Western Leader : February 18th 2011
15 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 SPORT S A S A S the all new Volvo S60 valued at $63 990 P W Beinto P F a y - 1 a 11 a y y y a Waitakere off the boil By TUREI MACKEY The past two games haven't been the best for football club Wai- takere United. But coach Neil Emblen is hoping to reverse the mini- slump when the premiership leaders play Waikato FC at Fred Taylor Park on Saturday. Waitakere suffered a shock 3-1 defeat to Tahitian club AS Tefana in their O-League fixture a fortnight ago, and last weekend were sur- prised 2-1 byHawkes Bay United. And to add more woe, the club lost key striker Roy Krishna for a month with a wrist injury. Emblen says the losses can be put down to his side not making the most of their scor- ing chances. The AS Tefana gamehadalottodo with the plastic pitch over there but we simply didn't take our chances when we had them,'' he says. And then against Hawkes Bay we had three or four op- portunities in the early stages of the game. But we didn't take those and then after halftime we got scored on and didn't play so well after that.'' Emblen, 39, dis- misses the notion that the squad's younger players are tiring in the back end of the season but says the side is missing some of its veterans. At the moment we don't have a lot of them playing. Martin Bullock is still coming back from injury, and Roy is now out so we haven't got too many veteran players to step in.'' The former Wolverhampton Wan- derer wants his team to show its early season form against Waikato, before facing Auckland City in a vital O-League match up on February 26. We started the season winning games with ease but now we areonabitofa wobble,'' he says. If we do really well over the next eight days and win both games, then we are 90 percent minor pre- miers and a very good chance to qualify in the O-League.'' Pringle looks to stretch lead By TUREI MACKEY Flying high: Logan Pringle and crewmate Chris Wells will be aiming for top points at Piha this Saturday. Photo: DONNA WALSH/Waikato Times It will be all go at Piha this weekend when the penultimate round of the Thundercat boat racing series starts on Saturday. And for Te Atatu resi- dent Logan Pringle it will be a chance to expand his lead in the national surf-cross com- petition. Surf-cross is an event run traditionally at surf beaches with inflatable boats reaching speeds over 80kmh. The crew consists of a driver and a co-pilot who uses their weight to bal- ance the boat in order to reach higher speeds. Defending series champion Pringle and co- pilot Chris Wells are one point ahead of rivals Scott Radley and Dave Hamilton in the standings. Pringle is taking a relaxed approach to the race and probable rough surf at Piha. It is never small at Piha. But we can't really be too worried because there is nothing we can do about it,'' he says. But I was surfing out at Bethells the other day and there were some good sets rolling in.'' The 20-year-old buil- der has been racing for three seasons and has evolved into the best young driver on the cir- cuit. He started competing in 2008 season with his father David, who now sponsors his son's boat. I have always been involved with things on the water due to my dad's line of work in building boats,'' he says. I thought Thundercat racing was pretty cool so after a few years of saving pennies I brought a boat and started racing myself.'' Last year he won the national surf-cross com- petition with veteran racer Sarah Barrell but had to change to Puke- kohe rookie Chris Wells this season. Sarah had been racing for nearly nine years and was thinking of doing another season but became pregnant. Chris is a mate of one of the other racers and used to ride motocross bikes but didn't like get- ting bashed around. So he took this sport up and is still getting a hiding.'' Pringle says the high speeds and potential crashes don't scare him at all. More of an adrenaline rush then fear to be honest,'' he says. Go to www.western leader.co.nz to watch this year's racing at Mt Maunganui..
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