Western Leader : January 28th 2011
11 WESTERN LEADER, JANUARY 28, 2011 SPORT Lynette Adams Chief Executive ADVERTISING FEATURE Local Contestable Fund applicatons close 18 March 2011. Funding is available for the Waitakere community for projects and initatves that can provide new or increased opportunites for organised sport for school-aged children. Clubs, schools, churches, community groups or sports organisatons, now is the tme to get your applicaton in! For more informaton or to download an applicaton form visit our website www.sportwaitakere.co.nz (click on KiwiSport) or contact Hollie Evans on 966 3111 or firstname.lastname@example.org Funding Applicatons Open! Round 3, 2011 SUNDAY 13TH MARCH 2011 START TIME 9.30AM rOunD THe BaYs PORTS OF AUCKLAND www.roundthebays.co.nz ENTER NOW! SUPPORTING THESE GREAT CHARITIES Cricket sides in with a chance Both west Auckland cricket clubs made the most of their time at the crease last weekend in matches hampered by wet weather. All-rounder Jimmy Neesham hit an un- beaten 84 in Suburbs New Lynn's rain-affected clash with Cornwall. That innings allowed Suburbs to make their way to 162-2 with Nee- sham getting support from Max Montgomery (45). It puts the club in a position to exert pres- sure on Cornwall this weekend in the battle for first innings points. Waitakere City made the most of their limited play at Te Atatu Park to get to 145-1. Aaron Jeavons (67) and Daniel Morton (60no) provided the bulk of the score in a valuable partnership which sets the home side up to push for first innings points on day two. Yankee meets Bear: New York Yankee Curtis Granderson talks with Waitakere Bears vice-president Wayne Reeves at Starling Park. Photo: TUREI MACKEY Bears softball side meets baseball man By TUREI MACKEY How about that Yankee? That was the general feeling around Starling Park when New York Yankee centre-fielder Curtis Granderson made a surprise visit at the Waitakere Bears softball club's 60th jubilee celebrations. Granderson was in town for the under-16 Oceania baseball cham- pionship and showed up to mingle with players and members of the Ranui-based club. The 29-year-old is major league baseball's version of rugby league icon Steve Price. His involvement in charity work and good-will causes has Granderson regarded as one of the nice guys of American pro sports. Bears player-coach Patrick Shannon can back that up after chatting with the regular starter for one of sport's most famous franchises. I have been to Yankee Stadium a number of times so it was cool for one of their players to visit our venue,'' the 35-year-old says. Curtis is such a down to earth guy. He wasn't using his stardom, he just wanted to hang out and kick around with the guys.'' Granderson, an international ambassador for baseball, says his visit to New Zealand has been great even if there was a spat of bad weather. I would rather be here then in Chicago where it is currently snowing and freezing,'' he says. He has promoted baseball around the globe and believes the game can grow in New Zealand. The first thing we have to do is get people introduced to the sport which we are currently doing. And the good thing about base- ball is you don't have to be a cer- tain size or height to play the game.'' Shannon invited Granderson for some batting practice during a break in the Bears-Howick fix- ture. Shannon played catcher while twin brother Heinie pitched. Granderson took some time to get used to the underarm delivery in softball -- baseball pitches are performed over arm -- but was soon swinging the bat with ease. I actually asked Curtis after- wards if he wanted to play for our reserve team,'' Shannon says. Granderson enjoyed his time practicing against two current players from the Black Sox team. The different angle of the ball and shorter distance meant my reaction time was a lot shorter,'' he says. Plus I was facing probably the best pitcher/catcher duo in the country.'' The Waitakere Bears premier men's side defeated Howick 4-0 in a rain-affected match and are cer- tain of a spot in the Auckland club finals.
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