Wairarapa News : June 29th 2011
31 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JUNE 29, 2011 SPORT LOCKABLE STORAGE AVAILABLE IN CARTERTON • Caravans • Boats • Cars • Mobile Homes etc Tel 027 4433 276 3505550AH Tinkering with team has now paid dividends By WALT DICKSON The quarterfinals loom as a huge carrot for Trust House Wairarapa United ahead of this weekend's Chatham Cup elimination match. Four years ago, Wairarapa United was knocked out of the cup at the same stage of the competition -- the fourth round. That was to Western Suburbs, who went on to win New Zealand football's most coveted prize. Rank underdogs then, Wairarapa are runaway favourites this time, with opponents Wellington United playing in the lower Capital Premier League. But coach Phil Keinzley said they would not be taking Wellington lightly. They are a dangerous side, and playing at home [Newtown Park] will be very competitive,'' Keinzley said. In his favour, however, is the fact that Wairarapa finally seems to have regained the form of earlier this season that saw them win five in a row, and for a brief period, sit at the top of the Central League ladder. Sunday's 2-1 away win against Napier City Rovers has them back in championship contention, although winning the title remains a tall order. Currently they sit third on the table, seven points behind leaders Miramar, but have a game in hand. I still believe that if -- and it is a big if -- we win every game we will win the league,'' Keinzley said. For people who have followed the fortunes of Wairarapa United, Keinz- ley's optimism is nothing new. However, such is the competitive- ness of the Central League this season, there is some merit in his prediction. Recent results suggest Wairarapa has got over its mid-season hiatus when they picked up just two points from five matches in the league. They netted six goals against Red Sox Mana- watu in the third round of the Chatham Cup, and last weekend dis- patched a Napier City Rovers side that had gone undefeated for nine matches. Keinzley's constant tinkering with the starting eleven seems to be bearing fruit. Everybody is fitting into their new positions well, and it really seems to be suiting everyone.'' Although Napier scored the first goal in Sunday's match, Wairarapa responded almost immediately, first through a spot kick from Adam Cowan and then from a Waisake Sabutu header; and the result never looked in doubt. The fact that they managed to knuckle down in the second half and defend their lead was heartening, Keinzley says. That is an area where we have let ourselves down badly throughout the middle of the season, but I think we have really turned the corner on that one.'' They will have to defend their goal as resolutely again this weekend, with Wellington boasting an attacking arsenal as good as any in the Central League, according to Keinzley. Making the quarterfinals of the Chatham Cup will be a terrific achieve- ment for Wairarapa United, although no-one in the club wants it to finish there. Meanwhile, Saturday's match will be the last games for Adam Milne and Miroslav Tvaroh. Palmerston North-based Milne has been selected in the New Zealand A cricket side to tour South Africa, while Tvaroh has to return his native Czech Republic to renew his passport, which is expected to leave him unavailable for five weeks. Match: Wairarapa United v Welling- ton United, Saturday, 2pm, Newtown Park Wellington. Capital's quality hockey wins the day By KATIE FARMAN Even though Capital thrashed the Central Mavericks during Sunday night's National Hockey League clash at Clareville, coach Sean Dancer admitted he did not even record the score. To be honest, the score wasn't important,'' Dancer told Waira- rapa News after his team won the warm-up game, played in thirds as opposed to halves, 11-0. I was more concerned about the guys playing quality and innovative hockey, and I think they did that. We're a very attack- ing side and tonight played with a lot of speed and tempo -- therefore there were times when the guys were tired. We had patches where we dropped our concentration, but I was pleased to see we picked it up again in the last third.'' Playing in cold and squally con- ditions at the Trust House Hockey Complex, both teams came out firing in the opening 15 minutes in what was to be a fast-paced, even spell of hockey. Central, coached by Greg Clarke and featuring former Wairarapa player Richard French, put Capital's defence under pres- sure on several occasions, thanks to some slick passing and good positioning, and were unlucky not to score. But when Capital finally found net thanks to Matt L'Huillier, who slammed in the first of several goals for the night off a penalty corner, it opened the flood gates for what was to be a high-scoring game. Five minutes later, unmarked Black Sticks striker Steve Jenness smashed the ball into the goal -- only to be in the same position one minute later, scoring again off an impressive reverse stick shot. Central came out firing in the second third and worked hard to control the ball. While both teams put up several attempts at goal, it was Capital who continued to find net again and again thanks to their superior positioning around the edge of the circle. Dancer paid tribute to his players Scott Faulknor, L'Huillier, Andy Hows, Jenness and Matt Young. He also highlighted the solid contribution of Wairarapa players Dane Lett, who was recently selected in the Junior Black Sticks, and Jesse Workman. Workman, who helped set up two goals, was pleased with his performance and thrilled with the attendance of the highest level match played in the Wairarapa for years. It was a tough workout there tonight but rewarding,'' he said. Great to see such a good local crowd here too -- it certainly helps lift your performance.'' The Capital team, which will be whittled down from a squad of 22 to 18 players later this week, will now prepare for next month's NHL warmup tournament in Taupo, and another warmup game against Central on July 24. This year's NHL tournament, which will double as an Olympic selection ahead of London 2012, will be held in Wellington from August 6 to 14. Meanwhile Dalefield was unable to hold on to their early lead during Saturday's Wellington Hockey premier one men's clash at Clareville. Even though the Willie Schaefer-coached side led the game twice, they let Harbour City/Tawa in during the final cru- cial minutes, allowing them to take the game 6-4. Tough game proves 'good wake-up call' All in: Centres Renee Cummings, right, and Perri Tatana-Williams battle for possession during Saturday's premier one netball match between Harcourts and Celtic. Harcourts won 45-40. By KATIE FARMAN Kelly Sargent breathed a sigh of relief when her Harcourts team narrowly beat Celtic 45-40 in Netball Wairarapa's premier one top of the table clash at the weekend. We only just won it -- it was a good close encounter,'' said Sargent, who is coach and player. Celtic came out pretty fired up and our lack of experience showed a bit to start with, especially in the mid-court.'' Harcourts took to the Colombo St courts on Saturday with several players carrying injuries -- including Sargent (wrist) and Victoria Green (ankle) -- while key centre Katie Wyeth and goal defence Sarah Watson were unavail- able for the game. With only Sargent and Geraldine Carroll providing a small nucleus of experienced Harcourts players, Celtic took the opportunity to put pres- sure on its opponents from the opening whistle. Shooter Hope Phillips was dominant in the circle while coach/player Perri Tatana-Williams was pivotal at both centre and goal attack. Sargent said her team had to work hard to make the most of their height advantage and move the ball through the court. It was a good wake-up call for us, really good to have a tough game this time in the season,'' said Sargent. A depleted Harcourts team will now prepare to meet Carterton during this week- end's round of the competition. The defending champions will be stretched to their limits with Sargent, Wyeth, Watson and Pohiri Gemmell all unavailable for the game. A huge amount of our experience will be lost this weekend so we'll be counting on Geraldine to hold the team together,'' said Sargent. In this weekend's other games, St Matthew's A will hope for another win when they take on NZCU Baywide Gladstone; Wai Coll A will be determined to keep up their winning momentum when they take on Makoura A; Celtic will hope to get one back on Pion- eer Blue, and Trev's 1 take on Martinborough 1. Other premier one results from last Saturday: Pioneer Blue beat Trev's 1 71-25; St Matthew's Collegiate beat Martinborough 61-33; Wairarapa College beat Bay- wide Gladstone 33-31; Carterton New World Lynx beat Makoura College 33-27.
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