Wairarapa News : May 11th 2011
47 WAIRARAPA NEWS, MAY 11, 2011 SPORT 3689891AA 06 370 0060 / 0508 SwimMagic Genesis Energy Recreation Centre, Dixon Street North, Masterton • www.swimmagic.co.nz CLM proudly introduces and welcomes Jenny Knox into the Swim Magic Swim School Jenny comes to us with loads of teaching experience and a huge passion for teaching and encouraging children to reach their full potential. SO DON'T WAIT Come down and meet Jenny, learn important life skills and most of all - HAVE FUN RECREATION CENTRE w swim school FORE: Ben Campbell during a practice round before the Interprovincial Golf tournament at Paraparaumu. Photo FAIRFAX Local golfer the in running Golfer Ben Campbell is a finalist in The Dominion Post Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards. The champion Masterton player, who was a member of the winning Wellington Interprovinci- als team, is a finalist in the Emerging Sportsperson category. The 19-year old is ranked the No 1 amateur in New Zealand and number six in the world. Campbell has had a stellar 12 months on the golf course. In April last year in finished second in the New Zealand Stroke Play and then went on to win the Carrus Tauranga Open the same month. Other podium finishes include finishing third in the Scottish Open in May last year, second in the World Teams Championships in October, third in the Australian Amateur Stroke Play in March. He finished second in the Aust- ralian Amateur Match Play the same month. His Wellington team also won the New Zealand Interprovincials last year. The other two finalists in the Emerging Sportsman category are track and field athlete Hamish Carson and Phoenix football sen- sation Marco Rojas. A record 232 nominations were received for the thirteen categories for this year s awards. A team of judges, described as experts in their sport or sports commentators whittled down the nominations to 44 finalists. The winners will be announced at the gala awards dinner at the Wellington Town Hall on Wednesday, May 25. Last year's champs struggle at the start It's mine: Players challenge for the ball during the Netball Wairarapa Premier One match between Carterton New World and Trevs. By KATIE FARMAN Harcourts overcame a sluggish start to win their opening game in Netball Wairarapa s premier one competition with a 48-20 victory over St Matthew s on Saturday. The defending champions, who took to the Colombo St courts with only four returning players from last year, struggled to settle into their positions and initially looked under threat from SMS A, who came out firing from the opening whistle. After scores were locked 8-all at the end of first quarter, Harcourts coach and player Kelly Sargent made a series of changes to her midcourt and shooting circle with the aim of settling things down. The move paid dividends with Harcourts taking a 22-10 lead at halftime, which was further extended to 36-14 at time. We started off with a fairly newish lineup and it took us a while to settle in, she said. St Matts came out hard and gave us a fright so we had to react straight away to shut down their attacks. Sargent said while she wanted to give as many of her new players a run on court as possible, she also wanted to gauge how they could adjust to a changing game plan. This was part of a longterm strat- egy of rotating the defensive lineup of Sarah Watson and Vic- toria Green, who will both step down from the team later in the season due to other commitments. I want to be able to make positional changes in order to get the girls used to settling in as soon as possible, said Sargent. Even though we had a slow start on Saturday, when we did finally settle, we had a solid game. We re positive we can hold onto our title but I think the competition will be a lot closer than last year. Newcomers to this year s com- petition -- Trevs 1 and Martin- borough -- both had a memorable start to their premier one cam- paign. Trevs recorded a narrow three-goal 32-29 victory over Carterton New World 1, while Martinborough beat Celtic 45-40. The other winning team was Pion- eer Blue who beat Wai Coll 46-26. Meanwhile, NZCU Baywide Gladstone and Makoura A recorded the only draw of the round. Gladstone player-coach Lisa Manihera said her team led for the first three stanzas before Makoura rebounded in the final quarter to even the score at 27-all. Manihera said even though her team had a great first hit out, flagging concentration and fitness levels almost cost them the game. We just couldn t settle in the last quarter. Normally it s the first quarter that is telling, but we just completely fell off the pace and let Makoura in, she said. Gladstone will be working on their defence ahead of this weekend s clash with Martinborough. Looking good: Eric Barber of the Can't See It team of Masterton in the Crazyman. Usshering in a double win By JIM CHIPP Richard and Elina Ussher were first home in Saturday s Crazy- man to win their respective divisions again on the event s 20th anniversary. Richard Ussher won the indi- vidual men s section in four hours six minutes and 29 seconds, 33 minutes ahead of Lower Hutt s Lee Campbell. That was despite Ussher losing about seven minutes while he changed a tyre at Sil- verstream. His wife Elina blitzed the women s field by 35 minutes. Masterton team Can t See It, comprising Laurence Kent, Steve Brown and Eric Barber finished fifth in the veteran multisport men s category in 5h 03m 27s. $500 bowling challenge The Park Bowling Club is holding a Challenge Bowls day at the Queen Elizabeth Park clubrooms on Saturday. It will be Target One Bowl and there will be a prize pool of $500. Play any time from 11am until 4pm followed by the play-offs. Non- members get free membership on the day. The clubrooms are at the back of Memorial Dr near the boat sheds. For enquiries call Jeff Gray on 377 3762 or 027 6069 756.
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