North Shore Times : February 11th 2011
15 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 11, 2011 SPORT IN BRIEF Netball Fans will now have the chance to see college netball on television. Following the success of college rugby, secondary school netballers from all across the country will get an opportunity to show their skill and talent to the entire country through a new college netball programme, starting February 21. The games will be played as curtainraisers prior to the ANZ Championship matches held on a Sunday with a start time of 4pm and will be screened on SKY Sport the following Monday evening at 6.30pm. There are 16 college teams involved in the competition and games have been selected with traditional school rivalries in mind. Westlake Girls will play Saint Kentigern College on March 6. Weightlifting Under the watchful eye of coach Adam Storey, North Sport lifters are building up for the first competition of 2011, with Tracey Lambrechs and Stas Chalaev training to gain momentum towards lifting at the 2011 world championships and leading on to qualifying for the 2012 Olympic games. This year, North Sport also welcomes to the coaching ranks Richie Patterson. Patterson will be building upon a youth development programme. Edgell looks to repeat win Wanting more: NZV8 competitor Tim Edgell wants another win at Manfeild. Race driver Tim Edgell won his first NZV8 race at the Feilding-based Manfeild cir- cuit last season. Now the North Shore- based driver is intent on turning his regular top five placings into another race victory in the hard-fought BNT V8s Championship when he heads to Manfeild for round five of the seven round series this weekend. It was the first time we won pole position and the first race win in this class,'' Edgell says. But it was the way we won that race -- by a very handy margin -- that was really pleasing. There is huge satis- faction in winning a race in this series. Everyone in your team puts in so much effort with car preparation and my own efforts with fitness and race craft; to win a race is a very exciting achievement and one we're always striving to repeat.'' Edgell is a former Formula Ford champion so he knows how to win, but some misfortunes and the odd error sees him seventh on the championship points table, despite running in the top five in most of the 12 races run this season. We haven't qualified out of the top five this season with the best being second on the front row of the gridat Puke- kohe's opening round. That is a very positive achievement but it's turning those good qualifying positions into solid top three finishing positions that's been the challenge. Things haven't come together the way we'd hoped at times, so this weekend, we've got the Chesters-BNT Falcon in good shape. We're looking forward to a nice, clean weekend of racing from everyone. It's time to move on from the frustrations of earlier rounds,'' he says. Tree planting honours Buck Wayne Shelford A community conservation project that will restore wetland forest in Long Bay Regional Park has been dedicated to North Harbour rugby legend and world cup winner Wayne Buck'' Shelford. Living Legends is a nation- wide conservation project that is co-ordinating 17 native tree planting projects during this year's 2011 Rugby World Cup. Each planting project is being managed in conjunction with New Zealand provincial rugby unions. Shelford was selected to be the North Harbour project's namesake because of his sig- nificant contribution to Har- bour and New Zealand rugby. Shelford captained the All Blacks during the late 1980s, and after a stint playing in Italy retired from playing all rugby in 1995. He returned to New Zealand and became the assistant coach of the Har- bour team in 1997 and coach in 1998. Long Bay Regional Park is home to a significant area of coastal forest with a canopy of pohutukawa, puriri, and taraire. The Living Legends project will plant up to 5000 trees on the site this year, and is mak- ing a five-year investment to plant 10,000 trees by the end of the project in 2015. Living Legends is a joint venture of Project Crimson, an environmental charity with 20 years' experience in community-based native plant restoration projects and the Tindall Foundation. New Zealanders and overseas visitors will be invited to take part in the Long Bay planting which will start on September 11. Swimmer off to train in Oz With his sights firmly set on next year's London Olympics, North Shore swimmer Andrew McMillan will train with Australia's best in his bid to makes the games team. The 25-year-old will train with leading Australian freestyler Nick Ffrost and coach Glen Baker on the Gold Coast in the lead-up to April's vital World Championship Trials -- a key stepping stone to London. Swimming New Zealand and his coach Scott Talbot have organised the oppor- tunity for McMillan who is recovering after breaking his ankle before Christmas. Andrew is our top 200m freestyler and now our lead- ing 200m butterfly exponent,'' Swimming New Zealand's Jan Cameron says. It's a great chance for Andrew. Both Scott and Glen will also be working together on the programme so Andrew will receive the best of both worlds. We have organised and supported a number of our key swimmers over the years with chances to train inter- nationally with swimmers who are ahead of our best,'' she says. North Shore's Moss Bur- mester had a stint with Michael Phelps in Colorado as well as on the Gold Coast, Hayley Palmer and her coach Talbot spent time with Libby Trickett in Sydney and Lauren Boyle is currently completing her scholarship studies at Cal Berkley. McMillan, who impressed in the 2009 world champion- ships, missed out on selection for last year's Commonwealth Games and is excited about the challenge. He has had a stint on the Gold Coast with Dennis Cotterell previously. We've worked out that at some point each season I need to train alongside swimmers who are faster than me. That kind of thing stimulates me. And I enjoy the environment over there,'' McMillan says. McMillan will start his Australian sojourn at the New South Wales Champion- ships which start today. Heisoneof50NewZea- land swimmers crossing the Tasman for the three-day meet at Sydney Aquatic Cen- tre with Swimming New Zealand's High Performance Centre team along with Aquablacks Natalie Wieger- sma and Gareth Kean lead- ing the charge. Beach series a real family affair Competitive legacy: The Steel family from North Shore are regular competitors in the State Beach Series. By EMMA WHITTAKER Dad might have been an Olympic swimmer but John Steel's children are defi- nitely keen runners. Steel, 38, was a member of the New Zealand national swimming team between 1989 and 1998 and competed twice for New Zealand in the Olympics and three times in the Commonwealth Games. During this time he won three medals for freestyle. Now instead of competing, the former swimmer spends Tuesday nights cheering on his children at the State Beach Series at Takapuna. Over the last four years seven-year-old J, Maya, 10, and Arizona, 12, have all competed in the beach series running event. They are often joined by their friend nine-year-old Jess Gemmell. The kids go to Hauraki Primary and a lot of their friends come down here,'' Steel says. They're very competitive these girls. They do a lot of sports, like netball and basketball, they're good runners,'' he says. We come down here to eat quite a bit, there are a lot of people who come to Taka- puna and don't even know there is a beach here. It's a good social event, everyone knows each other,'' he says. Mum Kristen watches from the sideline with seven- month-old Jett.
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