North Shore Times : February 3rd 2011
23 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 3, 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 3 3451109AC Fun Family Fundraiser Outdoor movie night Fun Family Fundraiser Outdoor movie night Friday 4th Feb, Onewa Domain Akoranga Drive, Northcote Gates Open 5pm. Movie starts at DUSK ENTERTAINMENT & FOOD AVAILABLE ONLY $15 per family (2 adults, 2 children) or $5 per person. Under 5's FREE. CASH ONLY - NO EFTPOS Sorry! Rain date - Sunday 6th Feb Vertical Bungy! Bouncy Castles! Ride-on Mini Hot Rods! BRING A PICNIC! Draw a Dragon and WIN PRIZES! Bring your drawing or make one on the night! Let go: East Coast Bays batsman Ray Vincent sways inside a short pitched delivery from Papatoetoe's Gareth Shaw. Bails weren't used on the stumps due to the strong winds. Photo: JASON OXENHAM Hard fought game CLUB CRICKET Runs were at a premium at Windsor Park as East Coast Bays fought their way to some vital first innings points during the final day of their round five, two-day game against Papatoetoe. Resuming on 11-2 in pursuit of just 85 runs, Bays made hard work of it as they squeezed past the target to declare on 100-9. Papatoetoe had enough time to reach 61-4 before the end of play. The win puts Bays into fifth and within striking distance of a top four spot. North Shore also picked up first innings points against Eden Ros- kill at Keith Hay Park to push them up the points table. Shore's Alex MacDuff (58) and Josh Tasman- Jones (37 not out) were the main contributors with the bat as the visitors reached 186-9 at the conclusion of play.. Breakers coach asks the crowd to help out By ANDREJ LEMANIS A lot has been talked about over recent weeks about how difficult it is in the Australian NBL for teams to get road wins. A quick scan of the table confirms this, with the Breakers and the Perth Wildcats the only sides to have road records better than .500. The value of the home crowd cannot be under- estimated. Watch any NBA or college game on ESPN and you will see that when a home team falls behind the fans will all stand in unison and start clapping and making noise in an attempt to lift the home team. This can be enough to swing the momentum of the game. Another area where fans can have direct impact is on the foul shot. We have all experienced the noise in the North Shore Events Centre when the opposition steps to the line for an important free throw. This can put pressure on a lot of players. One of the best examples of this I have witnessed was at a college game where the student fans did different things at every foul shot. They would all start with their hands in the air to the left and then all move to the right just as the player was about to shoot. But the one that absolutely got me (and the shooter) was when an opposition player stepped up to the line and an eerie silence fell over the stadium. The player bounced the ball twice, and still the stadium was silent. The player brought the ball to his waist as he readied himself to shoot -- nothing. Just as the shooter reached his release point, the entire crowd shouted out oy''. It scared me and obviously got to the shooter as he shot an air ball. Fans can also grate away at the opposition. I would never suggest anything nasty or degrading, but a witty fan who understands the game can really get into a player's head with well-timed comments. When you see a player talking back to a fan you know he is distracted from what he is supposed to be doing -- helping his team win. An interesting stat that came out during the week shows that the Breakers have the best road record over the past three seasons. This year our record sits at 8-2, which is excellent when compared to other teams in the league. What we now need to do is make our home court a fortress and, quite frankly, we need your help. The last two home games have been full-houses, or all but. What a fantastic atmos- phere we have had at the NSEC. We love that you come along and enjoy the game and support our team. We just want you to know that if you choose to partici- pate rather than simply spec- tate, you really can influence the outcome of the game -- and we appreciate it. So from me as coach on behalf of the players, consider this an official invitation to become part of the team, our sixth man if you like. Any way that you can help us get over the line without crossing the boundaries of good taste and sportsmanship will be welcome because, trust me, we put up with plenty away from home and some of it is certainly not in good taste. The Breakers play the Wollongong Hawks at NSEC tonight at 7.30pm. Getting creative: Takapuna Rugby Club junior team members, from left: Reagan Bruce, Campbell Gulley and Anthony Nobilo, with former All Blacks Blair Larson and Ian Jones are fundraising for a tour to Australia by drawing dragons. Photo: BEN WATSON Fire breathed into rugby tour By FELICITY REID Former All Blacks Ian Jones and Blair Larson are getting acquainted with mythical monsters in sup- port of a Takapuna Rugby Club trans-Tasman tra- dition. Since 1984 the Takapuna club has been annually interchanging junior teams with Australian clubs from New South Wales and Queensland on a home and away basis. In 2012 Takapuna hopes to send 40 junior boys with a support team of parents to play a representative side in Manly and the Palm Beach Currumbin Alley- gators from the Gold Coast. This is a great oppor- tunity for the kids because this trip is part of the club's history and will be the 15th year we compete against Manly for the Cup,'' Larson says. We're busy fundraising so all our boys have the chance to travel with their teammates.'' The tour, which targets players who are in their final years of playing in the junior ranks, is an insti- tution that players look for- ward to Jones says . Tomorrow the club is holding an outdoor movie night fundraiser for the trip at Onewa Domain themed on the movie How To Train Your Dragon. Children and adults can bring their drawings of dragons along to the screen- ing and for a gold coin donation can enter a compe- tition to win Crayola prizes. Screening of How to Train Your Dragon at Onewa Domain, Northcote, from 5pm.
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