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Upper Hutt Leader : May 11th 2011
55 UPPER HUTT LEADER, MAY 11, 2011 SPORT Sporting Legends Dinner Celebrating our City's top sporting heroes and legends, the Cossie Club is to host an evening of great food and entertainment on the 7th October. Guests of honour will include rugby greats -- John Kirwan and David Campese, along with a variety of local sporting legends. WIN free tickets Tell us who your local sporting heroes or legends are and go into a draw to win two tickets to the Cossie Club's Sporting Legends Dinner. Email your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org (only one entry per person) stating who your hero is and one of their achievements by the 3rd June 2011. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE INFORMATION LEADING UP TO THE EVENT. 3695345AA Green Fee Special $20 for 18 holes per player (maximum 4 players per coupon) Coupons valid until 30th August 2011. This offer not valid with any other green fee specials. 2826150AY TE MARUA GOLF CLUB MAIN ROAD NORTH UPPER HUTT 526 7020 email@example.com • www.temaruagolfclub.co.nz By COLIN WILLIAMS Upper Hutt find the going tough RUGBY ROUND-UP A distracted performance from Upper Hutt and, consequently, a 17-29 loss to Hutt Old Boys- Marist has the side's Swindale Shield campaign wobbling. The loss, and other results, see Upper Hutt slip out of the compe- tition's top eight for the first time with just four games to go, includ- ing Saturday's game against Poneke. After that the locals meet the three bottom'' teams but all of them, and Tawa especially, will provide stern examination of a side which is struggling to get its game patterns and confidence flowing. The forwards have been manful and effective in most games this season but they were beaten fair and square by their bigger oppo- sition at the Hutt Rec. Tellingly when Upper Hutt did score and come into the game reckoning, HOB-M were immedi- ate in their reply. Add in surprising defensive dif- fidence from the midfield and poor tactical awareness, especially off the boot, and it was all a stuttering, unsatisfying mix from a side that should be delivering more. James Wall, man of the match seven days earlier, was sin-binned early on and HOB-M wafted through for an easy second try in his cool down time. It wasn't Wall playing gossamer in defence though. Changes were rung in the backline with Jason Woodward pulled up into the pivot position after halftime like a week pre- vious. But with less go-forward ball he was not able to muster territory and with changing faces outside him it all got ad hoc and confused. Greg Tweddle was on in the sec- ond half and he created something from virtually nothing to score while Woodward grabbed the game's last try for his fifth of the year on an afternoon where his usual gaol kicking accuracy went missing. The side's first try went to the hard-working Anaru Rangi off a drive from peach lineout ball from Christian Lloyd that was easy to like, though it was never really repeated. Brook Cowan slotted in at seven (where the injury toll is hurting) to show his versatility and all round game while Rangi and James Measor worked hard, if too often in isolation. Kayne Hammington had his hands and conversation skills full in dealing with the experienced Nick Risdon and outside him few players would be happy with their contribution on a tough afternoon which, misreading the Upper Hutt effort, started in deep gloom and ended in sunshine. The Upper Hutt premiers will look for a first home win on Saturday against Poneke (Maidstone Park, 3pm). A last minute penalty denied Rimutaka a win over the senior one leaders HOB-M with the game ending in an 18-18 draw. The result'' sees a competitive Rimutaka four points out of the top four and meeting second- placed Poneke on Saturday (Maoribank Park, 3pm) in an important game. Troubled Stokes Valley were at least competitive in going down 11-23 to Paremata-Plimmerton. In senior two Upper Hutt were strong in their 37-25 win over a previously unbeaten HOB-M with the game's five points moving them to just one outside the vital top four. They meet the mid-table Poneke in Saturday's Maidstone Park cur- tain raiser (1.15pm). Numbers game: Upper Hutt Tigers' prop Costa Paea finds the going tough in his side's heavy loss to Randwick at Whakatiki Park on Saturday. Photo: PETER MCDONALD Tail spinning Tigers hammered at home By COLIN WILLIAMS Upper Hutt rugby league is in crisis mode. The Tigers took a 78-0 hammering from Randwick on their home Whakatiki track on Saturday as an already tough season nose-dived further. Competitive to a degree in the first half, the injury-hit Tigers gave up 56 unanswered points in the second 40 to follow up a 60-point shellacking from Petone seven days earlier. We are doing it tough, that's for sure,'' co-coach Tyrone Paikea said. We've also lost quite a few players with movement to other clubs. We did have eight players out through injury or unavailability, including our centre pairing, and our reserves are struggling with numbers as well.'' He said the second half of the game had been all about fitness and experience. Things just blew out; we really struggled.'' The high player attrition is exposing players to a higher level of play at the most demanding of times, with five players making their premier debut on Saturday and another five the week before. It's not good for the morale of the team, it's not good for the sponsors and we have got to turn it around,'' Paikea said. We have got quality players but they are not available.'' If there was a positive, it was that it was early days still and the Wellington Rugby League format means all teams will be live'' going into the finals play at the completion of the 14 games of round-robin play. In a way we can kiss the first round off and steel ourselves for the weeks ahead,'' Paikea said. We have a plan in place, though it may not look like it.'' The Tigers did have a win two weeks ago, beating University, and along with St George these three sides have plenty to play for.The embattled side are home again on Saturday against the Te Aroha Eels, and Paikea hoped some players with hard- edged experience will be back in the run-on 13. Paikea was referring to players of the experience and resolve of Cam Mitchell; players who bring plenty and bring others along. I'm hoping he's [Cam Mit- chell] ready to go,'' Paikea says. Mitchell -- and a few others.
May 18th 2011