Northern News : April 18th 2012
18 NORTHERN NEWS, APRIL 18, 2012 SPORT Dirt trackers battle for championships Coming together:No25 Craig Nash and No 00 Dan Oliver battle it out in the B saloons third heat with Daniel Russell hot on their heels. Threatened wet weather didn t eventuate and April 6 dawned fine over Kaikohe Speedway for the annual CTRA Cham- pionships. The track was excel- lent and fierce speedway racing action was the order of the day. Waikato driver Peter Candy joined Northland drivers in the first-up super saloons race. Warwick Taylor won the final with Ray Jor- dan second and, after a high speed spin from Max Andresen, Peter Candy in third. Northland s Darren Emm and Rotorua s Alan Wong, both in Holdens, battled for the super pro- duction trophy with Emm the victor. The B saloons clash was won by Dargaville s Craig Nash. Nash and Whangarei s Dan Oliver came together in the third heat with Nash sustain- ing damage. After quick repairs Nash went on to win the final from Oliver and Dargaville s Aaran Johnston. Deb Wilson drove superbly to take out the women s C saloon title over Carole Teixeira and Jaimie-Lee Aukett. The ATV grade pro- duced an exciting finish from Darren Emm whose engine blew with one lap to go. With vocal spectator encouragement, Emm pushed his ATV around for the last lap to cross the finish line gaining him the points he needed to earn the title from Gavin Millen and Ben Smith. Catch may be record-breaker Good fishing: Skipper John Gregory, left, and Jim Gigger bring in a giant swordfish. John Gregory was in for a surprise when his deckhand Jim Gig- ger reeled in a massive 404.4kg swordfish on Easter Monday. Fishing off North Cape, it took the pair over an hour to land the catch on a 37kg line. When we pulled it in we didn t realise how big it was, Jim says. It wasn t until we sat down with a couple of beers and started the measuring that we thought this could be a world record. It will be a couple of months before the new record is confirmed. Sports bra maker big sponsor of Silver Ferns Triumph New Zealand has set up a two-year partnership with Netball New Zealand. The company s sports bras are now the official bra of the Silver Ferns and Netball New Zea- land. To build on the sponsorship plan Tri- umph has challenged its stockists to come up with a promotion to support their local communities. Anne Corbett, owner of Anne of Craicor in Kerikeri and Paihia, is a Triumph sports bra retailer. For every sports bra purchased by a netball player who is a member of a team that plays at the Kerikeri Netball Centre, Anne will donate $4 to the centre. The purchaser auto- matically goes into a draw for a $200 Tri- umph/Anne of Craicor sports hamper. The offer ends on May 30. The purchasers can also enter an online draw with Triumph in which they can win flights, accommodation and tickets to a Silver Ferns test match. The draw closes April 30. Whittaker takes the win Drifting King: Curt Whittaker of Team Dilusi in action at the D1NZ National finals. Photo: MGN INC Kingsley Thompson was counting his blessings at the signing of drifting driver Curt Whittaker to Team Dilusi. It was straight down to business at the D1NZ (Drifting) National final with Whittaker claim- ing the win in front of about 5000 fans at Hampton Downs over Easter weekend. He entered the event sitting in second place on points after a major engine failure at round five in Ruakaka. Whittaker was in a head to head battle for the round and season wins against Castrol Edge driver Fanga Dan Woolhouse from Whangarei. In a sudden death match Whittaker gain- ed the upper hand resulting in an eruption of joy from the crowd. Beasley steals the show for Kerikeri Prems Seventh heaven: Dwain Beasley scoring his seventh goal of the game for Kerikeri Prems. Kerikeri prems started their league campaign on their new temporary home ground at Kerikeri Domain, on Saturday, April 14 with a tricky fix- ture against Kerikeri FC first division side. The team started strongly with the open- ing goal coming inside the first four minutes of play as James Daley placed a fine header into the bottom corner of the goal. The game then seemed to transform into the Dwain Beasley show with some excellent movement of the ball as he finished with a seven goal haul. Kerikeri first division never let their heads drop and were compen- sated with a goal coming from a coolly slotted pen- alty from Graham Sharp. Full time score was 15-1 to Kerikeri Prems. Next matches at Kerikeri Domain: Saturday, April 21 Kerikeri Palmco reserves v Central Brown 12.30pm; Kerikeri Bay Builders v Bream Bay United 2.45pm. Sunday, April 22 Far North Siteworx v Bream Bay, 1pm. Stingrays grab trophy History made: Northland Stingrays bring home the 2012 Bauer Cup trophy: Back row from left: Craig Wattam, Simon Hill, Harry Bristow, Jake Ladd, Alex Grimme, middle row Matt Aickin, Kevin Cramer, Levi Munro, Ashley Peters. Front: Georgia Grimme. The finals of the 2012 Bauer Cup Inline Hockey Championships were held in Auckland over the Easter week- end. For the first time since the competition began in 1995, the Bauer Cup trophy headed north . Northland Stingrays Inline Hockey senior team were undefeated and in a nail-biting final conquered the Mt Wel- lington Panthers five to four to take the trophy. For information on the Northland Stingrays Inline Hockey Club visit northland stingrays.org.nz.
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