Western Leader : December 2nd 2011
Lynette Adams Chief Executive Sport Waitakere brings a FREE Holiday Programme to Ranui! Sport Waitakere is pleased to bring the Ranui Community their very own Break-Away School Holiday Programme called the Move It Youth Programme. The aim is to provide young people with an opportunity to attend fun, stimulating and structured school holiday programmes at no cost. This programme is part of the Ministry of Social Developments Break-Away package of initiatives designed to expand holiday opportunities for young people aged 11-17 years who would not otherwise have access to them. Move It Youth will be held at the Waitemata Seagulls Rugby League Clubrooms, located at the Ranui Domain from 19 - 23 Dec for the week before Christmas and in the New Year it will run on 9 - 27 Jan, Mon-Fri from 9am-4pm. The primary focus is to give participants a chance to engage in sports such as Touch Rugby, Tag, and Football, highlighting codes that are available to play in the Ranui community. There will also be opportunities to play sports that are accessible throughout wider West Auckland such as Golf, Cricket, Table Tennis and Hockey. The programme also includes Water Safety lessons and sessions on Maori traditional games including Kii O Rahi. Through this programme youth will have the opportunity to stay active over the holiday season and engage with peers in a safe environment. This will be the frst of its kind within the community and we hope to assist each individual to learn and grow through sport, to gain experiences of kinship, leadership and also be exposed to a variety of sports. Registrations are necessary as we only have placements for 50 participants (preference will be given to residents of Ranui); visit www.sportwaitakere. co.nz/holidayprogrammes for information and the registration form or contact Stephanie Tahuri (09) 966 3120 or firstname.lastname@example.org. www.westernleader.co.nz 15 WESTERN LEADER, DECEMBER 2, 2011 SPORT Waitakere coach has a good week By TUREI MACKEY Waitakere wins: Waitakere's Roy Krishna takes a shot against Waikato's Josh Greene. Photo: ANTHONY AU-YEUNG/PHOTOSPORT There was no rest for west Auck- land's coach of the year over the weekend as Neil Emblen's Waita- kere United side dispatched Wai- kato FC 4-1 in the national foot- ball premiership in Hamilton on Sunday. Goals by Roy Krishna, Ryan De Vries and Jake Butler, plus an own goal by Waikato's Josh Greene, saw Waitakere take the points against the last-placed Hamilton club. The Whenuapai-based club is now second in the standings behind Auckland City FC. We are always expected to win these types of games,'' Emblen says. But it is also a relief when you do what you are supposed to do. We were by far the better team and while that was a good result there were some parts of our per- formance that we can work on.'' The win capped off a good week for Emblen. The 40-year-old was selected as coach of the year at the Sport Wai- takere sporting excellence Koru Awards. It was the first time in a while that I have got out of my coaching uniform and put the glad rags on,'' he says. It was a bit of surprise to win but it is just nice the club is get- ting good recognition.'' Despite success at award cer- emonies and another victory in the national premiership, Emblen says the club's big aim is to do well in their O-League fixture this weekend. The club will travel to New Caledonia to play Mont Dore in the lucrative competition. Despite being a powerhouse in Oceania football, Waitakere haven't had everything go their way in the islands. The last two years we have played in New Caledonia we only got two draws. This game is another potential banana skin so we cannot feel like we're on hol- iday.'' Emblen says a win will place the team in a good position for the rest of the O-League. Auckland City FC will travel to Japan to take part in the FIFA Club World Cup on December 8. Top sport award for Danielle By TUREI MACKEY No rest: Danielle Sutherland will be touring with the under-18 women's national side to Australia. Photo: WILLIAM BOOTH/ PHOTOSPORT The ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year awards has seen Hender- son resident Danielle Sutherland recognised for her achievements in hockey. The Diocesan School for Girls student won the award for best female hockey player at a cer- emony held last week at Eden Park. Diocesan School for Girls won the Auckland schools competition, the intercity competition with North Harbour schools and fin- ished second at the national tour- nament. The 17-year-old was among a number of west Aucklanders nominated for their chosen sport including fellow winner Tyla Nathan-Wong who claimed the best female touch player award for Lynfield College. I have been nominated before but I guess it is a good feeling to win,'' Sutherland says. She is off to Australia in two weeks time to play for the under- 18 women's national side so she will have less time to relax after finishing exams than most students. I have about a three-week break but I will have to keep up running and training. Hopefully we will be able to win the series against Australia over there.'' Like most young athletes her ultimate aim is to make the senior national team, the Black Sticks, although she is realistic about when the chance will come. With the Olympics coming up it will be pretty hard to make the team so probably in the next four years,'' Sutherland says. I will have to con- centrate on developing my skills but it will still be a chal- lenge because all the girls cur- rently there are very talented and also quite young.'' Another winner was Oratia resident Katie Bowen who received the international award for her achievements in football. The Lynfield College student was a member of the Football Ferns that competed at the FIFA women's world cup in June. Signing with Rovers on his 18th birthday Blackburn boy: Tim Payne is joining Blackburn Rovers, the club of All Whites captain Ryan Nelsen. Photo: CHRIS SYMES/PHOTOSPORT Many young footballers dream about playing in the English Prem- ier League. And for Waitakere City and Wai- takere United midfielder Tim Payne that goal is one step closer. The 17-year-old, who is the youngest player to start a match in the national premiership, is set to sign with Blackburn Rovers in the new year. FIFA regulations means Payne must wait until he turns 18 on January 10 before he can sign a pro- fessional contract. He hopes to follow former Wai- kato FC star Chris Wood, who made his English Premier League debut for West Bromwich Albion in 2009 and now plays for Birmingham City in the championship division. Chris Wood is a great example of the opportunities that are now available to Kiwi players,'' he says. I hope I can achieve what he has, but I need to focus on what I can control and have no regrets.'' Waitakere United and Waitakere City player-coach Neil Emblen says it will be a loss for the west but one he is happy to see. In a way we really miss him this season at Waitakere United but when he is able to sign that contract on his 18th birthday I will be the first to shake his hand and tell him to live the dream.'' Signing a contract doesn't mean Payne will play in the premier league anytime soon but Emblen, who played for clubs Wolver- hampton and Crystal Palace in his career, thinks the youngster will handle the pressure. He is a mature lad for someone who is 17 years of age and I think he knows what to expect. Tim is clever and understands he will have to battle the English boys at the club's academy to show he is worthy of a spot.''
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