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Sports Update

As we reach the half-way point of winter sport, it is clear to see our young men have been so committed and dedicated in their chosen sports this year. With Covid and flu disruptions and recently the weather, our young men have constantly shown Manawa in their approach to training. This ‘not giving up’ attitude and the will to be better then the week before has been outstanding. Our 1st V basketball team sits in the top four, our 1st XI football team sits 1st, and so too does our 1st XV as we enter the playoffs and semi-finals of their respective competitions. 

As always, we must thank the tireless efforts of coaches and managers. The thing that stands out with these teams this year, is that they have been together for some years. They have worked hard for each other and made each other better as people and players. It’s great to see that the work done by their junior coaches and through these junior grades, has put them in a position to be able to launch in the city’s top competitions. 

We have also had some fantastic individual results through cross country, athletics, road race and badminton, among others. Although we can become frustrated by the ongoing obstacles that can impact our sport, it is also a time to remind our young men that this is a chance to overcome, to show girth and resilience, and to take it one week at a time!

A big thank you also, to all involved in the fundraising and efforts to get our junior teams to national tournaments. Without your contribution our akonga would not receive these opportunities and experiences.

Haere tonu.

Nga mihi,

Paul Burton