Moses Oge came to attention last year as he helped Bay Roskill to an undefeated season the Auckland second division, forcing his way into the Auckland premier team along the way. This year he’s back with the Bay, now playing in the Fox. We caught up with him to talk junior footy, the Bay Roskill journey and footy goals.
Talk us through your junior sport. Was it always rugby league?
I started off playing rugby union when I was about seven and played up until I was in high school. I tried to play both union and league, but the trainings clashed and I had to pick one. I chose league because that’s what all my mates were playing, and it turned out I loved it way more than rugby union.
You’re playing for Bay Roskill now, but where did you grow up?
I was raised in Manurewa and played most of my junior footy there. Then I moved to Wellington where I grew up with [Glenora forward] Daniel Reuelu-Buchanan, so we were best friends in intermediate and primary and then went our seperate ways. It’s exciting to find ourselves playing against each other now in the same comp.
How did the Bay Roskill move come up then?
I was playing for Mt Albert for a while and then started attending the church where the majority of the Bay Roskill team attend. They persuaded me to come over and be part of the brothers.
I came in when we were playing at Senior A level. We were there for a couple of years before we became a Premiership team, which was a big step up.
You made the Auckland rep team last year – how was that experience?
I was quite shocked when I got the call because I thought that level of representative footy was only for players from the Fox, and I didn’t think I’d ever have a chance to picked in that. But I was really grateful for the opportunity.
Did you feel you had a point to prove in that game given you were the only Sharman Cup player playing?
Yeah, being the sole representative of the Sharman Cup I had a lot to prove. I wanted to show what I could do. I was trying to make my point.
Do you still have hopes of advancing to higher levels?
That’s the dream, there’s a desire there to try and crack NRL reserve grade level. So I’m training hard and trying to get myself closer to that level.
It’s your first year playing in the Fox with Bay Roskill – what have you noticed is the main difference between that level and the second division?
The skill level and speed of the game is very different. We are learning as we go, but we have noticed a big difference. The boys are harder to tackle, people are faster, everything is a level up from Sharman.
And are there any personal clashes or games you have really enjoyed so far?
When we played Glenora I had my flatmates playing in the Bears team, Chaz Brown and Phil Kingi, so that was good to play against them. In the lead up there was a lot of mocking each other.