Friday, August 12, 2011

Do The Tigers Have What It Takes?

I haven’t done a post about my favourite team (The West Tigers) in quite a while, but in that while they have stormed their way into top 8 contention with four spectacular victories in a row against all high flying teams the Cowboys,the Sea Eagles, the Dragons and the Roosters. Throughout that period they have had few bumps with some minor injuries with key players missing out on the big games but thankfully they have shown that they have enough depth and faith in themselves to win those big games.

This week they have Penrith and I believe that if they win this game it will lead them to a hopeful top four spot since they will be playing teams at the bottom of the table including the Cronulla Sharks and the Gold Coast Titans. The Tigers have been putting in the extra effort in the few weeks. They have to be careful that they do not get anyone else injured for the up coming games because they are absolutely crucial to their outcome of this year.

Obviously the key players in Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah have to be performing at their best to keep themselves in contention as well as there young guns in Robert Lui and Tim Moltzen. Honestly I think the best place that they can finish at the moment is in 5th place. Because with the top four teams way ahead in points probably there only hope is to hop in front of the Dragons who are in 5th place.

Everyone knows what the Tigers can do, they are the most damaging attacking team in the NRL for goodness sake! They can score from anywhere on the field, they create something from nothing. They are the West Tigers.............

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Cross Country Recount

Wow what a day, well you would have guessed by now that our school has finally had it’s annual Cross Country. It was one that I honestly would never forget. I didn’t think I would run the whole thing honestly, but my my goal was to run the whole way and I reached that goal. We ran 3.5 KM and found it very challenging.

When we were called up to get ready to run I was ready to go. I was pumped and couldn't wait to get started. I breathed as much air as I could right before the three words,”Ready, Get Set...Go!!! We were off. Everyone was careful and made sure they ran at the right pace with no one sprinting right at the beginning. After we had just run through the gate of our school grounds, we ran down to the far corner of our local reserve which is located right next to our school. I slowly worked my way past a few people and got closer to the top ten competitors. When I got to the far corner of the reserve we turned onto a path which lead us to a bush track. It was quite challenging to catch up to the top ten runners through the bush walk. The track was very difficult with a lot of steps and hills we had to run up.

When I had finally made it out of the bush track I had to run back to the school grounds. My lungs were about collapse but gladly I was about to run into the gate to finish the race. But sadly I was told to run around the reserve one more time. My lungs were about to snap by the time I started running around the reserve again. My heart struggled stress fully to gather oxygen into my body, my calves were aching and I was just about ready to collapse. When I was approximately 100 metres away from the finish line I was determined to finish strongly. I ran hard and I finally finished the race,”YEEAAAA!!!!!!!” I said in my head (Because I was so puffed I could’nt speak!). I walked over to the water fountain and had the longest drink ever. In the end I finished proudly in 6th place. I was happy that I made the top 10.

That was one of the most tiring moments in my life. Man, that’s what I call a Cross Country....`

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Life Education 2011

Every year at Point England we have a special visitor and his name is Harold. He come to our school to teach us about very important periods in our life. He mostly talks to us about how important our body is and how we should use it. This year we are discussing a more serious matter,puberty.

When we sat down and got cozy we learnt that we were going through puberty right now. We learnt about how our body changes and how it could effect our behaviour and our attitude towards other people. We watched a few movies learning about people who took the wrong turn in life and ended up taking illegal drugs. I watched a young man who actually had a chance at making his Rugby and Rugby League big in his life but sadly took the wrong turn in life taking illegal drugs. And now he can’t even remember how he actually is. We learnt about how terrible drugs can be to the body. We also talked about how being kind to people you don’t usually talk to could change the whole outcome of their life.

Well after we left I learnt a very important lesson that I can take into my life. Never take my body for granted. Thankfully we still have two more lessons in the Life Education Caravan.

Monday, August 8, 2011

North VS South Region Of Origin Game 2

For the past few weeks I have been training for a team called the Auckland North U 13’s. We are playing a three match series against the South Auckland U 13’s. So far we have played 2 games, we won the first game 30-12, and just today we took the series out winning the match 38-4.

The field conditions were perfect not to hard and not to soft but the real problem for both sides was going to be the terrible wind. With the windy conditions going against the South boys North kicked off but soon recieved the ball back with the ball swaying and bouncing straight to the touch line. The South Aucklanders were able to hold us out early in the game. But when our monstrous forwards were able to get good quick balls while the South boys were still back peddaling caused by quick play the balls we managed to get on the score board first with a try. From this first try our forwards were able to get good with space to run which gave us good field possesion. So we ran out to a 12 point lead. Though the momentum had changed from a mistake in our own half with the South boys camping in our half ordering a try which was scored with some good quick hands out wide to score. The score was then 12 - 4 to North.

Dissappointed in our efforts to stop South from scoring we were able to get the ball back and our forwards to get us back out to a 12 point lead. The conversion succesful which meant that the score would 18-4. From that point on we dominated the game scoring try after try, the score ended up being 38-4. We were proud of our efforts and enjoyed the match. After the game I had a chat with some of my friends from the other team and had a good laugh. We are all looking forward to the last game. There is some talk that the last game will be played at Mt Smart Stadium!!! That would be a dream come true!

U13’s Game 2: 38-4 To North
U14’s Game 2: 16-16 DrawNorth VS South Region Of Origin Game 2