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Come and Play Rugby at MSP !!!!
Key Dates for 2012: Registration Days at MSP Clubrooms
Ruahine St (above Hataitai Park), Hataitai
• Sunday 19th Feb 10am to 12pm
• Sunday 26th Feb 10am to 12pm
MSP Junior Club Open Day, Saturday 24th March 2012 at MSP Gym,
Evans Bay [12pm start for U6-U8's; 1pm start for U9-U13's]
• Meet your coach and team mates • Final day for Registrations
• Exhibition Rippa rugby matches (try it out) • Skills/Obstacle Course
Pre Season training for Under 9 to Under 13 TACKLE Grades:
• Fridays starting from 23rd March 5-6pm Venue: MSP Gym, Evans Bay (opposite Kilbirnie Park)
Season starts Saturday 28th April 2012 (All grades)
To register please bring:
• a copy of Birth Certificate or Passport (If you are a new player to MSP)
• Subs -- $45 per player with maximum of $80 per family**
** Your subscription funds an MSP Jersey (on loan for the season), mouth guard, subsidised team photo, the equipment, coaching
and safety gear for your team, social gatherings and end of year awards.
Players will receive a free rugby ball when they pay their subscription
MARIST ST PATS JUNIOR RUGBY REGISTRATIONS 2012
Miramar Rangers AFC
2012 Junior Registrations
now available all Junior Grades ages 4 - 14
College players turning 13 and 14 should
re-register with the club for the 2012 season
will be held on 22nd Wednesday 2012
6.00pm to 7.30pm
@ Clubrooms on Dave Farrington Park
Cnrs of Darlington Road, Miramar North Road
& Weka Street Miramar
Contact Janine Paul tel. 388-4405
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our greatest sportswoman?
Two of the best: Barbara Kendall, left, presents Valerie Adams with her
Sportswoman of the Year award.
Watching Valerie Adams
accept her annual prize
during the Halberg
Awards evening, I began
pondering her place among New
Zealand s greatest sportswomen.
Adams has now won six
straight Sportswoman of the Year
awards. Is she our best ever?
I ve been reflecting on about a
dozen candidates -- Adams, Erin
Baker, Philippa Baker, Annelise
Coberger, Susan Devoy, Caroline
and Georgina Evers-Swindell,
Beatrice Faumuina, Madonna
Harris, Debbie Hockley, Barbara
Kendall, Sarah Ulmer, Irene van
Dyk and Yvette Williams.
There have been many other
champion sportswomen, but those
mentioned are top of my list.
Some, such as discus thrower
Faumuina and skier Coberger,
had good careers but really one
single brilliant performance.
Harris represented New Zea-
land at an amazing array of
sports, including winter and sum-
mer Olympics. She scored full
marks in versatility, but was not a
world-beater in any one.
Van Dyk I found difficult to
judge because she plays a team
sport and also I wrestled with the
fact that she played the first six
years of her international netball
career for South Africa.
I treated the Evers-Swindells as
one nomination not because they
are identical twins, but because
they achieved every major victory
My benchmarks were dura-
bility, versatility, dominance and
the global nature of the sport, and
I allotted marks accordingly. My
top six ended up being Erin Baker
(triathlon) 1, Evers-Swindells
(rowing) 2, Ulmer (cycling) and
Adams (shot put) 3 equal, Devoy
(squash) 5, Kendall (boardsailing)
6. Yvette Williams (Olympic gold,
world record) just missed. She
was a pioneer for women s sport,
but suffered because her inter-
national career was much shorter
than those of the modern profes-
She was incredibly versatile,
however -- long jump, shot put,
javelin, hurdles -- which supported
her case. She remains a favourite
Erin Baker (eight world titles)
finished top because she lasted so
long and was unquestionably the
dominant triathlete of her era,
perhaps any era.
During her career, her sport
progressed from relatively minor
to very far-reaching. And she was
exceedingly versatile -- she won
over short and Olympic courses
and also the monster Ironman in
She shaded the Evers-Swindells
(two Olympic golds, three world
titles), who were equally well-
performed, but not as versatile.
Ulmer (one world title, one
Olympic gold, several world
records) and Devoy (four world
titles) suffered because I did not
judge their sports, particularly
squash, to be as global in nature.
Kendall (Olympic gold, silver
and bronze, three world titles)
was marked down fractionally
because though she was great she
was not the outstanding competi-
tor during throughout most of her
career, as were the Evers-
Swindells, Devoy and Erin Baker.
And Adams? She has won an
Olympic gold and three world
She can never set a world
record because women s shot put
records were set by the drugs-
soaked amazons of the 1970s and
80s. However, in terms of dis-
tances thrown, Adams is the best
in more than a decade.
Adams is off to the London
Olympics this year and is a heavy
favourite to win her second Olym-
pic gold. After all, she has not
been beaten since 2010.
She is fast making a case as the
biggest thing ever in New Zealand
women s sport, not just literally,
but in terms of major triumphs.
for St Pat's?
By REBECCA THOMSON
Hopeful: John Morrison is seeking city
council approval for an artificial pitch to
be laid at St Pat's College, Kilbirnie.
Another school sports field
could get a makeover if a part-
nership deal between Welling-
ton City Council and St
Patrick s College is approved
The council is being asked
to sign off on a deal that
would involve the council con-
tributing up to $800,000 for
construction and $40,000
annually for maintenance.
The Kilbirnie school would
also contribute $800,000.
Sports portfolio spokesman
John Morrison said he wanted
the deal to be approved by the
council s strategy and policy
committee this week.
Hopefully it will be. It s the
same sort of thing we did with
Wellington College about a
Last year councillors
voted 15-0 to help fund
an artificial turf at Wel-
lington College. That
$1.4m turf is expected
to be completed by
Under the St Pat s
deal, the school would
contribute the land and
parking facilities, and
would be responsible
for on-going mainten-
ance and eventual
replacement of the turf.
The council and St
Pat s would share the
field 50-50, with the
school mostly using it
The field has been
earmarked for rugby,
soccer and league, and
would be FIFA and
Mr Morrison said if
given the go-ahead the
turf should be ready by
The $1.6 million turf is the
sixth the council has been
involved in over the past
couple of years.
The council has also helped
with the costs of installing
artificial turfs at Nairnville,
Te Whaea, Wakefield Park (2)
and Wellington College.
Mr Morrison said the arti-
ficial fields had been a boon
for the city.
They have proved them-
selves to be fantastic. The
great thing is the capacity
we re getting from them.
We ve had about 80 hours
a week use on the Wakefield
ones. That s pretty much the
He said there were also
plans to lay an artificial turf
at Johnsonville s Alex Moore
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