North Shore Times : January 11th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 7 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 11, 2013 SPORTShore teams playing at home on weekend CLUB CRICKET Short stuff: Club cricketers such as Takapuna's Jordie Gibbens put their coloured clothes back on as the one-day competition returns. Photo: JASON OXENHAM Limited overs club cricket resumes this weekend and all Shore clubs will have home-ground advantage as they look to continue domin- ating in the Jeff Crowe Cup. Takapuna, East Coast Bays, North Shore and Bir- kenhead City fill four of the top five places on the one- day competition points table with Takapuna's superior run-rate sneaking them into top spot ahead of Bays. Takapuna and Bays have each had three wins and a loss, North Shore have won two and lost two, while Bir- kenhead have one win and three losses. Club cricketers haven't played the one-day format since late October, as the competition took a break to accommodate two-day and twenty20 fixtures. On Saturday from 11am Takapuna play Parnell at Onewa Domain, Bays play Howick Pakuranga at Wind- sor Park, Birkenhead take on Ellerslie at War Memorial Park and North Shore battle Grafton United at Devonport Domain. The winners of the Jeff Crowe Cup final on March 3 will represent Auckland at the National Club Cham- pionships where the one-day winners from each of the major associations battle to be the best in the country. Takapuna are present title holders. Two rugby league greats die New Year's day saw the sad passing of a New Zealand rugby league great, and one of the North Shore's finest sportsmen of the past, George Puhoi Turner (November 25, 1931 -- Janu- ary 1, 2013). George played for North Shore Albions from 1949 to 1970 in a remarkable career that included 13 test matches for the Kiwis. His international career from 1957 to 1961 included six world cup appearances and tests against Australia, Great Britain and France. In the early 60s a district scheme was set up in Auck- land and the Albions joined forces with Northcote to form Northern Districts when George, a centre three- quarter, played inside Tom Hadfield from Northcote, and they formed a formi- dable partnership at club level and then with Auck- land and the Kiwis. George was a true gentle- man of the sport and often spoke of the abilities of players he played with but never of himself. I vividly remember him turning out for Shore down at Vauxhall Rd in the 60s and was always amazed at how much a man who wasn't that big could have such a commanding presence on the field. I will always remember him as one of the best I've ever seen. On the same day as George's passing another rugby league great, Lory Blanchard also passed away. Blanchard, from Canter- bury, was a hooker for the Kiwis from 1951 to 1956 and later went on to be a Kiwi coach from 1969 to 1972. Both will be long remem- bered in rugby league. Kiwis lose to number 1 seeds Out: North Shore's Michael Venus during his first round doubles match with Daniel King- Turner. Photo: HANNAH JOHNSTON GETTY IMAGES The New Zealand pairing of Michael Venus and Daniel King Turner lost their first round doubles match at the Heineken Open tennis tour- nament this week. The number one seeds Colin Fleming from Great Britain and Bruno Soares of Brazil combined to win in three sets after the New Zea- land wild card entry won the first set 6-2. Venus from North Shore is ranked 515 in the world but failed to qualify for the sing- les draw.
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