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Upper Hutt Leader : July 6th 2011
55 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JULY 6, 2011 SPORT 3862343AA Featuring: • Cody Munn • Harry Scaife • Dominic Roe Saturday 9th July Commences 7.30pm Admission $10 Adults $5 Children Come along for a great night of boxing Drink and food available Enqs: Grant 526 7009 Heretaunga Boxing Club Presents BOXING • BOXING • BOXING At The Vines Room Trentham Racecourse A Top Night of Amateur Boxing • Ryan Scaife • Junior Ese • Riley Willis • Anthony Smith • Chris Ojac • Peter O'Reilly • Jack Wright • Leroy Hindley 3866252AA Tell us your SPORTING LEGEND 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 Kir wan and David Campese, along with a variety of local sporting legends. WIN tickets to Legends Dinner 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 the29th July 2011. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE INFORMATION LEADING UP TO THE EVENT. Stokes Valley fights back Out of the woods: Stokes Valley replacement halfback Alex Wood clears the ball. Stokes Valley beat Tawa 28-0, a victory that could help them stay in senior one. By NICHOLAS BOYACK Stokes Valley rugby has fallen on hard times. The team is playing for its survival in senior one and on Saturday scored a crucial 28-0 win over Tawa. Chairman Kevin Eastwood, who has been involved with the club for 22 years, says 2011 has been difficult. Earlier this season, the club suffered the embarrassment of losing to Norths by 111 points -- a result he believes is the worst in the club's history. That was a bad day in the office that one,'' Mr Eastwood said. In another match, Stokes Valley was forced to default when it was unable to find four front-rowers. In their first eight games they scored just 70 points and con- ceded a whopping 433. Such results are a long way from the heady days of the 1990s, when the club spent fours years in the top grade and had up to 11 teams. These days it has three men's teams and one women's side, a playing base Mr Eastwood says is simply not big enough. We just don't have enough players and enough quality backs in particular.'' As well as a player shortage, the club has also had issues finding coaches. Paul Rolton was appointed to coach the top team but pulled out, citing concerns about the team's ability to compete. Stalwart Allan Potroz then took over and Mr Eastwood says he has done a good job in difficult circumstances. Players from the two lower-grade teams were initially reluctant to help out but Mr Potroz was able to encourage them to support the top team. He has created a good spirit and Mr Eastwood says morale is fine, despite taking some big thrashings. Premier clubs have the services of a rugby co-ordinator, paid for by the Wel- lington Rugby Union. Stokes Valley do not have such a person and that is a major disadvantage. Petone co-ordinator Tim Mannix looks after lower-grade clubs but Mr Eastwood says that is far from ideal. Rather than supporting the established premier clubs, he says the union should put its effort into the smaller community clubs. Looking to the future, he hopes Stokes Valley can stay in senior one and he accepts premier is outside their reach. The club is focused on being a community club that provides locals with the oppor- tunity to play and watch rugby. It has been a hard year for Stokes Val- ley but the news is not all bad. Long- standing player Chad Pikari played his 214th game on Saturday and is about to surpass Paul Nixon as the club's most capped player. Darryl Jones recently reached 100 games and Matt Dorward will soon play his 200th. Inline ups and downs By COLIN WILLIAMS Upper Hutt's two representatives in the New Zea- land inline hockey team, captain Bevan Varney and Dan Garrow, have returned from world cham- pionships in the Czech Republic disappointed with their results but optimistic for the sport's future in this country. Several close games failed to produce the right results and New Zealand was one of three countries from 16 who will now have to play their way back into the top grouping. The expectations were very high. We had a new coach and were running new systems but we are disappointed. It was a strong team,'' 28-year old Varney says. A New Zealand representative since 2003, the Capital Penguins player has been to five Worlds but says his international days look numbered because of the costs of competing. I'll stay in the game but other things have to take priority,'' the Totara Park painter says. Silverstream's Garrow, 23, who came to the full Kiwi side via playing stints in Canada and Germany, is frank about where his first full Worlds hopes went. We got unlucky a few times but we weren't prepared enough,'' the Rimutaka Renegades player says. We only had the one weekend before we went away. We should have been prepared six months before. But we do have a group of guys that are tal- ented and young for the future,'' he says. Garrow wants to stay in the sport but also recognises the costs and the demands it makes on players to develop real depth. He believes his overseas experience helped develop his game to a higher level. Rugby greats from way back SPORTS TALK JOSEPH ROMANOS Flying from Wellington to Auckland the other day, I was surprised to find an individual screen in front of me and a variety of movies, television shows and other programmes on offer. I opted for Rugby'' and chose the 1966 All Blacks v Lions test at Eden Park. The catch was that no headphones were provided, so it was like watching a silent broadcast. Never- theless it was most enlightening, and certainly made me appreciate how entertaining rugby is these days. These points struck me: The broadcast was in black and white. With no sound, I felt like I was watching Dave Gallaher's 1905 Originals. It seemed only two cameras were used, one in the grandstand, the other on the sideline for the close-up action. There were no replays, and no run- ning clock. A real clock would appear on screen every 10 minutes with the minute hand indicating how much time had elapsed. Players could kick into touch on the full from anywhere, so -- tediously -- there was a lot of that. The players' gear was muddy within five minutes, even though it was a fine day. What a contrast to today's well-drained fields. When a scrum was whistled, oppos- ing forwards packed down immedi- ately and began shoving, often even before the halfback had the ball. None of today's crouch-touch-pause- engage''. Goal-kickers used the toe rather than the instep and were inconsist- ent. Players, even those I'd once con- sidered giants, such as Colin Meads and Ken Gray, didn't look big. The backs were tiny. Most spectators at Eden Park were on the embankment. There were only limited sponsor- ship signs and none on players' jerseys. There was no haka. The only person from the sideline who ventured on the field was the first aid man. Team officials stayed well away. Players' boots looked extremely heavy. The All Blacks had two Maori players, first-five Mac Herewini and flanker Waka Nathan, and no Pacific Islanders. Players resumed the game much quicker than now. The referee (Pat Murphy) seemed to have very little to say. The All Blacks won 24-11, but the Lions played more attractive rugby. Some All Blacks, notably Meads, Kel Tremain, Gray, halfback Chris Laidlaw and Herewini looked really good, while midfield back Mike Gibson and lock Willie John McBride shone for the Lions. Generally, however, there were far more errors, which emphasised what a difference professionalism has made. We hear older rugby followers talk wistfully of the days of Meads and Tremain, Lochore and Gray -- the days when men were men and dinosaurs roamed the earth. But let's be clear. The All Blacks who will soon attempt to break the mould by win- ning the Rugby World Cup would have smashed those famous 1960s teams by 70 points. City scores a solid lead An unflattering 1-nil win over Olympic was enough to see Pak 'n Save Upper Hutt City sweep to a five-point lead in the Wellington Premier football league. A Luke Grindley header off a Richard Hender- son cross after 70 minutes brought the game breaker. The goal ended a frustrating time where City created and blew too many chances, coach Pedro Garcias says. The five-point lead came because Wellington United were tied up on Chatham Cup duty and six points behind but with that game in hand, they represent the biggest threat to Upper Hutt's defence of the league. City, with six games to play, are away to the second-to-last placed Wainui on Saturday. No netball reward The thin pickings for local sides in netball's Regional Super League continued on the weekend with both Rimutaka (division one), and Maidstone United (division two) winless at the end of the first round. Rimutaka were beaten 51-68 by Kapi Mana while Maidstone had a double-header week- end, losing to Wellington East 2 on Friday 37-52 and to SCOG, 25-51, on Sunday.
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