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Upper Hutt Leader : July 27th 2011
47 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JULY 27, 2011 SPORT 3874277AC 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. EARLE KIRTON, UPPER HUTT 1ST ALL BLACK Earle Kirton was Upper Hutt Rugby Club's first All Black, when he was selected in 1963 to tour the British Isles. He started playing rugby with the junior schoolboys at Upper Hutt for 5 seasons. He then attended St Patrick's College, Silverstream and played for their First XV, before returning to Upper Hutt Rugby Club. Medical studies in Dunedin saw him selected for Otago and then the All Blacks in 1963. He was again selected for the All Blacks to tour the British Isles and France in 1967. He played for the All Blacks again in 1969, against the Welsh touring team. In total he played 13 tests for the All Blacks. He continued as an accomplished coach and selector, which included being a selector for the All Blacks. ANOTHER SPORTING LEGEND IN UPPER HUTT Proud supporters of local rugby league WRL Premiership Semi Finals 2.30pm Appleton Shield Saturday 30th July Randwick v Upper Hutt Naenae Park Te Aroha v Petone Te Whiti Park WRL Reserve grade Semi Finals 12.30pm Saturday 30th July St George v Te Aroha Cannons Creek Randwick v University Naenae Park For all other draws visit our website 3732841AK City bounce back in style By COLIN WILLIAMS Pak 'n Save Upper Hutt bounced back from the shock of their previous start when they hammered Miramar Rangers 4-0 on their home ground Har- court Park on Saturday. The win sees the defending champions remain- ing clear on the Premier League table, three points ahead of game-in-hand Wellington United who beat fourth placed Island Bay. That game in hand is the curly one. Upper Hutt have a goal better differential than United but that might change this Saturday. United take on a Western Suburbs side that have given up 60 goals this season (26 more than any other team) while Upper Hutt City have a much tougher ask, away to the defensively minded Waterside-Karori who, despite a middling season, have only conceded 15 goals. The following week will see City without a game as United catch up and, from there, the compe- tition's final two rounds look likely to be the season deciders, with the winning combination earning their chance to play for promotion to the Central League in 2012. On Saturday, City made no mistake about the task in hand. They started efficiently and were rewarded with three goals in the opening 20 minutes to seal the deal nice and early. Englishman Jake Ellis and Matt Gasper got on the score sheet and there was an own goal in the mix to make up the four. Coach Pedro Garcias was satisfied with the result and the team approach after a good week's training on the back of the 1-0 loss to Marist. Rimutaka on a roll Rimutaka are making all the running in net- ball's Regional Super League second division after a double header on Saturday delivered two wins, both with a 27-goal margin. First up, and arguably most important, was the local derby'' with Maidstone United, the first time the two teams have met in the expanded regional league with Rimutaka having spent the first half of the competition in division one. Rimutaka won 55-28 and followed up their com- fortable victory over the maroons with another over Convent Old Girls, 65-38, to lead the table. Bleak time in Jubilee By COLIN WILLIAMS A winless Jubilee Cup for Upper Hutt was completed in suitably bleak conditions on Saturday. While Rimutaka, just a couple of kilometres away, were surging to premier promotion and the Hardham Cup semi-finals, an uninspired Upper Hutt crashed 5-22 to Hutt Old Boys-Marist at Maidstone Park. Seven straight losses which saw more than 200 points and 31 tries conceded (for just 61 and six gath- ered in reply) was a disappointing end to a season where the side qualified in fifth place for the always cut-throat eight-team Jubilee second-round. Injuries in the last Swindale Shield first-round game proved damaging, particularly to the backline, where the loss of centre George Fainnga and utility Anthony Davidson proved to be a heavy load. Davidson's ability to play at fullback would have helped with the enforced absence of Welling- ton Lion Jason Woodward. He would have commanded a start every week. As it was, a big number of stop- gap selections were played, par- ticularly in the side's muddling and defensively poor midfield. When winger Jared Churchward crossed for a well- taken try, courtesy of massive buildup from Campbell Beckett, Upper Hutt ended a 200-minute try-scoring drought going back to the fourth round, against Poneke and arguably the last game they proved competitive in. The HOB-M pack were in charge early on and at will on Saturday and for Upper Hutt supporters it was disappointing to see promising lock Christian Lloyd again troubled by an arm injury. Later in the game, after an improved second half effort (which delivered a 5-0 win'' to the locals) hooker Anaru Rangi looked to sus- tain a serious shoulder injury too, a sad reward for another all- purpose game from one of the side's consistent performers. Overall the Upper Hutt pack put in a reasonable effort, dominating when HOB-M were maybe fading from the job in hand. The Jubilee Cup is the toughest and this year, sadly, an under-powered Upper Hutt simply did not fire, to, in the end, deliver a disappointing and frus- trating season all up. Young rider set for worlds An enduring event: Endurance rider Emma Mason (riding Taralea Sheer Illusion at Taupo) has earned New Zealand selection for the sport's world champs. Horse endurance rider Emma Mason is going on a long journey. A year 12 pupil at Upper Hutt College, Emma has been selected in the New Zealand Young Rider team for the World Champs in Abu Dhabi in December. Her path to selection has been a long one already, both in her com- petitive miles on her horse and in the many places she's been to on the way to earning her recog- nition. Making the worlds has meant a two-year commitment of travel- ling to Federation Equestrian International qualifying events throughout New Zealand, and, in the last phase, Australia. The 16-year-old's long list'' selection was made last month butitcamewithacatch. . .mean- ing a trip to Australia and another endurance event. In April, Emma won the 160km New Zealand junior champs in Taupo, riding the 160km course on Tarelea Sheer Illusion in 11 hours 25 minutes at her first attempt at this distance, more than an hour ahead of the second finisher. Emma won the North Island competitive trail riding champs earlier in the year and the national endurance champs at Easter. But the Junior World selection came with its own qualifier with Emma required to complete one more FEI ride of 120km or over before the team being selected on July 14, 2011. As there were no FEI rides in New Zealand at this time, she travelled to Australia to ride in Brisbane in June. She leased a proven horse and put in a very fine performance, finishing the 120km ride in 7hr 34min to take eighth place and make sure of her selection. Attending the worlds is a huge undertaking both for her and her family and fund raising is already under way, Emma's mum, Jacquie, says. Endurance riding is a race over a set marked distance (40 to 160km) of varying terrain such as flat, rolling hills and hills with a maximum ride time frame. Riders follow a marked track divided into loops. Loops have a maximum distance of 40km after which the horse must pass a vet- erinary inspection of its metab- olism, heart-rate and soundness. If the vet approves the horse's condition it continues on the next loop, if not, it will be disqualified. In a 160km ride there are usually 6 loops. The winner is the first horse across the finish line passing the final inspection.
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