North Shore Times : February 21st 2103
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 31 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 21, 2013 SPORT 5183813AA The North Harbour Rugby Union invites applications for the position of Independent Board Member noting that this is a voluntary role. Under the Board rotation policy one Independent Board Member vacancy arises each year. This role requires a corporate governance focus, with responsibility for monitoring the strategic direction and management policies of the organisation while taking into account the interests of relevant stakeholders. You will have proven business experience and success at a senior management or board level. You will possess a high level of commercial awareness coupled with excellent leadership capabilities to contribute to the Harbour Rugby success. With the imminent retirement of one of the current Independent Board members, who is also the Chairman of the Finance, Audit & Risk sub-committee, we are ideally seeking someone with a formal accounting qualification and experience. A strong interest in rugby and an understanding of the importance of Provincial rugby in New Zealand is preferable. All applications should include a Curriculum Vitae and appropriate covering letter. INDEPENDENT BOARD MEMBER Please forward all applications confidentially to the attention of: Jacqui Scheib, Executive Assistant, North Harbour Rugby Union, PO Box 300-492, North Harbour, 0752 or email Jacqui@harbourrugby.co.nz Applications close 5pm Friday 1st March 2013 Team X-factor makes a winning side Off field guide, left: Black Sox coach Eddie Kohlhase will play an important part in New Zealand re- gaining the world title. Go-to guy, above: Pitcher Jeremy Manley will need to use his experience to lead the Black Sox in this year's world championships. Before you can become a great team, you must make sure you have the right people in your pro- gramme. Players, coach and support staff all have a role to play. Having the right people in positions where their strengths, attitudes and character can be utilised is the key to the backbone of any organisation and the Black Sox is no exception. The team selection has been an evolving process over the last four years and Eddie Kohlhase and his staff would have had an extensive review and identified areas of weakness within the group after the 5-0 loss to the Australians in the final at the 2009 World Cham- pionships in Saskatoon, Canada. The rebuilding process is about developing talent to fill the gaps but unfortunately, when selecting teams you aren't going to please everyone. I think the ultimate measure for a selection team is how much com- petition they have for places within the group -- this is the ultimate compliment. It is also important to leave no rock unturned when look- ing for the next big thing''. Dominant sports teams tend to find what they do best, perfect their system and select players who can master and complement their system of play, so it is important to understand what style of game you want the team to play then select the athletes that best suit that style. Difficult it is, and coaches and selectors need to be courageous in their selections and stick to their original plans. Coach Eddie is a very proud and driven individual who will set and expect high standards to be met by all members of the group. He has a huge amount of experi- ence at this level and this will be a major asset for the Black Sox -- his field tactics and innovation could hold the key. In my view, the key for our suc- cess will rest fairly and squarely on the pitching staff. If they can shut down the oppo- sition hitters game after game then the Black Sox will be very tough to beat. They will need to have patience on the diamond with the good hit- ters who always keep up with the pace. Jeremy Manley is the man with a lot of pressure on his shoulders and he will need to lead from the front, as I think he will share the majority of the load. You have to believe your team will win and you have to have 100 per cent faith in the guy next to you in the dugout, as you can't go out there worrying about whether your team-mate is up to it and doing his job. But belief is only a part of it; discipline and teamwork will be the key to a successful championship. That teamwork isn't just from those on the diamond; family members contribute to the team dynamics and play a large part in the smooth running of things, this means players have less to worry about and can concentrate on the job at hand and concentrate on their roles and routines. Every team has the potential to succeed and it will be up to the senior players who are the bearers of the flame'' and share the history, expectations, standards and values that the group has been built upon. Looking back at the 2000 Cham- pionships in South Africa, following our success we had T-shirts made hailing our success, but the phrase that we had on the back was the real secret, it read: Homeruns win games, but teamwork and intelli- gence wins championships''. The dynamic that you bring as a group can provide the point of dif- ference. T-ball teams line up for 'world title' Torbay School's Tessa de Jong-Gordon, 10, represents Argentina at the t-ball world champs at Rosedale Park, Albany. Photo: FELICITY REID By FELICITY REID Go to northshoretimes.co.nz to watch some of the action and hear from some of the players at the t-ball world championships. Click on Latest Edition to see photos from the t-ball championships at Rosedale Park. Go online for more Sharing the diamond with softball's elite is a treat for two teams of t-ballers. On March 10 at Rosedale Park the winner of the ISF Men's World Softball Championships will be crowned -- but not before the t-ball world champs are found. Nine schools from across Auck- land, each backed by a council local board, played in a round robin t-ball tournament on February 13 in Albany. Each school represented one of the 16 nations attending the softball showpiece. Papatoetoe West School representing Canada and Shelly Park Primary School wearing the colours of Great Britain will contest the t-ball final as a curtainraiser to the softball final. Birkdale North School as South Africa, Torbay Primary School as Argen- tina and Ridgeview School as New Zea- land were the Shore schools in the tour- nament. Birkdale North won the sportsmanship award. All the school teams will take part in the softball world championships open- ing and closing ceremony alongside the countries they represented at the t-ball competition. BE IN TO PITCH Do you know a softball fan from the North Shore who deserves to take the mound in front of an international audience? They may be a dedicated member of the local softball community who has spent many hours involved in the game at a grassroots level or they might be one of the sport's biggest fans. The North Shore Times has an opportunity for someone to throw the first pitch at one game on the number one diamond during the ISF Men's Softball World Championships at Rosedale Park. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name and cellphone number of the person you nominate to make the first pitch, along with the reasons why you think they should be chosen. Nominations close on February 23 at 4pm.
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