Western Leader : November 11th 2010
27 WESTERN LEADER, NOVEMBER 11, 2010 SPORT Zen needs kick-start to get to Japan Football fundraiser: Young football player Zen Baatjes is trying to raise $5000 to tour Japan with the WYNRS football academy. By TUREI MACKEY Young footballer Zen Baatjes is aiming to take part in WYNRS football academy s tour to Japan in January after being chosen for the 16-strong squad. He will be the only west Aucklander travelling with the side. But before he can kick a football in the land of the rising sun, Zen needs help with funding. The 12-year-old mid-fielder is looking raise $5000 by mid- December so he can go on the trip. Zen doesn t see the tour as a holiday -- he is focused on his football ambitions. I would like to see the sights of Japan but my main aim is to gain experience and learn new game skills. The Rangeview Intermedi- ate student has been attending New Zealand soc- cer star Wynton Rufer s acad- emy for more than a year and says it has been fun to learn the art of the world s most popular sport. It is a lot of hard work but you learn so much, he says. And my game has improved, particularly ball control and positional play. WYNRS academy coach Leigh Kenyon says the tour is an annual event to help young footballers understand the heights they have to reach if they want to go far in the sport. We are exposing the players to the very highest level of youth football so they know what they have to work on to catch those overseas players, he says. We also want to build their skills off the field so they know how to manage and deal with those pressures as well. It s no surprise that Zen is a big fan of the round ball -- each member of his family supports different football teams from Barcelona to Liverpool. Zen is a massive Arsenal supporter. I guess I like soccer because my family are all so passionate about the sport -- it has just grown from there. To help Zen reach Japan email n.baatjes@auckland. ac.nz. IN BRIEF Cricket It was back-to-back games for Suburbs New Lynn and Waitakere City last weekend in the men's one day competition. Waitakere City had a huge total to chase after North Shore scored 261/9. Waitakere's Chris Fenner suffered the batsman's curse when he fell one run short of a century with his side all out for 224. Dusan Hakaraia also starred in their next match against Eden Roskill. He scored an unbeaten 128 to beat Eden's 235/9 by seven wickets. Suburbs faced in-form Takapuna in an enthralling match at Onewa Domain. Max Montgomery's 79 runs and Greg Hay's 63 provided the basis for a competitive tally of 239/8. Takapuna looked to be closing in on the score but four-wicket hauls by James Nolan and Michael Bates saw Takapuna crash out at 216. Suburbs then locked in their semi-final spot by defeating Cornwall by 89 runs. The west Auckland club scored a modest 210/8 but Victor Davis' 4/20 saw Cornwall all out for 121. Futsal Malwee Jaragua's title hopes took a hit when the side was upset 11-3 by Oratia Futsal in the Vikings futsal league. Malwee can still win the championship if it beats Cuba Libero this week. Second-placed World United closed the gap to just three points as they ran out 11-3 winners over Cuba Libero. The new Vikings futsal league starts at Avondale College on November 17. Interested teams and players can call Mark Rossi on 021-800-256. Yachting Waterwitch has won the third race of the Clearwater Cove Yacht Club summer series. Gary Matthews' boat held off Involute and third-placed Tern. Tukariri delivers up another blind bowls title Bowling champ: Susie Tukariri with her championship trophy. By TUREI MACKEY Another bowls title has been delivered by one of Te Atatu s own. Susie Tukariri won her fifth partially blind single women s championship at the national indoor blind bowls in Palmerston North last month. The 46 year-old, who was born with retinitis pigmen- tosa, won the same event in 2008, 2004, 1999 and 1996. This triumph was a lot easier than her previous out- ings with Tukariri cruising to a 12-3 victory against her Wellington opponent. I was down 3-0 at one point and told myself to pick it up, she says. And then all of a sudden I just took off on the scoreboard. Tukariri has earned a reputation for her coolness during competition but says it wasn t always that way. A lot of people always say how relaxed I look during a match. But it wasn t the same when I started back in 1987 -- I use to panic all the time. Tukariri says many of her rivals have become intimid- ated because of her numer- ous successes. When they find out I will be playing they ring up and worry that I am going to beat them. I have to advise them to play their best and not worry about what I m doing. She keeps herself fit by delivering the Western Leader in her suburb but admits having difficulty when the weather is fine. I can see the mailbox far away but when I get there it disappears, she says. So if it s sunny I go slowly, but if it rains then I can see far. Boys under-13 basketballers defend national title Champions: The under-13 boys side from Basketball Waitakere City has won back-to-back titles. Photo: DAVID BAIRD PHOTOGRAPHY Basketball Waitakere City s under-13 boys team success- fully defended its national title by beating Harbour A 76-64 in Christchurch last month. Gabriel Tuala and Delany Puata-Chaney made the tour- nament team with Puata- Chaney picking up the most valuable player award. The club s under-15 girls side also won their national final with a 66-60 victory over Canterbury. Lyric Taurua- Wolfgramm and Maria Milani made the tournament team and Taurua- Wolfgramm was selected most valuable player.
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