Northern News : November 23rd 2011
16 NORTHERN NEWS, NOVEMBER 23, 2011 NEWS New cars look good on first outing Rosalyn Ducker: Out for the first time in a new Ford Cortina. Roy Inchman' Walker brought his new saloon out to play for the first time at Taipa Speedway on Novem- ber 13, and he was looking strong from race one. Up against Keith Wilson, Terry Grigg, Ray Dare and Geordie Inglis, Walker showed the new 355 Chev- powered car is a superb machine, not to be taken lightly. The first three rounds were all won by Walker, topped off with the feature all-in' win at the end of the day. The B Grade 20-lap dash had Rob Weal and Grant Kidd in a door handle to door handle'' tussle that included a strong side-on coming together. Driving his production saloon, Kidd showed he is definitely not afraid of the bigger cars. The race was won by Roger Frear blasting around the dirt track in his Hemi-powered saloon. Another new set of wheels, Rosa- lyn Ducker and daughter Kathleen, raced their new Ford Cortina in the ladies production grade for the first time. Holding out in front of the feature 15-lap final all-in' race was Tony Over until the very last lap, when he moved over and let Roy Walker blast past for the win. Next Taipa Speedway race meet will be on Sunday, November 27, at 1pm. Visiting drivers welcome. Speedway action is hot, hot, hot Speedway winners: Tony Over, left, and Rex Roycroft with their trophies. A hot afternoon on November 20 and drivers headed to the track at Kaikohe for a day of full-on motorsport. Spectators were not disappointed. At 12.30pm 30 drivers hit the dirt to challenge for major positions and the hope of taking home one of the club's prized trophies. Highlights of the day included club veteran racer and member Ray Jordan receiving life membership. Aged 70, Ray still races in the super saloon class in a vehicle that is a first of its kind in New Zealand, running on Av Gas Bio Fuel made from milk whey which gives more horse power to the engine. The older drivers were kept on their toes by 12-year-old Sonny Hal- liday who took out the Driver of the Day award in his new Honda, finishing in top placings in all three rounds. The C grade 20-lap trophy was won by Tony Over. The three top runners in the Pro- duction Men's race, Rex Roycroft, Grant Kidd and John Hussey, were neck and neck around the track, swapping the lead with every lap. On the 18th lap Rex seemed to find extra power in his Skyline to emerge the victor and win the Std Production 20 Lap Dash trophy. Next race meet is December 4, all cars welcome. For more information visit www.kaikohecarclub.com. Young Pawa deals to Black Jack Grantham Youngster: Monte Pawa Jnr wins the men's singles semifinals. Rising star 18-year-old Monte Pawa Jnr from Kaitaia shone a little brighter after beating Black Jack Tony Grantham, 21-16, in the men s singles bowls semifinals at Henderson. Looking somewhat off his game in his earlier men's triples semi- final defeat, Grantham shook his head in wonder over a number of shots that went wildly astray. All the while, Pawa kept his cool and gave almost nothing away until he was sitting one point away from victory. Tensely willing his bowl on in the final end, relief seemed to undo the knots and a smile broke out as his bowl came to rest next to the jack. Despite his age, Pawa is no stranger to elite competition and has worn the silver fern for New Zealand two years running in the Under-18 Trans-Tasman tourna- ment. The Trusts New Zealand Open was on from November 10 to 18. Making it two in a row The Northland Business Awards function held recently had Sport Northland tasting success in the business world for the second con- secutive year after scooping the award for the Best Not-For-Profit organisation. After winning the Excellence in Business category last year, Sport Northland suggested to the North- land Chamber of Commerce that a section for community organisations might be beneficial for increasing capability in not-for-profits. The chamber duly obliged which resulted in the trust entering and winning the inaugural award for this category. The judges agreed that Sport Northland had developed and con- tinued to improve some very good systems and processes around people and that this, combined with their overall achievements in get- ting more Northlanders par- ticipating in sport and recreation, had ensured the win. Chief executive Brent Eastwood said he was delighted with the award.
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