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Upper Hutt Leader : September 28th 2011
51 UPPER HUTT LEADER, SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 SPORT 3949704AH ANOTHER FAVOURITE OVERSEAS RUGBY PLAYER AT THE RWCUP 2011 COULD IT BE ROCKY ELSOM? Rocky was born in Melbourne is a former captain of the Australia national rugby union team. Raised in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Elsom is one of Australia's most decorated rugby players. Elsom played 64 matches for the Waratahs in Super Rugby but switched to the Brumbies last year, Australia's fifth most capped Test captain, Rocky Elsom was the only player to get through every minute of the 15 Tests played by the Wallabies in 2010. ANOTHER TRUE LEGEND! 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. Rocky started the year by becoming the 31st player to raise a half century of Test matches for Australia when he led the side for the first time on home soil in the 49-3 win over Fiji at Canberra. Elsom was the Wallabies captain for the 2009 Spring Tour, before the role was handed to James Hor will prior to the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He also became the country's fourth most capped loose forward, going beyond the 59 Test caps earned by 1991 Rugby World Cup-winning flanker Simon Poidevin. Rocky Elsom was once a rugby league team-mate of Sonny Bill Williams, so the big question is will we get to see them play against each other in the semi final at this Rugby World Cup. Semi Finals Wed 28th Sept 4pm Taita V Porirua Thurs 29th Sept 4pm St Bernards V Bishop Viard Sat 1st October Whakatiki Street 10am U85kg Tournament 2pm Johnny Lomax Cup Yr 9 & 10 Semi Finals 3.30pm Wellington Orcas 18s V Penrith Panthers Development SPORTS SHORTS Across the country Upper Hutt's 10 junior cross-country runners acquitted themselves well against tough competition at the Primary and Intermediate Schools Inter-Regional Championships at Blenheim on Thursday. The runners picked up gold, silver and bronze team medals, while Georgia Grenfell delivered the outstanding individual result, a third place bronze, as the first Wellington girl home (12m 27s) in the 3.2km race. The St Orans' youngster's effort saw her also awarded silver in the Wellington team event. In year 7 girls, Madison Nydam ran strongly, settling into the top 10 before surging home for a finishing fifth (12:36) and also earning a silver in her teams' event. Emma Main, also in the year seven competition, finished 12th (13:15), with both girls working hard on a course of a longer distance than a year ago at the same champs. In the primary racing, McKenzie Jacques stayed on the pace in her race, using the gradual incline to finish strongly in eighth (8:31), in an effort which saw her take a silver teams medal. Charlotte Floodsmith-Ryan fought well in a tough field for her seventh place (8:41) earning her a gold teams medal, while Silverstream School's Olivia Healy, the only runner of the 10 who is not part of the local Trentham United Harriers, came in 13th place (9:05) in the same race. Logan Slee did well in battling for eighth place (7:49) in the year 6 boys where the Wellington team collectively earned gold. Other efforts on the Wither Hills Farm Park course saw Silverstream Kane Franken finish 12th (8:29) in the year 5 boys' racing and Piper Gwyn 19th in 9:02 in year 6 girls' event. The hopes of success for Nikolai Allen, a race winner a year ago at Hanmer Springs, were undone by illness which, after a brave effort to run top five in the first lap, forced his withdrawal. The Phil Costley Shield for combined regional competition was taken out by Canterbury with Wellington second, four points behind. Sheridan selected Sheridan Rangihuna, a star at both rugby and rugby league (and golf) at Upper Hutt College, has won selection in the New Zealand Secondary Schools rugby team. A halfback, Rangihuna moved to Gisborne Boys' High School this year and the 17-year-old made the 24-man national team in his last year at college. After a couple of warmup games the team will play Australia A before taking on Australia in Sydney on October 8. Local runner's guidebook a labour of energy and enthusiasm By COLIN WILLIAMS Showing the way: Upper Hutt's Hayden Shearman has written The Runner's Guide to Wellington, a handbook detailing 25 running routes, six in the upper valley. Photo: COLIN WILLIAMS ' I was amazed at the landscapes I was running in, particularly in Upper Hutt where there are so many beautiful tracks. ' Hayden Shearman likes running around Wellington so much he has written a detailed guide about it to make it easier for all. An avid runner for only five years -- I was a surfer before that -- the 30-year-old writer with the Salvation Army is heading to Chicago in a week to race in his first marathon after releasing the product of another endurance effort, The Runner's Guide to Wel- lington. The handbook details 25 run- ning routes, with maps, elevation charts, photos and trail tips. I was amazed at the land- scapes I was running in, particu- larly in Upper Hutt where there are so many beautiful tracks. Last year I set myself the task of running as many different trails as I could and the guide emerged from that. Shearman, who runs an average 100 kilometres a week, was soon taking detailed notes and impress- ive photos which, aided by his brother s graphic design skills, came to fruition with the guide. Wellington runners are very spoilt for options. And that s exactly why I produced this book, Shearman says. The 100-page, pocket-sized guide, designed to be carried when out and about, covers a variety of routes in distance, terrain and location and is aimed at runners (and walkers) of all abilities. Featured trails in Upper Hutt are: Whiteman s Valley/Blue Mountains, the Rimutaka Hill Trail, Mt Climie, Kaitoke Regional Park and the Mangaroa Valley Loop. Shearman is hopeful this first guide, which has a print run of 2000, might lead on to more of the same. I d love to look at doing other cities. I ve already had a lot of interest from runners in other cit- ies so that s definitely in the pipe- line, he says. The Runner's Guide to Welling- ton retails at $15 and is available through running clubs and specialist shops including Upper Hutt s Paper Plus, or online at runnersguide.co.nz.
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