Arataki teens, Ranui and Manaia Berryman have been rewarded with selection into this years WBOP U15 team. After a tough year, the Berryman boys continued to shine regardless of the challenges. Hard work has seen them become the regular 'go to' players for the Mount Maunganui college team. Ranui is a hard working prop who has a habit of scoring tries when it counts and Manaia is known for his speed and no nonsense play in the rucks.
Joining them is their fellow Arataki loose forward, Piri Kiwi. Kiwi has been a standout player in his Tauranga Boys U15 team. Kiwi has continued to use his power and size to dominate the mid field carry and punishing defense. Kiwi was eligible for the U14's this year but his selection into the U15 rep side is an inditement of the players coming through the Arataki Junior Rugby program.
Along with the Berryman's and Kiwi, Mahonri Ngakuru has been tapping at the door along with his Arataki team mates for sometime now. Ngakuru joined the Arataki U12's back in 2012 after returning from Australia. Ngakuru is an exciting prospect for the future as the 15year old currently stands at a massive 6 ft 6in and still growing. Ngakuru currently attends Papamoa college so the opportunity to stand and play along side his Arataki mates again has been a welcome one.
This years representative selections of Ranui and Manaia Berryman, Piri Kiwi, Mahonri Ngakuru and Dion Keogh all former team mates of the Arataki Junior rugby program (JMC) has been a rewarding gift to past coaches Lewis (Pooch) Rawiri, Leighton Whitewood and Henare Kiwi.
The boys have a tough month ahead playing Eastern Bay, Central Bay and Northland U15's.
Central Bay, 16th September, 6pm, Rotorua
Eastern Bay, 19th September, 12.30pm, Greerton
Northland, 26th September, 12.30pm, Greerton
Mount Maunganui Intermediate have created a slice of history by becoming the first local team to capture the rugby sevens title at the NZCT AIMS Games in Tauranga.
And they did so in some style, grinding the bigger Kelston Intermediate side into the Waipuna Park mud in a relentless display of committed defense.
Captain Ethan Stuart sealed the 12-0 win with a late try, adding to Josh Nicholson's first-half strike, but it was their tackling that made all the difference.
“They were big boys and good steppers and good passers,” says Stuart, “but we got stuck into them right up until the end.
Ethan Stuart and Josh Nicholson are key members of the Arataki U13's, along with fellow winger Phoenix Watts. The three boys who play on the wings and center for Arataki, provided the winning points in the historic win.
The AIMS games is the largest sporting event in the southern hemisphere with over 8000 competitors from nearly 300 schools around NZ and Australia. The sporting championships give 11, 12 and 13 year olds an opportunity to compete as an individual or in a team against the best of their age in nineteen different sports.
Logan Broughton and Tiaki Keogh have been named in the Bay of Plenty U13 team to play against Waikato and Taranaki. Broughton was in dominating form during the Ellis Shield series, once again reminding opposition players why they should reconsider running in his direction. His defence and scrumming proved to much for Eastern and Central Bay. Keogh was at his best with his trade mark running. The blindside flanker powered his way through the defensive line to end with a 50 meter try. Keogh, Rayquon Bryers and Broughton, who also play for the Arataki U13's were huge contributors to their teams dominance with wins over rivals Eastern Bay 41-12 and Central Bay 42-0.
Congratulations to Dion Keogh for his selection into the Bay of Plenty U16. Dion played his Junior rugby for Arataki from 2010-2013. He then went on to captain both Tauranga boys U14A and WBOP U14 in 2014. This year the 14 year old has been rewarded for his dedication, by being selected in the BOP U16 team coached by former Chiefs, Grant Mcquiod and Highlanders, Dan Quate.
The team will compete in the Chiefs regional U16 series against Waikato, Taranaki, Counties, King Country and Thames Valley.
Ethan Stuart continues to leave no stone unturned as he collects the Back of the Year award at the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union Representative Rugby Awards night
The Arataki U12 player has achieved a number of honors this year including being a key member of the tournament winning Tauranga East Tai Mitchell team, selection in the AIMS games tournament team, Bay of Plenty Roller Mills team and Arataki U12 Player and MVP of the Year.
What makes Ethan's achievements even more incredible is that he is still only in year 7 (Form 1).
With another year left at Mount Intermediate, Ethan will no doubt have his eyes set on confirming his name on every selectors team sheet. He has an amazing ability to read the game and to attack the ball. The fullback's attacking ability is a pleasure to watch with the natural glide and lethal fend.
The Stuart family have been a key part of the JMC development over the past 5 years and are humbled by the achievements of their son.
Well done Ethan all the best for 2015.