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Service plan includes manufactures recommended service only and does not include WOF inspections, Registration, Tyres , batteries, brakes etc. 124018-V10 Scoring for fun HOWICK Pakuranga Hockey Club’s (HPHC) premier women’s team is off to the perfect start in the defence of their Auckland title. After a 13-0 smashing of Grammar in the opening round, the reigning champions are unbeaten after six matches, having scored 29 goals and conceded just two. The goals have been shared around the team, with Danielle Jacobs, Dee Ritchie and Hannah Baldwin regularly featuring on the score sheet. To complete the first round-robin, leaders HPHC face second-placed Somerville away this Saturday. HPHC’s premier men are fourth with three wins and three losses. Winning wave ends BUCKLANDS Beach AFC has lost its first league match since re-entering the senior men’s football ranks. This year is the first in a long time that Bucklands Beach has fielded a competitive men’s team, with the club contesting Auckland Football Federation (AFF) division one. After six matches, Bucklands Beach were unbeaten and had the league’s best attack and defensive record, with 30 goals for and eight against. Last Saturday, Bucklands Beach faced fellow unbeaten AFF division one team Clendon United Assyrian Star at Mountfort Park, Manurewa. In the top-of-the- table fixture, Assyrian Star won 3-1 to assume outright first place. SPORTS BITES BUCKLANDS BEACH AFC DEFENDER ADRIAN MORRIS Photo supplied / inthebackofthe.net IVAN AGNEW: Blues coach Sir John Kirwan’s discovery of young backs Ihaia West and Pita Ahki somewhat makes up for his failed gamble on league convert Benji Marshall and the loss of Malakai Fekitoa to the Highlanders. ➤ Page 19 Rookie stands out on wing POINTS MACHINE: Howick Hornets wing Tyrone Tofilau, with ball, is among the top try scorers in this year’s Fox Memorial Shield premiership. Times photo Daniel Silverton By Daniel Silverton iN HIS first season playing top- flight rugby league, Howick Hornets wing Tyrone Tofilau is among the leading try scorers in the Fox Memorial Shield. After eight matches, Tofilau has crossed the line seven times, help- ing Howick to third on the pre- miership ladder. The 21-year-old switched to the 13-man code three years ago after starting in union and reaching Edgewater College’s First XV. He moved to the Hornets from Otara Scorpions in 2013 and toiled away in reserve grade, behind a host of representative outside backs including Tyme Dow Nikau and Troy Hanley. With a number of those players either moved on or unavailable for Howick early in 2014, player- coach Zeb Luisi saw something in Tofilau as a potential replacement. “I gave him an opportunity for some game time in preseason and he came through as one of the bet- ter wingers,” Luisi told the Times. “He’s not the tallest winger but he’s quick. You look at him and don’t think too much of him, but he’s a young determined dude who runs hard and fast. “He’s eager to learn and takes on everything that the coaching staff tells him to improve his game.” Tofilau was handed the right wing spot for the first round against Otahuhu and has featured in every match since. “I didn’t get to play Fox last year, so I decided to pick up my game in the preseason,” he says. “I got picked so I was pretty stoked. Once I got the chance I just tried to give it everything. “It’s been a good experience playing with all the guys that have been there for ages.” Tofilau has struck a potent com- bination with centre partner Andy Matano, whose size and strength is the perfect foil for the speedy and elusive wing. “Most of his tries have come from Matano giving him quality ball, but he still has a lot to do to score,” says Luisi. “He somehow finds his way over the line so it’s been good for us. He’s kept shining week in and week out.” Tofilau says: “I try to do my job and perform better than my oppo- nent. At the end of the day, I want to make sure I was the best winger on the field.” In the final match of the first round-robin, Howick face Man- gere East Hawks, who have won their last two games over Glenora and Otahuhu, after a run of four straight losses. “Obviously they are going to come into it a bit more confident,” says Luisi. “They are big young boys so I imagine it will be physical up front.” The intensity will be heightened by five former Hawks now playing for the Hornets: Eko Malu, Carlos Hotene, Terrence Phillips, Marata Niukore and Akuila Tuha. “Our ex-Mangere East boys are keen on this game,” says Luisi. Appliance Shed Fox Memorial ■■ Shield round nine: Howick Hor- nets v Mangere East Hawks, this Saturday at 2.30pm, Paparoa Park.
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