Together Tawa Celebrate Triumphant Summer
Tawa College cricket is on a roll. The boys’ First XI could achieve Premier status in December after winning the Premier 2 Championship on Saturday.
The girls are headed back to Nationals after winning the Venus Cup regional tournament at the Petone Rec. They will attempt to emulate the success of their 2014-15 national winning teams in Christchurch in December.
Micah Conroy hasn’t had his 21st yet, but his selfless attitude explains the success of both teams. On top of his University studies, and senior duties for Onslow, he coaches his sisters, Lilly and Ava.
“Tawa College is all about giving back. The girls don’t always listen, but generally they’re good. I get a lot of support from Shane Jones. I was raised to be humble,” he said.
Tawa boasts some serious hotshots. The present top four batsmen are all Wellington Under-19 representatives. Opener Georgia Plimmer is the New Zealand Under-19 skipper, and a member of the Wellington Blaze. She brings a lot of confidence and ability to the roster.
“The difference between Georgia today and this time last year is remarkable. Her confidence and knowledge rubs off on the rest of girls. We’ve played really well this season,” Conroy enthused.
At the Venus Cup, Tawa breezed past Queen Margaret College, Sacred Heart College and St Mary’s College in pool play before accounting for Wellington Girls’ College in the semi-finals. In the decider of the eight-team tourney, fierce rivals and two-time defending champions Hutt Valley High School were bettered.
“We lost a couple of early wickets before Antonia Hamilton and Jamie Mason-Jones put together a huge partnership and got us to over 200. From there we were going to beat hard to beat overs. It was an all-round effort in the field,” Conroy observed.
Matthew Cooper is captain, opening batsman, and bowler of the First XI boys team. On Saturday Tawa beat Rongotai College by seven runs in a low-scoring Premier 2 finale.
With a personal score of four, and bowling only two overs, Cooper missed out individually, but his contribution is greater than scoreboard figures. Tawa were unlikely defenders of 173 in 50 overs.
“Were a real tactical team. We talk a lot and try to put pressure in the field. Rongotai got off to a good start but we put pressure on in the middle and they needed 15 off the last over. “
“Everyone has a role to play. There are no stars,” he said.
Tawa was unbeaten this summer and the likes of Max Horlar, Jacob Quinn and Jack Marshall all rose in stature.
Cooper has best bowling figures of 5/46 and a highest score of 84. Additionally, he is an accomplished breaststroke swimmer, finishing in the top five of his age group at Nationals a couple of years ago.
Swimming is a lonely sport with several morning training sessions. Cricket can be the same when viewed in the solitary contest of batsman versus bowler, but Tawa has shown it’s so much more than bat versus ball.
-Story Courtesy of College Sport Media