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Upper Hutt Leader : September 14th 2011
55 UPPER HUTT LEADER, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 SPORT WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE OVERSEAS RUGBY PLAYER AT THE TOURNAMENT? COULD IT BE JONNY WILKINSON - HIS FOURTH WORLD CUP! Jonny Wilkinson comes from Surrey, just outside London. He joined the Newcastle Falcons in the 1997-98 season when they won the championship. He made his debut for England as an 18 year old in 1998. He is now an international record holder with over 1100 points to his name. He joined the French team RC Toulon in 2009 and is still playing for them. His achievements are those of a "living legend". 4 World Cups including winning in 2003, two British and Irish Lions Tours in 2001 and 2005 plus four 6 Nations Champion medals. ANOTHER TRUE LEGEND! 3949704AF 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 two months we will have plenty of opportunities to reflect on local, national and international rugby heroes. 3732841AT Proud supporters of local rugby league Wednesday 7th September 4pm Wainuiomata V HVHS (Ground Wainuiomata) St Bernards V Taita (Ground St Bernards) Upper Hutt v Silverstream (Ground Upper Hutt) Aotea v Hutt International (Ground Aotea) Thursday 8th September 4pm Porirua v Bishop Viard (Ground Porirua) Otaki v Mana (Ground Otaki) Wellington College V St Pats 6pm Rongotail v Tawa 4.30pm (Ground for both games Wakefield 2) V Sun 11th Sep. Kaikohe Next home game versus Auckland Sun 18th September Williams slams her way back SPORTS TALK JOSEPH ROMANOS Despite the magnificent play of the big three of men s tennis, the story of the US Open was the revival of Serena Williams. For a woman ranked 169th in the world a few weeks ago, Williams form was a revelation. She arrived in New York looking fit and sharp. She went about her business with rare intent, remaining focused and concentrating fiercely. The result? She powered her way to the women s final against Samantha Stosur without even dropping a set. It wasn t an easy draw, either. She had to get past seeds Victoria Azarenka (4), Ana Ivanovic (16), Anastasia Pav- lyuchenkova (17) and Caroline Wozniaki (1). She came unstuck against Stosur in the final, but by then had already shown what she could do if she really cared. Williams, who turns 30 next week, can t be blamed for her lowly ranking this year. She missed 11 months of tennis after badly cutting her foot and then having a blood clot on her lung that left her fighting for my life , as she termed it. In the circumstances, her play was unbeliev- able. It seems that prolonged absence has whetted her appetite and she looked more eager than at any time in her long career. She certainly mucked up the women s draw. She was seeded just 28th -- and she earned that placement only after winning two tournaments last month on the American summer circuit -- and was therefore the most dangerous floater in the draw. With her magnificent service -- the best in women s tennis history for power and technique -- huge groundstrokes, ability to volley and much improved footwork and court coverage, she was far too good for the pretenders on the women s tour. What it reinforced was how much Williams has wasted her talent during her pro career. That sounds odd, given that going into the US Open she d won 13 Grand Slam singles titles, plus 12 in doubles and two in mixed doubles. But if she d had the focus of a Martina Nav- ratilova or a Steffi Graf, imagine how many singles crowns she d have by now. She made her pro debut in 1995. Since then there have been 60 Grand Slam singles titles con- tested. Even given the odd absence because of ill- health or injury, she should have won 30. Williams has repeatedly turned up out of shape and has often appeared to push herself just enough to win, or else has lost miserably. It has been a waste of extraordinary talent. She has won 39 women s pro titles. Again that number should have been close to 100. It should be mentioned that even with her often casual approach, she has won a tidy $US34 million in prizemoney, plus about 10 times that amount in sponsorships and endorsement fees. If she cared only about her bank account, she has certainly taken care of business. But if she was concerned for her place in tennis history, she has not done her talent justice. Even with her spotty attitude, she has produced enough good tennis to be ranked alongside Marga- ret Court, Billie-Jean King, Navratilova, Graf and Monica Seles among the greats of the modern women s game. Really, though, she should have been out by herself, a player for the ages. Her brilliant play in New York over the past fortnight served merely to reinforce that fact. SPORTS SHORTS Boxing on Heretaunga club boxers continued their successful year at a weekend Palmerston North tournament. Five boxers were matched and all won in a performance that followed up on the club taking out the trophy for most wins at the recent Wellington champs. ''This was a perfect day at the office with our boys outboxing their opponents with skill and commitment,'' coach Grant Scaife says. Winners were Toro Hati (appearing twice for two results in only his third and fourth bouts), Riley Willis, Blayde Fiu, Leroy Hindley (who outpointed the experienced Josiah Meehan) and Harrison Scaife who beat the current national champion and Commonwealth Games rep Angus Donaldson in a huge upset to the local crowd. Silverstream strong St Pat's Silverstream first XI football side finished runners-up at a recent national tournament in Napier, the school's best result. A 4-1 loss to Auckland's Sacred Heart ended their winning run with the locals' goal coming from an outstanding header from the Junior All White Liam Higgins. Silverstream reached the final of the 32-team competition after four days of demanding football which included a 4-3 semifinal win, on penalties, over the top seed Mt Albert Grammar. The side's goalkeeper, another Junior All White in Scott Basalaj, was a standout, making two crucial penalty saves. In the quarterfinal Silverstream beat Wellington College 3-2, the side that knocked them, as defending champions, out of the Wellington premier youth competition at the semifinal stage. In the Napier pool play, Silverstream beat Palmerston North Boys' 1-0 and St Andrews 3-1. Their only loss was to their nemesis Sacred Heart going down 2-0. Tangled up in blue: Five (yep, count 'em!) St Pat's Silverstream players tie up an Upper Hutt ball carrier in college league on Wednesday. Photo: COLIN WILLIAMS You can't win them all By COLIN WILLIAMS Upper Hutt went into untravelled territory on Wednesday when losing in college league s Stephen Kearney Cup. Unbeaten in three years, the side went down 38-16 (seven tries to three) on their home ground to an impressive St Pat s Silverstream in the second round of cup play. In a result that delivered the Ross Whaanga Kumete to the visitors and featured plenty of exciting indi- vidual moments, it was all even at 10-all at halftime. The blue and whites then stamped their mark on the proceedings, scoring off the first set after the resumption. Upper Hutt replied with a solo effort to the impressive Atu Faingaa but Silver- stream were too powerful from then on, scoring four more unanswered tries. In the other upper valley pool game HIBS suffered a second loss, going down to Aotea 24-10. The four-team pool completes today with Upper Hutt s away game to Aotea now crucial in deciding the probable pool runner-up.
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