Kapi-Mana News : June 21st 2011
56 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JUNE 21, 2011 3818550AA Trophy winners rejoice Dream team: Teamwork brought the Beard Trophy back to Porirua College after 31 years, say first XV players Aukuso Tuitama, Nucolm Baker, Jotham Etimani, and Vonijiasi Danicaucau. By ANDREA O'NEIL It's history in the making -- literally. Porirua College's first XV have won the prestigious Beard Trophy for the first time in 31 years after defeating Mana College 15-5. Mana was the temporary holder of the tro- phy, having beaten 2010 champions Bishop Viard College in the round's first game in April. Winners of the trophy write a match report in a book contained in the box-like trophy, which has become a historical docu- ment, detailing winning games back to 1968. The trophy, contested between the Porirua basin's high schools every year, began in 1964 as an annual match between Tawa and Mana colleges. Porirua held it for much of the 1970s and 1980s, but since then only for a single week in 2005, when old boy and Crusaders' Robbie Fruean led the Porirua side. Winning it is the local equivalent to bring- ing home the Ranfurly Shield, says Porirua College sports co-ordinator Rachel Fale- maka. It's a big deal here in Porirua,'' she says. Some parents were crying over it.'' The Porirua Park grandstand was packed with supporters from both sides at the June 8 match. The first try was scored early by Porirua vice-captain and second-five eighth Aukuso Tuitama, but most of the action was in the second half, with Porirua scoring a further converted try and a penalty. Mana had opportunities to score, but Pori- rua's defence was just too strong, Mrs Fale- maka says. They played with passion and mana according to their motto -- mind, heart, hand'', says left wing Jotham Etimani. It was a tough game. It was a good fight.'' Working as a team was the magic ingredi- ent for Porirua, having bonded on an away game in Taupo. Next year's first XV are already being coached by their elders to ensure the trophy stays at Porirua. We've got to pass on what we learned to the next generation,'' Mr Etimani says. Captain and flanker Nucolm Baker is still buzzing from the win. The feeling is like winning the Lotto,'' he says. Northern hit hard in the rain Northern United's long unbeaten run was brought to a halt in the rain at Porirua Park on Saturday, with Hutt Old Boys-Marist the winners following a torrid contest. The result leaves Norths, for once, mid-table, but it is still early days in the Jubilee Cup. Oriental-Rongotai and Poneke are the only sides unbeaten in the first two rounds. HOBM had all the territory in the first half but only led 13-7 at the break. Although Norths conceded following a botched clearance, they scored a try as only they can. Api Naikatini broke the line 30m out and Nene Va'alepu did the rest. The agile second-five would score again very late, but unfortunately HOBM hung on for the 20-19 victory. Tawa, meanwhile, lost 21-7 at Lyndhurst Park to fellow Swindale Shield side Old Boys-University. They face Poneke B this Saturday, with Norths taking on Upper Hutt in the Jubilee Cup.
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