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Upper Hutt Leader : August 31st 2011
47 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 31, 2011 SPORT KEVIN TAMATI MBE - NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE PLAYER AND COACH 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. Kevin was born in the Hawkes Bay and moved to Wellington in 1971 and played for Petone Panthers from 1971- 1974. He joined Upper Hutt Tigers in 1975 and played for them until 1980 when he moved to Randwick. He played 52 times for Wellington and 22 times for New Zealand between 1979 -- 1985. He played professionally in the UK for Widnes and Warrington including Warrington's win in the League premiership over Halifax in May 1986. He coached Salford in the UK from 1989 -- 1993 and the New Zealand Maori team in 2006. He was inducted into the New Zealand Rugby League "Legends of League" in 1995. ANOTHER TRUE LEGEND CONNECTED TO UPPER HUTT 3949704AD Proud supporters of local rugby league College competition Wednesday 31st August 4pm HVHS v Taita (Ground-Taita College) St Bernards v Wainuiomata (Ground-St Bernards) Silverstream v Aotea (Ground Silverstream) HIBS v Upper Hutt (Ground HIBS Thurs 4pm tbc) Thursday 1st September 4pm Bishop Viard v Mana (Ground-Bishop Viard) Otaki v Porirua (Ground-Otaki) St Pats Town v Tawa (Ground -St Pats Town) Rongotai v Wellington College (Ground-Rongotai) V Central Vipers Sun 4th Sep Fraser Park $5 entry under 15 yrs free 15s 11.30am 17s 12.40pm Premiers 2pm 3732841AQ Success at finals Local college rugby teams delivered several championship-winning results in College Sport Wellington finals day on Saturday at Rongotai. Teams from St Pat's Silverstream, Upper Hutt and Heretaunga won finals on a day where 10 local sides were involved in their last big games of the season, after playing into their grade finals. In the open grade premier, three Silverstream 2 beat Kapiti 22-11 while the school's side took out the under-14 division one, big 25-0 victors over St Pat's Wellington. The under-14 grade went the upper valley too with Silverstream hammering Wellington College 43-5 in division one and Upper Hutt running away from Hutt Valley High in division two, 31-17. Silverstream took the under-65 top grade, beat- ing Wellington College 27-13, and in division three there was a runaway win for Heretaunga College, who flogged Wainui 61-12 in one of the biggest winning margins of the 15-match finals day. In the under-55 division two play Upper Hutt College were strong winners, clearing out from Hutt Valley High by 41-15 to take their title. Runner-up finalists were Silverstream's premier six and under-15 division three and Upper Hutt's under-65 division two combinations. J8s do it again By COLIN WILLIAMS Legends on the field (and off) the Upper Hutt J8s'' did the business on Saturday, again winning Wel- lington club rugby's Reserve grade. Defending champions, the side finished a top year by beating Poneke 15-8 before a good-sized, vocal crowd at Maidstone Park on Saturday. The win came hard earned, with the side steered home by the accurate goal kicking of Daniel Beckett's five penalties, four of which came in the 12-0 first half. Poneke came back to score the game's only try but a final Beckett nudge sealed the deal. Stacked with former premier players and captained by Nathan Russel, the J8s' win saw them complete a second year unbeaten with their only blemish'' this year's round-robin 5-all draw with the same Poneke outfit they had to work to over- come in the final. Inconsistent Rimutaka pay the price Covered: Rimutaka's Kathleen Beckett collects the ball and Naenae's Rachel Savelio at the same time in Saturday's Hutt Valley premier final. Goal shoot Sharyna TePuia is at left. Photo: PETER McDONALD By COLIN WILLIAMS ' It has been an up and down season for our team and we finished the season in similar fashion. ' Amanda Keeler, Rimutaka captain Rimutaka Rugbyfound the demands of playing one compe- tition netball final after another too much of an ask on Saturday. Fresh from taking out the div- ision two title in Wellington regional super league play six days earlier, Rimutaka had to back up to meet their nemesis Naenae White team in the final of the Hutt Valley premier compe- tition. Naenae, who themselves had finished fourth in the regional league's first division, were able to make the most of their enforced week off and outplay a brave but, in the end, well beaten Rimutaka to again take out the Jubilee Cup. Naenae's win simply confirmed their dominant stature in Hutt Valley netball. The well-drilled side took the title for a seventh year in a row in the main game played at Taita's Walter Nash Stadium on the Hutt Valley Association's big finals day. Ahead of what was a replay of last year's final, Rimutaka were rightly optimistic about their hopes but the match failed to deliver the close contest expected of a grand final. Naenae took a slender 14-12 lead in the first quarter and built on that in the second 15 be ahead by seven goals at half time, 29-22. The second half was petty much all Naenae. They moved out to lead 46-33 at the three-quarter mark and, despite a late Rimutaka tightening, they went on to take the 63-46 win. It has been an up and down season for our team and we fin- ished the season in similar fashion,'' Rimutaka captain Amanda Keelersays. In our super league final, all seven players on court fired at the same time and we performed con- sistently in every quarter. Unfortunately the opposite occurred against Naenae and we simply did not fire as a team,'' Keeler says. We made too many basic errors and did not gel together as a unit.'' On a positive note, Kathleen Beckett won player of the day to match her effort and accolades from the regional final a week earlier. Kathleen has been the consist- ent performer for our team, right from the beginning of the season to the last play,'' Keeler says. Saturday's curtain-raiser, the game between the premier one second round finalists Petone Rugby League and Wainuiomata- based Ulalei for the Betteridge Cup, was a cracker. The game was tied at normal time and went into extra play with a two-gaol margin needed for the win. In the end Petone did it, winning 43-41. Petone, along with Ulalei and High School Old Girls will join the the five valley teams who played in the regional league -- Rimu- taka, Maidstone United, Naenae White, Naenae Blue and Convent Old Girls -- for next year's eight- team premier one play.
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