Hutt News : May 17th 2011
64 HUTT NEWS, MAY 17, 2011 Sport Netball Boon thrives calling shots in ANZ netball 52 Squash Twins defend Wgtn titles 63 Rugby League NRL side still a long shot 63 LOWER HUTT 28 Rutherford St, (04) 894 8200 199134_LWH Product offers are valid until 23/05/11. LOWER HUTT'S HOME OF HEATING YOUR HOME OF COME AND TALK TO OUR TEAM AND GET THE RIGHT PRODUCT FOR YOU! LOWER HUTT HEATING 12 HOUR TIMER 24 1000W 2400W 24 HOUR TIMER LAUNDRY DRYING MODE WITH TIMER 26L 16L HOUR TIMER ENERGY EFFICIENT & 100% SILENT ENERGY EFFICIENT & 100% SILENT PRE-PROGRAMMABLE TIMER PRE-PROGRAMMABLE TIMER Avalon shows heart Happy hooker: Hooker Manuel Efaraimo had a top game for Avalon in the 18-10 loss to Old Boys University. Hit man: Avalon's live wire flanker Jonathan Tupese eyes up Old Boys University winger Luke Fiso in Saturday's clash. By NICHOLAS BOYACK Avalon went down 18-10 to Old Boys University on Saturday but their supporters had plenty to smile about. In recent years the club has fallen on hard times and spent a season down the grades, before bouncing back in 2009 and mak- ing the Hardham Cup final. This season the maroon and blues have only won one game but, except for a thrashing by Norths, have been competitive in every fixture. That was the case again on Saturday as Avalon played some class rugby and created enough opportunities to put them in with a chance to win. The match started poorly for the Hutt side as they gave away a string of penalties. Prop Solomon Tuiano was sinbinned for kicking at a player on the ground, as Old Boys dominated. With ten minutes to go, Avalon sprung into life with a clever try to wing Falani Sanele and a pen- alty to the ever-green Stephen Cross. The try inspired confidence and for much of the second half, Avalon were the better team. With Cross growing in stature and the forwards winning their share of ball, Avalon looked dangerous every time they got the ball in hand. But Old Boys University came back with two classic individual tries -- one of them from a spec- tacular cross kick -- and hung on determinedly to take the points. While individually Avalon is not a great team, the players worked well as a unit and with plenty of pride in their jersey. At first-five, Stephen Cross lacks a yard of pace, but he makes up for that with determination and plenty of rugby sense. As well as Cross and Sanele, fullback Joyner Keys and mid- fielder Junior Brown had top games. Keys showed plenty of individ- ual flair and always looked to be creative. In the forwards hooker Manuel Efaraimo, loosies Jonathan Tupuse and Finauga Segi all played with plenty of courage. If Avalon can continue to play with the same amount of heart, they should do well in the Hardham Cup. A last-minute Earl Va'a penalty and then a drop goal, with fulltime on the clock, was enough for Wainuiomata to pip Wests 11-8. Petone went down to Ories 20-11, and two tries to Polonga Pedro was not enough to stop Hutt Old Boys Marist suffering a surprise 18-13 loss to Marist St Pat's. In the Harper Lock Shield, the horror season continued for Stokes Valley, losing 67-15 to Old Boys University. In eight games Stokes Valley has conceded a whopping 433 points and has only scored 70.
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