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Upper Hutt Leader : July 27th 2011
48 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JULY 27, 2011 SPORT 3 Geange St Upper Hutt Phone 528 8409 Open: Mon/Tues/Wed 7am - 6pm • Thurs/Fri 7am - 7pm • Sat 7am - 5pm Upper Hutt • Free Parking • Friendly People www.emw.co.nz O O O O O Open: M M M M Mo n/ / / / / /T T T T Tu es/ / / / / /W W W W Wed d d d d7 7 7 7am 6 6 6 6 6pm•T T T T Th h h h hurs/ / / / / /F F F F Fri i i i i7 7 7 7am 7 7 7 7pm•S S S S S Sat t t t7 7 7 7am 5 5 5 5pm U U U U Upper H H H H Hut t t tt t t t • F F F F Free P P P P Park k k k ki i i i ing • F F F F Fri i i i iend d d d dl l l l lyP P P P Peopl l l l le www emw co nz Upper Hutt's favourite family butchers for over 60 years TEXAN CHILLI $3.99 KG SAUSAGE OF THE WEEK CASSEROLE CHICKEN PIECES FREE BUY $10.00 OF CRUMBED SCHNITZEL AND WE WILL GIVE YOU $10.00 OF CRUMBED SCHNITZEL X CUT BACK STEAK $8.99 KG 2304462DI JUST! THIS MAKES AN AWESOME CASSEROLE BONELES ROLLED PORK ROASTS $8.99 (PLAIN OR SEASONED) KG JUST 21 WEEKS TILL CHRISTMAS Order or layby your Christmas Meat Pack now and beat the price rises!!! Tigers beat the doubters By COLIN WILLIAMS Ifnottheirmomentinthesun. . . the much maligned Upper Hutt Tigers put their detractors and the nay sayers to the sword on Saturday in winning their elimin- ation final against University. In the first matches in Welling- ton rugby league's Appleton Shield finals, Upper Hutt delivered the upset of the round and did it on the back of an out- standing forward effort in the Kel- burn Park mud. A Conrad Simon penalty from a handy angle 10 minutes from the end broke a 10-all deadlock (which followed a 4-all first half) to push Upper Hutt into a lead they defended with guts and glory. For coaches Tyrone Paikea and Max Madsen the result was reward for a season troubled by injury and a lack of experience across the squad which has made the season heavy going. The forwards, to a man, laid the platform,'' a happy Paikea says. each and every man did well.'' The Tigers were never favoured to win this game, outside their own tight camp. They had lost to University a few weeks ago and the momentum seemed to be with the opposition who boasted a pack with a good reputation and a number of rep- resentative players. Props Ben Manu and Costa Paea were standouts while there was effort and accuracy from the Danny Connell, Rheina Harawara second row and Arron Taylor at the back. The finals format sees the Tigers playing Randwick (losers to Wainui in a non-elimination final on Saturday) at Naenae Park on Saturday at 2.30pm. Rimutaka take the high road That wining feeling: Rimutaka rugby has won premier status for the first time. Photo: PETER MCDONALD By COLIN WILLIAMS Rimutaka rugby has come of age and the national game in the upper valley might never be the same again. On Saturday, in cold weather before a loyal and hardened bunch of supporters, the Maoribank Park club achieved its richest suc- cess in winning premier status for next season, to become one of Wel- lington rugby's top 12 clubs. A comfortable, almost anti- climatic, 26-14 win over a mediocre HOBM senior one side was more than enough to deliver the goal the club had dreamed of since its beginnings 30 years ago. Supporters honoured their win- ning band of men with a haka which was reciprocated in style by the mud-caked, exhausted but proud players and, later, sur- prise'' medallions were presented to the players and management in the club rooms in a massive night of celebration. The win also propelled the side into the Hardham Cup semifinals with Saturday's away game to the Tawa premiers the next goal for coach Logan Ili and his side. Rimutaka beat Tawa a couple of weeks ago, their first crucial premier scalp. That was was followed up with a ground out, gutsy win over Ava- lon which now have been rel- egated for the second time in three years. We've set goals all year with winning promotion being the ulti- mate but we are not finished yet. We had a fair old night and then, as a team, met for lunch [on Sunday] and refocused,'' he says. Rimutaka 2011 was always set to be something special. A number of proven premier players moved over from Upper Hutt, notably in the backline where the side had struggled in the previous year. The forward pack is a good mix with Ili enthusiastic about the promise of players like Mitchell Markov and the experience of cap- tain Martin Asiata, a former Upper Hutt and Petone premier. The club's preparation for its first Swindale Shield year will be crucial, Ili says. Rimutaka's rise will also impact on the local scene with the city of Upper Hutt, and its rugby-playing population, never having had two premier sides before. Whether this is sustainable, time will only tell. Upper Hutt's winning successes in 2005-6 were helped with the arrival of top line players from Rimutaka and, to a lesser degree, the same has happened, albeit in reverse and at a lower level, this year. The ground is moving, irreparably in the short term.
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