Central Leader : August 29th 2014
YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Friday, August 29, 2014 Mega crew flips out Second in Las Vegas By ROSE CAWLEY THIRTY dancers might sound like a logistical nightmare but an in-sync Auckland crew have walked away with second place on the world stage. ID Co is a group of around 30 dancers which sprung from the Identity Dance Crew in Balmoral. Identity, the original eight-strong crew, have a strong track record at the World Hip-Hop Championships. But this year the group stretched things even further and danced away with second place in the mega crew section. Forty-five groups from 41 countries competed in the category in front of an audience of 10,000 at the New Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Crew leader Joshua Cesan says a lot of effort went into securing the result. ‘‘We’ve really got serious this year, we really buckled down and wanted to make something of it,’’ he says. ‘‘We had to juggle our jobs and what we do in our other lives to practise whenever Smooth moves: ID Co hip-hop crew win silver at the World HipHop Championships in Las Vegas, from left: Joshua Cesan, Brosnan Ackerman, Riley Bourne and Gabriel Sutton watch on as Jackson Tuarae completes a back flip. Photo: ROSE CAWLEY we could – so if it was from 9pm to 1am we just had to do what we had to do.’’ The 21-year-old says the world stage opens youngsters’ minds to the possibilities of dance. ‘‘There is a lot more to do in dance than competitions,’’ he says. ‘‘As much as it is awesome to go and do really well at competitions it is only the start of some of our dance careers.’’ Several of the crew members are studying at Mt Albert Grammar School or are former students. It was 16-year-old MAGS student Gabriel Sutton’s first time on the world stage. ‘‘It was really cool seeing all these dancers from around the world in one place at one time.’’ He says placing so high was simply the cherry on the top. ‘‘We weren’t really expecting it. ‘‘They were counting down the crews and they got to top five and we started going ‘OK, what has happened here, are we actually going to come anywhere’. So when they called out second everyone’s emotions just went crazy.’’ He says being part of a mega crew means the group can feed off each other during the performance. ‘‘You know that everyone has your back and even though you are one in a 30-man crew you feel more Go to centralleader. co.nz and click on latest edition to see a video of the Identity Dance Crew. because everyone gives more.’’ Mt Albert Grammar School head of dance Jacqui Cesan says the competition is the equivalent of the ‘‘Olympics for dancers’’. Semifinal hit-up hits headlines around the world By BEN ROGERS Saimon Lomaloma will be looking to balance the ledger this weekend when he takes the field in the Fox Memorial Grand Final. The Wellington-based accountant is a member of the Mt Albert Lions who take on the Pt Chevalier Pirates on Saturday in a grudge match of epic proportions. It was the Pirates that dashed Mt Albert’s championship hopes last year in a gut-wrenching 24-22 loss. Lomaloma makes the trip to Auckland three times a week, twice for trainings and once for game day. ‘‘It’s been quite demanding on the work-life balance with early starts and getting back to work for the morning.’’ It’s Lomaloma’s first year playing with the Lions who spotted his talent during the national domestic competition last year when he was playing for Wellington. Lomaloma made sports headlines around the world Go online to centralleader. co.nz to watch a video of Saimon Lomaloma run the hit-up of the season. interest there would be in it. ‘‘It was a solid contact, and a real good hit that was put on. ‘‘I didn’t see it till the last minute because it was in my peripheral vision.’’ Despite the hit, Lomaloma played the rest of the game and is fit to play this weekend. The Lions have beaten the Pirates twice in the last three weeks but it will be no mean feat to beat the defending champions in the grand final. ‘‘We are going on our pre- Rawpower: Saimon Lomaloma in action for the Mt Albert Lions during this year’s Fox Memorial competition. last week after video footage of him making a massive hitup during a semifinal match with Pt Chevalier Pirates surfaced on the internet. ‘‘It was pretty funny,’’ he Photo: PHOTOTEK.CO.NZ says. ‘‘I got messages from friends and family overseas. I didn’t realise how much vious two performances. We are confident, but wary of what happened last year,’’ Lomaloma says. ‘‘We need to stick to what we’ve done well. ‘‘Every week we have been building and it’s come right at the right end of the season. ‘‘The boys worked hard all season and we seem to be the strongest we have been all year.’’ The Pirates’ confidence will be high after they thrashed the Papakura Sea Eagles 56-14 in the preliminary final at the weekend. The 27-year-old is unsure what the future holds but first and foremost he wants to concentrate on winning the Fox Memorial. ‘‘I’ve enjoyed my time with the Lions this season and it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the club. My passion is rugby league, not just on the field but off the field. ‘‘My aspirations lie in the governance area, I’d be keen to get on the New Zealand Rugby League Board,’’ he says. Lomaloma is also involved in New Zealand Universities Rugby League and is eligible to play for the Fijian national side – something that he would love to do.
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