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Reporters Name: Ripeka Todd

Date Played: 7/9/2016

Kia Ora Team: Toru

Opposition Team Name: Vic Uni 5

Kia Ora Score: 27

Opposition Score: 34

The game was: A game of three hammerhead shark quarters and one octopus quarter

Todays title translated means "don't die like an octopus, die like a hammerhead shark". This is a Maori proverb - octopus are not known for their fighting spirit when captured, but for their lack of resistance whereas hammerhead sharks will fight to the bitter end.

Basically we had a game that was a game of three hammerhead shark quarters and one octopus quarter. It was neck and neck in the first quarter with the shooting team up of Penny and Jeanne slotting 9 from 11 goals, with great lines, circle feeds and defensive tips and pickups from the defensive and middies ensuring we were up by one at the bell.

The 2nd quarter was the octopus quarter. Although we picked up 8 tips and intercepts we were unable to get them into the shooters and convert them when it mattered and all of a sudden we were down by 5 at half time.

On came super sub Tracy Taylor to replace Penny who had been sick all week (Ash Bell was also sick). Tracy made a fantastic impact in the goal circle working in well with Jeanne, a combination that had never worked together before. Quarter 3 was all ours and we were looking good winning by 3 and pulling the score back to being within 2.

Unfortunately Vic pushed back a bit harder than us in the 4th quarter. We got some amazing intercepts from the defensive end, but our passing and driving really let us down and we were unable to convert at the other end. This may have been a bit of tiredness creeping into the game given the frenetic pace it was played and a bit of complacency and lack of focus about where we were putting the passes.

We have alot of positives to take from this weeks game, to the point where we were unable to pick a player of the day - everyone worked hard as a team. We will sort our passes out and next week we intend to Karawhiua! (Give it heaps! Give it all you got!).