Home' Papakura Courier : March 23rd 2011 Contents Touch teams at the top
By ALAN APTED
Back to back: The Counties Manukau under-17 girls touch team successfully defended their title at the
national championships in Palmerston North at the weekend.
Photo: AUCKLAND SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Counties Manukau was the big
winner at the under-15 and
under-17 touch nationals in
Palmerston North last week-
They nabbed three of the six
titles up for grabs.
They won the under-15 boys
and the under-15 mixed titles
while the experienced trio of
Kahurangi Peters, Marama
Davis and Nadia Loveday suc-
cessfully defended the under-17
The under-15s beat Auckland
3-2, the under-15 mixed beat
Otago 10-9 in a drop off after
the teams were locked 8-all at
full time and the under-17 girls
beat Auckland 4-2 in their final.
The wins are significant
because they give each of these
teams a clean sweep of major
titles, the nationals, the inter-
provincial series and the north-
ern regional tournament.
Counties Manukau's domi-
nation is reflected in the fact
that 18 players were selected
for the three New Zealand
squads to play Australia in the
upcoming transtasman series.
Three of those players, Ethan
Taylor, Cody Mahuika and
Tane Fox, were picked for the
under-15 boys team. A fourth,
Reed Davis, the younger
brother of Marama Davis, is a
Under-15 coach Rob Taylor
says attention to detail was key
to their success.
We tried to keep errors to a
minium, look after the small
things and made sure we got
the basics right. From that
everything else develops.
It's a long tournament, you
know. We played 10 50-minute
games in three days so it's
exhausting and something that
requires a lot of concentration.''
Taylor says the team was
under a lot of pressure after
their wins at the northern
regional tournament and the
We felt like sitting ducks.
Every team that played us
wanted to beat us.''
It was the second time this
year that the under-15s have
beaten Auckland in a final.
Counties Manukau president
Lance Watene says the victories
reflect the strength of touch in
It not only speaks of the
commitment of the players but
it also reflects the huge support
they receive from their
They are as deserving of the
success as the children, he says.
Counties Manukau under-17
girls: Briar Guy, Carol Kimi,
Chelsea Petera, Corey Roberts,
Geyne Elliott, Jessica Mahar,
Kahurangi Peters, Marama
Davis, Nadia Loveday, Natasha
Colville, Saskia-Rae Brown,
Shantal Lau'Ese and Tarsheih
Counties Manukau under-15
mixed: Brittany Smith, Claude
Tolefoa, Eldon Kake, Elvina
Waipouri, Helena Tukerangi,
Jacob Mako, Jeniifer Tuhi,
Jeremy Rogers-Rhind, Kendall
Speck, Maile Koloto, Mase
Parsons, Quilane Papua,
Roydon Tupaaea, Sydnei Latu,
Teresa Tuhi and Tysha Iken-
asio, Jack Takamore (coach).
Counties Manukau under-15
boys: Ben Watene, Blake Mace-
field, Cody Mahuika, Ethan
Taylor, Hauriri Harvey,
Jonathan Cato, Luke Armiger,
Mathew Ridenton, Miguel
Nathuran-Winiata, Rory Bar-
ton, Shaquille Smiley, Tane
Fox, Reed David and Viliami
Moala, Rob Taylor (coach) Cor-
rine Taylor (manager) Michael
Ridenton (physio) Ian Macefield
Rangers-Aztec clash toe-to-toe
By ALAN APTED
An early season showdown
between Aztec and the Papa-
toetoe Rangers will be the high-
light of round two of the
Super12 netball tournament on
The match will be played at
the Otara Leisure Centre, giv-
ing south Auckland netball
supporters a rare opportunity to
see the heavyweights of
Counties Manukau club netball
Mellons Bay, the third
Counties Manukau team in the
tournament, are away to the
Pheonix, the second ranked
team from Waikato.
All three had losing starts to
their campaign last Friday.
The Rangers were beaten
46-40 by Verdettes, the second
ranked team from Waikato.
Aztec were beaten 44-41 by Col-
legiate, the number two seeds
from North Harbour and
Mellons Bay were beaten 55-43
by Baytex, the second seeded
The losses were a prelude to a
disappointing weekend for
Counties Manukau netball.
The Counties Manukau rep-
resentative team lost both open-
ing matches in the Lois Muir
They were outclassed by Wai-
kato and Bay of Plenty in Tau-
ranga on Sunday.
Waikato beat them 66-35 and
Bay of Plenty beat them 73-38.
Coach Adrienne Morrin is
disappointed the losses.
But she stressed to her
players that it was important to
keep their performance in per-
spective and draw on the
objectives for the Lois Muir
This is one of two compe-
titions in the year where teams
can field a mixture of age and
experience,'' she says. Some
regions are continuing to use
the Lois Muir as a build-up for
their New Zealand champion-
ship players and a key objective
of the Counties Manukau cam-
paign is to give our developing
players experience to enable
them to better compete at both
premier club and representative
level in the following years.''
Morrin and her team are in
Nelson this weekend.
They face Canterbury on
Saturday and Western on
The Rangers-Aztec match
starts at 7pm.
Think of kids who can't play sport
Welcome to the monthly column
from Counties Manukau Sport,
your local Regional Sports
Overheard at a local school
sports day: Take a moment to
think about all those kids that
can't play sport this week in
Christchurch.'' A poignant
moment when you take for
granted all our sporting
The new Counties Manukau
Sport and Manurewa Primary
Sport initiative has kicked off
with Have A Go Days at
Takanini, Manurewa West and
The Gardens schools.
for children to experience some
Four sports were selected by
each school and the Manurewa
students got to try a variety of
sports including: American foot-
ball, hockey, badminton,
petanque, basketball, handball
and Kiwi kick.
Counties Manukau Sport's
Community Coach manager
Geoff Moon is up and running
with his coach development
They're recommended to both
experienced and aspiring
coaches in any sport. Check out
the times and dates on our
Get Kids Active.
This term we are learning about
It involves walking and leap-
ing and is performed sideways
rather than forward.
The side gallop is the most
effective skill for quick side-
It is often used in tennis, bas-
ketball, football, softball and
touch and activities such as
defending a ball and catching a
ball thrown to one side.
To support your child in their
learning try the following fun
Side Gallop Races -- side gal-
lop to your room, side gallop
around the house
Side Gallop Tag
Side Gallop Catching -- pass-
ing a ball or pair of socks, etc to
the side so your child has to
move to the side to catch it.
For more news on what's
happening in your community
visit the website at
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