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NZ Hawks down the Tongan Tigers

OceaniaEstablished international football powerhouse New Zealand have just completed a clean sweep in a 3 test Pacific Cup series over newcomers Tonga. The first two games were close to 100 point drubbings from the slick Kiwis but Tonga went down by the lesser margin of 10 goals when they were assisted by NZ’s only International Cup winning coach, Jim Lucy, in the third test.

The series received coverage on the local TV which can be viewed here http://www.facebook.com/video/video.p...amp;ref=mf
For wraps on the three games please view these articles

http://www.nzafl.co.nz/News/Cleanswee...fault.aspx
http://www.nzafl.co.nz/News/NewZealan...fault.aspx
http://www.nzafl.co.nz/News/Hawkstake...fault.aspx


Game One

New Zealand 3 1 9 2 13 7 19 10 133
Tonga 1 4 3 3 3 5 3 7 34

NZ:
Goal Scorers: Tamati Young 5, Matt Hacket 4, Kiwi Kapene-Belcher 3, Tom Woods 2, Sam Dickson 1, James Monaghan 1, David Rattenbury 1, Robbie Gore 1, Matt Van Wijk
Best Players: Kiwi Kapene Belcher, Andriu Sucu, Tamati Young, Matt Hackett, Steve Howard.

Tonga:
Goal Scorers: TBC
Best Players: TBC



Game Two

New Zealand 7 4 13 5 15 7 21 8 133
Tonga 0 0 2 0 4 3 5 4 34

NZ:
Goal Scorers: Matt Hacket 7, Tamati Young 4, Andrew Christensen 3, Sam Dickson 3, John Maling 2, Andrew Buckthought 1, Steve Howard 1.
Best Players: Aaron Harris, Matt Hacket, Andrew Crighton, Tamati Young, Michael Gregson.

Tonga:
Goal Scorers: TBC
Best Players: TBC



Game Three

New Zealand 1 3 7 3 9 3 14 4 88
Tonga 0 2 1 2 2 6 3 8 26

NZ:
Goal Scorers: Sam Dickson 4, Andrew Christensen 2, Aaron Harris 1, Matt Van Wijk 1, Tamati Young 1, Robbie Gore 1, Andrew Crighton 1, Matt Hacket 1, Andrew Howison 1, Luke Kneebone
Best Players: John Maling, Steve Howard, Andrew Howison, Andrew Crighton, Andrew Christensen, Michael Tagg

Tonga:
Goal Scorers: TBC
Best Players: TBC
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NZ Hawks down the Tongan Tigers
Authored by: Brett Northey on Friday, November 19 2010 @ 10:44 pm ACDT


Scores added on here for the record.

Can't recall when Tonga shifted from the Marlins to the Tigers. A sponsorship deal? It was nice that they had something unique in footy. I've visited Tonga and didn't see any tigers. If it was for cash or resources then fair enough.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN

NZ Hawks down the Tongan Tigers
Authored by: Cam Homes on Saturday, November 20 2010 @ 09:54 am ACDT

Hear! Hear! I had Tonga tagged as the Black Marlins also, Brilliant and Unique. But if they changed to Tigers for commercial reasons its OK, I guess. Sad tho'.
Cam

NZ Hawks down the Tongan Tigers
Authored by: Cam Homes on Saturday, November 20 2010 @ 10:55 am ACDT

Unrewarded Run?????? where did they come up with that one? Must be very new I reckon. Never had that stat used out here in the bush.

NZ Hawks down the Tongan Tigers
Authored by: Cam Homes on Saturday, November 20 2010 @ 10:59 am ACDT

Or should that be "I rickon" or 'I niver head that bifore" :-)
Cam

NZ Hawks down the Tongan Tigers
Authored by: Cam Homes on Wednesday, December 22 2010 @ 04:29 pm ACDT

Pity the Oceania seniors fell over, and I know a Championships tends to generate more media coverage, but perhaps AFL Oceania would be better off organising a series of tests as occurred between Tonga and New Zealand in the non IC years. Fewer traveling teams each year for the same number of matches.
eg. Tonga v Fiji. PNG v NZ. and say Samoa v Solomon Is and Nauru v Vanuatu. 4, 8 or even 12 matches(3 test series) and only 4 traveling teams. Home teams could earmark any income generated for their away series the next year.