North Shore Times : January 17th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 27 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 17, 2013 SPORT Breakers back on home court Well it's good to be home. It feels like an eternity since we've played at home but tonight finally marks our return to the friendly con- fines of the North Shore in front of our own screaming fans. The holiday season has been busy, travelling to and from Australia four times since Christmas we have chalked up a lot of air miles but also a lot of wins, going four from four over this period. As a team we love challen- ges and there is no better challenge than going away and beating another team on their home court. We had talked about this period being a real turning point in our season and a series of games we wanted to win. People said before we left that winning three out of four would be a pretty good achievement but as a team we have higher goals, which is to win every game. We won our first ever game on New Year's Eve, hard to believe since the SkyCity Breakers have been around for 10 years and played on New Year's nearly every year since our incep- tion. That was certainly a high- light of the holiday period and while it would have been nice to be home with family and friends to bring in the New Year, I think being a part of something special like that helped bring us clo- ser as a team. The challenge now is to maintain our momentum and not let our hard work go to waste. It is up to us to consolidate our position and keep this thing rolling. Tonight will be a great challenge for us against a tricky Wollongong team and also marks the heritage round. Make sure you check out our heritage throwback uniforms during the game and even bid for one online if you want to keep one for yourself. The game is sold out so if you didn't get tickets get in quick for next week as it is also selling very quickly. See you at the game. Young athletes get tips from an Olympic coach Special sessions: Some of the Shore's up-and-coming taekwondo athletes have been taking extra classes with Olympic head coach Jin Kuen Oh in Browns Bay over the summer holidays. Photo: FELICITY REID By FELICITY REID Three-time New Zealand Olympic taekwondo head coach Jin Keun Oh is throw- ing open the doors of his Browns Bay martial arts school as he focuses on the next generation of inter- national stars. Master Oh works closely with New Zealand's high performance athletes but says the country's junior tae- kwondo exponents also need his support and an oppor- tunity to train under him. Among the students who have been taking special classes with Oh over the summer holidays has been Patrick Hanson-Friend from Southland. The 11-year-old Inver- cargill resident is the best in the country for his age group and ranked second in the world for the 34-38kg weight category after he picked up a silver medal at the Aust- ralian Open Taekwondo Championships last year. Hanson-Friend says he was honoured to be invited to train under Oh and has relished the chance to test his skills against the Auck- land athletes. While on the Shore Hanson-Friend has been staying with fellow black belt and taekwondo fanatic 9-year-old Billy Davidson and his family in Murrays Bay. Billy's mum Janene says the two boys have a similar sparring style and Hanson- Friend is a good role model for her son. Having previously had Olympian Vaughn Scott as his coach, Davidson's long- term goal is to represent New Zealand at the highest level. Win over Marist keeps Northcote in prime position By TREVOR ROWSE Even without star player- coach Black Sox inter- national Brad Rona, North- cote maintained its joint lead in the Auckland Fastpitch championship with a solid 11-3 win over a Marist side eager to retain its top six status. Rona was in training camp with the New Zealand team as it strives to regain its top spot in the world. The side finished second to Australia four years ago after winning three times in a row and has been the world final each time since 1984. Rona was controversially dropped last season after a disagreement over baseball representation but the cham- pion all-rounder, who topped the batting and pitching in the city for the past two seasons and is an outstand- ing third baseman, was rein- stated recently. He is looking forward to playing the world series on home soil at Rosedale Park, which has been rebuilt for the purpose. The series starts on March 1. While Northcote was charging along equal at the top with national champion Auckland United and Mt Albert Ramblers, North Har- bour Roosters faced the big- batting Waitakere Bears at Ranui, going down 5-2. One Bears' batter had a perfect four-turn hitting streak but five walks made the key difference as Roos- ters reversed its usual form by taking six hits to Bears' nine. Three times Roosters had scoring chances wasted, twice with Kurtis Tomkins on base. Jace Holm, Andrew Van Stripiaan and Andrew Afamagata were on base in the fourth inning with no run resulting. Good batting from Tom- kins and Aaron Knight made a difference and Afamagata scored in the seventh turn after batting assistance from Darryn Tapsell. Roosters often seem poised to beat top teams but fail to clinch the crucial runs. Convincing win for under-16s Winners: Three North Harbour cricketers helped the Auckland under- 16 team to convincingly defeat Northern Districts twice this summer. From left: Wicketkeeper Cole Briggs (Rangitoto College, East Coast Bays Cricket Club), pace bowler Chris Groenink (Rangitoto College, East Coast Bays) and opening bowler Ross ter Braak (Westlake Boys High) were big contributors in the final game in which Auckland posted 299 and bowled ND out for 169. Top wicket-taker Braak claimed 4-25 off his eight overs while Groenink snared two wickets for 27 runs off six overs and Briggs took two catches behind the stumps and effected a run out. The Auckland under- 16 team also got the better of their older counterparts, recording a rare victory against the Auckland under-18 development team. IN BRIEFH 1 Sailing North Harbour's Cameron Moss finished second in the P-Class Tanner Cup hosted by Nelson Yacht Club. The regatta was scheduled for January 5 to 7 but strong winds shortened the contest from six races to four. The winner of was Leonard Takahashi-Fry who was representing the Whanganui/ Manawatu region. The weather interrupted the Tauranga Cup, with strong winds and other restrictions preventing the sailing of the minimum series, so it was declared a no contest. Cricket Spaces are still available in the year 3 and 4 teams for the annual Junior World Series played at North Shore Cricket Club from January 21 to 23. Boys and girls of any cricketing ability are invited to take part in the event which sees the youngsters placed in teams representing different cricket playing nations. Auckland Aces and former Black Caps Andre Adams and Lou Vincent will making an appearance at the event. Register online at northshorecricketclub.co.nz and follow the links to Junior World Series. Bowls The Milford 5000 junior bowls tournament returns for a fourth year running. It is New Zealand's most prestigious junior bowls tournament, open to men, women and collegiate bowlers, and is endorsed by both North Harbour Bowls and Bowls NZ. Teams from Wellington, Northland, Hamilton, Christchurch, Auckland and North Harbour make their way to Milford Bowling Club in pursuit of $6000 in prize money on February 9 and 10. Golf North Harbour Golf are running beginner golf clinics for women throughout the district in February and March. If you are new to the game or have just recently taken up the game you are welcome to join in with like-minded women at a club near you including North Shore Golf Club with Steve Cowan on a Thursday evening starting February 21 and Pupuke Golf Club with Robin Smalley on a Saturday morning starting February 23. The clinics run for six weeks and cover all the basics of the game and are fun and relaxed to attend. Email Vicki at North Harbour Golf at vicki@harbourgolf. co.nz or call 415 4619 for more information and to register. Tell us Has anyone in your club or school done exceptionally well? Have you got an event coming up you want to tell our readers about? 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