Wairarapa News : January 18th 2012
31 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JANUARY 18, 2012 SPORT Football champs appeal for support By WALT DICKSON Champion football side Wairarapa United is going cap in hand to the community in an effort to raise money to help fund a defence of the Chatham Cup. Wairarapa United became one of the first unrecognised clubs in the country to win the coveted national knockout trophy last year. Manager Phil Keinzley wants to give his side the best possible chance of repeating their 2011 heroics and is asking the farming community to get on board. The rural sector has already expressed wide level support pledging about $15,000 to the cause. Now it is time for the rest of community to step up. Keinzley sent a letter to farmers, some clients of his rural supply business -- Keinzley Agvet -- before Christmas. The response has been staggering. The sponsorship has not just come from our clients but other farmers as well, Keinzley said. Some of the sponsorship was being done anonymously. Traditionally farmers are seen as aligning themselves with rugby as their preferred code as opposed to football. I think these days farmers like to see teams being successful, whatever the sport, so I guess you could say they like what we [Wairarapa United] have achieved. In only a relatively short space of time Wairarapa United has established itself as one of the premier club side s in the country. The upcoming season will be their fourth consecutive in the highly fancied Central League, a compe- tition they finished third last year. But it is expensive business with Keinzley exploring, and in some cases exhausting, all avail- able funding options. All going to plan he hopes this initiative will generate $50,000. Meanwhile, the bulk of last year s squad is expected to be available for the 2012 season. Wairarapa Untied is set to play all their home games this year at Carrington Park in Carterton. Contact Phil Keinzley on 027 490 8265 or pkeinzley@ xtra.co.nz Weekend Wins: Pahiatua's Paul 'The Axeman' Whibley (Yamaha), winner of two big events in as many days. Photo: ANDY McGECHAN, BIKESPORTNZ.COM Two wins keep Axeman sharp By ANDY McGECHAN Pahiatua s Paul Whibley is not called The Axeman for nothing. The Kiwi international motor- cycle ace was certainly sharp when he went bush at the week- end, winning two major events in as many days. Whibley (Yamaha YZ450F), who finished runner-up in the cross country nationals in the United States last season, knew the focus was on him to win the second round of the inaugural Energy Honda Taranaki Cross- country Championships at Urenui on Saturday. The former forestry worker- turned-professional bike racer also knew he would have to be at his best to tame local hot-shots Adrian Smith of Mokau and Renny Johnston of New Ply- mouth, and it was exactly those two Yamaha riders who kept him on his toes throughout the open- ing phase of the three-hour race. Off the start, I got a good jump and battled with Adrian and Renny in the first few turns before I settled into the lead position, said Whibley. The track was extremely slick in places with the hard-packed clay offering next to no bite for my tyres. But I soon began to open up a lead. A couple of missed turns resulted in brief moments with me being lost and further down the track having to stop to open a closed farm gate put a dent into my lead but I kept the heat on and was able to maintain my spot at the front. Whibley said the opening 32km lap took about 45 minutes, with the slick conditions slowing every- body down but still he managed to build up a 30-second buffer over the chasing bunch. On the second lap, the track hadcutupalotandsomeofthe steep hill climbs had some very big ruts. With Whibley so far in front, he was required to complete an extra lap, coming through the lap-score area with time still left on the clock but it was a trouble-free run for him to the finish, the only rider to complete five laps in the three hours, with Johnston (Yamaha YZ125) eventually finishing runner-up. Not content with winning on Saturday, Whibley then packed up and headed to the Wairarapa to tackle round two of the Bush Riders Cross-country Series near Pahiatua the following day. Again he had to deal with tricky conditions, light rain and gale force winds making the course particularly challenging. Again Whibley was in com- mand, this time winning ahead of Taranaki s Smith (Yamaha YZ250F), with Wellington s Hugh Lintott (Yamaha YZ450F) taking third place overall to make it a Yamaha 1-2-3. Pain no barrier to success Satisfied: Greytown triathlete Hamish Hammond won the Contact Tri Series triathlon in Whangamata recently. By PIERS FULLER Greytown triathlete Hamish Hammond fought hard to overtake multisport veteran Stephen Sheldrake just a few metres from the finish line to win the latest Contact Tri Series race in Whangamata recently. The former Rathkeale College student spent the race chasing Shel- drake to be on his tail at the finish and the veteran fell just shy of the finish line after being passed by Hammond. Conditions for the event were terrible as competitors battled through rough water in the 1500m swim. The 40km bike ride also had its challenges as the wet roads were slippery under wheel. The 21-year-old caught up 40 seconds on the final lap of the three-lap cross country run course. It took a mam- moth mental effort to push through the pain and reel in the seasoned triathlete and Hammond was very pleased that he had the strength to get there in the end. I virtually couldn t force myself to go any harder. I was red-lining it that much that it was real satisfying just to get past him in the last 10m, he said. He has been training hard over the holidays which has obviously paid off on race day. The former champion Wairarapa swimmer has proved he has a bright future in triathlon as he won the 2011 ITU age group world championships late last year. I m definitely gaining experi- ence racing in different kinds of conditions and different formats and against different people, so it s a good learning curve, he said. It is Hammond s first win in the Contact Tri Series and marks a great beginning to what is sure to be a big year for the Massey University student. He is off down south for the next Contact Tri Series race in Christchurch next Sunday and then he will be up against some of the big names of the sport for the Wanaka event less than a week later. Hammond said he was keen for a good per- formance in Christchurch and had a good chance against the field. Having been in triathlon for just over two years, Hammond is now aiming for a spot in the under-23 elite team to go to the world champs in Auckland in Octo- ber. The team will be picked after a qualifying race in Tasmania in March. Stephen Sheldrake is one of the selectors of the team and Hammond said he hoped he made an impression by beat- ing him in Whangamata last weekend. I hope it keeps my name fresh in his mind come selection. Hamish Hammond would like to thank his sponsor for that race, Aaron Smylie of Greytown Plumb- ing. World title warmup for jet sprinters Marking the halfway point in the 2012 Jetpro Jetsprint Champion- ship, this weekend s third round being held at Featherston s Tau- herinikau race course on January 22 is also a precursor to the first round of the 2012 World Series. Also being held at the Wairarapa permanent aqua track in mid-February, the World Series round is the New Zealand title on the minds of most in each of the Suzuki Superboat, Whitepointer Boats Group and Jetpro Lites water-jet propelled sprint boat categories. Chasing 30 points for a round win, each of the competition categories has less than a three point gap between first and sec- ond place holders. Additionally, each of this season s six rounds count toward the final title. While the top three in the Suzuki Superboat category all share the same Wanganui hometown, leaders and defending champions Leighton and Kellie Minnell say this Sunday will be all about winning. "Two things; obviously team Hydraulink are after another vic- tory to get one hand on the national title cup and repeat last year s result," said Leighton Min- nell. "Goal number two is to have a good crack at the world title and to do that (requires) time in the boat. Each time we re out there I m getting a little more comfort- able and can get a bit more out of it. To us, to be the best you ve got to beat the best. So we re not going to take it easy on Sunday, we ve got to push on so we re at that pointy end for when we re back there in February for the Worlds." Having seven boats setting times less than a second apart, Whitepointer Boats Group A top four are separated by five points. Headed by defending champions Reg and Julie Smith from Taupo, the one-point gap to Hamilton s Sam Newdick is shaping up to make the class the closest for the race to the title. Wanganui s Richard Murray and Thames Bevin Muir are tied for third. Spectator entry opens at 11am. Tickets are $20 for adults, chil- dren 5-15 years $5, under-fives free.
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