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Upper Hutt Leader : August 10th 2011
47 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 10, 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 26/8/2011. ASHLEY HANARAY Nat. Champ for GKR Karate in Age & Grade Swimming, karate, hockey and cricket are Ashleys passions, although she is active in many more sports groups. She represented Upper Hutt in the under 11s cricket and has also represented her school in athletics and swimming gaining 2nd & 3rd placings. 3949043AA PRIZEGIVING (for Senior Teams) Friday 19 August 2011 At the Clubrooms 6.00-6.30pm Happy Hour 6.30-7.30pm Prizegiving 7.30-8.00pm Happy Hour ctd... 8.00pm onwards Quiz Night (Rugby Trivia Questions -- teams of 5-6 $2.00 per person) This is a special invite to all club players, members and supporters including: Premiers, Senior B's, Colts, J8's, Pirates, Army Presidents, Yellow Bellies Inc., Junior Section Parents/Caregivers & Supporters. 3949704AA IRENE VAN DYK MNZM Most capped netballer of all times Irene was born in South Africa and moved to New Zealand in 2000 and soon settled into Upper Hutt. She made he debut for South Africa in 1994, went on to captain the side and played 72 times for South Africa. Her netball career in New Zealand has seen her play for Capital Shakers (2000-02) Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic (2003 -- present) and Silver Ferns national team (2000 -- present). She has played in four netball world championships earning a gold medal in 2003 when New Zealand beat Australia in Jamaica. She has appeared in three Commonwealth Games for New Zealand and a highlight would be the gold medal in Delhi and being chosen to lead the New Zealand team in the opening ceremony. Her Queens Birthday honour in 2009 was well deserved. It is very fitting that Irene is Upper Hutt Sportsperson of Year 2011. A TIME TO CELEBRATE 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. Tigers' finals run comes to an end By COLIN WILLIAMS Fend or foe: Upper Hutt's Nathan Roils looks to keep a Porirua Vikings defender at bay in Saturday's Wellington club league's semifinal at Wainuiomata's Wise Park, which ended the Tigers' late season good run. The Vikings, looking for a fourth title in a row, were big winners at Wise Park on Saturday. Photo: DEAN PEMBERTON The late season flowering of the Upper Hutt Tigers rugby league side came to an abrupt, and prob- ably not unexpected, end on Saturday. The Tigers found themselves in hard-ask territory on Saturday at Wainui's Wise Park -- against a rampant and slick Porirua Vikings side looking to go on to next week's final and claim a fourth Wellington club title in as many years. The Tigers, having played above themselves after a middling round-robin where they could only finish seventh from eight teams, hit a golden vein in winning two elimination finals against Univer- sity and Randwick. The latter was the boilover of the season and for Upper Hutt it meant a move into the capital's top four, a massive achievement in the club's 50th jubilee year. An underdog victory to Te Aroha over Wainuiomata, in the early game and other semifinal, may have buoyed the Tigers' hopes. When the men from the valley scored from their first set in pos- session, after Porirua inexplicably sent the match kick-off dead, who could forgive the Upper Hutt camp and their supporters for hoping against hope? That was that though. A stunned Porirua fed off an Upper Hutt reciprocal mistake from the kick-off to themselves score and 15 minutes later they had added two more tries for a handy early margin which they built on for a very imposing and comfortable 26-4 halftime lead. The Vikings put in some beauti- ful running plays in knocking up 14 tries with line break following line break. It was emphatic, telling and hard to argue against but the Tigers never gave up. They contributed plenty when they were able to get and hold on to possession. They were rewarded with three second half four-pointers with the last going to the prop Ben Manu, one of the the side's big performers and a real mountain of strength in the finals month. Second-rower Reihana Haerewa scored two tries, for the second week in a row in another manful effort while Ford Keegan also grabbed a try after doing the same in the Randwick giant kill. Dream of walking again may be realised Local meningitis survivor Phil Thorn will join staff and guests in Upper Hutt's mayoral office tomorrow to celebrate the council's recreation facility's prestigious Gold Sport Access Award from the Halberg Trust. The award recognises sports facilities which offer inclusive access for people with disabilities. It aims to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by better enabling them to take part in sport and recreation. The award is testament to the dedi- cation of H2OXtream's staff, and the vision of the Hutt Valley councils, Halberg Trust spokeswoman Marguerite Christophers says. This commitment at the top level has allowed the staff and management team at H2OXtream to build excellent programmes and equipment that has improved access to the pool for all members of the community,'' she says. Mr Thorn lost his eyesight, his hearing and use of his legs after a battle with meningitis two years ago. I have gained a huge amount from my pool sessions at H2O and I am thankful for the amazing staff and awesome set- up,'' Mr Thorn says. My sessions in the pool have had a great impact on my body and along with my gym sessions at Karori's Laura Fer- gusson Gym, have given me every possi- bility of getting back on my feet again. I am still in a chair, and will be for a few more months, but with more work in the pool and gym there is a chance around Christmas or early next year my dream of walking again will be a reality,'' Mr Thorn says. Mr Thorn's swimming instructor, H2OXtream's assistant recreation services manager Kerry Granshaw, has been a driving force behind the facility's commitment to inclusive access. A former competitive swimmer, she has spent a lot of of her career helping people with dis- abilities gain water confidence. I believe fundamental water skills are a crucial for everyone, perhaps even more so for people with disabilities as they often experience additional barriers to development and rehabilitation,'' she says.
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