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Upper Hutt Leader : July 13th 2011
55 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JULY 13, 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 email@example.com before 4pm 4/8/2011. CONNOR WESTON Age 10 An avid sports fan and player who plays cricket and tennis in summer, and soccer or rugby in winter. So far his team hasnt been in the winning stakes, yet Connor still plays with gusto, always turns up to play and gives 110% to his team. 3875085AC Fun Football SKILLS DAY For 11 to 16 year olds Are you the fastest, most agile, most accurate, or does your technique set you apart... Join Phoenix stars Paul Ifill, Chris Greenacre and Andrew Durante for a fun skills session where you can test yourself (or challenge your mates) and practise drills that will make you a better player. Everyone between the ages of 11-16 welcome. Date: Sunday 24 July Venue Victoria University -- Boyd Wilson Fields Time 10am -- 1pm Cost $60 Includes Pro Elite football T-Shirt Lunch and Refreshments Participation Certificate and Results Coaching Tips from Ifill, Greenacre and Durante Online registration and payment must be made by 22 July Chris Greenacre Paul Ifill Andrew Durante Proud to support Pro Elite Football For more information or to register visit www.proelitefootball.co.nz Plumbing the depths By COLIN WILLIAMS When Petone crossed for their important fourth try of their 26-0 win the referee Phil Smith took pity on the players, other officials and the hard- bitten crowd and called an early finish. The match, hit by a hail storm 15 minutes before kick off, was a water-laden, slip-slop affair. The side using the conditions better -- Petone -- was always in the driving seat. At times Petone seemed to ignore the con- ditions, moving the ball with accuracy and skill, favouring short passes and depth on the ball for their success . Upper Hutt s defence in the backs was also at fault in being too rushed and not committed enough in the contact. The halfback Kayne Hammington was an excep- tion. Time and time again the gutsy halfback made big tackles, often in the view of teammates who had just waved the Petone runners through. The Upper Hutt forwards won a fair share of possession with the up and coming Christian Lloyd getting through plenty of work and hooker Anaru Rangi having his usual strong game. Upper Hutt s two real stand-outs in the year, Jason Woodward and Campbell Beckett, were missing and the side looked under-powered and tactically bereft as a result. Woodward, sitting on 194 points for the season, was away because of Wellington Lions commitments while Beckett is injured but eyeing a return for next week s away game at Wainui. The Petone game was a match between two teams looking for a first Jubilee Cup win, a season salver. That it went the way it did, so comprehensively, so distractedly and without the locals able to mus- ter a point in those thankfully abridged 80 minutes, should be a concern to the Upper Hutt camp. Last week s article on Stokes Valley rugby was incorrect in describing Tim Mannix as a club rugby co-ordinator with the Petone club. Mr Mannix is a rugby development officer employed by the Wellington Rugby Football Union whose role is to support several non-premier clubs, including Stokes Valley and Rimutaka. City settle at top By COLIN WILLIAMS A comprehensive six-goal hammering of Wainuiomata in demanding conditions, has kept Pak n Save Upper Hutt City looking good for top honours in the Central Premier League. City cruised home 6-1 on the back of a Matthew Gasper hat-trick, strikes to the reliable Matt Ben- nett and the two new signings from Lower Hutt, Peter Howe and Phil Patterson. The game, at Wainui, was played in atrocious conditions. It was cold and very windy and we played good football in those conditions, coach Pedro Garcias said. With five games to go in the round-robin, no finals competition, City, the defending champions, are on 31 points, five clear of Stop Out and six from Wellington United (who have a game in hand) and Island Bay. City are away to the third- to-last Marist at Kilbirnie on Saturday, 2.30pm. Stinging attack:A Tawa player covers his face and, ball and all, heads for cover from the freak hailstorm that hit minutes before the start of the game against Rimutaka at Maoribank Park on Saturday. See back page story. Photo: PETER MCDONALD Reward for jackpot regular Paddy Kingi is a happy man. The long time Wallaceville resident is a whopping $1100 better off after winning the Upper Hutt Leader Rugby Jackpot. Mr Kingi, like the near 200 other contestants, did not pick the correct score in the Crusaders-Reds Super 15 final and his entry went into the hat with all the others and, as we said, there had to be a winner. Mr Kingi was naturally happy to get the news of his windfall on Monday. That ll help a hell of a lot, the 63-year old says. He already has a few ideas what he might do with the prize but, diplomatically, also says his wife, Mary who is a jackpot regular, might have something to say about that . Mr Kingi, originally from the Bay of Plenty but 40-odd years an Upper Hutt man, is a regular jackpot contestant. I ve been doing it for years and years and I ve been pretty close once or twice, the semi- retired Mr Kingi says. Mr Kingi says rugby union and rugby league are his sports and he is a Warriors and Hurricanes man although, like a lot of us, the Hurricanes very indifferent season has left him pretty con- fused. Saturday s winning per- formance by the Reds has him a little worried too. And when asked which team will walk off with the Rugby World Cup he sur- prised even himself. I reckon the Aussies, I have to say. I hope I m wrong but the Reds played a good game on Saturday.
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