Kapi-Mana News : April 17th 2012
37 KAPI-MANA NEWS, APRIL 17, 2012 SPORT Only at Strike Porirua 5 Kenepuru Drive, Porirua. Ph 237 4428 See the website for other offers and conditions. AND AND AND O 35 S 4507940AB IN BRIEF Cross-country in Malta Plimmerton's Susannah Lynch was the second Kiwi home, and 25th overall, in the girls' race at the world secondary schools cross-country championships in Malta last week. Wrestling silver Jordan Mellars-Rose, from Tawa College, finished second in the 76kg weight class at the secondary school wrestling championships in Hamilton on March 31. His cause wasn't helped by a slip on the mat late in the match, but his silver medal was complemented by the Currie Cup for best and fairest male. Indoor training Tawa junior footballers can look forward to indoor training this season thanks to artificial turf being laid in their facility in Grenada North Park. Kathy and Chris Henshaw painted the ceiling and walls with paint donated by Resene and the $25,000 turf was paid for by grants from Hutt Mana Charitable Trust, Infinity Foundation and Mana Community Grants Foundation. Plimmerton tops Plimmerton Croquet Club hosted annual golf croquet and speedball events between Plimmerton, Paraparaumu and Waikanae croquet clubs recently. The Cherrington Trophy Golf Croquet was won by Plimmerton with seven wins. Paraparaumu had four wins and Waikanae one. In the Ellis Cup ''speedball'' event Plimmerton had two firsts and a second. Big future for Vikings' prop By KRIS DANDO From Porirua to Penrith Big unit: Tyson Fuimaono has done his apprenticeship in rugby league on this side of the Tasman; now it's time for the big prop to prove himself in Australia. Tyson Fuimaono prefers to do his talking on the field, among the big hits and hit-ups. The unassuming Waitangirua 17-year-old will make a perma- nent move to Sydney this week to take up a contract with the Penrith Panthers NRL club. He will join their youth set up. Finishing his schooling will also be a priority. Fuimaono has followed the expected route to achieve his rugby league dream; a Porirua Vikings junior, an NRL trial with the Melbourne Storm in 2009, national elite camp in 2011 and member of the junior Wellington Orcas from 2009-2011. He is also a national represen- tative in tag football. The Panthers came calling for the 1.93m prop in January and he went to Australia for three weeks to check out their facilities and play trial matches. Proud mum Diana says he was definitely noted and noticed'' with some eye-catching performances. It was cool, I really enjoyed being over there, training and playing,'' says Fuimaono. We got to watch the seniors train. That was a shock to see [the intensity].'' Although Penrith wanted him signed straight away, his edu- cation at Tawa College was the family's priority. But an improved contract was emailed last month, with airfares, schooling, accommo- dation and other essentials firmed up. So off he goes, with the bless- ing of his parents. I'm not nervous. This is a huge opportunity and I just want to take the chance I've been given,'' says Fuimaono. We'll be straight into it. Games start pretty soon and I just want to get out on the field. I love it, being part of a team and doing my job, making the runs and big tackles.'' Fuimaono will play in the SG Ball competition, a league in New South Wales for under-18 players. His dream is to play in the NRL and go one step further, wearing the blue for NSW in State of Origin. He is eligible as he was born in Australia. His mother says it will be sad to see him leave home, but this is his future. We just want him to go for it.'' She says it was vital he finished his schooling, so that if a career in footy did not pan out, his backup plan to be a policeman might be realised. Fuimaono wanted to thank immediate and extended family, coaches at the Vikings and Orcas, and Wellington league identity Pat Knox, for helping him reach his goals.
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