North Shore Times : December 7th 2010
30 NORTH SHORE TIMES, DECEMBER 7, 2010 SPORT Cyclists hope for indoor velodrome By FELICITY REID Trans-seasonal track: Talented cyclist Georgia Williams looks forward to the possibility of year-round training in Auckland. Photo: BEN WATSON Having a world-class indoor velodrome on their doorstep would be a coup for North Shore cyclists. Greenhithe s Georgia Wil- liams returned from last month s Oceania Track Cyc- ling Championships with medals in the 2000m individ- ual pursuit and the 7.5km scratch race but it wasn t an easy or cheap feat to achieve. During a year, Williams will travel from one end of the country to the other and spend thousands just to train on an international-standard track in New Zealand. Auckland has the second largest population of rep- resentative track cyclists behind Southland, and Wil- liams was joined in New Zealand s under-19 squad by two other North Harbour cyclists, Georgina Wilson and Racquel Sheath. Unlike the southerners who have the use of the country s only indoor velo- drome in Invercargill, Auck- land cyclists use Manukau s outdoor track which was built for the 1990 Commonwealth Games for training. You can t ride on the track in the rain, so you can drive for an hour in the traffic and then have to turn around and come straight back home again, 17-year-old Williams says of her four-times a week trainings in south Auckland. Graeme Wilson, president of North Harbour Cycling Club, agrees that an alterna- tive to Manukau s deteriorat- ing surface would be ben- eficial for the region s riders. A 12-month facility would see a vast improvement in the performances of Auck- land track riders and raise the bar nationally due to sheer rider numbers in the region, Wilson says. The North Harbour school cycling programmes based on the road are very strong and produce a large number of very good riders. An indoor venue, especially for use over the Auckland wet months would encourage a greater number of riders to stay in the sport. Wilson believes elite riders won t be the only benefactors. From a recreational rider position, an indoor track would provide a great venue, available over extended hours in a day, for riding for both competition and for fitness. The Auckland region roads continue to create challenges for cyclists so the ability to get a large number of these off the roads would be welcome. Mairangi Bay s Millennium Institute was one of four sites considered by the Auckland Regional Physical Activity and Sport Strategy group as a potential home for Auck- land s first indoor velodrome and cycling centre of excel- lence. Of the sites nominated in the region, Waitakere s Trusts Stadium has been identified by ARPASS as the most likely venue to get the go ahead for the $35 million facility .Should Auckland win the bid over proposals put for- ward by seven other regions, the Millennium Institute along with AUT and New Zealand Academy of Sport North Island will support Trusts Stadium by leading the development of high per- formance support services for the centre of excellence. Surfing sisters: Albany's Gabriela Sansom pipped her twin sister Bianca to win the under-14 girls final of the Rip Curl GromSearch at Piha Beach over the weekend. Bianca was runner-up in the under-14 competition. Gabriela also came third in the under-16 girls final. Photo: SILAS, KIWI SURF MAGAZINE Takapuna at top of table CLUB CRICKET Predictably Takapuna beat Eden Roskill in their second round two-day major cham- pionship clash, but the mar- gin of victory was probably more than they could have expected. Resuming on 99-3, Eden Roskill collapsed to be all out for 156 thanks to the efforts of Greg Johnson (4-48) and James Cowell (4-39). The visitors soon got a chance to redeem themselves as Takapuna enforced the follow-on but their second effort was even weaker than their first as Cowell again and Daniel ter Braak, with the scarcely believable figures of 3-2, ran through the line-up once more to lead Takapuna to a mammoth innings and 137 run win and propel them to the top of the table. A resolute bowling per- formance, led by a five wicket haul from paceman Evan Atkinson (5-40), allowed North Shore to capitalise on their good first day s work and claim first innings points against Howick Pakuranga. After continuing to struggle with the bat East Coast Bays went down to Suburbs New Lynn. Bays Ryan Newman was in the runs with a supporting 31 to Graeme Read s 63 as they set Suburbs 186 for out- right victory, but Suburbs could only make it to 169-8 before the end of play. It was pretty much even honours between Birkenhead City and Auckland Univer- sity in the minor champion- ship. Darrin Crook powered through the University line- up for Birkenhead to record stellar figures of 7-44 to bundle them out for just 146 to pick up first innings points. Birkenhead then declared their second innings at 68-6 leaving University a target of 176, which they achieved largely due to the innings of Brad Stanfield, whose 88 allowed them to record a four wicket victory. In the Jeff Crowe Cup on Sunday a brace of 97s for Josh Tasman-Jones and Craig McGuigan set up a comfortable win for North Shore over Papatoetoe. Their partnership allowed Shore to post a mammoth 312-6 before Oliver Allen (4-36) led the Shore charge through the Papatoetoe line- up to roll them for just 116. Birkenhead lost to Cornwall by 73-runs. East Coast Bays had a theoretical chance of making the semis if a result went their way but they couldn t manage the first part of the equation which was register- ing a win over Waitakere City. Bays posted 202 thanks to Donovan Deeble (51) and Brad Schmulian (38) but Waitakere got home with three wickets in hand to put them in the mix for the semi- finals. Takapuna could be rueing an opportunity wasted as they went down to Auck- land University and possible out of semifinal reckoning. Takapuna failed to fire in chasing down 237 with Simon Mathewson providing the only hope with an unbeaten 51, as University bagged their second one-day win. Kids' games a win-win for all Summer evenings bring with it children chall- enges . The evenings are longer, the temperature is warmer and the sun shines brightly so youngsters try to ignore their impending bedtime. I encourage you to use these hours to spend time with your family, friends and neighbours taking part in backyard games. No matter how limited your space is, a fun activity can be created and played. Try the good old four square, or two square, depending on numbers. It is great fun, developing fundamental sport skills -- hand-eye co-ordination, footwork and handwork, not to mention ganging up on the big people. Your role and influence in getting kids to play back- yard games cannot be underestimated. Last week my 10-year-old went off up the drive with a football looking for someone to play with. No one was around so we played kicks ourselves. After 10 minutes we had been joined by six other kids. They were having a ball. The question to ponder is, why when adults join in (or lead coaching sessions) do we create complex rules and create unnecessary barriers? How many times do you see coaches warming up their sports teams and who is at the centre of the warm- up? The coach. Why? The coach doesn t need to throw and catch the ball -- the kids do. Why is the coach getting every other pass? Often because they haven t con- sidered that the game and learning is about the athletes -- not the coach. When children play by themselves and create their own games, they create a fair go and get a lot of time on the ball. In our neighbourhood game there were no fights over gear and equipment, no debates as to what the rules were. It was a simple yet effec- tive game where time on the ball and skill develop- ment naturally had a focus and a priority. And to top it off, among smiles and exhaustion it led to a remarkably simple and speedy bedtime routine. It was a win-win for everyone.
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