Western Leader : February 10th 2012
www.westernleader.co.nz 11 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 10, 2012 SPORT Lynette Adams Chief Executive Happy New Year! Happy New Year Waitakere! I hope the year has begun with plenty of fun and physical activity! What better way to enjoy the sunshine and our beautiful Waitakere surroundings by taking a walk along the beach, a hike through the Waitakere Ranges or a casual stroll around the neighbourhood to meet any new neighbours. Did you know walking is the single best thing we can do for our health? Walking for 30 minutes a day will improve all aspects of your life and best of all its free! By deciding to take the stairs over the lift, by lacing up your walking shoes and hanging the car keys on the hook you will start to look and feel healthier. Benefts to walking may include; weight control, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, improvements in mental health and stress reduction. This year Sport Waitakere is committed to exploring our communities walkways and is proudly supported by ANZ New Zealand to get more people out in the community tallying up walking kilometers on their footwear. Keep a look out on the Sport Waitakere website www.sportwaitakere.co.nz for a mixture of walks hosted by Waitakere walking groups and walks led by local ANZ and National Bank branches. These walks will be 60 minutes long and will showcase the beautiful surrounds of Waitakere. Sport Waitakere will then host an after function with light refreshments enabling everyone who walked to mix and mingle. All levels are welcome and some walks are suitable for prams and wheelchairs. For a calendar listing the walk dates, times and locations, contact Emma Haigh on 966 3120 or firstname.lastname@example.org 4122353AA Bears put up brave fight in Brother Pat SOFTBALL Outstanding batting perform- ances from Rueben Topia, Joel Harris, Gerard Long, Jamie Love, Alfons Oveinikovas and Gordon Hooper took Waitakere Bears to the brink of success in the Marist club's annual Brother Patrick softball series over Waitangi weekend. Waitakere won all seven round- robin games and then defeated Mt Albert Ramblers to go directly to the grand final, leaving Ramblers to knock out Northcote in the pre- liminary final. The Bears' batting power faded in the early innings of the grand final but quickly picked up when Isaac Fletcher and player-coach Patrick Shannon hit brilliantly to take two runs back from Ramb- lers' 3-0 lead. But the Bears could not sneak another run, even though Josh Niu and Long tested the Mt Albert fielders with some fine hits. Ramblers won 3-2. The side will now focus on the Dean Schick Memorial tourna- ment this weekend at Warren Freer Park. Waitakere's premier women's squad used back-up pitchers against a youthful Marist side and paid the price. Marist sneaked into a late lead and hung on, even with national representative Michal Tangaroa taking over the Waitakere pitch- ing duties, to win 8-7. Despite the loss the Bears still have a firm grip on the minor championship title and will face Howick at Starling Park tomorrow. Suburbs v Takapuna in one-day final CRICKET It is the season of Suburbs New Lynn as the cricket club took control of the Auckland premier two-day championship and booked a spot in the one-day final. Suburbs will play Takapuna in the one-day final after eliminating East Coast Bays at Ken Maunder Park on Sunday. East Coast Bays batted first but lost two wickets to Darren Eckford and a run-out which left the side at 23/3. Brad Schmulian and Ryan Newman (70 n/o) put together a 79-run partnership for the sixth wicket but East Coast was still out for only 201 runs. Suburbs batsmen Max Montgom- ery (61) and Victor Davies (48) led a successful run chase despite the efforts of bowler Donovan Deeble (3/35). The final will be played at Colin Maiden Park on February 19. Suburbs also extended its lead at the top of the two-day championship by claiming first innings points against Cornwall at Ken Maunder Park. Chasing a total of 158 the west Auckland club had lost its first four wickets before Michael Barry and Victor Davies led the side to 107/4 at the close of play on Janu- ary 29. On Saturday the pair picked up where they left off to lead Suburbs past the first innings target. Barry was dismissed for 52 but Davies forged ahead before falling five short of a century as Suburbs took a lead of 91 runs. With first innings points secured Suburbs went for the outright win with more than 50 overs left in play but Paul Thomas (38) and Michael Guptill-Bunce (47) saw Cornwall to 191. Waitakere City also earned first innings points in its two-day match against Ellerslie at Te Atatu Park. Ellerslie were resuming the sec- ond day on 72/5 in response to Wai- takere's first innings of 235 and lost an early wicket. But a seventh wicket partnership of 124 between Warwick Hart (89) and Marc Carmody (43) brought Ellerslie within striking distance of claiming first innings points. But once both men were out the final three wickets fell for just two runs and Waitakere took first innings points by 20 runs. Waitakere had 49 overs to bat and Daniel Morton made the most of it with a century while Sean Chick earned a half-century to take the side to 226/3 at the close of play. The result lifts Waitakere City off the bottom of table, a spot now occu- pied by Ellerslie. One-day semifinal: East Coast Bays 201 (Schmulian 70 n/o,Solia 3-31) lost to Suburbs New Lynn 203/7 (Montgomery 61, Deeble 3-35) by three wickets. Two-day fixtures: Cornwall 158 (Shantry 33, Eckford 4-74) and 191 (Guptill-Bunce 47, Barry 4-15) lost to Suburbs New Lynn 249 (Davies 95, Shantry 5-63) on first innings. Waitakere City 235 (Raj 68, Newman 4-94) & 226/3 (Morton 101 n/o) defeated Ellerslie 215 (Hart 89, Evens-Moore 3-29) on first innings. Paerata-Reid wins round one SURFING Sweet surf: Elliot Paerata-Reid flying through the air in the final of the under-16 boy's division. Photo: KEONE CAMPBELL Elliot Paerata-Reid's got off to a good start at the Billabong Grom Series. The Piha surfer took the first round on Sunday. The 16-year-old dominated the final of the under-16 boys division at Mt Maunganui with a score of 14.5 points. In one metre waves Paerata-Reid had the perfect game plan, hunting down the bigger left-handers that were running down the beach. But it was a 8.17 point score on a right-hander which clinched the win in the sec- ond half of the final. Paerata-Reid goes into the next event of the Billabong Grom Series as the front run- ner to win the trip to Aust- ralia. I wanted to come back after the nationals and win one and it is sick to win this,'' he says. I like having back-to-back contests, especially if you start doing well cause you can get into a rhythm.'' Muriwai surfer Milly Crewe won the under-14 girls division. Crewe scored 7.55 points out of 20 to win the final and take a second win back to Auckland's west coast beaches. In Whangarei on Monday, Zen Wallis finished ninth in the open men's division. Wallis was the best placed Piha surfer at the event won by American Taylor Jensen. Auckland City FC on track Victory: Auckland City celebrate Luis Corrales' goal in front of the crowd while Waitakere players rue the setback. Photo: SHANE WENZLICK FOOTBALL Auckland City FC are on track to finish top of the national football premiership standings after the side defeated Waitakere United 3-1 over Waitangi weekend. Luis Corrales, Danko Koprivcic and Manel Exposito scored for Auckland City while Chris Bale earned a goal for the Whenuapai- based side. The win gives Auckland City a five-point lead over second placed Canterbury United. Waitakere, fourth in the standings, will be aiming to reclaim second position when the club faces Waikato FC at Fred Taylor Park on Sunday. Kick off is at 2pm. The top two teams at the end of the regular season qualify for the 2012-2013 O-League tournament. But the local derby came at a cost to Auckland City with the club losing starting goalie Jacob Spoonley and All Whites midfielder David Mulligan to injury.
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