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THE WELLINGTONIAN, MARCH 29, 2012
Half Marathon & 10km Walk and Run
Sunday 22 April
Trentham Memorial Park, Barton Road, Upper Hutt
10km walk & run: A at, o -road course through parkland, bush and along the
Hutt River trail, starting and nishing at Trentham Memorial Park. Suitable for
walkers and runners of all ages and tness levels.
Half Marathon trail walk & run: A very scenic o -road course with long,
at stretches along the Hutt River at the beginning and end. In the middle, a
steep and challenging 5km hill section over the Cannon Point Walkway provides
spectacular views of the Hutt Valley and native bush. This event is most suited to
experienced, long distance competitors with a high level of tness.
Half Marathon Walkers start 08.30 10km Runners start at 10.15
Half Marathon Runners start 10.00 10km Walkers start at 10.20
Half M entry up to Sat 14 April: $35 10k entry up to Sat 14 April: $25
Late entry from Sun 15 April: $40 Late entry from Sun 15 April: $30
Online entry via http://www.trenthamunited.co.nz
Enquiries: Michael Beaumont via email@example.com
Trentham United Harriers & Walkers Club
PO Box 40 357 Upper Hutt
Give Wright some support
Tough job: Cricket coach John Wright's players have been outgunned against South Africa this summer.
John Wright has done a ter-
rific job since he became the
New Zealand cricket team
coach in December 2010.
After the short, undistinguished
tenures of Andy Moles and Mark
Greatbatch, Wright has been a
revelation, the best coach the
Black Caps have had since Steve
Rixon in the 1990s.
He should have been the coach a
decade ago, but the fates
conspired against him. Key
players were not keen to have him
involved, and he was no favourite
of the Players' Association.
There seems to be some feeling
within the New Zealand camp
about players from the 1980s.
Teams of that era keep being
lauded (deservedly), and it grates
on the moderns.
Maybe the anti-Wright thing
was part of that.
Anyway, Wright's in there now,
having learned a vast amount
coaching Kent and then India.
He has done well, too. New Zea-
land reached the one-day World
Cup semi-finals last year, beating
the much-favoured South Africans
along the way.
Last December, there was the
thrilling win over Australia at
Hobart, a proud moment in New
Zealand's cricket history.
New Zealand have struggled
against South Africa this summer
but Wright shouldn't be blamed
Only Brendan McCullum, as an
opener, and pacebowler Mark
Gillespie would possibly figure in
a combined South Africa-New Zea-
land team. That's how dominant
the South Africans are.
No coach can overcome those
Wright should be a certainty to
continue as coach. His contract is
up for renewal shortly and it's
assumed he will carry on.
But some hurdles need to be
The main two are the lack of
cricket knowledge around him and
the incredible Australianisation''
of New Zealand cricket.
Kim Littlejohn is Wright's selec-
tion panel manager. He's Aust-
ralian, of course, with a back-
ground in lawn bowls.
He gained headlines this season
by proposing that teams be selec-
ted by using pie charts, rather
than cricket knowledge.
Littlejohn doesn't have the
background in cricket, and
especially in New Zealand cricket,
to be much use to Wright. Far bet-
ter to have former leading players
like Glenn Turner and Greatbatch
Unfortunately, they've been dis-
carded, which leads to another
Australian, John Buchanan, New
Zealand Cricket's director of
Buchanan had a long tenure
coaching the Australian test team,
with fantastic results. With
Gilchrist, Ponting, Warne,
Hayden, Langer, McGrath,
Clarke, Lee and company leading
the way, that was hardly surpris-
He is a great one for theories.
Wright is a practical person, not a
theorist. If their ideas don't gel,
who gives way?
The other important roles are
New Zealand team manager and
Mike Sandle, with a background
in rugby, is the manager and yet
another Australian, Trent
Woodhill, is the assistant coach.
It would be helpful if the man-
ager was a cricket person and if
the assistant coach was there
purely to serve the head coach and
the team, regardless of personal
New Zealand Cricket's new
chief executive, David White, has
been charged with extending
It will be a test of White's effec-
tiveness to see if he can do so.
White may have to give Wright
a bit more say in the set-up
around the New Zealand team if
he is to secure his signature. I
hope he's sensible enough to do
Scorching finish to season
Last of the summer sun: Kingi Smiler of Brooklyn in the final long-course Scorching Triathlon of the season
last Sunday at Scorching Bay.
Smiler was the fastest male in the 55-59 class, completing the 1500-metre swim, 40km cycle and 10km
run in 2 hr 46 min 2 sec, though he was six minutes behind the fastest woman in the same age grade,
Michelle Allison. Andrew Young of Wellington was the overall winner in 2hr 4min 56sec.
Organiser Daryl Bloomfield said he had hardly slept the night before because of concerns about the weather,
but on the day the sun shone. ''We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day to finish the season,
especially given the way the weather had been in the last month,'' he said.
Photo: JIM CHIPP
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