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Cricketers show promise
In control: Sam Gifkins of Onslow
College in action for the Wellington
year 9 rep cricket team against Central
Districts under-16 champions
Horowhenua-Kapiti at Linden Park last
Wellington won comprehensively,
scoring 253 in 50 overs. Horowhenua-
Kapiti were all out for 135.
Wellington coach Matt Tilley said
Calvin Harrison shone. A Raroa
Intermediate pupil playing above his
grade, he scored 84 and took 3-18.
He is a really talented leg spinner,''
The match was a warm-up for
Wellington before their clash with
We traditionally struggle against
Canterbury. They have a massive
catchment area and produce really
good cricketers through the grades,''
This as a chance to get one over
them -- we are looking really good.''
Photo: JIM CHIPP
ready for action
By JOSEPH ROMANOS
The Poneke-Kilbirnie invitation softball
tournament this weekend will double as
a trial for the Junior Black Sox.
Tournament organiser Warren Stod-
dart has lured some good teams for the
tournament, to be played at Hataitai
Park, but a big attraction will be the
youngsters aiming to make coach John
Love's New Zealand junior team for the
world championships in Argentina later
Love's potential candidates have been
split into two groups and those from
Palmerston North south will play in the
The Junior Black Sox hopefuls will
play Poneke-Kilbirnie in a feature
match on Friday at 8pm.
There are 10 teams entered in the
tournament -- Auckland United, North-
cote, Fastpitch (from Hastings), a South
Island composite side, Poneke-Kilbirnie,
Porirua, Dodgers, Miramar, Hutt Valley
Marist and the Junior Black Sox. They
have been split into two sections of five,
with the leading team in each section
making the final on Monday at 3pm.
On Friday night there will also be a
baseball flavour to proceedings. Sam
Bishop will pitch to his brother Te
Wera, who has signed for the Boston
Several of the Junior Black Sox
hopefuls will attempt to beat Te
Wera's throw while running from first
to second base. The distance will be
90ft, which is baseball size and 30ft
longer than in softball.
Stoddart said softball had been
struggling recently in Wellington and
hoped the tournament would provide
the sport with a shot in the arm.
There used to be an Island Bay
tournament that was very popular.
But that's not held any more. Hope-
fully this one can get established,'' he
Among the stars in the tournament
will be former New Zealand captain
Jared Martin, Dan Tarapi, Thomas
Cameron, Thomas and Campbell
Makea, Jerome Raemaki and Craig
Other attractions will include a
home run derby from 5pm on Sunday
evening -- with one player from each
team taking part -- spot prizes and
barbecues and food tents.
By KRIS DANDO
Ole Football Academy's coaches and players will link
with Island Bay United this season, citing a difference
in philosophy'' as the reason for severing their relation-
ship with Western Suburbs.
The Porirua-based academy, which is housed in the
old Porirua Hospital grounds, has 16 teenagers on its
books. Under the leadership of former professional
Nate Winkel, they have forged relationships with
universities in the United States to provide pathways
into the professional ranks.
The young athletes train 15 to 20 hours a week and
complete National Certificate of Educational Achieve-
ment school work.
We've created an environment that gives these
players a realistic chance of achieving their dreams to
play at an elite level,'' Winkel said.
They have the time to develop as a student, player
and person without getting pulled in five different
directions by five different coaches. We influence what
they eat, when they rest, their speed, strength, con-
ditioning, provide match video analysis -- everything
has been thought of.''
Island Bay United is now employing Winkel as first
team coach. James Prosser, also from Ole, will take the
reins of Island Bay's second team.
They [Island Bay United] know me,'' he said. I
played for them back in the day and they know what
we're doing here at Ole. The difference in philosophy
between Wests and Ole was a big factor and it was
important for us to find a club that embraced these
young players we have.
We think we can help take the club [Island Bay] to
where they want to be.''
Winkel said the Wakefield Park artificial surface
meant they could train and play in any weather.
Sweating for a good cause
Wellington children entering next
month's Sanitarium Weet-Bix Tryath-
lon are being encouraged to help raise
money for Make-A-Wish New Zealand
by trying for a wish''.
Make-a-Wish New Zealand makes
wishes come true for New Zealand chil-
dren with life-threatening illnesses.
Children can sign up on the Tryath-
lon website, then seek sponsors for their
efforts. Funds raised help make wishes
come true for Make-A-Wish children.
The Tryathlon series runs from
February to April.
The Wellington event, in Lower Hutt
on February 19, will start with a swim
at Huia Pool. The bike and run sections
will be around the neighbouring Hutt
Recreation Ground and surrounding
For information, visit weetbix.co.nz.
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