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12&U District Sports Trials

At the District Trials on Thursday Island on Mar 6, a team of 18 students from across the Torres Strait was chosen to attend the Peninsula Carnival in Innisfail at the end of the month.
To help them prepare for the trials, twenty-one students from the outer islands travelled in to TI the afternoon before to take part in a skills clinic conducted by Development Officers Karl Adams (NRL) and Gavin Lloyd and Liam Bartlett from the Cowboys.
The three teams participating in the trials were Near West (Badhulgaw, Kubin, Iama, Sacred Heart), East-West (Mer, Erub, Masig, Dauan, Kadhego, Sacred Heart) and TI (Waybeni Buway, Waybeni Koey, Sacred Heart).
All games were really close. The first game between East-West and Inner West was a 20-all draw, highlighted by Kadhego’s pint-sized Marley Wosomo scoring all five tries for his team.
The next game was also a 20-all draw, this time between Inner West and TI. The last round robin game went to East-West 20-16 over TI, meaning that they became this year’s champions. The winner’s trophy will have to do a tour to several islands from Saibai to Mer and back to Sacred Heart during the next 12 months. To help Karl select the final team, the last game was a possibles-probables match.
Individual trophy winners included Tyreece Ahmat (Badhulgaw) for Best Back, Matatia Dorante (Waybeni Koey) Best Forward and Marley Wosomo for Player of the Carnival. Champion Team was East- West, Runners-Up Inner West and Best and Fairest Team TI.
The team chosen to travel to Innisfail at the end of the month is:
Badhulgaw: Tyreece Ahmat, Kongasau Nona, Lato Harry-Nona, Kadhego: Ian Akiba, Marley Wosomo, Kubin: Anthony Mairu, Iama: Gershom Bob, Sugaray Gagai, Mer: Meiwap Nona, Sacred Heart: Daniel Sabatino, Waybeni Buway: George Abednego, Elijah Kelly, Samaka Laifoo, Manu Nona, Tala Pau, Odrick Pearson, Waybeni Koey: Matatia Dorante, Jeremiah Sailor
For the second year, a Tagai Team will be participating in the NRL Development Cup, a school-based competition held just before the Peninsula Carnival. Last year, the Tagai Team and the Torres Strait Team finished runners-up at the Development Cup and Peninsula. Let’s hope they can do just as well or even go one better in 2015.
A big thank you to coaches Terry Abednego, Thomas Loban and Matt Arkell/Willie McKeown, Karl Adams, Liam Bartlett, Gavin Lloyd, Lasmintan Ahboo, Barney Tekahika, from Tagai TAFE L-J Shibasaki, Barry Tarrant and students, Suzie Giles and her catering classes, supervisors, Wille McKeown and My Pathway for field preparation and of course TSY&RSA for their value support.
This year’s Basketball Trials were held at Horn Island Stadium for the first time. The students participated in several drills to assess their skills and half-court games before a possibles-probables game.
The teams chosen:
BoysBadhulgaw: Kongasau Nona, Narupay: Rashad Cook-Sabatino, Michael Tomsana, Sacred Heart: Zawai Garnier, Waybeni Buway: Kalan Nakata, Toshio Nakata, Tala Pau, Waybeni Koey: Elia Ware
GirlsKubin: Lorna Magala, Narupay: Letisha Tamwoy, Giomi Tom, Waybeni Buway: Jack-Rose Daniels, Kaci-Len Loban, Jemma Ronsen, Dayne Seriat, Waybeni Koey: Rozahlia Dorante
Both teams will travel to Cairns for the Peninsula Carnival in the second week of term 2.
Thank you to Greg Tom, Lisa Nona, Thomas Loban, Matt Arkell, Lasmintan Ahboo and TSYRSA.