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Upper Hutt Leader : December 21st 2011
36 UPPER HUTT LEADER, DECEMBER 21, 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 2304462ED YOUR LOCAL FRIENDLY FAMILY BUTCHER MEAT GALORE Pork Leg Roasts Rolled Pork Roasts Pork Loin Chops Pork Racks (8) Chops New Zealand Beef: Whole Rumps Rolled Beef Roasts Sirloin Steaks B.B.Q Steaks Stewing and Casserole Steaks 3 Grades of Beef Mince Scotch Fillets Beef Fillets New Zealand Lamb B.B.Q Chops Shoulder Chops Lamb Rack Plus Chicken Duck and Turkey Recommended by www.foodinaminute.co.nz TM Cory Jane rules --- the year reviewed By COLIN WILLIAMS World class: Cory Jane lifts high his present from Upper Hutt city, a Dane Kingi carving, at the November street parade which attracted thousands of supporters in celebration of his rugby world cup winning achievement. Photo: COLIN WILLIAMS CONTINUED Page 35 Any review of the Upper Hutt sporting year just has to come back to one man, one achievement . . .CoryJaneandhispartinthe All Blacks' winning of the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Jane's efforts were on the national and international stage, but wherever he went, it seemed Upper Hutt went with him. And then some . . . his Novem- ber 12 street parade, which saw thousands of fans and supporters of all ages lining the Main St and outside the city council buildings, was a once in a lifetime happening and something that will go down in the annals of Upper Hutt his- tory, sporting or otherwise. Jane, man-of-the-match in the All Black's classic semifinal win over Australia and an 80-minute player in that nerve-wracking single point final win over France, played a blinder at the parade too. It means so much to get that hometown backing. When people ask me where I am from, I say I'm proud to say I am from Upper Hutt','' he told the enraptured crowd The 31-test All Black's day was a long one too as, after the formalities and speeches were over, he spent several hours signing autograph after autograph as Upper Hutt revelled in the availability and generosity of its favourite son. Three months earlier Jane wore the Upper Hutt maroon and gold for a Jubilee Cup run-on at a time, in a Hurricanes' blighted difficult season, his rugby world looked to be wobbling. That was then and this is now, year 2011 was Cory Jane's. Other sporting high-fliers in netball's Irene van Dyk and swim- mer Gareth Kean also kept the international flag waving. Both were winners at the city's sports awards, with van Dyk awarded overall Sportsperson of the Year. She played her hundreth test for the Silver Ferns in 2011 and was a central part in the side beating Australia in a gold- winning Commonwealth Games epic final. Kean, 19, and with a Common- wealth Games swimming silver from 2010 tucked away, perform- ed strongly at a number of inter- national swim meets, including the world championships in Shanghai where he competed in the 100-metre final in his special- ist backstroke. A good local lad, he was straight off the plane from his Auckland qualifying swims to attend the afternoon Upper Hutt sports awards, where his appear- ance was well received. Locally, Upper Hutt's top sport- ing teams had satisfying, if per- haps up and down, seasons. In rugby, the advance of the Rimutaka senior one side was the big news. For a first time in its 29-year history the Maoribank Park club earned premier status and promotion to Swindale shield rugby next season. Gritty wins over Tawa (in a storm lashed game) and Avalon, who they replace in the top flight Swindale, sealed the deal and by the time Tawa kicked back and dished out a hammering in the Hardham Cup semifinal the Rimutaka, job done and dusted, were probably without a care. Their all season effort and suc- cess has changed the lay of the land in the upper valley. Whether the area can sustain two competi- tive premier teams remains to be seen but, already, the clash of the Rimutaka and Upper Hutt sides in the Swindale is being antici- pated. For their part, Upper Hutt delivered a season which, arguably, ran to form. Competi- tive early and playing attractive rugby, they did enough to qualify for the second round Jubilee Cup. Hard hit by injuries, they struggled from there and lacking experience in key positions, failed to win another game. The advances of Jason Woodward, especially, Christian Lloyd and Kayne Hammington were pleas- ing. All in all a pass mark, but just. In rugby league, the Tigers fin- ished their club's 50th jubilee year with a roar. Unfancied after their club com- petition's round-robin play, which exposed a lack of fitness and appli- cation early on, they surprised everybody (probably including themselves) with two sudden death'' wins to catapult into the semifinals, where they were well beaten by the vaunted defending champions in Porirua. In football, there were massive last game problems too, which with a second consecutive Central Premier title there for the taking was a bitter pill for the, until then, consistent Upper Hutt City.
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