Wairarapa News : January 23rd 2013
36 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JANUARY 23, 2013 RO ADSIDE ASSIST Designed for play • Auto or manual • 3 Door hatch • 17" Alloy wheels • Push button start • Privacy glass • LED daytime running lights • Smart cornering lamps • Proximity key • Bluetooth hands-free $25,790 + ORC JUST ARRIVED Limited Edition 4622672AR 0800 104 103 Cnr Dixon & Harlequin Streets, Masterton email@example.com www.eastwoodmotorgroup.co.nz UTES Limited numbers nationwide, pre orders now available ROMANOS Armstrong's cunning plan34 Up and away: Pahiatua's Paul Whibley (Yamaha), with another domestic win under his belt at the weekend. Photo: ANDY McGECHAN, BIKESPORTNZ.COM Whibley in fine form By ANDY MCGECHAN Strong win at champs Pahiatua's Paul Whibley is mak- ing the most of his time back in New Zealand -- the Kiwi inter- national's build-up towards another cross-country motorcycle campaign in the United States is now reaching full speed. The 34-year-old won two major cross-country titles in the US last season, clinching the Grand National Cross-country Cham- pionships and the Off-Road Motorcycle and ATV crown as well. The Yamaha ace used the sec- ond round of the Bush Riders' Motorcycle Club's cross-country championships to continue his 2013 pre-season preparation at the weekend and his fellow com- petitors stood almost no chance at all as Whibley turned up the heat. The shotgun blast rang out for the start of the race and I jumped on and kicked the Yamaha YZ450F into life. I was first to turn one and across the line,'' Whibley says. After three laps I was in and out of the pits with Grant Christie lending (my wife) Katherine a hand to gas up. I had pulled clear of the chasing riders and was back on track before they came into sight. The creek crossing got pretty tough with bikes stuck in the ruts that climbed out the far bank and seeing a bike endo as it dropped in, a cautious approach was taken. Three more safe laps and the chequered flag came out. I take my hat off to the Bush Riders' club for stepping up their race presentation. Plenty of ban- ners around the pits looked good and a podium celebration post- race with nice plaques for the top three finishers.'' Whibley will race just one more time in New Zealand -- in the river race at the 52nd annual New Zea- land Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville this weekend -- before he heads back to South Carolina. Manawatu a big challenge By WALT DICKSON Wairarapa may well have had the wood on Manawatu in two-day Hawke Cup cricket last season, but player/coach Sam Curtis would be just as happy to settle for a draw this time round. Curtis' side takes on the Cen- tral District's powerhouse this weekend in their final outing of the season. While Manawatu is expected to be without several frontline players who will be on Central District's duty, Curtis is still pick- ing their big brother neighbours to be way too strong. Wairarapa finished top in their zone in the Hawke Cup last season. But with most of that squad off-limits this season it was always going to be tough. Despite first innings defeats at the hands of Whanganui, Tara- naki and Hawke's Bay, the young Wairarapa side has made some significant gains as the season has progressed. Their nine wicket win over Horowhenua-Kapiti earlier this month was great reward for some hard work, Curtis says. However, key to that result was the all-round performance of Dean van Deventer. The former Rathkeale College student has returned to Christ- church to continue his studies at Canterbury University. Curtis says van Deventer's absence will create a huge void in his side's bowling arsenal, but that is something that have had to get use to this season. Coming in for van Deventer is likely to be Josh Mann and also Ben Foster. Just to be competitive we are going to have to play really well. But we have shown that we can fight so you can be sure that we will give it our best shot,'' Curtis says. Meanwhile, in senior club cric- ket Red Star is on track to record an outright win against Wai- rarapa College. Red Star went to stumps in the two-day Bidwell Cup match on Saturday needing just 28-runs for victory. Batting first the students were dismissed for 51. The Red Star opening pair of Troy Burling (25) and Harry Clinton-Baker (59) made light work of the chase but when their stand was broken with the scored at 75 the innings folded all out 125. Wairarapa College's second turn at bat was only marginally better than their first bowled out for 101. In the other match, Lansdowne was on course for the outright win against Marist Old Boys. After Lansdowne's first innings of 323 Marist was out for 47.
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