Kapi-Mana News : March 12th 2013
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NZ New. $4,980 ONLY Finance Available 5227494AA Mana victorious Dominant: Mana College have the best premier men's volleyball side in the region, featuring, clockwise from top left, Faraimo Nofoaiga-Tusa, Amaron Edwards, Kerehoma Taiatini, Kalolo Fale, Hitro Robinson, Tonga Paongo and Faafuata Fasavalu. By KRIS DANDO Tight-knit team retake regional title Mana College is top of the volley- ball tree again. The premier men's side has not been engraved on the College Sport trophy since they won con- secutive titles from 2008 to 2010. This year, however, they have a tight-knit group of mostly year 13s who train very hard, the school's sports co-ordinator Pax- man Taurima says. Most of these guys have been playing together since year 9, they play in the schools competition on Friday nights and against men the following day. They work for each other and are very, very good volleyballers.'' At the ASB Sports Centre on March 1 and 2, Mana were made to work hard all the way to the final, against Taita College. In their semifinal against Scots College they were taken to five sets. In the final they gave up the first set to Taita but prevailed 3-1. Captain and Mana head boy Tonga Paongo says his team were thrilled to be able to bring the tro- phy back to the school. They had to do it tough, with only the bare minimum six players available for the tourna- ment. We were really happy, we had been knocked out in the semis the two years before. This team knows each other really well, there's a real bond.'' Paongo was named the tourna- ment's MVP, while team-mates Faafuata Fasavalu and Kalolo Fale also made the tournament team. Junior Iona from Porirua College also made the side. Paongo made special mention of their coach Ponamu Risale and principal Mike Webster, a huge supporter of the team. This weekend they will go to Palmerston North for the natio- nals, where schools from Auck- land and Bay of Plenty will be the ones to watch. Taurima says 2014 could be a transition year'' for volleyball at Mana, but there are excellent young players coming through the ranks. In the College Sport premier girls competition, Porirua College finished third, Mana College sixth and Bishop Viard 12th. Camilla Time Tautua, from Porirua, made the tournament team. Kids' multisport day a blast for all Helping hand: Mana MP Kris Faafoi was on hand to present medals to race participants, as was Porirua mayor Nick Leggett. Fabulous weather and community spirit graced the Titahi Bay School Triathlon on March 2. More than 400 children were geared up for the day, the school's major annual fundraiser, now in its fifth year. They gave it their very best and there were smiles on their faces when they crossed the finish line, said Home and School Committee member Rachel Griffiths. It was fantastic. There was just a sea of vibrant colours -- blue, green, yellow, orange, red and purple.'' The wade through the shallows of Titahi Bay Beach appeared to be the hardest section of the event, with many of the older chil- dren opting to swim it, Ms Grif- fiths said. Fellow committee member Robyn Fountain said she noticed tears in the eyes of some parents, proud to be part of the special event. When a few children fell they just picked themselves up and went right back on track -- it was awesome.'' This year, the race was opened up to preschoolers, open juniors, open seniors -- to allow outsiders to have a go -- and teachers. During the preschoolers race there were a number of the older children helping them out, much to the pleasure of school principal Kerry Delaney. I loved standing on my local beach hearing the children cheer- ing on a few of the others who found the triathlon hard going -- it warmed my heart,'' she said. The school was grateful for the support of the local surf club, police and fire brigade, and the many community members who looked out for the children as they made their way through the land- based section of the course. Local businesses also came to the party, supporting the event and ensuring each child was able to wear a T-shirt in their house colours.
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