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Upper Hutt Leader : June 1st 2011
52 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 1, 2011 SPORT 3 Geange St Upper Hutt Phone 528 8409 Open: Mon/Tues/Wed 7am - 6pm • Thurs/Fri 7am - 7pm • Sat 7am - 5pm Upper Hutt • Free Parking • Friendly People www.emw.co.nz O O O O O Open: M M M M Mo n/ / / / / /T T T T Tu es/ / / / / /W W W W Wed d d d d7 7 7 7am 6 6 6 6 6pm•T T T T Th h h h hurs/ / / / / /F F F F Fri i i i i7 7 7 7am 7 7 7 7pm•S S S S S Sat t t t7 7 7 7am 5 5 5 5pm U U U U Upper H H H H Hut t t tt t t t • F F F F Free P P P P Park k k k ki i i i ing • F F F F Fri i i i iend d d d dl l l l lyP P P P Peopl l l l le www emw co nz 2304462DA REAL MEAL DEAL 500GM BEEF SAUSAGE 500GM MINCE 500GM BACON 500GM CHICKEN NIBBLES 6 MEAT PATTIES $20 Upper Hutt's favourite family butchers for over 60 years PORK TENDERETTES $9.99KG ALL FOR JUST SAUSAGE OF THE WEEK TEXAN CHILLI ROLLED BONELESS PORK (PIAIN OR SEASONED) MEATY PORK BACK BONES $4.99 They are pork belly stuffed with old English stuffing and diced bacon KG MARINATED PORK CHOPS $8.99 KG $7.99 KG Promotion hopes hang on last games By COLIN WILLIAMS All going well, come Saturday evening Upper Hutt rugby will have played their way from the Swindale Shield into the pres- tigious Jubilee Cup while Rimu- taka will have earned promotion to the Hardham Cup and a chance at winning promotion to premier level for a first time next season. Rugby is a simple game so for- get all the possible computations . . . the easiest path to success for both local clubs is to win their final first-round games. That means Upper Hutt beating Wests at Maidstone and Rimutaka conquering Johnsonville at Maoribank Park. For Upper Hutt that will be enough. Their 49-25 demolition of Ava- lon on Saturday has them in the box seat and a win (even without a bonus point) will mean either Marist St Pats or Old Boys-Uni, who are playing each other on Saturday, will tumble to the relegation-threatened Hardham. Wests sit second last from 12 teams in the Swindale, with just the one win, but they will come to spoil and upset. Upper Hutt will need to be on their game, accurate and most of all, disciplined. Hopefully their gifting of six first-half penalties and 18 points to keep Avalon alive in a game they had no right to be contesting will have taught them a lesson. A convincing win over Wests will bring deserved success after their strong comeback following their run of hard-luck losses. A hat-trick to their captain and No 8 Campbell Beckett was the standout performance in their six tries to one win over Avalon. The big pack went well all game after James Wall breached the defence to put the young prop Richard Walsey over early before Anthony Davidson and Beckett (twice) sealed the bonus point before halftime. The gap in class over Wests needs to be similarly emphatic. Success is in their hands and this young and ambitious side is more than good enough. In senior one play, Rimutaka have got themselves into a handy -- if not watertight -- position. Needing to make the top four, Rimutaka go into Saturday's game as one of three sides sitting third equal. They should beat Johnson- ville but need second-placed Petone to beat Norths (equal on points with Rimutaka) and other results to not throw up the wrong way. If they do win promotion it will see Rimutaka in the Hardham Cup for the second time in three years and the only club from the four senior one sides which will be eligible to move up to the Swindale in 2012. But there is plenty of rugby to be played before these big matches, including this all- important Saturday. Hard hitters up for 'first-round final' Ball chase: Maidstone centre Jess Bentley, left, and Rimutaka wing attack Renee Kassie fight for possession during the Hutt Valley premier netball match at Walter Nash Stadium on Saturday. Photo: DEAN PEMBERTON By COLIN WILLIAMS Local netball supremacy continues to reside with Rimutaka Rugby after they comfortably beat Maidstone United in a derby match in Hutt Valley premier play on Saturday. Both sides are having strong seasons, with Rimutaka remaining unbeaten and second on the table, and Maidstone at fourth going into Saturday's match -- the second-last of the eight- team competition's first round. Rimutaka had all the heavy artillery on hand as they ended runaway winners, 53-36, after leading 26-19 at halftime. The amber and blacks came out of the blocks too strong for their opposition and racked up an 11-goal lead in the game's first 15 minutes. Maidstone were organised enough to reduce this to seven at halftime but could not make any significant inroads from then on. It was a good game, well contested,'' Rimu- taka manager Shannon Nightingale said. We got out to that big lead and maybe sat on it a bit. That's something we have to work on. We are playing well but not as well as we would like to.'' Rimutaka's next game is against competition heavy-hitters Naenae White, who made no race in putting away their third-placed clubmates Naenae Blue with a near 30-goal margin with another skilful display across the court. Rimutaka will take on the in-form Naenae in what amounts to a first-round virtual final which, because of representative commitments for the clubs, will be played on Thursday, June 9 at 7.30pm. Maidstone will meet Naenae Blue the even- ing before to decide the third-finisher, but all four sides, and probably Convent Old Girls, will earn promotion to the Wellington Regional Super League. Nightingale knows the game against the high-flying Naenae will be a hard ask. We will be underdogs for sure,'' he said. Rimutaka is faced with the likely unavailability, because of work, of their shooter Sharyna Te Puia, while young Courtney Kauika-Stevens picked up a calf injury just before Saturday's game. There is guarded optimism the talented Jess Peryer might be fit to play after her ankle injury, with the extra five days off between Saturday's game and the Naenae encounter.
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