08 May Sports Draw and Round Up Week 2
Pictured: Pakuranga players surround an attacking Northcote driver, contesting a shot in the first premier basketball game of the season (Photo Credit/ Kelly Vivian – Spinnerchild Photography)
Sports Round Up – Week 1
Winter sport season has officially started, with some of our premier teams commencing their seasons in style.
Our premier basketball boys and girls started the season in their new gym facility, hosting both Northcote and Birkenhead College respectively.
The premier girls went down to Birkenhead, who boasted North Harbour and New Zealand talent.
Year 12 student Freyana Kaikobadi led all Pak scorers with 20 points, whilst Guard Cristine Redondo and Forward Luisa Maama combined for another 20 points.
Final score 78-43 to Birkenhead, who were too big and too strong for our girls. However the Lady Pak showed great fight throughout the 2nd half.
Premier Boys started their season strong with a 102-72 win over Harbour rivals Northcote. 1-2 Guard combo Joshua Tayag and CJ Vellon combined for 57 points together in a dominant display.
Forwards Aidan Adsett (12 points) and Jackson Maiava (10 points) dominated the boards and allowed our guards to get out on the break.
Our premier 1 girls started grading over the weekend. With 3 strong wins from 4, the team look set to play in the premier 2 grade this season.
With dominant double digit wins vs Otahuhu (24-11) and St. Cuthbert’s (19-6). With some efficient shooting from Patricia Furivai (83%) and year 9 rookie Rlisha-Blue Kauraka (7/10 shooting), the girls were able to dismantle Sancta Marian also (21-14).
Despite dropping a close game to Howick by 1 point, Defender Chelsea Coleman Te-Hiko worked hard to keep Pak in the game and showed some signs of brilliance on the defensive end.
The prems now play 2 games on Monday, and 1 on Saturday to determine their status this season.
Our 1st XV were victorious against 1B newcomers Waitakere College 30-19. The last time the 2 schools played, Pakuranga beat Waitakere to gain promotion to 1B in 2013 and in turn, demoted the West Auckland school.
Michaile Van-Wyk steadied the ship at first five and provided good ball for his backs to express themselves in open field, whilst Carter Hackett led the forward pack in a strong display. With a lot of new faces in the squad, the team showed a lot of potential in their first outing.
Next week they face One Tree Hill who came off a massive 44-0 win in their first game.