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Upper Hutt Leader : August 24th 2011
46 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 24, 2011 SPORT 3973614AA g Opening Match: Somalia vs Street Soccer @12.00pm UK Kiwi vs Assyria Fiji Sangam vs Red Sea Vatican City vs Zimbabwe South Sudan vs Ranger Myanmar Cambodia vs Turkey Wellington Int Stars vs Europe XI Burma United vs Wellington Fiji Date: 3rd September, 2011 Venue: Awakairangi Park, Totara Park Upper Hutt. Upper Hutt Multicultural Council Presents 2011 Soccer World Cup 6th Upper Hutt Ethnic Community Footall Tournament Funded by: Supported by: 3949704AC WALLY COE - Welter weight Boxer NZ Champion For 6 Years -- 1959 to 1964 Commonwealth Gold Medal -- Perth 1962 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. WALLY IS CERTAINLY AMONGST THE LEGENDS! Chris Kenny (left), Billy Graham, Wally Coe. Amateur boxing has a strong tradition in Upper Hutt especially through Heretaunga Boxing Club. The NZ and Oceania Championships have been hosted here. Wally Coe was trained by his uncle, the legendary boxer Dick Dunn. Wally had pre-fight nerves in his early career. It took him a couple of attempts to win his first NZ title but then held it for six years from 1959 to 1964. The highlight of his career was his gold medal victory at the 1962 Perth Commonwealth Games. Other NZ team athletes at Perth included Peter Snell, Murray Halberg and Les Mills. APOLOGY: We apologise to former All Black Russell Watt -- last week's Legend for the incorrect photo being inserted -- here he is this week. Paul Lambert -- Upper Hutt City Council RUSSELL WATT Salute to a champion coach SPORTS TALK JOSEPH ROMANOS Aitken has coached during an era in which netball has gone semi-professional. The demands on her have been greater, but she has never shown any sign of stress. Is Ruth Aitken the best coach the New Zealand netball team has ever had? Aitken, who is stepping down after the forthcoming test series against Australia, has been at the helm 10 years. She has won one world title and been runner-up twice, and has won two Common- wealth Games gold medals, and been runner-up once. I take more notice of netball at the Commonwealth Games than of most other sports because -- unlike gymnastics, swimming, weightlifting, boxing, archery and so on -- it is a virtual world cham- pionship. Only Lois Muir, who guided the national team from 1974 to 1988, jostles with Aitken on the top rung of the New Zealand netball coaching ladder. Muir had one disastrous world tournament, in 1975, was runner- up in another, in 1983, shared a world title, in 1979, and won one outright, in 1987. I tend to start this discussion with Muir because before her time the New Zealand team played so infrequently. For example, Taini Jamison of Rotorua coached New Zealand to the world title in 1967 and to runner-up in 1971. She was obviously a coach much admired by her players, and in 1967, with talent such as Joan Harnett, Judy Blair, Tilly Vercoe and Billie Irwin in her ranks, she built a fine team. But between world tournaments her team almost never played. Muir improved as a coach as she learned to place more respons- ibility on her players. This came to fruition in Glasgow in 1987, when Leigh Gibbs, Tracey Fear, Margaret For- syth and others fairly much took over the training and Muir fine- tuned tactics. The result: a world title won without any team get- ting within 10 goals. Another tribute to Muir is that so many of her players, including Lyn Gunson (Parker), Yvonne Willering, Gibbs, Wai Taumaunu, Ruth Fathers (Aitken), Rita Fatialofa and Marghie Matenga went on to become influential coaches at international level. Aitken has coached during an era in which netball has gone semi-professional. The demands on her have been greater, but she has never shown any sign of stress. Her predecessors, Gunson, Gibbs and Willering, had plenty of netball knowledge, but also obvi- ous weaknesses. Aitken, by con- trast has had most bases covered. Her willingness to call on others for help and lack of obvious ego have been assets. After a slightly dodgy start when her players asked her to take more command, she has been in control, but in an understated manner. She's not someone who stalks up and down a sideline dur- ing a game, or allows her players to see her in moments of despair. She hasn't won everything -- who could with Australian netball so strong? -- and will recall the double-overtime defeat in the 2002 Commonwealth Games final and the loss of the world final this year as big ones that slipped away. However, she has ushered in an era in which the Silver Ferns take the court genuinely knowing they can beat major rivals Australia. After the bleak silver syndrome'' days of the 1990s, that's been a blessed relief. If her successor, who looks likely to be Taumaunu, is as suc- cessful and handles her responsi- bilities (including the media) as well, New Zealand netball will be fortunate. Rimutaka in top spots Gymnasts from the local Rimu- taka Club delivered strong results at the Kapiti Open com- petition in Paraparaumu on the weekend. The club's level 2 boy competi- tors, Seth Palmer-Rennie and Dean Girvan, did especially well. Seth was strong in all apparatus and finished first over-all. Rimutaka's level 3 boys improved their scores from earlier in the year, with Lachlan Rennie receiving apparatus placings. There was also a strong first-competition effort from Kachaan Bradbrook at level 3. Level 4 gymnasts Cassey Sumby-O'Keefe (with a vault placing) and Jessica Rice did well in achieving scores to qual- ify them to move up to the next competition step. In step 5 and step 6 events Emma Shanks and Aimee Sanson were successful, gaining several apparatus placings and winning their overall compe- titions. The Kapiti event provided competition for gymnasts trial- ing for the Wellington team for the national championships in November in Timaru. This weekend 14 club gymnasts will travel to New Ply- mouth for further competition, and early next month the Mont- gomery Cres club will host a regional competition. Clarification An article on August 10 on local meningitis survivor Phil Thorn and the Halberg Trust's Gold Sports Access Award referred to the Laura Fergusson Gym as being in Karori. This was incorrect. The gym facility is in Naenae, Lower Hutt. Football 'World Cup' Upper Hutt's now well established Ethnic Community Football Tour- nament will begin the weekend after next. The Ethnic World Cup'' will again be mostly based at Awakai- rangi Park and run for six weeks, culminating in the finals day at Harcourt Park on October 15. Sixteen teams are involved this year in a community-based sport- ing initiative which has grown since it began several years ago. Sides playing under the names of Somalia, Burma, Cambodia, Zimbabwe and Turkey will foot it alongside teams such as Street Soccer, Vatican City and the local combinations of UK Kiwi and Wallaceville Celtic.
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