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Upper Hutt Leader : December 7th 2011
72 UPPER HUTT LEADER, DECEMBER 7, 2011 SPORT 3 Geange Street 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 Sausage of the week TRADITIONAL NZ PORK Marinated Pork Chops BBQ Plum, Sweet & Sour $8.99 KG Crumbed Chicken Steaks $10.99KG Spend over $25.00 in store and be in for a chance to win2x2litresofmilkand 2 loaves of bread for a year. Hurry last week! See in store for details All Hogget Chops Only $9.99KG 2304462EB LIMITED TIME OFFER FOR ONE WEEK ONLY AND WHILE STOCKS LAST! SUMMER SLAMMER 8 BBQ Steaks 10 BBQ Bangers 8 Homemade Meat Patties 8 BBQ Beef Kebabs For Just $19.90 Upset win sets locals' season alive By COLIN WILLIAMS A giant killing and suddenly in- form Mitre 10 MEGA Upper Hutt are the team of the moment in Wellington's Pearce Cup premier cricket. The locals travelled to Karori for a last plays first'' fixture and, with no-one but their own inner sanctum giving them a chance, handed out a seven-wicket thumping to the competition leaders in a 50-over game. Down on their luck, the locals took every bit of momentum gained last week when they won one of four Twenty20 games for a first victory (but also left frus- trated they could, and should, have won three) and followed it up in almost unfathomable style. Struggling after their promotion from the Hazlett Trophy after an unbeaten 2010/11, Upper Hutt bowled and fielded well enough to keep Karori to 255 for eight with- out giving any hint of the batting turnaround to come. Spinner Michael Billmore took three for 30 while the recent arrival, from Dunedin, of Ollie Newton (two for 47) has brought much-needed ballast to the side's all-round fire power. Led by their captain and opener Leighton Morgan (71 from 90 balls), Upper Hutt then had their best batting performance of the season. They reached the target with just three wickets down and with 23 balls in hand. The seasoned Louie Davidson- Powell made an outstanding and unbeaten 89 (from 110 balls) to gather his highest senior score as he and Morgan added 140 for the vital second wicket. Davidson-Powell was in control all his stay, grabbling three big sixes. He was aided by the all- rounders Matt Taylor, with a breezy run-a-ball 31, and Newton (24 not out) as Upper Hutt avoided the top order clatter that has caused most of the problems this season. Ollie has been an acquisition with the new ball and he can hold a bat,'' Morgan says. Morgan, a former Otago rep, was honest enough to say Karori batted softly . . . like a team expecting to win, but we were con- fident as well''. The chop and change format of the Wellington competition sees Upper Hutt playing tonight -- a final Twenty20 game against North City away at Linden. This is a game we should win,'' a now more confident Morgan says. The side will then begin its first two-day game of the season, at home against Collegians. This game will be played on the TMP 1 wicket to accommodate the Friday night and Sunday Twenty- 20 games of the Wellington Blaze women's team against the North- ern Spirit at Barton Oval. Free fall: Konrad Hickson puts a move on Kevin Sar- torelli in an aikido exhi- bition as part of Saturday's martial arts festival at The Mall on Saturday. The event, always on the day of the Santa Parade, saw more than a dozen local clubs put on the six-hour exhi- bition, described as ''armed and unarmed combat, anything goes with knives, swords, staffs, punches, kicks, throws, rolls, locks and groundholds''. All the clubs had plenty of information about their art and Mr Sartorelli says there were good crowds all day and plenty of interest. ''It's the fifth year we have had it and you always pick up a bit of interest. It's really just a day to let people know we are around.'' Local cubs involved were aikido, combat hap- kido, hapkido, judo, kung fu, primate taekwondo, self-defence and tai chi. Photo: PETER McDONALD Under-85kg rugby returns By COLIN WILLIAMS After seven years missing in action, Upper Hutt rugby will have an under-85 kilogram rugby team for the 2012 season. The side is being organised by player-coaches Curtis Flack and Ben Tumata with resource sup- port from the club's development officer, Paul Assur. The grade gives players who are less than 85kg the opportunity to play against similar sized players. There now is plenty of oppor- tunity for players to participate in age grade or open weight rugby in the city,'' Assur says. This grade is regarded as the quickest around in Wellington rugby, however the contact area and tackles are not as physical as open weight play and this makes it appealing to players who wish to stay injury free,'' he says. We are expecting 30 teams in the grade next season from throughout the Wellington region and is an ideal opportunity for players who haven't played for a while, or for players who have recently left college.'' Curtis says the Upper Hutt team will be very competitive and have regular training but there will also be a social element. The Upper Hutt club, based at Maidstone Park, is looking for players who are keen play in this grade. To get with the team, con- tact Curtis Fleck 027 765 7900 or Ben Tumata 027 232 5083.
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