack. Kona Hippolite held the midcourt well with help from Pearl and Shernade Tipoki. Kura Tonga GS Pikitia Wikaira did a great job against her opposition Rima Owen-Horn and Teinia Smith. As with the Kura Tonga players above, Jayde Riwhi-Tupe, Hollee Wera- hiko, Tiani Sarich, Shirley Matthews, Katarina Te Whata-Heremia and Helena Werahiko are definitely names to watch in the future. A haka tautoko from the many Kura supporters topped off what can only be described as the game of the day. In addition to this great win, the Kura Tonga team are also this year's Northland area school champions. The Tarati Buckley and Kim Symes coached team has great talent and a lot to be proud of. Premier grade win for Kerikeri team Proud winners: Kerikeri High School Senior A netball team win the Kerikeri Netball Centre premier grade. It's been a high end to the season for the Kerikeri High School Senior A netball team who won the Kerikeri Netball Centre premier grade. The team consists of Nadia Sievers, Emily Cur- tis, Emma McNeil, Hollie Fuller, Oceane Maihi, Kate Steven, Gemma O'Leary, Hannah Casey and Leisha Taylor. They are coached by Carien Edwards. The team started their season with the Western Heights High School tournament in Rotorua where they placed third and more recently a week long tournament in Mt Maunganui. The premier final was played on September 3 against The Professionals with Senior A winning by 55-30. Still the champions after eight seasons Unbeaten: The Bay of Islands under 16 sub-union rugby team has recorded an unbeaten run in eight seasons. It's been another great end to a season for the Bay of Islands under 16 sub-union rugby team. They have recorded an unbeaten run in eight seasons of representative rugby spanning 2004-2011. The team was formed in the under-9 grade with 17 players coached by Bernard Goodhue and Todd Evers and managed by Kerry Groome. Of those 17 original players six boys remained in the team to play their final match against Whangarei on August 21. The closest they came to a loss was in the under-10s in 2005 when they drew with Mangonui five all at Arnold Rae Park. The game was a thriller. Bernard, Todd and Kerry thank everyone involved over the eight years, including back coach Brian Mather, and wish everyone well in future rugby endeavours. The boys go on to play under-18 rugby in a different format. Good weather for bowls Winning bowlers: Jill Phillips, Cedric Campbell and Alan Thom from Kaitaia Combined Club. The Ray Johns Memorial Tournament was played in sunny weather at Coopers Beach last week. Visitors from Kaitaia and Kaeo clubs took part. Wally and Betty Parker, both ex-presidents of the Coopers Beach Club living in Palmerston North, returned to try out the car- pet green. The winners were Cedric Campbell, Alan Thom and Jill Phillips from Kaitaia Combined Club with four wins. Second place went to Trevor Smith, Pat Rayner and Nancy Page from Coopers Beach with 3 wins and 22 ends, and third went to John and Anne Williamson with Len Cooke with three wins and 15 ends. The next open tournaments are the Jane Cameron Triples for Women and the Coopers Beach Open Triples for Men both to be held on October 11. Scholarship winner says exercise fits in with school boarders A great example of how train- ing and dedicated exercise can help people reach their goals is displayed by Wha- ngarei Boys' High School Tre- vor Attwood. The 16-year-old from Rus- sell is the first recipient of a Kensington Fitness scholar- ship for Carruth House boarders and six months in he has already achieved most of his goals, which include making the school's first XV rugby team, becoming a Whangarei rugby representa- tive, captain of the Northland under-16s, being nominated for the New Zealand under- 17s and making the North- land secondary schools lawn bowls team. Trevor is also doing well academically, with drama and physical education being his favourite subjects this year. Teacher Michelle Payne came up with the scholarship idea after taking an interest in how the Carruth House students coped with the stress of being away from home. As a resource teacher of learning and behaviour, she has found doing regular, monitored exercise helps students improve their behaviour and enables them to concentrate for longer periods of time as well as reducing stress. About 12 boys from the hostel applied for the scholar- ship and Trevor was chosen in consultation with his teachers, based on his sport- ing abilities, academic effort, hobbies and motivation. The scholarship has just been reviewed and has been extended for another six months based on Trevor's drive and good attendance. He is grateful for the schol- arship and says the exercise not only releases endorphins, it gives him a feeling of self- accomplishment. Even moving up from 15kg dumbbells to 16kg, you're improving and bettering yourself over the competition. The stronger, faster, fitter you are the more likely you are to break that tackle and score that try. If you're unhealthy and unfit you struggle to learn for your exams.''
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