North Shore Times : February 10th 2011
35 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 10, 2011 SPORT IN BRIEF Triathlon The Contact Tri Series is coming to Takapuna Beach on February 20. The 393 event is perfect for beginners, with a 300-metre swim that is parallel to shore, a 9km flat cycle throughout the streets of the Takapuna CBD, followed by a 3km run/ walk that incorporates the Takapuna Beach park. Men and Women compete separately, and all the 393 events take place in the morning before the elite triathletes take on the course in the afternoon. The event also serves as a fundraiser for Curekids, with Contact Energy donating $1 for every kilometre each participant completes on the day. Go to www.triseries.co.nz for more details. Croquet The Auckland Croquet Association claimed the Upper North Island Teams Event shield with a total of 15 wins out of a possible 20. The team of Jim Wardle, Richard Williamson and Marj Crawford from Takapuna Croquet Club was rounded out by Warkworth Croquet Club's Elizabeth Bridges. Wardle was unbeaten throughout the event, gaining five wins in his five singles. Williamson had four wins, while Crawford, who also managed the team, and Bridges gained three wins each. ''It was a great honour to represent Auckland and a terrific result for the team who all played excellent croquet throughout the two-day event,'' Williamson says. Each team plays every other team in a series of 20 singles matches . Bay of Plenty were second with 14 wins and Counties Manukau came third with 11 wins. Football Northern Football were held to a goalless draw by Auckland Development in the third round of the women's youth league. After their second draw of the season Northern are sitting in second place on the northern conference leaderboard. They play Auckland Football on Saturday. Nine men's teams eye tournament By FELICITY REID In the countdown to the softball national club cham- pionships nine senior men's teams will get a top quality build-up when they partici- pate in the Dean Schick Tour- nament at Rosedale Park this weekend. The annual tournament in Albany has been running since 1993 and was estab- lished following the untimely death of Dean Schick who was well known as a big hit- ting batter, coach and admin- istrator at North Harbour Softball. Schick originally hailed from the United States where he also played softball at premier level. Tournament organiser Fay Freeman says over the years teams from Japan, Australia and the US have attended the premier club invitational competition. Teams are selected to par- ticipate based on results for the first half of the season in the Auckland, North Har- bour, Wellington, Hutt Val- ley, Hawkes Bay and Canter- bury competitions. Every year there are more teams applying to participate than can be accommodated,'' Freeman says. The result of the high standard of competition means that every game counts and the teams qualify- ing for the finals round are often not known until the last round robin game has been played.'' Teams come to the tourna- ment because they are guaranteed outstanding games, Freeman says. With the world champion- ships to be held on the Shore in 2013 the top Black Sox and aspiring Black Sox players will be participating and wanting to show the selectors that they are worthy of selec- tion for squads to participate in international events dur- ing 2011 and 2012. If they want to be selected they have to show their skills now -- next year will be too late to start to impress the selectors,'' Freeman says. Teams attending: North- cote, Poneke Kilbirnie, Rich- mond, Miramar, Waitakere Bears, Hutt Valley Dodgers, Auckland United, Mt Albert Ramblers, Parklands Christ- church United. Cycling study is pain-free By FELICITY REID Fixing common complaints: AUT student Rodrigo Bini wants to help cyclists reduce the risk of injury. Photo: BEN WATSON How you ride your bike might be doing you harm according to AUT PhD student Rodrigo Bini. With a focus on cyclists' posture Bini is researching ways to reduce the risk of injury to riders. Bini says looking at the relationship between bike composition and injury provides useful information for cyclists, coaches and those involved with sports medicine. Knee and lower back com- plaints are common for cyclists Bini says, and this can come down to the amount of force applied to the pedal through the knee. Cyclists can improve the configuration and compo- sition of the bike to reduce the risk of injury.'' Bini is seeking cyclists of all abilities who ride a mini- mum of three times a week for at least 10km at a time and who are aged between 21 and 50 to take part in his research project conducted at Mairangi Bay's Millen- nium Institute. So far 78 cyclists have taken part in different stages of his project. They have been a mix of competi- tive and non-competitive riders including recrea- tional riders and those who cycle to work. Participants will get vis- ual feedback on how their riding style impacts on their body mechanics. To get involved in the project contact Rodrigo Bini at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 477-2056 or 021-076-2116. Rowers land Karapiro trophy for first time Historic moment: Ally Smith, left, and North Shore Rowing Club captain Jeremy Jones with the Karapiro Trophy won by the North Shore Rowing Club on Lake Karapiro. Current crews from the North Shore Row- ing Club have achieved what their predecessors couldn't. By beating the best in the North Island during the lead-up to next week's national cham- pionships, the club has taken possession of the coveted Karapiro Trophy for the first time. The trophy is for total points scored across the three northern region regattas held during December and January. Club captain Jeremy Jones is elated with the achievement. It's great to be able to test our strength against the best in the North Island, and to know that weareatthetopin terms of total points is fantastic and shows we have some exciting prospects for the na- tional champs,'' Jones says. The club's crews were also in impressive form at the North Island championships, winning nine gold medals, two sil- ver, and one bronze. Wins were recorded in the men's senior eight, four and pair, and the novice double and in the women's senior pair, four and quadruple sculls, and the club coxed four and eight. Club members rep- resenting the Auckland Regional Performance Centre also delivered strong performances in the under-21 and prem- ier events. The club's perform- ance at significant re- gattas has followed an upward trend over the past three years. We have been going through a period of rebuilding over the past few years and are de- lighted to see the hard work starting to pay off. With feeder schools of Westlake Boys and Girls high schools, Rangitoto College, Carmel College, Northcote College, and recently Albany Junior and Senior High Schools, we have been able to build up strong squads in both men's and women's sides of the club,'' Jones says. The rowers are into their final preparations for the nationals where they will attempt to emulate their North Island success. Should they top the points table at nationals they will secure the pres- tigious Centennial Oar for the first time since 1983. Northcote fade in final Inspirational play throughout the Marist club's Brother Pat- rick Memorial softball series could not quite carry North- cote to a win in the final. A heart-breaking 7-6 loss to eventual winner Waitakere Bears in the opening match consigned Northcote to play three extra sudden-death matches on Sunday while Bears waited at home for the afternoon final where a weary Northcote, faded to a 7-0 loss. There was a 5-4 tiebreaker win over Mt Albert Ramblers and a 4-1 win over the tal- ented United side when Callum Ryan set the tone with an opening-batter home run. Brad Rona and Ryan hit home runs against Bears but that side hit three home runs to burst the game open. It was a long slog through the play-offs with a 2-0 win over host club Marist with a home run to Tamihana Nau, who brought home Aaron Collier. Brad Rona pitched a no- hitter to force Marist into an extra game before bringing that side to face Northcote again. This time Northcote won 4-2 and then faced Eden- Roskill for a 5-0 win in the semi-final.
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