Tawa Football Back in Top Flight

Story courtesy of College Sport Media

The Tawa College First XI football team haven’t been in the Trevor Rigby Cup since 2017. After the initial rounds of grading it appeared they would be consigned to the Premier Reserve competition again.


Defeats to Wellington College (1-4), Rongotai College (1-3), Onslow College (0-1) and St Patrick’s College, Silverstream (1-2) left the team staring down the barrel of a lower echelon again.


With 11 returning players in 2022, Tawa are made of sterner stuff.  Striker Wilson Voong is captain and stressed that those early setbacks didn’t necessarily reflect how well Tawa was playing.


“We were sixth in Premier Reserves last year. All our players have improved with experience and some new players have come in with a lot of energy.


“Our coach Adam Fisher is a very nice guy who knows what he’s doing. He’s not afraid to speak out if the boys aren’t performing and the boys have responded to that.”


Voong is a striker who occasionally plays on the right wing. He scored twice in a 3-1 win against Heretaunga College which provided Tawa a Trevor Rigby Cup lifeline. On Monday a playoff was staged against perennial contenders St Patrick’s College, Wellington.


“It’s the best game I’ve been involved with in the First XI,” Voong enthused.


“Everyone was hustling for the ball and doing their best. We took the lead with a goal to Declan Street. He took the ball near halfway, went past a few people, and took a shot just outside the penalty area which went into the right hand side of the net.


“Town came back with a goal. In the 80th minute we thought we won a penalty, but the foul happened just outside the box so we got a free kick. I had a wall in front of me but hit a clean shot underneath the wall when they jumped and the ball went into the bottom left corner.


“Maybe Town underestimated us a little. We’ve got a lot of fight in this team. Our performance against Wellington College was a really proud one and I think we challenged everyone we played.”


Tawa won consecutive Trevor Rigby Cup championships in 2002 and 2003. Perhaps their most famous football old boys are the voice of New Zealand Football Jason Pine and All White Louis Fenton.


“ If you could win the league that would be awesome, but our goal is to do our best in every game,” Voong said.