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Upper Hutt Leader : November 2nd 2011
55 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 2, 2011 SPORT Harrison hammers home third Scaife family title Backing off: Above, Heretaunga boxing's Harrison Scaife has his opponent, Canterbury's Ramil Dean on the defensive in Friday night action from the boxing nationals at Lower Hutt. Scaife went on the win the 64kg light welterweight title. Left, Hitting home: Local fighter Leroy Hindley lands a blow on Canterbury's Bowyn Morgan, who went on to win the bout. Photos: PETER McDONALD Harrison Scaife made light work of carrying the reputations of his family name and respected Heretaunga Box- ing Club, taking out a light wel- terweight division title at the sport's amateur nationals at the Lower Hutt Town Hall on Saturday night. Fighting officially for Wel- lington/Hutt Valley in the 64 kilogram class, Scaife was all fire and brutal entertainment in putting away his final opponent Canterbury's Todd Commons. The win gave Scaife his first national title as a senior and stacked up another big mark on a boxing CV that also includes a national junior title. The all-action fight produced plenty, including blood, as Scaife got on top in front of his ringside family support, his dad and long time coach, Grant, and grandfather, Alan --- both for- mer successful boxers in their own right. Saturday's victory means Harrison is the third generation Scaife to win a Boxing New Zea- land national title. The youngster also won the Jamieson Belt for the event's most scientific senior boxer --- awarded to him by by his grand- father in a special sporting moment. Grandad, Alan Scaife was the 1953 winner of the light welter- weight title. Harrison's father received the Joe Thwaites Shield for his coaching of the Jamieson Belt so the connection to the 64kg title was rounded out nicely with his dad having also won the title 22 years ago. As well as the title win, Harrison, 18, also picked up the Bill O'Connor Cup for the youngest senior winner. The championships, held over four days, produced some of the best amateur boxing seen in recent years with more than 130 bouts involving 190 boxers held over its over its seven sessions. Hutt Valley's Joe Blackbourn took out the middle-weight title with efficiency, making short work of the final, which saw the doctor called in and the referee halting proceedings in the fight's second round. The Wellington and Hutt Val- ley association team of 14 recorded 17 wins, including six national titles. Another Kiwi sporting era goes off air SPORTS TALK JOSEPH ROMANOS There's been quite a fuss since Radio Sport announced it would no longer be broadcasting ball-by-ball commentary of domestic cricket. The station will cover tests, and one-day and Twenty20 internationals, but for domestic first-class matches will confine itself to regular score reports. This seems sensible. After all, almost nobody attends Plunket Shield matches. Like many people, I'm interested in the scores, but I don't need ball-by- ball descriptions. The reaction has been amazing. The station was flooded with complaints and people I've spoken to or tweeted have harked back to those gentle, summer days of Sports Round-up. We have very fond memories of Sports Round-up. Presented over the years by Doc Williams, Rob Crabtree, Bill McCarthy, Grant Nisbett, Keith Quinn and John Howson, it covered domestic summer sport fully. Plunket Shield -- and later Shell -- cricket underpinned the programme. Players such as Harry Unka of Northern Districts, Ian Therkleson of Wellington, John Cushen of Otago and Stuart Speed of Auckland, none of them internationals, became part of the summer scene. Listeners would be taken from Hamilton, to Lancaster Park to Nelson to hear Graham Newdick trying to bring up a century or Graham Vivian trying to urge Auckland to victory. We'd tune in from 10.25am each day and got to know the commentators well. Jim Read, with his distinctive Scottish burr, was a personal favourite, broadcasting from Christchurch. But Trevor Rigby and Noel Lawson in Wellington, Alan Richards and Colin Snedden in Auckland, Iain Galloway and Lankford Smith in Dunedin, and the rest were there day after day faithfully bringing us the cricket. Interspersed between the cricket commentaries would be events such as the national bowls championships (Ian Birch at the bowls, talking about Percy Jones of Otahuhu Railways''), the international tennis in Auckland (described by John Lockington, Bruce Broun and Allan Burns, and often featuring heroics by Onny Parun), softball (fronted by Garry Ward or Keith Geary) and various swimming, athletics and cycling meetings. Sometimes there'd be treats from overseas -- test cricket (what joy listening to Alan McGilvray and Lindsay Hassett) and Davis Cup tennis ( a volley by Stolle'') from Australia. My father and I used were such avid Sports Round-up listeners that we had to get earphones attached to our transistors because the incessant cricket commentaries were driving the rest of the family mad. Sports Round-up was broadcast by Radio New Zealand and continued until the mid-1990s, when Radio New Zealand was split up and Radio Sport was established as part of The Radio Network. Radio Sport offered ball-by-ball commentaries of afternoon sessions, interspersed with talkback and other sport. But it's a different world now. Sky TV screens a vast amount of sport from around the world, and cricket fans can follow games via the internet. Cricketers Martin Crowe, Iain O'Brien, Dion Nash and Scott Styris have criticised the decision to abandon the ball-by-ball commentaries and an on-line petition has attracted a large number of backers. People have protested to me that they will no longer be able to paint their house during summer while listening to the cricket. I can't see the complaints doing any good, though. Radio Sport has decided the domestic cricket commentaries are not financially viable. Another era of New Zealand sport is passing. First marathon: Hayden Shearman. Unfazed by going to hospital Local runner and writer Hayden Shearman has completed his first marathon, in Chicago. And I'm alive to tell the tale,'' the author of the recently released Runner's Guide to Wellington says. Shearman was seriously dehydrated and needed to be admitted to hospital soon after finishing. I finished slower than hoped for with 2hr 41min 5sec in 178th place and 50th for my age group,'' the 30-year old says. I went through half in a comfortable 1:17 but then really slowed as I got a painful stitch and couldn't take on board any fluids so became dehydrated in the hot conditions. Sadly a 35-year old man died after col- lapsing only 400 meters from the finish on a day that delivered a hot 26 degrees with no wind, he says. I had great sideline support from local Kiwi runner Nick Willis and his wife who both live in nearby Michigan. He helped me out with some great adviceonhowtogetridofthestitch. . . well, temporarily anyway.'' Shearman says the marathon was an amazing event with literally tens of thou- sands of people lining the streets cheering us on and bands playing. It was an incredible atmosphere for the 45,000 other runners. I would definitely recommend other runners to do it,'' he says.
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