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Upper Hutt Leader : October 26th 2011
47 UPPER HUTT LEADER, OCTOBER 26, 2011 SPORT 3991793AA RIMUTAKA RAILWAY 17km Fun Run & Walk SATURDAY 12 November 2011 The event starts at Wellington Ka rt Club track, Kaitoke (9km north of Upper Hutt) and finishes at Cross Creek (near Lake Wairarapa). New Zealand's unique scenic and historic route, over the old Upper Hutt to Featherston Fell Railway line through the Rimutaka Ra nges. It's an easy gradient that ca n be negotiated by any reasonably fit runner or walker. Descent not suitable for buggies, and no dogs allowed as track goes through private farm land. Bus transport is available to the start a nd back after the event -- details on entry form. Walkers start 8.00am • Runners start 10.00am Entry fee up to 4 November: $30.00 Entry fee from 5 November: $35.00 Entry forms available from Upper Hutt Visitor Information Centre, H2O Xtream, local gyms Online entry via http://trenthamunited.co.nz Great Prizes to be Won! Trentham United Harriers & Walkers Club PO Box 40.357 Upper Hutt Stadium of 4 million egged them on SPORTS TALK JOSEPH ROMANOS Stephen Donald epitomised why New Zealand deserved to win the Rugby World Cup. The Waikato first five-eighth ended the World Cup final wear- ing what looked like Aaron Cruden s tiny jersey and doing the job that had long been earmarked for Daniel Carter. He was a most unlikely hero. World Cup boss Martin Sned- den spoke for months about a stadium of four million and for a while during the tournament it seemed we d need most of them to play for the All Blacks. Carter (back, then groin), his replacement Colin Slade (groin), Mils Muliaina (hamstring, then shoulder), Israel Dagg (stomach, then thigh), Richie McCaw (calf and foot), Richard Kahui (ham- string), Cory Jane (head), Adam Thomson (ankle, then knee), Zac Guildford (hamstring) and Kieran Read (ankle) all suffered serious injuries during the tournament. But every time one player got knocked over, someone else was able to step up and take his place. Donald s effort in that unforget- table final against France emphasised the point. The first- five kingpin was going to be Carter. When he went down it was supposed to be Slade. Suddenly Cruden was told not to go to Disneyland for a holiday because he was needed, and Don- ald stopped whitebaiting to join the All Blacks squad. In the final, Cruden was invalided off the field with a knee injury and it was Donald who car- ried New Zealand s hopes. Donald! He d played 23 times for the All Blacks since 2008 and, by general consent, been found wanting. Now it was up to him. Well, he kicked the match-winning pen- alty, squeezing the ball inside the right-hand upright, and controlled the game well in those thrilling final minutes. Reflecting on the All Blacks World Cup campaign, surely we need to thank coach Graham Henry for all that rotating in recent years. We hated it, of course, but it meant that when his players got injured during the tournament, he always had someone groomed and ready to step up. It was incredible how injury-hit the All Blacks were. When the 1987 All Blacks won their World Cup, seven of their team played every match and another six were rested for one game. Once the 1987 tournament began, they lost no players to injury. Of the 2011 squad, only Jerome Kaino, Owen Franks and Tony Woodcock started all seven games. Home advantage is often mentioned in sport, and it was there for all to see in the final. France were so good they deserved to win and they had every right to be devastated after- wards. The All Blacks were carried through those final torrid 40 minutes by the crowd of 61,000, and by the knowledge that another couple of million of their countrymen and women were watching elsewhere in New Zea- land, willing them on. Not to mention hundreds of thousands more who tuned in all around the world. It would have been unthinkable if they had lost. They were the form team going into the World Cup and unback- able favourites by the time of the final. But that s the nature of top sport. In the end it took Stephen Don- ald, heavily criticised and largely written off, wearing a jersey that was far too small, to make the dream come true. Henry and his co-selectors plotted and planned. Richie McCaw, Brad Thorn, Owen Franks, Kaino, Kieran Read, Ma a Nonu, Conrad Smith and the rest all did their jobs manfully. They wouldn t have got over the line, though, if it hadn t been for a player who d long ago been discar- ded, and the combined willpower of four million New Zealanders. Golden run for Rimutaka Gold bound: Rimutaka Renegades' under-14s forward Sam Higham leans into his work in his side's gold-winning effort at the inline hockey national champs. Photo: BARKERPHOTOGRAPHY.CO.NZ A final, which went to sudden death play, was the exciting twist in the national inline hockey title won by the Rimu- taka Renegades under-14s. The mixed side of early teen- agers, mostly from the Upper Hutt area, took their age-grade title, and the gold medals with it, at the recent nationals in Tauranga. Their final, against the New Plymouth Ravens, was a classic affair. The two sides matched each other goal for goal throughout the game s normal 40-minute playing time. The deadlock forced a sudden death extra time where the Renegades made all their season s efforts count. With the extra five minutes nearly done Louis Higgison made a run to the Ravens net where he managed to deke his way around the tiring Ravens defenders to slot home the golden goal , and start the celebrations. The title was fair reward for a team who have trained and played hard, and with success, all season. They were the domi- nant team in that grade in the lower north regional play while, at Queen s Birthday, they nar- rowly won the a youth tourna- ment, also in Tauranga, in a real confidence boost for their nationals aspirations. However, the path to gold was not easy in a high standard com- petition. After pool play the side s semifinal against the Auckland-based Panthers team saw them fall behind early before the composed youngsters clawed their way back for a win and into that final. Rimutaka s champion under- 14 side, coached by Mark Ketchell, was Petra Dickens, Sam Higham, Jason Tanirau, Trent Dobson and Paddy Taaffe -- all from Upper Hutt -- Louis Higgison, George Bevan, Jemma Thorne and Trey Bidois, from Sanson. The Renegades had other medal successes at the nationals, too, with the under- 10s and the women s team win- ning silver. Netball coach collects top regional award Sue Bentley Upper Hutt s Sue Bentley has been named Netball Wellington Region coach of the year following her suc- cess with the Wellington under-19 team. The team, which included Hutt Valley players, finished runner-up in the Netball New Zealand nationals at Nelson this year. Bentley received her trophy at the recent gala regional awards. Other awards to locals saw Silverstream s Bernice Robertson pick up bench official of the year. Robertson, who officiated at the world champs at Singapore, the Commonwealth Games in Delhi last year and at New Zealand, centre and local levels throughout the season, is currently the region s top benchie . Bench officials call, score and time-keep at a netball game. Also acknowledged on awards night was Rimutaka, the winner of division two in the NWR compe- tition this year. SCOREBOARD SHOOTING Wellington Rifle Association, Trentham, Saturday, 500 yards, Upper Hutt, A grade, Rags Owens 50.05, 49.03, 99.08: John Whiteman 50.06, 47.01, 97.07; Ross Mason 46.01, 47.06, 93.07. B, Roger Wait 49.02, 48.05, 97.07; Nobby Clarke 45.03, 49.06, 94.09. C, Lee Stacey 43.01, 47.03, 90.04; Jack Sheahan 32.01, 40.01, 72.02. Petone A, Chris Marsh 50.05, 50.06, 100.11; Earl Graham 47.00, 49.04, 96.04. B, Ray Vine 50.07, 49.04, 99.11; Barry Scott 48.04, 49.04, 99.11; Bob Pearce 45.02, 47.03, 92.05; John Hand 45.03, 45.03, 90.06. C, Rex Hill 42.02, 46.01, 88.03. FTR, Paul Harris 50.06. Visitor, Phil Bryant 46.03. GOLF Trentham Camp Golf Club October 18, medal men div 1, B Campbell 66; J Hudson 67 c/b; T Wilcox 67; T Antipas 69 c/b; R Orr 69; M Sutton 70 c/b. Div 2, D Wanden 68; C Fenn 70 c/b; O Fowell 70; I Franklin 70; T Bryan 71; B Rudman 74. Ladies, D Orr 78; J McPhie 79; H Herold 84. October 23, stableford men div 1, A Aukino 39; V Sione 38 c/b; M Phillips 38. Div 2, D Dexter 45; J Hudson 44; K Moore 42; A Inglis 41 c/b; J Trafford 41; T Kotuhi 39 c/b; R Foote 39; A Heath 38. Div 3, D Shearer 41; J Hunt 38 c/b; C Heath 38; M Sutton 37 c/b; K Morris 37; J Visser 37; A Macdonald 36; D Dick 35 c/b. Ladies, D Orr 41; D Macdougall 39; C Antipas 35; D Orr 34; H Kemp 33; M Wanden 31. DARTS Upper Hutt Darts Association October 20: Fusion 8, Wainui Reynards Four 7; Reynards Kiwis 2, Reynard NFI 13; Reynards Atrix 15, Reynards Just Us 0; Totara Green 8, Reynards Rovers 7. 180s: Shane Johnson, John Algar x 3, Andrew Pringle, Geoff Wild. Other events, ladies pairs, winner, Paea Thompson, Helen Makiha; runner-up, Sue Rimaati. Kay Gregory; men's pairs, winner, Bobby Gorton, Geoff Wild; runner-up, Andrew Pringle, Marty Isaac. ROLLERSPORTS Upper Hutt Rollerskating Club members' results from UH open competition: Figures, junior international, Emma Patrick 1, Tanja De Wilde 4, Jack Patrick 5. Youth int, Kyra Thomson 1, Grace Cooper 2, Martina Steiner 3. Cadet int, Terriann Randle 1, Jordan Bougen 2. Masters int, Roger Boulcott 1, Alan Thomson 2. Classic, Paula Boulcott 1, Michelle Albrett 2. Intermediate, Samantha Whitham 1. Elementary, Katelyn Kennedy 1, Abigail Evans 2. Juvenile, Hayley Patten 4, Michaela Steiner 6. Primary, Katie Hawley 2. Tiny Tots Aria Coleman 1. Prelimin, Hollie Goldstone 3, Zoe Greer 4. Novice, Thaylia Evans 1, Victoria Edwards 2, Emma Greer 3, Shania Freemantle 4, Ashleigh Hunter 5, Josie Durney 7, Samantha Alexander 8, Kaitlyn Ingram 12. Beginners open, Holly Yeatman 1. Begin, 1 Natalie Ingram 1. Loops, advanced Emma Patrick 1, Kyra Thomson 3, Tanja DeWilde 4. Open, Terriann Randle 1, Jordan Bougen 2, Samantha Whitham 3. Element, Katelyn Kennedy 1, Hayley Patten 2, Abigail Evans 6. Freeskating, youth int, Kyra Thomson 1, Martina Steiner 3. Cadet int, Terriann Randle 1. Intermediate, Jordan Bougen 1, Samantha Whitham 2. Element, Katelyn Kennedy 1, Abigail Evans 2, Hollie Goldstone 4. Juvenile Hayley Patten 1, Michaela Steiner 6. Tiny Tots, Aria Coleman 1. Primary Katie Hawley 1, Jasmine Beech 2, Natalie Ingram 3. Prelimin, Shania Freemantle 1, Ashleigh Hunter 3, Zoe Greer 4. Novice Johanna Hey 1, Victoria Edwards 2, Emma Greer 3, Tracey Behrent 9, Kaitlyn Ingram 10. Begin, 2 Holly Yeatman 1, Samantha Alexander 2. Inline freeskating, junior Martina Steiner 1. Solo dance, senior int, Sarah-Jane Jones 1, junior int, Emma Hazelwood 1, Kyra Thomson 2, Stefanie McCallum 4, youth int, Grace Cooper 2, Samantha Whitham 3, cadet int, Jordan Bougen 1, Terriann Randle 2, masters int, Paula Boulcott 1, element, Katelyn Kennedy 1, Abigail Evans 2, Hollie Goldstone 4, juvenile, Hayley Patten 1, Victoria Edwards 6, Hadley Beech 10, primary, Jasmine Beech 1, Natalie Ingram 2, prelimin, Thaylia Evans 1, Shania Freemantle 2, Josie Durney 3, novice, Zoe Greer 1, Ashleigh Hunter 2, Tiana Fisk 3, Holly Yeatman 4, Samantha Alexander 5, Tracey Behrent 6, Emma Greer 9, begin, 1 Katie Hawley 1, Aria Coleman 2, creative solo dance, masters int, Paula Boulcott 1, intermediate, Thaylia Evans 1, Josie Durney 2, Ashleigh Hunter 4, element, Katelyn Kennedy 1, Hayley Patten 2, Abigail Evans 6, dance pairs, masters int, Roger and Paula Boulcott 1, precision, youth mini, Kapital Kids 1, novice mini, Valley Girls 1, Ian Mackie Memorial, Hayley Patten,
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