North Shore Times : February 15th 2013
IN BRIEFH 1 Rowing The Head of the Harbour Regatta hosted by Takapuna Grammar School Club returns to Lake Pupuke tomorrow. Racing runs from 8am to 5.30pm and teenage rowers will compete in 50 team and individual events. The best spot for spectators is at Sylvan Park in Milford. Rugby Meet the Auckland Blues at North Harbour Stadium outer oval on Sunday from 10am to noon. The Blues will be out in force to meet fans and run an interactive skills session for kids. There is plenty to keep the kids entertained -- giant games, bouncy castles and much more. Entry is free. Bowls It was a case of been there, done that before for Colin Rogan and Lisa Parlane as they secured Bowls North Harbour centre titles. Rogan, chairman of the match committee which organises all the championship events, claimed a resounding 21-12 victory over Browns Bay clubmate Bruce McClintock in the final of the men's singles. Meanwhile, Parlane, who has had a baby since last winning a centre title, skipped Judith Seager and Wendy Jensen to victory in the women's triples. Parlane's team won the final 19-9 against the Orewa combination of Jenny Cameron, Judy Beachen and Diana Millbank. Both Rogan and Parlane are former winners of the centre's bowler of the year award. Rogan's toughest game was against Bart Robertson, managing to edge him out 21-20 in the semifinals. Robertson had eased through by a similar score against Orewa's David Eades in section play. In the other semifinal, McClintock, who was part of the Browns Bay team that made it to the final of the New Zealand Open in November, outlasted Takapuna's Trevor Forward 21-13. Football Forrest Hill Milford's annual seven-a-side tournament returns on March 2 to Becroft Park. The day-long event runs from 8.30am to 4.30pm and includes men's super and social leagues, a women's league and a mixed league. Email Kevin at kevinvdberg @xtra.co.nz or register online at forresthillafc.co.nz. World Cup North Shore United AFC is running their first Junior World Cup which is a fun football tournament for boys and girls aged 9 to 12 at Allen Hill Stadium in Devonport. The tournament will be held on April 25 and 26. Register by email at email@example.com or call Ian on 021 038 2317 for more information. Breakers won't want to fall prey to Hawks What a week it's been for the SkyCity Breakers. An overtime thriller in Sydney really got the hearts pounding and left us all with some tired bodies. Some extended time at home now will do us all some good but there still remains a great challenge ahead. First things first the week- end's game in Sydney was a sharp wake-up call that if we are not on our game, our opposition is ready to pounce. It was not our best per- formance but we came up with some key plays when we needed to down the stretch. A dubious decision (at best) put the game into over- time but we kept our cool and Cedric Jackson made the key basket with less than two seconds remaining to give us the win. This week we are back at home against Wollongong and it marks the start of an extended home stretch for us.We are in a great position at the top of the table but the challenge for us is to stay there. Every team is battling for playoff positions now and are going to come at us with great intensity and desper- ation. Our challenge is to match that intensity in every one of these games and try to finish the season on the top of the table. We have seen the past couple of years just how important home court advantage can be in playoffs so we want that position. Complicating things are injuries to key players at this time of the season. As I write it appears that Will Hudson could miss this week's game with injury. We as a team must cover his minutes and for some players, it is a chance to earn more minutes from coach Lemanis and con- tribute to the cause. The challenge starts tonight against a Wollon- gong team fighting for third and fourth spot so it prom- ises to be an intense encoun- ter.Hope to see you all there. Third time lucky for Takapuna Jubilant: Takapuna players let loose after their win over East Coast Bays at Windsor Park. Dejected: Raj Reddy has to go as Takapuna celebrate another wicket falling to the bowling of James Murray. SCOREBOARD Takapuna 243/8 (George Munsey 69, Daniel James 47, Tom O'Neill 3-37) defeated East Coast Bays 144 (Craig Elliott 35, Connor Ridge 32, James Murray 3-5, Mark Norman 3-45) by 99 runs. Takapuna comprehensively accounted for East Coast Bays by 99 runs in the Auck- land Cricket premier reserve final to take the first step in a likely one-day and two-day double in the 2012-13 season. Bays came into the final looking for a trifecta of one- day wins, having defeated Takapuna in this corre- sponding fixture in 2011 and 2012 by 104 runs and one run respectively. It turned out to be third time lucky for Takapuna. Bays went into the final as top qualifiers having won six of their seven one-day matches this season, with their only defeat coming at the hands of North Shore before Christmas. Takapuna only just quali- fied on net run rate ahead of North Shore as their cam- paign included losses to Bays in November, as well as losses to Howick-Pakuranga and Eden Roskill. The final at Windsor Park attracted a large contingent of support for both teams. Bays skipper Shaun Wijn- stok won the toss and elected to bowl. Takapuna started cau- tiously, with tight and con- sistent bowling from Tom O'Neill and Paul Watson keeping them under pres- sure. After the early loss of Kyle Dunsmore, James Murray and Dan Ter Braak slowly began to build a solid plat- form for their side. However the wickets of Ter Braak and Murray fol- lowed quickly to good out- field catches from Watson. And when Luke Nash departed, Bays would have fancied their chances with the score lying at 90/4 after 27 overs. George Munsey (61) and Daniel James (47) had other ideas though -- the pair adding 75 runs in 13 overs for the fifth wicket. Munsey was brutal over mid-wicket and straight, while James played through the off-side with abundance, including some powerful drives. With quick supporting cameos from Max O'Dowd, Mark Farmer, Mark Kilpat- rick and Andrew Cowell to finish off their innings and support James, Takapuna would have been more than happy with their 243 total. For Bays, O'Neill was the pick of the bowlers with 3-37 off his 10 overs, while Wat- son also kept it tight, conced- ing just 36 from his full com- plement. The run chase from Bays started well, and despite the early loss of Graeme Read, Bays looked in good shape at 84/1 after 18 overs. Craig Elliott (35) and Con- nor Ridge (32) both played with confidence and good intent. Munsey and Mark Norman were under attack, however it was Norman who turned the game when he removed Elliott and Ridge in the space of two successive wicket maidens. A dramatic batting col- lapse ensued, with off- spinner O'Dowd keeping things frugal throughout his 10 overs, conceding just 21 runs and picking up two scalps in the process. Murray led from the front in finishing the job, taking an incredible 3-5 off his four overs, getting the most out of a worn and dusty Windsor Park surface. Bays could only manage 144 in reply. Sissons ready for showdown Home comforts: Leading triathlete Ryan Sissons will once again tackle the Takapuna Tri Series course. Triathletes rave about the Takapuna CBD course which will be back in action this weekend for round six of the nationwide Contact Tri Series. Athletes from age- groupers through to the best in the country will race on the picturesque and completely closed tight and technical multi-lap course. New Zealand No 1 and world No 20 Ryan Sissons is among a quality field of elite competitors that will include some of the best under-23 and under-19 athletes. Sissons will literally be racing at home and is look- ing forward to a shorter journey from home to one of his favourite events on Sunday afternoon. I know I'm in good shape so I will be looking to be at the front end of the field for most of the race,'' he says. The course and atmos- phere is always great with the streets lined with peo- ple during this mid- afternoon showdown. I always dread running up that hill after the swim at full pace, and I'm sure it will hurt just as much this year as it always does.'' The race is likely to come down to a New Zealand versus France affair, with world No 13 Tony Moulai confirmed to race. But the attention will not be solely focused on the elites, with many of the age-group races over the sprint distance and the beginners Contact 3:9:3 (300m swim, 9km bike, 3km run) already posting the sold out signs. The Contact 1:2:1 for children and the Contact Cup for the elite athletes are the only races with space on the startline. Go to triseries.co.nz to find out more.
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