Busy Second Day at NSS Tournament
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Patrick Mailata, Papakura High School receiving the MVP from Ms Judith Collins, MP
Tuesday was a very busy day at the tournament. The rain cleared
and the sun came out just in time for kick off, and for the most
part that's how it stayed for the remainder of the day. The wind
was very strong at times and had an impact on ball handling and in
some instances kickers needed assistance with the ball when taking
conversions, however there was still some excellent rugby league on
Crowds for the second day were again much bigger than last year
and all the teams had supporters sideline for their matches, there
was also an increased media presence and more NRL scouts on hand to
watch proceedings all of which added to the atmosphere.
With 24 teams playing 12 games across 6 fields, two games per
field per day there is a lot to see, but some of the day's
- Central Southland College (as seen on TV1's Close Up) got their
first win beating Hamilton's Fraser High School 14 - 10.
- Defending champions Otahuhu College drew with Papatoetoe High
School, both were also winners on Day One.
- St Pauls backed up their first round performance with a win
over James Cook High School.
- Southern Cross Campus who'd lost their first round match got
their first win at the expense of Tokoroa High School who had been
day one winners.
- Judith Collins, Minister of Justice, ACC and Ethnic Affairs
visited the tournament which is held in her electorate. She spoke
with the on-site ambulance officers, who thankfully reported a
quiet morning, on-site Police, who did the same, and then made her
way to the Papakura High School v Kamo High School game. Ms Collins
chatted with the Papakura High School team manager Melissa Hori
then watched the second half of the match which Papakura won
convincingly 28 - 6 against the visitors from Whangarei. At the end
of the game Ms Collins presented the MVP award (a signed Warriors
ball) to Papakuras no 21 Patrick Mailata.
- The Vodafone Warriors set up a tent and passing wall (wooden
board marked with hoops, points and hole in the middle - as seen on
the Sunday Footy Show) and Jerry Seuseu encouraged players to test
their skills. Aranui no.14 Jason Leigh Hall started out chucking
the ball, but as a crowd gathered to watch he slowed, focused and
was able to get the ball through the bullseye hole
- Mai FM also had the tent village hopping with their netball
hoop challenge. Anyone who could manage to shoot four hoops in a
row won a prize pack, although with the wind howling across the
ground this was more than the usual challenge.
- Ruben Wiki, MC for the day, had the crowd rocking with his
upbeat chatter and got the players involved in dance off challenges
on stage. Some didn't feel making a show of themselves in front of
such a large crowd was worthy of the reward, a chocolate bar, but
thankfully not everyone felt this way and some were prepared to
give it a go, entertaining the crowd.
- At the end of the day's play the players regrouped for the
position specific coaching sessions. Hookers were lucky enough to
work with Duane Mann, past Kiwi and now with Auckland Rugby League
in a session which involved playing the ball, picking it up on the
run, running and passing, watching the body language of the
defending players. As with the session in 2011 run by Monty
Beetham, Manns message was to 'communicate and to talk more'.
- Jerry Seuseu had the props running at tackle bags and Omar
Slaimankel of the Vodafone Warriors / Junior Warriors had the back
three running and passing. Again as in 2011 there were those who
model their passing game on Benji Marshall!
Tonight selected players from each of the teams will attend a
Leadership workshop lead by the team from Its Not OK! Tomorrow,
Wednesday, is the final round of pool play, and the players from
the Leadership workshops will also visit local primary schools to
talk with the kids about bullying and about how it's ok to ask for
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