Eastern Courier : July 23rd 2014
YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Big winners: Waitakere CityUnder-15 boys’ football teamafter they qualified for the Pacific finals of theManchesterUnited Premier Cup. By OLIVIA LANGFORD-LEE Off to Manchester ‘ What I find so special about this tournament is that THREE talented East Auckland footballers will take on some of the world’s top young players next month in the UK. Team captain Troy Tapsell and goalie Michael Woud, both 15 from Pakuranga, and St Kentigern College student Dane Schnell will represent Waitakere City at the Manchester United Premier Cup. The tournament is run annually and involves 20 under-15 teams from around the world. Tapsell says he’s elated to be heading to England with the team on Monday. ‘‘What I find so special Go to easterncourier.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to watch a video about the tournament. about this tournament is that players like Lionel Messi, who is currently world number one, and Andres Iniesta have played at it. So there are huge opportunities up for grabs if we do well.’’ Schnell says the team is thrilled to be heading abroad after defeating New Zealand and Australian sides to qualify for the cup. ‘‘We first competed in the Northern Federation Tour- players like Lionel Messi, who is currently world number one, and Andres Iniesta have played at it Troy Tapsell nament and then against all of Auckland, followed by nationals, winning all of the games. We then went to Australia three months ago and took on the teams from over there and won.’’ The team didn’t concede a goal during qualifying in Australia and goalie Woud was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament. He also picked up a con- tract with Nike after his impressive performances. YOUR CHILDREN ARE AMAZING ALREADY. WE JUST HELP THEM PROVE IT. ’ The team has been playing together and working towards the cup for four years. It has just a week to adjust once it arrives in England and will play a few practice games before the big tournament gets underway. Kings College student Charles Spragg watched his older brother compete in Manchester and is excited to now be playing at the same tournament. From New Entrant to Year 11, NumberWorks’nWords afterschool tuition brings out the best in Kiwi students by: • tailoring lessons according to each individual’s needs • setting achievable goals and monitoring their progress • developing our own programmes using only qualified Maths and English experts 262 1241 ‘‘It’s extremely hard because all the boys are fighting for their positions and now the squad has been picked everyone is fighting for the starting positions. ‘‘We are all really stoked though . . . because we know what is up for grabs when we get over there.’’ The team will tour Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester United’s home ground and attend a game between Liverpool and German side, Borussia Dortmund at Anfield while away. Members have been train- ing four days a week at the club, while flights and other expenses covered by tournament sponsor Nike. Team captain: Troy Tapsell, 15, fromPakuranga will captain the Waitakereunder-15 teamat the ManchesterUnited Premier Cup. Photo: OLIVIA LANGFORD-LEE Maths & English FREE ASSESSMENT – BOOK NOW!
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