Hutt News : May 17th 2011
61 HUTT NEWS, MAY 17, 2011 SPORT 3716505AA Petone Rugby League Centenary Easter Weekend 2012 Register your interest: firstname.lastname@example.org Also looking for any past Petone Rugby League memorabilia: Eg Photos, Jerseys, Trophies, etc that we can loan, copy or donate to the club. Contact: Roscoe 021 341 322 or work 04 576 6560 3557901AE Get ft - try a trainer If you never had a personal trainer before youll be wondering what all the fuss is about Now there is no more need to wonder, Basic Orange is challenging you to try one out! Experience 3 fun training sessions with a qualifed personal trainer for only $60. You will try out a variety of exercises including boxing, kickboxing and strength, an opportunity not to be missed. For the info you need visit www.basicorange.co.nz or contact Claudia on 027 776 3478 Friday Night Football 20th May Porirua Park Reserves 6pm Premiers 7.30pm St George V Petone Entry $5 under 15 Free Gates open 5pm Sat 21st May Reserves 1pm Premiers 2.30pm Ascot Park Porirua V Upper Hutt Naenae Park Randwick V University Te Whiti Park Te Aroha V Wainuiomata For all other draws visit our website To receive the weekly e-newsletter with all Wellington Rugby League news & events email email@example.com Proud supporters of local rugby league 3732822AA Slow start for top netballers By YVONNE AIREY QUAKE FUNDS Last week's Netball Hutt Valley Gold Coin Day at the Taita Courts and Walter Nash Stadium raised $3300 for the earthquake-hit Christchurch Netball Centre. Christchurch is faced with a $20,000 bill to fix the courts and the southern centre was delighted by the response from their Hutt Valley counterparts. It was probably due to first-round nerves, but poor starts against the two top teams cost their opponents dearly in Saturday's Hutt Valley premier netball. Naenae Collegians United White were allowed to get out to a 21-4 first quarter lead by Convent Old Girls and the gap proved too much to make up, despite Convent only being behind 10-12, 12-15 and 9-12 in the remaining quarters. Naenae went on to win 60-35 after leading 33-14 at halftime. Naenae welcomed back the mer- curial Lisa Scott, whose speed and agility at centre saw her everywhere, while the forwards -- particularly Kelsey Albrechtsen -- answered the call to step up with Ali Colledge, sidelined by an ankle injury. For Convent, midcourters Candice Apelu and Grace Beaumont led the challenge to the playing-through champions. Rimutaka Rugby went out to a 22-7 first quarter lead against Ulalei, who fought back in the second to make it a 14-14 quarter and then took the third 15-14. But a 19-13 response by Rimutaka in the final quarter, coupled with the goals they had banked in the first, saw them emerge comfortable winners 70-49. However, both Convent and Ulalei can be pleased that the workout against the top teams will stand them in good stead for their bids to become the fifth team to go through to the regional league. It was the youngsters to the fore when Naenae Collegians United Blue met High School Old Girls in a game of good workmanlike netball. Naenae won 66-45 after leading 32-24 at half time. Naenae's Alisha Moen in goal and Caitlyn Duffy, and again this week, Chandelle Piakura- Moate for HSOG, kept on the pres- sure for the whole game and did much to enhance their respective teams' performances, boding well for the future. Maidstone United won 48-31 against an improving Manaroa Green, whose quarter horriblis'' came for them in the third. The strength of Maidstone is that they always play as a unit, a confi- dent and hardworking team. So when they led only 10-8 at the end of the first, and only 20-17 at halftime against a strong challenge from Manaroa, they put their collec- tive foot down and pushed their opposition into unforced errors -- and that Manaroa did in plenty in the third, spoiling a good first half effort by conceding a 15-5 third quarter and a 13-9 fourth. For Maidstone it's looking good for a top four finish, while for Manaroa its all grist to the mill for their bid to become the fifth team to go through. Water polo man on a roll for club and country Golden effort: Eamon Lui, centre, and Hutt Heat team-mates in action at the recent national championships. Photo: WAYNE SMITH/CLICKER MANIAC By AIDAN KYRKE-SMITH It has been a good week in the life of Eamon Lui. On Saturday, May 7, the 25-year-old captained the Hutt Water Polo club to its- first men's national title in 40 years. Then last Tuesday he stepped up to the role of vice-captain for the New Zealand team. No stranger to leadership, the former head boy of Hutt Valley High School has been helping to build up the Hutt Water Polo Club to this victory since he finished school in 2003. He's quick to heap praise on to his team- mates for Hutt Heat's victory in the national finals against North Harbour. He lists almost half the squad as having played well in the semifinal and final. The weekend saw a solid performance from everyone across the board'', says Lui. In the semifinal they took on another team from Wellington, Maranui. Two weeks prior to the semifinal the teams played a tight 10-9 match that Maranui won. The semi was another tight affair with the teams trading the lead until the boys from the Valley pulled away in the later stages of the third quarter through a goal from Lui and two from youngster Matt Bryant. They stormed into the last quarter with a 2-goal lead that they held onto grimly to ensure they booked a spot in the national final for the third year in a row. They had settled for silver for the last two years but this time Hungarian coach Josef Sike was at the helm. He focused on getting the simple things right,'' says Lui. He told us going into the Maranui game that they were the strongest team, but we had a 50/50 chance. If every- one played at 80 per cent we increased our chances to 60/40 and if we had a couple of guys playing at 100 per cent and the rest playing sub-par the odds were 40/60 against us.'' There was no sign of nerves in the final. Hutt pulled ahead early and played with control and determination that their rivals couldn't match. Adam Pye found the back of the net with two clutch goals late in the game while Josh Campbell scored four including an audacious shot in the 4th quarter that caught the defence napping. Lui and younger brother Connor were influential around the pool while goal- keeper Chris Naylor picked up the finals MVP with a commanding performance. With the vast majority of players in their early to mid-20s this could be the start of a golden era for the club. However, the lure of playing in the Aust- ralian league or even professionally in Europe could still be too tempting to resist. Having already had a stint in the Aust- ralian league with the Queensland Breakers, Lui admits he would like to give it another shot. Unfortunately, the success enjoyed with his club didn't transfer to the national team for Lui. In the New Zealand leg of the World League last week, the team went winless including humbling losses to Aust- ralia and Japan. The squad is in a rebuilding phase after the retirement of a number of players after the 2007 World Championships. This was evident as the performances improved as the team got more matches under their belt including a very respectable 12-6 loss to China.
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