North Shore Times : January 14th 2016
20 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 14, 2016 stuff.co.nz Bowler shines in world cup warm up FELICITY REID New Zealand’s leading age-group cricketers are putting other nations on notice ahead of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. The New Zealand under-19 team is dominating a world cup warm-up series in Dubai. After two games in the Tri- Nations Tournament, the Kiwi teenagers have knocked over Australia for the first time at under-19 level as well as beaten the runners-up from the last world cup, Pakistan. North Harbour’s Ross ter Braak was the top wicket-taker with 3-23 off six overs in the notable victory against Australia this week. The left-arm fast-medium bowler is in good form. He caught the eye of New Zea- Table tennis champ goes international FELICITY REID Less than a year after North Shore Table Tennis Club opened in Glenfield, the club has its first New Zealand representative. Foundation player Thomas Khedhir ,11, has been selected to take part in the 2016 International Table Tennis Federation Oceania Hopes Week and Challenge. A total of 16 players from Oceania Table Tennis Association affiliated countries will gather in New Caledonia from February 8 to 13 to train and compete. Attending the event is ITTF expert and decorated coach Eva Jeler who has worked with some of the best players in the world, including Olympic medallist Dimitrijv Ovtcharov who she coached between the ages of nine and 15. Should Thomas win in New ‘‘From a club perspective it is fantastic to have our first junior New Zealand representative.’’ Coach Eddie Coleman Caledonia, he would qualify for the ITTF World Hopes Week later this year in Hong Kong. ‘‘I am hoping for top four, but I have never seen any of the other people play,’’ Thomas says of his first international competition. In 2014 North Shore resident Nathan Xu became the first New Zealand-born boy to qualify to represent Oceania at the world event. Thomas says Nathan’s success at the Oceania event proves it is possible. Coach Eddie Coleman was the driving force behind setting up the only club on the North Shore that is currently affiliated to Table Tennis New Zealand. ‘‘From a club perspective it is fantastic to have our first junior New Zealand representative,’’ he says. The club based at ActivZone Indoor Sports Arena opened in April and attracted a number of players that had a successful season. land selectors by being the most economical bowler at the national under-19 tournament in December. His performances for Auck- land at that tournament were enough to be selected for the Bob Carter-coached New Zealand under-19 side alongside four of his Auckland team-mates. The match against Australia was the first time the New Zealand team had played together. ‘‘It’s an extremely talented group of young players and we’ll head to Bangladesh with high expectations,’’ Carter says. At the halfway point in the tri- series being played at the ICC Acadmey venue, New Zealand top the points table and will have a rematch with Australia on January 17 before their final match against Pakistan on January 19. Australia have pulled out of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh which starts on January 28 due to security concerns, therefore they are treating the Tri-Nations as their ‘‘mini world cup’’. Australia were set to play in the same pool as New Zealand at the world cup, along with India and Nepal. Ireland has since replaced Australia in group D. Once in Bangladesh, New Zea- land will play a pair of warm-up games against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan before playing Nepal in their opening game of world cup. The under-19 world cup happens every two years and New Zealand retains one player from their 2014 world cup campaign in captain Josh Finnie. New Zealand finished 10th at the last world cup. Ross ter Braak is having plenty of success on the cricket pitch. In brief ATHLETICS North Harbour Bays Athletics athleteswon 10 gold, nine silver and five bronze medals in the individual events at the North Island Colgate Games and 12 gold medals in the relays. Nadia Evans dominated the grade 11 girls events. Evans won the 100m in 13.26 (-0.7), the 200min 28.78 (-0.8), the400min 62.80 and the long jump 4.79m (+2.9). Bays’ JaydenWilliamson won the B12 discus throw39.65m and the high jump 1.66m.Takapuna Athletics Club’s Kaia Tupu-South won the grade 13 shot put with a throwof 12.50mand the discus with 40.27m. Tupu-South also won the high jump clearing 1.50mandwas second in the80mhurdles in 13.33. FOOTBALL Northern Football are running a Fun Football Holiday Programme for all abilities with age appropriate games and amini world cup. Experienced NFF coachesDarren Bazeley, Martin Bullock and Paul Greig will run the action-packed programme for 7-12 year olds. It is away for boys and girls to have fun while developing their football skills – whether they are total beginners or committed players. Each session includes skill based training. There are also plenty of chances to play football games in a fun environment. The programmefor 7 to 9 year olds runs on January 25 and 26. The 10 to 12 year old programmeis January 28 and 29. Both groups are at QBE Stadium.Go to nff.org.nz to register. SAILING Sail Auckland will this year be hosted by Murrays Bay Sailing Club. Olympic and other classes will sail from Murrays Bay Beach, while Paralympic classeswill sail from Fairway Bay, at Whangaparaoa. The regatta runs from February 24 to 28. Go to sailauckland.org.nz to enter. TELL US Has anyone in your club or school done exceptionally well? Have you got an event coming up youwant to tell our readers about? Call us on 486 8862 or email Thomas Khedhir wants to continue his winning ways at International Table Tennis Federation Oceania Hopes Week and Challenge. email@example.com.
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