Coaches Joe Rau (15s) and Benson Selwyn (17s) were both very pleased with the performance of their squads in the Upper Central Tournament. They only had one week to organise their players from the NZRL Performance Camp, which was no small task. The tournament was used to help the coaches identify not only players for the final squad, but also areas they will need to work on to help start to build a culture around the Swords teams.
Although results didn’t go entirely the Swords way, both coaches were please with the outcomes. Steele Kake was named the “Forward of the Tournament” for the 15s. 2013 will be Steele’s second National Campaign at the 15s level. He is definitely one for the scouts to watch out for. Piri Croft 17s Prop, was named in the Tournament Team for the 17s. Piri continues his good form for the Swords from 2012.
A big thank you to Sash Stosic (GM – Upper Central Zone) and the Bay of Plenty Rugby League for organising a well run tournament. Congratulations to Bay of Plenty 15s and Waikato 17s for winning their respective grades.
Hope to see you next year?