North Shore Times : February 4th 2011
15 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 4, 2011 SPORT IN BRIEF Basketball The search for the next group of Breakers basketballers continues as age-group squads headed to Melbourne for a series of games including the Eltham- Dandenong Junior Tournament. The tour marked the first time the Breakers have assembled tournament teams in the under-18 and under-20 age groups and continues the Breakers relationship with the Melbourne Tigers at development level. During the January tour, the Breakers squads took on the Andrew Gaze-coached Tigers teams in pre-tournament games, before joining more than 800 other teams in the Eltham-Dandenong Junior Tournament, is one of the biggest junior tournaments on the basketball calendar. North Harbour's Tai Webster, younger brother of Breaker and Academy graduate Corey, played for the under-18s, while the under-20 squad boasted Harbour players Tim Wyatt, Stefan Mandic, Anthony Jones, Marcus Logan and Isaac Fotu. Football Northern drew 3-3 with Auckland in the second round of the Women's Youth League competition. Megan Lee, Hannah Wilkinson and Katie Bowen were the goal-scorers for Northern. Their third round clash with a winless Auckland Development is on Saturday. Touch rugby New Zealand's under-19 boys touch team has clinched their transtasman series 2-1 after defeating Australia 8-7 in their final match-up on January 23. Showing flair and determination, the boys produced an inspiring performance to end the tournament on an unforgettable note. In another classic match by the two teams, the final result went down to wire with Chris Swain's last-minute touchdown -- that featured the North Harbour product diving over a defender, catching the ball in mid-air and planting it -- providing the difference. With the seconds ticking away Swains' thoughts were simple: ''If we get this we can win the game. If we get this, it's over.'' Australia won the overall series after clinching the under-19 girls, under-21 women and under-21 men's grades. Softball Northcote leaked too many runs in their 8-7 win against eventual finalist Waitakere Bears at the 48th Vic Guth Memorial series. The side also downed host club Auckland United 4-2 for that side's only defeat in the seven match schedule. Northcote then beat eventual winner Wellington's Poneke- Kilbirnie 3-1 but flopped against Hawkes Bay 6-5 and the runs conceded counted against the North Harbour stars. Setback for top driver Edgell Top New Zealand V8 driver Tim Edgell wonders when his luck is going to change after getting caught up in two incidents at the fourth round of the BNT V8s Champion- ship. Edgell is a regular top five runner in the ultra- competitive NZV8 series so there is no doubt that the North Shore-based driver has pace and talent. At the Timaru event, Edgell showed his form in the Chesters-BNT Falcon securing fourth place on the starting grid with two NZV8 champions -- John McIntyre and Craig Baird -- starting behind him. Qualifying times among the top four were very close with was just four- hundredths of a second separating Edgell, in fourth, from another NZV8 cham- pion, Kayne Scott, in third, with just eight-hundredths of a second between Edgell and yet another NZV8 champion, Paul Manuell, in second. Also, the top seven com- petitors set lap times under the race lap record of 1:06.573 set by pole-winner Angus Fogg two summers ago. During Sunday's first 12-lap race Edgell was in the thick of things from the out- set, with a freight train com- prising Scott, Edgell and Baird chasing the leading pair down the back straight for the first time. Baird's move on Edgell didn't work the way it was intended, spinning Edgell off the track and out of conten- tion for a top three placing. This meant I started race two in 14th and managed to improve to eighth, despite struggling with the handling a bit, but was then spun by another competitor again,'' he says. The afternoon's reverse grid race can throw up some challenging situations. Edgell started from sev- enth and commentators picked him as a strong pros- pect to take the win and the valuable 75 points. Steadily, Edgell picked up place after place, working for- ward through to the field to be in the lead at the halfway point. I had about half a dozen car lengths on Nick Ross in second when I got the mess- age to slow down. There was oil everywhere and like about seven other drivers, I slid off the circuit. Things were pretty hairy for a while as I shot off the circuit at high speed with a safety marshal's vehicle parked in the way and the marshals running away from the car. Luckily there wasn't much damage to the Falcon and I managed to get back on the track and drive around to line up for the re-start while the carnage was cleared away. To eventually finish eighth in this race was something posi- tive, given the earlier circum- stances.'' Round five of the BNT V8s Championship takes place at Manfeild outside Palmerston North on February 12 and 13. Edgell is looking to improve his overall cham- pionship standings from sev- enth. I'm really looking forward to racing at Manfeild again. It's where I had my first NZV8 race win last season andwemustbeduefora change in luck after two very average rounds down south.'' Exciting times ahead for elite players North Harbour players Dave Green and Joseph Bartholomew will be taking the field in the sum- mer series, and then jump- ing on a plane and heading back to Italy to finish off the second half of their season with their club HC Bra. It is a sign that hockey has become more profes- sional and fulltime for our elite hockey players. With Sparc increasing its investment in both the Black Sticks women and men's programmes it becomes more demanding on the players and their commitment through to London 2012. However Performance Enhancement Grants, indi- vidual sponsorships and overseas contracts now help hockey players be- come fulltime athletes. With the success and masses of money thrown into the Indian Premier Cricket League, India also recently proposed the introduction of a similar hockey league. The Indian Hockey Fed- eration announced its pro- posal to start a World Hockey Series later this year, with 60 overseas player spots available. Players were to be paid on four different grades. However FIH have since put a statement out on their website and to the national associations that states: Any player and any national association that participates in the WSH may render that player and NA ineligible to par- ticipate in any FIH tourna- ment, including Olympic qualifying tournaments and the Olympic Games. FIH also advises that we have been working with Hockey India for some time (several months before the announcement of the WSH) to establish a profes- sional league in India. This new league will carry the endorsement of the FIH and HI. FIH expects to make a further announce- ment after the meeting of the executive board to be held in the first week of March, 2011.'' It certainly is exciting times for hockey, the Black Sticks men and women's teams will play 14 tests over the next 17 days with the New Zealand A Teams and NZ Maori men's team also playing extra matches on top of this. Black Stick veteran Ben Collier says: I'm looking forward to playing in front of the home crowds, hope- fully with the sun shining. With most of our test matches played off-shore it's going to be great to play in front of our friends and family.'' The Golden Summer Series begins this Sat- urday with the Black Sticks women taking on Korea at Lloyd Elsmore Park. Games hosted by Har- bour Hockey: February4,NZAmen v Korea 7pm. February7,NZAmen v Korea 6pm February 14, Korea v Belgium men 7pm February 16, NZ A women v Korea 7pm February 18, NZ A women v Korea 7pm. Rewarding regatta: Takapuna Grammar School Rowing Club women's under-17 coxed quad scull, from left: Jamie Shearer, Courtney Sheehan, cox Joshua Nicol-Molitor, Charlotte Gibson and Alahna Walker were among the winners at the Cambridge Town Cup. Photo: KAREY WALKER Rowing club flourishes Takapuna Grammar School Rowing Club had 23 crews in finals as North Island rowing clubs came together for the annual Cambridge Town Cup at Karapiro last weekend. Cyclone Wilma passed over the district during the small hours of Saturday morning, with the final storm clouds and rain blowing over in time for racing to get under way. Small but strong wind pockets disrupted mid-course racing during the afternoon but all races went ahead. For the Takapuna Gram- mar School Rowing Club, it was a successful event with 13 crews making it through to A finals and 10 to B finals. The senior girls won their A finals in both races. Takapuna's results : Men's under-16 coxed quad scull, Max Burney, Eddie Hogg, Sam Wanless, Rohan Kri- shnan and Jacob Rundle won their B final. Women's under-15 coxed quad scull, Emma O'Brien, Chevana Solomon-Hough, Sian Camp, Chevonne Groen- ewald and cox Josie Broad came third in their B final. Women's under-17 coxed quad scull, Alahna Walker, Charlotte Gibson, Courtney Sheehan, Jamie Shearer and cox Joshua Nicol-Molitor won their A final. Women's under-17 single scull, Charlotte Gibson won her B final. Women's under-18 coxed quad scull, Alahna Walker, Charlotte Gibson, Courtney Sheehan, Melissa Niemandt and cox Joshua Nicol-Molitor won their final. Men's under-18 double scull, Alex Speck and James Horner came second in their B final.
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