North Shore Times : November 4th 2010
27 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 4, 2010 SPORT IN BRIEF BMX New Zealand edged out Australia for the second time this year to win the Mighty 11 BMX Test Series in Rotorua over Labour Weekend. North Harbour's Ryan Berney, 14, was part of the four-man team which managed to outlast the Australians 100-95 in a hard-fought and exciting test series. The test series was held as part of the BMX North Island Championships. Young North Harbour riders also had success in the championships with Lucy Macready winning the six-year-old girls competition and Rico Bearman taking the seven-year-old boys title. Kids tryathlon Entries for the world's largest kids sporting event are now open. Kiwi kids aged seven to 15 years are invited to register for the 2011 Weet-Bix Tryathlon series. Families and school groups can nominate children who need some financial support in entering the event through the Weet-Bix Tryathlon Foundatio. The foundation provides money towards the entry fee as well as assistance with necessary equipment and support to complete the event such as running shoes or swimming lessons. To register for the Weet-Bix Tryathlon or to nominate a child for the Weet-Bix Tryathlon Foundation visit www.weetbix.co.nz or phone (09) 531-5080. Rugby North Shore-based rugby players who have Russian links should make themselves known to Steve Diamond. The Russian rugby coach is seeking eligible New Zealand players for his world cup squad. ''I would like an opportunity to somehow try and contact any reasonable standard New Zealand players who have former Soviet- Russian ancestry. ''Players who have a grandparent who was from the former Soviet bloc countries would be eligible,'' Diamond says. ''Our target is to beat the United States. We hope to be able to challenge the other sides and one or two eligible home- grown New Zealand players could help our cause,'' he says. Diamond is a former Sale and Saracens coach and was appointed Russia's director of rugby two years ago. His team makes its first world cup appearance next year after having beaten Germany and Spain and drawn with Romania in qualifying games. Russia will meet Australia, Ireland, Italy and the US in Pool C. Kiwi sailor with superpowers Sailing master: Scott Leith continues a Kiwi tradition by winning the world Radial Apprentice masters title. Photo: BEN WATSON By FELICITY REID Injury and illness weren't going to stop sailor Scott Leith taking care of unfinished busi- ness'' as he chased the Radial Apprentice masters world title. Leith dominated the field to avenge his second placing in last year's event, by winning six of his 10 races and never finishing outside the top three. The Pupuke Boating Club member was so far ahead of the fleet that he had the world title firmly in his grasp after the penultimate day racing off the southern coast of England. He didn't need to sail the final race but big winds and respect for fel- low competitors drew him back. I trained harder than anyone else,'' the 38-year-old says. I wasn't going to allow myself the luxury of not coming first. Just getting to the start line and being fit- ish was a feat in itself,'' the father of three says. Battling shoulder and abdominal injuries and a bout of the flu leading up to the championships the Campbells Bay resident could have been tempted to withdraw from the competition. You are supposed to have two to three corti- sone shots in a lifetime, I have had five in a year. Six weeks before the worlds I was having a heart to heart with the physio and I was pretty down and out. But I didn't want to let anyone down,'' the proud Kiwi says. Leith says this year he doubled his preparation efforts in a bid to be the third New Zealander to win the world event, undertaking an intensive training programme for five months. Along the way he won just about every event he entered including the New Zealand nationals. Leith hopes to defend his world title in San Francisco next August. Runs tough to come by CLUB CRICKET The battle of the two unbeaten run machines in round four of the Jeff Crowe Cup one-day cricket competition didn't provide quite the fireworks expected with the first week on grass taking its toll. Takapuna suffered their first defeat of the season, losing by three wickets to Howick Pakuranga. Takapuna have topped 300 twice batting first this season but that never looked likely on Saturday. Greg Johnson was the mainstay of Takapuna's innings with 62 and despite contributions from Brad Cachopa (38) and Blake Douglas (31) they could only muster 183. A third-wicket part- nership of 69 between Auckland Aces Andrew de Boorder (54) and Greg Todd provided the impetus for Howick to get home. North Shore posted their first victory of the season at Devonport Domain. Ellerslie struggled bat- ting first with only Steven Venville making it past 30 in their total of 136. North Shore were taking nothing for granted after three early losses, but two solid innings from Laurence Watson (69) and Beaumont Schoemean (40) meant victory was by a relatively comfort- able five-wicket margin. In another low scoring affair East Coast Bays inflicted Cornwall's first loss. Batting first Cornwall struggled against a solid Bays attack led by Rich- ard Lane who took three wickets for 36 runs. Chasing 146, Bays clung on to win by three wickets thanks to con- tributions from Brad Schmulian (40) and Matt Mimmack (39). However it was left to Lane to cap a fine all- round performance with an unbeaten 30 to guide his side home. It was all over quickly at Birkenhead City on Saturday as the home side crumbled against Grafton United. In what was some- thing of a grudge match with a number of players having turned out for both clubs in recent times the bragging rights will be all Graf- ton's after they steamrol- led Birkenhead's batting line-up for just 75 runs. In Birkenhead's five- wicket loss, bowler Tim Niewoldt was the standout taking a five- wicket bag for 26 runs. CENSOR'S CLASSIFICATIONS UNRESTRICTED FILMS: RESTRICTED FILMS: G PG Approved for General Exhibition Parental Guidance recommended for younger viewers M Suitable for mature audiences 16 years & over RP (AGE) Restricted to persons over the specified age unless accompanied by parent/guardian e.g. RP13, RP16 R (AGE) Restricted to person over specified age e.g. R13, R15, R16, R18 CINEMAS MAY REQUEST PROOF OF AGE ID FOR RESTRICTED FILMS Fogg lines up for touring car title Angus Fogg It's all on for this season says Birkenhead's Angus Fogg as he lines up for his eighth tilt at the New Zealand V8 touring car title. Fogg is a core member of the LG Motorsport team competing in the LG-ZB Falcon in the BNT V8s Championship, which starts at Puke- kohe Park Raceway on Saturday. The 43-year-old says the depth of competition is one the biggest challenges. New Zealand's best touring car drivers are in this class and you've got to beat them all on a con- sistent basis, race after race, to win this series.'' Fogg has twice fin- ished second in the championship and regu- larly sets pole positions and scores top three finishes. An added twist is the fact the starting grid for each round's third race is fully reversed, which makes your chances of maximising champion- ship points somewhat unpredictable.'' This year, Fogg says the team has focused on him, as the driver, more than ever. Fitness and mental preparation have had important roles along- side building a new engine for the LG-ZB Falcon. A new brake package was introduced this season so we've had that to install and per- fect during pre-season testing. It involves all- new rotors, calipers, brake pads and cooling ducts, and has taken some time to get a real handle on. Most competitors have installed the pack- age and we expect it will prove a deciding factor in most drivers' performances this season -- the secret is making the most of it.'' Fogg has a dual role for LG Motorsport. He is the lead driver and mentors the team's younger drivers. TAKAPUNA 32 - 34 ANZAC STREET PH 488 6000 THU N 4th - WED N 10th www.h ts.c .nz TERRIFIC TUESDAY! 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