North Shore Times : January 27th 2011
31 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 27, 2011 SPORT Contact - Tania Weller (09) 448 0309 or firstname.lastname@example.org Visit www.harbourvolleyball.org.nz for further informaton Social Twilight Competton Starts January 18th & 19th 2011 Ends 29th & 30th March Rounds 6.15pm, 7pm, 7.45pm $200 for 11 weeks league (2wks grading, 7wks round robin, semis & fnals) Teams can enter anytme during grading process. Summer Series Competton Want to play more Beach Volleyball? How about our Summer Series Comp Dates this summer: Summer Series 5: Feb 12th Sat Summer Series 6: Feb 26th Sat Turn up on the Day (no pre-entry) Games start at 10.00am Entry fees - $10.00 per person. Motivation to take sting out of Taipans Triple take down: Breakers guard Kirk Penney collides with Adelaide 36ers forward Adam Ballinger during the Breakers third win over the South Australian side. Photo: BEN WATSON A quick recap of last week's win saw us take out the Adelaide 36ers for the third time this season. A strong first half saw us enter the second up 20 points and the result was never really in doubt after that. There was another big performance by Stormin Morman'' Gary Wilkin- son, who continues to play at a really high level week in week out. Back on the road this week we head up to Cairns to take on the Taipans for the third time, but face them at home, a place where they have not lost this year. That's huge motiv- ation for us -- nothing better than being the team that was able to break a streak like that. It won't be easy though, Cairns being one of the toughest venues in the league. A vocal crowd, some crazy humid temperatures and music blasting for the whole game makes it tough. But that's all part of the fun, experiencing the different venues and all they have to offer. I have played in some pretty amazing stadiums over my short career, including a few NBA venues, the Staples Center, home of the LA Lakers and the Pepsi Center, home of the Den- ver Nuggets during my time at college. Probably the craziest place was the home of the Oregon Ducks. Super loud fans and I've even seen a YouTube clip of them screaming so loud at one point that the hoop shook when a player was trying to take a free throw. I'm not sure if it will get that loud up in Cairns but we certainly have a huge challenge ahead of us. See you all back home next week against the Wollongong Hawks. Fogg drives to lead Angus Fogg is back in the lead of the BNT V8s points table. The North Shore- based LG Motorsport driver started the Timaru round in fine style, securing pole position for the first race with a blistering lap time of 1:06 around the 2.4km circuit. Fogg then made it look simple, putting together two start-to- finish victories. We're stoked. It can't be any better than this, to win two races, win the round and get back into the championship lead,'' he says. The third reverse grid race of NZV8s weekend is commonly described as a lottery, and Fogg certainly had an element of luck just to finish the race and earn some points. Having started at the back of the 19-strong field, Fogg took things relatively easy in the LG-ZB Fal- con as he worked quietly past slower competitors. Midway through the 22-lap race, Craig Baird's car had a mech- anical failure, spilling oil across the circuit. Fogg, like several others, hit the oil and ploughed off the circuit into the tyre wall. Despite more than one car bouncing off the dented LG-ZB Fal- con, Fogg was fortu- nate to be able to get the car out of the pile- up, back onto the track, and around to the pits. While the race was red-flaggedthe guys worked swiftly to get our car in some sort of shape to finish the race. Even though the Falcon is pretty dinged up -- most panels are wrecked -- the main thing is we were able to restart and then finish the race in a reason- able ninth place. If Craig hadn't had that issue, who knows what would have happened? But we can be proud of our car preparation and team work.'' The next round of the championships is at Manfield on February 12 and 13. Futsal under-11s take title To the top: Auckland Rio 11s winners of an Australian futsal competition. By FELICITY REID FACTS Futsal is the FIFA approved version of indoor football. It is played between teams of five players including a goalkeeper, with unlimited substitutions. Itisplayedonahard court surface with a smaller ball than regular football. Unlike some versions of indoor football, walls and boards are not used in futsal. Fustal has a promising future in New Zealand, if Auckland Rio 11s unde- feated campaign at the annual Football Feder- ation Australia Futsal National Championships is a sign of things to come. The team of under-11s, including the North Shore players Ethan Amey, Nicholas Milner, Jack Vaughan and Ahmed Mohammadi, claimed victory over their transtasman rivals when they went on a nine-game unbeaten streak at the week-long tournament in Canberra. The tournament fea- tured more than 1500 junior, youth and senior male and female state players, as well as teams from the Solomon Islands and five teams from Auckland. Auckland Rio 11s took on top under-11 rep- resentative teams from various Australian states, finishing with seven wins and two draws. Their biggest winning margin came in the quarterfinal when they beat Southern NSW 8-1. But it was a thrilling final against hosts ACT Cobras which secured the title, with a hat-trick from man of the match Mohammadi playing in a big part in the 4-2 final scoreline. Takapuna talent: From left, Jim Wardle, Marj Crawford and Richard Williamson from Takapuna Croquet Club have all been selected to represent Auckland. Photo: BEN WATSON A first for Takapuna croquet In a rare feat, Takapuna Croquet Club will pro- vide three of the four members of the Auck- land team for the Upper North Island teams event this weekend. Takapuna's Richard Williamson, Jim Wardle and Marj Crawford have been selected to chal- lenge the association croquet part of the tour- nament in Hamilton. Team members are selected by the Auckland Croquet Association match committee on recent form and William- son says to have the majority of the team coming from Takapuna is very prestigious for the club. Takapuna is the largest of the 11 croquet clubs in Auckland with more than 70 members, but this is the first time that the club has had such a strong presence in the Auckland team. The winner of the annual teams event, which involves six asso- ciations, is found through a combination of scores from the associ- ation croquet compe- tition as well as the golf croquet tournament which will run simul- taneously in Remuera. Wardle has been playing croquet on and off for 38 years and says the standards of the good players have improved. Crawford, who will also act as the Auckland team manger, says: Once you get exposed to croquet and get into it, it gets you.''
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