Western Leader : December 21st 2010
23 WESTERN LEADER, DECEMBER 21, 2010 SPORT Summer season on the gridiron New Typhoon: Glenora Bears winger Bronson Bernard is trying his luck at American football this summer. Photo: TUREI MACKEY In action: Bronson Bernard, left, lines up a Metro Lions player for the tackle. By TUREI MACKEY This summer Bronson Bern- ard is trying America's ver- sion of rugby league. The 22-year-old plays on the wing for the Glenora Bears premier side and is spending his time as a wide receiver with local American football club Waitakere Typhoon. He decided to take up the sport as a way to improve his fitness after being sidelined from Glenora with an injury this year. In his first match in the Auckland American Football League Bernard caught a touchdown pass which he described as a real buzz''. But while he has the size and speed that most profes- sional scouts in America would be looking for, Bernard admits he still needs to figure out the technical aspects of the game. The most difficult thing in the sport of American football is learning the running routes a wide receiver needs to take,'' he says. You are not just running anywhere, you're attempting to fool the defenders.'' The Henderson resident has also had to get use to wearing padding and a hel- met, which hindered his tack- ling technique when he filled in as a defensive player against the Metro Lions. Any skills I picked up in league I can't really use. Because I went in for a tackle as I would in league and ended up hurting my arms due to all the gridiron equipment getting in the way.'' Coach Michael Mau'u says Bernard is still picking up on certain parts of the game but has been a huge asset to the club. He is one of the most tal- ented players we have had come across from another code. He has adapted really well and fits the stereotype of what American colleges would be looking for in their footballers.'' Bernard says American football is a lot tougher than people think. But he has no reservations about the toughest football code. It is definitely league because you get a lot of stop- page time in this one,'' he says. SURF COWBOYS SURF COWBOYS Cool Caleb: Caleb Braithwaite from Whakatane struts his stuff in the west Auckland surf. Photo: SHANE WENZLICK RIP CURL GROMSEARCH Piha perfection: Paul Moreiti rides the waves in the Rip Curl Gromsearch under-16 boy's division. Surf's up: Levi Stewart from Waihi Beach cuts his way through the waves. Nice dip: Blake Dovey from Mount Maunganui takes a dive in the Piha surf. Raglan's Ben Poulter and Gisborne's Jayda Martin- Fitzharris won their respect- ive under-16 competitions at the Rip Curl GromSearch event at Piha this month. The win means both have earned the chance to rep- resent their country in the international final at the famous Bells Beach in Aust- ralia next year. Piha surfers Tane Wallis and Elliot Paerata-Reid were in contention for the boy's title but Paerata-Reid was knocked out after placing third in the heats to Wallis and Poulter. Wallis took second place in the final with an overall score of 13.8. Paerata-Reid also made the under-14 boy's final where he finished third with a final score of 9.85.
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