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THE WELLINGTONIAN, APRIL 12, 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
A tip of the hat to Serepisos
Happier days: Terry Serepisos, left, and Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert.
My mind flicked back to
Terry Serepisos as I
Phoenix bow out of the Australian
Football League play-offs the
The Phoenix played bravely but
went down 3-2 in extra time to
Perth Glory on a steamy afternoon
It was a tremendous game and
drew a large New Zealand tele-
vision audience. In Wellington,
the Four Kings bar, the unofficial
home for so many sports followers,
None of it would have happened
He s a figure of some ridicule
now. He had to sell the club last
September, when the wolves
closed around him and he was
Serepisos battled for months to
stave off the inevitable, and his
constant she ll be right
proclamations got so ludicrous
they became comical.
But without Serepisos sticking
his hand in his pocket and forking
out $1 million in 2007, there
would be no Phoenix. Wellington
football fans -- and not just the
Yellow Fever, the official
supporters club -- have had a great
time following the team.
From those heady days in
2007-08 when international foot-
ball in Wellington was a rarity
and the crowds flocked, there have
been many fun times.
The Phoenix have made the
A-League play-offs the last three
years, and in 2010 reached the
preliminary final. In addition,
there s been the LA Galaxy/David
Beckham special, a big game
against Brazilian club Boca
Juniors and, at least as important,
the spin-off of the All Whites.
The New Zealand v Bahrain
World Cup qualifier in 2009 would
never have been played at the
Wellington stadium but for the
influence of the Phoenix. It is one
of the most dramatic sports events
in New Zealand history.
When Serepisos finally parted
ways with the Phoenix, it left the
club in turmoil. There were stories
that coach Ricki Herbert was
owed up to $100,000 and that
some players and staff had not
been fully paid.
In the light of that, the Phoenix
did extraordinarily well this
season to pick themselves up and
go as far as they did.
No wonder Herbert shut the
dressing room door in Perth after
the game the other night and told
the players how proud he was of
what they d done.
Herbert doesn t have massive
depth in his squad. He has in Paul
Ifill, Andrew Durante, Manny
Muscat and the gritty Ben Sig-
mund a core of quality players and
has built his team around them.
Sometimes it would be nice if he
was more daring, if he would look
to make the play rather than
I wonder if he wishes he d put
on midfielder Nicky Ward midway
through the second half in Perth,
when his players looked weary in
the strength-sapping heat and
some fresh legs were needed.
But Herbert has lost precious
few players over years and has
built a nice atmosphere within the
Tim Brown is leaving shortly,
but on the flip side, Herbert has
contracted goalie Glen Moss. With
Moss and Mark Paston, the
Phoenix will have two quality
goalies in their squad.
Already it s fun to speculate
about next season.
So, a reminder: none of it would
be happening without Serepisos
and his generosity and vision.
Wrestler's US chance
Hopes pinned: Jordan Mellars-Rose will need to be at the top of his
game while in the United States.
Photo: KRIS DANDO
By KRIS DANDO
From Hamilton to Chicago -- it s
been an exciting few days for
Jordan Mellars-Rose of the
Tawa-Linden Wrestling Club.
The 17 year old was Porirua s
2011 Young Sportsperson of the
Year after winning secondary
schools, North Island and
Last week he defended his
secondary schools title in Hamil-
ton, before joining a 10-strong
New Zealand team on a month-
long tour of the United States.
He is training and competing
at high school and college wres-
tling meets as part of a cultural
Half-empty halls with two
mats in New Zealand are giving
way to huge auditoriums and 15
mats, with the standard a cut
above what he is used to.
I know it s going to be a great
experience, taking my wrestling
to the next level, he said before
departing. We re going to be
training every day and taking
part in up to 15 competitions.
Mellars-Rose has received
some assistance from the
Raynor Greeks Memorial Trust,
but raised the bulk of the $5000
needed to fund the trip by work-
ing at a meatworks.
His coach, Scott Laurenson,
said the trip would give the
young wrestler an insight into
American sports attitudes and
Mellars-Rose has a busy win-
ter ahead, with the North Island
champs in June, followed by the
Down Under Tournament in
Brisbane in July.
His goal is to make the New
Zealand team for the 2014
Tawa-Linden Wrestling Club
will host an American team in
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