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Upper Hutt Leader : November 23rd 2011
64 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 23, 2011 SPORT 3 Geange St Upper Hutt Phone 528 8409 Open: Mon/Tues/Wed 7am - 6pm • Thurs/Fri 7am - 7pm • Sat 7am - 5pm Upper Hutt • Free Parking • Friendly People www.emw.co.nz Upper Hutt's favourite family butchers for over 60 years O M /T /Wd7 6 Th /Fi7 7 St7 5 U U H H tt F F P P k ki i F Fi d dl l P P l l TASTY PICKLED PORK JUST $5.99KG FRESH PORK LOIN CHOPS $10.99KG MARINATED PORK CHOPS $8.99KG SAUSAGE OF THE WEEK PORK A KIWI FAVOURITE SPEND OVER $25.00 AT EXPORT MEATS AND BE INTO WIN 2X2 LITRES OF MILK AND 2 LOAVES OF BREAD FOR A YEAR. SEE IN STORE FOR DETAILS. 2304462DZ FRESH PORK LEG ROAST $6.99KG SUPER SAVER. High plains drifter: Orienteer Graeme Carruthers works his way through a long grass section in Sunday's main event. Photo: PETER McDONALD Orienteering for all ages By COLIN WILLIAMS A small but enthusiastic number of competitors, about 30 all up, tried one or other of the four orienteering courses set up by the Orienteering Hutt Valley club on Sunday at Twin Lakes, Kaitoke. With cold blustery conditions prevailing (and an alternative event at the same time on the Kapiti Coast) the morning saw family groups and individuals run courses to suit their skill levels and finding the control site flags. The kids' course, at just 800 metres, was won in a time of 11 minutes eight seconds by Hazel Dalton. The experienced Hutt orienteer Ramash Swamy proved the best on the day's hardest event, finishing the 4.7 kilometre long course'' in the fast time of 38m 41s, seven minutes ahead of second-placed Greg Thurlow and the event's 12 other competitors, with the last home in 1hr 23m. Graeme Carruthers prevailed in the shorter 3.3km event, winning in an even 50 minutes, more than two minutes clear of the Hutt Val- ley's Alexdranda Riddle. Orienteering is cool for a fam- ily activity,'' Orienteering Hutt Valley's Gavin Scott says. It teaches map-reading skills and self confidence in finding one's own way anywhere and a course can be completed as a group, or alone as people pick up the skills.'' The club organises events every few weeks throughout the year at different park, farm or forest locations. All clubs have courses for the very young, beginners and family groups as well as for the experi- enced orienteer. One of its attractions is that is an activity where both beginners and the experienced can mix and enjoy their pursuit together. For those who want the chal- lenge of competition, regional competitive events are available at regular intervals including events in the Orienteer of the Year series and various regional championships. For more information see ohv.org.nz or 528 9722. 'Taka's tough coaching call By COLIN WILLIAMS Logan Ili, the man who this year coached Rimutaka rugby to their greatest success in winning pro- motion to next season's premier Swindale Shield, has been dumped. Ili, who applied for a fifth season in the top Rimutaka job, will instead be with his old'' Upper Hutt club, taking up a co- coaching position alongside the re- appointed head coach Sandy McConnell. Ili was overlooked by Rimutaka in favour of Ray McDonald, a for- mer club player and coaching co- ordinator who will take on a very different Rimutaka side and look to keep its hard-won premier status. The off-season machinations, and the respective clubs' pre- season training, has confirmed a significant exodus of players from Rimutaka's Maoribank Park to Upper Hutt's Maidstone, players loyal to Ili and, in several cases, returning to their former Upper Hutt club. These include Ofa Pongi, Nua Fono-Hunt and Walter Treviranus who all moved to Rimutaka and Ili's coaching, this year after premier play with Upper Hutt. Rimutaka captain Martin Asiata, another former Upper Hutt player, is also reported to be back, along with several other players. McDonald, who will be assisted by Ili's former coaching partner Rangi Kelly, took his club's age- grade side in 2010. He says he was offered the pos- ition after they were advertised and he underwent a stringent process...itwasquite hard case''. A halfback or first-five with sev- eral provincial unions in his playing career, the 35-year-old McDonald's coaching resume includes premier rugby with the Te Puna club in the Bay of Plenty and within the Wellington Rugby system. Upper Hutt born and raised, he says he will have an impressive management team returning around him but he accepts the player drift to Upper Hutt, and with Ili, will be of impact. Some of these players started at Upper Hutt, of course,'' he says. McDonald is hopeful of Rimu- taka attracting players from both outside and within Wellington while the promising lock Aaron Kelly is a top player guaranteed to be returning. Ili, who played 150 games at prop for Upper Hutt, is disap- pointed with the Rimutaka decision but very positive about the 2012 season and his coaching position. I see moving to Upper Hutt as an advancement of my coaching, especially with the people around me.'' The buzz around the squad and the club is very positive. I'm chuffed,'' says Ili who also coached the Wellington Samoans side this year. I do feel let down,'' he says of Rimutaka's decision, but at the end of the day I've got to take it on board and there's no animosity there. I hope the positivity of the last four years remains. I don't want it to unravel,'' Ili says.
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