Northern News : September 21st 2011
24 NORTHERN NEWS, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 SPORT Inline for national competition Off to the nationals: Northland inline hockey under-14 winning team the Stingrays. Top row: Coach Julie Scott, Luke Gregory, Ewan Gordon, Bailey Urlich-Short, Hayden Knox, manager Carmen Parlane. Second row: Lina Vansevenant, Ethan Parlane, Dechen Holley. Front: Goalie Joe Thistlethwaite, absent Robbie Blunsom. It was a nail-biting finale to the season in Northland's inline hockey under-14 playoffs at Waipapa Bay Sports on Saturday. Regional gold winners the Stingrays were pitted against the formidable Auck- land Panthers who were leading 2-0 at halftime. Knowing they had to dig deep for their nationals rep- resentation the Stingrays listened well to coach Julie Scott's words of encourage- ment and levelled the score to 2-2 at fulltime. A decisive score had to be made and after another five minutes of overtime play the score remained the same. This meant the two coaches had to choose five players to take a shot at the goal and opposing goalie -- the most goals deciding the winner. Pressure was huge for these young players. The spectators were required to remain silent and you could have heard a pin drop as each player took their shot. There was much roaring and clapping from the oppos- ing spectators as each shot did or didn't find its way inside the goal net. The Stingrays came through with a final score of 3-2 and a well-deserved spot in the nationals. Many thanks to coach Julie Scott for her hours of dedicated coaching and to team manager Carmen Parlane. Club's rugby story is on show Many successful players have come from the Mid-Northern rugby team over the years and its story will be show- cased at Hukerenui's Jack Morgan Museum during the world cup. Museum collections man- ager Shirley Henwood says the exhibits will display the great number of talented players to have come out of the Mid-Northern Rugby Club since it began nearly 50 years ago. It turned out five All Blacks, 10 Maori All Blacks, two New Zealand As, three New Zealand age groups, four Super Rugby, four New Zea- land secondary school and 50 Northland players,'' Ms Hen- wood says. The All Blacks included brothers Sid and Ken Going, Joe Morgan, Des Webb and Todd Miller. There will be a collection of jerseys and memorabilia from players such as Sid and Brian Going, David Holwell, Joe Morgan and Todd Miller along with their player profiles. An audio presentation of interviews with players' wives, video clips of Mid- Northern, Northland and All Blacks games and photos and articles will all be on show. The exhibition is at the Jack Morgan Museum, State Highway One, Hukerenui, until October 31, open 10am to 4pm, seven days a week. Fans are backing the All Blacks on the road Big support: The All Blacks fan club's youngest members. Getting stuck in: Derren Witcombe gets tackled by the fans. Surprise: Former All Blacks Greg Rawlinson and Derren Witcombe make a surprise appearance, pictured here with BackingBlack crew member Tereza Straka. The fans put on a great show for BackingBlack's Travelling HQ in Kaitaia on Saturday. BackingBlack is the All Blacks fan club that is on the road to help fans all over New Zealand rally together in sup- port of the team for the Rugby World Cup. Some very big fans came out in the far north and were rewarded with a surprise appearance by former All Blacks Greg Rawlinson and Derren Witcombe. Steaming effort from teams Steaming: Moerewa's Kadin Te Nana in the Steam 7s held at the Taumarere grounds in Kawakawa on Saturday. Hikurangi played Wellsford in the final and won 38-12.
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