North Shore Times : January 20th 2011
31 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 20, 2011 SPORT 0800 PHYSIO or 444 6549 Experienced, hands-on Physios Clinics in: Glenfeld, Birkenhead, Smales Farm, Panmure and Remuera ACC ACCREDITED Visit our website for more information www.physioaction.co.nz Crowd spurs Breakers on to victory Shooting star: Breakers player Kirk Penney shoots around the arms of Taipans' Ian Crosswhite during their sellout clash at NSEC. Photo: BEN WATSON What a sight it was to behold, the North Shore Events Centre filled to capacity for our first home game of 2011. And what a game to start off the year with, another come from behind victory over the Cairns Taipans. If ever there was a case of the home fans giving their team an extra edge it was on full showcase on Thursday night as we went on our run late in the third quarter and into the fourth. The noise in that place was incredible and must have been so deflating for Cairns. Believe me I have been in enough places on the other end of that treat- ment and it can be so hard to maintain your momentum when the crowd gets like that. You would be amazed at what some of the away teams do to try to put us off. We have had every- thing from sheep wheeled out on a lead to court announcers sitting in the crowd and encour- aging what borders on crowd abuse towards the opposition team. For us at home though it is more about us and less about trying to put the opposition off. There is nothing like momen- tum and noise on the back of our big plays. Once again Kirk Penney paved the way for us with some big buckets in the second half but equally import- ant were the clutch plays of Kevin Braswell and the overall game of big Gary Wilkinson down low, making life tough for the bigger, slower five men on the other side. Hopefully we can get another sellout to tonight's beach theme game versus Adelaide. Adelaide are coming off a home win against the Gold Coast Blaze and will be desperate to knock us off after we beat them on their home floor just two weeks ago. As the ladder leaders we know every team is going to come in and try to knock us off our perch so we have to be ready for another intense game this week. Get your ickets from www.nzbreakers.co.nz. Doors open at 6pm. It is a beach theme so put on your jandals, boardies and sunnies. Father and son up for challenge By FELICITY REID Family legacy: John, left, and Liam Frairy have inspired each other to compete at the New Zealand Ironman. Photo: BEN WATSON IRONMAN NEW ZEALAND Ironman New Zealand is the largest annual one-day sporting event in the country This year the event has sold out for the first time with more than 1500 starters from 40 countries including a record 680 participants from New Zealand The inaugural event in 1985 attracted 157 starters, with 68 from New Zealand Ironman New Zealand is one of 25 events that qualify participants for the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, with 55 qualifying spots for age-group athletes 58 North Shore entrants will take part in the 2011 event Garth Barfoot from Beach Haven and Laurie Wesley from Birkenhead, both 75 years old, are the oldest competitors in the race The youngest Shore entrant is 20-year-old Kezia Kelly from Hillcrest. Two decades since he first got involved in ironman, and after a six-year break from New Zealand's pinnacle event, John Friary says he has a special reason for returning. The ironman veteran and former age-group winner's comeback will coincide with his son Liam's full ironman debut at the New Zealand Ironman on March 6. Three years ago and with Liam weighing 134kg the father and son pairing from Birkdale never dreamt they would take on the 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2km run together. Liam is now 56kg lighter thanks to regular gym sessions and a change in diet. And with three triathlons behind him he says he has transformed his life and is ready for the ironman. The weight loss is a by- product of my passion and enjoyment for working out. I've changed my lifestyle. It's never been easy, it's been a hard slog,'' the 27-year-old North Harbour Triathlon Club member says. In 1988 when John did his first ironman in St Heliers, he says participants were thought of as pioneers. Ironman was seen as almost impossible to do; so many people said you couldn't do it. What knowledge Liam's got now of ironman, I never had.'' Liam was apprehensive when John suggested he should give ironman a go, but after hours of training with his dad and coach Clive Asplen, he now has his sights firmly set on the finish line. It's a race against your- self. Your want and drive have to shine through or you're not going to get where you want to get,'' Liam says. For John the desire to keep competing in the gruelling event has never left him. The mind is strong but the body is saying not another ironman please,'' John says. Both admit it will be a bit emotional lining up together. But what a great story to one day tell my kids and dad's grandkids,'' Liam says. They are prepared for a few sleepless nights as race day approaches. If you're not nervous you're not normal,'' Liam says. You've got to look at the end goal, it's achievable -- thousands of people do ironman.'' Lasers set sail The largest Laser national contest held in New Zealand sets sail from Torbay on Satur- day. The New Zealand Laser National Cham- pionships, which runs until January 24, is set to be fiercely contested with more than 160 sailors already con- firmed to take part. There is a high quality of entries in all divisions with past and present world champions and medal winners repres- ented from 4.7 to Great Grand Masters. A visiting Australian squad of Olympic hope- fuls will add spice in the open competition when they go up against the world class New Zealand squad. In the Radial division, the top Kiwi women will compete with up and coming youth sailors. Sara Winther, a top five finisher at the pre- Olympic regatta will face strong competition from Kiwi Olympic rep Jo Aleh who is taking a break from her current Olympic 470 campaign. In the Masters Radi- als, the reigning world Apprentice Masters champion Scott Leith is sure to have an epic struggle with former world champion Mark Orams, while in the full rig past Masters world champions Mark Page and Murray Thorn are again set to fight it out with an excellent field of more than 40 in their division. Sailing is scheduled to start at 1pm on Satur- day and at noon for the remainder of the re- gatta. CONTACT US: Has anyone in your club or school done exceptionally well? Have you got an event coming up you want to tell our readers about? Call us on 486-8862, email email@example.com.
January 18th 2011
January 21st 2010