North Shore Times : November 9th 2010
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RESORT AND SPA 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 U-19s crowned title champions By FELICITY REID Playing proper men's football'' all season helped Birkenhead Unit- ed's under-19 players to become the best boys side in the country. They were crowned champions at the annual Napier under-19 youth championships, the first time the club has taken the title in the premier competition. Coach Paul Hobson attributes his side's suc- cess in the Labour Week- end tournament to a large number of his players being involved in the club's senior men's team in the Northern Region Football League over the winter. Hobson also coaches the club's first team and believes playing proper men's football'' rather than schoolboy compe- titions battle-hardened the teenagers. In the latter stages of the tournament it be- came men against boys,'' he says. Birkenhead have a number of New Zealand age-group representa- tives who played in the under-17 World Cup as well as the services of guest player Andrew Milne who has been with Scottish club Glasgow Rangers. We were in the hardest group but we knew if we got out of the group we had a good chance,'' Hobson says. On the way to the final Birkenhead beat Central United 2-0, Stop Out 3-0, Ellerslie 2-0 and had 1-1 draws with Miramar Rangers and Woolston Technical before they defeated Albany United 4-0 in the quarter-finals and Three Kings United 1-0 in the semifinal. The team saved its best performance for the final against Lower Hutt, running out 2-0 victors. Albany United, East Coast Bays and Glenfield Rovers were the other Shore teams in the main draw. Forrest Hill Milford and North Shore United contested the Satellite tournament with North Shore prevailing in the final, 5-3 on penalties over Hibiscus Coast, after a 2-2 draw. Birkenhead's Jack Hobson-McVeigh and Andrew Milne were named in the tourna- ment team along with Glenfield Rovers' Mit- chell Pomfret and East Coast Bays' Alex Barlow. On board for beach series Ready to race: Joshua Harden is ready to take to the water on his paddle board this season. By MARYKE PENMAN Hundreds of participants gathered under the late evening sun for the open- ing event of the 2010 State Beach Series at Takapuna beach. Entries reached record numbers for race one with 545 people compet- ing across eight disci- plines. Three new additions this season are the 300m junior swim, 3km board paddle and 3km novice paddle, all of which were popular last Tuesday. Murrays Bay Inter- mediate student Joshua Harden, 13, plans to compete in the board paddle tonight after coming second in last year's 2.5km beach run. I've never paddled 3km before so it will be a bit of challenge, but I've been using a heavy board, a dunger', to train down here and I'm really looking forward to it.'' Young and old compete alongside world-class athletes each week and last Tuesday gold medal windsurfer Barbara Ken- dall competed for the first time in the 3km stand up paddle. The stand up paddle has become a crowd favourite since its intro- duction last year and more than 30 competi- tors took part in the opening race of the season. Regular competitors at the beach series Alan and Steven Ferguson battled it out in the 5km ski paddle alongside Olympic kayaking hope- ful Teneale Hatton in the women's race. Hatton, 20, hopes to qualify for the 500m K2 at the 2012 London Olympic Games and is using the series as a summer training ground in the lead up to further competition. The series runs each week until March 15 with a break over Christ- mas and New Year. Weekly registrations are from 5pm each Tuesday at the Taka- puna Boating Club. The event begins at 6.15pm. Event passes are also available online at beachseries.co.nz. A break for Knight By FELICITY REID Medal pairing: Squash mixed doubles partners Joelle King and Martin Knight, right, with their silver medals from the Commonwealth Games. Photo: MARK TAYLOR Globe-trotting squash player Martin Knight can't wait to come home for Christmas with his extra special cargo. The Commonwealth Games silver medallist spends six to seven months of the year overseas, but is looking for- ward to returning to the North Shore with the medal he won with Joelle King in the mixed doubles. When Knight is in New Zealand for the local squash season, the world number 46 lives at his aunty's house in Hillcrest. It is a pretty busy house- hold. But it is great for me having a lot of family around. I just try to fit back in when I am in New Zealand because I spend a lot of time away. They have to get used to living with me again,'' the North Shore Squash Club member says. This year's Commonwealth Games was the 26-year-old's second appearance at the event after the Melbourne games in 2006. In so many ways Mel- bourne was such a huge achievement to just be there. I think I was the last athlete to be selected. In Delhi again it was awe- some, different but still awe- some and I think that has a lot to do with the aura about the Commonwealth Games. Undoubtedly though, to win a medal, nothing tops that. I wanted it so much to be gold, but we played well all week and they were just a bit better on finals day,'' he says. Before Knight can contem- plate a three-week break in New Zealand, the former Wellingtonian will be adding a few more stamps to his passport. Last week he was compet- ing in the Qatar Open which began on November 5. He then heads back to Eng- land to train for three weeks, before competing in the World Open in Saudi Arabia starting on December 2. He finishes the year back in Delhi for a major tourna- ment starting December 12. After that hectic schedule Knight deserves to empty out his suitcase and put his feet up for a little while. Coaches join Harbour scrapheap Craig Dowd Jeff Wilson By FELICITY REID In response to another season of poor results the North Harbour Rug- by Union are searching for yet another new coaching combination for their top team, after Craig Dowd and Jeff Wilson last week became the latest additions to the union's coaching scrapheap. The former All Blacks had another year to run on their contracts but the Harbour board has unanimously decided to explore other options for next season. Harbour chief execu- tive Brett Hollister says the position will be advertised. During the past two seasons under Dowd and Wilson's guidance Harbour have finished near the bottom of the national provincial com- petition. Hollister says the union were targeting a top-seven finish this season. They finished 11th. Dowd and Wilson's coaching predecessor Wayne Pivac stepped down after the 2008 season when Harbour finished 12th in the 14 team competition. Prior to Pivac, Allan Pollock was head coach and guided Harbour to their first successful Ranfurly Shield chal- lenge in 2006. Recent run of form: 2006 -- Harbour finish- esinthetopsixinthe first season of the Air New Zealand Cup with Allan Pollock as coach. They win the Ranfurly Shield for the first time 2007 -- Harbour finish- es ninth in the Air NZ Cup with Wayne Pivac as coach. They lose the Ranfurly Shield 2008 -- Harbour places 12th in the Air NZ Cup with Pivac as coach 2009 -- Harbour finishes 12th in the Air NZ Cup with Craig Dowd and Jeff Wilson as coaches 2010 -- Harbour finishes 11th in the rebranded ITM Cup with Dowd and Wilson.
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