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Upper Hutt Leader : December 12th 2012
56 UPPER HUTT LEADER, DECEMBER 12, 2012 SPORT Open: Mon/Tues/Wed 7am - 6pm • Thurs/Fri 7am - 7pm • Sat 7am - 5pm Upper Hutt • Free Parking • Friendly People www.emw.co.nz 3 Geange Street Phone 528 8409 MEATY PORK BACK BONES $4.99 kg Upper Hutt's favourite family butchers for over 60 years 2304462GE FRESH NZ LAMB LEGS $9.99 FRESH PORK LOIN CHOPS & PORK SLICES $9.99 FROZEN MINCED PET FOOD 2.5 KG FOR $2.99 FROZEN TURKEY DRUMSTICKS $6.99KG KG KG 20 BBQ STEAKS (PLAIN OR MARINATED) $20.00 National titles to college duo By COLIN WILLIAMS Local college athletes, the two Joshs, put in outstanding title winning performances at the weekend's New Zealand Secon- dary School's Championships in Dunedin. Hutt International Boys' School's Josh Ledger and Josh Springgay, proved the best in the country, winning the 400m and long jump in junior competition respectively. Ledger was simply unbeatable in the feature 400m. He comfort- ably won his heat and semi-final before powering away in the final, unchallenged in the final 80 metres, to win in 50.32s -- a per- sonal best and more than a second clear of the second runner. Ledger's effort keeps the glam- our track title local, following the success of St Pat's Silverstream's Fletcher Greaves a year ago. The 15-year-old Ledger trains with Upper Hutt Athletics and this winter spent the off-season with Trentham Harriers for a first time. It was a little bit easier than I thought. I always think positive and my plan was to gas it.'' Ledger's weekend was topped off with his being named in the New Zealand under-18 squad for the Youth Olympics in Australia early next year while further goals are the North Island and New Zealand club championships in March. College mate Springgay was a stand out, too. The youngster fin- ished first equal in the long jump, finishing at 6.45m to claim the title. The versatile Springgay also competed strongly in the triple jump for ninth and the 200m sprint, running third in his semi- final and sixth in the final (23.64s). Ben Power was a third HIBS junior athlete to shine. In the field he gathered seconds in the shot put (15.30m) and hammer throw (47.60m) and third in the discus (49.24m) in a creditable all roun- der's effort. In senior competition Greaves, hampered with a hamstring con- cern, battled into the semi-finals. Local college athletes returned good results in a range of events. Details next week. Football club on the move By COLIN WILLIAMS Bring it on: Long time Upper Hutt City football official Brian Wood is eagerly anticipating the new Maidstone Park astroturf and upstairs clubrooms. Photo: COLIN WILLIAMS ' Astroturfs are the way to go and this is a beauty. You can be nostalgic about Harcourt but we are here for the soccer, not the clubrooms. ' Club stalwart Brian Wood There's plenty of work to do but the Upper Hutt City football club believes its move to Maidstone Park means club members and supporters are next season going to have the top facilities to watch the world game'' at one of the region's best astroturf venues. The upstairs of the park's renovated pavilion will be the new home for City and follows the club signing a lease for the space with its owners, the city council. A special general meeting last week saw the football members approve and enthusiastically back the venue change, meaning a move from their Harcourt Park purpose-built headquarters. The playing fields and ground floor change rooms at Harcourt Park will remain but the future use of the upstairs clubrooms is uncertain. Club chairman Phil Gorman says the move to Maidstone is a positive and means the club, which has earned promotion to next year's Central League, will have facilities on and off field unrivalled by other clubs. The upstairs needs some finish- ing touches but offers almost three times the space of Harcourt Park. An open deck, accessed by glass siding doors and running most the length of the building, is set to be in place for the 2013 season open- ing and to offer the best of viewing spots. In combination with the still not fully completed astroturf, it is a match made in heaven, Gorman says. The clubrooms will also provide a home for local hockey with that code based on the adjacent astro but without clubrooms. That will work well, it's a com- munity thing. When the astro is up and running it will be a very busy place.'' Several games will be played on Saturdays, including floodlit fix- tures, on a turf which will be managed by the Maidstone Park Charitable Trust. The venue's changing rooms have been overhauled, offering four separate team spaces and improved public facilities. Club stalwart Brian Wood, secretary for many years after first going on the committee in 1979, is excited about the move and the progress it represents. Astroturfs are the way to go and this is a beauty. You can be nostalgic about Harcourt but we are here for the soccer, not the clubrooms,'' Mr Wood says.
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