Rongotai College Senior Boys A Basketball Team
Congratulations to Basketball Players Jayden Puroku (Hoop Club Kapiti Men’s Team Player) and Evyator Tabor (both Jayden and Evyator live in Kapiti) who are members of the Rongotai College Senior Boys A Basketball Team who won the College Sport Wellington Secondary Schools Premier Basketball Championship 2018 – The Pohlen Cup.
The Premier Final was St Patrick’s College Wellington vs Rongotai College - Rongotai winning 85 – 69.
A great result and experience for these players that shows hard work will pay off and this will always be a huge highlight in their Basketball careers.
The game report from the Championship final from Rongotai College player Jayden Puroku.
"The crowd was packed. The St Pats boys were all on one side of the stands and the Rongotai supporters were on the other. Everyone was ready for a great game.
We were in the lead during the entire game which was a good feeling. The crowds were chanting, screaming and the air horns were going wild. We had the last possession of the ball which was also the last 20 seconds of the game. We held the ball as the clock ran down to zero and all I saw was our whole school run out on to the court cheering for us and hugging everybody. It was a very special moment winning this game.
Everyone in the team was very glad we got this game over with especially our Coach Chris Tupu and our manager Denise McClure. The last time Rongotai College made the CSW (College Sport Wellington) finals for basketball was in 1997, which was a very long time ago. I am proud to be apart of such a great Basketball Organisation at Rongotai College, it has really helped me improve a lot since I made the decision to attend Rongotai in 2016.
All the hard long hours we have trained together to make history by accomplishing a great achievement has certainly paid off, and to become such a good team with a lot of team chemistry is a key factor to our success. To be from a small town such as Kapiti and travel into Wellington for school everyday has really made me commit to Basketball a lot but especially the school work as we like to call ourselves “Student Athletes”.
Report sent in by Angelo Robinson
Hoop Club, Kapiti.