Western Leader : November 25th 2010
31 WESTERN LEADER, NOVEMBER 25, 2010 SPORT IN BRIEF Yachting The fourth race in the Clearwater Cove Yacht club summer series has seen Hornblower return to the winner circle and win another fastest boat award. Nimble took second place and Mirage came third. Aussie Rules Waitakere Magpies have be forced to play this weekend for a spot in the grand final after losing to University 96-72. Contact us If you have a sports story contact us at 837-340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Basketballers unbeaten Perfect season: West Auckland Basketball's under-15 boys side after winning the national title. The All Blacks couldn't achieve it and neither could the Silver Ferns. And the Black Caps have no hope of ever finding such success. But West Auckland Bas- ketball's under-15 boys team has capped off a successful year by going undefeated. The side ended up winning all of its 27 games this season. Their final win was at the Basketball New Zealand championships where the side cruised to victory in the final against Canterbury 98-74. West Auckland's closest game was an 81-77 win against Basketball Waitakere in the semifinal. Ben Lister, Reuben Porter and Jaylen Gerrand made the tournament team with Gerrand being named most valuable player. Coach Doe Williams says he had a group of young men who simply refused to lose. We had six players who had never played representa- tive level, which made it a more incredible feat,'' he says. Although we lacked a bit of skill to start, we had a lot of mental toughness.'' He says his side was prob- ably the first to play tournaments where all 12 players got the same amount of minutes. By the time we got to nationals we coined a new phrase: MVB' meaning most valuable bench. While we weren't the biggest team at any stretch, we were the deepest and most prepared.'' The Swanson resident made sure his players were ready for competition by having them play against older players. We only played against under-19 teams because I wanted them to play against bigger kids to push their skill levels. So when they got to the under-15 nationals it was like taking candy from a baby.'' West clubs take points On fire: Scott Curtis saved Waitakere City in their match against Birkenhead City by nabbing six wickets. Photo: JASON OXENHAM The first round of the two- day championship has seen both west Auckland cricket clubs earn maximum points. Suburbs New Lynn dominated with the bat against Papatoetoe with Michael Barry claiming a century and Jeet Raval assisting with 70 runs. Further contributions by Jonathan Bassett-Graham and Hendro Puchert saw Suburbs declare at 336/7. Chasing that target was always going to be a tough ask for Papatoetoe and they never came close to reaching it.Their captain Gareth Shaw played a valiant lone hand, scoring more than half his side's runs in a doomed effort of 137 all out. Josh Presland's 3/16 was the most successful effort of the Suburbs bowlers. Waitakere City had bowler Scott Curtis to thank for helping the club to win first innings points against Birkenhead City. With Waitakere all out for 184 on day one, Birkenhead City were fancying their chances of grabbing first innings points when they were only 95 runs behind with six wickets in hand. But Curtis ripped through the Birkenhead batting line- up to grab a six-wicket bag and help dismiss the home side for 114 with only 24 runs added on to their over- night score. Touchdown saves day By TUREI MACKEY A late touchdown ensured that Waitakere Typhoon's newly established senior team won its very first game. The Typhoon held off a ten- acious Tamaki Lightning to win 14-6 at Blockhouse Bay Reserve. Waitakere got off to a quick start with Glenora Bears rep- resentative Bronson Bernard scoring the first touchdown from an Isaac Teleiai pass. The second and third quarters saw Tamaki Light- ning with most of the pos- session but the east Auckland club could only muster one touchdown. Backup Typhoon quarter- back Antony Mataia then led a scoring drive late in the fourth quarter and connected with Chris Aritema to put Waitakere in front 12-6. Mataia then got the two point conversion when he crashed his way into the endzone. The final minutes were all about defence as the Typhoon held off a final attack from the Lightning to guarantee the victory. It was a rough and tumble game with a number of players from both teams coming off the field with minor injuries. Waitakere coach Michael Mau'u says he expected there to be a few bumps and bruises, especially with the match being the first experi- ence of American football for many of his players. The injuries were mainly shoulder injuries,'' he says. They go in tackling like league players so there is a lot of shoulder to helmet con- tact.'' Mau'u was happy with his team's performance, especial- ly from his 32-year-old quar- terback Mataia. The senior side will play Manurewa Spartans at Mangere Centre Park this Saturday. Manurewa has surrendered 139 points in their first two games of the season. Futsal season starts Almost before one season could end another just began. The league title was decided on the last round of games in the futsal premier league. Despite missing three players World United took their first championship with a 5-3 victory over Niks Bandits. The hero for World United was Ayk Khachatryan mak- ing his first start and scoring three goals as United did enough to collect the three points needed to pip Malwee Jaragua on goal difference. Malwee Jaragua, who had led the table for six weeks, had a disappointing end to the season with a third con- secutive defeat, this time a 3-0 loss to Cuba Libero. Former champions Slip- pery FC played one of their best games of the season as they ended Oratia Futsal's six-match winning streak with a 6-5 win. Boom Dynamite defeated FMFC 9-4 for their highest league finish in third pos- ition. World United didn't have long to celebrate their title with the new season begin- ning days after the previous competition ended. The champion side picked up the three points with a straightforward 5-0 win against Team Westies and look like a side which will not relinquish their premier title easily. Oratia Futsal were made to scrap all the way before overcoming the new-look Cuba Libero team 4-1. Boom Dynamite kicked off their campaign against Morningside Express with a 6-3 victory. Two teams making their debut were Le Futsal and Crum Park Rangers. Le Fut- sal settled quickly and built up a 3-0 lead before Rangers got the hang of things and made it a close 4-2 finish in Le Futsal's favour. Slippery FC got off to a flyer with an 11-7 win over AC Miuayga.
November 23rd 2010