Thursday, June 2, 2011

The value of sport

Sport : It keeps you healthy, having fun, learning skills, building co-ordination, creating teamwork and lots of other educational winners. Ask any old timer for the memories sport has given them and it always ends up with friendships. I remember some great games, and amazing moments but more than that I remember what people said, what they did, how they reacted, and the stories that followed those games. I remember the people, the laughs, giving your mate a bit of stick, stories of who scored the best try, and even who didn't pass me the ball in the final at Okara Park when I was certain to score and you dummied and got snotted (insert Lee Tamaki here). My friends, Lo, Ace, Dana, Pops, Smokey, Fili, J, Nail, Baldie, Smelly, Raenuts, Mew, all the Sionies the list is endless, they are the reason we play sport. The thing is that sport, even from a very young age builds these moments, these events, things that stay with you for a lifetime. A few years back there was a brilliant team, the Otahuhu College 1stXV, they were absolute underdogs, they played an entire season undefeated and went on to win the Auckland Championship for the first time in many many years, it was amazing to see this small school do the damage. They had a world class player, Orene Aii he was sublime, sensational, and has gone on to be a terrific player with a successful career all over the world. Ask Orene if he ever got a match winning drop goal and he will smile, not for the fact that they won the final with a miracle drop goal those many years ago, but for the boys who played in his team, his schoolmates.
This week at school I have been following the rivalry that two lads have been talking about, Saturday will be a step in a friendship that might be blogged about in 40 years or more, talked about between mates for yonks. The two of them aren't interested in anything but this game, guarantee the teacher will be getting the post-mortem next week on how the game went, god knows shes heard all the banter this week.
Waitakere White vs Waitemata Black Under 8's, 9.15 Saturday, tickets available on tiketek.
This is one I wont miss!

Thats the value of sport.

Oh and Lee Tamaki you owe me bro, 2 crayfish and a few woodies and we are all square, but I probably (definitely) wont forget. My idol Sid Going scored tonnes of tries at Okara and I was denied my first one by you cuz, damn right I'm still spewing, even though we won the final.

Latest pictures in the Waitakere win 12 tries to 8.


GimliNZ said...

Mate, you nailed it!!

The friendships that we make through sport really do last a lifetime!

I've recently got back in touch with my first coach's family through the power of the intarwebs. This is a guy who coached me all through my junior rugby grades up to high school - our team was made up of a great bunch of guys. I'll never forget his first words to me at my first practice:

Coach: "What position are you?"
Me: "Half-back!"
Coach: "You look like a hooker to me, get over there with the forwards!"

And that was my junior club rugby position sorted (I still got to play half-back for the primary school though). My hero was Tane Norton (and Super Sid) who I had the great fortune of meeting recently down here in Christchurch.

Of course, if it wasn't for sport, I'd probably not know you, or if I did it would only be as another opinionated Primary School Principal!!

Great that the rivalry is happening with those two boys! This weekend sees my son's Under 7 Rippa team play a mate at work son's team. The emails that are flying around the office are getting more and more ludicrous!

I fear I may be eating humble pie on Tuesday morning - but it's all good!!

Podgorani said...

Waitakere 12 tries Waitemata 8. first thing the young guy said tuesday morning was hey mister (insert yelling voice) we wasted Waitemata on saturday.
Photos to follow.