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Upper Hutt Leader : July 20th 2011
63 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JULY 20, 2011 SPORT Proud supporters of local rugby league WRL Premiership Quarter Finals Appleton Shield Saturday 23rd July Premiers 2.30pm Porirua v Te Aroha Ascot Park Wainuiomata v Randwick Wise Park Petone v St George McEwen Park University v Upper Hutt Kelburn Park For all other draws visit our website NZRL Hearts Camp Sunday 24th July Naenae Park 9am 3732841AJ 3874277AB 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (only one entry per person) stating who your hero is and one of their achievements by the 29th July 2011. BETTY WATT, ANOTHER SPORTING LEGEND IN UPPER HUTT Betty Watt was possibly the first person from Upper Hutt to represent New Zealand in 2 sports, in Cricket and Hockey. She played cricket for Upper Huttasa9yearoldandbythe time she turned 16, she was a Wellington A grade player. She represented New Zealand from 1956-57 and in 1958 she played against England in a home series. She also represented New Zealand from 1961-1962 against Australia. In 1956 she played Wellington Representative Hockey. In 1963 she represented New Zealand in an international tournament in the United States; this included the historic match where NZ beat England for the first time. Rimutaka makes the right move A much-delayed first win came the way of Rimu- taka netball in Regional Super League play on the weekend. Both the Upper Hutt combinations, Rimutaka Rugby and Maidstone United, have struggled in the expanded regional competition's first and sec- ond division respectively, after qualifying with strong performances in the first round of Hutt Valley premier play. A winless first round in the top flight saw Rimu- taka drop to the second division and they made the most of the change to drive on and record a strong 54-38 win against fellow Hutt Valley oppo- sition, Naenae Blue, on the weekend. The amber and blacks had come unstuck the evening before when they were beaten 39-57 by SCOG, but they will be happy with their improved performance and a winning result. Maidstone were close to a first win too, pipped at the post 43-45 by Convent Old Girls, another Hutt Valley side in the regional league, which features teams from the valley, Wellington and Kapiti. The improved performance of both the local teams comes before a first head to head'' match in the league. Maidstone and Rimutaka meet on Saturday at Porirua, at 12.30pm. Meanwhile, in Hutt Valley premier play, the young Maidstone United 2 set alight a cold morn- ing at the Walter Nash Stadium with a searing third quarter, threatening the supremacy of front- running Petone. Petone led 37-27 at halftime before Maidstone, looking for their first win in top grade, came back strong. They started the third quarter with renewed determination, scoring seven goals to Petone's two and, in the fourth quarter, went on to score five more unanswered goals on the trot to draw level 41-all at three-quarter time. However, it looked like a different game in the last 15 minutes, with Petone dominating as they moved out to a flattering 61-48 win. Coach angry at refereeing By COLIN WILLIAMS ' I've never seen that referee before and I was that angry I said [in the after- game speeches] that he was disgraceful and not up to standard. ' -- Pedro Garcias A 1-0 loss to a lowly Marist has upset but not derailed Pak 'n Save Upper Hutt City's push for back-to-back Central premier League football titles. City travelled to a less-than- perfect Kilbirnie Park to take on the third-from-bottom Marist with a five- point competition lead and hopes of spring boarding ahead of their chasing Wellington United and Stop Out opposition. The loss, which Marist snared with the game's single goal at three- quarter time, was the result of a mix of things'', coach Pedro Garcias says. Less diplomatically, Garcias says his well-performing side was undone by a very average refereeing effort. The goal they got was totally off- side and we had three hand balls in the penalty area and got nothing,'' he says. I've never seen that referee before and I was that angry I said [in the after game speeches] that he was dis- graceful and not up to standard.'' The field was rubbish too,'' Garcias says: but that was the same for both teams obviously.'' The coach was also critical of Marist putting 11 players behind the ball all game'' in what was obvi- ously a frustrating afternoon for the side and its management. Garcias accepts games are there to be won or lost and City's problems were not all out of their control. We didn't create many chances, to be honest, and they did the business, so good on them. We should have been a little bit more clever, I guess.'' The loss, and second-placed Wel- lington United's 3-2 result over third- placed Stop Out, has significantly tightened things for City. They lead the league by three points from United, who have a game in hand and a probably easier run home'' in their five games compared to City's four, says Garcias. City return to Harcourt Park at 2.30pm on Saturday to play fifth- placed Miramar Rangers. It is City's sponsors' and life members' day and a good crowd is anticipated. Young stand-out gymnasts Talent time: Well performed young gymnasts Seth Palmer-Rennie and Dean Girvan. Photo: COLIN WILLIAMS By COLIN WILLIAMS Young male athletes at Rimu- taka Gym Sports may be few in number but they are shaping up as a real success story -- even if their Montgomery Cres club is finding it hard to form a com- petitive boys' team. Seven-year-olds Seth Palmer- Rennie and Dean Girvan have competed in three recent age- group regional and North Island competitions with impressive results. Seth and Dean often compete against boys up to two years older, and their results -- for Seth in particular -- have been stand outs. The Silverstream primary school boy competes in level two and took part in a North Island event at Palmerston North. A string of strong results in the various apparatus saw him fin- ish top in his group and third overall in the boys' competition. In a Greater Wellington event, hosted by Rimutaka, Seth fin- ished first in five of his six apparatus for an overall first place and a second finish for his three-boy team. His strong form continued late last month in junior champs at Kapiti where, from a field of 18, he gathered three firsts and two seconds for another overall first placing to win the champs. Dean, from Oxford Crescent School, has picked up regular top three placings too, especially on the floor and the rings, including a first on the latter at the Kapiti event. Seth, who has been competing for two years, was introduced to the sport after his mum, Jo, tried out the gym's pre-school fun classes. Along with Dean, he trains twice a week with coaches for sessions stretching to two and a-half hours. I do it to get me strong. It puffs me out. I like it a lot, with the rings my favourite,'' Seth says, saying the pommel (horse) is his least favoured of the six disciplines. Seth also likes swimming, tee- ball, break dancing -- and doing back flips for his classmates.
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