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Upper Hutt Leader : June 8th 2011
47 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 8, 2011 SPORT Proud supporters of local rugby league WRL Premiership Saturday 11th June Reserves 1pm Premiers 2.30pm St George v Upper Hutt Cannons Creek Park University v Te Aroha Kelburn Park Randwick v Petone Naenae Park Wainuiomata v Porirua Wise Park For all other draws visit our website To receive the weekly e-newsletter with all Wellington Rugby League news & events email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com (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 SPORTS SHORTS Rippa! Silverstream all go Silverstream School's rugby team is off to the ''Rippa World Cup'' in Auckland in August. The local primary will represent Wellington after winning their qualifying competition a week ago, beating Miramar South 25-10 in the final held on the Te Whaea astroturf at Newtown. A team of 10 players (five boys and five girls) and two adults will have their fares and accommodation paid by the New Zealand Rugby Union to go to the national event in Auckland. Wellington City was represented by Miramar Central and Miramar South School while the Rangikura and Redwood schools carried the Western Bays' hopes. Silverstream worked hard to hold out Miramar South early on before conjuring up some brilliant team tries to go on to their 15-point margin win. Redwood beat Rangikura school for third while St Joseph's headed Miramar Central 25-20 to take fifth place. Big netball 'final' Though unbeaten in six games, Rimutaka Rugby will head into tomorrow night's virtual final of round one Hutt Valley premier netball as the underdogs against an also unconquered Naenae White. The drawmaster has been on the money keeping these two teams separated and the delay from last weekend because of Queen's Birthday has only added to the anticipation of a top-class match. The game at the Walter Nash Stadium in Taita begins at 7.30pm. Tonight, at the same venue and the same time, Maidstone United take on Naenae Blue in a play-off for third place with both sides having a win four, loss two return. All four sides involved tonight and tomorrow will (with the competition's fifth finisher) move to the Wellington Netball Super League which is played in two divisions for the remainder of the season. Tigers a chance? A 10-68 thrashing from Randwick got the Upper Hutt Tigers second round of rugby league off to a tough start on Saturday. The side sits bottom of the table with just one win from eight games, a position they share with their next-up opposition, the St George Dragons, who they meet at Cannons Creek on Saturday at 2.30pm. Upper Hutt easily into Jubilee Cup By COLIN WILLIAMS Another freakish performance from rising star Jason Woodward and a take-no-prisoners 60-point thrashing of Western Suburbs saw Upper Hutt's Swindale Shield campaign finish well, qualified only by a bad injury count at Maidstone Park on Saturday. The nine-try win completed an important trifecta for the maroon and golds who, after some heavy weather mid-campaign, were good enough to beat the competition's last three sides in Tawa, Avalon and Wests, gathering maximum competition points and much confidence along the way. The log jam of sides looking to qualify for the eight-team Jubilee Cup meant Upper Hutt took on Wests knowing'' they had to win. As it turned out they did not. A loss would have seen them still qualify ahead of Old Boys-Uni, but who was going to bank on that? Upper Hutt finished fifth in the Swindale, their best return in a number of seasons. Given three of their five losses were last-minute killers they have proved very competitive, with maybe more to come. Woodward was a standout of standouts. Big and confident he scored eight tries, some of them individual gems, while his accurate goal- kicking brought another 132 points for a hard-to- believe return of 172 in 11 matches. He scored 25 in the season's opening win over Wainui and 29 on Saturday. In between all that was pretty good too. About to turn 21, the Hurricanes development player and 2010 New Zealand under-20 fullback, looks odds-on for Wellington Lions selection. He had Lions' pre-season games in 2009 after just two games for Upper Hutt before his youth counted against him. Woodward scored more than half Upper Hutt's points, reeling in an average of more than 15 a game. However, there was much more to Upper Hutt's, in the end, creditable showing. The team finished with a strong for and against record, a rarity in recent seasons. They had the Swindale's third-best attack (329 points behind only Norths 476 and Petone 338) while their defence was sixth best. They gathered up 39 tries and conceded 30. The side, coached by Sandy McConnell for a first time, turned around the crisis of those close home losses and, at times, a high injury count and a ques- tion about the depth in some positions. The return of Campbell Beckett to No 8 from mid- season to the captaincy was a big fillip. He scored six tries and was always incisive and strong going forward. Without a doubt he was a big contributor but the pack was a solid nucleus with all players contribu- ting, and in James Measor, James Wall, Ray Sio and Christian Lloyd a depth in the second row that pays dividends most games. Sio was one of Saturday's injuries, hurt when scoring a try. Earlier the regular centre George Faingaa dislocated a thumb. The real blow came to the consistent Anthony Davidson, who received a serious leg injury in a double tackle. Running wild: Jason Woodward, the stand-out performer in the Swindale Shield, has the Maidstone Park spectators happy as he races away to one of his eight tries this season. Woodward, a New Zealand under-20 player last year, scored the Swindale's most tries and, with 173 points in 11 games, easily topped the Wellington club competition's overall scoring. Photo: PETER MCDONALD Crowd pleaser
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