North Shore Times : November 18th 2010
30 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 18, 2010 SPORT Gill supreme at awards Winning combination: Shot putter Jacko Gill, left, winner of the supreme Massey University Harbour Sport Excellence Award with his coach Didier Poppe, the winner of coach of the year. Leading lady: Kayaker Lisa Carrington, winner of Sportswoman of the Year, with North Shore Time reporter Felicity Reid. The winners have been announced in the 18th annual Massey University Harbour Sport Excellence Awards. More than 340 Harbour sportspeople, sporting legends and supporters attended the awards evening on November 12. The 2010 Regional Sport Excellence Awards organised by Harbour Sport celebrated outstanding sporting achievements of past and present Harbour people involved in sport. Athletes, administrators, coaches, umpires, referees and volunteers are all instru- mental to the success of sport in the region and the awards are an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the winners and finalists of the 13 Excellence Award categories together with 12 AUT sponsored Sport Acknowledgement Awards, organisers say. Fifteen-year-old shot put star Jacko Gill was the supreme award winner. At the junior world cham- pionships he threw a distance of 20.76m cleaning out a field of larger and older opponents. He is the youngest athlete to win a world junior champion- ship gold medal. He won at 15 years 183 days, eclipsing the world's fastest man, Jamaican Usain Bolt, who won the 200m gold at the age of 15 years and 322 days in 2002. Kayaker Lisa Carrington, 21, was also a big winner. She picked up awards in three categories, including the North Shore Times Sportswoman of the Year, after a year of top domestic and international results saw her take her place as New Zealand's premier female kayaker. Three new athletes -- rugby league player Bernard Tom' Hadfield, rower Eric Verdonk and rugby player Walter Little -- were honoured and inducted into the Legends of Harbour, Harbour Sport Sports Hall of Fame. Last Man Stands a hot new concept in cricket By FELICITY REID One of the world's quickest games of twenty20 cricket is set to hit the North Shore this summer. Fewer hours on the park, fewer balls per over and fewer fielders, coupled with increased batting oppor- tunities are the hallmarks of the Last Man Stands -- the latest version of cricket on the social sport scene. Organiser Ross Cawood says the international eight- a-side concept is an alterna- tive for people short on time but still wanting to play. Working fulltime it was hard to find the time to play club cricket,'' the South African says. As the name of the game suggests each team must take all eight wickets, with the final batsman in each side able to continue his innings without a partner at the other end. Another controversial'' quirk of the Last Man Stands rule book is the double out, where both batsman can be dismissed off the same deliv- ery. Cawood says club cricketers, ex-players and newcomers to the sport make up the 20,000 who play the game across five countries. Even former New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent, who played for Takapuna Cricket Club, has been involved in a Last Man Stands match at Lords cricket ground in Eng- land. According to Cawood, the English Cricket Board are taking the concept which departs from the traditional game seriously and he hopes to attract the same support from New Zealand Cricket. Last Man Stands already has competitions running at Auckland Domain, as well as in Wellington and Christ- church. Participants from the leagues across the globe can compare their batting, bowl- ing and wicketkeeping stat- istics weekly to see how they fare against their inter- national counterparts. Visit www.lastmanstands. com to find out more. Double header takes its toll Well we finally made it back home after a gruelling day of travel back from Perth. It really is a long way to travel for a game and I know now why no team has won that double header for 12 years. They call it the doomsday double'' for any team that has to play Adelaide and Perth on the road in three days -- and that is the Aussie teams, let alone us flying in from New Zealand. The trip was a real mixed bag. We began with a really tough, gritty win against the 36ers who threw everything at us. Like us they like to play a very up-tempo game and at times it really felt like a track meet out there but for the most part we were able to establish our style of game and really execute down the stretch to get the win. The home fans were right behind their team and on our case throughout so it was a satisfying win for sure. The Perth game, I don't even want to talk about. Sometimes you have games like that where it feels like the world is against you and everything the other team does turns to gold. We just have to forget that game and move on because there is no time to dwell. It's moments like this when our attitude of looking ahead to the next game pays dividends. And that game is a top-of- the-table clash on Friday night as the Wollongong Hawks come to town. They have been playing really good basketball of late and their import Gary Irvin right now is the MVP of the league. His quickness and ability to create for his team-mates will be tough to stop. Oscar Forman who you will all remember well will be back and is another who is playing great at the moment. He seems to have really found a good role in that team and has his groove back in his shot. What better way to bring in the weekend than watching the Burger King NZ Breakers move back to the top of the table. Hope to see you all there, after three games on the road it will be nice to get back in our own gym and have fans screaming for us for a change. THE WINNERS Massey University Sporting Excellence Award -- Supreme Winner: Jacko Gill -- Athletics North Shore Times Sportswoman of the Year: Lisa Carrington -- Kayaking The Spencer on Byron Sportsman of the Year: Tony Woodcock -- Rugby Union McDonalds Junior Sportsman of the Year: Jacko Gill -- Athletics McDonalds Junior Sportswoman of the Year: Stacey Michelsen -- Hockey Massey University International Performance by a Team: Lisa Carrington and Teneale Hatton -- Kayaking Prosper Financial Regional Team of the Year: North Harbour Water Polo Senior Men's Team Youthtown Junior team of the Year: Westlake Boys Premier1 Badminton Team Beachside Health and Fitness Referee/Umpire of the Year: Simon Taylor -- Hockey Youthtown Coach of the Year: Didier Poppe -- Athletics Hayes Knight Administrator of the Year: Brian Palmer -- Swimming Tass Print Sporting Event of the Year: Lion Foundation Pan Pacific Series and Westpac New Zealand Junior International -- Badminton North Harbour Watties Maori Sports Performer of the Year: Lisa Carrington -- Kayaking Cube Creative Print and Design Club of the Year: North Harbour Bays Athletics -- Bays Cougars Sport Acknowledgement Awards: Alan Kerr -- Netball, Allan Dickinson -- Volleyball, Danny Wrigley -- Hockey, Darrell Simpson -- Hockey, Dorothy Callister -- Badminton, James Slater -- Rugby Union, Peter Smith -- Special Olympics, Richard Wood -- Diving, Sandy Doherty -- Golf, Scott Talbot -- Swimming, Russ Hoggard -- Athletics, Victoria Bernice Toohey -- Synchronised Swimming.
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