Western Leader : January 21st 2011
19 WESTERN LEADER, JANUARY 21, 2011 SPORT IN BRIEF Baseball Want to meet a real-life New York Yankee? The legendary baseball club's centrefielder Curtis Granderson will be at the Waitakere Bears Starling Park clubrooms on Saturday from 2pm to 3pm. The 29-year-old will be a guest at the club's 60th jubilee celebrations. Granderson, who serves as an ambassador for Major League Baseball, is in the country for the Oceania under- 16 baseball tournament at Lloyd Elsmore Park in Pakuranga from January 25 to 28. For more information go to www.baseballnz.org or phone 0508 BASEBALL. Water polo Glen Eden Intermediate School's water polo team the Lakers finished 2010 undefeated when they won the year 7 and year 8 league finals at West Wave in Henderson. The team scored 167 goals and conceded 24 in their dominant season. Nick Stankovich and Caitlin Mann were awarded most valuable player medals while Christopher Downie was named the league's top goalie. Softball Waitakere Bears are still on course for a repeat of last year's double championship win. The men's premier side is in fourth sport after an 8-5 win over Eden-Roskill. The women's premier team will need to perform better than their showing against league leaders Mt Albert Ramblers after the side dropped six runs in the first inning before losing 7-5. Women's coach Issy Nukunuku is allowing substitute pitchers to work on their experience, leaving ace pitcher Michal Tangaroa on first base. The Western Magpies beat Howick 9-1 to stay in third place behind the Bears and Ramblers, the two sides which have domi- nated the women's competition over the past three years. Cricket Both west Auckland cricket clubs were in action on the second day of the men's premier two-day championship. Former Auckland Aces player Richard Jones ensured that North Shore only lost first innings points to Suburbs New Lynn. Jones scored 74 to steer the home side to 165/4 to hold off an outright defeat. On the first day Suburbs bowler James Nolan grabbed 6/53 to bowl North Shore out for 180. Suburbs started the second day on 103/3 and won first innings points with a score of 234. Waitakere City's respectable first innings score of 315 looked a tough challenge for University, but Varsity batted the entire second day to post 402/9 and secure first innings points. Footie stars proud to front up for the kids By TUREI MACKEY Advice: Former Otago Highlander Romi Ropati talks to some kids at Massey High School. Photos: TUREI MACKEY League legends: Stacey Jones and Monty Betham with seven-year- old Ethan Reupena of Western Heights Primary School and six-year- old Losaline Ahokava of Pomaria Primary. It was all fun and games at the Youth Pride summer hol- iday programme at Massey High School this week. And if the kids needed any advice on how to throw a rugby ball they were at the right place. Rugby league icons Stacey Jones and Monty Betham and former Otago Highlander Romi Ropati were on hand to help run activities for young west Aucklanders ranging from the ages of five to 17. The kids took part in a number of different rugby drills and were then treated to a free lunch organised by Jones. Youth Pride is in its second year and is run by Tea Ropati alongside the Koru Trust and Ministry of Social Develop- ment. It is designed to motivate young people and give parents the chance to let their kids attend a free sum- mer programme. Ropati says the day gets youngsters off the couch and doing something. It gives them something better than staying at home and watching movies,'' he says. And while the kids pick up key values from the for- mer players it also gives youth a chance to act as leaders and help us organise and run activities.'' The 46-year-old says the rugby and league stars enjoy their involvement. You get role models who might turn up once for a short time but our guys are there for nearly all the clinics so the kids get to know them. Plus all the boys like wearing the Youth Pride t-shirts. You never see them trying to quickly change back into their other shirt.'' The programme finishes next week and will resume in April. National honours: From left, Shane O'Halloran, Jed Wright, Logan Flutey, Adam Foster and Shamus O'Halloran will represent New Zealand at the International Surf Challenge in Mt Maunganui. Photo: TUREI MACKEY Piha Pirates make it to rare tournament By TUREI MACKEY There will be no chance to rest and relax for the under- 23 Piha Pirates surfboat team this month. Crew-mates Logan Flutey, Adam Foster, Shamus O'Halloran, Jed Wright and sweep Shane O'Halloran will be competing in a three- match test series at the International Surf Chal- lenge in Mt Maunganui beginning on January 31. The Pirates will race as the New Zealand develop- ment team and will take on crews from Australia, Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom. They were selected after beating another Piha Pirates team in a row-off at Whangamata on January 2. But sweep and coach Shane O'Halloran says prep- aration for the International Surf Challenge began early last year. We set ourselves the goal to be selected as the develop- ment team so started our gym training regime last April,'' the 48-year-old says. All have put in a large amount of effort and time to achieve this. It is a big commitment for these young men to make.'' Captain Jed Wright says the group have been training whenever they get the chance for the tournament. I was told the event only comes around every 10 years so it is a great honour,'' he says. We just don't want to mess it up because we all want to do the club proud.'' O'Halloran has been run- ning tough workouts this month and none of the rowers have been spared including his 19-year-old son Shamus. I treat all these guys as if they were my sons. They all get treated the same way,'' he says. With all going to plan 21-year-old Jed Wright says he is quietly confident that the Pirates can claim the series.
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