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Upper Hutt Leader : October 19th 2011
54 UPPER HUTT LEADER, OCTOBER 19, 2011 SPORT Turning broadcasting on its head SPORTS TALK JOSEPH ROMANOS Te Arahi Maipi A second Rugby World Cup has been playing out behind the scenes in New Zealand, and it's been just as torrid as the one that has so engrossed us since September 9. Rugby fans have been able to watch key World Cup matches live on no less than five New Zea- land channels -- TV One, TV3, Maori (English version), Maori (Maori language version) and Sky. The battle for viewers has been fascinating. TV One began sensationally, drawing 1.015 million viewers for the first match, New Zealand against Tonga. This immediately followed the opening ceremony, also a TV One triumph. For that first match Sky had an audience of 442,000 and Maori Television 177,000. As the tournament has progressed, however, the big mover has been Maori Television. By the quarterfinals, Maori Television was the most popular of the free-to-air channels. At times its audience was virtually the combined viewership of TV One and TV3. For the New Zealand v Argentina quarterfinal, Maori Television drew 501,000, behind Sky (628,000), but well ahead of TV One (420,000) and TV3 (236,000). It has continued to rate extremely well. Generally, Maori Television's audience is relatively small, so these figures are startling. Sky is the most popular rugby channel. Its main commentators are Grant Nisbett and Tony John- son, supported by the likes of Grant Fox, Justin Marshall and Ian Smith. They're like old friends, after all the Super Rugby and Tri Nations broadcasts, and we're comfortable with them. They are consistently good, and Fox is a class apart as an analyst. The Sky viewing figures are impressive, especially considering the potential audience is only about 60 per cent of that of free-to- air broadcasters. TV One has Andrew Saville as a commentator and Jeff Wilson and Taine Randell as experts. TV3's choices have been Hamish McKay, plus Richard Loe and Andrew Mehrtens. Neither channel has quite captured the public imagination. Maori Television has used Te Arahi Maipi as its main caller, though sometimes Keith Quinn has filled the role. The channel has called on what it has termed its Barbarians XV'' as experts. These have included Peter FitzSimons (superb), Pat Lam (a revelation), Wayne Shelford and Norm Hewitt. Julian Wilcox has led the Maori language broadcasts. Maori Television planned its campaign as efficiently as did the heavyweights on the field. It went with a low-key, chattier approach. Quinn, for example, while still providing a wealth of information -- his trademark -- has been noticeably more relaxed. The plan has worked well. Viewers have appreciated the less formulaic style. Maori Television has also built its rugby following. It will cover 16 World Cup games live (and all 48 in full), compared to nine by TV One and TV3 -- which have pro- vided just highlights of many of the others. For New Zealand v Japan, Australia v Ireland, and New Zealand v Canada, Maori Tele- vision even outrated Sky. When Maori Television announced it would cover the World Cup, many scoffed. Instead the channel has introduced a whole new breed of television viewer to rugby, and has turned conventional rugby broadcasting thinking on its head. With no disrespect to Sky, which has been professional and efficient, Maori Television has provided the flair and is my World Cup winner. SCOREBOARD PETANQUE Silverstream Petanque Club Championship results: Doubles: 1st Claire and Brian Bradburn 3 wins, 2nd John McDiarmid and Craig Smith 2 wins, 3rd Shirley Nesbitt and Tim Lovell-Smith, 4th Barry Chandler and Arthur Wilson. Singles: 1st Brian Smith 5 wins, 2nd Craig Smith 4 wins, 3rd Tim Lovell-Smith 2 wins, 4th Owen Davie, 5th John McDiarmid, 6th Barry Sarney. DARTS Upper Hutt Darts Association results of Laurenson & Company Charted Accountants games played on October 13.: Totara Gold 4, Wainui Reynards Four 11; Maidstone 4, Ruff As Guts 11; Don't Know 9, Slippery When Wet 6; Reynards Atrix 12, Fusion 3; Reynard NFI 10, Reynards Rovers 5; Totara Green 11, Reynards Kiwis 4. High finish, Barry Nightingale (106) T20-10-D18. 180s, Tony Whitmore, Jimmy Cabral, Mike Gorrie, Vito Sione, Barry Gray, Andrew Pringle. AIKIDO Rimutaka Aikido Club gradings October: Evans, Danny 7 Kyu, Forsyth, Daniel 3 kyu, children's grades, Granada, James 7 kyu, Granada, John 7 kyu, Boyle, Kingsley 4 kyu, Madgwick, Caleb 3 kyu, Kain, Sam 2 kyu. BADMINTON Upper Hutt Junior Badminton Club prizewinners: Junior, boys' singles, Marcus Richardson, runner-up Lewis Hoby; girls' singles, Erika Cada, runner-up Kristle Smith; mixed doubles, Marcus Richardson, Kristle Smith, runners-up Erika Cada, Thomas Gallagher; attendance, James Wilkington-Reid, Thomas Gallagher, Lewis Hoby, Jared Coffey, Ana Souza, Maria Souza, Alaina Richardson. Intermediate, boys' singles, Scott Bougen, runner-up Alex Volmer; girls singles, Tammy Cooper, runner-up Thalia Evans; boys' doubles, Jonathon Diver, Alex Volmer; girls' doubles, Tammy Cooper, Thalia Evans. Senior, boys' singles, Jason Sandiford, runner-up Fraser Andrews; boys' doubles, Nathan Walley, Jason Sandiford, runners-up Fraser Andrews, James Gillespie. GOLF Trentham Camp Golf Club weekly results: October 11, medal men div 1, J Gray 65 c/b; A Brown 65; N McClure 66; T Antipas 67 c/b; T Himona 67; M Phillips 68; D Dexter 69; B Stratford 70. Div 2, G Manning 57; T Bryan 60; J Wellington 62; C Fenn 71 c/b; T Hill 71; D Shearer 71; J Visser 72 c/b; I Smith 72. Ladies, J McPhie 73; P Morris 78; K Witchalls 80. October 16, bisque par men div 1, H Franklin +8 c/b; J Brough +8; T Wilcox +7; D Dexter +6; V Sione +5 c/b; J Hudson +5. Div 2, D Shearer +8; I Smith +8; C O'Riley +8; J Wellington +6 c/b; T Ratana +6; A McMurchie +6; J Martin +6. Ladies, H Herold +6; A Orr +3; M Wanden +1. Nearest pin # 3, V Sione; # 8: A Orr, A Inglis. Te Marua Golf Club weekly results: Tuesday, October 11, midweek men, Peter Cunningham 42, G Birch 42, A Wynyard 42, closest pin #2 A Wynyard, #15 A Wynyard. Holes in two, Peter Cunningham. Wednesday, October 12, no play. Saturday, October 15, mixed stableford, Henry More 37, Kayne Martin 37, Dave Workman 37. Holes in two, Notoa Kaleopa #15. Sunday, October 16, men's net; John West 63, Michael van der Vegt 67, Scott Stone 68, Philip Lister 69, Kayne Martin 69, James Ritchie 69, Lloyd Bonner 71, Dennis Grover 71, Terry Carter 71, Bob Ferguson 71, Kevin Gill 71, Greg Judd 71, Michael Baines 72, Dean Alexander 72; women's stableford, Audrey Messenger 36, Joanne Carson 33, Kerry Baines 32. Holes in two, Tony Cooper #2, Jeff Rigby #2, Bob Ferguson #11, Dennis Grover #15, Rick Lister #15, Jim Walsh #15, John West #15. SHOOTING Wellington Rifle Association scores at Trentham on Saturday shooting at 300 yards: Karori, FTR, Viv Collings 56, 57, 113; Erica Wilkins 55, 56, 111; Jon Wilkins 54, 49, 103; Bob Moffitt 46, 51, 97. F Class: Wayne Subritsky, 57, 60, 117; Allan Lundberg 52, 58, 110; Maurce Subritsky 52, 57, 109; Graeme Cook 54, 55, 109; Adolf Maennchen 37, 45, 82. Tyro: Don Weldon 41.01, 32, 73.01. .303. Jon Wilkins 33.01, 39, 72.01. Onslow, A grade, Trevor Oliver 47.03, 47.02, 94.05; William Laracy 48.04, 48.02,69.30, 96.06. B grade, Wally Hewitt 45.01, 48.30, 93.31. C grade, Michael Cosgrove 44.03, 48.04, 92.07. F Class: Hayden Hansen 47.05, 43.03, 90.08. Upper Hutt, A grade, Lindsay Arthur 49.05, 50.04, 99.09. B Grade: Tim Mullin 46.03, 46.01, 92.04. Football's future: Junior football players from the Upper Hutt and Stokes Valley clubs parade for the crowd on Sunday at Westpac Stadium before the Phoenix's opening home of the A-league season where they beat the Newcastle Jets 2-0. Photos: PETER McDONALD Juniors on display for Phoenix home game
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