Western Leader : November 12th 2010
19 WESTERN LEADER, NOVEMBER 12, 2010 SPORT Lynette Adams Chief Executive ADVERTISING FEATURE Brokers in your area helping you to get actve! Te Waka ki Mua Move It Waitakere is in its third year now, we want to share the message Move It, Every Day, Anytme, Anywhere. The acton plan aims to provide communites with new and fun opportunites to Move It whether it is partcipatng in organised sport, walking or dancing. We have two Community Brokers working in three specifc areas; Ranui/Swanson, Parrs Park/McLaren Park and New Lynn North. New Lynn Community Broker, Chade Julie has been working in the Kelston/Glendene area for the past 2 years and has recently moved in to the New Lynn area. Chade has set up actvites such as a walking group, Community Ballroom Dancing with Beatrice Faumuina, Cricket Coaching clinics and Youth Week actvites in the Kelston/Glendene community, with plans to replicate this model in the New Lynn community. This starts with building relatonships with existng groups in the community. We would also like to introduce our new Community Broker working in both the Parrs Park/McLaren Park and Ranui/Swanson areas, Venus Rangi. Venus has said that, It is a privilege to be give back to my community where I will endeavour to provide all support necessary for us to all achieve a more actve community. Having lived in the Ranui/Swanson community for the last 12 years, Venus is using her local knowledge to support and work alongside community groups to fnd out the communitys physical actvity needs. Venus will also start work in the Parrs Park/McLaren Park area. If you are interested in receiving support or working with Sport Waitakere to promote or increase physical actvity partcipaton in this area, please contact Venus to discuss further. Both Chade and Venus aim to oﬀer low cost or free programmes and actvites in your community, so get out there and join in the fun! Keep an eye out for Actvites in Parks, which are free games days for the whole family running in all of our target communites through summer. If you have any enquiries about the Te Waka ki Mua Move It Waitakere initatves, please contact the Actve Waitakere team; or to page of upcoming events our visit website: www.sportwaitakere.co.nz and go to the Actve Waitakere secton Chade Julie Kelston/Glendene and New Lynn Community Broker Ph: 09 966 3101; Mobile: 027234 6864 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Venus Rangi Actve Waitakere Community Broker Parrs Park/McLaren Park and Swanson/Ranui Ph: 09 966 3104; Mobile: 021 862 501 Email: email@example.com 2736802AI Typhoons descend on new home turf New roost: Waitakere Typhoon senior quarterbacks Issac Teleiai, left, and Antony Mataia will now play their game at the home of the Te Atatu Roosters. Photo: TUREI MACKEY By TUREI MACKEY A growing Typhoon has settled over Te Atatu for the summer. The Waitakere Typhoon, the lone American football club in west Auckland, has joined up with rugby league's Te Atatu Roosters. It means the side will play all their home games at Jack Colvin Park. Typhoon coach Michael Mau'u says the move means his fledging club has finally found a place to call their own after being homeless last season. The first thing the players said to me after the merger was: This means we no longer have to travel to south Auckland every weekend, right'?'' he says. Roosters chairman Rick Lanigan says his club has been looking for another sport to work alongside and American football was the perfect option. It was a good fit since a few of our players are already involved in the game,'' he says. We also think it's a sport that more of our guys can play in the off-season so hope- fully it works out well for both clubs.'' The Typhoon has also added a senior team to play alongside the colt and junior sides. Senior starting quarter- back Issac Teleiai, 22, says the main goal is to make the finals in their inaugural season. But also to make it a fun team to be part of so the new guys will want to stick around for next year as well,'' he says. Backup quarterback Anto- ny Mataia, 32, says the Auckland-Kumeu motorway, which is opposite Jack Colvin Park, has been good advertis- ing for the Typhoon. We have seen some cars literally pull over on the motorway while we practice,'' he says. It must be because it is not common to see American foot- ball being played in New Zea- land.'' De Vries boosts Waitakere hopes Young gun: Ryan De Vries has shown his skill early on in Waitakere United's campaign. Photo: SHANE WENZLICK By TUREI MACKEY It looks like Waitakere United won't miss star striker Benjamin Totori too much if Ryan De Vries continues his top performance. Totori has signed with Solomon Islands club Koloale FC. But last Sunday De Vries, 19, scored two goals in Waitakere's 3-1 premiership victory against rivals Auckland City FC. Both sides will meet again this Sunday at Fred Taylor Park, this time in the lucrative O-League competition. De Vries says he won't predict another double but he will give it his best shot. Maybe just start off with one goal and con- tinue from there.'' He says that he isn't too worried about an Auckland City backlash or any changes the oppo- sition may make to their line-up. As far as expecting a different Auckland side we don't really worry about that. We will just play like the last game didn't hap- pen because this is the O-League and it is com- pletely different.'' He is grateful for the faith that coach Neil Emblen has shown to give him a regular starting spot this season. Starting has been a blessing -- I have always wanted to start for Wai- takere. But being the new guy last season and so inexperienced I just had to take any advice on board and wait.'' Emblen says the two goals by De Vries on the weekend confirm the teenager's confidence is high. Ryan was our star player last match and that is really good when you are talking about a player who is only 19 years old.'' He has filled Benji's shoes quite nicely and he is learning with every game and will only get better.'' Disney sports deal Sport clubs have various ways of getting equipment for their teams. Some find sponsors to pay for the necessary sports gear while others hold sausage sizzles. The Waitakere Typhoon took a different approach to getting their American football equipment -- they did a Disney movie. The Typhoon's junior and colt squads star in the Disney channel film Ava- lon High, which was shot in west Auckland in May and will premiere tomor- row in the United States. The movie is based on a 2005 fantasy novel of the same name and sees a young heroine discover her new classmates are rein- carnations of King Arthur and his court. Typhoon players appear in the football scenes which were shot at Trusts Stadium's Douglas Field. Coach Michael Mau'u says thanks to the acting gig the Typhoon was allowed to keep the helmets and pads from the film shoot. It means the Te Atatu based club now owns 95 percent of its own gear. Last season the club was borrowing from other teams in the Auckland area,'' he says. We have three teams and now each team has their own set of uniform and gear.'' The junior and colt players began rehearsing the scenes in April and Mau'u says the young footballers gave it 100 percent despite their win- ter sport commitments. A lot of the kids play rugby and league so we had to train at really odd hours like 8pm to 11pm. I coach rugby union during the winter so some of the nights I was coaching three times in a row.'' Mau'u also earned his acting credentials in Ava- lon High as the assistant coach to actor Craig Hall's character. I didn't say anything, just held a clipboard and pointed in different directions,'' he says. It only felt like a prac- tice run until they showed us the scene and it looked like the real thing.''
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