Western Leader : March 3rd 2011
23 WESTERN LEADER, MARCH 3, 2011 SPORT Dearth of senior hockey players By TUREI MACKEY Nearly ready: Brooke Wyllie is looking for senior team members to play at a Henderson hockey venue which is almost complete. Photo: TUREI MACKEY The turf is soon to be laid out at the new $3.8 million hockey arena at Henderson High School. And Brooke Wyllie is hoping to have a new west Auckland hockey club ready to play on it. The Tirimoana Primary School teacher is on the search for senior men and women players. We haven t started the club just yet, we haven t even chosen a name for it, he says. But the first thing we need is players. Wyllie got involved while organising some junior and primary school teams. Wyllie, 27, will coach the men s senior team and already has 10 quality players but would need 14 to be able to field a side. We have a good bunch of guys who have dropped from the premier reserve grade to help us out. While we don t want to steal players from other clubs this will be an option for west Aucklanders. There is another thing Wyllie will need to organise in the coming months -- a clubroom. We are looking for a bar or tavern to sponsor us and allow us to hold our meetings there. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Waitakere out of O-League Knocked out: Jake Butler and Waitakere United have been eliminated from the O-League competition. Photo: SHANE WENZLICK A narrow 1-0 win over rivals Waitakere United has earned Auckland City a place in the 2011 O-League final. The club is almost certain to meet Vanuatu side Ami- cale in the final. An early Stuart Kelly goal was enough to see off the challenge of Waitakere who needed to secure a vic- tory to keep their title hopes alive. Coach Neil Emblen and his men would have hoped for an early goal to settle the nerves but it was Auck- land who found the net first in the 12th minute. Striker Manel Exposito tried to go around Waita- kere goalkeeper Andy Ralph, who could only block the ball into the path of Kelly. The midfielder took full advantage by smashing the ball into the vacant net to the joy of most of the 2500-strong crowd. Waitakere worked hard to get back on level terms but were without Roy Krishna -- likely to be out for the rest of the season with a dislocated wrist. Allan Pearce, Dakota Lucas and Ryan De Vries toiled hard in his absence but struggled to trouble Jacob Spoonley in the Auck- land goal. Waitakere struggled to create any chances and the City defence, lead by skip- per Ivan Vicelich, saw out the last quarter of the match without many heart- stopping moments. Co-coach Aaron McFarland believes the match was won thanks to solid performances from defenders like Vicelich. The back four were top notch and didn t give them much of a chance, he says. Emblen was bitterly dis- appointed with the result but had no complaints about his players perform- ance. I can t fault the lads effort, I thought they went at it until the end and did throw the kitchen sink at them, he says. But Auckland played well and held out. Emblen admits that the absence of Krishna left a large hole in the Waitakere attack. It s blatant for everyone to see that we miss Roy when he doesn t play. And Sean Lovemore as well, he s not available after being involved with the Wellington Phoenix and we ve missed them both in the last few weeks. We ve got to learn to deal without them and we ve just seen how difficult it can be, Emblen says. The lads will keep going and we ve still got plenty to play for this year but unfortunately the big prize is now gone. Outright win just eludes Suburbs Runs galore: Suburbs New Lynn's batsmen, including Michael Barry, scored with ease at Ken Maunder Park. Photo: JASON OXENHAM Suburbs New Lynn are in second place and remain within striking distance of competition leaders Taka- puna in the two-day major championship. Suburbs put the total on the board but couldn t quite pick up the wickets against Eden-Roskill on day two of their match. The side needed an out- right victory to bump them into first place on the points table. Suburbs batsman Victor Davies was dismissed after posting 112 and helping his side escape trouble after being 61/4 on the first day. His contribution saw the west Auckland club finally declare at 246/9. Eden-Roskill worked hard in reply with batsman Ben Mailata (69) leading the way with support from Dilan Peris (57). However, neither could go on to make the big score and Eden-Roskill was all out for 195. The home side declared at 95/0 to give Eden-Roskill the difficult, yet gettable, total of 147 with only 20 overs remaining in the day. Ajaz Patel (3/27) and James Nolen (3/49) gave Suburbs a chance at outright victory with wickets tumbling as Eden Roskill attempted to chase the score. But in the end Suburbs had to settle for first innings points. Suburbs New Lynn 246/9 dec (Victor Davies 112, Hendro Puchert 48, Navdeep Aujla 5-67) & 95/0 (Russell Hewage 51no, Michael Barry 44no) defeated Eden Roskill 195 (Ben Mailata 69, Dilan Peris 57, Azhar Abbas 30, Hendro Puchert 4-33) & 113/7 (Ajaz Patel 3-27, James Nolen 3-49) on first innings.
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