Western Leader : February 17th 2011
27 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 17, 2011 SPORT Have we got NEWS for you! News that you can Read, Hear & Watch! Our amazing new online editions take the news into a new dimension. Reads like a newspaper with easy-to-read turning pages -- and packed with extra features that connect you to news like never before. News coverage that puts you on the scene with Turn the page to a new era in local news -- the total multi media news experience! Just click on "Latest Edition" at www.westernleader.co.nz Turn on to our online editions NOW. The latest local news online -- anywhere, anytime. IN BRIEF Touch Junior touch competitions are starting this month out west. Teams and individual players from year 1 to 10 are needed for a competition at Archibald Park in Kelston. Contact Ivan on 021-286-8247. Massey junior players from year 1 to 10 can take part at Moire Park. Call Nic on 022-658-7342. Cricket West Aucklander Martin Guptill scored at nearly a run a ball in the national side's warm-up match against Ireland. Guptill smashed 130 from 134 balls and struck 12 fours and three sixes. The 24 year-old is a key figure in the Black Caps chances at this month's cricket World Cup. Futsal Week nine of the Vikings futsal premier league saw reigning champions World United overcome a defiant AC Miuayga team 7-2. Oratia Futsal are now sharing second place with Slippery FC and Boom Dynamite after the side went down 7-3 to Slippery FC. Boom Dynamite crushed Le Futsal 14-3 in their match up. Cuba Libero was impressive with a controlled 10-1 win against the more experienced Crum Park Rangers. Morningside Express earned a 4-1 win against Team Westies. Yachting Wild Horses skippered by Sue Jury has won the annual ladies' race in the West Harbour-based Clearwater Cove Yacht Club summer series. Sea Steed and Tern finished in second and third place. Wildcats look to pounce back By TUREI MACKEY Aiming high: West City Wildcats centre-fielder Gareth Hooten will be looking for a third national title in a row. Photo: TUREI MACKEY It has been a perfect summer for baseball player and administrator Gareth Hooten. Now he is looking to finish the season on a high when the West City Wildcats premier team com- petes at the National Club Cham- pionshipsat Lloyd Elsmore Park in Pakuranga, beginning on February 25.The Te Atatu-based club is seeking its third national title in a row. Hooten says beating rivals Howick-Pakuranga is the goal if his side is to secure a hat-trick of trophies. West City has struggled against the east Auckland club in recent times, which was evident with a 28-1 lopsided defeat last month. They have been pretty much wiping the floor with us this season, the pitching depth is bigger at Howick,'' he says. But as far as national club rivalries go, West City versus Howick is our version of New York Yankees against Boston Red Sox.'' Hooten was also involved in rais- ing the profile of the sport this year by helping New Zealand baseball to promote its Oceania under-16 tour- nament. The West City club president says the visit from New York Yankee Curtis Granderson ignited a wave of positive stories about the fledgling code. Everything lined up for us at the start of the year. Having Curtis Granderson come over and the Oceania champion- ships and then Te Wera Bishop signing with the Red Sox has drawn a focus to baseball. It has also changed people's per- spective from do we play baseball?' to we do play baseball and are pretty good at it'.'' He also believes both baseball and softball can grow more if both organisations are willing to con- tinue collaborating in the future. My view is both sports have to come together as a diamond sport code rather then just have baseball against softball,'' he says. Winding down: Waitakere Bears pitcher Michal Tangaroa is being rested before the finals. Photo: JASON OXENHAM Rampant Bears let contest slip away A successful run came to an end for the Waitakere Bears premier men's softball side in the Dean Schick Mem- orial series at Rosedale Park. Waitakere swept past their rivals in pool play, defeating Auckland United, Mt Albert Ramblers, Christchurch United and Hutt Valley Dodgers. The Ranui-based club then had to face defending champions Miramar in their semifinal and the hope of making it to their second tournament final in a row. But Waitakere's dreams were shat- tered by a first inning barrage from Miramar with four runs scored from four successive hits. Miramar went on to shut-out the Bears 7-0 and win their third success- ive Schick title by beating Christ- church club Richmond 2-0 in the final. The Bears were disconsolate after the match but player-coach coach Pat- rick Shannon, a fierce competitor him- self, assured them it was the nature of the game. It was one of those days when you think everything is going so well and the other side gets a break and the game gets away,'' he says. The Bears premier women seem to be trying to conserve the energy of out- standing pitcher Michal Tangaroa in the lead-up to the finals. Coach Izzy Nukunuku is using sub- stitute pitchers to make sure the fielders have plenty of practice. After struggling to hold off Western Magpies in the Marist tournament final last week, and losing to bottom side Howick, the Bears dropped 4-2 to a young Marist team. The Magpies are becoming a major obstacle in Waitakere's progress to another Auckland championship. Western sneaked into third place in the Auckland championship and is now aiming for second seed for the Auckland finals after a 4-2 loss to Mt Albert and a 4-1 win over Hibiscus Coast Sharks.
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