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Upper Hutt Leader : December 14th 2011
52 UPPER HUTT LEADER, DECEMBER 14, 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 PORK AND BEEF KRANSKY 20 BBQ Steaks For Just $20.00 SUMMER SLAMMER 8 BBQ Steaks 8 Homemade Meat Patties 10 BBQ Bangers 8 BBQ Beef Kebabs For Just $19.90 Winner of the Milk and Bread for a Year Competition Grant Sutton Cooked Mutton Hams NOW IN STORE Bacon Ends 1.5Kg just $10.00 2304462EC Junior 400m title to Fletcher Fletcher Greaves By COLIN WILLIAMS Fastest time recorded despite hip injury Upper Hutt's Fletcher Greaves ran the fastest 400 metres race of his career in taking out the junior national title at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics Champs. The St Pat's Silverstream year 10 pupil stormed home for gold in 50.89s at the Newtown track on Sunday to qualify for the Pacific Games in Brisbane late next year and also record a personal best for his specialist event. Fletcher's win was also carved out of adversity with a nagging hip injury troub- ling him enough in the build up to Sunday to have him abandon his normal weekly five training sessions in the fortnight before Sunday. It's still there and I'm still going the physio but those days rest helped. It hurts but once you get into the race you don't feel it,'' the 15-year-old says. Fletcher, who is a coached by the Tren- tham Harriers' Darryl Robinson, took 0.73s of a second off his previous best in a race where he took the lead with 140m to go after trailing the fastest qualifier. After doing everything right in winning his heat and semifinals, the 15-year-old ran a perfect race from lane three, in a quicker time than last year's winner of the same event. He had it won with 60m to go. Bailey Stewart, the fastest qualifier, dragged him to the front and he was very strong from there. He put it all together, '' Robinson says. Fletcher ran sixth in the event last year and, from then, winning the national title in 2011 was a goal for the runner and his long-time coach alike. Last year he was the baby' in the race and he was always very focused about this without being over confident,'' Robinson says. Fletcher's time was comfortably within the Pacific Games' qualifying 51.10. Harriers through the winter provided a good endurance base, Fletcher says. He plans to keep up both disciplines in the competitive years ahead of him. Fletcher has carved out an impressive athletics record in recent years on the track and in cross country after beginning both disciplines as a seven-year-old. His previous best time came winning the North Island College Champs at Hamilton and he has performed with success at the Colgate Games North Island in recent years. However, winning the national jun- ior title is a significant new level of achieve- ment for the rising star. Blaze keep up momentum Leg side: The Wellington Blaze's Andrea Stockwell looks to collect a single in her unbeaten 28 against the Northern Districts attack in Saturday's 50-over game. Photo: PETER McDONALD By COLIN WILLIAMS There was cricket aplenty at Trentham Memorial Park on the weekend with the Wellington Blaze women's team leading the way with a three from three'' win return against their Northern Districts Spirit opposition. Playing on a picture-perfect Barton Oval, the Blaze kept their early season momen- tum going with Twenty20 victories on Friday evening and Sunday and the 50-over game on Saturday to move out to lead both national competitions. The annual visit of the Blaze to the Bar- ton Oval meant the Upper Hutt men's first Pearce Cup game of the season was played on the TMP number one wicket. The two-day fixture will be completed there this weekend. The close of play left Upper Hutt behind on the first innings with nine wickets in hand but remaining in the hunt for overall honours in a low scoring match against Wellington Collegians. Put in, Upper Hutt's batsman failed to follow up their previous week's big scoring in getting rolled for 101 in 40 overs. Leigh- ton Morgan's 27 was the best effort as wickets regularly fell. Collegians then struggled before a late order flourish saw them able to declare at 123/9 with the demoted Firebird Joe Austin-Smellie top scoring with just 24. Matt Taylor was the stand out in the Upper Hutt attack, bowling quick and accu- rate to collect a deserved 4/30 off 19 overs. Collegians declaration paid dividends too, with their snaring Daniel van der Heyden off the last ball of their single over, a wicket that confirmed their day's ascendancy.
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