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Upper Hutt Leader : June 29th 2011
47 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 29, 2011 SPORT Swim, stick, jump, stick, splash, stick, run, stick. ®Registered trade mark Johnson & Johnson (New Zealand) Ltd. Auckland. DA1710MT. NZ6484/11. New BAND-AID® Waterproof Tough-StripsTM will stick with them through anything. BAND-AID® Sports Kid of the Week Nominate someone you know to be the BAND-AID® Sports Kid of the Week! Just send us their name, address and daytime phone number, along with a photo and brief outline of what makes them a great sporting kid. Email your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org before 4pm 5/7/2011. ANABELLE RIGBY Age 13 Anabelle enjoys all sport. She is now playing netball after a good summer season of volleyball, badminton and winning Y9 long jump at her school. Anabelle also plays tag rugby and soccer as well as cycling with family and friends. Proud supporters of local rugby league WRL Premiership Saturday 2nd July Reserves 1pm Premiers 2.30pm Porirua v University Ascot Park Te Aroha v Randwick Te Whiti Park Upper Hutt v Petone Whakatiki Street Wainuiomata v St George Wise Park For all other draws visit our website To receive the weekly e-newsletter with all Wellington Rugby League news & events email email@example.com 3732841AG Guaranteed thrills on the netball court SPORTS TALK JOSEPH ROMANOS I've got my fingers crossed that his- tory doesn't repeat itself at next week's world netball championship. The only other time the world champs were held in Singapore was in 1983, when New Zealand played poorly and lost the final to Australia, 47-42. It was a match to forget for New Zealand's two senior players, Lyn Parker and Yvonne Willering, and the team lost its focus badly. However, it wasn't all bad news. From the embers of that defeat was born the burning desire not to muck it up next time. In 1987, Leigh Gibbs, Rita Fatialofa, Tracey Fear, Waimarama Taumaunu, Margharet Matenga and Margaret For- syth, all losers in Singapore, made no mistake. They were ruthless and no team got within 10 goals of them. Casey Williams' Silver Ferns go into next week's world championship as knife- edge favourites over defending cham- pions Australia. The world rankings put New Zealand at No 1, Australia No 2 and daylight next. New Zealand's rating is 174 points, Australia's 173. England is third, well adrift on 149. There's little to separate the teams using other measures, too. New Zealand won their last major clash, the 2010 Commonwealth Games final, but only after double extra-time. The trans-Tasman rivals recently split two tests in New Zealand. Where Australia might struggle is that they have lost pivotal goal attack and captain Sharelle McMahon and brilliant Queensland wing attack Lauren Nourse to injury. New Zealand have suffered no such key injuries, though coach Ruth Aitken wanted to include shooter Samoan Cath- erine Latu, but couldn't because of inter- national rules about players representing more than one country. For a decade New Zealand's hopes have centred around lofty goal shoot Irene van Dyk. But van Dyk is a declining force. She has just turned 39 and struggled in the Commonwealth Games final. In the two recent tests she was sorely troubled by intimidating Australian defender Susan Fuhrmann. An increasing amount of shooting res- ponsibility is falling to goal attack Maria Tutaia -- fine if Tutaia is having a good day. I also have concerns about centre/wing attack, where Temepara George, a hero in 2003, the last time New Zealand won the world title, is possibly past her best. George is rising 36, long in the tooth for a midcourter. There's been a vast amount of talk in New Zealand about the Rugby World Cup, but I'm looking forward to the netball at least as much. The rugby final is inevitably a dull, defence-minded affair with penalties and often drop goals deciding the issue. The netball finals, by contrast, are pulsating and invariably close. The problem with the netball is that Australia and New Zealand are so domi- nant. There are 16 teams competing in Singapore -- down from a high of 27 in 1995. In New Zealand's pool group are Trinidad and Tobago, Fiji and Wales. Three drubbings are guaranteed. But the final, on July 10, will be a cracker. This is the 13th world netball cham- pionship, dating back to 1963. Australia and New Zealand have met in the final match 10 times and Australia have won eight, four by a single goal. The average winning margin for the 10 games is just 2.8 goals. Excitement is guaranteed. League proves real test of court talent Upper Hutt's netball sides are continuing to find the going tough in the Wellington Regional Super League. Both Rimutaka and Maidstone recorded their third loss from three starts in the expanded league, on a weekend where their opposition were Hutt Valley sides they competed against in the first half of the netball season. In division one Rimutaka were beaten 45-57 by Naenae White, winners of the Hutt Valley first round play, while in division two Maidstone United went close in going down by four goals, 42-46, to Naenae Blue. Both will look for better results this weekend with Maidstone playing Wellington East 2 at Wal- ter Nash Stadium on Friday evening at 7.45pm, while Rimutaka take on Kapi Mana at Porirua on Sunday at 2.30pm. Upper Hutt rugby go better but still beaten By COLIN WILLIAMS Upper Hutt produced their best effort in the Jubilee Cup but it was not enough to stop a better all-round Norths team emerging comfortable 29-16 winners at Maidstone Park on Saturday. A 50-metre penalty from Jason Woodward right on halftime would have meant a single point difference between the sides but it fell short for a 13-17 score, a fair indication of a fast and entertaining first 40. Much earlier Upper Hutt, if not Woodward, opted not to kick a pen- alty for the game's first points and Norths almost immediately turned this decision into their opening try. A second, after solid work from the ruck, followed. Woodward then kicked penalties and Upper Hutt took the lead 13-10 after a surging run from the always in the game Woodward split the defence for him to turn the ball into the second-five Keelan Poi for a try under the posts. The second half was a less quality affair but the result was on edge as Upper Hutt, six points down, pushed for a game-breaking try. They then undid a lot of their good work with not one but two late tackles which let off any pressure they were exerting. Norths did what Norths do best, hitting back with a late try to the Hurricane Alapati Leiua to seal the match and consign Upper Hutt to a third loss in three second round Jubi- lee games. Woodward was again impressive. He was positionally sound all game, strong on the return whether by kick or foot and his decision-making in setting up his side's only try was top class. Kayne Hammington's consistent form continued at halfback. He sniped well behind a scrum which was never delivering smooth ball and he got through a lot of deep defensive work. At first-five an improving Jordan Simpson Heft was solid but there is a lack of attacking edge in the maroon and gold's midfield which is reducing options and bringing a cer- tain predictability to their game. In the forwards Kyle Cowan, starting at seven for his suspended brother Brook, put in a good effort -- well appreciated by the locals. Upper Hutt face another tough ask on Saturday, away to the second- placed Poneke at Kilbirnie Park at 3.15pm. Tigers' claws clipped The sin-binning of two Upper Hutt Tigers' players, when their side held a six-point lead over University, proved costly on Saturday in club rugby league. Two University tries followed and though a brave Upper Hutt scored their third try near fulltime the opportunity for a third win in a troubled season was lost. The side's continuing improvement was evident in the 16-20 loss which will have to be seen as one that got away''. The Tigers, sitting seventh in the competition, are back at home on Whakatiki Park on Saturday against Petone.
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