Western Leader : February 24th 2011
31 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 24, 2011 SPORT IN BRIEF Kiwisport Funding is available from Kiwisport for sport projects and initiatives that provide new or increased opportunities for organised sport for schoolchildren. Clubs, schools, churches, community groups and sports organisations can download an application form at www.sportwaitakere.co.nz or contact Hollie Evans on 966-3111 or email hollie.evans@sport waitakere.co.nz. Applications close March 18. American Football Waitakere Typhoon's season came to a close in Blockhouse Bay last weekend. The club's senior team lost 21-0 to the Tamaki Lightning in the Kiwi Plate final. The Typhoon were also shut out by the Lightning 14-0 in the colt team's semifinal match. Waitakere's junior side were eliminated the previous week. Yachting Wild Horses has won race nine of the Clearwater Cove Yacht Club summer series. Dave Jury's boat came in ahead of Waterwitch and Hornblower. Hornblower was awarded for being the fastest boat on the day. Bowls The ladies fours championship final at the Henderson Bowling Club was won by Pat Eivers, Catherine Dye, Anne Mahon and Lyn Harron. The final of the men's fours final will be decided at a later date between the teams of Kerry Dye and Steve Kuran. Cycling A trio of riders from the Massey High School cycling team has been selected to represent Auckland at the Age Group Track Nationals in Invercargill next month. First-year riders Lydia Rippon and Sammy Croft have been chosen along with second- year racer Lewis Stevens. Teen rider takes on the world Europe bound: Motorbike racer Daniel Mettam is to compete in the European Junior Cup. It is back to Europe for tal- ented motorbike racer Daniel Mettam. The Western Leader reported on the Glen Eden resident and his impact on the racing scene last August. Mettam has already been to Europe having trialled in Spain last September with the Red Bull Rookies race programme. The 15-year-old did enough during that trip to impress all the right people and now he s heading back to compete in the European Junior Cup -- a support class of the Superbike World Champion- ships. The European Junior Cup is an entry level series for 14 to 17-year-old racers from all around the globe. For the $40,000 entry fee the 20 young riders are sup- plied identical fuel-injected Kawasaki Ninja 250cc bikes which they keep at the end of the competition. The fee also takes care of transport for the bikes between rounds. Daniel s father Glenn says his son is very excited about the chance to compete on the famous European circuits. We only found out this was going to be possible a few weeks ago, he says. It s thanks to west Auck- land couple Phil and Cheryl London that we have the sponsorship needed. He says Daniel will still be eligible for the series next year. This is the chance of a life- time for a young racer and to be in this major showcase series, racing in front of crowds numbering around 100,000, is pretty huge, he says. There is also another Kiwi link with former 500cc GP star Simon Crafar named as the series junior coach. Crafar started 123 World Superbike races over a period of 10 seasons with his best season in 1997. Then he finished fifth over- all. Suburbs bowl over rivals Represent: Former Black Cap Daryl Tuffey helped his club to reclaim its twenty20 title. Photo: JASON OXENHAM It was a low scoring affair but Suburbs New Lynn is the twenty20 premier Auckland cricket club champion again. The west Auckland club suc- cessfully defended its title in a day of action at Lloyd Elsmore Park in Pakuranga. Suburbs started the day having to overcome their bogey team Howick-Pakuranga in the first semifinal. A double act from all-rounder Hendro Puchert helped Suburbs squeak home by just eight runs. Puchert top-scored with 35 in Suburbs innings with help from Auckland Aces player Daryl Tuffey with 30. The pair s contribution meant the side was able to reach 134-9 off their 20 overs. Puchert then picked up 3-28, which along with Ajaz Patel s 3-21, allowed Suburbs to bowl out Howick for 126. In the final Suburbs success- fully held off North Shore in a low-scoring final. Wicket-keeper Jonathon Bassett-Graham led the Suburbs batting effort with 34 and that allowed them to post 130-9. North Shore battled hard in reply but the spin of James Nolen helped bowl them out for just 119 and an 11-run victory for Suburbs. Lovemore enjoys a taste of Phoenix duties Wants more: Young Waitakere United forward Sean Lovemore, left, is wanting to get more game-time next season with A-League side Wellington Phoenix. Photo: CHRIS HILLOCK WAIKATO TIMES By TUREI MACKEY ' I was nervous but onceIgotontothe pitch those nerves disappeared and I just did what I had to do. ' Sean Lovemore A 25-minute appearance for the Wellington Phoenix on February 9 means Waitakere United s Sean Lovemore will be missing games for his west Auckland club. Due to FIFA rulings Love- more has to stand down for 30 days before he can rejoin Waitakere on the field. It was a similar ruling which hindered Auckland City defender Ivan Vicelich in November when he returned from a stint in China. But the striker is looking at the positives of playing a game in the A-League for the Wellington franchise. It will be frustrating for the next few days and being on the sidelines really sucks, he says. But the chance with the Phoenix was one I couldn t turn down and I enjoyed the experience. Waitakere coach Neil Emb- len says Lovemore performed well for an 18-year-old playing in a major stadium. He only was with the side for four to five days but he has now played in the Sydney Football Stadium and from what I saw coped pretty well. Lovemore says he didn t let the moment get to him and took in any advice from senior guys like Paul Ifill and Dylan MacAlister. I was nervous but once I got on to the pitch those nerves disappeared and I just did what I had to do. Even just training alongside those guys helped build up my con- fidence and I definitely came away with a better under- standing of the game. He is now focusing on the under-20 World Cup qualify- ing tournament in April and returning to Waitakere United in March.
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