North Shore Times : February 14th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 30 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 SPORT Smiles after Magic win against Aussies International champs: Mairangi Bay Magic, winners of the Trans Tasman Challenge. From left: Charlotte Burson, Carmel Tolhurst, Rob Jones (sweep), Sarah Woolley and Erin Tolhurst. Photo: JAMIE TROUGHTON/DSCRIBE JOURNALISM. By FELICITY REID ' To wear the silver fern at my age is unbelieveable ' Rob Jones During a season marred by bad luck, Mairangi Bay's female surf boat crew didn't have much to cele- brate -- until they beat the Aussies. Now the season will be remem- bered for all the right reasons after Mairangi Bay Magic won the three race Trans-Tasman Challenge at Waihi Beach. The reigning national champions were selected by Surf Life Saving New Zealand to represent New Zealand in the annual head-to- head contest which saw them pit- ted against Perth's North Cottes- loe.The Kiwi crew of Erin and Car- mel Tolhurst, Charlotte Burson, Sarah Woolley and sweep Rob Jones pipped the Aussies in the first race, lost the second and in an even decider they made ground at the bouy and then outsprinted their rivals to claim the all import- ant win. The trans-Tasman series was held in conjunction with the North Island championships on February 9. It featured more than 70 crews doing battle in the half-metre swells. For Jones the disappoint- ment of missing out in other finals this season because of testing con- ditions, a broken boat and missing crew, are now distant memories. It doesn't matter a damn after beating the Aussies in a test match,'' he says. He credits the Mairangi Bay crew's big hearts and a will to win'' with getting the results when it mattered most. To wear the silver fern at my age is unbelievable,'' the 62-year- old says. The Mairangi crew also pay trib- ute to Steve Pennington Boat Builders for their quick work in repairing the boat broken during the Eastern Regional Champion- ships in Whangamata. They had two weeks to get the boat sea worthy and they did a marvellous job in getting us back in action for Waihi,'' Jones says. The Mairangi crew now turn their attention to this weekend's Northern Region Championships in Ruakaka before they look to defend their national title in March. Struggle to get swim coaches and then keep them By FELICITY REID ' We have a consistent struggle with getting competent coaches. ' Thomas Ansorg The state of swim coaching nation- wide concerns former New Zealand high performance coach Thomas Ansorg. But he says the North Shore Swimming Club coaching pro- gramme is setting an example for Swimming New Zealand to follow. Around the country coaches are turning their back on the sport or heading offshore for more money, Ansorg says. This means quality club coaches are even harder to come by than they have been in the past. We have a consistent struggle with getting competent coaches,'' the North Shore Swimming Club head coach says. And finding replacements of an adequate level for coaches who are snapped up by other clubs is costly for the the parent-funded club. Coach education is so important and the club cannot, and Swim- ming New Zealand will not, fund it,'' Ansorg says. A five-year sponsorship deal with Golden Holmes Albany will put North Shore in a better position than most clubs in New Zealand. The funding will go towards coaching courses and clinics, mentors and appreciation of the coaches. It will also allow the coaches to attend national coaching confer- ences and for the club to bring in guest coaches to share knowledge. Swimming is reaching the time of the year when athletes and coa- ches' performances come under scrutiny. North Shore is reigning national club of the year after finishing sec- ond at the junior nationals last year and winning both the age- group and senior national compe- titions. In each of the three natio- nal competitions this season North Shore will have at least 30 athletes competing. Ansorg says clubs are forced to be feeder systems for the national high performance programme, which places even more importance on the way the younger athletes are coached. This weekend's junior nationals Shore contingent will be led by coach Belinda Donaldson. At the junior level -- under 12 years old -- Ansorg says his coaches take a different approach to some clubs, preferring to focus on techni- cal skills rather than results. A nine-year-old national cham- pion doesn't mean they will go to the Olympics and the swimmer who finished eighth in the same race doesn't mean they are a bad swimmer,'' Ansorg says. Swimmers peak at different stages, Ansorg says, and he is ada- mant swimmers should be given opportunities regardless of age. North Shore should finish in the top three at age-group nationals, Ansorg says. For the senior athletes, individ- ual performance will trump team success as they attempt to qualify for the world championships in Barcelona, the world university games and the world juniors in Dubai. Late declaration reaps dividends for Takapuna CLUB CRICKET Major championship leaders Taka- puna have runs on the board against Howick Pakuranga after the first day in the seventh round of the Hedley Howarth Trophy competition, at Onewa Domain. The hosts racked up 321/9 on day one, but the visitors' captain Andrew de Boorder showed why his wicket will be crucial on day two as the former Aces batsman raced to an unbeaten 36 in just eight overs before the close of play. Jono Sole (44) and Greg Johnson (37) showed form with the bat for Takapuna, but when the top side slipped to 114/5 the visitors looked to be in the driving seat. A 121-run partnership between Daniel Ter Braak and Elliott Herd significantly shifted the momen- tum of the game, Herd striking nine boundaries in his innings of 60 and Ter Braak in even better touch, with 12 fours and a pair of sixes before he was dismissed just eight short of a deserved century. When Takapuna's score moved to 321/9 with eight overs remaining, the home side declared their innings to give themselves a late crack at the visiting batsmen, and that plan reaped dividends when Nigel Collins dismissed Darshan Patel in the fourth over. But de Boorder had no intention of simply batting out the day, loft- ing a six, and seven fours as Howick reached 46/1 by stumps. Suburbs New Lynn are in a strong position after day one of their clash with East Coast Bays at Windsor Park. Batting first, Bays were dis- missed for 161, with Cam Fletcher (47) and skipper Brad Schmulian (42) the only batsmen to make sig- nificant contributions. Suburbs opener Sachin Variath proved to be the backbone of their innings, reaching 39 not out as Suburbs ended the day on 74/2. In the Tom Hellaby Trophy com- petition, an incredible fourth con- secutive century from Matt Ansell almost single-handedly put Auck- land University into a dominant position in their crucial encounter with minor championship leaders North Shore at Devonport Domain. The visitors slid to 20/4 and then 49/5, and when two more wickets went down in the nineties to leave University tottering on a precari- ous 95/7, Shore appeared to be in control. But in number nine Richard Sil- lars, opener Ansell at last found a solid partner and the pair turned the game around in dramatic and impressive fashion. They occupied the crease for 36 overs, their eighth wicket liaison producing a staggering 174 runs before Sillars departed for 91. Ansell then received useful sup- port from the remaining tail, adding 35 runs for the ninth wicket and 47 for the last wicket. When Michael Stevenson finally picked up his fifth wicket to end the University innings, the visitors had amassed a more than useful total of 351. Shore had four overs to face before the close of play, and a buoy- ant University rammed home their advantage in dramatic style as Kurt Law struck with his first two deliveries and leave Shore rocking on 11/2 at the close. Birkenhead City totally domin- ated the opening day's play against Eden Roskill and look poised to retake the lead in the minor cham- pionship. After comfortably wrapping up the first innings points, they closed with a lead of 179, and with five wickets still standing they are well placed to push for an outright on day two. Roskill were unable to mount any sort of offensive against experi- enced seamers Tazz Satti and Dar- rin Crook when they batted first. Only two visiting batsmen managed to score over 20, and with Satti bagging a five-for and Crook returning the excellent figures of 3/34 from 16 overs, Roskill were skittled for 110. The hosts then had little trouble overtaking their first innings tar- get, losing just one wicket in the process, the run spree led by opener Rob McConnochie (89). They then forged on to reach 289/5 by the close of play, with Terry Crabb still there on 90. Birkenhead began the day less than two points behind division leaders North Shore, and with the table toppers struggling in their game against Auckland University, Birkenhead will almost certainly retake the top spot if they can com- plete an outright victory on Saturday. Westlake at top of table SECONDARY SCHOOL CRICKET Rangitoto College came out on top against St Peter's College to record their first premier A victory in more than a year. They were dismissed for 119 but defended the total with real fire. Skipper Patrick Thomson led the way with 3/8 and bow- led St Peter's out for only 70. They could not make it back-to-back victories when they met Rosmini College in a third-round local derby. Rosmini scored 168, set up by a solid partnership of 80 between Alex du Rand (57) and Shaun Cooke. Rangitoto's Troy Brown bowled a nagging length to be the pick of his side's bowlers with 4 for 28 off his 10. Despite some smart batting from Jackson Tredray (40) in the Rangitoto middle order the home side were always up against it. Tight bowling from Rosmini then saw the total slip away from Rangitoto and three wic- kets to Jonno Mannes (3/36 off 10) saw the visitors win by 32 runs. However Rosmini were unable to beat their other near neighbours, Westlake Boys. Westlake dismissed Ros- mini for only 113. In response Westlake lost some early wickets to seamer Jake Fitzgibbon 4/34 but all- rounder Clayton Floyd com- piled the highest score of the match with 42 to help West- lake home by four wickets. Westlake also beat Sacred Heart by seven wickets at Sacred Heart. Points after round three: Westlake Boys 6pts, Rosmini College 4pts, Sacred Heart, Rangitoto College, Kings Col- lege St Peters 2pts.
February 12th 2013
February 15th 2013