North Shore Times : November 26th 2010
19 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 26, 2010 SPORT Water polo Tri Nations By FELICITY REID Title-winning team- mates will be on opposite sides of the pool during the New Zealand Trans Tasman and Tri Nations water polo series. Seven members of Rangitoto College s all- conquering senior girls team will take on Aust- ralia, South Africa and each other in their own backyard next month. Year 12 students Chel- sea Geary, Nina Lala, Sarah Landry, Caitlin Lopes Da Silva, Olivia Murphy, Pinky Rewi- Henry and Lisa Tuke were in the team that over a four-week period from mid-March to early April won the Auckland, North Island and New Zealand senior girls water polo champion- ships. They were also all members of the New Zealand junior women s water polo team that competed at the Global Championships in Cali- fornia in July. During the December competition at the Millenium Institute, which borders the col- lege, the girls will be dis- tributed between two New Zealand teams. Geary, Landry, Lopes Da Silva, Murphy and Rewi-Henry will be in the New Zealand School- girls team. The New Zealand Invitational team will include Lala and Tuke, along with an eighth Rangitoto student Abi- gail Cunninghame. Like her older school- mates Cunninghame, who is in year 10, has worn the silver fern when she was a member of the New Zealand under-15 girls team that took part in the Pan Pacific Youth Festival under-16 girls division and the Trans Tasman Shield under-15 series. Boost for swim club A former North Shore swimmer is helping to upskill club coaches through a new develop- ment programme. Jared Jamison, man- aging director of Mai- rangi Bay s Swimmerbro NZ, is behind a sponsor- ship deal with North Shore Swimming Club which will assist in the implementation of a coaching development initiative. I saw this as an opportunity to give back to the club that gave me so much over the eight years I swam, Jamison says. It will allow us to share in improving the standard of coaching at a club level. This will make for better athletes in the long term. Club head coach Thomas Ansorg believes the partnership will give his athletes an edge. Ensuring swimmers have the best equipment is an integral part of high performance. Atten- tion to detail in every area is what makes a good swimmer a great swimmer, he says. The sponsorship of our new coach develop- ment programme will allow us to upskill our team of coaches. This will directly impact each and every swimmer in the club, ensuring a strong future. Softballers side on a roll Northcote, under the guidance of player- coach-pitcher Brad Rona, is poised in sec- ond place behind league leader Auck- land United after three straight shut- out performances in the Auckland softball competition. Northcote won 10-0 over Glenora and 5-0 against local rival Roosters before drub- bing Otahuhu 11-0. The ability of the side to take three wins without conceding a run is an ominous sign to champion Waita- kere Bears, also in sec- ond place, along with former national cham- pion Mt Albert Ramb- lers, as the series has a break for the Ramb- lers tournament in Mt Albert. Rona, Jason Gerbes, Callum Ryan, Dean Wallace and Karl Roff have proved that big batting takes a side to the top and the pitch- ing by Rona and Wal- lace is always accurate enough to pin oppo- nents down when the fielders are in form. For Roosters last Saturday s big show at Ramblers could be the side s defining game of the season. The side, full of tal- ented young players, is still learning about top grade play and suffered for that in the first inning when four runs were scored. Pitcher Jackson Prime, one of the bright talents of the sport, was too cautious about some of Ramb- lers top batters and the side reflected that in its defensive play. Then Roosters set- tled, not allowing Ramblers another run until the tiebreaker eighth inning. The Roosters had an inspiring fourth inning when Darryn Tapsell, Kurtis Tomkins and Michael Callon had hits, tying the score at 4-4. The fans had an exciting time watching Roosters fielders make fine plays, and some risky ones too. But the side fell down in the tiebreaker when the Ramblers sent three runs home. Hibiscus Coast wo- men are struggling to get wins in a tough series. Waitakere Bears, the Auckland cham- pion, shut out Hibis- cus 7-0 with a mixture of hits and errors. Star players shine at awards Award winning: Stacey Michelsen was North Harbour Hockey's sportswoman of the year. Photo: LAWRENCE SMITH Firstly, I would like to comment about my state- ments in my November 12 column. I said that the Black Sticks women received $0 in their 2009/10 pro- gramme. In fact it was at the end of 2008 (post Bei- jing Olympics) that their funding from Sparc was cut for a period of time, while the men s funding nearly doubled. This was due to their respective performances on the world stage. Without major corpor- ate sponsorship, Hockey NZ heavily rely on funding from Sparc and gaming trusts. North Harbour Hockey held their annual senior prize giving last Friday evening, and with about 200 present the evening was a great success. North Harbour had 20 senior representative teams from under-15s through to masters. Thirteen of the teams finished in the top four at national tournaments with three teams win- ning their respective tournaments. North Harbour um- pires, players, coaches, administrators and teams were all honoured throughout the evening, which included North Harbour using 30 rep- resentative coaches. Hamish Ellis-Jack and Briar Walter were named junior umpires of the year, while in no surprises, Simon Taylor picked up his second umpiring of the year award in as many weeks when he was named North Harbour umpire of the year. Youth Olympic bronze medallist Rhiannon Dennison (Rangitoto Col- lege) and New Zealand under-17 representative George Muir (Rosmini College) were secondary school players of the year. North Harbour women s coach Shelley Hiha was named coach of the year after guiding her team to National League success, while the under-15 A girls and under-18 B boys were also honoured for their national tournament wins. In the supreme awards for the evening, James Coughlin exploded on to the scene this year with a very good NHL per- formance and was named both junior and senior sportsman of the year. While on the women s side, Stacey Michelsen was named sportswoman of the year after an out- standing season with the Black Sticks and also on the club scene. The evening fittingly concluded with a stand- ing ovation for retiring chief executive officer Darrell Simpson.
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