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Upper Hutt Leader : August 3rd 2011
47 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 3, 2011 SPORT Proud supporters of local rugby league WRL Premiership Semi Finals Appleton Shield Sat 6th Aug Wise Park Wainuiomata Te Aroha v Wainuiomata 1pm Porirua v Upper Hutt 3pm $5 entry over 15 years Gold Coin donation for Wainuiomata High School For all other draws visit our website 3732841AL Rimutaka unable to finish off job By COLIN WILLIAMS An injury-hit Rimutaka saw their ambition to play in next week’s Hardham Cup final go out the back door as they were hammered 63-18 by a rampant Tawa side they had beaten four weeks earlier on their way to winning promotion to premier rugby next season. Injuries during the game to forwards Matt Lam- bert and Martin Asiata and halfback Jason Robinson compounded the pre-match unavailability of several players in contributing to the disappointing result, coach Logan Ili says. Lambert, a tower at prop all season, started with an injury and left the field after 30 minutes with his side competing well at 13-15. ‘‘He simply had to come off and our scrum col- lapsed after that and then when Jason went off with an injured ankle we had lost too much of our structure. ‘‘We trained well all week too and the guys wanted to put on a good show and win but it was a step up in pace and intensity for some of our replacements and Tawa played very well. They saw their chance over our forwards and they kept hitting us over the advantage line,’’ Ili says. ‘‘We know what we have to do to prepare for next year. We have to work on being a bit more structured and we need a bit of depth in some areas including the tight five.’’ Ili, his assistant Dan Love, captain Asiata and the whole team might be feeling a bit of pain this week but they have experienced their most suc- cessful season ever. The side timed their senior one season well, finishing third in a competition where a top four spot guaranteed them Hardham Cup play. Where they made their gain was in defeating two of the four Swindale Shield sides – Tawa on a storm hit day and Avalon a week later. Selection was consistent throughout the year, especially in the backs where the accuracy and attacking edge was better than previous seasons. The arrival of ex-Upper Hutt premier backs Clayton Masina, Ofa Pongi and Nua Fono-Hunt was a key to Rimutaka’s progress while Robinson looks more than handy and in Te Ara Mahuri the side has a steady first-five and an accurate goal; kicker who gathered more than 70 points includ- ing important penalty goals in promotion games. Jason centre of the action Coming through: Upper Hutt’s Jason Woodward. By COLIN WILLIAMS Jason Woodward’s elevation into the Wellington Lions has already been a high-action affair. In a jam-packed NPC where the Lions seem to be playing every sec- ond day, Woodward’s eye-catching three-try debut against Taranaki already seems a fair while ago. His out-of-the-box individual effort against Canterbury, which ended in a controversial no try, was something special too while the move from the wing to his specialist fullback position brought more kudos in a well-beaten and disappointing Lions’ effort against the Bay of Plenty. On that catch, kick, regather, fend and ‘‘score’’ non-try, Woodward still feels ‘‘pretty gutted . . . I was confi- dent I got it down.’’ His debut, where he gathered all Wellington’s tries, was rewarding. ‘‘I was really happy with that debut. I got around the park a fair bit and it was great having Cory Jane outside me.’’ He’s happy to have had time playing at fullback since. ‘‘Really I haven’t played too much on the wing but I’d play anywhere for this team,’’ the 1.66 -metre, 95kg Woodward says. Super Rugby play next season is the ambition for the Hurricanes Development and former New Zea- land under-20 player. The top scorer in Wellington club rugby this season with 194 points, Woodward is slightly miffed he’s not kicking for the Lions. ‘‘They made the decision to go with the other guys and to not get the job was a bit gutting but I’m there to take the long-range ones,’’ says the ex-St Pat’s Silverstreamer who, outside of his fulltime rugby, is starting study for a Diploma in Avi- ation and a career as a helicopter pilot. Footballers get well-earned week off at the top By COLIN WILLIAMS A week off from the football Premier League comes at the right time for the competition leaders Pak’n Save Upper Hutt city. A 3-2 win over Waterside- Karori on Saturday means City, on 37 points, will sit and watch as the second-placed Wellington United (34) play their catch-up game. A win to United over a handy enough Miramar Rangers will make things even heading into the league’s last two games. With no finals, the league’s round-robin winner will have the chance to earn promotion to the Central League in 2012. City hold a four-goal better differential than United but that could be chipped away on Saturday to set up an exciting and cut-throat final two games. ‘‘The week off is coming at the right moment in a way. It’ll give a few of the boys a chance to recover from some knocks, ’’ City coach Pedro Garcias says. ‘‘We’ll have a swimming pool session [Tuesday] and light training Thursday and be back for those last two games.’’ Arguably City, the defending champions, have a reasonable run home. Their last match at Harcourt Park (July 13) is against a bottom-placed Western Suburbs and their final game is against a mid-table but always difficult Olympic. Saturday’s win over Waterside-Karori was more comfortable then the final score indicates, Garcias says. ‘‘Wharfies put no pressure on us early on and we were in charge and could have scored more.’’ Young striker Luke Grindley grabbed two goals and Phil Patterson took the other. All their goals came in the first 25 minutes. Wharfies did come back in the wind-affected game at Karori park and their second, with 15 minutes to go, did bring an edge to the game. ‘‘They came back, but our defence was strong as it has been all season,’’ Garcias says. ‘‘I knew we would be all right. We looked after the ball well.’’ 3931607A A JOHN WHITEMAN 3 Times Winner of NZ’s Oldest Sporting Tr ophy – The Ballinger Belt Upper Hutt is home to the National Rifle Association and the Seddon Range at Tr entham. The location is a buzz every January with the national championships that also attract competitors from overseas. The major attraction is the winning of New Zealand’s oldest sporting trophy – The Ballinger Belt – dating back to 1861. Upper Hutt Rifle Club’s shooter John Whiteman has won the trophy three times in 1988, 2000 and 2005. He has also been the holder of the belt on two other occasions, in 1994 and 2004, when he finished the top-placed New Zealander. On both occasions the title was won by overseas shooters but as the belt never leaves New Zealand, the best placed Kiwi becomes the ‘holder ‘. John attended his first nationals in 1964 as a teenager and has been a NZ representative since 1972. “I ’ve got my name on the belt five times – I am very proud of that. ” – John Whiteman A TIME TO CELEBR ATE UPPER HUTT’S SPORTING LEGENDS Celebrating our City’s top sporting heroes and legends, the Cossie Club is to host an evening of great food and entertainment on Friday 7 October. Guests of honour will include rugby greats – John Kirwan and David Campese, along with a variety of our local sporting legends. Upper Hutt has many fine sporting facilities and current achievers like swimmer Gareth Kean. Over the next three months we will have plenty of opportunities to reflect on local and nation sporting heroes.
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