Western Leader : December 2nd 2010
27 WESTERN LEADER, DECEMBER 2, 2010 SPORT Please note: Please do not bring your own alcohol on to the premises. New licencing laws restrict this and bags may be searched and any alcohol confiscated. The Mad Butcher And Suburban Newspapers Community Trust Invites You To A Sunday 12 December at Ellerslie Racecourse Every year we say THANK YOU to the people of Auckland for their fantastic support with this FREE day out for the whole family. Start The Holiday Season In Style Entertainment - and Father Christmas will be there! FREE Ice Cream for Kids FREE FREE GAMES & RIDES for Kids (and the Mad Butcher's famous "Lolly Scramble") Mad Butcher Sausage Sizzle FREE FREE Entrance to Ellerslie Racecourse Suburbs closing in after innings All good: Fast bowler Jimmy Neesham will be hoping to shine with the bat to improve on Suburbs New Lynn's score of 174/2. Both west Auckland cricket clubs have work ahead of them on the second day of their two-day cricket matches. Suburbs New Lynn are within touching distance of first innings points after they put together a dominant bat- ting performance on Saturday. East Coast Bays were bundled out for only 216 and relied heavily on Ryan New- man's contribution of 75 and Donovan Deeble's score of 35. In reply, Suburbs had no similar batting wobbles as Aces opener Jeet Raval started the chase confidently with 76 runs alongside fellow opener Michael Barry's 49. Jimmy Neesham helped to push the home side to 174/2 at the close of play. Grafton United put it all together for possibly the first time this season as they posted an impressive 321/9 on day one of their clash with Waitakere City. Half-centuries from Tony Manning (64) and Sri Rajase- kar (54) allowed Grafton to comfortably cruise past the 300 mark. It was only a rare five- wicket bag from Aces bats- man Dusan Hakaraia that restricted them from running the scoreboard up even more. Waitakere will have plenty to do on day two. Baseball scouts look west for under-17 national side Try-outs: New Zealand baseball is looking for players for an under-17 Oceania tournament in January. By TUREI MACKEY The first trials for the under-17 national base- ball team took place at McLeod Park in Te Atatu last weekend. It was the first of four auditions for the squad to represent New Zea- land at the under-17 Oceania tournament on January 25. The next try-out is at Lloyd Elsmore Park in Pakuranga on December 4. West City player and under-17 pitching coach Matt Mills was pleased with the way things went. The day was really positive. We were down there at McLeod Park for a good three hours and I saw some very good tal- ent shown by the players.'' New Zealand baseball chief executive Ryan Flynn says his organis- ation always wanted to hold some of the practice sessions out west. McLeod Park is a location where we are planning on building additional infrastructure for baseball so it was great to have the first try-outs there,'' he says. He was happy with the number of players that showed up -- 30 in total. There were some from other sports, we had two javelin throwers come out and trial for the team. It is a national team so we are opening it up to all the best athletes to compete and give it a go.'' Flynn says New Zea- land has shown before that it has the talent to make it professionally. Look at Travis Wil- son, who was signed at the age of 19 from the Black Sox softball team,'' he says. He fell one step short of the major league but had a great minor league career which is better than most American players.'' The International Baseball Federation and Major League Baseball know that New Zealand is a nation with huge potential in the sport.'' Corrales shows his style On ball: Luis Corrales is hoping to get back on the field for Auckland City. Photo: TUREI MACKEY If anybody wants to see Luis Corrales' commitment to foot- ball they need only check out his bicep tattoo. Printed on the Costa Rican's left arm is a depiction of Jesus and two feet clasped together as if praying. Costa Ricans are real God believers and football is our religion,'' Corrales says. The Glen Eden resident has been playing for Auck- land City FC since moving from Team Wellington in 2009. Corrales says the most dif- ficult part of the move from the capital last year was finding a house that would allow pets. My partner and I have a lovely black labrador called Lita and we had to really search to find a place for our dog. Thankfully we knew someone who had a place in Glen Eden and would allow a dog in the house.'' The 27-year-old striker played for Central United during the winter and bagged 12 goals. He is recovering from a knee injury and hopes soon to be playing for Auckland City. Corrales says the myth of Latin American players being better than their Kiwi counterparts isn't necessarily true. Many actually struggle to make it in New Zealand because the style is more physical. Those players from Cen- tral and South America come with the mindset that since their footballers are the best in the world it means every- one has to adapt to their style -- not the other way. When I first came here I found it difficult,'' Corrales says. So I simply learned to adapt to the New Zealand style of football.'' He helps promote the beau- tiful game in Auckland schools and wants to see the sport getting more coverage then when he first decided to come to New Zealand. Before I left Costa Rica I searched for New Zealand football on YouTube and the only thing that came up was rugby,'' he says. I had never seen a rugby match so the first thing I thought was: Oh my God, where am I going?''
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