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Upper Hutt Leader : August 24th 2011
48 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 24, 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 O pen: M M M M M on/ / / / / /T T T T Tues/ / / / / /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 h urs/ / / / / /F F F F Fri 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 tt 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 i end d d d dl l l lly P P P P P eopl l l lle www emw co nz Upper Hutt's favourite family butchers for over 60 years THE FAMILY PACK STEAK & ONION SAUSAGE OF THE WEEK $22.95 $10.99 KG $4 .99 KG $8 .99 KG FRESH CHICKEN THIGH CUTLETS BIG ON VALUE SAVE $$$ 2304462DM OUR NO.1 SELLING DISCOUNT PACK IS BACK PORK LOIN CHOPS FRESH CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS City hopes left shattered Head count: Upper Hutt City's Matt Gasper battles in the air against an Olympic opposite is Saturday's end of season loss. Photo: PETER MCDONALD By COLIN WILLIAMS A disastrous final 90 minutes of football on Saturday has cost Pak 'n Save Upper Hutt City the Central Premier title Three City players were red-carded in a bizarre game where, needing a final win to take the out the league title for a second year in a row, the locals crashed 6-3 to their Olympic opposition on Wakefield Park's artificial surface. On the next field, at the same time, Wellington United were beating Mira- mar Rangers 3-2 to move into the top spot and take the title from the disbelieving, and previously front-running City team, officials and supporters. City coach Pedro Garcias was left confused and lamenting the what might have been'' in a game which, with the sendings off, simply spiralled out of his players' control. Joel Marshall was sent packing after 10 minutes for a penalty offence in the goal mouth as City started badly in giving up two early goals. After halftime, and with a brave 10-man City having pulled the game back to 3-3, the influential Matt Gasper was marched for perceived aggression. Stop Out made the most of their given advantage to score the final two crippling goals before a third red card, that of Brooke Wate, rendered the game as simply one to forget. Obviously with nine players, and then just eight, there's not much you can do. To be honest, I was left think- ing what's going on?' The sendings off hurt us for sure,'' Garcias says. It was upsetting and it will be for a few weeks but at the same time I was really proud of the guys. I know that sounds strange but we kept playing footy to the end.'' The result was hard to take and poor reward for a strong, consistent season. Everyone was upset in the changing room . . . it felt like it was a funeral. We would have loved to have won the league, of course, and I know in a way everything hangs on the first team but I believe we've had a good year, especially with the work we've done with the club s juniors and in the schools,'' he says. After leading the compe- tition for most the season, and especially in the second round, City will know this was a title that got away. They lost only four games from 18 but, critically two of the last five including a frus- trating upset against Marist. Rimutaka take title By COLIN WILLIAMS They got there the hard way but Rimu- taka Rugby made it count in taking out the division two title in netball's Welling- ton regional super league play. The locals beat their St Catherine's Old Girls' opposition 46-42 in a hard-fought final at the new Wellington Indoor Stadium on Sunday. It was a great achievement,'' the side's manager Shannon Nightingale says. We were dropped down from the division one. Going into this game, we had lost two from two against SCOG including a non- elimination final a fortnight earlier. It was a very close and exciting game throughout, until the last couple of min- ute.'' Rimutaka, captained by their centre Amanda Keeler and coached by Merle Utia, were down a single goal at halftime before pushing to lead by four at the three-quarter mark. We were up by six with five minutes to go. SCOG pulled that back to one and we then pulled out for the win with both our fitness and our composure playing a part,'' Nightingale says. The win sees Rimutaka, arguably rated as the seventh best netball outfit in the region. That's good and I think that's prob- ably a fair reflection of about where we are.'' Rimutaka's Jessica Slade and Kathleen Beckett received the game's outstanding midcourt and shooting awards from Netball Wellington with the latter taking out overall player of the match. Nightingale says the side's celebrations were fairly muted because they have one more objective for their season this week- end. In a delayed Hutt Valley premier final, on Saturday (2pm) at the Walter Nash Stadium, they will take on Naenae White, after the sides finished first and second in the competition first round, completed' mid-year.
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