North Shore Times : January 22nd 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 31 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 22, 2013 SPORT Event takes it to the limit By FELICITY REID Tough challenge: Glenfield teenager Chris O'Ferrall is preparing to test his mental and physical limits in the coming months. Photo: FELICITY REID Youthful exuberance will be in Chris O'Ferrall's favour as he competes to be crowned the fittest man in the country before embarking on a punishing military-style boot camp. On Saturday the 16-year- old from Glenfield will line up against men twice his age in the second annual Finding the Fittest crossfit event in Hawkes Bay. To be young and to com- pete against them is a priv- ilege,'' O'Ferrall says. O'Ferrall was formerly a couch potato who dabbled in martial arts and wasn't keen on completing his homework. The Westlake Boys High School student says his entire outlook on life changed once he got hooked on fitness a year ago. He has just received good exam results to prove it. O'Ferrall is contemplating a career in the navy and will get a taste of the type of training military personnel endure when he takes part in an intense 48 hour boot camp run by former navy diver and crossfit instructor Jamie Milne in March. Milne says Camp Kaha, which he runs on his family farm near Rotorua, is the first of its kind in the New Zealand fitness industry. It is the polar opposite to any other boot camp,'' Milne says. It is 100 per cent military based. It is like a special ops weekend based on the defence force diving course. We walk the dangerous line of sleep deprivation. It takes mental toughness to a new level and they will need to call on upon stuff they never knew they had.'' O'Ferrall will be the youngest at the camp, which attracts participants of vary- ing fitness levels. It will be a big step up for Chris but he is capable of the challenge,'' Milne says. O'Ferrall knows the camp will test him but that hasn't deterred him. Participants will be drilled hard but without humili- ation or prejudice, Milne says. The camp first ran in 2011 and has even caught the attention of people who train and prepare youngsters for the military. Go to kiwiconditioning.com to find out more about Camp Kaha and contact Jamie Milne on 022 028 2099 to sign up. Bays defeat Suburbs New Lynn and make finals CLUB CRICKET Leading scorer: East Coast Bays' Craig Elliot bats against Suburbs New Lynn in the Jeff Crowe Cup premier one day club cricket competition. Photo: SHANE WENZLICK East Coast Bays are the only side guaranteed a place in the finals of the Jeff Crowe Cup after they became the first team to reach five vic- tories in the one-day compe- tition this season. Takapuna sit second, three points behind Bays but with a three-point cushion over Auckland University, Cornwall and North Shore as the battle for the final playoff spot goes down to the wire. Bays went into their latest game against Suburbs New Lynn without Australian opening batsman Darren Dempsey but his replace- ment, Craig Elliott, more than made up for the loss as he struck a half-century at the top of the order when Bays batted first. Skipper Brad Schmulian was also in form as he brought up his third 50 of the season to help his side reach 246/6. Suburbs were never really in the hunt when they replied as Bays seamer Donovan Deeble hit his stride, claiming 4/29 from his 10 overs while Schmulian and Stuart Lip- shaw grabbed a brace of wic- kets each as Suburbs fell 69 short of the target. Defending champions Takapuna went one step clo- ser to qualifying for the finals when they defeated Howick Pakuranga. Takapuna batted first and were given a solid start by opener George Munsey, playing only his second game of the season at premier level. Munsey, who scored a cen- tury in the premier reserve grade before Christmas, shared a 96-run second wic- ket partnership with Tony Manning before he was dis- missed for 74. Manning forged ahead adding a further 70 runs for the fourth wicket with Jono Sole (41). When Sole departed Man- ning continued in search of a triple figure score but ulti- mately fell just one run short as his side finished their 50 overs at 256/6. Losing star batsman Andy De Boorder for just eight was a bad start to Howick's reply, but a 163-run fourth wicket partnership brought Howick to within 50 runs of the tar- get with more than five overs to spare. However, when David Winn (72) and Mike Davis (86) were dismissed by Ryan Scivier in consecutive deliv- eries Takapuna took control. Howick then lost their last seven wickets for just 18 runs as Scivier, Michael Til- lett, Greg Johnson, Elliott Herd and Sole all picked up two wickets to seal a 31-run victory. The result sees Takapuna now sitting in second place on the White Section ladder and a victory in the final game against Suburbs New Lynn will guarantee them a finals spot. Despite falling victim to one of the most incredible lower order partnerships in premier cricket history North Shore were able to put themselves back in the finals hunt as they held their nerve to defeat Papatoetoe. Papatoetoe crashed to 36/7 batting first as Auckland A' seamer Michael Stevenson decimated the top order with figures of 5/21 from his 10 overs. But when Papatoetoe's Ollie Pringle and Caleb Brookland got together in the 17th over the pair not only occupied the crease but also maintained an impress- ive run rate to keep the scoreboard ticking over for a memorable partnership. Shore did not pick up another wicket until Pringle was dismissed in the 42nd over having helped add 156 for the eighth wicket. The Papatoetoe innings finally closed when Broo- kland was dismissed for 67 with 230 on the board. Gene Andrews got Shore off to a solid start with a quick fire half-century in reply. However, when Andrews was dismissed his side slid to a jittery 137-6 with the hosts sensing an opportunity to seal a sensational turn- around. When Hamish Baker joined Blair Parlane at the crease the pair set about repeating the earlier heroics of Brookland and Pringle. With 93 runs still requi- red, but plenty of overs in the bank, the pair took their time to build a match win- ning partnership of 83 which took their side to the brink of victory. Parlane (58) was the man eventually dismissed, Baker (42 not out) being joined by Stevenson to seal the win for the visitors and end a thrill- ing day's play. The result sees Shore now level on points with Auck- land University and Corn- wall as the three sides battle for the final playoff spot. Shore must defeat Parnell handsomely in their final game if they are to overtake the other two sides as they currently have the weakest net run rate of the three teams. Birkenhead City played the role of spoilers, defeating Waitakere City in a thriller at Te Atatu Park and thus ending Waitakere's hopes of qualification for the finals. When Birkenhead batted first the game looked evenly poised at 88/4, but then Alan Plant combined with Phil Treanor in a 131-run fifth wicket partnership before Plant was eventually uprooted after making 56. With Birkenhead now on top Treanor took the aggressive approach in the final overs, lofting two sixes to close on an unbeaten 83 scored from 76 balls, and helping his side post a chal- lenging 242-7. Josh Emmott (61), Praneel Hira (43) and Aaron Jeavons (36) masterminded the response for Waitakere, but a steady drip of wickets left the match on a knife edge going into the last over. Birkenhead coach Tazz Satti was the one to hold his nerve as he took the final wicket with the penultimate ball to leave Waitakere defeated by a single run. Satti's crucial strike saw him finish with match win- ning figures of 5/38. The result keeps Birken- head in the finals equation. Ten glorious days of world softball ahead Since 2004 New Zealand has been laying the foundation for the success of these 2013 world championships. There is a great organising committee in place that will ensure a first class event and we are now ready to bring you the Men's World Softball Championships of your life. The softball world is going to love coming to Auckland. From March 1 to 10, Auck- land and Rosedale Park in Albany will be the sports capital and 16 international teams will make this a land- mark event over 10 days of intense competition. Rosedale Park has under- gone some major renovations to bring it up to world standards and the transfor- mation has now made it one of the better venues any- where in the world. History has shown that events like this provide sports with a very small win- dow of opportunity to pro- mote themselves on the national and international stage. It is important that the New Zealand Softball com- munity with the players, coaches, administrators and past players support this event both locally and in the regions. This is not an event just for Auckland, this is world-class softball being played in our backyards and it needs to be supported by the wider community and the media. A well run event, which is well supported by spectators and has the right results on the field will then provide an opportunity to push forward and strive for the next one. Sports like ours work from event to event and I am a believer that you are only as good as your next event, as your last is in the past. If we can promote the positives, look ahead to the future and support the development of the next gen- eration of young players, in my view, this is one of the best investments that any country can make. The legacy of these games will be the aspiring young talent inspired by the feats on the diamond and the phenomenon called the Black Sox, who have the best record of any New Zealand sports team over the last 30 years -- four world titles and always finishing on the podium. We're great frontrunners' in New Zealand as we love to follow winners, so once the championships gets going, the Black Sox start winning and the balls start flying, I am sure it will be a unique celebration of sport and 10 days of glory.
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