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Upper Hutt Leader : July 13th 2011
53 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JULY 13, 2011 SPORT 3874277AA 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 Kirwan 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 email@example.com (only one entry per person) stating who your hero is and one of their achievements by the 29th July 2011. ONE OF OUR LOCAL SPORTING LEGENDS FROM CYCLING IS HARRY KENT, LONG TIME UPPER HUTT RESIDENT. New Zealand had never won a cycling gold medal at a Commonwealth Games, until 1970. When, in Edinburgh, the only two New Zealand gold medals were in cycling -- the road race won by Aucklander Bruce Biddle and the kilometre time trial by Harry Kent of Upper Hutt. The kilo, as it's known, is one of the most brutal of events, an all-out race against the clock. Kent's win was won in a Games record time, urged on by his coach, and one of the most competitive cyclists New Zealand has known, Warwick Dalton. A few weeks later, Kent did it again -- almost -- when he won the silver medal, New Zealand's first, at the world championship in England. Proud supporters of local rugby league WRL Premiership Saturday 16th July Reserves 1pm Premiers 2.30pm Porirua v St George Ascot Park Petone v University McEwen Park Randwick v Wainuiomata Naenae Park Te Aroha v Upper Hutt Te Whiti Park 3732841AI JULY HOLIDAY PROGRAMME Upper Hutt City Football Club will be running a Football Holiday Programme open to boys and girls aged 6-14 years. The programme will be run by Upper Hutt City Football Club Director of Coaching Pedro Garcias along with senior frst team and under 19 players. This Holiday Programme is a great way to keep the kids busy during the holiday. 1st WEEK Date: Monday 18th - Thursday 21st July Time: 8.30 until 2.30 Venue: Hutt International Boy's School (Hibs) Cost: 1 child $80. 2 children $150 or $25 per day 2nd WEEK: Date: Tuesday 25th - Friday 28th July Time: 8.30 until 2.30 Venue: Birchville School Cost: 1 child $80. 2 children $150 or $25 per day If you have any questions, please contact Pedro Garcias on 027 457 0770 or you can download the registration from our Club website: http://www.upperhuttcitysoccer.org.nz 3879592 Let's not be cocky SPORTS TALK JOSEPH ROMANOS Perhaps some good will come out of the Crusaders defeat by the Queensland Reds in the Super Rugby last weekend. You would have to be heartless not to have been rooting for the Crusaders. With no home ground, and friends and families lives turned upside down by the February 22 earthquake, the Crusaders embarked on a magical mystery tour during their Super Rugby campaign. It took them from Timaru to London, Tauranga to Perth, Napier to Bloemfontein, Wellington to Cape Town, and finally to Brisbane. They trav- elled more than 100,000 kilometres and, true to their traditions, remained the best-performed New Zealand team in the competition. Refusing to allow personal circumstances, travel, injury and other distractions to derail them, they rolled impressively into the final. If they d scored a stunning victory, it would have been a fairytale finish to an unlikely season. Unfortunately, top sport doesn t often delve in the fanciful. The Crusaders competed hard, though some of their big-name players, notably Richie McCaw, Corey Flynn and Zac Guildford, were below their best. The Reds, powered by brilliant back play and a resilient scrum, were that bit too good and won 18-13. It s sad for the Crusaders, and for New Zealand rugby, but a timely reality check. I ve been hearing ever more All Black fans state confidently that their team is a shoo-in to win the World Cup. After the Super final result, we can see plainly that the World Cup will be no doddle. The Wallabies squad named by Robbie Deans on Sunday contains 15 Reds. Graham Henry s first All Black squad of the season includes 13 Crusaders. The Super final was very relevant as a World Cup preview. When David Kirk s All Blacks won the 1987 World Cup, I reflected, as the smiling players col- lected their winners medals, that it was a sight we would see often. Who d have believed that by 2011 New Zealand would not have won another World Cup? Unthinkable! Yet New Zealand have found ways to lose the damn thing every four years. In 1991 we fielded a divided team, Aucklanders and non-Aucklanders, and had to have co-coaches, Alex Wyllie and John Hart, who seldom sang from the same song sheet. Four years later, Laurie Mains built a great team. In the final they were edged out by Nelson Mandela, a disciplined Springbok side and a bout of food poisoning that swept through the All Black camp. By 1999, the All Black machine was creaking and they were ambushed by France. So it continued. In 2003, John Mitchell (and Deans) selected poorly, omitting Cullen, Taine Randell, Anton Oliver and Andrew Mehrtens, then not playing Tana Umaga when he was restored to fitness. Henry built a magnificent team in the lead-up to 2007, but things got over-complicated with rest, recuperation and rotation. Even in the World Cup itself, in the quarter- finals -- a knockout match -- New Zealand did not field their best team against France and paid the price. New Zealand can certainly win the World Cup, but it will require utter commitment and absolute desire. With our history in the tournament, it s bizarre that All Black supporters could possibly be over- confident, yet they have been. Hopefully the result in Brisbane has squeezed out any suggestions of complacency or smugness. SPORTS SHORTS Ryan Purdie Rep honours Hockey call up Heretaunga College year 10 student Ryan Purdie has been selected for the Wellington under-15 hockey team. In his second year with the college firsts, Ryan was an integral part of the side that won a recent provincial quadrangular tournament in the Wairarapa. The Wellington team, coached by Ryan s college coach Hayden Shaw, will play in a national tournament in Timaru this month. Ryan, who has just turned 15 and plays as a defender, has previously been selected in Wellington under-13 and Hutt Valley under-14 teams. Other college players selected in a Wellington B team include Heretaunga players Lewis Johnson and Andrew MacNee, and St Pat s Silverstream s Ben Clegg. Starting strong Rimutaka Gymsports seven female athletes had good success recently in their first competition of the year -- the Kapiti Junior Champs Competition. Emma Shanks placed third on the vault, Samantha Marshall finished second on the beam, Olivia Brown was third on bar and floor and sec- ond on the vault for a third finish overall, while Aimee Sanson placed first in each of the vault, beam and floor, second on the bar and first overall. Tennis tip Upper Hutt Tennis Michael McGlinchey was recently named Wellington Regional 1, 2 and 3 Overall Men s Player of the year for the 2010/2011 season, a title believed to be the first won by a local club player. McGlinchey played in Regional 2 competition before Christmas and Regional 1 this year. He is currently playing tennis in Fiji. Gold, gold, gold Special Olympics swimming coach Dave Burrowes has returned from the World Summer Games in Athens with his team the success of the event. The long-time coach was excited his six-person quad collected eight golds and one silver, while from their 30 swims an impressive 19 personal best times were recorded. The six golds were a key part of their success with the team claiming 15 firsts.
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