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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday April 16 2015
DIAMOND EVENTS The New Zealand men’s baseball champs are being held at Lloyd Elsmore Park this Friday to Sunday, following last week’s under-15 and under-18 tournaments. 24 — Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, April 16, 2015 www.times.co.nz GET 50% OFF YOUR FIRST 6 MONTHS WHEN YOU JOIN LES MILLS HOWICK FOR 12 MONTHS OR MORE. * 100 Whitford Road, Somerville, Howick 127838-V3 �� PAGE 8 RUGBY SEVENS Representing the Pukpuks BY DANIEL SILVERTON ■ WILL and Tim Rew are living the rugby dream while representing a strong part of their heritage. The twin brothers from Maraetai played for Papua New Guinea at the world’s premier sevens tournament in Hong Kong last month. Born and raised in New Zealand and Tonga, they qualify to play for the Pukpuks through their late mother’s side. “Papua New Guinea rugby has been wanting to expand its talent [pool], and they started looking at New Zealand and Australian-based players,” Will told the Times. “I’d always thought about PNG because my uncle was always telling us that we qualify. “He was always pushing us to play for them. He said to send over our rugby CVs.” Their experience playing for Dilworth College First XV, Pakuranga United and Auckland age-group representative teams earned the pair a trial in Port Moresby. “Coming from NZ it was definitely harder in the heat there,” says Will. “It was 35 degrees and humid as, it was difficult to acclimatise.” The backs in 15-a-side impressed the team management and were selected to stay on for camps in PNG and Australia then head to Hong Kong. “It was pretty cool,” says Will. “I embraced the PNG culture from the boys and lived their way of life for a couple of weeks. It was a good experience. “ The facilities are not very good [in PNG] but they make the most of what they’ve got. “ The fellas who had played for the national team before, their standard was pretty high.” The Hong Kong Sevens is played in the region’s main sports arena, Hong Kong Stadium, which has a capacity of 40,000 people. PNG were competing in the qualifier (second-tier) draw, against the likes of Spain, Mexico and Zimbabwe. The Pukpuks were the top qualifiers from their pool following wins over Tunisia, South Korea and Russia, then defeated Uruguay 38-10 in the quarter-final, with Will scoring two tries. “ The personal highlight was running on the first time, that was pretty intense and emotional,” he says. “Running out in front of a crowd that big, I was pretty scared to be honest. “40,000 people screaming, it was pretty unreal. “I got lost in the moment and it felt like I was watching myself rather than controlling myself. “ The next couple of games I got used to it and told myself we’re just playing footy on a field. “Scoring my first try on the circuit was a proud moment.” Their surprising run came to end with a 7-26 loss to Russia in the semi-final. Will Rew, left, in action for Papua New Guinea at the Hong Kong Sevens. Photo supplied Turn to page 22 ➤ Breaking the duck FENCIBLES United’s premier women’s team is off the schneid. Going into last Friday’s match against Papatoetoe at William Green Domain, Fencibles were yet to win or score a goal in their opening three games. They got the monkey off their back with a 1-0 victory, via a Millie Connor goal in the first half. The much-needed three points lifts Fencibles off the bottom of the Lotto NRFL women’s premier ladder. They face Glenfield Rovers (two wins, two losses) away this Sunday. Meanwhile, Rob Dymond scored his first goal for Fencibles premier men’s team in their 5-3 away victory over Onehunga-Mangere on Saturday. Fencibles missed an early penalty chance then were down 0-1 inside 10 minutes. Goals to Zane Christiansen and Jarrod Young put the visitors ahead at halftime, and the pair both doubled their tally in the second half for a 4-1 lead. Dymond, who is year 11 at Pakuranga College and in his first season of premier football, scored Fencibles’ final goal. With three wins and a loss, Fencibles are third in the standings ahead of taking on Claudelands Rovers (two wins, two losses) at 2.45pm this Saturday at Riverhills Park. First up draw HOWICK Hornets kicked off their Fox Memorial Premiership campaign with a 28-all draw away to Northcote Tigers on Saturday. With new head coach Andrew Wharton in charge, Howick led 20-14 at halftime. They are up against Otahuhu Leopards, who lost 26-29 to Mangere East Hawks, at 2.30pm on Saturday at Paparoa Park. Pakuranga Jaguars, who have been promoted to the Sharman Cup (second division) this year, won their opening match 22-14 away over the Manukau Magpies. They have the bye in the second round.
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