Western Leader : December 9th 2010
31 WESTERN LEADER, DECEMBER 9, 2010 SPORT Magenta's late goal denies Waitakere On form: Waitakere United goalie Danny Robinson helped keep his side in the game against Magenta. Photo: SHANE WENZLICK A stunning goal by former All White Allan Pearce and an inspired performance from goalkeeper Danny Robinson wasn't enough for Waitakere United to stop a draw with New Caledonia's Magenta in the latest round of the O-League. Magenta began the clash against Waitakere in sprightly fashion and it wasn't long before Robinson was called into action, mak- ing two good saves in quick succession after 10 minutes. Just before halftime, both sides had free kicks in good positions, but Robinson and fellow goalie Jean Yan Doun- ezeck pulled off acrobatic saves to keep the match scoreless as the players went into the sheds. Waitakere became more adventurous in the second half and showed their intent within 10 minutes of the restart as attempts from midfielder Chris Bale and speedy Fijian striker Roy Krishna flew narrowly wide. They finally got their goal in the 70th minute when Allan Pearce pounced on a poor pass from Magenta's Roy Kayara and swerved around a pair of defenders and Doun- ezeck to smash a shot into the back of the net. It was a marvellous indi- vidual goal but failed to have the desired effect on Pearce's Waitakere teammates who let Magenta back into the game just seven minutes later through a mistake by Jack Pelter. The young defender bungled a straightforward clearance and allowed Fran- cis Watrone to nip in and get the ball past Robinson. Waitakere had chances to regain their lead in the dying moments through Krishna and Ryan De Vries but, to the frustration of Emblen, could not. It was a very windy day and that made it hard for us in the first half,'' Emblen says. They controlled most of the play and the possession but, once we had gone ahead, I thought we would go on to close out the game. We didn't create enough chances but we are still unbeaten this season and this may turn out to be a better result than it seems right now.'' Cyclists named top high school team Cycling crew: Lydia Rippon, Lewis Stevens, Steve Furminger and Samantha Croft are members of Massey High School's talented cycling team. Photo: TUREI MACKEY The only west Auckland school with a cycling team has had a successful year. Massey High School's cyc- ling team won a number of accolades, all of which resulted in the side being named the school's most suc- cessful sporting team for 2010. Among the squad's achievements was a silver medal for the junior girls' time trial team at the New Zealand secondary schools and Auckland waterfront championships and a bronze for the senior boys' time trial team at the North Island secondary school tourna- ment. There were a number of top five individual performances for Lydia Rip- pon, Dion Smith, Steve Fur- minger, Samantha Croft, Lewis Stevens and Laura Newman-Watt. Smith and Furminger were selected to represent New Zealand in Canada and Australia. Henderson Valley resident Samantha Croft says part of the success can be relayed back to the camaraderie in the squad. We are all quite close, everyone is good friends with each other,'' she says. So it is good to be in that type of group where we all enjoy working together.'' And that fellowship helped on the roads when dealing with some not-so- friendly car drivers. After a while you get used to that sort of stuff but we just let each other know when a car was coming.'' Furminger was one of the school's top riders and earned the right to represent his country in the under-19 tour of Tasmania. The 18-year-old says he will be sticking with the sport while getting a tertiary education next year. And after university if my heart is still in it I will do my best and see how it goes.'' Waitakere City deny Grafton outright win Spin king: Suburbs New Lynn spinner James Nolen claimed three wickets in the second innings. Photo: JASON OXENHAM The latest round of the men's premier two-day cricket championship saw two west Auckland clubs aiming for different results. Waitakere City may have conceded first innings points to Grafton United but did enough to deny their opponent the full complement of points. A great bowling perform- ance led by Grafton's Guy Coleman (4/26) and Jonathan Roberts (3/41) saw Waitakere City dismissed for a paltry 107 and still requiring another 214 to make Grafton bat again. And the outright points would have been Grafton's if not for Waitakere City bats- man Josh Emmott's unbeaten century. The fact that he posted that score out of a total of 168/7, and as wickets were tumbling at the other end, made his effort to deny Graf- ton's charge for the win even more exceptional. Suburbs New Lynn went within 20 runs of claiming all the points at Ken Maunder Park but in the end had to settle for just their first innings haul. Jimmy Neesham ensured that Suburbs claimed first innings early on day two con- tinuing on from his overnight score to reach 67 not out and allow his side to declare at 218/3. East Coast Bays then struggled again with the bat although Graeme Read con- tributed 63. James Nolan was Suburbs' best bowler with figures of 3/55. Suburbs needed 186 to win and they gave it a good shot with Greg Hay's 87 and Nee- sham's contribution of 37, but in the end it was too much as they finished on 169/8.
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