Wairarapa News : January 11th 2012
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Pop into the office or give us a call to make a booking today. 4121723AE Four Whitelocks on same Crusaders' XV? FROM Page 32 After creating a buzz on the local rugby fields, he headed south to study Commerce at Canterbury University and further his rugby career. After making his debut for Canterbury in 2011 against Wellington, Luke went on to make two appearances during the team s campaign and last year captained the New Zealand team to victory at the Junior World Cup in Italy. Now, with the 2012 Super Rugby season just around the corner, Luke is eager to make his debut for the Crusaders. As such, he is focused on building his fitness base under the guidance of trainer Carl Jen- nings and gaining as much valu- able advice as he can from coaching staff, management and more senior players. The opportunity to play for the Crusaders is huge and being in the squad is just great. I m looking forward to the oppor- tunity of getting some game time and making an impact at either blindside flanker or No 8, but competition for my position is pretty fierce, so it will be a big challenge, he admits. Depending on the selections of Crusaders coach Todd Black- adder, there may be an oppor- tunity for Luke to take to the field with his three brothers at the same time -- a feat which has only happened on one other occasion -- in 2003 when the Hostel played the Day Boys at Feilding Agricultural High School. February s game will have another twist for several Crus- aders players also returning to familiar territory. Midfielder Robert Fruean has previously played for the Hurricanes, while fullback Israel Dagg burst on to the national scene playing for Hawke s Bay. Like previous pre-season games at Mangatainoka, the February 11 game is expected to go down in grass roots rugby folklore. It will be played on Neil Symonds farm and see the com- munity rally together to host a predicted 8000 visitors. There will be enough tempor- ary scaffolding to accommodate all ticket-holders, entertain- ment, and an array of guest speakers. Less than 1000 tickets are still available. Tui has teamed up with key match day supporters to make the day possible, including PGG Wrightsons, Norwood Farm Machinery, Sharpes Stockfeeds, Hirequip, K+M Print, MoreFM, and Altum. Tui is offering transport deals to and from the game thanks to their strong relationship with Tranzit Coaches and Nimons HB. Tickets are still available from Tui HQ, PGG Wrightson stores in the lower North Island, the Palmerston North i-SITE or via tui.co.nz. Tickets $125 (corpor- ate) $45 (general admission). Academy to help young cricketers Wairarapa Cricket is to receive a major boost to its development programme through the visit of the Bracewell Cricket Academy next week. The Bracewell Cricket Acad- emy is established in Napier. Originally set up in Tauranga, Brendon Bracewell -- former Black Cap and father of recent Black Caps star Doug Bracewell -- moved the academy to the Wairarapa for four years before transferring to Napier. Many of the current Black Caps test squad such as Kane Williamson, Trent Boult and Doug Bracewell have been through the academy. On Tuesday, January 17 a 50-over match will be played between a Bracewell Academy XI and the Wairarapa Chairman s XI at Queen Eliza- beth Park. The Wairarapa XI consists of players who are not currently in the Wairarapa Senior Hawke Cup side. This is a much needed experi- ence for the emerging players in the district who are knocking on the door of higher honours. Former Wairarapa and Cen- tral Districts A captain Sam Curtis will be back in action to lead the side which comprises a number of promising youngsters including Ben Foster, Harry Clinton Baker, Stefan Hook and Daniel Haxton. Team: Alex Treseder, Justin Herbert, James Adamson, Sam Curtis (c), Joe Hull, Harry Clinton Baker, Jared Watt, Ben Foster, Choi Jackson, Aaron Wilson, Daniel Haxton, Stefan Hook. The Bracewell Academy players will stay overnight and on the Wednesday morning, from 9.30am till 12.30pm, will conduct a coaching and training session for all prospective age group players in the district. This will take place at the Rathkeale College-based High Performance Centre that Bracewell was instrumental in designing and establishing eight years ago. All the academy staff along with assistance from Wairarapa Cricket coaching personnel will assist Bracewell as he conducts a series of activities designed to stimulate as well as improve young cricketers in a variety of skills. A series of competitions will take place including testing the youngsters on the speed ball radar to find out who is the most promising young quick in the region. Any prospective young cricketers in the under 14-18 age bracket who wish to take part are encouraged to turn up at the HPC, Rathkeale College at 9.30am on Wednesday, January 18. Contact Wairarapa Cricket co-ordinator Sam Curtis for more details, 021 240 6685 and 370 4501. Go getter: Pahiatua's Paul ''The Axeman'' Whibley (Yamaha), is again one of the title favourites in the United States this season. Photo: ANDY McGECHAN, BIKESPORTNZ.COM Kiwi leads the charge By ANDY McGECHAN It will be just a two-rider Yamaha strike force in the Grand National Cross-country Championships in the United States, but with a Kiwi to lead the charge. Pahiatua s Paul Whibley will team with American rider Jordan Ashburn to form the two-man AmPro/FMF/ Yamaha Factory Off-Road Team for 2012, the New Zealander hoping to reclaim the No 1 plate he held at the end of the 2009 season. Whibley finished runner-up last season, a remarkable performance considering he was down in a lowly eighth spot overall after the opening round of the 13-round series back in March. A clash with a tree left the Yamaha ace with a damaged radi- ator at that fateful event in March but eight months and 12 races later, he was back in a position to win the title. It didn t quite work out that way for the former forestry worker -- affectionately known as The Axe- man by his motorcycling rivals -- but to salvage second overall in the US was still a remarkable achievement. Although tight financial consider- ations have forced many race teams to rethink their budgets, the decision to keep Whibley was probably not a difficult one and he was pleased to be a part of the new lineup. Jordan and I work really well together and that will help a bunch when it comes to training and riding. I think having a smaller team will also help us stay focused on what s important . . . winning races. Ashburn, the runner-up in the 2011 XC2 GNCC class, will step up to the 450cc class for 2012.
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