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Upper Hutt Leader : September 21st 2011
55 UPPER HUTT LEADER, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 SPORT 4046192AA Junior Harriers Go South Pictured left to right Madison Nydam, Piper Gwyn, Kane Franken, McKenzie Jacques, Charlotte Floodsmith-Ryan, Emma Main, Logan Slee, Nikolai Allen. Absent from photo Georgia Grenfell Trentham United Harriers would like to congratulate the nine Junior Runners from their Club who have qualified to represent Wellington in the Primary and Intermediate Schools Inter Regional Cross Country Championships. This event is being held in Blenheim on Thursday 22nd September 2011. Congratulations for being selected for this event and we wish you all the very best of luck. 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 HAZEL ALBERT Age 6 Hazel is in her frst year of playing Ripper Rugby for Stokes Valley. She always gives her best and loves to rip the fags off the opposing team. So far Hazel has scored over 5 tries this season. SPORTS SHORTS Elimination league today Last wins in round-robin to St Pat's, Silverstream, and Upper Hutt College in college rugby league last week guaranteed quarter-final spots to both the local sides to see them entering the elimination phase of the Stephen Kearney Cup with games this afternoon. Upper Hutt, the defending champions, suffered their first loss in three years in going down to their neighbouring Silverstream a fortnight ago. But they bounced back in a must-win game, travelling to Porirua and beating Aotea 30-20 to secure their quarter-final spot. Silverstream, sure of a quarter final place and, arguably, the form horse of the locals, had an easier run with a win by default, disappointingly, against a previously competitive Hutt International Boys' School. Today's play sees Upper Hutt playing away to Taita, winners of their four-team pool winners, at 4pm. Silverstream, unbeaten in their pool play, are home to St Bernards, also at 4pm. The other college quarter-finals, played tomorrow, see Porirua home to Rongotai and St Pat's Wellington hosting Bishop Viard. Star trek for running clubs Running clubs from Pinehaven and Mangaroa schools combined their numbers for a successful first Tunnel Gully Twilight Trek last week. More than 100 children, and adults, were involved in an exciting new event where there were three and five kilometre course options for the children, with a four-year old the youngest and the elderly featuring a couple of grandparents.''While some children thrived on the challenge of running through the tunnel and scrambling up the steep, muddy, hills in the dark, for others just being out in the night forest took a lot of courage,'' organiser Leanne Dawson says. ''Running on bush tracks in the pitch dark was a new experience for many, and it was really great to be able to run as a group through the forest lit up with torches and glow sticks.'' The school's fitness clubs looked long and hard for the ideal venue for this event and in the Tunnel Gully recreational reserve believe they found a perfect venue. The Upper Hutt Rural Fire Force helped out, supplying a vehicle and a generator to help make well-received hot chocolate to the tired, but elated, runners. A Bog Challenge on September 28 is the next combined event planned. Top sides in cup quarters It's quarter-final time for the top performing sides in the Upper Hutt Ethnic Community Football tournament on Saturday. The event, held at Awakairangi Park, has completed round-robin competition and has been split into Plate and Cup play involving 16 teams with the latter to provide the eventual winner of the popular end of winter annual community event. Pool winners from the last three weeks of play were the Wellington All Stars, Assyria, Cambodia and Fiji Sangham who will, respectively, meet second finishing combinations in Wellington Fiji, Oromo, UK Kiwi and the Europe XI. Fringe sport: Gonzo, of the Muppets fame, brings a unique approach to cyclocross compe- tition in Upper Hutt on Sunday. The racing, held at Harcourt Park, was the last of seven events held through the winter at three venues which attracted good compe- tition numbers, including the flamboyant, like Dave Willis as Gonzo, and the not so famous. Cyclocross, essentially cross-country on bikes, is a timed endurance event on a grass circuit which involves as much mud as possible, water crossings and hurdles where riders are forced to dismount and carry their bike. The sport is of ''rock star'' proportions in Europe, and in New Zea- land cyclocross nationals were recently held in Queenstown. The Upper Hutt series, organised by The Bike Hut's Mike Anderson, was held for a second successful year in a row and catered for riders from a range of ages and abilities across the region. Photo: PETER McDONALD
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