Wairarapa News : February 1st 2012
31 WAIRARAPA NEWS, FEBRUARY 1, 2012 SPORT Fit to last distance By WALT DICKSON Wairarapa United's defence of the Chatham Cup starts tomorrow, more than three months out from their first game. Coach Phil Keinzley says fitness will be crucial if Wairarapa United is to last the distance this season, with the club eyeing both a repeat in the Cup and winning the Central League Championship. If we are going to be in with a chance of doing the double we will have to be at our very best,'' Keinzley says. And for that reason, pre-season training for both the first and second teams gets under way tomorrow night at Howard Booth Park in Carterton (5.30pm). Keinzley says the two squads will meet twice weekly after that -- on Tuesday and Thursday. The Central League is scheduled to start the first weekend of April with the Chatham Cup in May. Wairarapa United will be based at Carrington Park in Carterton this year and train at Howard Booth. Training will initially focus on endurance. All interested players are welcome. Contact Phil on 027 490 8265. Game, set and match for tennis coaches A new wave of community tennis coaches was created at the week- end following a special coaching clinic hosted by the Wairarapa Tennis Association. The Community Tennis Coaches course, held in Masterton on Sunday, was taken by Tennis Central regional development manager Reilly Smith, a profes- sional coach from the United States who played college tennis before moving to New Zealand. WTA executive officer Cilla Paulik said coaches aged between 13 and 45 years attended, with 10 of them passing their Community Coach Certificate. Paulik said coaches had to play with their non-dominant hand while experiencing new drills and fun group tennis games in order for them to feel like the beginner players they will be coaching. Meanwhile, the WTA's regional one senior interclub tennis compe- tition resumed at the weekend with both Masterton and Glad- stone finishing on 14 points each, while hosts Opaki rounded out the day on four points. There is no play this Waitangi weekend, with games resuming on February 11 at Gladstone. Results: Men's singles: Brett Dymond bt Angus Preston 7-6, 6-0; Alistair McWilliam bt Stu Wyeth 6-2, 6-4; Chris Schofield bt Chris Davidson 6-4, 2-6, 6-4; Luke Atkinson bt Matt Bunny 6-4, 6-0. Men's doubles: McWilliam/ Schofield bt Wyeth/Peter 3-6, 6-2, 7-6; Bunny/Chad Parsons bt Davidson/Dymond 6-7, 6-4, 6-3. Ladies' singles: Georgia Atkinson bt Charlotte Mossman 6-2, 6-1; Katie Wyeth bt Dushka Warren 6-3, 6-2; Sandy McNab bt Emma Stevenson 7-5, 3-6, 7-5. Ladies' doubles: McNab/ Atkinson bt Warren/Mossman 6-2, 6-1. Mixed doubles: Luke Atkinson/ Stevenson bt Angus Preston/ Wyeth 6-4, 6-2. Youngsters lead medal haul Medals: Kate Sims and Eternal Thompson, two of the team's youngest swimmers, provided the highlights for the Masterton team, both winning gold and silver medals. Masterton Swimming Club held its own against much larger clubs from through- out New Zealand in the Wellington Long Course Swimming Championships at Wellington Anniversary Weekend. The team of 25 Masterton swimmers aged 8 to 16 was the largest fielded by the club at the three-day meet which attracted record entries from 42 clubs. More than 120 personal best times were achieved and team members won two gold, five silver and 11 bronze medals. Our swimmers swam consistently well producing results which put them on track for national meets over the next few months,'' club head coach Anna Kitching said. Highlights were outstanding swims by some of our youngest swimmers and the strong team ethos shown by all. Our older swimmers backed up their events very well and are on track for NZ Age Group Championships in March.'' Two of the team's youngest swimmers, Kate Sims and Eternal Thompson, pro- vided the highlights for Masterton, both winning gold and silver medals. Kate won gold in the 10-year-old girls 100m butterfly with an impressive per- formance clocking 1:24.32s, five seconds faster than her previous best. She took silver in the 50m butterfly in another personal best time of 36.06seconds. Eternal, 8, despite her young age, stood out in the under-10 age group win- ning gold in the 100m butterfly in a per- sonal best time of 1:46.80s. She won silver medals in the 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly in per- sonal best times and was overall runner- up in her age group. Jacob Smith,15, won two silvers and a bronze, Noemi Leinfellner,10, picked up five bronze medals and Ben Ruback, 16, Charlotte Hamill-Harris,11, Sven Tobias, 14, Emma Samuel,12, and Sam Smith, 15 all won bronze medals. In a sport where personal bests often mean more than anything, Nick Smith, 15, swam eight out of 12 personal best times, Mitchell Cockburn, 11, achieved 11 personal bests and Ella Sims,13, swam nine personal best times. Team members achieved numerous national qualifying times. Masterton will field a team of at least seven for the New Zealand Junior Championships on February 18 and 19, with a large group of older swimmers on track for national Age Group Champs in the first week of March. The Masterton team followed up its Wellington success by winning 19 gold medals, 21 silver and 32 bronze at the two-day Manawatu Age Group Cham- pionships last weekend in Feilding.
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