North Shore Times : February 15th 2011
30 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 SPORT Students shoot some hoops with Breakers By FELICITY REID Hoops hype: Pinehurst School's Chloe Thomas, 7, gets some shooting tips from New Zealand Breaker CJ Bruton. Photo: BEN WATSON It was showtime in the Pinehurst School gym as members of the New Zealand Breakers stopped by to promote their sport last week. Students were keen to catch a glimpse of the tall visitors and secure a few autographs, while the NBL table-toppers played a game against a school side. The Breakers contingent included Corey Webster, Gary Wilkinson, Mika Vukona, Alex Pledger, Paul Henare, CJ Bruton, Dillon Boucher and Josh Bloxham . Pinehurst's head of basket- ball Cyndie Augustin says the sport is increasing in numbers at the school. Pinehurst basketball is growing from strength to strength with a number of students playing at represen- tative level including Luke Henderson, a Senior College student who has been playing at representative level for several years now.'' Students from year 1 through to Senior College were invited to join the Breakers and it brought great excitement into the classrooms. A number of students have set their sights on becoming a Breaker one day.'' This year, Pinehurst hopes to have about eight basket- ball teams school-wide who will compete at various levels across the North Shore. I hope to gain a few extra teams this year from the momentum that the Breakers visit has created. We want to continue building representa- tive players as we've success- fully done so in the past,'' Augustin says. Local derby ends in draw CLUB CRICKET It was honours even on day two of the North Harbour derby between Takapuna and East Coast Bays in the sixth round of the Hedley Howarth Trophy. But Takapuna walked away with the lion's share of the points having claimed first innings on day one. Takapuna rediscovered their batting form on the second day with captain Ryan Scivier (69 not out) leading his side's follow-up effort of 208-7, with solid support from both Jono Sole (51) and Daniel ter Braak (42). Any chance that Taka- puna might have had to sneak an outright win to extend their lead on top of the table was soon snuffed out as Rory Christopherson (74), Matt Mimmack (53) and Brad Schmulian (41) ensured that Bays made their way to 216-7. An unbeaten 47 from North Shore's Daniel Burnley provided stout resistance to Cornwall's attack, to ensure that Shore gave up only first innings and not outright points in the major cham- pionship game at Devonport Domain. The important work was done early in the day for Birkenhead City as they claimed first innings points in the minor championship against Waitakere City, but the rest of the day belonged to the bat of Phil Treanor. Treanor hit a brilliant unbeaten 204 in Birken- head's second innings and dominated his side's total of 333-7. Darrin Crook provided some support (56), making it a useful double after he returned bowling figures of 7-55 to help roll Waitakere for 144 earlier in the day. Tournament winners too good for Northcote At bat: Black Sox player Brad Rona competing for his club side Northcote during the Dean Schick Memorial Tournament. Photos: JASON OXENHAM In play: Miramar batter Stephen England lunges back to third base guarded by Northcote third baseman Brad Rona during Saturday's section play. Game on: Northcote pitcher Adam Folkard in action against eventual winners Miramar. After three days of premier softball action Miramar were victorious at the annual Dean Schick Memorial Tournament. The tournament held at Albany's Rosedale Park pits the early season standout clubs from the Auckland, North Harbour, Wellington, Hutt Valley, Hawkes Bay and Canter- bury competitions against each other. Local team Northcote opened their campaign with a 3-1 win against Richmond, before suffering a loss to Miramar in their second game of section play. In the plate semifinals Northcote lost to United 3-8. Miramar beat Richmond 2-0 in the final. The top players now turn their focus to the National Fast Pitch Championships which start at Rosedale Park on Thursday.
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