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10 --- Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, July 24, 2013 www.times.co.nz ON NOW SALE WINTER SALE WINTER ON NOW Botany Town Centre 122415-V3 120621-v2 By Chris Harrowell THE man behind a series of intense sporting contests between cops and school squads is proud of the results, despite the numbers posted on the score- boards each week. Counties Manukau East Police sergeant Jeremy Field has been running a series of matches between police sports teams and East Auckland secondary schools. He and police colleagues formed rugby, rugby league, football and netball teams to take on school sides, with the games kicking off on April 4. Mr Field’s teams went up against squads from schools including Edgewater, Macleans, Sancta Maria Catholic, Howick and Pakuranga Colleges. The most recent were against Botany Downs Secondary Col- lege’s First XV rugby and pre- mier netball teams, played at the school on July 10. The school netball team overcame its opponents to win 46-29. Its male rugby counterparts completed the double, beating the police squad 15-0. “I have to give credit to the First XV,” Mr Field told the Times, about his rugby team’s defeat. “They played really well and wanted it more.” Crossing the line to score for the college were feet-footed wing Shakya Perera and centre Tone Ng Shiu. Botany Downs Secondary Col- lege coach John Samuel, who played for his team against the police, says he’s proud of his charges’ efforts against older and larger opponents. “I thought the performance from the boys was good and the whole squad played well,” he says. “It was what we were missing during our regular rugby season, which was playing to the game plan.” The First XV’s strategy was to use its pace and spread the ball through the backs. “We had the numbers out wide and wanted to hit the edges,” says Mr Samuel. We wanted to make the police team come to us and tire them out a bit so we could go through the middle.” The standout school players against the police were forwards Ruben Jones and Liku Fatai. “Ruben’s defence put a lot of pressure on the police’s frst fve- eighth and he had good frst-up tackles,” says Mr Samuel. “Liku was good with the ball in hand and giving us that go forward.” Mr Samuel supports Mr Field’s attempts to have police offcers interact with school pupils in a competitive environment. “It’s a great project,” he says. “It’s really good to get the stu- dents involved with the police in the community.” Botany Downs premier netball team goal-attack Faith Fakaua was named player of the match by coach Kevin Bell. “It was an entertaining match flled with physical contests and great skill from both teams,” he says, about the netball contest against police. “The fnal score didn’t refect the game, as there was some awesome shooting and defence from the police team.” Mr Field is organising two rugby league matches for his squad against South Auckland school teams. He’s also hoping the police rugby team will soon get to take on Saint Kentigern College’s Second XV. “The project has gone really well,” says Mr Field. “The games against Botany Downs Secondary College are great examples. The school pupils were fantastic and got behind both games. “The feedback I’ve had from the schools has been very posi- tive. I’m looking forward to doing this again next year.” Cop project wins over young ones First XV player Tone Ng Shiu fends o the police's Colin Traecey; right, rst XV anker Garret McCombe halts the progress of the police's Freddie Minnee. Botany Downs Secondary College First XV rugby coach and player for the day John Samuel, with ball, sidesteps the police's Ben Thornton. Times photos Wayne Martin First XV loosehead prop Joe Kafatolu makes a break for it with the police's Freddie Minnee, left, in his wake. Counties Manukau East Police netball goal-shoot Deanne Teao battles for possession against Botany Downs Secondary College goal-keep Tregan Sione. Botany Downs goal-shoot Letisha Bailey goes for the ball against the police goal-defence Chrissy Barfoot. Police goal-attack Shannon Reece looks to move the ball against Botany Downs goal-defence Haley Fakaua. Police centre Brittany Smith is composed on the netball court.
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