Western Leader : January 6th 2011
11 WESTERN LEADER, JANUARY 6, 2011 NEWS 3383696AA WHAT IS THE SEXIEST SPORT IN THE WORLD? • RUGBY? • BOXING? • UNDERWATER HANDGLIDING? (Sorry, just kidding, that's not even a real sport) Indoor Beach Volleyball If you have a team - bring it. If you do not and want to join, give Jeff a call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 022 674 1197 firstname.lastname@example.org A former student of Institute of Applied Learning www.mrindoorbeachvolleyball.co.nz There are two reasons to dine at BABA'S CURRY CAFE 1. YOU HAVE BEEN THERE 2. YOU HAVE NOT BEEN THERE 09 416 1608 1 PURIRI ROAD WHENUAPAI www.babascurry.co.nz Not the First but the BEST 3214424AG Advertising Feature entertainment Dining& Mr Touch looks to next generation By TUREI MACKEY Touch: Peter Walters has been playing touch for nearly 30 years and is now a development coach for Touch NZ. Photo: TUREI MACKEY ' Iusedtorunonthe rubbish trucks for many years alongside Bunce and Rush -- in fact our early touch team was called the Dustys. ' -- Peter Walters Three decades on, the man known as Mr Touch still has a zeal for the sport he helped turn into one of our most popular pastimes with over 250,000 players nationwide. These days Peter Walters is playing less and less at the elite level -- not because of old age or a lack of fitness, but because he is a development coach for Touch New Zealand. Walters, who recently turned 50, says his goal is creating specialist touch players. However, he acknowledges the sport still revolves around other codes. We have just 10 percent wanting to be touch players, he says. The rest want to make it in rugby, league or netball. So we are still losing them to those sports second and third-tier competitions but if they come back I believe we should still use them. Walters was planning on following a similar path him- self at the beginning of the 1980s. The Swanson resident was regarded as a promising rugby union player for the Marist club and then the Auckland B team. I remember my last year in Auckland B we had 11 future All Blacks, he recalls. That has always been our claim to fame. There were guys like Joe Stanley, Eric Rush, Frank Bunce, Sean Fitzpatrick and of course Peter Fatialofa who would go on to represent Manu Samoa. It was from this squad that a few of the players started playing touch on a regular basis. A few of them also worked together as garbage men -- a job which Walters treated as his work-out regime. I used to run on the rub- bish trucks for many years alongside Bunce and Rush -- in fact our early touch team was called the Dustys, he says. But that base fitness as a dusty helped me for all of these years because it was running, jumping and throwing. Carol Howard, another touch pioneer player, remembers Walters as one of the more disciplined athletes she has ever met. His stamina in the sport came down to him not being a drinker or smoker and always keeping healthy, she says. And to see him even playing at 50 years of age, well, you have to give him all the credit in the world. His fulltime commitment to touch came after a run of injuries in rugby union in 1988. I had a run of breaking something which was affect- ing work and therefore my family, he says. But to be honest -- I didn t tell anyone at the time -- I liked touch more then rugby. He is hoping to get the next generation of promising athletes to like touch rugby over other sports and has started to help organise annual overseas tours for youth sides. I see 2015 as an important date for touch in New Zea- land, he says. I want to see us win a world cup again and 2015 in my opinion is the realistic shot. Real Indian and Pakistani curry flavours at Lajawab Lajawab Takeaways: A new dining option in Kelston. Extensive menu: A great range of traditional Indian and Pakistani dishes. People who have been to India are aware that most Indian food served in New Zealand is not the same as you will find in India. However, there is an excep- tion -- it s called Lajawab, and it opened in October in the Kelston shopping centre. Lajawab means incredible and when you taste the auth- entic Indian and Pakistani dishes here, you will agree -- the difference is incredible. Since it opened, Lajawab has had excellent feedback from customers who enjoy the delicious food, generous sized portions, and budget friendly prices. Everything is prepared on site, using the freshest ingredients, including naan breads which are made in a tandoor oven on the premises. The extensive menu of main dishes includes traditional favourites like butter chicken, lamb masala, chicken korma, lamb madras and vege korma. Mains are priced at $8.99 and a combo with naan bread and a drink is $11.99. Lajawab s double deal offers great value -- two mains, two naan breads, rice and 1.5 litre drink for just $15.99 (two curries served in a single parti- tion container). There s also the triple deal -- three mains served in separate dishes, three naan breads, rice and 1.5 litre drink for $31.99. There is also a gourmet menu featuring special dishes such as chicken karhai -- a very popular choice -- sindhi biryani, chicken manchurian, prawn malabari and lamb mughal. To finish off your meal, the mango kulfi is a delicious dessert. Lajawab Indian Takeaways is open seven days from 10.30am to 9.30pm in shop 12B at the Kelston shopping centre. Phone orders are welcome on 845-6262. Deliveries are available Wednesdays to Sundays for a $5 surcharge in a 5km radius covering Kelston, New Lynn, Titirangi, Glendene and Glen Eden.
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